Live Your WorkPosted on Dec 19, 2012 | 28 comments
And now, the conversation goes like this . . .
People: So what do you do for work?
Me: Well . . . I don't have job right now.
People: Oh! I'm sorry.
Me: No, don't be sorry. I left my job a few months back.
People: Why did you leave?
Me: Well . . . My wife and I are taking our family to travel around the world.
People: Like . . . the WORLD world. Wow! Like, for a year or something?
Me: No, a lot longer than that. Hopefully for many years.
People: . . . how? You're brave. How does one . . . How do you do that?
Me: We just saved for years and said if the time came when we could do it, we would. And here we are.
People: And you stay in hotels and stuff?
Me: Yeah, but it depends. In the States we camp, in Asia we rent houses. Whatever makes sense and keeps things cheap.
People: And when the money runs out you'll just come back?
Me: Not sure yet.
People: Well, what happens when the money runs out?
Me: I don't think it will.
People: Well how are you going to make money?
Me: Well . . .
I don't know how we're going to make money while we travel, but really, it doesn't concern me.
Oh, I get why everybody feels they need to know how to make money while they travel. And I get why people may think it's a bit crazy or irresponsible to leave your job without any legitimate prospects of income in the future. That makes sense. That's what most of us were taught. That's what I was taught. But now that we are finally here, and the decision to "just do it" has been made, I find myself thinking much differently.
Why It Is So Easy For People To Make Money On The Internet
Making money is incredibly easy. I know this idea might get some people worked up, but it really is.
To make money you only have to create something of value that you can sell to someone else. This could be a product, a service, or even an idea. And once you have developed your creation, you just need to find people who think it's useful. It's easy.
We have the greatest communication tools in the history of the world at our disposal. We simply need to get online, show people what we have to offer, and set a price.
Ever heard of Bebo.com?
Odds are you haven't, and yet 30 million people use Bebo.com as a social networking platform. Now if you can get .0002% of Bebo's tiny group of users to buy into your product, you'll be just fine.
It's not hard people. Hard is trying to make a living selling the eggs from 10 chickens to a town of 20 people. You're trying to sell 1,000 eggs to billions. The internet is on your side.
Why It Is So Hard For People To Make Money On The Internet
If you are anything like me, you've probably spent hundreds of days and nights pondering over the potential of your ideas.
Wouldn't it be nice if I could . . .
This is such a great idea, I wonder if I could . . .
Everyone says I am really good at this, I should . . .
I'm sure there have been many nights where you've gone to bed and it felt like the whole world was gonna change the following day. You had the idea. You knew what you were gonna do. You were happy. And then you went and woke up.
A week later your idea was history. After multiple conversations with your spouse, friends, colleagues, and self, you decide that it really wasn't very feasible to jump into this grand plan of yours right now. There was no guarantee it would work. It was risky, and you just weren't ready to take risks. And oh yeah - you weren't even sure it would make any money.
You know why people struggle to make money on the internet?
It's because they're too busy worry about making money on the internet.
The only people who should be worrying about making money online are the people who are selling products, services, and ideas that teach people how to make money online. You should be worried about completing and improving your products, and I should be worried about getting posts out more than once a week, and writing books, and learning more about travel.
Think about how good your stuff would be if you took all the time you spent worrying about making money and applied it towards working on what you love and believe in.
In the online world, most of us are treating business as if we are playing the lottery. Instead of actually getting to work on something we are passionate about, we are tweeting around all day in the hopes that the nickel slots might someday pay off and get us back to even.
Those who write good books get published. And those who worry about their books making money never even write them.
Living Your Work
For my family, travel was never the primary goal.
Sure, we love travel, but we could have traveled without going through the process of selling all our stuff, paying off our debt, creating this blog, quitting our jobs, pulling our kids out of school, and now - PACKING!
We wanted to spend more time with our family, help others, and pursue careers that might allow us to work for ourselves. In order to do that, we felt we had to travel. It was what we enjoyed, it afforded us time together, it was good for the kids, and it could be done on the cheap. And so here we are.
In . . . 24 days we are gone. Big adventures will begin. And this blog will become something new.
People have asked us,
Why travel on such a tight budget?
Why skip famous destinations over a few bucks?
Why visit the US first when there are so many cheap places to visit in the world?
Well, we are now a business. We are the product. And we are trying to build something strong for down the road. We want to be reliable experts in the field, not just a family who took a long vacation. We have to give it our all. We have to live it.
I don't worry about money, because I believe in the product. I believe in what we are doing. It's good, and we are persistent enough to stick with the plan and turn it into something of value.
We go to bed thinking about this stuff all the time. We think about how we will create lessons for the kids and share them with you so you can use them. We think of how we'll stick to a budget by exploring the path less traveled, and how we can help others to do it too. We think of how many people haven't been as lucky as we have, and how we want to travel around our countries to get the inside scoop and help as much as we can. And when we wake up, we think about all of this again.
We think about everything when it comes to becoming better travelers, parents, educators, and people. But the one thing we don't think about is making money. And it's not because we don't want it. And it's certainly not because we don't need it. It's simply because money is not our work. It's not our product. Money is not us. We are parents, travelers, escapists, explorers, writers. And the more we focus on doing what we believe in, the more money we will make. Good and honest products find a way.
Find a passion and create out of that passion. Forget about the "what ifs". Forget about the money. If you give it your all, the money will come. Money comes easy when the product is good. Go out and find your product, become your product, and your product will find the money for you.
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