On the 18th of October 2013 I walked out the doors of my 10 + year job. It was also 2 days before my 30th birthday.
One week later I left the country for 6 months.
I didn't just wake up and think “Right I have to get out of here” like some people out there. I did a little bit of planning.
Why I Quit My Job
Why would I quit a good paying job with security?
I needed some freedom. Even if it was only for 6 months, I needed to experience what it was like to not have to wake up to an alarm and be able to go do what I wanted to do, for an extended period.
I wanted to try this entrepreneurial life out. When I was 22 I started buying real estate in the hopes of realising my dreams of living the life of an entrepreneur. I have a small income from my portfolio but no where near enough to live off in Australia. Which brings me to...
I wanted to travel the world. I put off world travel until I was 28 while I was trying to build up my property portfolio so I was itching to get out there and explore what the world has to offer. So I thought why not try and bootstrap my income in another country and try 'living the life' overseas ?
What Challenges Did I Face?
Plenty. After a few weeks I noticed it can be lonely. I was blogging like a madman and trying to write my first book while living in dorm rooms.
Not the ideal location for that sort of thing. You'd think that you couldn't be lonely in a dorm room, but I'm talking about a different kind of lonely.
The kind of lonely where your not doing what everyone else is doing. It can be like your on a completely different wave length. Other people are out partying while your writing your heart out.
It's also hard work doing anything entrepreneurial. Your doing the uncommon. Your going against the crowd. Your doing what 99% of the population don't.
Small cash flow also meant I had to be careful with my money and how I spent it. Certain countries made this not so hard, others it felt like I was bleeding money. I made sure to stick to as many cheaper countries as I could to experience this life as long as possible.
What Have I Learned?
I absolutely love this lifestyle! I'd love to say I couldn't go back to the normal 9-5 but the truth is I am going to.
Why? Because I love this lifestyle so much that I want to do it more. I want that freedom. I want that hard work. Because it is so damn rewarding.
But the biggest reason is, I want to buy more real estate so I can build up my passive income and continue this journey. I will go back to the Monday to Friday, because I know that if I put in another year or two or three of hard work then I can make this lifestyle PERMANENT.
I've also learnt that you DON'T need tonnes of money to be happy, mostly because I didn't. But if you're willing to move to a cheaper country even just for a month or three you can make your money last up to 4 times longer.
If you moved somewhere like Thailand for a short period you can survive on a few hundred dollars a week if you want. And you won't be living a shitty lifestyle either, you'd be surprised at the kind of existence you can live for a whole lot less than your home country.
I've learned that you need to work hard and relentlessly. You absolutely need to live and breath whatever your project is. DO NOT GIVE UP.
Every day you need to be doing something towards your dream no matter how small or big.
How Has My Life Changed?
I now think about things differently. The biggest difference is, I really appreciate what I have now more than ever.
I've realised after travelling through a lot of third world countries that I have more than a lot of people. I am very thankful for what I have, so many many people are much worse off.
One of the biggest things I've realised is that this life is POSSIBLE!
It took me a while to work up the guts to take the step towards this kind of lifestyle and I couldn't be happier for doing it.
Even if you can just try living the entrepreneurial lifestyle for a few months you mind is going to open up to a whole new world of opportunities.
You'll realise the freedom, the creativity and the choices you can make. You'll wake up with a grin on your face knowing that today, you can do whatever you want.
What Tips Do I Have For You?
MAKE A DATE AND STICK TO IT.
About a year ago I started experimenting with putting a date on things that I wanted to do and make them happen.
Well it works.
You just have to stick to it. Do NOT move that date. Make it and then do everything in your power to get what you need done by that time.
Quitting your job is not the end of the world.
It really isn't. As long as you have at least some skills then you can get another job. If you really, really need one you'll get one.
There is a certain amazing feeling with cutting the strings to your job. That word is one of the most important in my vocabulary; FREEDOM.
A pile of cash is a pile of options.
Make sure that if you decide to go down this path that you have some financial back up behind you. Have a comfortable amount of cash in the bank that if things turn sour and the world starts collapsing your going to be fine for a while.
Money is power. You don't need millions, just enough for peace of mind. Stressing about a lack of it will be the death of you.
JUST DO IT!
As Nike says you just have to do it. You've just got to take that step and trust yourself and be confident. If everything came falling down you can always recover.
How do I know you will?
Because you have to.
I think the same thing sometimes, if things are going bad I just remind myself that this will pass and I will get through it. I am strong and I will come out the other side even stronger.
So, if you're chasing a big goal, whatever it is, stick to your guns. Don't let people tell you you can't do it. Focus and work relentlessly.
You have only one life, make the most of it.
“If you want to live like no one else then start living like no one else”