Sigrun: Love is a Foreign Land

“It’s been 7 years since I took a leap of faith, packed one suitcase, and moved to Switzerland to live with a man I’d met just 7 months before. This was so not like me. Moving to a new country with one suitcase? Yes. I’d already done that three times in my life. But moving to a new country for love? No.

“At 16, I’d decided I’d never let a man or children stop me from following my dreams. And so my dreams had always come first; everything else second. But in 2008, something shifted. I’d been a successful CEO for 4 years and my vision was to continue in that career for some years to come. The year started off well: I was on garden leave from my last position as CEO so that I could focus on my MBA thesis and start thinking about what I wanted to do next. But during that time, I realized something: I was happy with my life except for one small, important detail. I was single and wanted nothing more than to share my life with a partner. The relationship books I’d been reading had varying degrees of advice. But none of them addressed the REAL issue: that I was still hurt from my last relationship.

“In the midst of all this, I went to a Tony Robbins’ seminar, Unleash The Power Within, in London. During that seminar, Tony talked about the six human needs: certainty, variety, significance, connection and love, growth, and contribution. He explained why we need them ALL, and why there will always be one that drives us the most. I was shocked to realize that my life had been driven by significance and immediately decided that I wanted my life to be driven by connection and love instead.

“The next day, I met my future husband.

“We became friends first—although he says he fell in love with me on day one. I, on the other hand, was so hurt from my previous relationship that it took me more time to fall in love again. Still, we’d only spent a total of 14 days together when I decided to take a leap of faith. I had nothing to lose. If it worked out, it would be the best thing ever, and if it didn’t work out, then at least I’d know I’d tried. Fortunately, it turned out to be the best thing ever. I found the love of my life and last night, we celebrated my move-to-Switzerland anniversary.

“You might ask what this has got to do with my business. My answer? Everything! 27 months ago, I took a leap of faith and incorporated my business with zero customers and no business plan. It was time to finally start my life as an entrepreneur. If it worked out, it would be the best thing ever, and if it didn’t work out, then at least I’d know I’d tried. Fortunately, it turned out to be the best thing ever.

“Today, I have my dream business AND my dream man.”

Sigrun Gudjonsdottir, Online Business Strategist

(Reykjavik, Iceland & Zurich, Switzerland)

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