April 30 2016, a little over a year ago, I watched the truck that was carrying the shipping container loaded with all our personal belongings, disappear down the street that we had lived on for the past 15 years. Our house was now sold, the new owners would take possession in three days and my wife, my granddaughter and I were about to leave our amazing friends, co workers and family and head to Victoria BC to start a brand new life and a brand new business venture.
When I reflect upon this past year, 3 things stand out among all the changes and challenges, and those are:
Dreaming is easy. Doing is hard.
We all have dreams; whether that be the desire to have financial freedom, better health, or travel to exotic destinations. It is in our nature to fantasize, but unless there are concrete steps taken to fulfill those dreams, they will never materialize.
Dreaming of moving to the Island was easy. Actually doing it was hard. Over-coming the voices of fear and doubt. It cost us financially. It cost us personally. We left our home, family and friends behind. There were a lot of tears shed. We left the security of familiarity behind for an unknown future.
A good read is: An Astronauts Guide To Life On Earth written by Chris Hadfield. He was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. He did not get that position by just looking up at the stars and wishing that he could be an astronaut. The amount of training, and discipline that was required in order for him to fulfill his dream was crazy. Hence why most of us are just satisfied with being stargazers rather than pay the price to be star-travellers.
I just want to grow a business. Should be easy right? Ha!
Be prepared to pay the price. It takes sacrifice both financially and personally. Long days and some sleepless nights. Some days being grateful for the opportunity to grow the business and some days wondering, “Why am I doing this?”.
We all need help
Having a six year old is such an eyeopener for me in that I get the opportunity to see our human nature revealed.
I love to cook and Abby is never far from me wanting to help in the kitchen. Her favourite saying right now is: “I can do it by myself Poppa”! With that comes egg shells in the batter. Milk all over the counter and flowing on to the floor. Flour from one end of the kitchen to the other. As much as she likes to do, she needs help. But it is hard for her to relinquish her want to do things on her own. She takes after me. Asking for help suggests weakness, and a lack of knowledge. It hurts our pride to admit that we don’t know how to do everything.
I have realized that in order for dreams to materialize they require help from those who have the skills in the areas that you are weak in. Not only will your dreams come to fruition faster but the burden will be lighter.
This has been a year of fulfilling a dream and learning the cost of doing it. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the support of those that are helping us to do it.