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The importance to diversify
I always believed in "gut feelings", and although slightly too late - four years ago - I listened to my inner voice saying: "... need to diversify - the market cannot sustain itself ..." and decided to move away from Florida and pick a less stressful lifestyle in the mountains in GA. We had an excellent business (did architectural design and had a contractor's license) in Naples - work (and income) was abundant. We took a leap of faith and I knew we had to diversify!
We had to diversify!
We had to re-think our entire life-style as well as our opportunities. It was clear that I could not survive on architecture alone. In the past three years, we opened a coffee shop (Lilly Pad Village), built a small miniature golf course on our property, added two gem mining flumes, stocked the pond and allow people (mainly kids) to fish, I learned how to design web sites (and got pretty good at it), my wife got ordained and started officiating wedding and commitment ceremonies ..... and of course I still do design work. We did all of our-build out ourselves, which not only gave us great pleasure, kept us in ... more

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