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How I got started
5/28/2018 | Sheryl McGlochlin
People often ask me how I got started in this thriving outdoor adventure business. As I look back at some of the mile stones in my business, it's interesting to see my thought patterns and decisions that I made, not really knowing where they would lead me. One consistent quality stands out:
Learn from others and be open to new ideas
I'll never forget a simple experience January 2007 that completely changed the course of my life. I believe it really is the small and simple things in our daily lives that make the biggest impact on us long term.
I had been invited to do a 1 hour "How to Snowshoe" Presentation at a local REI store one evening in January. After the presentation a man from the audience approached me and said,
"How would you and your husband (by now he knew I was married) like to go to Switzerland and hike the Alps for 10 days, all expenses paid?"
NOTHING he said sounded even remotely possible! Me going to Europe? Me going with my husband to Europe? Me being able to endure a flight across the Atlantic Ocean? Me being able to hike the Alps? Me being able to do all of this for FREE?
After the shock of this conversation finally wore off, I started thinking about it more seriously. He was a professional hiking guide who took groups to the Swiss Alps every summer. He told me all of this could happen if I let me circle of friends know about this trip and if 10 people signed up, my husband and I would go for free.
8 months later: My husband and I were on a plane to Geneva, Switzerland and had the most amazing time of our lives - ALL EXPENSES PAID, just like he had promised me!
I tell you this story because I will make you a similar offer. I'll help YOU travel for FREE by letting your friends and family know about my adventure trips! I know it will change your life like it did mine!! Your contacts are very valuable and will help you do things and go places that you otherwise thought were impossible.