It suffers a lot.
Another honest truth:
I’m able to do it because it really doesn’t matter. Ultimately, my entire business revolves around building assets that create money. This means that my current assets are already making money. They make the same whether I work for 16 hours a day or 16 minutes.
But, during this time, I’m not really building any “new” assets.
That’s also fine, because the current business makes enough to fund my day to day life, provide some good travel opportunities, and still have enough leftover to invest in a new business, like Selo Oils.
But, when I first moved abroad in 2016, I moved nearly every month.
I also got much, much less done at this time.
I learned the hard way — quickly — that if I wanted to become a millionaire, I’d have to start prioritizing business instead of drinking and partying.
And it was a great decision.
(Not that I became a total bore, trips like this are the perfect time to have some fun.)
But, as far as being productive, I do work when I can. I’m sitting on a plane now as I write this.
So, that’s my tips.
Build assets that make you money while you’re not working.
The thing about the “Digital Nomad” lifestyle is that it sounds like a lot of fun for a while, at least if you’re in your early twenties. But, when one’s daily existence is lived largely out of a suitcase for years on end, with no roots to put down and no stability. This wears on a man after a while. And that is not even the biggest danger of the lifestyle. That comes from the fact that, as Simon Black of the Sovereign Man organisation likes to point out, one is not surrounded by or working with more accomplished and smarter people than oneself.
This is absolutely deadly for a young man’s development, particularly in his twenties. Those are the formative years that will help determine much of his future work ethic, financial health, mental maturity, and other critically important things. One achieves great things by being around people better than oneself for long periods of time, and absorbing the life lessons and experiences that they have to teach. One does not get better and more skilled by being around mediocre people.
Some digital nomads are able to find their niche in places that have a fair few exceptional people, and are able to build businesses and do great things as a result of their time and effort spent in cultivating good relationships with strong men.
But far too many digital nomads waste their twenties on fun and partying, when they should be building up their wealth and savings.
That is not an advertisement for the “comfort” and “stability” of a regular job. I had three of those over 12 years. They brought me plenty of comfort but very little stability. The fact is that we are all interchangeable cogs to most companies these days. We are stuck as slaves to a system that wants us to be ever more productive, but gives us ever less incentive to be so. We can be hired and fired at a whim, with no remorse on the part of those doing the cutting for the lives that they destroy.
Building a digital footprint and web presence is a great way to at least partly immunise against the brutal realities of modern corporate culture – but young men should do it the right way, by learning from those better than themselves and building alliances and businesses with such men. It’s all very well to goof off and travel for months or years on end, but sooner or later a man needs to find a purpose and mission in his life, and the sooner that happens, the happier he will be.
So, there ‘ye have it.
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