Before becoming a coach – I had actually achieved a few of those things and it wasn’t exactly a terrible way to live.
I feel like most people get to a point where they think about pursuing “something better” than whatever life they have defaulted in to… but few actually start doing anything about it.
Hopefully – if you’ve made it as far as reading this – you’re in the latter category and ready to start the doing.
There’s no cheesy “I was down to my last $27 sleeping on my friend’s couch” story here. I had a decent childhood, parents divorced when I was 6, both hard working middle class types. I followed the traditional ‘system’ in state funded education and got on to the standard trajectory of underwhelming employment after uni with several doses of travel thrown in, in my twenties.
I started my first ‘internet side hustle’ around my full time corporate sales job in London, in 2013. I quit said job 18months later after learning to leverage a variety of strategies to earn income online.
My main motivation was always to create the flexibility to work when and where I want to. Although it’s hard to beat the Gold Coast of Australia – where I am now based.
Quitting the ‘rat race’ was by far one of the best decisions of my life in regard to my happiness. By the time I left my job, though, I had learned to appreciate it more and could easily have continued my business around it. It’s easy to say that with the benefit of hindsight… it definitely wasn’t all rainbows and unicorn farts getting to that point!
For almost a decade, I’ve had the freedom to spend plenty of time experiencing new adventures, travel, space to deal with life’s curveballs, visiting friends all over the world and quality time with family members before losing some of them.
That last one resulted in a steep learning curve in two major things that deeply impact our human experience:
1) navigating loss and grief
2) how the current monetary system works. Specifically how it doesn’t serve the happiness of the majority of individuals, or that of society as a whole.