Living in a broom closet in a place like New York City has it’s perks and advantages.
For one, you can’t accumulate too much crap.
In addition, you sure as hell can’t afford not to hustle when you’re paying $3,000 a month (or more) to live in a tiny place. A place like New York breeds hustle.
A couple of years ago, I was in New York for business, and I met a friend who I’d known for several years. We spent the whole weekend partying, eating out, and having a grand time. When I looked at my credit card bill at the end of the weekend, I was shocked.
The prices didn’t seem that high. He knew the city. He knew how to get around efficiently without wasting precious cab money. He knew the clubs that had reasonable prices, the places with good but cheap food, etc, etc. I felt like it had been an efficient weekend.
But it wasn’t.
Because when you live in a broom closet, you want to get out.
Take, for an example, my last day there before my flight out to California. We both woke up hungover as all hell, and then his friend calls up. They’re going to the bar to watch football. And have greasy hangover food. And, of course, to drink more.
Well, what was the alternative?
To stay inside in an apartment that’s barely 300 square feet?
I’ll never forget his toilet.
To sit down on the thing, you had to sit completely sideways. Your ass and legs would fall asleep if you were on there more than a couple minutes because of the odd angle.
So when you live in a place like that, you take every single opportunity you can to go out and do stuff. Anything beats sitting in a small box by yourself, going crazier by the day because it’s that cramped.
And, yet, people were practically willing to fight in the street for the dibs on his apartment when he moved out.
When you travel abroad, there is a common notion that you should ALWAYS worry about logistics, logistics, logistics.
You want to be in the center of the action, all the time, so that you can easily get out for dates, and pull girls home. Not to mention, compared to a place like NYC, living in the heart of a place like Budapest or Krakow seems “cheap”.
But there are huge drawbacks to it, too.
Trying to get work done? Good luck doing that when you can walk outside your door and have a couple dozen great pubs and restaurants around. The opportunity to go out and have a good time is constantly present.
What separates those who make it as digital nomads and entrepreneurs versus the perpetual freelancers is the ability to turn that off.
I’m not saying to never have fun.
Just saying to be somewhat responsible about it.
And if it means you have to move a bit out of the center, for some peace and quiet, and to resist the temptation – why not try it? Working at home, and even more, working for yourself, takes incredible self discipline and dedication.
Living in the very center with all the temptations only makes it harder on yourself.
In any case, time to wrap this up.
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