Something I have always loved to do is make friends around the world. Some people don’t get that about me, but it’s who I am. I cherish the people I meet that live halfway around the globe and I am always delighted to hear from them – be it an email or Tweet. I learn from them. I get to see things through a different set of eyes thanks to the cultural differences. While I can’t quite approach my business in as large or “global” a manner I still go at it in an all inclusive way.
This has only recently occurred to me because a few people have commented and/or expressed surprise when they hear that I have clients on the east coast or anywhere outside of Los Angeles for that matter. My response is, well, why wouldn’t I? While theirs is good god – why would you?
Over the last year I have cut down my driving to clients by about 30%. This is due to the fact that many of them have relocated to other parts of the country. That however has not changed the fact that they are still my clients. Now it’s all about pdfs, ftp sites, phone meetings, email and screen sharing. Oh, and my jammies.
Brilliant isn’t it? Over the last two years I have taken two working vacations during my “busy time” and been none worse for the wear. Again, brilliant. Inspiring really, for an aspiring nomad such as myself. The notion that I can be anywhere in the world and still service my clients = (generate income/make a living) just tickles me. I’m amazed that more people don’t function that way. True that not all businesses have the luxury of setting up shop anywhere on this little blue marble, but for those that do – I so recommend grabbing your laptop and embracing the fluidity of it. Even if it’s for a little while just to get away and remind yourself that you are a citizen of planet earth. It’s a big little world out there.
Without realizing it I set out on a mission to make the world a smaller place for me. Now that I see what I’ve been striving for, my goal is to have complete fluidity within 5 years. I think I’m well on my way. Next fall, it’s back to the French Quarter – after that who knows. After all, I will not be impeded by borders.