Luck implies some sort of fault or stumbling across one’s fate.
In fact, the definition of luck (according to google) is:
1. success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Nope. No luck here.
For so long I have been hearing those fateful words, “omg, you’re so lucky to travel the world as a career”. Lucky? No. Blessed – yes. I am blessed. But I’m not lucky because there is no coincidence here, but a carefully laid plan that led to my career travelling the world.
It was a carefully planned endeavour to go against the grain – against the norm – and take an incredible risk with the belief that it would one day – some day, some how, pay off. Well I guess it did.
But don’t feel a sense of guilt if you yourself have viewed my lifestyle and turned green with envy, or indeed uttered the word ‘lucky’ when describing my life. Hell, even some of my closest friends have told me how lucky I am.
I didn’t get here by chance and I most certainly didn’t have a streak of luck to get here. There were ups and downs, long nights, a breakup, time management between full time university, part time work, and full time travel blogging for the past 12 months. But here I am, sitting in my 5 star hotel in Central Europe writing this article about how I am NOT LUCKY. How dare I?
Well, let me break it down for you.
I started my travel blog a little over a year ago. Yep, just one short year ago. In that time I have worked around the clock to get my blog, World of Wanderlust, to where it is today. Not just in the visual sense – not just in the content that I publish – but also in a networking sense that allows me to visit so many incredible destinations, hotels, restaurants, etc. and write about them on my blog. These kind of working relationships certainly don’t happen overnight – and it was certainly not by luck that I created such partnerships. It also wasn’t a result of being born into the industry, despite one troll going so far as to say that I am a ‘trust fund kid’… which, for those that know me, is hilarious.
Despite living a comfortable life since being born into this world, I can assure you I do not come from incredible wealth that pays for my escapades across the globe. In fact, my parents have never paid a cent towards my travels. My grandparents are even worse on the topic – having put up with narky comments from them for years about ‘wasting’ my money travelling the world, I’m sitting back in my cushy bed inside one of the Four Seasons properties in Europe smiling to myself. [this is the perfect time for a ‘look who’s laughing now’]. But alas, now that they see I have turned my travelling hobby into a profitable business, they are convinced it’s not so bad.
But the point to be made is that I didn’t get here by luck. I also didn’t frivolously decide to travel, blog about it, and see if anything came of it. Since starting my blog I had sound intentions to turn it into a business and be self-employed when I left university. Indeed, the day I graduated I booked a one-way flight to London to launch my business full time.
All of last year I slaved away over part-time work (roughly 25 hours per week), full-time university, travelling about 50% of the year, and blogging full-time. That entire year I was also working through, step by step, to be able to launch my career as a full time travel blogger. There was no luck about it – there was a lot of hard work, patience, and perseverance – but there was no luck.
So before you tell me how lucky I am, consider telling me how blessed I am. But I’m not blessed to have my career, not even blessed to see the world, I am blessed to have the ability to see what I want and go get it – without fear of rejection, without fear of failure, and without inhibitions. I am blessed to have these characteristics that have allowed me to be successful. But let’s not keep the focus on me – you are blessed, too. Maybe it’s not with these specific traits, but we all have something unique that makes us who we are – and if we focus in on these traits in a positive manner, we can truly achieve something out of life and live a life full of purpose.
So before you cringe at my photos and sigh over the captions knowing that I am in a different country every few days living out my dreams, think to yourself “what am I good at?”, “what do I enjoy?”, “what makes me ME?”… and go from there.
We all have the potential, it’s just that some of us need a little push to help discover it. Here’s your push.
You can read my full story about how I created World of Wanderlust by reading The World of Wanderlust Story.