Journey PurposefullyShifting the travel mindset from simply wandering, to investing in the future
As travelers we understand the beauty of the journey, and even the benefits of wandering, that sometimes aimless movement from place to place that can at times enrich the soul.
But the journey of human existence is more than simply staying in motion. That constant motion, and changes of scenery, that need for perpetual variety can be as addictive as any drug.
It’s also potentially as empty, in the long run.
Modern-day explorers often have much shallower reasons for traveling than those of our ancestors – they were seeking new lands for trade, or for colonization, to build better civilizations.
Today we can so easily fall into the trap of traveling for the photo-op, motivated – if we’re honest about it – by #hashtagmyamazinglife.
Life’s meant to be enjoyed – but as rational beings, our purpose should be less driven by external praise (popularity), and more by thinking and productive work, for ourselves as individuals.
Applied to traveling, then, I’m driven to travel in search of opportunities that may be executed on to create positive change and lasting benefit.
Growth is often destructive to the status quo – the spinning loom, the steam engine, the mobile phone, but in the end the impactive is overwhelmingly beneficial and evolutionary for humanity.
I’ve personally spent far too many years traveling, collecting countries, enjoying memorable experiences, forging new relationships, but without acting on the potential that I’ve seen and noted in so many places, so many times.
Usually, the universe didn’t seem too disappointed, because others heeded the call, plucking the same knowledge from their creative minds and taking action. Growth, local job creation, and profitability were the result.
The challenges that I faced when I started traveling full-time in the early 2000’s are now irrelevant – technology has opened up the world to digital nomads, and being a location independent entrepreneur really is realistic for virtually anyone today.
Which also makes the temptation for wandering all the greater, and it seems to be the status quo now – traveling has become a competition for who can appear to be having the most amazing vacation life.
It’s a mistake, and it’s one that I’ve realized the past year or so in setting up Venturopoly, has impacted my own life in a big way.
I’ve journeyed at a frenetic pace over the years, because I could. I’ve collected countries, often without any real reason for visiting other than fun and adding another country to the list.
Sure, much of the time I was actually “doing” something, whether as a sponsored athlete exploring rivers, or working on various events. But it was all temporal investment – into the moment, the media, the madness of putting together international competitions.
I’ve realized though that the real value comes from seeking, finding, and producing creations which can become profitable entities focused on long-term growth.
The legend of Johnny Appleseed epitomizes what it means to Journey Purposefully – travel, explore, but always seek to plant seeds that will grow and return a harvest in the future.
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