Growing up, I had an uncle who the whole family thought was a bit of a whack job.
Whenever they spoke about Uncle Rick, some of my relatives would roll their eyes and nod their heads in unison with sympathetic glances and sighs. “Oh, Uncle Rick is in the Everglades or Uncle Rick is mountain climbing in South America” were the typical responses that I heard when I asked if he would be joining us for Christmas.
What I didn’t understand some 2 decades ago is that while many people may have thought Uncle Rick was a bit eccentric, he was living the life of someone who was location independent.
At the time, there really wasn’t a name for what he did. Instead, Rick simply knew how to “work” anywhere in the world, without being tethered to a specific location.
The good news is this is something that you do by knowing how to properly design your life. Let me explain…
Location Independence Allows to Work Anywhere
Today, with the abilities of the internet, cell phones, automated systems and other technological advances; the great majority of us can work from anywhere if we so choose.
This means that we can take a cruise, live like a gypsies traveling from place to place, see the world and travel at whim, without taking a pay cut or vacation time. There are few jobs worth having that can’t be done from home and the freedom to live the life of your dreams that this offers, is not be under rated.
Location independence is all about mobility.
From Skype to worldwide internet access, laptops, cell phones and conferencing software; we are living in an age that demands mobility. Since so many of these mobile links have been made so easy to afford, use and implement – there is no reason to be confined between 4 walls.
Even if you aren’t the traveling type; there is freedom that comes with being location independent. This freedom is what can make your life better than you ever imagined.
Avoiding the Trap of Work
It’s important to view any type of work through the lens of its mobility. Whenever I start a new site or project, I make sure it’s something that can be done off a laptop at any spot in the world. In other words, I always design it in a way where I’m not trapped at a specific geographic location.
A location independent worker means that you can be as effective in your own home, in an office as you can be sitting on a Caribbean Beach.
One of the things that I do is integrate the tools I need for my business in a manner where everything is completely mobile. To be honest, with a laptop, wireless internet access and a Skype, you are able to work from where you ever you are. And if you need additional tools, don’t be afraid to go out and get them.
Many people are scared to take that plunge towards location independence because they’re afraid of not having the right tools at their fingertips. The honest truth is a lot of the “corporate jobs” we do in modern society don’t really require much beyond what’s stored on a modern laptop.
Outsource Annoying, Time Consuming Tasks
Another obstacle to location independence is that you have to “be there” for critical tasks. Here’s where I’m going to burst your bubble a little… A lot of what you do at your “job” can easily be outsourced to another person for a fraction of the cost that you receive.
Sure it might feel a little weird to have somebody do parts of your job. However you have to look at like this. If you’re worth $50 an hour, wouldn’t it make perfect sense to pay somebody else to do parts of your job that can be outsourced for $5 an hour? Then your time is freed up to concentrate on your core genius or figuring out other ways to remove yourself from a specific location.
Don’t Be Another Person Who “Waits”
Lots of people are in a constant cycle of waiting.
They wait to finish college. They wait to find the perfect job where they wait to work their way through the ranks.
They get married and wait to have kids until they can afford it. Then they have children and wait to live their own dreams. They wait to build a house until the kids are through college.
They wait to take vacations. They wait to enjoy their lives.
Then they wait to retire. Once retired they wait for the economy to get better before they start traveling, buy the RV and cruise America.
Suddenly, their entire life is behind them, they are too old to enjoy anything. Sure, they have plenty of money in the bank but aren’t able to enjoy it. Then it is bequeathed to the next generation of waiters. And the cycle goes on.
Stop waiting. Your life is now, not in a decade. I don’t know about you, but since I don’t know if I will be here in 5 years or 5 days for that matter, I plan to live the life I want now.
Yes, I sacrifice some investments and time towards doing activities that I don’t particularly enjoy but they allow me to be a location independent. I can write to you from Hawaii or Australia and since my back up system of automated income is in place, I am FREE!
Living Life the Way YOU Want
Uncle Rick knew about this lifestyle long before the rest of the world. He wasn’t crazy, he was wealthy and happy and he lived a life that was perfectly designed by him. He had a lovely wife, a great family and enjoyed every day because he was ALWAYS thrilled to be alive.
When Rick did make it to our family get-togethers, it was him that was rolling his eyes at all of us who were trapped in less than thrilling lives. Waiting.
Needless to say, Uncle Rick was my hero and I happily follow in his footsteps. Even today, at his age he is happy, wealthy and has no regrets. He has lived his life to the fullest potential and he has created and designed his dream life and made it a reality.
Being location independent is something that each of you can strive to do. Even if you don’t want to travel the world, you want to be free.
Freedom may mean not missing your kid’s baseball games. It may mean not working on Fridays and not hassling with traffic for several hours a day.
We all have our own definition of freedom. However, one thing is for certain…each of us wants a life hand crafted and designed to include your passions and when you decide to become location independent, that is what you get.
How to Get Started?
One of the ways to get started is to check out the free report “Life Plan Mastery” that I just released, (which is available on the top-right hand side of this page).
Life is way too short to be confined by walls and there are far too many tools available nowadays to remain stuck. So if you’re sitting there, wishing for a different life, now is the time to take action and make it happen!Take Action. Get Results.