Or as my favorite band puts it, out of the jar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jThi78NzKC8
I have a bit of money saved up. I am about to quit my job, thereby losing my recurring income, but hopefully the amount I have saved is enough to pull of this plan:
First, I'm going to start traveling the world. I plan to leave for Thailand in mid-April and never come back. Well, I'll stop by the States on occasion (I have two different weddings to attend in July, if nothing else). On my way around the world I want to build a lifestyle business that can make this exploration continue indefinitely. I have basically no practical skills, but a high IQ, I'm pretty darn personable and handsome and all that jazz (former porn star, competitive dancer, youngest ever invited lecturer at the Worldwide Center of Mathematics), and when I'm under pressure, I shine like the sun. Right now I'm working a bullshit personal assistant/executive director of a philanthropic fund job that requires basically no effort or intelligence, so I'm not under any pressure, and so I feel like a lump of coal rather than the diamond I know I can be. I'm hoping that by traveling I'll be able to douse myself in that wonderful eustress that gets me to actually get shit done, and then get some shit done and build that lifestyle business that I'll need, before I'll actually need it. And all from a beachhouse in Thailand or what have you.
My current idea for a practical lifestyle business is basically what Tim Ferriss talks about in 4HWW: finding something during my travels that people don't have in the USA that an adwords campaign confirms they would want, setting up a shopify, and getting a fulfillment company to ship it out. I'm totally open to new ideas, though.
So what do you think?
The formatting is a little odd because I wrote this as an email to you, then went to your website to find your email address, and then noticed that hey SETT is up so I can just post this instead! Copying it over included the formatting, unfortunately.
Hey here's a question: I just started a blog,
Read any entry other than the most recent one, which is shit.
I have no attachment to its current format or anything. How do I go about setting up my own SETT blog? I've been poking around the website for a while now and haven't actually found that, to my chagrin.
Hey... you can't have a SETT blog just yet... I'm going to endure the bugs solo and then once it's polished up a bit let other people use it, too. I'll put a signup list in this community section at some point.
I am one of the people that you speak to in the beginning of The Life Nomadic
, who found a copy online for free. I enjoyed it and found it informative enough that I then went and bought a copy, and I am really looking forward to putting its ideas into practice. Speaking of, I'm having trouble actually finding info about which specific cruise lines have the cheap in a certain direction tickets, do you have any more precise advice about that?
Man, it's been a while since I read The Life Nomadic, I should really reread that.
In my last post i talked about what NOW is the right time for. The implication, of course, is that there are certain periods of time where you can actually take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Let's call that your Opportunity Window. In the Standard American Lifestyle, that window is narrow. Really narrow. It probably starts somewhere at the end of senior year in college and ends a few months afterwards.
There are small blips of opportunity afterwards, too. Getting fired creates a window. Some sort of windfall income might create a window.
That sucks. Someone with a Standard American Life probably has no more than a year of Opportunity Window in their lifetime. It's only during those times that they can start a new business, leave their lives behind and try something new and exciting, or just make a drastic change.
In 2013 I have some ambitious goals. I wanted to write them out and share them with everyone so you can help encourage me. Publicly displaying my goals, while nerve wracking, also serves a method to keep me accountable. Don’t let me slip.
1) Record an album of 10 songs, orginals and covers
I've been playing guitar since my Sophomore year of college. Armed with GarageBand, my acoustic guitar, and a microphone this year I want to record an album of songs. Mostly covers however I do have a few originals I borrowed the chords and melody from other songs and added my own Spanish lyrics.
2) Fluency in Spanish