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31. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

Well Rich, looking at your post, the business opportunity does seem unmissable. While that's probably what I'd choose, I'm not so sure it's the right choice.

Is it really a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity? If this is something you've been working on for a long time, what's stopping it from taking off AFTER you get back from your big trip? And will they make you fly?

Not knowing what the business opportunity is makes it hard, but in my opinion a big trip like you have planned will also add significantly to your skillset. If you really haven't taken a decent break since uni, then some time to think and contemplate life seems highly overdue to me!

You know, all things considered, I figure travelling your dreams is actually the best choice. It's the one thing I can imagine remembering on my death bed (hopefully it's a bed) and it sounds like the one thing that you would REALLY regret doing. Do you regret not doing it 18 months ago?

It seems to me that if you really cared enough about this business opportunity, these questions wouldn't even need asking and the only reason you're asking is because you have an incling that it is what you 'should' do. Doing what you 'should' do in life is rarely a recipe for happiness if you ask me (apart from looking after your family that is).

All that said, I'd probably choose the business opportunity, but only if it will really give you easier access to travelling in the not too distant future, because it's clear to me that missing out on travelling is a worse fate to you than living a life of poverty.

Disclaimer: These are only the thoughts of the author and don't represent the professional opinion of Travellerspoint - it's up to you in the end!!

32. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Rich,

Ok, I got into this one pretty late...so there are many things that people said that I can nod in agreement to. But when all is said and done, I agree that it has to be something that you will not kick yourself for passing up (I don't believe in regrets....regretting things just wastes time and doesn't let you experience life. After all, if you didn't make all the decisions you have thus far, you wouldn't be the person you are today).

I find that a good thing to do in this situation is put everything in writing. I know people have said not to overthink this, but it's my job to overthink things and get things right...so this is what I would do:

Make a list of pros and cons for each decision (which now seems to be narrowed down to travelling plus taking said guarenteed job and the once in a lifetime business opportunity.). Don't wrack your brain on this...just take a few minutes and write down everything that comes to mind and then leave it. Come back later in the day and see if what you wrote reflects your true feelings and if you have any more pros and cons. Do that a couple of times. Then re-read everything you wrote.

I'm not saying everything in life can be decided with a pro and con list, but it just helps to see it in writing.

If it were my decision, I would pick the business op. That way you can continue making a name for yourself, the headhunters will have to wait a few more years (I'm sure they will still be there if you continue to be wowing the industry that you're in) and your need for long-term travel will be quenched later on. At least you have the opportunity to travel a little before you start on your business venture (if I read correctly). But again, that's just me.

Making decisions sucks, trust me I know (I had to make a rather important career decision last summer), but in the end whatever you choose will give you a new and wonderful experience in life. If you have that in the back of your head, you will never have any regrets.

Good luck! My fingers are crossed for you!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

33. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Quoting areinstein

I did, hahaha. Should have checked before hitting submit.

That's okay - we knew what you meant.

Can't wait to see what the opening bid for Mr. Isa is going to be! We need a retirement/travel fund. (Hint, hint!)

Hey, at least you can count on a free place to stay here in Fort Lauderdale, for you and Mr. Isa. You are welcome to visit any time!

34. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Anne!

Ft. Lauderdale sounds good right about now - since we had a mini-blizzard last night! (And, there's not much of a beach in our yard - more like snow dunes...)

Your offer is recipricated - if you make it to Chicago, we're 2 hours away and will pick you up at O'Hare. There's not much to see out here, but you WILL eat and drink very well, find peace/quiet (and JB) and lots of cats (so you won't be lonely for yours). Yes, Mr. Anne is welcome too - just tell him to leave his mysterious diseases at home. (Nyuck, nyuck!)

35. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Gelli...

Where are you?
It's past Monday and we still have us in suspense...

36. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Gelli...

Where are you?
It's past Monday and we still have us in suspense...

Make that YOU still have us in suspense...

(Edit button ready yet Sam/Pete?)

37. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Quoting isadora

Gelli...

Where are you?
It's past Monday and we still have us in suspense...

Make that YOU still have us in suspense...

(Edit button ready yet Sam/Pete?)

hehehe...veryyyyy subtle;)

38. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

sorry if i've been hiding in a cave... but what did you end up doing gelli??

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