Becoming Bicoastal

I just finished spending nearly approximately six weeks living in New York City and I am looking back in amazement over these last few weeks. Parts of this journey were difficult and there were times I wanted to pack up and head back to the West Coast, but I stuck through it all and I’m so glad I did.

Since my birthday this past January, I have been determined to walk my own talk and live The Amazing Life Project that I have been envisioning and creating for quite some time. My experience in NYC is nothing short of living a dream come true. I have always had a dream of living in New York, but for some reason had imagined that it still wouldn’t happen for a number of years. Due to the outrageous cost of living that I had always heard about, I just figured I couldn’t afford a nice place that I would enjoy.

When I first started planning my year, I began thinking about my typical dream of traveling throughout Europe for a month sightseeing. While it seemed like a great idea, I never really moved forward with it because I really didn’t want to travel through Europe alone. I want to share that experience with someone.

But when the opportunity came up to spend time in NYC with a friend of mine, I immediately jumped on it. Initially my visit was just for 9 days, but later it evolved into an additional full month. I loved the idea because it was giving me an opportunity to really try out living there. I do love it and I am going to keep my intention of working in both New York and Los Angeles (or San Francisco). In fact, I have taken a number of steps over the past month to begin putting this plan into action.

I also maintain my primary residence in Seattle, Washington which has been my homebase for the past 15+ years. My intention has always been for Seattle to be my place of retreat and rejuvenation – a place to relax rather than a place to work. It’s an expensive proposition to have three residences, but ultimately, I do know this is the life I wish to create for myself. I see myself working on a big scale in large international metropolitan areas on the East and West Coasts and then retreating to the Pacific Northwest for rest which I find to be the most beautiful place on Earth and the place where am able to really connect with God.

Why do I really want this? It’s a really good question that I just asked myself. The most clear answer that just came to me was because I don’t want to play small anymore and I want to raise the bar on what I do for a living. I feel that I have been living a fairly “safe” life for the past 10 years when it comes to entrepreneurship. My consulting work for Fortune 500 clients is my daily bread and butter. I know how to do it and I know how to do it well. But I’m also an entrepreneur at heart and have been my entire life. I suffered a fairly significant business loss on a small business venture in 2003 and since then I believe I’ve been thinking smaller in terms of entrepreneurship rather than thinking big as I once did. It’s the new conservative part of me that has entered the equation.

For example, I launched a resume writing business in the past year where the average sale is $150. In comparison, my consulting business which I have now had for 14 years has an average sale between $500,000 and $1,000,000. It seems that lately I have been not developing entrepreneurial ideas on the same scale at which I currently work.

Becoming bicoastal is one way for me to think big again and I think it’s just what I need to take my life and my business to the next level. I feel that working in New York and Los Angeles or New York and San Francisco will enable me to accomplish this.

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About the Author

Chad Ryan is a management consultant and success coach with more than 20 years of experience helping to transform people and organizations. He's worked with some of the largest and most well-known companies and organizations in the world, along with numerous startups and small businesses. Developing creative ideas and implementing technology solutions that help people build, grow, and operate their business, is what Chad does best. He has guided many companies through massive changes with their workforce and has implemented new systems that enable them to work smarter, operate better, and increase their bottom line.

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