“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy
Are you fed up yet? Tired of dragging your tired butt back and forth to some gray cubicle prison Monday through Friday?
Is this your dream life for the next twenty five years? Tired of the corporate treadmill while some jerk in a blue suit gambles the fruits of your labor on Wall Street or buys another vacation home while you work overtime?
The ultimate goal should be independence.
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If you said yes, and you love the confining walls and wasted potential that has become your life, then please leave now, this is not for you, get lost!
If you said heck no! Then I can help you. But you have to commit to working your butt off for the next six months. There is no free ride in life.
Samuel Goldwyn said it best.
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Dreaming will not get you there, wishful thinking will not get you there, someday will not get you there. Someday does not come, ever. So pick your sorry self up and dust yourself off.
To remote work your way to freedom and independence, they key word is work, and not just work, but hard work.
If anyone promises you anything different from hard work, or some magic shortcut, they are lying to you. You must take massive focused action starting today if you want to be free.
The good news is that you can start today and still achieve your location independence in 2012. It’s not too late, even if you do not know where or how to begin.
Never in history have we had so many opportunities to thrive. The world has truly opened up the floodgates of prosperity.
For the first time ever, anyone can work from anywhere doing almost anything.
Don’t just listen to me, look at what real, every day people have been achieving.
When I say everyday people, I mean normal, middle class folks without money or connections who quickly achieved location (and in some cases financial) independence with smart, focused hard work.
Here are just a few examples from thousands.
- Tim Ferris – Four Hour Work Week
- Ramit Sethi – I will Teach You To Be Rich
- Leo Babauta – Zen Habits
- Corbett Barr – Think Traffic
- James Clear – Passive Panda
- Caleb Wojcik – Pocket Changed
- Patt Flynn – Smart Passive Income
- Chris Guthrie – Make Money on the Internet
- Adam Baker – Man Versus Debt
Massive action one month at a time can get you on the beach of your choice this year.
Ready to get started?
If you need more motivation to change, this isn’t for you. If you are fed up and ready for change, then read on.
Let’s dive into the six steps to remote work your way to location independence in six months, the massive action starts now. Stop procrastinating.
1. Month One – Wheres your beach?
Do you really want the location independent lifestyle? Are you trying to be trendy or hip, a poser or a fake, or do you genuinely want to your freedom?
There is a surefire method of determining whether location and possibly financial freedom are what you truly want. I can tell you from these three questions.
1. Are you always putting things off for “someday”?
2. Where do you spend your disposable income?
3. What do you talk about, think about, dream about, and read about in your free time?
The bottom line is that your actions determine your results. It’s that simple.
Are you moving toward location independence or just floating through life? Or put another way, where is your beach? Beach being a metaphor for what you would do if you won the lottery.
In month one, I want you to think about your motivation and especially your “why”. You will not be successful until you understand your why. Then you can galvanize your resources, time and effort toward remote work freedom.
- Define a day in your ideal life, include the who, what, where, when, and why.
- Write down separate lists of what is working in your life and what is not working.
- Write down a list of your”why” or “whys” to get to the root of your motivation and what it is you really want.
- Why do you want location independence?
- Why do you want change in your life?
- Why are you not happy with your current circumstances?
- Do you need to change your whys?
- Write out what your ideal life looks like in six months, in a year, in five years, in ten years.
- Set your independence day.
Are you satisfied with your life the way it is now? If yes, congratulations, you are already on your beach! You can stop reading this and go back to enjoying your life.
If no, then lets continue.
2. Month Two – Lets take a look in your toolbox? You already have everything you need to get started today.
No matter who you are or where you are, you have some unique talent, gift or skill that you can use to achieve your remote work independence.
Maybe you don’t have the right tools or enough tools yet? You can start getting them today, but first you need to assess what your current starting point is.
You have to start where you are with what you have. I recommend completing the next exercise with someone who knows you and your situation well. Time to do an inventory of your life.
- What skills, talents, abilities, training, education, and experience do you have?
- What are you good at?
- What do you enjoy?
- What have you been successful at?
- What makes you special?
- What mental, emotional, physical, and financial assets do you have? Write it all down, then give yourself a big pat on the back, because you are a winner!
- What do you want to learn?
- What excites you? Define it.
Be real and honest with yourself. Wherever and however you are starting out, can can always learn and acquire any skill or knowledge you need.
Tony Robins was a broke, overweight loser living in an apartment so small he had to wash his dishes in his bathtub and he turned his life around to become the top motivational speaker in history.
Always use your strengths as a starting point. It is a hundred times easier to enhance your strengths than overcome your weaknesses.
3. Month Three – So many options. Whats your muse? Figuring out your how.
There are many methods to achieve location independence, you just need to find one that is a good fit for you. In my opinion, here are the best opportunities in order for creating a long term remote work lifestyle.
Tim Ferris refers to this as a muse in the Four Hour Work Week. I can it your remote work vehicle.
1. Start a location independent outsourced business. The best opportunity is a web based business that only requires a computer, internet connection, and telephone.
2. Become an independent consultant or freelancer. James Clear has excellent resources on becoming a freelancer over at Passive Panda.
3. Work remotely as an employee or contractor. Read or free guide, Working Without Walls.
There are many other paths, but in my opinion, these are the top three. Just don’t lock yourself down to a physical location. Tough to do if you are an ambulance Driver for example. But not tough to do in many other professions and businesses.
The key is finding the intersection of;
- What you enjoy.
- What you are good at.
- What people will pay you for.
You need to find your sweet spot regardless of what vehicle you choose for location independent remote work.
- Research your options and select a remote work vehicle. Find your sweet spot. If you decide to take the freelancer or employee path, check out our Remote Jobs page.
- List and rank three viable options.
- Start part-time immediately with option one.
There is never a perfect idea, perfect time, or perfect way. Procrastination is the great dream killer. Do you best to select a viable idea, then start immediately and adjust as you go.
4. Month Four – Just start. Go from “passive action” into “massive action”
In month three you selected and started part-time with a viable remote work vehicle (business, consulting, freelance, or employee). By now you should either be profitable or move on to the next idea on your list.
If you are starting again with a new idea, please return to month three and repeat the process, see you again next month.
If you are profitable part-time, continue building up your income.
- Continue building up your income with your idea from month three.
5. Month Five – You can’t take it with you. Removing the anchors holding you down in your life.
Anchors in your life hold you down and prevent you from your goal of independence. Common anchors commonly include;
- Bad Relationships
- Bad decisions
I recommend you start with a clean slate and a clear head. Any baggage that ties up your brain and productive bandwidth needs to go.
Scared of the unknown? What do you really have to lose, you can always come back to your current or a new cubicle prison.
Stuck on the consumption / debt / keep up with the Jones-es treadmill? Sell your crap, simplify your life and pay down our debt.
Bad relationships holding you down? Maybe you need to change your friends and hang out with successful people who have achieved what you want to achieve. After all, you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.
- Simplify your life and clean the slate.
6. Month Six – It’s Official, make your escape.
Congratulations, you have successfully completed months one through five. Time to make your escape. Good luck.