Sipping cocktails on a beach in Bali as a digital nomad isn’t all that.
Trust me, I know. I’m here right now. In the heart of expat-central, the Bali beach town of Canggu.
Still, I don’t feel how everyone suggests I should feel like a successful digital nomad. I had to make a lot of sacrifices over the five-year journey to reach this point. It wasn’t all cocktails and butterflies. There were many bumps in the road and things I wish I knew before arriving here.
Here, I will break down the 7 things I had to give up to…
When we’re young, one of the most annoying phrases we’ll hear is, “you’ll understand when you’re older.” This common and seemingly condescending phrase always comes at the most inconvenient times, usually when we think we understand something but then realize later that we don’t, and of course, we’re eventually proven wrong.
But that’s how we learn, right?
We have to see it and experience it for ourselves. And it isn’t until we actually see and experience things on our own that we truly understand what people mean when they say that phrase.
I used to take offense whenever people said…
One year ago, I had to face a decision that turned my life around.
I had to decide between starting a full-time job at a renowned Fortune Global 500 company — let’s just call it Motor — and uncovering my personal blind spot.
You see, back then, I was finishing up my studies and simultaneously working as a trainee at Motor. The deal was simple:
If I continuously delivered good work as a trainee, I could start working full time at Motor as soon as I graduated.
And indeed, everything lined up for me to have a prosperous career at…
I grew up in a wealthy suburb of Ohio called Dublin. It was the kind of suburb where people had formal dining rooms and parents bought their children cars when they turned 16. Our town’s official motto was, I shit you not, “It’s greener in Dublin.” (They changed that a few years ago.) Residents of Dublin had another name for it: the Dublin Bubble.
Inside the Dublin Bubble, life was upper class. Nobody dropped out of high school or got pregnant— and when students inevitably did, their name was spoken in hushed undertones and quickly forgotten. Everyone went to college…
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
We are asked this question from the beginning of our education. When you’re a kid, it’s fine to want to be a princess, an actress, or a tap-dancer.
As we grow up, our ambitions grow up with us. In high school, we aspire to be doctors, or lawyers, or teachers and then go to college to get an education costing thousands of dollars for a chance at pursuing those careers.
Why, from day one of our existence on planet earth, is there so much emphasis placed on figuring out what…
When I joined the corporate world, I was keen on climbing the ladder quickly.
The secret to achieving this was to be likeable, my seniors said, as did books and articles on the subject. But what did “being likeable” mean?
Did I have to appear smart? Did I have to establish my credibility? Did I have to say yes to everything? Did I have to do whatever it took for people to see me as a nice guy?
Nobody knew. So like everyone else, I made up my own answers. Unfortunately, many of them were wrong. …
My career has shown me a mirror of what I truly am, instead of who I thought myself to be.
Let me start from the beginning. It has been two and half years since I graduated from university (2018). After sitting for 13 interviews, I finally got placed in a big firm and have worked as a developer ever since. And it’s been an eye-opening experience.
Even though it has not been a long time, my day job has taught me so much more than just the coding intricacies. …
I did a lot of stupid things in my twenties, especially when it came to my finances. For a guy who made $130,000 per year when he was 23, you would’ve thought I had more than $5,000 in my savings account, but I didn’t.
It took me quitting my job and hustling for a year to understand the importance of saving and being financially responsible.
Don’t be like me.
Start saving money now while you still have your job and your dignity. Ultimately, here’s what I did.
FYI I’m not a financial advisor, just a guy who’s done what I’ve…
My mother used to tell me that if I didn’t work hard at school and didn’t go to college, I’d end up stacking shelves at Woolworths. In her mind, it was the worst insult she could think of.
I heeded her warning and worked towards everything she wanted me to. In my adulthood, I have gained a college degree, bought a house and attempted a linear career path.
Perhaps you were brought up in a similar household that spoon feeds the ‘success equals office work and suburbia’ rhetoric. …
The lights dim, the music starts playing, and I immediately know what’s happening. Behind me, three waitresses start singing.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUU…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUU…HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU…”
That last youuu was a prolonged one after which everyone — even the other guests start clapping. I feel myself blush and look at the cake in front of me. It’s a beautiful cake, chocolate biscuit — the way I like it! — and has 5 candles. I hesitate for a moment, feeling the pressure of the moment, thinking about the wish. …