When I was just a kid I watched “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and saw this one episode with Ron Rice, the founder of Hawaiian tropic. I never forgot it. Ron's philosophy (and I’m paraphrasing) was: “Live where you want to live first .. "Then" build your life/business”. Easy for you to say Ron.. Most of us 'have' to live close to where the bread gets baked. Ron moved to Daytona Beach.. I stayed where I was and worked odd jobs for the next 10 years.. Yet that line always stuck with me.
I was bobbing up and down in the pool this afternoon thinking about how incredibly blessed I am to live in these islands. The Caymans are the perfect spot geographically.. safe, crime free, racially harmonious and just rough enough around the edges to remind you that you’re alive. I love it here and I’m probably never (permanently) leaving. When I first moved here more than half a decade ago I was really worried. “How am I going to live without civilization!?“ Shops.. malls.. etc, etc, etc. "My wardrobe is going to suck in 5 years". Well, here I am and my wardrobe is fine thank-you.
The power of Fedex is amazing. I went to a local BodyShop and bought some Vitamin E oil and a candle for my wife this PM. It was easy and fun. No parking garages, or grumpy underpaid valets, no long corridors and mall Chinese-food smell. I love it here.. I now hate malls. The Internet has brought Ron Rice’s pipe-dream to the masses. How much more is it going to be like this in the future? I see a day when bedroom communities near cities start shrinking and vacation spots start growing (much more than they are now). Site influence is going to be more and more important as the brightest and even the partially-dim like me start to figure out that they don’t have to live in this place or that place anymore.
How many people in this business, reading this right now are still living in a spot they don’t like all that much, just hanging on because that’s where their parents lived or sister lived or because it’s what they know? Well I’m the most complacent guy you’ve ever met and I moved. I thought about writing this post as I leaned over that edge of my pool and I almost didn’t .. Then I thought of you .. perhaps you, reading this now could be stirred to do something dramatic, to change your life in a way that will make you happier, as I nearly didn’t so many years ago.
If you’re on the fence, I encourage you to call Remax (or somebody) tomorrow and seize the day, because life is truly short… Most of us only live 50 or 60 years as adults (where we're not sucking tapioca pudding through a straw in a nursing home).. Take this time to make your years all they can be, because you're a good person and you deserve to be happy. :)