I can’t really imagine what my life would look like if I wasn’t working remotely. Writing this article, I’m sitting near the Marina Bay Sands over in Singapore.
A lot of you will be reading this thinking “Oh he has such a big ego living this kinda lifestyle”. I have empathy for that. I truly do. But the truth is that I’m simply leveraging technology to create opportunities that allow me to travel the world.
But it is not drinking cocktails on the beaches of Thailand or The Maldives. The reality is that I’m working on my laptop in an AirBnB or Starbucks for the vast majority of the day. That’s just how it is.
I used to have massive social anxiety. But then I stopped caring about others opinions and just started chasing my dreams. It baffles me why people have so much negativity inside them that they feel the need to unleash it on others.
The truth is that if someone is good enough to actually achieve their ambitions, history will prove them right. And if they’re not, at least they tried — instead of living in a mental state of which they pander to the opinions of everyone else.
So many people spend their entire lives not accomplishing their ambitions because they’re afraid of judgement and opinions from their friends & family. If you truly want it, try. Otherwise you’ll never know what could’ve been…
Over the past 18 months, remote work has certainly taught me some useful lessons about life and entrepreneurship. It’s made me have a greater
appreciation of the world around me, and a larger sense of gratitude to the smaller things within life.
Here are some useful lessons that I’ve learnt about how remote work can benefit you as an entrepreneur:
Flexibility Creates Opportunity.
If you are somebody who works in a typical office job, you will be aware of the fact that you’re limited on your hours, and when you can go on vacation. There is (often) minimal flexibility as to where & when you can put your head down and get on with the tasks required.
Remote work essentially has allowed me to work whilst on vacation. As a direct result, i’ve visited 4 continents within the past year. If I get a message from a government official, musician, celebrity etc asking to meet me in a city, there’s a high probability that I am able to accept the opportunity due to my flexibility of location. If you are able to work remotely, the amount of opportunities you are able to accept increases tremendously.
It’s worth noting that you need to ensure you have the correct visa that allows remote work if you are going abroad in order to avoid any problems with immigration.
It Makes Me More Productive.
There are no office distractions. There is nobody asking me to head down to the pub after work to grab a few beers. There is none of that. I am in control of my schedule every single day.
When you’re able to set your own hours, the levels of happiness dramatically increases (at least in my experience). There are no negative emotions at 5am saying that I have to get up in order to be at the office by a certain time. I choose when i wake up, eat, go out, work, and sleep. I am in control of my life.
Instead of spending 2–3 hours commuting time every day (which is often unproductive), I’m able to allocate that same amount of time towards achieving my ambitions, or simply seeing family & friends.
You simply have to reverse engineer your goals to create a productive schedule around that.
I Always Have The Perfect Work Environment.
If you are more productive in a coffee shop, head to Starbucks for the day. If you prefer working from home in order to be with your family, you can do that. There are no rules as to where you can focus on your work.
Over the past few months, I’ve realized that I’m most productive in a coffee shop-style environment whilst being surrounded by wealth and abundance. Hence why I loved being near the Marina Bay Sands here in Singapore. That’s just what works for me. And I respect that the majority of people will have vastly different ideal work environments.
Remote work has taught me a lot about business. It’s given me the ability to schedule my life around my passion, and to visit & experience new cultures whilst simultaneously creating a modest income.
My definition of success is to be able to do what you love every single day for the rest of your life. I love traveling. And so remote work has enabled me to create dozens of new opportunities for both myself and my business.
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