My childhood was a bit strange.
When most kids were going to school and making friends, my family and I were traveling around different countries.
I was born in Canada but I never lived there.
When people ask where I’m from, I secretly want to ignore them or create an entirely fictional background story to avoid explaining the real details.
So I’m Canadian… but not really!
I remember one time my family and I spent an entire year living in a mobile home driving around Spain and Portugal.
My dad would park the camper in parking lots near beaches so he could busk at the restaurants that dotted the coastline.
It was the six of us in the camper, 4 kids, all boys, and my parents.
We did this all over the coast of Spain and Portugal. We we’re always on the move..
Staying at friend’s places, renting short-term apartments, and living in our mobile home.
Eventually we moved into a house in Portugal, in a little town near Lisbon, where we stayed for four years.
I studied at home, everyone in my family was home-schooled.
I got my first taste of public school many years later in a country across the planet.
And that was only a small private language class.
Long story short, we traveled a lot, and somehow I ended up in Taiwan where we have been trying to dig in our roots for the past few years.
And now I’m feeling restless.
Since I’m older now and capable of making my own travel decisions, I spent a lot of time thinking about where I want to live and what I would like to do with my life.
Like most people, I still haven’t got a clue.
But I know I want to be free. I don’t want to be tied down anywhere.
I don’t want to feel like I have to stay in one place because I have no other options.
There’s always other options, there’s a whole planet of possibilities out there.
Thinking about my life, I feel like I should be studying in some college in Canada or America, making friends with people my age and doing the same thing everyone else does, living a normal life.
But that doesn’t really appeal to me.
Traveling The World is Easier Than You Think:
What appeals to me is traveling the world without a care and not depending on anyone for financial support.
Turns out, that’s not such a difficult goal to achieve.
I’v been doing it for awhile, actually!
And it’s not as expensive as you think either.
You can live comfortably in Thailand or Taiwan on a budget of $500 a month.
In fact, if you choose to live in the less populated areas, that budget could be stretched even further.
There are a lot of entrepreneurs who head to Thailand to work on their online businesses.
If you have an online source of income that brings in $500 a month, that’s more than enough to live in various countries in South East Asia.
Most people think that you need to save thousands of dollars to be able to travel and take a vacation but that’s not the case.
Your dollars can go so much further in Asia when compared to first world countries!
The thing is you don’t even need to set up some fancy affiliate marketing business to earn enough to live in Asia.
In my case, most of my income comes from my writing services, and the rest comes for little side hustles here and there.
So the point I’m trying to make is that if you want to travel the world and be free from offices and nagging bosses, it’s totally possible.
Work towards your goals.
Work on the projects that make you feel proud and fill you with a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
That’s the only type of work that’s worth doing!
In my case, when I’m not working on my website or doing something to bring my dreams a little closer to reality, I feel depressed and don’t want to get out of bed at all.
I learned that lesson after spending a long time depressed and running in circles.
The problem was that I had no direction.
I had nothing to work towards.
Nothing that I wanted to work towards.
Nothing that was making me feel proud of my accomplishments.
Then one day I was said screw it and made this website and starting writing!
Even though this website isn’t bringing in thousands of dollars a month, it’s something that I can work on which makes me feel satisfied and productive.
And that’s enough for me.
So if you’re feeling depressed, chances are good that you’ll feel better if you start working towards your goals.
It makes all the difference.
Make a Goal and Work Towards It
Everyone has different goals because everyone is different.
My goal is to be free and earn enough money online to relax and live comfortably anywhere in the world while helping as many people a long the way as I can.
This goal isn’t the same as most, so I often feel isolated.
You’ll have to sacrifice some parts of your life for others.
- Everyday I try to take myself a little closer to that goal.
- Everyday I’ll write a little more on my website.
- Everyday I’ll network with people and try to find out how I can help them solve their problems.
Think about it.
Get addicted to that little infusion of satisfaction that you get from completing a task that will take you closer to your goals.
It’s the only way to success.
— Timothy Gagnon (@Timothy_Gagnon) August 30, 2016
It’s also a little scary because I know those words will be out there for everyone to judge and people might not agree with my message.
You can start blogging too! But you’ll need a website first.
But it still feels good knowing that I finished an article that I spent a long time polishing before hitting the publish button.
And you should put effort into writing your articles!
I come across a lot of websites that have piss-poor content and then they wonder why nobody reads their content.
Anyone Can Start Online:
But if you’re looking to build an online business, it’s important to realize that most people don’t have the same goals as you.
Most people think working online is not even possible.
For those of you who already work online, I’m sure you can relate to the comments from friends and family members who are skeptical about what you do.
“Why don’t you get a real job?”, is a what most people say when you tell them you work online.
Well, this is a job!
It’s your job to build your website and network with people.
It’s your job to push yourself further and get results.
Sadly, not everyone is up to the challenge.
Building an online business that successfully brings in cash is a challenge.
You’re responsible for everything – every aspect of your business.
And you constantly run into new problems that need to be solved.
- You’re always learning more about your work.
- You’re always running into website problems.
- You’re always learning how to bring in more traffic and market online.
It’s a challenge but it’s fun, educational, and rewarding!
So, I prefer to work on my online projects instead of working a regular job.
I think working online is much more rewarding because not only are you constantly learning new things but you can also work from anywhere in the world.
And as we mentioned earlier, the simple act of working on something on your own and building something from scratch can be the cure to depression and feelings of inadequacy.
That’s enough for me, don’t you think?
It’s also important to keep in mind that if you have an online source of income you’ll have more money to spend on your life and invest in other opportunities.
It’s all about growth.
— Timothy Gagnon (@Timothy_Gagnon) August 26, 2016
Once you being to create something you’ll feel addicted to the process and you won’t be able to help yourself from creating more.
It’s the opposite of a bad addiction, a bad addiction pulls you down and handicaps you.
But a positive addition will lift you up and super-charge your progress, making it possible for you to reach your goals and live life to the fullest.
And that’s what we all want, isn’t it?
Do You Like Challenges?
So take a moment to think about your life and about how far you have come as a person.
Does the idea of taking on a new challenge excite you?
Do you feel like your life has been on hold while you take care of other responsibilities?
Do you feel like your life has come to a stand still and you don’t know what to do?
Well, challenges are healthy and everyone should challenge themselves.
So why not challenge yourself to be the owner of a business?
Why not challenge yourself to work hard and build something from scratch that you can benefit from for years to come?
It’s a pretty intense challenge.
Very few people can do it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article and I hope it motivated you to take action.
If this article motivates one person to challenge themselves, I’ll consider it a success.
Until next time!
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