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7 Pieces of Thinking That Can Free You From An Ordinary Life

Last year my Mom told me that it was quite impressive that a 23-year-old kid traveled the United States alone from big cities to national parks to certain wonders of the world.

In a way she was right.

Many times these days I wake up and shake my head with a smile, wondering how I got all the way out to Montana from Maryland, and how I’ve been able to see what I saw and do what I did.

But then I realize that this wasn’t by chance. I wanted this life, and while I did have problems paying my bills sometimes, it was a conscious effort of mine to be able to travel.

I remember seeing travel blogs online in 2015, wishing that I could have the life of these people. It all seemed so glamorous. They took trips wherever they wanted, wrote about it when they got done, and went on to the next place.

It just seemed so exhilarating.

So I started to pursue that, and here I am, living a life I dreamed of back in 2015.

The truth is I just started to hold on to and really put a few lessons I learned throughout my life into action. Here they are:

1. Stop Listening To Reason

Reason tells you to take the safe route.

It’s there telling you to take that 9–5 desk job when all you want to do is see the world. It’s such a burden on your growth as a human being, and I really think that most people regret listening to it later in life.

Once I decided to throw reason to the side and think about what I really wanted to do, then doors started to open up that I didn’t know were there.

2. Stop Putting Needless Barriers Up In Your Mind

There’s a lot of rules that we walk around with on a daily basis. If you really think about it, many of these rules are ones that we make up in our own mind.

For instance, I really wanted to leave Maryland to live in Orlando after graduation. I made it such a point to believe this that I subconsciously made it a rule in my mind to follow.

It was going to happen. But if I slowed down and thought about my options, I would’ve come to realize that if I stayed at home I would live rent-free, grocery-payment-free, and my cost of living would take a nosedive.

I could’ve used a lot of money to make student loan payments.

I put that barrier there in my mind. Think about some of the things that are actually barriers for you and some of the things that you put there yourself. These can be choosing not to apply for a fun remote job because you don’t have the experience.


Write a cover letter that will catch their eye and they will read!

3. Value Yourself More

After college I couldn’t get a job to save my life. I’d go into job interviews and answer all the questions according to how the books said I should, then I went home and never received any calls back. It was pathetic.

I started to use my performance in that area as a gauge for my success.

You can only imagine that I felt like a talentless piece of crap who would never amount to anything because I couldn’t even score a job that paid $15 per hour with a college degree.


In the face of hardship, believe in the value that you have.

Two years ago I couldn’t get hired. Now I write at the Huffington Post. Value yourself more. Blindly believe in yourself. Which leads me to my next point.

4. Have Blind Faith

Seriously. Just believe that something incredible is about to happen. This gives you insane energy and actually boosts creativity.

Whenever I get excited about something my mind goes off on crazy tangents about things I could do to accomplish goals in a unique way.

Excitement is a great thing. Hope is a great thing. Just have blind faith, even if it’s unwarranted, that things are going to work out somehow in the end. Get excited about your life again!

5. Caffeine Is Your Friend

Energy turns into creativity. Caffeine is your friend. Drink a double-shot of espresso and tell me you don’t feel more creative and inspired afterward.

Thought so.

6. Swing For The Fences Once Every Day

Email that screenwriter. Call the author of the book you just read. How do you find their numbers/email?

Research it!

This world isn’t made up of impenetrable barriers that withhold information from one person while giving it to another.

A famous person I just interviewed turned out to have a Gmail account with a username of the first letter of their first name followed by their whole last name.

Do one incredible thing every single day. You never know if you could strike gold.

7. Don’t Listen To Other People

This goes hand-in-hand with the first point in the countdown. Don’t listen to other people, because they will drag you down. They will make you feel like your dream is stupid.

My parents didn’t exactly think my plan was a solid one. They wanted me to pursue a job at Panera Bread to become a manager. Now my Mom is telling me how she’s proud of me that I went on a trip I designed myself.

Life works in funny ways.

Follow these seven thought processes, and life will open up for you in ways you never could’ve imagined.

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Tom Kuegler

Tom Kuegler

Travel blogger. 29 years old. Currently in Mexico. Get my free 5-day Medium course via email → https://bit.ly/35yyIIu