My boss sat me down, we went over the performance numbers. The game was over. Five years with the company dodging bullets, it couldn’t last and I knew it from day one.
Tim Ferriss. I had read his book, “The 4 Hour Workweek” when it first hit the bestseller’s list and had recently began to listen to it on Audible. What he was talking about, this idea of leveraging economic advantage by changing my geography, sounded really cool. But how would the bills get paid. What would I do? The thought of leaving the security of a “JOB” to pursue my entrepreneurial ideas was DAUNTING. At first it felt like getting hit in the face, but anticipated, so the fear of it happening almost caused pain before the event happened. Then the realization settled in. STOP READING HERE IF YOU WANT YOUR SAFETY BUBBLE. Security is an illusion. I never have had it anyway. In 2008-2010, during the economic crisis, I almost lost my home but for the grace of God, my Parents, my friends, and the help of many others. I was working as a landscaper full time, a bar-tender weekend evenings, and doing handy man work on Sundays for my parents.
I’m too old for that game now. When you have nowhere to go but forward, Fear is the only thing stopping you. And when the choice to stay at the safe job is gone because you just got fired – walking forward is all we have. I looked online. I bought a ticket to Bogota, Colombia. This didn’t happen because I’m brave, it happened because with people’s help, and some acceptance of my situation, I was finally open. The excuses that we think protect us and keep us safe had been shattered by the reality that was undeniable now.
It has been over a year now. I have many more passport stamps, a new tattoo, too much luggage, an action camera, a dslr, and an overwhelming desire to see and record so much more. I lived for 3 days with a local family in a village in Bali and experienced the most sacred Hindu holiday, Galungan with them on a month long visit to the island. I ate lawar, an amazing dish made of pigs blood, herbs, and shredded pigskin. I got sick from eating lettuce in Cartegena and spent 3 days on a toilet. I met a girl and fell in love. Then had a change of heart. I learned how to snorkel. How to talk to people in foreign languages. How to approach people and make new friends. How to be assertive. How to say no to things I don’t like or refuse to participate in.
While this blog is not associated with Mr. Ferriss or his book “The 4 Hour Workweek”, I am grateful for what he has shared. The idea that I could choose my own idea of success, leverage geography and technology, help more people, and ultimately live out an unbelievable destiny of my own choosing and responsibility is a very gracious gift. Thank you TIM FERRISS!!!!
Please treat yourself to this book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Take what works for you and your situation, leave what doesn’t for later in case you may need it down the road. You can also learn more at his blog: fourhourworkweek.com. Please ask questions, the only stupid ones are those we keep to ourselves.