The story of Keith Jenkins could be a symbol for the current situation in which the financial crisis is bringing about social changes. Because Keith was an investment banker for 10 years – until he decided to follow his dreams and passions and get out of it Crisis to take a chance.

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Keith is anything but a dreamy crank: When I met him in September 2011 at the GoMedia conference in Edmonton, Canada, to which we were both invited, he looked to me like someone who knows what he wants Set has - and he knows how to achieve it.

And yet, in 2008, Keith did something that many people would call him insane: he left his secure and, above all, well-paid job to take care of the Welt zu travel. In 2009, he pretty much has his experiences and motivations to do so Honestly published in the nine-page e-book Travelations: the trip that opened my eyes, which is available for free at the Internet can read (and it's really worth reading!)

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In it he describes how working as an investment banker at a Dutch bank had gradually changed his life, but also him as a person, and how he himself only worked as an auto pilot as a good “corporate citizen”. And how the fast-paced banking business was starting to tire him.

Then his employer was taken over by a consortium: a decisive experience for him, because even if one offered him a job, everything, which he had worked for years, was gone away.

Suddenly free - and now?

After a few months, in which Keith gave the good banker to the outside, and in his heart thought about throwing everything down, the dismissal followed. That was, Keith writes, the simpler part. Only with the sudden freedom did he have difficulties: Imagine the feeling: it's all in your hands, it's all in your hands

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So Keith took a break for the first time - and a trip around the world for which he had never had time before: he bought a luxurious round-the-world ticket, booked a few tours and hotels in advance and saw what happened.

revenue Money or what would happen after his return, he didn't worry at first - because he had always had that before. In addition, during the first two months of his five-month trip around the world, he received job offers for banks in Frankfurt, Zurich, London and Amsterdam almost every day. He would accept one of them after his return.

The goal: self-discovery!

His goal was a different one: To find oneself: First of all, I wanted to 're-discover'myself through self-reflection. What makes me happy? What makes me happy? What am I passionate about? These were some of thequestions I pondered over the course of the next five months.

The career end

And then came the Lehman crash in the fall of 2008. Keith was on a yacht in the Great Barrier Reef when he heard about it. The job offers stopped almost immediately. And Keith was beginning to worry about his Future close. But first he wanted to enjoy his journey: It slowly began to sink into that of mycareer in banking what probably over. I could not do that. It was a new challenge but one I wasdetermined to postpone until after my trip.

Experiences and inspiration

In the following months, Keith had a lot of experience: he learned to meditate and fight his fears of heights and sharks by faced directly with his fears. He met inspiring people. And he learned to travel alone, which required him special abilities: New things were learned every day. Travelling alone, I became very self-sufficient. I organized my transportation, accommodation, and tours; plannedmy budget; learned to keep an eye on my expenditures and cut down when Ineeded to; and became better at management. I started to appreciate andapply. When I feel like I'm going to have a good time, I've got a good time. Every day what a priceless lesson.

The right attitude is not enough

After all kinds of positive experiences, Keith finally returned to Amsterdam in the middle of winter. He was happy, confident and fuller confidence, back soon successfully to be able to work.

But Optimism and the right attitude weren't enough: Keith couldn't find a new job. He had no idea what to do instead. And gradually he became depressed. The world had changed.

What do I really want?

But Keith had changed, too. Another trip to his Family to Malaysia helped him get back on his feet. And he thought to himself: What do I really want? Where are my passions and my skills? What are my passions? What career experience did Ihave? What am I good at? How much money would I need to earn? Did I want to go out on my own or work at a company?

New career as a blogger

His answer was the travel blog Velvet Escape, which started soon after and which allowed him to combine his two passions, travel and writing. But Keith, he tells me in Canada, had one from the start Business-Plan concocted, as he did, for example through advertising or sponsorship, so that money to earn could.

From now on, he wrote full-time about his travel experiences. He noted that improvisational skills are one of the most important skills in blogging. But he also appreciates very much the opportunity to be with the full dedication and whole heart with the thing, which he likes.

And exactly this Energy In my opinion it is also what makes him so successful. Continued good luck!

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