Viva Las Vegas! A place that many see as a place of sin, I actually saw as a place of opportunity. That’s how the city was viewed many years ago when tourism and entertainment took over as the largest employer in the valley in 1945. To be surrounded by mountains and the desert, it was amazing to see what was built on this piece of land and the job opportunities available to everyone from all backgrounds and expertise; from the human statues and street vendors, to the many Cirque Du Soleil productions hosted in the most beautiful casino/hotels around the world. Just by simply overcoming my fear of flying and stepping outside of my neighborhood once again, I was able to see the beauty that the world has to offer.
We tend to limit ourselves to the neighborhoods we grew up in either because we don’t make it a priority to plan and fund a vacation or we find comfort in being in an area that we’re familiar with. By doing this, we not only limit our location, but we also limit our minds and the opportunities that are made available to us.
The world has so much more to offer us personally and professionally. I encourage everyone to go beyond their neighborhood and explore the various places in the world. If you have a strong desire and passion to start a career in a particular field that’s not promising in your hometown, it’s okay to relocate. It’s okay to at least travel outside of the city and see what’s around you. I know people who live in Ann Arbor, which is approximately 30-minutes away from Downtown Detroit, who has never been to the city and experience all of the great attractions, parks, and events that they have to offer. What’s reported in the media can’t always be trusted. There is crime everywhere. So if your fear is crime, overcome it because you’re missing out. Not only are you missing out on new experiences, but you’re also missing out on becoming a more well-rounded and diverse person that your clients and customers would enjoy.
My goal is to go on vacation and travel outside of Michigan 3 times a year. How about you? Where have you been? Where are you going?