March of 2021, I began my solo trip. I originally planned this trip for 2020, but had to reschedule for 2021 due to COVID. I spent six months on the road. It’s was a great trip, but it taught me a lot more about who I am and it made me realize what I really want. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little about my background so my experience during my solo trip makes sense.
While in the military, I traveled a lot. During my career as CEO of my first company, I traveled a lot. Now, I travel when I need to travel or by my personal choice. How did I get here? From an early age, I wanted to be a CEO. I used to stare off into the distance and think how my life would be as a CEO. I wanted the money, the freedom, and the nice office. I had all of those things. However, the most import thing I’ve gained over the years are the skills and the mindset to be a CEO. Just like most things in life, there will be ups and downs, but I enjoyed my journey and I appreciate what I learned and who I’ve become as a person and CEO.
The top skill to have when running a business is problem solving, you have to be able to think on your feet at all times. Not only are you running the business, but you’re managing and teaching others at the same time. Anything could go wrong at anytime.
Another important skill to have is resilience. Things are not always going to work out, so when things fail, you’ll need to figure out away to get things back on track.
During my solo trip I visited old friends and family members I haven’t seen in awhile. While in those cities, I visited old spots I used to love while living or visiting there before. I visited the following cities:
I traveled by car, train, and plane. I traveled during the day and at night. It was a lot of fun, but here is what I learned from revisiting people and places. Sometimes when you’re meant to go to a certain level that’s only meant for you, it’s not meant for everyone to understand. It’s not meant for everyone to go with you either. I discovered that my mindset had changed completely. So much so, that I couldn’t relate to a lot of people anymore. Everything had changed. It’s was a great moment for me. The lesson here is to stop letting people back into your life that’s not meant to be there. Continue to move forward without looking back.
Chicago, IL – I used to live in Chicago. I opened an office here for my first company, Direct Consultants, LLC.
New Jersey – A two-day camping trip at Mahlon Dickerson County Reservation.
Washington, D.C. – A two day train ride to Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA – I got the chance to party and catch up with old friends. I relaxed a lot in Atlanta.
Charlotte, NC – I celebrated my 32nd birthday. There was a lot of dancing and tequila.
Pelzer, SC – My hometown. I visited family and childhood friends.
Miami, FL – I invited my brother on this trip. We drank early in the morning and spent a lot of time at the beach.
How did traveling for six months change my perspective. I learned that no matter where you travel or live, you’ll always experience the same things and the same people. This is why you should always decide to move and travel for a new experience. Learn something new. Meet new people. Try something new, from an experience to a new food or drink. It also showed me what I really want in life and that is stability. Anything that comes before is there to help get the stability or after when things are drawn to you based on where you are in life.
What are some of the activities I did while traveling to each state:
Chicago: I paid $100 for a steak dinner. It was worth it. I also got my teeth cleaned.
New Jersey- I camped at a camping ground for two days. I hiked through the mountains most of the time.
Washington: I shopped at a train station for the first time.
Atlanta: I went to my first seafood boil.
Charlotte: I hired a personal trainer and booked sessions while there.
Pelzer: I slept outside in my hammock.
Miami: I stayed at a airport hotel for the first time and I was able to begin drinking mimosas at 9 a.m. at a restaurant.
I planned this trip for over a year, but I had the idea for several years. The one thing I loved about the military was the traveling. We were aways on the go. I’m that type of person. But, this time I got to do it on my own. I was so excited about this experience and still am. Now, I’m back in New York. I’m so ready for what’s next. For the countries I didn’t get a chance to visit this time, my next solo trip will be different countries ONLY.
My next blog post will explain how I was able to manage traveling for six months while running my company, MJI. I’ll discuss what I accomplished with my company in just six months.