How I became a Lifestyle Entrepenuer
My mission in life is to inspire others to be happier and take risks to get what they want in life. I am telling you my story to show that there are possibilities for how to live your life in ways you may not have thought of before.
There are three reasons that I become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur 15 years ago:
1. I was in a serious car accident and lived with chronic pain.
2. I wanted to follow my passion, help people, and make a difference.
3. I wanted to live: “An extraordinary life!”
For the first three years after the accident, I was in agony every day. Luckily, a few years after the accident my back got a little better, so my husband and I decided to do what we called “reverse retirement.”
There were a few things that pushed us forward into this risky endeavor: we knew that in my later years I would become more limited in what I could do physically (when arthritis set into the joints that were injured in the car accident), we wanted to see the world, and I had always said I wanted to live an extraordinary life. I also think the fact that I had faced death pushed both of us to take more risks to get what we wanted in life.
So we quit our jobs and became Business Consultants. For five years we traveled five months a year and worked 7 months a year. We had a wonderful time on two to three month trips to: Slovakia, Paris, China, Australia & New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam & Laos, The Netherlands, Greece & Turkey, to name a few.
We slept in beach huts, taught English in China, floated down the Mekong, climbed a glacier, swam with sting rays and sharks, and kayaked over a city under the sea (it had been banished underwater by an earthquake). And, we made friends all over the world.
A strange and wonderful phenomenon occurred during this time: We made more money than we had made while we were working full time.
From then on I knew I wanted to inspire others to stop living a 9 to 5, 2-weeks of vacation-a-year existence. I wanted to let people know that you can break out of the box and live a richer life.
Being a Lifestyle Entrepreneur has let me create an extraordinary life and follow my passion, and it has given me the flexibility to deal with my chronic pain.
Because I don’t have to report into an office, I don’t drive to work every day (which hurts my back) and I work at home most of the time (which allows me to lay down or rest when I need to).
It hasn’t been easy being a Lifestyle Entrepreneur. I may have worked more hours than I would have had I stayed in my Corporate job. I’ve worked hard on learning to sell and market myself. And the amount of money I have coming in, definitely ebbs and flows. But I love my path and wouldn’t trade it for the world. I hope my story inspires you to break out of the box, even in a small way.
Donna Schilder is an Executive Coach who provides a place for her clients to stand back, assess situations, reconnect to their goals, and choose the best approach to achieve business and personal success. Donna also owns Glacier PointSolutions, Inc. which provides Executive Coaching & Training to High Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Nonprofit leaders. Contact Donna at 562 434 7822 or Donna@DonnaSchilder.com.