It has taken me forever to get around to writing this post, but better never than late. Here is a summary of the top 5 key lessons I learned from this cross-country trip:
- Learn Fundraising (Selling Ideas)
At some point or another, if you are someone ambitious and aspiring to make a great contribution through your life on earth, you will have to use “other people’s money” to fund your projects. When I decided to go on the journey, I did not have enough money at hand to cover all the trip expenses. Most people will let that stop them, but I had to make it happen.
I got creative and started a fundraising campaign. Some of my colleagues in the office were surprisingly very supportive and gave beyond what I asked, while others were skeptical and offered no support at all. I made it OK. I could have borrowed money, but that would have been bad debt, which can be heavy on one’s mind. Good debt generates you passive income, bad debt does not produce anything but rather drains your pockets.
- Prepare Well
Planning for the whole trip took me many hours, and it ensured a stress-free and joyful experience. Everything was planned: drive time, restroom stops, sleep time, clubs meeting time, downtime, etc… All the speeches I was to give at the different clubs were outlined and their respective project manuals were marked with post-it notes. It is only because I was well prepared that I had a great overall experience.
The first step in preparation is finding out WHY you are engaging in a project or an activity. Once you know WHY, you then have to determine what you expect to achieve or get out of the experience. Third, you outline the STEPS you must take to make your objectives materialize.
- Embrace Everything
Murphy’s Law is the humorous axiom stating that anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. In embarking on any new project, you have to know that not everything will go according to your initial plan. The only constant in the universe is change. Things are always changing, sometimes to our advantage, sometimes seemingly against us.
The lesson here is to embrace everything unexpected that happens (good or bad) as part of what you must experience as part of that project. With enough contemplation at the end, you will be able to extract the gems from what you went through, no matter how challenging or exhilarating.
To recap, the cross-country trip was great and I have now had the idea for my next project, my next adventure as The Road Tripping Toastmaster. It will be local to California, but equally challenging and rewarding. More about it in the next post.
Thank you for reading! 😀