The importance to diversify

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I always believed in "gut feelings", and although slightly too late - four years ago - I listened to my inner voice saying: "... need to diversify - the market cannot sustain itself ..." and decided to move away from Florida and pick a less stressful lifestyle in the mountains in GA. We had an excellent business (did architectural design and had a contractor's license) in Naples - work (and income) was abundant. We took a leap of faith and I knew we had to diversify!

 

We had to diversify!

We had to re-think our entire life-style as well as our opportunities. It was clear that I could not survive on architecture alone. In the past three years, we opened a coffee shop (Lilly Pad Village), built a small miniature golf course on our property, added two gem mining flumes, stocked the pond and allow people (mainly kids) to fish, I learned how to design web sites (and got pretty good at it), my wife got ordained and started officiating wedding and commitment ceremonies ..... and of course I still do design work. We did all of our-build out ourselves, which not only gave us great pleasure, kept us in shape but also saved a truck load of cash (the miniature golf course took us three months to build and spent less than $20K vs the cheapest quote of $80K). Easy if you have cash in your pocket one might say - well, we did not. Lost a great deal of money in Florida with the declining economy, so we did things slowly (no instant gratification) and paid cash as we were earning it.

Basically we started thinking outside of the box and it is working!

Thinking outside of the box

Too many people are stuck in their comfort zone and when that comfort zone is in trouble, they get desperate. I have known many architects like myself and many Realtors I had business dealings with who simply closed shop and got out of business. You do not have to give up what you enjoy doing, you just need to re-think how you do it.

Se we live a much simpler life - everything we buy we pay for it cash; we are down to one car; cook and eat at home, and eat very well; go for long hikes and enjoy family.

So the bottom line: we are much happier; we do what we truly enjoy doing; we are a lot healthier (I am 55 and I am on absolutely NO medication whatsoever); our relationships with family has not only improved but became much stronger and our relationship (my wife and I) is as it was years and years ago when we first met.

 

And all this because we learned to adopt diversify. It really is not that difficult.

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Pamela Stangler
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So when they say simplify and concentrate on what is important, they really mean it huh?  Congratulations on your new life (and lifestyle).  I sometimes think that if I just gave away all of my excess I would be happier for it.  You make a good argument that I would! Good luck and thanks for sharing.

Jan 22, 2011 10:53 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Sometimes a change is good. Happiness is not alsways about money. Sounds like your decision was a winner for you! Good luck even though I don't think you need it!!

Jan 22, 2011 10:54 AM #2
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Virginia Kail
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Congratulations on taking such a big step Geza! I'm glad that it's worked out and you and your wife are happy.  I tease my husband all the time that I could just sell everything and be a beach bartender in the carribean. I don't know that I'd actually be brave enough to go for it like you have though.  :)

Jan 22, 2011 10:59 AM #3
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Geza Csuros
Geza Design - Blue Ridge, GA

Virginia - not such a bad idea! We are all holding on to 'stuff' - in essence, we can be very happy without :-) Bar-tending in the Caribbean is really not a bad idea!

Jan 22, 2011 11:42 AM #4
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Geza Csuros
Geza Design - Blue Ridge, GA

Hey Virginia: I just looked at your profile - Cookeville, TN???? Before buying in GA we actually purchased 8 acres by Dale Hollow Lake - which I am sorry to say we sold since. Do you know Dino Cates -0 Dino and Katerine are dear friends, plus they were our Realtors. What a small world ...

Jan 22, 2011 11:51 AM #5
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Hi Geza,

I do know Dino and Katherine. Not really well, but I have talked with Katherine on occasion and she is very nice.  It is indeed a small world. Now, I have to ask:  Beszelek Magyarul?

Jan 22, 2011 03:26 PM #6
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Geza Csuros
Geza Design - Blue Ridge, GA

Persze hogy beszelek Magyarul - now this really is a small world! Please say hi to Dino and Katherine for me and my wife (Gena).

Jan 24, 2011 09:21 AM #7
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