You’ve Arrived! Now What?

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What does that look like — I mean for you? (Not the idea you bought into.)

There once was a US Marine Corps Colonel, highly decorated and successful. After a long and glorious career, he retired. When his friends asked him what he would do with himself — what was his dream — he said he simply wanted three things,

My dream is to be my own boss, eat lunch on the beach every day and finish work by 2:30 pm.

He owned a house in sunny Southern California and had a wonderful retirement benefit that would help him keep the lights on. However, the Colonel needed an income supplement and wouldn’t sacrifice his dreams again…

So the Colonel chose to be a garbageman. What?

He had a dream of being his own boss, eating lunch on the beach every day and finishing work by 2:30 pm. Sure enough, the route he chose took him up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. Every weekday, he got to eat lunch by the ocean on a favorite bench. Finally, the Colonel’s route was done by 2:00 pm, leaving him ample personal time.

His wife, on the other hand, hadn’t married a garbageman; she had married a Marine Corps Colonel! She had arrived when he he pinned on his ‘full-bird’… and so she divorced the former-Colonel (because she couldn’t stand telling people what her husband chose to do after retiring from his career).

When do you arrive?

I used to think that if I just work a little longer, fight a little harder or push just that much more I would get to that magical destination. Unfortunately, what I found was that at the top of each hill was another valley to pass through and subsequent hill to climb.

I would never arrive, I finally realized. So I took a seat on my bench and suddenly saw the most beautiful sunrise ever.

It was the same sunset I had seen every day before, but now I saw it through new eyes.

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About Ken Stewart

We are always faced with change, but that doesn't mean it has to be so hard! Ken Stewart is a leading tech and change guru. As the Founder and CEO of ChangeForge, LLC, Ken serves today's busy professional, executive and entrepreneur in achieving positive change in their life and business by staying focused, staying motivated and saving time. Ken graduated from Western Governors University with a BS in Information Technology Network Management. A decorated, former Marine, he has successfully navigated the business and technology landscapes for nearly 15 years, advising businesses how to orchestrate process, align technology and motivate people to achieve results.