As I taxi’d into New York City, watching the landscape unfold in front of me, I had the realization that I’ve been trying to get here my whole life. From being born outside of Dallas, to growing up in the soul withering heat of Vegas… deep down I was crawling my way towards America’s Mecca.
I have arrived. In style? Not really. Am I staying at the best hotels? No. I’m still bootstrapping baby. Am I more positive about my future and the future of Zirtual than ever before? Ab-so-freakin’-lutely.
I haven’t gotten far mind you… I really has explored maybe 6 city blocks in Chelsea… but’s it’s raining and I ducked into a cafe to get some work done. I am here for a combination of business and pleasure. My first visit to New York is coinciding with an amazing time in my business—and I can’t think of a better way to express that excitement than to document it here—on my trusty blog.
We now have a small high school worth of ZAs working for amazing clients spread all around the World. I am more convinced than ever before that starting this business was not only the right thing, but what I was meant to do. Never underestimate the pure bliss of creating jobs for hard working people and knowing that your company and culture makes a positive effect on their everyday lives. It is unreal.
I’m going to blog while I’m here and share what I’m learning, what I’ve learned and hopeful inspire someone to break free from the monotony of working a job they hate and take the risk to start their own thing.
I promise you—it is the most fulfilling thing in the world, possibly up there next to finding your soulmate and having children.
I also want to cover what Escaping the 9 to 5 has come to mean. I know I used to talk about creating passive sources of income (many moons ago) and working 4 hours a week (copying T.F. of course) and how that was the ultimate way to “Escape the 9 to 5”. But four years later I realize that Escaping the 9 to 5 just means getting out of the rut of doing what you do not love—and instead transitioning to a place where you chase your wildest dreams, work ridiculously hard and achieve whatever it is you set your mind to, with a little luck and a lot of persistence.
- The picture above is of my INCREDIBLY tiny room at a cute little hotel in Chelsea.
- My only knowledge of NYC is through Sex and the City and Law and Order. Because of this I am dressed like a kook from the 90s—what Carrie wore is no longer fashionable fyi—and keep going around the city saying things like “In New York’s war on crime…” and “duh duh”. I really, really want to stumble upon a crew filming L&O, I would pretty much die of happiness.
- The key they gave me at the front counter doubles as brass knuckles—so watch out!