“Wealth should buy you time.”
~ Alex Mandossian
Have you dreamed of retiring? Have you secretly dreaded it?
While attending a seminar last week, my own dreams became crystal clear. Though my business is growing along with my demands, my life has not been growing in the direction I would like. I’m getting more and more demands for coaching, e-mails, speaking engagements… and I’m finding less time of my own.
I posted a comment about this on Facebook recently. There were so many people asking about the changes I am making, that I felt compelled to write about it, with hopes that it would inspire you to do the same.
One of the speakers at the seminar was Alex Mandossian. During his session, he said something that hit home with me…
“Wealth should buy you time.”
Ouch! For me, the exact opposite has been happening. I’ve given back my time to Toastmasters. Each Fall, I give 6 weekends to Toastmaster District Conferences… and in the Spring, sometimes even more. I love doing it. I have so much fun!
One of the reasons I moved to Las Vegas was to pursue one of my dreams: my own one-man inspirational show, Humor and Hope. Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world where you can have a new audience everyday and not travel.
During Alex’s session, I realized that while I’ve been talking about my dream… I haven’t been moving forward with it. Do you ever do that?
In order to design my life, I’ve decided to retire from doing Toastmasters District Conferences. This is a huge decision for me – it has been a big part of my life for so many years! A couple of my closest friends, Steve & Erin Pavlina, reminded me recently that my story can help more than just speakers… it can inspire anyone.
I had a real-life reminder of that a few weeks ago. I was speaking at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Toastmasters, and a young man (who’d’ been dragged there by his mother) made comment that hit me in the face. “I heard your story and I’m going to pursue my dream of being a tattoo artist. I think I can do it now.” Wow!
Another time management pearl of wisdom from Alex was: Say, “No thanks” 10 times more than saying “Yes.” If we say “yes” to everything, we’re saying “no” to something important.
Life is short. In order to grow, we must let go of something. We need to make room for the new. I will honor my current commitments to Districts and any new ones that come before May, when I will be in Ireland and Australia. After that, I’m going to say “No, thanks.”
I’m still going to support Las Vegas Toastmasters Clubs, and I’ll still be at the International Convention next year. I’m still going to hold my Boot Camps and continue to write about speaking. It will always be a part of what I teach. I will still be an ambassador for Toastmasters – I’m just deciding to make a change. I want to take my life and business in a new direction, I want to help people believe in and pursue their own dreams. That is mine.
What is your dream? What do you need to do tomorrow to get closer to that dream? In order to get there, what do you need to retire from?
2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
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P.S. I want to stress that I love Toastmasters. It has been the bridge to the dream I was told I’d never get! I will still give back… just in new ways. I hope you do, too.