Years ago, I read an article by the phenomenal blogger Mark Manson.
While I can’t recall the subject I was reading about, I *do* recall how he talked about his lifestyle:
Running a location-independent business and traveling the world.
“WOW” I thought to myself. It felt like a new door opened in my mind. I had NO idea this was at all possible.
As somebody who loves independence, it sounded like he greatest thing ever.
I told my parents, neighbors, friends etc. that this was my dream…
…only to get the same response most of the time:
“Well, you’ll have to work in a job for years before you can have that.”
Fast-forward to August of 2016 and I just founded a location-independent business. I have what I dreamed of:
1. I was making money running my own business.
2. There was no boss hovering over me like a police helicopter.
3. I could do all the same work from Germany, the U.S. or Peru.
But instead of living the free life I dreamed of, I built my own prison:
I faced anxiety, BIG time. There was always something to do. I never felt like I was “done”. I had no guilt-free free time. And I always compared myself to people who were doing better than I am.
I didn’t travel. I didn’t see any new places. I became lonely cause all I did was working on the business.
It was HELL.
Things improved a bit when I worked on productivity and management skills, but there’s nothing like a good ol’ crisis, right?
My crisis was actually NOT a crisis, as I later discovered.
On march 2nd, 2018 (about a week ago at the time of this writing), I traveled all over the Netherlands.
Travel isn’t exactly known for being a productive time…
I won’t lie: I was scared sh*tless that I wouldn’t get things done and that bad things would happen to my business.
Here’s what actually happened:
I got all my work done. Hit the deadlines.
All while exploring awesome places I’d never seen and meeting amazing new people.
What did I learn from this?
As it turns out, Parkinson’s law holds true and you can chill out. Work fills out as much time as you reserve for it. You *can* get most tasks done MUCH quicker than you think. You’re smarter, faster, more effective and efficient than you usually are.
If you can find a way to tap into the energy you can leverage in a squeeze, you’ll be amazed what you can do (I only re-discovered this a few days ago).
My dream isn’t dead. It’s just a few clicks and a few hundred miles away. Every second of the day. It’s not even “in my reach”. It’s literally in my pocket.