Hi all, just interested , has anyone sold their business to go cruising and then regretted it down the track? Now, I dont mean regretted going cruising, but regretted losing the cashflow, or assumed wrongly they could live well on what they had only to find it didnt work quite as expected. I ask because its always easy to assume the grass is greener. My situation is this, I sold half my business 6 years ago at the age of 39 , i have no kids
and are not married ( have a partner that crusies intermittently ) have been cruising almost fulltime since. I should say im neither rich or poor ( financially ) .Currently sitting off a beautiful little island in Palawan Philippines
( here im rich both in life and money
). All is great , but everyday I still have little business concerns and with modern telecommunications they find me everyday, its really easy to focus on these small issues and make them bigger, forgeting the big picture, which is not only ridiculous but also disrepectful to the fortunate life I currently have. I got lucky, there were times when I definitely would have sold the business to release me of the responsibility , if I had of I would now have a different set of problems, constantly concerned about the money
going down etc. Its really easy to not trully appreciate what one has and focus on what one dosen't have, secondly assuming you can get something back once you let it go. Sometimes luck and timing plays a role in helping you develop a successful business and most often cant be replicated again, once you let it go it's gone. Ive watched too many successful people assume they are purely successful because they are smarter or work harder than other's ,but really circumstances played a big role. Through talking to other cruisers over the years ive come across a number that have sold up to live their dream only to realize later if they had of managed their situation differently they would be in a preferred position now. Also markets change and with them so do individual fortunes. Through these conversations ive realized ive lucked out ( presently ) and so easily could have made a decision that I regretted. Interested in others views /experiences of cruising while retaining all or some of their business or what they would do differently if they had their time again. BTW for the record
im on a 32ft Freedom not a gunboat just to put things in perspective.