It is that special time of the year again. Family meals worth months in the gym, all the relatives we thought we missed but we really don’t, and vacation! Oh, sweet time off, away from everything…
Before we get in line at the airport, or in the mall, or anywhere in our upcoming vacation, let’s all be proud of adopting a lifestyle where vacations are UNNECESSARY.
Taking my chances here, bordering arse-kissing, I’d like to tell you about Raymond Fong. Of course we are all familiar with Raymond, his contributions to the Better Networker, his AMF Empire, and probably from SeduceAdwords.com; the reason I’m mentioning him on this article is that – for those who haven’t noticed it yet – Raymond is vacationing in Australia, or so he says.
I highly suspect of his “vacation” because this talented marketer just won’t stop posting interesting discussions to our forums, writing articles in between boxing matches with Kangaroos. The terrifying idea of actually letting “business” actions take place during our vacation sends shivers down our spines, and we refuse to even think what is going on at office? But not Raymond. And why is that?
What Does Vacation Mean To You?
To most of us, a vacation is a luxury, which allows us a break from stressful realities, suits, rush hours, bosses, and so forth. It is carefully planned, anxiously awaited, and often goes by faster than it should. Who in plain sanity would waste precious vacation time to write business articles, review peer work or even communicate with the “real world”?
This definition of vacation is only true when you’re living an undesired reality. Your daily reality is so wrong, in so many ways, or so exhausting, in many other ways, that you just have to get away.
What if your reality was one of joys, accomplishments, fulfillment, and fun? What if your daily activities reflected your daily mood, your personal goals, within whatever hours you decided?
How would a vacation fit into that reality? Why would you even want a break?
Introducing: Vacationing to Your Second (or Third, or Fourth) Office
All right, if your reality is that good, you do not need a break; your vacation is nothing more than an office expansion, or a mindset expansion, to be more accurate. You truly enjoy your profession; you carry it anywhere and let everything be touched by it.
Getting back to Raymond, I bet when he meets crocodile Dundee down there, he’ll adapt his experience into a new training email, which will turn into another great article in the Better Networker, and generate a couple hundreds of fans (or customers, I don’t know the difference anymore).
Raymond doesn’t mind writing articles, and contributing to our community during his vacation because it is an extremely rewarding activity for him; he thrives on sharing knowledge, experience, and opportunity with fellow marketers. His writing, as profitable as it is, as important as it is, can be qualified as hobby, because it is easy to notice an underlying passion inexistent in a regular J-O-B. And who takes vacations from hobbies?
My message for these holiday season is to turn your everyday activities into a hobby. Let your routine be fulfilled by a greater purpose, beyond making money, and develop a strong passion to be the background of your success. Let Fun be part of your day, and soon it will dominate your every move; you’ll even “work” from behind a Fosters pint in Australia.
So, happy holidays, everybody. Have a wonderful vacation, and remember to take your hobby with you.