One of my favourite aphorisms sits on a shelf at home. It says:
- Live fully
- Love continuously
- Laugh often
Is it really possible to make this maxim a reality? How many mountains over 20,000 feet do I have to climb to have had a full life? (answer – 1) And what constitutes continuous loving? Can’t it sometimes be a bit, um, wearing?
As I rapidly approach middle age – well OK at 56 maybe I am actually in it – it would be natural to think that I should be able to feel comfortable. So when people talk about getting outside of my comfort zone I wonder why?
It appears that my view of where the comfort zone is is wrong. It wasn’t comfortable climbing Kilimanjaro but it wasn’t especially difficult: I’ve climbed mountains before and Kili, unusually for such a high peak, doesn’t require any skill beyond putting one foot in front of the other; oh and camping, and not having a wash for a week. In other words things that I have done before. (Just to put your mind at rest Macchu Picchu was the other occasion I didn’t wash for a while).
If you read my last blog you’ll know that I split my time between my home in Monmouthshire and work in London, and that I’m planning to create a B&B at home. It’s going well.
The first thing that I did after the planning permission came through for the guests’ sitting and dining room was to check that it was legal to offer B&B without the need for further consents. I asked two lawyers what the law was but they said I should ask a planning consultant which I did (always good to ask the right person!). Turns out that to offer a room in your house for occasional use doesn’t constitute a change of use within planning regulations. So there’s no chance of being closed down and I can start another business.
In the WealthBeing blog, I shall be sharing our progress in developing the business and applying it to ourselves and others.
I’m firmly of the view that you can only ask others to do something if you’re prepared to do it yourself. That’s why the picture beside this blog, is not a perfect view from a picture gallery, but a view from my house, taken by me. If you look closely you’ll see that I’ve pruned a couple of trees which are now the “wrong” shape. But it’s a good view, and it satisfies me. I love it here and I can think of no better visual representation of WealthBeing than this view of our “green and pleasant land”. I’ve been here for 18 months and my challenges in that time have been some of those set out in the guide- creating the home that I want and finding ways to live, now that I have the financial freedom that comes from successfully selling a business that I helped to grow and then sell.
Last month I was on a panel of investors hosted by Rockstars mentoring at the Great British Business Show in Olympia. The best presentation that I saw was for a product called C-lash because it applied the principles of WealthBeing perfectly. Its founder, Codilla Gapare, had had chemotherapy and, amongst other things, had lost her eyelashes. She discovered that there was no existing solution to this problem so she created one – eyelashes that can be glued on to eyelids – unlike normal false eyelashes which are attached to natural lashes.