Starting over, I am…do you need to?
There comes a point in everyones life, where you start to question what you are doing. You begin to wonder what it is that you’re doing with your life, what its purpose. Big questions I know, but at some point in your life you have to confront them.
For some this moment comes in their late 30’s or 40’s in whats popularly known as a mid life crisis. To others its a question that has been nagging at them since childhood.
For me it came while I was sitting at a cafe in downtown Bangkok. As I sipped on my expresso trying to recall my latest drunken debacle in a foreign country from the night before I noticed a women across the street working a wok at a street food stall.
If you have ever been to Thailand before it’s something that you have seen a billion times, however what was unique about this women was she was white. Not only was she white, but she looked American.
Never having encountered an American street food vendor in Thailand before I walked across the street and the conversation I had with her has changed the course of my life.
I have been a full time Internet Marketer for nearly 7 years, the latest two of which I have been traveling the world as a Digital Nomad. Thinking I had everything figured out, thinking that having built myself a life of complete freedom, the ability to go where I want, do what I want, be who I want was enough to satisfy me for the rest of my life. How wrong I was.
Even with the freedoms that I have built for myself, things that most people in this day in age only dream about I found myself…drifting…
We tell ourselves as we glance longing up at the poster of paradise we keep on our cubicle wall that one day we will be there. One day we are going to quit this job we care nothing about, start our own business, free ourselves and live that exotic life we have always dreamed of. Not that long ago I was one of you as well.
But once you get here, once you spend some time on that beach, meet your first monk, trek through that jungle, swim underneath that waterfall there is still something missing, a piece of yourself, something you’ve been searching for your entire life, but couldn’t begin to explain it to anyone.
As if your haven’t really met yourself yet. As if you’d passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt – “Ah There I am! I’ve been missing that piece!” But it happens too fast, and then that part of you slips into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it.
What is that piece? That thing that everyone is searching for but so few find, the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, the thing that makes you come alive.
It’s passion, but I think it is more than that. I have passion for a lot of things, cooking, traveling, writing, but those, though temporarily inspiring, have always waned and still left me feeling empty, craving something I had yet to find.
Something that I didn’t understand until that morning at a cafe in Bangkok, nursing a hangover.
The street food vendor, her name was Amy, was an American chef who had worked in Michelin Star restaurants throughout the United States and had come to Thailand on a vacation nearly 10 years ago, she never left.
She told me that she had been a tired, narcotic wreck while cooking in NYC, the pressure of perfection in Michelin Start restaurants is insane and had drained all the passion she had once had for cooking out of her. It was here in Bangkok watching the street food vendors, cooking out in the open, directly interacting with people who love their food that reawakened her true purpose in life. She went to work for a street food vendor she had befriended the next week and now she runs her own cart in downtown Bangkok.
Going through the motions at her old job in NYC, even though it was in the field that she was extremely passionate about had still left her unfulfilled.
What she told me next changed my entire view of the world, she said, “It’s not about creating a job or business around your passion, what will truly fulfills you is finding a way to share your passion with others.”
I had been selfish, thinking that I had freed myself from the 9 to 5, I had done enough. That if I was free from everything I hated in the corporate world I would be free to search and find that piece of me that I felt had always been missing.
What I didn’t realize is that even if your able to build a life around something your passionate about it’s still not enough. You need to share that passion with others, it turns out what we were all taught in elementary school is true, that by helping others we really help ourselves.
it turns out what we were all taught in elementary school is true, that by helping others we really help ourselves.
It was right then and there that I decided to find something to dedicate my life too. Something that was bigger than me, that I could share with others.
As Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I have decided to come alive and teach others how to do the same thing. Here and now I am dedicate my life to freeing people from the 9 to 5. To introducing them to a different way of living, a different way of thinking, something so far out of the norm that most people don’t even know its possible, just a dream that they live out in their heads as they stare at their screensaver in their cubicle.
The ability to build a location independent business around your passion, the ability to build a life where you are able to do what you want when you want is something that was impossible a mere decade ago. But with the spread of the internet to all the remote corners of the globe we are now free to become Digital Nomads.
So what is your passion? What truly makes your come alive and how can you share that with others?
So what does this mean for The World Is My Office?
Over the next several weeks you are going to be seeing some changes to The World Is My Office. I am going to be turning this into the central hub for both people trying to become location independent as well as those already out their roaming the earth as Digital Nomads.
For someone who is just starting out in online business there is so much information out there, some great, some horrible. It took me nearly 7 years to figure out exactly how all of it works and what I should be doing to turn my passion into profits.
There was no one place to learn it all, no hub that I could come to that would guide me through the process of “What the heck is location independence?”, to finding my passion, figuring out my niche, starting and growing my business and then finally taking the final step to freedom and traveling.
It doesn’t exists….until now.
From today moving forward that is the goal of The World Is My Office, to become the hub, the guide, the sherpa that will lead you up the mountain top.
Not only for aspiring digital nomads, but for current ones as well.
This is the call I am putting out.
To all Digital Nomads, to the location independent entrepreneurs, to anyone who dreads going to work, who knows that their is something greater, something better out there. For all those high school and college students graduating, having no idea what you want to do for the rest of your life but but knowing you don’t want to spend the next 40 years in a cubicle. For anyone who is seeking freedom and passion in a time when society yells at you to conform and serve.
The World Is My Office is your new home. I am dedicating my life to helping you free yourselves from the rat race, to helping you wake up, to see that there is more out there than working for the weekend.
It may be slow at first…but as the incredible poet Rumi once said, “If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”
I hope you will join me, together we can turn The World Is My Office into something truly amazing. A beacon of hope, a hub of knowledge that will forever change peoples lives.
It was two years ago, sitting in an Airport in Dallas, waiting on my very first flight overseas that I scribbled this manifesto in my journal. It was meant to be a statement, a reminder that I could look at whenever I had doubts about what I was doing, something that would inspire me that would kick start my drive to get off my ass and work towards my goals.
I hope it will do the same for you….
Do you want to answer the call? Leave a comment and tell me what your passion is!