“I am not where I want to be yet”.

I said this sentence the other day, while meeting a friend for a coffee in Dublin.

We were talking about each other’s business ventures.

My friend used to work in the hospitality industry for a relatively well-known hotel group.

He then moved to start his own take away business, which now only operates B2B.

He is also involved in two more projects, a predictive analytics app for Shopify and an “intelligent” chatbot, geared mostly at hotels.

I talked about my business ventures too.

He knew I sold Increasily, the digital marketing agency I created, in 2022.

He also knew I went to buy a number of ecommerce websites, which I now manage part-time.

He didn’t know I was also involved in a real estate project concerning renovating and selling some apartments in Italy, which were bought by my parents in the early 2000s.

At some point of the conversation, I said: “I am not where I want to be yet”.

The problem is I don’t really know what that means.

I don’t really know where I want to be. I just know that I am not there yet.

I suppose in the short-term, “where I want to be” is a place where I have peace of mind about money.

This mostly means selling the apartments in Italy and reinvesting the money into a property here in Ireland.

It also means taking the ecommerce stores that I manage to a much higher volume of sales and revenue.

So I guess in the short-term “where I want to be” mainly concerns my financial situation.

It’s not only that though. Being successful in business means also being successful full-stop.

It’s about the feeling of achievement and work paying off.

It’s about being the recognition of success by other people.

“Where I want to be” is more likely an unspecified place in which I am recognised as successful not only by myself but more importantly by other people.

It’s when I have my own Wikipedia entry.

It’s when my name is on the news.

It’s when I move to Montecarlo and amĀ  recognised as a millionaire.

It’s when I have my own private jet.

It’s when etc. etc. It’s when a lot of external factors happen, factors that are really not in my control.

A better question is “why am I not where I want to be…right now?”

What am I missing? What doesn’t work? What does need to be fixed?

I guess this is to be continued as soon as the real estate project is completed, the apartments are sold, and the money reinvested.

Will I the be where I wanted to be?

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