One of the travelers--an approximately 72 year old male--was quoted as saying: "You know what? This is exactly what I worked 40 years so I could do!"
Of course, I felt happy for him that he was doing something he'd always wanted to do. At the same time, the statement struck me as one of the saddest I'd ever heard. Let me explain why.
You see, at the beginning of their careers, many people plan their lives according to the "40-40-40 plan." Now, if you're not familiar with it, the "40-40-40" plan is where you work 40 hours per week, for 40 years of your life, and retire with a pension of 40% of your income.
When I started my first job in corporate America, that was the thinking and actual planning I heard several of the other new engineers engaged in with each other--on their first day of work! It scared me.
I decided right then and there--within the first 15 minutes of my corporate career--that I would be a nomadpreneur. Actually, I hadn't coined that word at the time I made my decision. What I simply decided at that time was that I needed to escape, and that I would do everything I could to create a lifestyle of freedom.
To make a long story short: that's what I did.
..and now, I am a nomadpreneur. (Later, I'll share how I did it!)
Now, what separates being a nomadpreneur from any other type of "-preneur" is the focus on mobility--the nomad part! Your streams of income need to be structured to provide money as well as mobility. You need to have a specific belief system and mindset, the willingness to redefine happiness, a knowledge of what resources and support are available, and a little bit of education as to which income strategies are practical and can really work!
That's what I've done, and that's what I've achieved. From my home base on a tropical island in the Pacific, I now travel the world and generate income through my businesses both online and off. As a result, I'm not limited to experiencing the wider world in two-week intervals every 12 months as I did when I was an employee, or after 40 years of working. If I want to go from Saipan to Jamaica for two weeks, and then spend a few months in New York, and then head over to China, I can do that. There's no physical location I HAVE TO return to in order to resume a working life. My streams of income are independent of where I am physically located. That's the reality I've constructed for myself.
In the process of creating such a reality, I've stumbled upon a belief system from which I've created a philosophy and a formula anyone else can use to achieve the same results! (You can find some on this site as well as in the books I've written.) First, however, let me share an important point:
Living the nomadpreneur lifestyle doesn't require millions of dollars in income or savings! This is NOT a pursuit of untold wealth. This is a pursuit of untold FREEDOM! In our society, the two goals can often be mutually exclusive--that is, you often have to sacrifice one in order to achieve the other. But there's a way to have both. People often miss this. Those who fully buy into the consumerism-driven mantra of "more more more" miss the secret: You see, in the pursuit of true freedom, it makes much more sense to go the minimalist route, and live on less than to strive to accumulate more and more wealth and more and more things in a constant pursuit that never ends, and that ties you down and prevents you from experiencing and enjoying NOW (not 40 years from now) what it really means to be a human being on our beautiful planet! That's what being a nomadpreneur is all about.
the artificially-created need for money without being overly consumed or controlled by it! (Now, there are ways to completely escape the society's artificially imposed requirement for money and go
totally "off the grid." However, that's a different movement, and a different website!)
If you're curious about how I did what I did, read on! Here's my story...
"Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York who hated his job, followed his passion, started a sideline business publishing his own books, quit his job, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day....and live a nomadpreneur's dream life...."
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