Hello! Thank you for stopping by! Well, this is my story. Before working remotely, I devoted all my time to the business.
And I mean ALL.
My weekdays and weekends are for business. I don’t really meet with friends. I miss important family dates. My friends don’t even invite me anymore (I wouldn’t go anyway). I just was never there. I feel there’s something missing.
A little background. If you knew me back then, I don’t really like to travel for leisure. I just go if there is a business opportunity in it like seminars, client deals, and etc.
There was even this instance where we had business meetings in Baler, Aurora. I just went all out meetings and closing deals. ZERO RECREATION. I was so workaholic that I didn’t even know that that place was a surfing hub!
One weekend, I read the book “4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferris. He illustrated the possibility of earning while living your dream life. This is not delayed gratification vs instant gratification. He was proposing that you can be in between. Again, living your dream life WHILE working.
It made me wonder. What do I really want in my life? Do I just want to toil through this seemingly endless cycle I’m stuck in?
The Turning Point. I Realized My Wanderlust
After a few months, I went to my very first purely leisure trip to Japan. I was with my family and I thought it was just well, a waste of time. But whatever. I just came along.
Here I got my AHA moment. I actually… liked the experience. I appreciated the sites. The people. THE FOOD?! I told myself, there is so much to see in the world. It allowed me to immerse in their culture. And I want more!
It dawned upon me, where else can I widen my worldview? Yes! By actually seeing the whole world. This became my number one life goal.
The New Me
Many people believe we should practice delayed gratification to get to our dreams (which is true by the way). But with today’s technology, you can live in your dreams while simultaneously working on-the-go. The rise of the Digital Nomad Era. Where you just need your trusty laptop and a reliable internet connection for income.
I had a goal to only get location independent sources of income. I may not get ultra-rich. Just enough income to sustain this traveling lifestyle.
But the experiences I get at a young age are far more precious than hoards of cash when I grow old. I don’t want the regret, especially that I know it’s possible.
At the end of the day, if you’re gonna work anyway, why not around the world?