Yesterday, I attended a seminar hosted by Gerry Robert, author of Millionaire Mindset, about writing a business book and using it to break into public speaking, grow company sales, and become an expert in your field.
While I was listening to Gerry, I had several ideas for my own business book. A book about working remotely, traveling, and everything in between. I probably won’t start working on the book anytime soon, because I’m working on another kind of book, and I’d rather not get distracted.
A lot of things changed in my life since I started working remotely.
I have a lot of extra time for activities, even though I work for 10 hours a day. I thought about the different reasons for why I’m happier, calmer, more optimistic, more engaged, and have a love for learning similar to the love for learning I had when I was a child.
For one, I’m location independent: I can work from anywhere in the world, and I’m constantly thinking about where I’ll go next, what kind of people I’ll meet, where I’ll live and what living there will be like, what kind of languages I will learn, and where I’ll travel to when I’m there. My next home might be Germany, Greece, perhaps even Istanbul. Really, anywhere with an internet connection will do.
I’m able to work from any coffee shop. This keeps me active, it keeps me exploring. Even though I have to be at my computer at a certain time, it doesn’t have to be at the same location. I don’t have to get there in the morning after sitting in rush hour traffic every single day.
Instead, I can sit on the terrace of my favorite cafe. I can work with other remote workers or I can work alone. I can drink a beer. I can get up from my seat midday and go to another location on the other side of town if I wish. For me, this kind of freedom is key to happiness and comfort.
I have more energy. Having to go into an office and stay there for 10 hours a day whether or not there is any work to do is draining, and truthfully, most of the work that people go into offices to do can be done remotely, and the world is beginning to realize it.
I get paid a little less, but the way I see it, I’m paying for freedom. The freedom to live anywhere, learn any language, meet all kinds of different people, and stimulate my brain in other ways. If I need to run an errand in the middle of the day I can go and do it, and complete the work on my own time, sometimes during the weekends and nights. But I don’t mind. Being able to choose when, where and how I work is a luxury I wouldn’t trade no matter the paycheck.
I’ll continue writing my thoughts on remote work as they come. And of course, as I continue working remotely.
If you have any comments and are a remote worker yourself, please share your thoughts and where you’re working from. It will be great to hear from you!
Thank you for reading,