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Why you need to settle down and be more realistic?

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“When first I came up with the idea to cycle Africa solo a few years ago, people kept telling me not to be stupid, to settle down and be more realistic.”

Several years later in Krakow, Poland

Starting my modest travel content business was (and still is) a long struggle full of uncertainty. I actually sat in St Mary’s square in Krakow one morning last year and wondered how I managed to make such a drastic mistake. Self-doubt can kill a dream.

I had no income, no customers and no leads. I was writing for free in order to impress the owners enough that they might take me on but unfortunately most of them took advantage of the free labor, used my writing and disappeared. I did learn from this however and kept trying. Every day I told myself “If marketing companies can do it, then so can I, albeit on a much smaller scale”.

Krakow Travel

Focusing on hard work instead of experience

After two weeks I had managed to start covering the cost of my sandwiches and cheap street meals in the evening. It felt like a victory to create something from nothing. Then I committed even further by boarding a flight to Asia. I was already in too deep and there was no use crying about it. I would find a way to make enough money online to survive…I didn’t know how…but I knew it would happen with persistence.

As mentioned, I would look back on everything that happened and learn from it. All of those articles did not go to waste but rather they were practice. The self-doubt was a sure sign of how I already knew it wasn’t going to be easy. And the fact that I never stopped writing during this time in Krakow was further evidence that I was not going to give up without a fight.

Settling down and being more realistic

You know, you can spend your whole life dreaming of a better life and never really experience the uncertainty that comes with a new business or any new experience for that matter. I thought about this recently and it reminded me of when I came up with the idea to cycle Africa solo. People kept telling me not to be stupid back then, to settle down and be more realistic.

But now this statement appears as nothing but a question, for I had already tried “realistic”, and I saw where that got me.

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Adventurer & Adventure Travel Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 after the loss of both parents and a realization that his life was descending into chaos, Derek began riding a bicycle solo across Africa while sleeping in a tent. It was here that he discovered a true passion for the outdoors, travel writing and the general unexpected nature of life.

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