Every morning, what three things am I procrastinating on? Do those first and bite the frog.
If you never ask the answer will always be no.
How do we ask better questions?
In response to Derick Sivers, Is there such thing as too much freedom?
Not freedom of speech or freedom to travel but once the basic needs are met and financial freedom is achieved is too much freedom a good thing? This opens every choice imaginable to should or could. Personally, it is daunting and can be a nuisance. Like those who leave prison and don’t know what to do with themselves. They usually find themselves back in prison or worse. When I found out that I can basically travel where ever I wanted to in the world, it changed me. I could ski in two different countries in the same day and then decide to take the train to another.
A sense of purpose or validation is more important. Once I saw that money wasn’t everything and what I had was enough, I was no longer stuck in the prison between my ears. Unless I wanted to be a monk and live in a cave. Which I’ve found in the high mountains of Nepal. This doesn’t suit me. What I wish to find is a way to teach others and pass down what I have learned.
Once all the boxes that encircle our heirchary of needs are met, then too much freedom can be detrimental.
“What do you do when you can do anything and dont have to do anything? Where do you go when you can be anywhere and don’t have to be anywhere? “
What do you want to be different in 3-5 years?
Seceding, where are you from?, most often the next question is what do you do? I hate this question. Grammatically, it doesn’t make sense. It feels like small talk that leads to a short answer.
What is your passion project?
If money were no object what would you do?
What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Ask these instead. They make others more excited to answer. Everyone likes talking about themselves, especially in regards to their passion.
How do you afford all this travel?
I do the same thing as just about everyone else. I trade my precious resource of time for another not so valuable resource; money. Working in a foreign country is the same as changing jobs. Unfamiliar, but similar. Meet new people, transfer old skills to new opportunities, and maybe learn a new language. Thats the hardest part. Especially when the locals are blatantly talking about you in front of your face and you can tell right away from context clues.
Usually I can travel for about 6 months – depending on the country- and then have to find a place that is willing to barter. As much as I like trading my skill for food/accommodation; there are times when I need to barter for more.
This is the first country that Ive worked in that is cut throat and hasn’t delivered.
What have I learned from this?
It’s getting harder and harder to trust people.
They are only out for themselves and their own business.
Don’t deal with past drug dealers. Even if they aren’t using or say they’re done.
What habit do I want to change and replace with another habit? Mentally and physically.