What is location independence?
I've recently been researching the idea of living location independent. I stumbled across this podcast called Zero to Travel before I jetted over here to Korea. This podcast is hosted by Jason Moore, a travel enthusiast, author, and entrepreneur, who has collaborated with fellow podcast dude —Travis Sherry— another experienced traveler/entrepreneur. His website is called Extra Pack of Peanuts , which focuses on budget traveling/airline deals. The duo has teamed up for a joint podcast and online community called Location Indie. In a nutshell, it's a community of people who aim to run location-free businesses. With the seemingly endless possibilities of the Internet these days, this type of work is certainly on the rise, but I would still consider it to be somewhat cutting edge.
Why go for location Independence?
As Jason and Trav can attest to, there are many reasons to strive for this location-independent lifestyle, but the main selling point is the freedom to do what so many of us love— travel. How good does that sound? Work from the road while being inspired by all the beautiful places and people around the world. It sounds too good to be true, huh? The crazy thing is that it's not.
There are many people living this lifestyle. Not only do you have the ability to trek the globe, but you also don't have to work for anyone else. That part is amazing. This concept is something I've heard many times in Jason and Trav's podcast— betting on yourself. It's such an inspiring message. Why answer to someone else when you can design your own lifestyle and be your own boss?
Still sound too good to be possible?
Just because this innovative and unique lifestyle is possible, certainly does not mean it comes without its challenges. Since I began my research about it, I have seen a recurring theme— this is HARD work. If you think about it, how could it not be? Not only are you running a business/providing a service, but you're doing it on the road. The eventual success would be the ultimate reward for not only diving in to this massive undertaking (starting a business), but doing it in an unconventional manner, while being able to see the world on your terms.
The main reason I decided to sign up for the LI community was the honesty of Jason and Trav in their podcast. They don't feed you a bunch of fluff— they tell you it's a grind. They discuss their own struggles and battles with self-doubt during the process of pursuing this lifestyle. They give you exactly what all of us want in our lives—authenticity. Although they mention the difficulties and the realities involved, it always comes back to one central point— this life is worth the effort.
In addition to the inspiration I've received from the LI community, I have been motivated by a podcast by best-selling author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss. In this particular episode, he interviews successful filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez. In this interview, Rodriguez emphasizes the idea of going against the herd. Instead of going in the same direction, go the opposite way. Although it may be an arduous road, that is where you will find the success and happiness that we all seek.
“IT'S GOOD NOT TO FOLLOW THE HERD. GO THE OTHER WAY. IF EVERYONE IS GOING THAT WAY, GO THIS OTHER WAY."
- Robert Rodriguez
On a similar note, a short YouTube video from entrepreneur and global businessman, Gary Vaynerchuk, has also motivated me to keep pushing for the life that I want. In this 4-minute motivational rant/speech, he discussed this ever-popular topic— what the hell should I do after graduating college? In his uberly enthusiastic and in-your-face style, Gary Vee urges those who are just graduating (or in their early 20s) to pursue massive risks during this crucial 5-year window of time. He suggests traveling to learn about the world or starting that business that you've always wanted to. This is the time to build the life that you want for yourself. You don't have the excess baggage and responsibility that comes along with a family or children. Even though you may have student loan debt or doubts hanging over you, just attack what you want despite all of that. Do it NOW.
"THIS IS THE TIME TO BE MASSIVELY RISK-ORIENTED"
- Gary Vaynerchuk
Listening to people discuss these topics always lights a fire in me. Focusing on taking advice and surrounding yourself with the right people makes all the difference. That's why I decided to join the LI community. It's been liberating just thinking about going all in for this lifestyle. I can only imagine what it will be like when it's a reality. I'm hoping to use this year of teaching in Korea as a springboard to propel me towards my goal of becoming location independent and working from anywhere. I have been working on my website while consistently creating video content on my YouTube channel. I'm excited to see where this thing goes!
Break Your Boundaries.