Years ago there was a movie made with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan called “Joe Versus the Volcano”…the movie didn’t exactly rule the box office and if you have never heard of it, you don’t need to feel like you’ve missed out.
Anyway… I thought of that movie today when for the second time my flight back to the US from Norway was canceled due to the ashes in the air caused by volcanic eruptions in Iceland…
When I got on the phone with Delta Airlines to see when the next flight was scheduled to leave the city of Kristiansand, and was told there was nothing available until six days later, I felt like I was the character in my own movie. A movie that might very well have been called, “Lena Versus the Volcano”.
And had this course of events in fact been made into a movie, chances are great, I think, that it, too, would have flopped at the box office. Not a very believable story is it? The synopsis would go something like this:
“Sought-after Internet marketer travels from Florida to Norway to spend Easter with her family, and to hold a live workshop for her team in Oslo, only her second time in Norway in close to 15 years – and a volcano erupts in Iceland, filling the air with ashes and keeping her from returning back home by plane to her home in California.
“So there she is, stranded in Grimstad while her assistant Melanie is over in the States researching alternate travel arrangements for her, such as ship, boat or train…as well as the possibility of booking an entirely new flight altogether — namely a last-minute-flight from Oslo. (Flights that are doubling in price by the hour.)”
Right. A pretty unrealistic scenario. Yet it is all true, and it’s my very own little drama that I’m dealing with right now.
Fortunately for me, I don’t have anything that I have to “make it back for”. I can run my business just as well from my sister’s house here in tiny, sleepy, Grimstad, Norway, as I can run it from L.A. or from anywhere else in the world. All I need is a computer and an Internet connection.
I don’t have any clients waiting. I don’t have to make my clients wait because I don’t have to show up at a physical office to meet with them. I don’t have to be at an office to make a living. My office is wherever I happen to be, and with the help of Skype, webinars and other online meeting platforms I can, at any time, talk to anyone anywhere in the world.
My business runs itself whether I’m home or away, stranded, or traveling, awake or asleep. Because the Internet never rests, the Internet never takes time off.
The Internet works for me 24/7 — even when I’m away from my computer.
Is your business, your job, your career mobile? Flexible…? What would happen if you were delayed by a volcano (or an airline strike, or an avalanche, or a hurricane, or an illness, or something else that you have absolutely no control over) and couldn’t get home, back to “take care of business”?
Would your career suffer? Would you lose some deals, would you lose clients, lose money, lose sleep, lose face?
Having the advantage of mobility and flexibility in your work (yet a stable, consistent, much-above-average income) isn’t everything, but in a world of never ending change and unpredictability…well, it’s one less thing to worry about…
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