Double Six Beach in Bali

A common question I get asked is – “Why do I do this?


Why do I jet around the world trying to figure out how to live and work from anywhere?

Why throw away the life of comfort and stability offered by the well-worn path of what I “should do”?


To that I respond: What other choice do I have?


Should I instead:

  • Work 30 years at the same 9-5 job so that one day I can “retire”?
  • Save money for retirement only to have it destroyed by greedy bankers?
  • Do nothing to protect my wealth while the government devalues the dollar by printing money?
  • Live in one place my whole life and never explore the world?
  • Do the exact same stuff I did last year?
  • Never challenge myself?
  • Be average?


Why would I trade my freedom for this type of “security”?

Most people follow the “rules” all their lives, but those “rules” set by society are there to benefit a few select people at your expense.


If you aren’t trying to live your own dreams, someone else is trying to make you live theirs.


Fast forward to the end of your life… you are laying on your death bed.

  • How do you feel about your life?
  • Who is there with you?
  • What have they learned from you?
  • How is the world a better place because you existed?


“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs Stanford 2005 Commencement (amazing speech)


The sad truth is that most people waste the gift of life and take their dreams to the grave with them.

Don’t be one of those people.

You can either give up to social pressure and your own fears or you can live life on your terms.


So what choice do you have besides living your dreams… not live them?


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