Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Get Back Up

Have you ever dreamed about accomplishing a goal or made a life changing decision, that could alter your lifestyle and that of your family? I have and I am sure if you ask Kim she will tell you I have done this a few more times than she anticipated. There are times in your life when discussions arise to deviate or venture into an unknown area. For the majority of my life I have followed the traditional norm and provided for my family, as expected by society.

As most of you know, I have pursued a couple of concepts that have not suceeded. I have a multitude of acquaintances that have the same trait. You know who you are! We, from time to time have a thought or fundamental hypothesis that we know is going to be the next Ipad! The fleeting thought grows, festers and rumbles around and through our brain until we are compelled to take action and follow our gut.

I have had two such actions and the first as many of you know, resulted in a loss of the majority of our life savings and was basically a fiasco. The second was an urge to follow a dream and find an exodus to our country's drama and disregard for its population. We have a definitive split between the haves and the have nots in our great country and I do not see any actions that would alter my perception at this time.

Don't get me wrong. I passionately love our country and all the theories and philosophies it was founded on. I am enamored with the founding fathers undertakings and how moved they must have been, to leap into such an unknown territory. I applaud their courage and the risks taken.

At the end of the day I think my and that of my friends propensity to leap into projects, is a characteristic entitled being a "Risk Taker". This is high on the traits associated with very successful individuals and if you seriously evaluate the major thriving and prosperous businesses and enterprises, they were started or built by mortal human beings with an idea or concept that at first appeared, as off the charts in nature.

Each have a story and each have failed and failed miserably at some time in their lives. They will tell you though that at the end of the day they have a solid proclivity to arise after each failure and start a new venture. This action "Getting Back Up" is paramount to success. Each of the big hitters like Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Donald Trump will tell you, without trepidation that they are where they are in life because they were willing to take risks and got back up after each failure.

My recent escapade into Ecuador, was and may still be, such an undertaking. Kim and I love to travel and take adventures in our life. This is/was such an undertaking. Ecuador is really a wonderful place to retire (#1 in "International Living" magazine), has a ridiculous cost of living, wonderful food and a population that is friendly and with high ethics. My only issue is whether or not I can adjust to the altitude in Cuenca over time. I have to try again.

I have learned a few lessons from my trip and will "Get Back Up" from this endeavor and more than likely continue to take risks. Kim has told me many times that if I don't follow my dreams, I will be forever tainted by not taking the leap. I agree and hence my jump into the writing industry. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and there was a need for me to leave Ecuador prematurely and come back to Texas and begin a more serious approach to my writing career.

So I am back "up" and will concentrate on my writing very heavily. If I don't return calls, emails, Facebook messages or tweets, as fast any more, it isn't because I don't care. Its because I am jumping once again, off the cliff and diving head first into my writing career. I rarely use my cell phone or even keep it close. If you need to make contact please use email.

Now.....I am serioulsy making another life changing decision. Peace, God Bless and always, always "Get Back Up" when you fall.

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