I have complete freedom! I wake up each day and do whatever I want.
Most days I read, write, workout, go to the beach, travel, and spend time with friends. This is my life. I designed it and made it a reality.
You can do the same!
I am not independently wealthy and I don’t have some crazy Internet business. Yet, I’ve still created the type of freedom that most people dream of. If you are willing to go against the grain and do your own thing, you too can be free.
The first step is deciding to be free.
Before we go on, it’s important to realize what I mean by freedom. It doesn’t mean having unlimited money or never having to work again. Most people paralyze themselves because they think this is what it takes to be free.
The freedom I speak of is different. It means doing what you want, when you want, and working for yourself.
If that’s what you’re looking for, then why not prioritize it instead of chasing millionaire dreams?
How Can You Achieve Freedom?
Here’s the catch: you will have to forsake everything you know.
You won’t find freedom doing what everyone else is doing, and you won’t find it climbing the corporate ladder.
Most people spend their lives chasing the goals that society tells them to chase: more money, more things, more degrees, more responsibility.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose freedom over a new car, freedom over a new house, freedom over a new degree.
This article isn’t about having it all. It’s about creating freedom FIRST and then worrying about taking over the world.
Because freedom gives you the time to pursue what’s important to you, to take advantage of opportunities, and to experience the amazing things that the world has to offer. True freedom allows you to become the person you were meant to be and build a life around things you enjoy.
If you’re reading this article you’re probably a lot like I used to be. You probably work a job that you don’t love and have dreams of being your own man. You’re probably disillusioned with society’s idea of the good life.
I don’t have all the answers, but I know where you are coming from and I know how you can create freedom in your life. While I can’t solve all your problems, I can tell you that freedom is closer than you think.
Follow these steps and it will be yours sooner than you can imagine…
1. Eliminate What’s Unnecessary
Reduce your expenses and get rid of material possessions. It didn’t take me long after starting my first professional job to realize that I hated it. I didn’t want to be like the people I worked with. I was different. So I started to eliminate the things from my life that were hard to maintain. While my friends were spending their money on new cars and huge bar tabs, I was selling my stuff and reducing my material needs. I got rid of my car. I didn’t go into debt. I kept my expenses low. All because I knew I wanted freedom. The biggest mistake people make is letting their lifestyle grow with their income. If you’ve already started to do this, it’s not too late to cut back and get rid of your stuff.
2. Start Saving Money
Not only should you reduce your expenses, debt, and possessions, but you should also start saving everything you can. If you are working a full-time job and living frugally, it shouldn’t take you long to build up a nice chunk of change in your savings account. The more you can spare to save, the faster you will have enough to leave your job. I recommend saving a year’s worth of living expenses before you leave your job as a safety net. But in order to know what that number is, you have to know where you will live. This brings me to step 3.
3. Realize What You Need
Determine what it will cost to live in your ideal, post-job location. If you want the fastest path to freedom, my advice to you is to find a place you can live that doesn’t cost much money. The obvious solution to this problem is to move to South East Asia or South America, where you can choose from some of the most beautiful places in the world and live for a few hundred dollars a month. If that’s not your speed, there are other options. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, 10 minutes from the beach. It costs me less than $1000 a month to live (this includes rent, food, everything). After you’ve decided on a location, calculate the total cost of living there each month and figure out what you need to save to have a year’s worth of living expenses..
4. Start Making Money On The Side
You don’t have to do this, but here’s why I recommend it. Making money on your own, without the help of an employer, will give you the confidence to leave your job when the time comes. This is true even if you aren’t making much because you will have proven to yourself that you can do it. If you can make a small amount, you can find a way to make more. There are many ways to do this: you can do freelance work, get into affiliate marketing, build apps, or any number of independent pursuits. The Internet makes these options possible. While it’s beyond the scope of this article for me to help you decide, the point is that you should look for an area that makes sense for you and prove to yourself you can make ‘some’ money. Before I ever left my job, I was able to make a few hundred dollars in freelancing and affiliate sales.
5. Fill The Void
You’ve eliminated the unnecessary, planned your escape, and started saving. Hopefully, you’ve started thinking about ways that you can make money once you quit. All in all, you should be proud of your efforts, but leaving your job and having freedom will not solve all your problems. You need to fill the void. You need to create your own ideal path to follow in life. For me, this was travel and writing. It may be different for you. The important thing is that you have something and you start to figure it out before you leave your job.
Trust me when I say this is possible. I did it and I don’t regret it. It’s not the lifestyle for everyone, but if you value freedom and you want the time to pursue your own dreams, it’s worth going for. For more inspiration and advice about finding your unique path and leaving your job, check out my bio.
Scott Bold quit his six-figure engineering job to pursue his dreams of world travel, writing, and entrepreneurship. He helps people find their unique path in life and writes about personal freedom, travel, and peak performance at Scottbold.com. If you dare, read his most controversial article, The Truth You’re Not Ready To Hear. Read more of Scott’s writing here: http://www.scottbold.com/newsletter