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Why You Need to Break Free

Maverick Traveler was kind enough to let me guest post on his blog earlier this week – the post is called ‘How I Broke Free of Corporate Slavery and Discovered Freedom the Maverick Way’.

If you missed it, go click that link above and check it out.

Here are some of the best comments:

Well, this is the best one, by far. I was very flattered.

This is the best article I’ve seen on this blog — kudos to James for running it at the risk of being upstaged.

I don’t have much experience with young American girls these days (I’ve got almost 20 years on Kyle), but if popular entertainment is any indication, the situation is dire indeed. I just watched the first episode or two of a show called “Love” on Netflix, and the female lead seems to be emblematic of the utter repulsiveness of the contemporary American female type — vulgar, slutty, utterly self-absorbed. Revolting, yet I have a feeling she’s supposed to be an ideal to which young female viewers should aspire.

Best luck to the author on his adventures — get as far from here as you can.

My response:

Ha, WOW! I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m very flattered. I’ve read James’ blog for a while and have always thought of him as one of the upper-tier writers in this part of the web, so to be mentioned with him is pretty cool.

And of course, thank you for the well wishes.

Regarding routine:

What are you foreseeing your day to day activities to be? I’m almost 24 and in a very similar circumstance to you. However, I’ve recently made a decision to give up things like excessive partying and drinking, and purely hedonistic pursuits. I can’t rationalize myself making a big jump like this if it will only be to party it up day and night in a new city, just to bang a few women or have short non-meaningful relationships.

I’ve been to Krakow, Budapest, and Belgrade and I could definitely see myself getting an apartment there for 3 months on a tourist visa and enjoying the adventure of navigating and establishing myself in a new city, learning a language, and making friends. Yet I wonder how much of the “grass is greener” effect applies here.

My response:

My blog and a few other websites are making enough to get by, so I am planning to scale it out. Content everyday, write a couple more books, produce some killer daygame videos, etc.

Long-term I’d like to have enough passive income streams that I could learn a lot more about forex trading and investing and leverage that into a source of income, too.

While dating foreign girls will be a part of it, I’ve never been the extreme “go out and drink 5 nights a week” guy, unless I’m on a trip where I’ve only got a week to ten days in a place. With this journey, I’ll settle into an actual routine along the lines of:

– Wake up early (~6-7am) write, handle administrative stuff
– Hit the gym around late morning
– Lunch for first meal of the day (I intermittent fast every day, only 2x meals)
– Head to coffee shop/main square to continue writing/working
– Dinner, more work, wind down by 11pm or so.

I’ll probably have a date 2-3x a week after dinner, and go out once a week drinking at a club or something of the sort.

If I need to I’ll pick up some web design work here and there. I have a friend who is coming too (recent development), so it’ll be great to have an accountability partner too. I keep telling people it’s a business goal, not an extended vacation or “gap year”.

Hope this clears things up!

Igniting inspiration:

Excellent post Kyle! I have seen your blog once and will become a regular there. I am an old dog who has been plodding along for far too long and deep down inside know it….but haven’t been able to take the red pill (metaphorically) yet to break free from what I instinctively (that gut thing) know is wrong with my life.

But that is changing. With encouragement and gentle prodding from Mr. Maverick and stories like yours, I am realizing that a whole new world awaits me……and many new tricks for this old dog to learn.

Keep up the good work Kyle!

Well wishes:

Great post, Kyle. And thanks to Sir. Maverick for publishing on this site. We need more such guys out there putting up these posts.

I’m older than most of you (44), and I didn’t have such resource when I was growing up. But fantastic sites such as these really help other guys make the leap towards true independence and sovereignty.

Looking forward to seeing how you’ll evolve over the coming months and years.

Best of luck with everything.

Go here to read the guest post at Mav’s blog.

And find him on Twitter here.

spiralbinderclosed_550x681If this post inspired you to break free and see the world, you’ll like my new book about my adventures in Budapest.

Go here to learn more (includes a book on how to meet girls with Tinder while traveling).

Kyle Trouble

I'm Kyle "Trouble". I'm a former computer engineer who left the 9-5 in LA at 24 years old and moved to Eastern Europe. I blog about dating, life abroad, and building successful and scalable streams of income.

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sielakos - March 4, 2016

Quite interesting article. Although I’m not from USA, I find corporate job to be quite boring and suffocating. Maybe that is why I tend to change jobs so often. Last year I changed my job twice and I’m already thinking about changing It again in the future.

And all the cons of IT job are true. As programmer I can see it clearly it’s not a job that you want to spend you entire life at. I enjoy programming very much, it’s one of those things that make me happy and forget about anything else. But working as programmer is completely different thing. Especially working in corporate world.

One thing that helps is working remotely and starting your own contractor business. Last year I become contractor and although I still work on average 40h per week I can enjoy more freedom. I can start my work day whenever I want (given that I will show up at conference around 10am) and I don’t need to ask permissions to have day off. I just get paid less.

And it’s something in middle between working for somebody and having independent company, because I can now legally give my services to anyone around the world, sell things and stuff that any company can do. And that is great, because I can now work as programmer for some bullshit corporation and start something small as side project. If my side project start to earn enough for me to sustain myself I can drop my corporate job and be truly free.

    Kyle [ThisIsTrouble.com] - March 5, 2016

    That’s awesome man.

    Do you have any info for guys looking to get into the contractor work? Like where to start, how to find the work, etc?

      sielakos - March 5, 2016

      For me at first it was a way to avoid high taxes. I live and work in Poland, and we have quite high taxes when your are just a regular employee (have standard job contract). So as way of avoiding taxes I decided to start my own small business and work as contractor for my employer. Skilled IT workers are quite rare, so usually employers agree to this. It is quite easy and safe start. I worked like this for 3 months before moving on to next job just to get used to all formal stuff.

      This is still a lot like normal job, you have to go to office and so on, but it has few pros to it compared to regular job contract.

      Depending of your country law you can get up to 40% pay rise.
      You are independent business owner, so everything you buy like new laptop, car etc. you can buy as company so you can write it as company cost and pay less in taxes.
      You don’t have to ask for days off, you just don’t show up at work. Ofc it’s decent thing to tell your coworkers about it before, but you don’t have to.
      Everything regulated by only contract, you don’t have to worry so much about local law, as long as you stick to your contract
      You pay all the taxes, I mean health insurance, vat, income tax etc. I have manual pay all of them via my bank account. This great, because I know how my country tax system works now. And it takes only 15-20 minutes every month.

      Cons side:

      you usually don’t have paid leave, but ofc that depends on contract.
      you probably need an accountant, but I use online service and pay only about 20$ each month, so it’s not that expensive.

      As for finding remote job, it can be tricky, but I just have account on linked-in, so I get 2-4 jobs offers weekly. I just choose one that gives me opportunity to work remotely.
      I have one rule to accept all invitations so my network on linked-in grows. I don’t care if I know that person in real life, all that matters is new connection so I’m more visible, so I can get more offers and choose ones that I finding interesting.

        Kyle [ThisIsTrouble.com] - March 5, 2016

        Sounds very similar to how it works in the US – GREAT information that I will probably compile into some sort of post. Thank you so much!

        Also, I’ll be in Poland in a few weeks – not sure what city you are in (I won’t publish it until I leave but I will say it’s Lesser Poland) but if you have an interest in meeting up please let me know!

          sielakos - March 5, 2016

          Yeah, i will gladly meet up. It is always more fun to talk in person.

          Kyle [ThisIsTrouble.com] - March 5, 2016

          Looking forward to it!


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