On New Years Day I turned 30! I don’t feel a day older than 20 and yet 20 year olds look a lot younger than they used to!
Being the New Year, that time of great resolutions, I thought I would talk about how you make a life (and living) from adventure… or anything else that you are passionate about.
I have spent most of my 20’s creating a career in adventure. And people very regularly ask me how this is possible? What is the key? How do you get started?
I had very little idea about how to make expeditions my job when I left University, armed with an Economics degree. The underlying truth is that you can make money out of absolutely anything. I guarantee that if you have an interest in something, so will many others and so by becoming an expert or simply someone with a profile in that world, you can earn an income for doing it!
It is important to say that not all people who go on great expeditions or adventures want to make a career out of it. Each person’s motivations are very personal. I had the very clear idea that I wanted to create an adventure career in broadcasting and the corporate world, yet others go on adventure to do the exact opposite – to avoid the media and the rat race.
The specifics of how to get into broadcasting, journalism, public speaking and corporate events are a mixture of determination, networking, professionalism and good timing. E voila, you have yourself a lifestyle career, where your hobby is your work and you love what you do.
Now the tricky part… having an original idea. Like any enterprise or any business, your ideas are your intellectual property and your value. Many people who email saying they would like a career in adventure, ask what adventures they should do. That is the one answer I can’t give. That burning ambition is very personal. If you don’t already have that first adventure idea, then go and spent time on the bike, out running or in the wilderness until inspiration strikes! Most importantly don’t copy others or compare yourself. Go within for the idea, then go out to make it happen.
Good luck! People have good ideas and dream every day, but very few act on them. Knowing that getting to the start line is always the hardest part will arm you with the determination to see your dreams through to their success. And also know that the vast majority of New Years resolutions don’t last until February 1st… so make sure you stand out from the crowd!
And once you’re on that path, get in touch, share your plans and ask for help. There are loads of people in the adventure world who are very generous with their time to help others get started. I also have a whole section on my website called Your Adventure where I can give your expedition some extra profile through clicks, likes, follows and fundraising.
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