It's not unusual for me to get a lot of questions about how I live my life. When people see that I own my business, travel a lot and sometimes have many weekends in a row where I'm not home, people tend to get a little curious.
When I left my stable 9-5 job to start my own company, I did it for a lot of reasons, but the most important one to me was that I wanted to live life on my own terms. I've realized since then how that term has such different meaning for so many people.
For some people living life on your own terms means that you work a 9-5, can come home and just hang out and be with your family. For some people it means being your own boss, for some people it is the stability of a job with a 100 year old company. It really means something different for everyone and lately I've been thinking a lot about what it means to me.
For me living life on your own terms means:
1. Being able to have a job that is meaningful to myself and to the world
2. Being able to travel as much as possible and explore the world we live in
3. Being a meaningful part of my family (both my family in Austin and around the country)
4. Living a life that I would be happy with if I happened to live forever (I realize I won't live forever, but I find this mantra keeps me focused. If I lived forever, would I be happy doing what I am doing now?)
I get asked a lot about starting your own business and I often tell people that they should really only do it if they have a strong desire within to accomplish the goal of being your own boss. Because at the end of the day living your life on your own terms is really all about YOU. It isn't about what other people, society or even your mother thinks is best for you.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to find out what living life on your own teams means to you and then live it.