This last week has been a really special one for me. Immediately after a fantastic (albeit rainy) week with Tate in southern Thailand, I got back to Bali with some very exciting plans.
Before I came out here I had a few goals. Things like go surfing, have a successful launch of Location Rebel, and play a round of golf at Nirwana Golf Club. If you guys have been following along, you know that I’m a big golfer – so naturally before arriving I wanted to find the best course in Bali and make sure I played it.
I’ve learned over the last year that if you’re willing to go even a small step farther than everyone else, pretty amazing things can happen. This week is an example of that for me.
Through a series of introductons I was led to Made Wardani who is the queen when it comes to exotic Bali villa rentals. It seems she knows everyone on the island, and for some reason liked what I was up to and wanted to help me get to know the island better. This has led to introduction after introduction of influential people on the island. It never ceases to amaze me the connections you can make when you just make an effort to reach out.
Turns out Made is also an avid golfer and along with her friend Guido (if you’re into diving, check out his ship), were willing to accompany me during my round of golf.
I can safely say Nirwana is without a doubt the most spectacular golf course I’ve ever played – it certainly didn’t disappoint after my long flight to get here.
However, over the last two days, aside from the round of golf, I’ve learned something else, that is often forgotten. I’ve learned a secret to success that many young entrepreneurs often over look.
The secret is this:
Occasional time alone is not only beneficial, it’s critical to future success.
In today’s world it can often be extremely difficult to pull yourself away. There’s always stuff going on, always people to meet, and with things changing so quickly, you always feel like you’ll miss something if you go away for a few days.
The most unexpected benefit of this week has been the alone time. After the round of golf I’ve had two days to sit by the (beautiful) pool and read, by myself. Eat dinner, by myself. Work on the balcony, by my….you get the point.
Whether it was traveling with Tate or sleeping in a house with 4 other guys, there have always been people around. And that’s great, but the last couple days have allowed me to analyze my life and business, and put coherent plans together for where I want it to go.
Do I have it all figured out? Nah, but I’m much better off than I would have been had I not removed myself for a period of time.
Every couple months or so, I try and manage to get away and those are usually the most productive and relaxing days I have all year. I did it before releasing Location Rebel Arsenal, and again before releasing the program itself. The last two days have been spent focusing on planning rather than creating, and now I couldn’t be more excited to head back to Seminyak and start making things happen.
When was the last time you took a break, where you physically went somewhere by yourself and hung out for a couple days?
If you’re in Asia or coming to Bali soon, and are looking for a break, I can’t recommend the Pan Pacific Nirwana enough. It’s considerably more affordable than many of the high end Balinese resorts I’ve seen and has a view that will blow the rest away.