I was talking with my wife the other day about the decisions that make a difference in each of our lives. I am considerably older than she. So sometimes she asks me to share some of the more imporant lessons I have learned along the way that I believe are well worth taking to heart.
In response to her query, I recited for her a passage from a poem that has given me profound guidance time after time and again since I first read it more than six decades ago.
It was written by Robert Frost. And, to me, it expresses the very essence of what it takes to succeed in life -- or in any aspect of it:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Most people in life take the road well-travelled, don’t they?
They seek out what Teddy Roosevelt called “A life of ignoble ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things.”
And, frankly, I think that’s kind of sad.
I explained to my wife that the one thing I want for her more than anything else in the world is that she never has to look back in sorrow ages and ages hence and laments a lifetime of lost opportunities.
Of what she could have done, but never did.
What might have been, but never was.
And that, of course, is what I want for every single Member of The Offshore Club. In fact, it is why I founded the Club in the first place nearly a year ago.
I thought then, and I know now, that there are millions and millions of Americans who are ready to start life anew on the sandy beaches… in the quaint old cities… high atop the rain forest mountains… or in the peaceful pueblos of Central and South America.
They – perhaps, you – want to a life free of racial divisions… of political strife… of government dictates… of soaring taxes, ruinous regulations, and increasingly rude government overlords… of skyrocketing crime… and a general feeling of a deepening abyss dragging them – us – down to perdition.
In short, they want back their freedom. They want back their hopes and their dreams. They want once again to enjoy the “pursuit of happiness,” unfettered by perverse politicians and perilous mobs.
Fortunately, I know from the hundreds and hundreds of messages that fill my inbox on a daily basis that more and more Offshore Club Members have now come to realize that all which we once loved and have long since lost can be found anew south of border.
It is there, where the warm embrace of the Caribbean sun announces diurnally that the New American Dream is alive, well and welcoming. It is there, where traditional values still prevail, where hard work is still rewarded, and where the rule of law is still respected. It is there, where more and more Americans are setting out to, in the words of Tennyson, “seek a newer world.”
And that is why I want to encourage all who read this heartfelt missive to cast aside your doubts and fears and take what is still at this point in time, the road less traveled.
Right now, you can still purchase a breathtaking beachfront home in Central and South America for a mere fraction of what it would cost in the US. A mountaintop hideaway for pennies on a US dollar. Or a spacious flat in an exciting – safe – Latin American upbeat downtown for less than the taxes on a similar flat in a crime-ridden US city.
It is all yours for the asking – and taking – if you are willing to make your move today.
In short, at this time in your life – perhaps, more so than ever before – you are facing “two roads diverged in a wood.”
The one well-traveled will keep you where you are, doing exactly what you have always done and are now doing – and, as with all of us, very likely leading to some inexorable laments ages and ages hence about the lost opportunities of a lifetime.
Conversely, the road less traveled will open up incredible options for you that others can only imagine. It will bring you excitement and rewards others will never enjoy. It will take you to places about which others have only read. Moving at paces others fear to tread.
And then, perhaps, ages and ages hence,
You shall be telling this with a sigh
You took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Let’s do this thing!