I’ve always been one who doesn’t exactly like conforming. That’s an understatement, who am I kidding. I don’t like to confirm. And I don’t like doing things “just because,” especially when I see so many people going through the motions of their life or job “just because” our culture tells them to. “What do you mean I CAN’T do this? Hmmm, no, I think I’m just going to do it.”
I’ve had a number of very profound experiences that have completely changed my outlook on life. The most eternal, so to speak, was when I became a Christian at 19. The one most connected to my ideas on travel and opportunity is when I watched one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen from a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean ocean. "I can do anything I want with my entire life," I thought to myself. "What would I spend a single second doing something I hate?"
I'v become a published author, a certified pilot, a high-dollar fundraiser and a multiple home owner, just because I wanted a new challenge. I've invested in real estate, given over 100 media interviews, become 100% debt free, and spent a full year traveling the world on the budget of a fast food worker's salary.
At the age of 30 I decided I knew what I didn't want to do with my life. I spent about 10 years in work related to politics and the political field and saw the the type of people who'd spent their lives in politics. When my job ended I decided I was done. I sold a lot of what I had, grabbed a backpack and traveled the world for one year.
Nearly three years later, I'm still going strong.
That's not to say I've been traveling non-stop for three years. Instead of I've focused a tremendous amount of effort on getting the systems in place so that I won't be tied to a desk, forced to live in one specific place, and worried about making ends meet doing a job I hate.