I’ve lost count of the number of people that I’ve met in Whistler who tell me, “I wish I could live here and ski every day.” I always tell them that if they love the snow that much, they should just do it.
The usual response is “How will I make a living?” or they say “Yep. I should.” then they just keep saying that for the rest of their snow trip before they go back home.
Here’s 5 reasons why quitting your job and moving to a ski resort isn’t such a bad idea.
1) Your job is ‘okay’
The biggest problem for most people is that they are ‘okay’ with their job. It’s not that they hate their job, but it doesn’t make them really happy either. People can go through their whole life having an ‘okay’ job and an ‘okay’ life.
Being ‘okay’ shouldn’t be your goal in life. Don’t you want to be happy waking up each morning? When people ask you “How’s life?” you should want to be able to respond with “Amazing.”
2) It’s not as hard as you think
People seem to talk about moving to a ski resort as some sort of incredibly hard task. It’s not. Lots of people do it every year. In fact, every person I’ve interviewed for the Snomie Podcast has been through that.
You just have to do it. Stop sitting around saying “What if…” and go start taking steps to make it happen! Start saving, look for a job and find some accommodation. Nothing gets done unless you take action.
3) The worst case scenario isn’t that bad
Everyone always thinks about the worst case scenario of what happens when they can’t find a job, run out of money and have to start all over again. Is it really that bad?
Lets look at this closer.
You fail and go back home. How long will it take for you to get another ‘okay’ job? You already have the experience and qualifications. Maybe this means you’ll have to work a job flipping burgers at Mcdonalds for 6 months.
So you lose a little bit of time, but now you don’t end up as that 50 year old man/woman looking back at your life and wondering “What if I had tried?”
4) Worst case scenarios rarely happen
Think about it. How often does the worst case scenario happen? Less than 5% of the time? Now look at what you have to gain.
If you succeed, you get to be truly happy. You get to wake up every day with amazing mountains and ski slopes right outside your door and you get to really love your life.
5) Success isn’t defined by how much money you make
You can be the richest guy in the world and make millions every year, but how much fun and happiness did you have along the way? What does all that money mean compared to the guy who makes $40k a year and has been waking up every morning knowing that he loves his life.
At the end of the day, it comes down to how much you value happiness. This applies to everything, even outside of skiing and snowboarding. Maybe you don’t want to live at a ski resort, but you really love making cupcakes. Follow that desire and follow what makes you happy.
Take that first step. Make it happen, because sitting around all day and making excuses won’t make you happy.
Tell me – What makes you happy and gets you excited about life?