I’m crafting my rags to riches tale and I’m doing it in the slums.
Yes, I actually did this shit during a 660 km walking pilgrimage. Pre-slum creds. Da BOSS.
For as much as I could berate myself for all the stupid decisions I’ve made to get to this point, I have
to believe this is bloody brilliant. And it is, if you let it.
It’s also bloody moronic if that’s what you decide it is. It’s up to you.
You choose your own adventure. The drama you make is the drama that you live.
I have to believe that its a brilliant rags to riches tale because that’s the story that I want to create. Am creating right now.
For all those “self-made” millionaires that have their sob story of living in their mom’s basement or living in their car, whether exaggerated or true, can they really beat living in the third world slums?
I sold my car so I could live.
When I build things I shake things up. I don’t do things the “right” way or the “easy” way. I had zero savings and spent the only retirement funds I had. TIP: That tip they tell you to save at least six months of a monthly living wage? It’s a good one.
Craft your story because nobody else can do it for you.
Build your location independent biz abroad
In January 2010, I moved to SE Asia, more or less. I traveled nomadically for over a year, including a 660km walkabout (literally), before I settled in slumsville. I still question my judgment but I’m starting to believe that I had a shroud of brilliance.
Live cheap like a local while I build my biz!
Experience rock bottom so I can humbly figure out how to serve those in need by living it!
Of course, you don’t have to bunk in the slums to benefit from building your location independent biz abroad. If you’re attracted to the digital nomad lifestyle, living cheaply in SE Asia is a great opportunity to build your online business, get out of the rat race, explore the world and live a more awesome life. Lets get real. It’s not like you’re going to be able to afford Europe right off the bat if you’re just starting out.
It’s not all glam, as you can see, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun.
Live 1/3 cheaper, live on part time income, live like a vagrant, it’s all possible in SE Asia.
You could half ass it and still live better than most locals.
You could couch surf like a bum and enjoy the locals’ stories.
You could end up squatting in abandoned buildings and live like a punk rocker. It’s all good.
If you’re the “safe” type, you’re going to want that six month cushion, but it’s not necessary. You can live on $5,000 a year in SE Asia, but if you want your first world privilege, prepare to live on $15,000 a year or more.
Even so, the point is, you don’t need a lot. You can use the leverage of less to build your business more.
Declare Your Wealth
If you’re starting cheap with hardly any overhead like a $100 Start-Up micro-business that Chris Guillebeau writes about, know your worth and declare your wealth. You may not be making $X amount now but you will be! Declare it. Set your money intentions and set the track for manifesting it to reality.
Your brilliant ideas and framework will naturally gravitate towards that number as your plan starts to take shape. Don’t expect magical manifestations to do everything for you, but work your ass off, build the biz model, do some project calculations if you’re the logical/linear type, and you’ll get what you asked for.
Be specific and then plan accordingly.
Make a List
Make a bucket list, make a goal list, make a to-do list, make a gratitude list, whatever it is just start making lists! I made a list so I could figure out my step-by-step plan to move to SE Asia. I listed each baby step I could think of so I could break down the scary goal into realistic small pieces that seemed less-scary. I was scared as hell and I’m not the planner type, but it worked for me. I moved myself from inaction to action.
The point of lists is to move you to action. They help you live intentionally, mindfully, and consciously. They help put BIG goals into bite-sized, manageable chunks. They help you keep track of your day and make sure you stay productive.
Break it down. What are your six month goals? What are your monthly goals? What are your daily goals? Start thinking intentionally about how you spend your time and what purpose it serves.
What’s Your Story?
Your life is literally being crafted every day. You can choose to actively write it, or let others shape it for you. Are you going to author your life? What do you want to do? How do you want to live?
It was easy for me to pick my own adventures, but when it came time to buckle up and do biz it was harder to translate into the deliberate path I had crafted my career sabbatical to be. Let your goals freely take shape by setting intentions, making lists, and crafting conscious choices every day to get to your destination.
Remember, it’s ALL about the journey.
How are you living your journey? What’s your story to craft?