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The year of living dangerously

throw practical out the window

Call it an almost mid-life crisis.

Five years ago, I was approaching my 42nd birthday, and I had been practical for way too long.

I drove fuel-efficient cars. I socked money away in a 401k. I had a good, salaried job with benefits. I hadn’t been on a fun trip abroad in ten years. (For the record, I was, and am happily married, so it wasn’t that kind of mid-life crisis.)

Then in 2008 I did three things I had wanted to do for a long time:

  • Traveled to South America for the first time (to Buenos Aires)
  • Bought a truck
  • Became a writer

I threw caution to the wind and went after what I wanted.

Whether you’re 25, 45, 65, somewhere in between or even older, the simple message I want to tell you today is:

It’s never too late to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Are you looking to start a new chapter of your life?

This is a great time to do it, and I’d love to help you. I’ve worked out a lot of the bugs of starting anew. I’ll reveal everything soon in my book, Seven Bright Strategies for Overcoming the Dark Side of Freelancing: Insider Tips You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else.

Until then, just three general pieces of advice: Be bold. Live large. Have fun.

And if you’re wondering how my 2008 decisions panned out, the writing thing has turned out pretty well, and keeps getting better. I’ve kept up a torrid travel pace with no plans to slow down anytime soon.

The truck? I sold it two years later and went back to a practical  5-speed Honda Civic that got twice as many miles to the gallon as the Tacoma. It gets worse – last year I bought a minivan. Now my wife and I both have one.

Dumb, boring, practical move. At least I still have my writing and traveling.

So … what do you want to be when you grow up? Leave a comment below.



Steve Roller

Author Steve Roller

I'm a business coach, author, copywriter, world traveler (32 countries on five continents so far), and professional speaker. In addition to helping companies get more customers and make more money, I help other writers turn Big Ideas into profitable businesses. I offer one-on-one coaching, professional copy critiques, and three-day business-building immersion retreats. When I'm not writing, coaching, or speaking, I enjoy nothing more than hanging out with my wife and four kids and planning my next adventure.

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