Leaving without a plan.
When everyone tells you that you have the best job in the world. It doesn’t take long until you begin to believe them. This was the case for my good friend Jon Totten. Running the outdoor rec department for North Idaho College for twelve years, he had the job that most people dream about.
But it took a girlfriend moving out and his mother passing away for him to see that he had been taking it all for granted. Not that he didn’t appreciate what he had, but he was no longer being challenged.
A funeral and a 3000 mile drive gave him a lot of time to think about it. And in that drive he made a decision, it was time to leave. He did not know where he was going to go or what he was going to do, he just knew he had to step out and try.
9 months later he left his job with an idea and a couple good connections. Taking the time to both set people up for success and learn to listen to himself, laid the groundwork to head out and make his own challenges. He took with him the support of great friends and confidence built by connecting to those things that had always worked for him, adventure, challenge, and making his own way.
Taking people on once in a lifetime sailing experiences in the Grenadines is, for some people, one of the best jobs you could have in the world. For Jon, it’s his current reality. But what currently defines having the “best job in the world” for him has much more to do with how engaged he is, his ability to be in the now, the lack of anxiety, and a renewed confidence that everything will work out.
Not because he is on the right path, but because he is making his path right.
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