HOW TO QUIT YOUR DAY JOB AND TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH FUN AND GREAT EXPERIENCE

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Four years ago on a sunny April morning, I slinked into my new office building, suit slightly too big, 24-years-old and clueless. It was my first day working at a large, prestigious bank in downtown Boston. The first day of the career that would ostensibly define the rest of my life.

 

I felt strangely powerful as I collected my new security badge and gained access to the sleek silver elevator. This was it. I was finally a real, live, functioning adult.

But that sense of power vanished once I was led to my new cubicle. Grey, sterile, joyless. I looked around and noted the smattering of other ambitious 20-somethings about me, awkwardly stuffed into cheap suits and business attire. Some worked furiously at their consoles, invigorated. Others slinked in their chairs, lifeless and a paper jam away from putting a shotgun in their mouth.

I would soon be one of the latter.

I sat, nervously sipping my energy drink as I waited for my new supervisor to come train me for the morning. She arrived around 8:30 AM and by 9 AM had shown me enough pointless procedures to make even the drabbest college textbook shout with a vibrant life in my memory. I woke up at 6:30 AM for this?

By 11 AM I silently asked myself when the soonest I’d be able to quit would be. I was two hours into my lifelong career choice of finance and I was already contemplating an escape route. “This is not a good sign,” I thought next.

I quit six weeks later.

How to quit your job and leave the cubicle hell

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I would love to tell you leaving the bank was one of those triumphant movie moments, where I walked out of the office with a sly smile and Kevin Spacey fist pump. The reality is that I felt like an idiot. I trembled as I put my two weeks in to my manager. When he asked what I planned on doing instead, my shaky reply of some sort of website blog thing sounded just as ridiculous to me as it probably did to him. By lunch, the news has spread around my team. Most of them were so confused, they awkwardly avoided talking to me and didn’t say goodbye. I imagine they believed I had just flushed my future down the toilet. Part of me believed the same.

I get a lot of emails from readers asking me how I manage to travel the world without holding down a so-called “steady job.”

The short answer is the internet. Before this blog, I ran a number of websites and projects that earned some money. Then I did some freelance work. Then I wrote a book. Then people started telling me to write more stuff and jump ahead five years and about 500,000 words and here I am.

Many people dream about dropping out of the rat race. They want to let go of the career ladder and find a way to spend more time doing what they love. I wholeheartedly endorse this life decision. Although I felt stupid when I left the bank and would spend most of the next two years scared out of my mind, broke, and working all hours of the day and night, it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.

There’s already a lot written out there in this area: quitting your job, making money online, starting a business, vagabonding around the world, etc. A lot of it’s great. But a lot of it doesn’t talk about the emotional realities — dealing with doubt, finding the motivation, addressing the strains on your friends and relationships. I want to paint a realistic portrait of this life change. There are a lot of challenges, both mental and emotional, but I encourage you to take the leap.

WHY YOU SHOULD TERRIFY YOURSELF

Honest question. Do you love what you do?

If the answer isn’t a resounding, knee-jerk, “Yes! I live for this shit,” then I encourage you to seriously consider doing something about it. That may sound extreme, but seriously, in 100 years you and everyone you know are going to be dead and your great-grandkids aren’t going to get misty-eyed remembering how you got that quarterly bonus or a corner office. This is your life and every breath you take is killing you. Stop screwing around.

Chances are the thought of leaving your day job terrifies you. This is normal and expected good even.

When I left the bank that day, I had only a vague idea of what I would do. I made a little bit of money here and there online. It wasn’t anything close to a full-time living, but I knew it was a new market that was growing quickly. And with some hard work combined with my savings, I (naively) believed I could have a full-time business up and running within a few months.

It turned out to take almost 18 months for me to earn a full-time steady income. I went broke a number of times, was supported by my ex-girlfriend for a time and then moved back home with my mother. For most of 2008-2009 I worked 10-16 hour days and the majority of my projects failed and made little or no money.

It was stressful to say the least.

People ask me what motivated me through this period. The answer is terror. Complete and unequivocal daily terror. I was absolutely terrified to fail. Granted there was some love in there as well (I loved my job and still do). But that’s also where the terror came from: the idea that I would never make money doing what I love; the terror that I’d have to go back to living off a job I hated; the terror that I would have wasted two years with nothing to show for it; the terror that all of my friends and family who thought I was crazy would be proven right.

This fear kept me up at nights, and more importantly kept me up at nights working.

I’ve met a number of people over the years who want to quit their jobs, to start their own businesses, to develop new streams of income. And they’re scared. Obviously. They should be. But instead of leveraging their terror into action, they spend all of their time planning and planning and planning and not doing anything.

80% of your plans are going to fail no matter what you do. Get used to it.

It’s not because we’re poor planners, it’s because there are simply too many unknowns. And the only way to uncover the unknowns and adjust for them is by getting out there and failing. So yes, you should be terrified of failing. And that is why you should do it anyway.

When I wanted to leave the bank, a number of friends and family members suggested that I continue to build my business on the side until I had a steady income. In hindsight, I think if I would have done that, I would not have made it. Giving up would have been too easy. I wouldn’t have had the time or energy necessary to do it. That ever-present fear motivating me would have been gone.

The terror that jumping in headfirst gave me was my most powerful asset. I was committed. I’d win or die trying. I sold my possessions (video games, computer, furniture, guitars — everything). I stopped most of my hobbies. I lost contact with a number of my friends. I knew all of these things would return once I became successful. But failure was not an option.

Intellect is great. Work ethic is great. Ability to adapt is definitely necessary. But you also need the emotional drive to push you to achieve your dreams. Everyone’s had the feeling where you know what you should do in your gut, feeling it and wanting it, but not having the emotional drive or wherewithal to actually get up and do it. So you continue sitting in the desk you hate day after day, year after year, waiting for something that’s never coming, trapped by your comfort and safe in your mediocrity.

Terrify yourself. Use it as your ally. Give yourself no option but your dream.

“There’s no reason to do shit you hate. None.”

PLANNING YOUR ESCAPE

OK, that’s all well and good, but let’s talk about reality. Especially if you have kids, house payments, car payments, student loans or health problems. What do you do?

1. SELL ALL YOUR USELESS CRAP AND GET YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER

Excess possessions are counterproductive for pursuing a remote lifestyle. And they’re often counterproductive for achieving happiness in general. If you own something that is eating away at you financially (furniture, car, etc.), consider cutting your losses and getting rid of it while you can. Debt is the devil. I wrote an entire post on getting rid of excess crap you don’t need here.

Doing this may make you squirm at first. Or you may be sitting there (once again) thinking I’m a total nutcase and unrealistic and you could never get rid of your super-double-upholstered Italian sofa that just ties the room together, but fuck you, sell it anyway. There are a million sofas in the world, your life experiences happen once. Get on it.

In extreme cases, this may involve selling your house. That may sound insane and may be completely unreasonable for you, especially if you have a family. If so, then rent it out. Obviously mileage may vary depending on who you are and what your life circumstances are. Why be miserable and financially stuck in a house when you can be happy and free in an apartment? Boom.

2. FIGURE OUT YOUR SOURCE OF INCOME

People seem to believe they’re trapped within the typical 9-to-5 career track, but in fact there are a lot of options. In the US, we’re rarely exposed to the options we have outside of our nation’s borders (minus the military). You just have to be willing to take some risks and work a bit harder.

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An incomplete list of options to get your ass abroad and exploring the world:

  • Join a volunteer organization. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and putting yourself in some extreme environments, then volunteer organizations, both NGO’s and otherwise (i.e., Peace Corps) are always looking for help. You’ll most often be sent to developing countries, but some developing countries are surprisingly pleasant to live in (Thailand, Colombia, Philippines, Peru, etc.). Once you’re on the other continent, bouncing around from country to country is rarely more than a $50 bus/train/plane ticket away.
  • Teach English. The pay is low and the work is hard, but this will get you a paid trip to another continent and often with really good vacation time. Asia and Latin America are the go-to continents for this with no experience or foreign language required. If you teach in Europe, you’re going to have to know the destination language at the least. A friend of mine taught English in South Korea for six months, took the money she made and went to India for three months, then taught in the Philippines for another six months and then bounced around Southeast Asia for a while after that. Not a bad experience.
  • Find a source of mobile income. Poker. Stock/options trading. Freelancing. Consulting. Internet marketing. Blogging. Graphic/Web design. Writer/journalist. These are all professions I’ve run into on the road. These are all forms of income which can be earned regardless of location (and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few). Some of them have a steep and long learning-curve, but there’s never a better time to start than now.
  • Start an online business. This is a massive topic which other people can cover much better than I ever could, but internet startups can often be created and managed from anywhere. In fact, there are a number of startup “incubators” around the world where internet entrepreneurs congregate in places with high qualities of life and very low expenses (Chiang Mai in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia, Medellin in Colombia, etc.).
  • Convince your company to let you work remotely. Not an option for everybody, but if you’re a programmer, developer or designer, then this could be an option for you.
  • Get transferred overseas. Another option if you work for a large international corporation such as Procter and Gamble or Yahoo! is to get transferred to various locations around the world. You can often gain a lot of vacation time by working in other countries as well which will allow you to explore.
  • Find odd jobs as you travel. This is easy in some countries and impossibly hard in others. But finding jobs in hostels, bars and restaurants in cities you travel to can be done to support yourself wherever you go. A number of people do this. It takes time and effort and obviously is quite stressful, but it can be done.
  • Work on a cruise or for an airline. Seriously. These people have amazing flexibility with their time at sea and where they get to go. I met a woman who worked on a cruise in Costa Rica and she had been to over 75 countries, living in a dozen for more than six months. She was in her early 30’s. Same concept applies to working for an airline but to a lesser extent (and far more jet lag)
  • Start your entire career abroad. In a number of developing parts of the world, particularly Asia, there’s an extremely high demand for university-educated Westerners for high-paying management positions. Countries like China, Brazil, Malaysia, and Singapore, are importing a lot of western talent. Not only can a recent college graduate skip multiple rungs on the corporate ladder by moving to one of these countries, but they can see a major quality of life increase at a lower cost-of-living. Let’s just say that making $60,000 a year in Shanghai goes a LOT further than making $80,000 per year in New York City.

You can combine a number of these strategies. Sometimes you can just take off with your savings and begin to figure it out as you go. Someone can leave with their life savings, start a blog on the way, do some freelance consultant work online, work some odd jobs here and there, and by the time their savings run out, they have a modest location-independent income. But as always, Google is your friend. There’s no shortage of websites and resources on NGO’s, internet startups, marketing, expatriation, backpacking, vagabonding, etc.

3. CALCULATE YOUR “ESCAPE VELOCITY”

Do some research and choose your first destination(s). Do you want to try an internet startup in Asia? Work for an NGO in Central America? Backpack through Europe and pick up odd jobs on the way? A lot of people come to me and say, “I want to live abroad, how can I do it?” Well it depends where you go. You can live like a king off $1,000 in Thailand or the Philippines, or spend that much in a week in Brazil. It depends where you’re going and what you’re doing.

The other factor is your financial obligations. If you have debt back home you need to factor that in. If you have health problems, then you need to do a lot of research on that as well. The good news is if you’re an American, you’re going to save a LOT of money on health care by leaving the country.

Calculate the amount you need to earn passively per month to survive wherever you want to go. This may involve getting a job once you’re there. It may involve saving up a bunch of money now and selling stuff. It may involve creating passive streams online. Either way, budget it out so you know when you’re ready.

4. PULL THE TRIGGER

Once you know your target level of savings and/or location-independent income, work towards it with everything you have. This may involve killing your day job off immediately in order to free up more time to work for it. This may mean setting a financial goal for the day you can put your two weeks in.

Get creative and don’t have an ego about it. A friend of mine decided to throw himself into this lifestyle 100% and moved back in with his parents for almost a year before he got on his feet and running. I lived on a friend’s couch for a while. Later I moved back in with my mother until I had enough money to buy a plane ticket to Argentina. Once I was there I could live well off about half the income I needed to live in the US. From there I built my business up further.

But, like I said, planning will only take you so far. Plan the best you can, but then throw yourself into the fire. Leave yourself no option but to come out on top. It will be hard and nerve-wracking, but that’s how you grow. That’s how you squeeze all of juice out of life. Terrify yourself. Then laugh about it.

LONG-TERM TRAVEL COURSE

If you’re serious about this and want to really get into the nitty-gritty of building a life of long-term travel, you can check out my course, Escape Plan, that’s part of the membership to my site. I cover everything I know about travel and living and working abroad, from finding cheap flights to supporting yourself financially to making new friends in foreign countries. Living life with full of happiness, no regrets, enjoy at its fullest, helping others, and being great to yourself is one of the best thing we could do. Travel to different places will give you more rooms of experience, knowledge, ideas, meet with different people, know different cultures, great experience in life, and have fun in life.

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Ann Coulter Just Exposed A Huge Secret About The Migrant Caravan

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Droves of illegal migrants are heading to the U.S. border.

They claim to be seeking asylum from their home countries in South America.

But Ann Coulter just exposed a huge secret about the caravan.

Ann Coulter Exposes The Truth

The illegal migrant caravan is growing every day.

They’ve already entered one country illegally and plan to do the same when they arrive at the U.S. border.

Those in the caravan claim to be seeking asylum from their home countries—and the left-wing media has been working hard to promote those claims.

But many American’s don’t believe it’s really the case.

Ann Coulter is one of those people.

As a conservative commentator with 13 New York Times best-selling books, she is a strong authority on immigration.

Speaking on a Fox News Channel program, she laid out exactly why these aren’t asylum cases:

“None of these are asylum cases or they’d stop in the first country they get to.”

Continuing on, she explains why:

“THE IDEA OF ASYLUM IS SOMETHING LIKE THERE’S A HOLOCAUST, THERE’S A POTATO FAMINE. NO THIS IS HOW THESE PEOPLE ALWAYS LIVE WHICH IS WHY ALL OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WANT TO COME TO THE … BIGGEST WELFARE STATE IN THE WORLD, THAT IS THE UNITED STATES.”

The Caravan Coming To The Biggest Welfare State

Calling the U.S. the biggest welfare state in the world is a correct statement.

If the U.S. grants asylum to the caravan, they will have access to the same government programs available to U.S. citizens like healthcare, public education, and food stamps.

Those are things not as readily available in Mexico.

If they simply wanted asylum, they could stay in Mexico and live there.

But they know they won’t get expansive welfare programs like in the U.S.

And according to Coulter, that is exactly why they aren’t choosing to live in Mexico.

That’s why it is the job of the U.S. to stop them.

President Trump Working To Stop The Caravan

Democrats are hoping we accept the illegal migrants, but Republicans are fighting back.

President Trump is fully ready to deny them entry.

And he’s sent U.S. troops to the border to do just that.

Trump made his intentions clear on Twitter.

“To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!” Trump said.

This shows how differently Trump handles things.

Had Hillary been president, she likely would have allowed the illegal migrants full asylum so she wouldn’t anger her far-left constituents.

But Trump has a backbone and isn’t going to abandon what he believes in.

Are you happy that President Trump is in office right now?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Trump attacks Paul Ryan, says he ‘knows nothing’ about birthright citizenship

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President Donald Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President’s party “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship and “should be focusing on holding the Majority” in the House of Representatives “rather than giving his opinions” on the issue.

The comments come a day after Ryan threw cold water on the President’s assertion that he can use executive action to end the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

Ryan told a Kentucky radio station Tuesday that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” following remarks from the President indicating that Trump believes he can do just that, though many legal scholars disagree.

On Wednesday, the President tweeted, “Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!”

An aide to Ryan declined to comment on the President’s tweet.
Separately, a senior GOP aide defended Ryan when asked about Trump’s tweet.
“This is a great way to screw up the message a week before the election,” this aide told. “First the birthright comment itself and now attacking the top Republican in Congress who is trying to save our majority.”

Ryan, who is leaving Congress at the end of his term in January, has been helping to campaign for Republicans as the midterms approach, including both vulnerable incumbents and new candidates in competitive races. When he spoke to radio station WVLK on Tuesday, he was in Kentucky campaigning for Republican Rep. Andy Barr, who is trying to hold onto his House seat.

During the interview on Tuesday, Ryan quickly sought to emphasize common ground with the President on immigration policy, despite saying that it was not possible to end birthright citizenship via executive order.

“Where we obviously totally agree with the President is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration,” Ryan said. “We — House Republicans and this President — are in total agreement on the Preneed to stop illegal immigration, to secure our border and fix our laws.”
The midterm elections, where Republicans are at risk of losing their majority in the House, take place next Tuesday.

Republicans are viewed as more likely to retain the Senate than the House and Democratic leaders are projecting confidence that they will win the lower chamber of Congress.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted on Tuesday night that Democrats will take back the House, saying during an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, “We will win.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has lashed out at Ryan.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called Ryan a “very weak and ineffective leader” after Ryan told fellow Republicans he would no longer defend Trump after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced in which Trump could be heard bragging about groping women.

Hillary Just Embarrassed Herself On National Television With 5 Words

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The past two years have been hard for Hillary Clinton after losing to Donald Trump.

There’s nothing she wants more than to be president.

And things just got harder after she embarrassed herself on national television with only five words.

The Clinton Family Loses Their Legacy

The Clinton’s have a long legacy in American politics.

But it isn’t a good one.

Bill Clinton made it all the way to the White House only to face impeachment.

In response, the Clinton’s lost a lot of credibility.

Voters didn’t trust them anymore.

But Hillary kept pushing forward, becoming a U.S. Senator in New York in 2001.

And from that position, she chose to run for President in 2008.

After losing to Barack Obama, she received the position of Secretary of State.

And finally, she ran for President yet again.

This time she got the Democrat nomination, giving the ability to challenge Donald Trump.

She was confident the presidency was hers.

Everyone in the media said Trump could never win.

But now everyone knows exactly how that ended up working out.

Hillary Clinton’s Hiatus From Politics

After losing to Trump, Hillary spent some time avoiding politics altogether.

Outside of releasing a book explaining why she lost, nobody heard much from her.

That is until recent weeks.

She, along with her husband Bill, are holding a series of events across North America.

And Hillary is speaking freely about her loss to Donald Trump.

In a recent interview, she was asked if she will run for president again.

Hillary initially responded with a quiet “no.”

But that response was quickly followed by a longer answer, indicating some openness to the idea.

“Well, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done.”

The crowd erupted into laughter.

To most, the idea of her beating President Trump is laughable.

But to the more dedicated Democrats, it is a real possibility.

They are convinced Trump is an illegitimate president, and that Hillary actually won.

So if she were to run, she would have a following already.

And the establishment would likely support her.

Who Clinton Would Face If She Runs

If Hillary does run, there are a number of Democrats she’d have to beat in the primary election.

Currently, the top contender is Joe Biden.

recent CNN poll shows him at the top of the pack, with Bernie Sanders trailing him.

But there is a large list of less known, less establishment candidates who may emerge.

Trump is an outsider and took America by storm in 2016.

Democrats are likely to use this same tactic in 2020.

So somebody like Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels, could be a possible candidate.

Some even believe he could beat Donald Trump simply because of his willingness to play dirty.

Who do you think will face off against Donald Trump in 2020?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

There Is News About Brett Kavanaugh That No Trump Supporter Is Going To Like

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Donald Trump and his supporters thought they won the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight.

But then some bad news came in.

And Trump and his supporters will not be happy with what happened.

Republicans See Kavanaugh Bounce Fade

Republicans saw a surge in support after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle.

Americans looked at the Democrats behavior and were disgusted.

Democrats used fake news, hoaxes, smears, and women lying about rape to try and stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Republican voters had been trailing Democrats in voter enthusiasm up to that point.

But getting a taste of how Democrats would act if they were in power inspired Republicans to turn out and vote.

Republicans in key Senate races saw their political fortunes improve.

In key states like Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee, Republicans led Democrats in early voting.

But that appears to have changed.

Republican and Democrat strategists both say their internal polling shows the Kavanaugh bounce has faded.

Rob Stutzman – a California Republican operative – told Politico this was the case.

“Clearly the Kavanaugh confirmation was an inflection point to activate the Republican base, and even pull over some Democratic men,” Stutzman said. “But that’s an effect that benefits the Senate and leaves suburban members of Congress stranded. It’s unlikely we won back suburban Orange County voters.”

Democrats Split Over Kavanaugh Hearings

But Democrats contend they also saw a Kavanaugh bounce.

Democrat Pollster Ben Tulchin informed Politico that the Kavanaugh fight helped them in the upscale suburbs where Democrats expect to pick up House seats.

“The Kavanaugh hearings did set us back, but it depended on geography,” he stated. “The more upscale districts, where we’ve done well all cycle, it was to our benefit there, and in more downscale districts with rural pockets, it was a challenge.

But other Democrats saw the danger the Kavanaugh hearings held for Democrats.

Dan McCready – a Democrat running for Congress in a conservative North Carolina district – ripped the Democrats for their conduct during the hearings in an interview with Politico.

“I think people in North Carolina feel that those hearings were another example of how broken Washington is now,” McCready declared. “For me, putting country over party, Democrats and Republicans working together, that’s the leadership we need right now.”

Donald Trump Makes A Change

Donald Trump recognized that the Kavanaugh bounce could not last forever.

That’s why he made immigration the number one issue in America.

Democrats helped with their support for open borders in the face of the migrant caravan invasion.

Thousands of migrants marched through Central America intending to pour over America’s southern border.

The fake news media claims this isn’t a real threat because the migrant caravan won’t reach our border for weeks.

But it doesn’t matter when they show up.

The simple fact that thousands of migrants think they can walk across America’s southern border is a threat in and of itself.

This is a direct challenge to America’s sovereignty.

If America can’t control her borders, she is no longer a nation.

That’s why Trump is making immigration a central campaign issue.