Headline: millennial quits his job, buys a drone, starts an online business and goes vegan…
More seriously: February 2nd, 2018 was my last day as a social media consultant for a worldwide FMCG company. Two weeks later, here’s a reflection on why I decided to change my lifestyle.
My life is a continuous choice
At 26 years old, one of my main regrets is that I’ve always been too careful to push some of my interests to their possible limits because of multiple reasons, or let’s say excuses. I’ve also always been a do-it-all, which resulted in multiple interests remaining nothing more than hobbies: creating music, promoting events, making videos, writing. I’ve always wondered: “what if I had pushed one of these by taking more risks, freed up more time and tried hard to change my mindset?”. I’ve also never been able to choose one thing to focus on. Multitasking at its worst.
The result of this careful/multitasking/lazy behavior has been the following: a general communications degree and a fun, easy job for two years. A few travel highlights and keeping up doing things I like were what kept me from ultimate boredom.
Now, by working a few hours a day at suitable times for me, and by living in countries where it’s enough to live comfortably, I can allow more time for things that matter. It doesn’t solve the fact that I can’t stop multitasking, but it gives leads and time for improvements.
Taking the risk to set your own goals.
Quitting my job was the first ever illogical big decision I had ever made.
Take it like this: when you’re in college, you have deadlines set for you: projects, graduation, etc. When you enter the workforce, these big deadlines become blurrier and no one sets them for you on a timeline. You have to be the one to set goals if you want to evolve, (unless you landed your dream job straight after college).
These goals can be logical, the ones society think matter: step up on the corporate ladder, buy a house, etc. Or it can be goals you set for yourself, such as do things you love doing, live with less and learn new things everyday. Of course I didn’t come up with these goals solely on my own. Years of online research, blogs and videos helped. Life experiences also did. Encounters did.
It might sound a bit cliché but one of the main reasons I wanted to take that step, is that there was no better moment than now. I still haven’t really figured out what to do with my career & life, I’m still in my 20’s and don’t have any real ties but family to my home country. Now here I am in Taipei celebrating the Lunar New Year, after a week in the vibrant Saigon. I haven’t taken the time to reflect on this radical decision.
This is just the beginning
I guess I’ll never stop being careful: that’s why I have found a reliable side gig in social media engagement before taking this step. I’ve also saved up, in case something happens. The current situation is that I can basically choose when I want to work and travel on a budget to many places in Asia. But financial safety and being able to see new places is not enough for me. I want to make a difference, I want to grow and fill my days with valuable and fun things and eventually, turn my interests into an income.
That’s why I have come up with a plan, well many plans: I want to finish learning SEO, getting better at photography and film making, grow a decent fanbase for this travel diary, get seriously back into music production, learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese, and the list goes far. I know it’s really vague and these goals are not “S.M.A.R.T” at the moment, but I’m just getting started.
By working an average of 20-25 hours a week at schedules I pick, I virtually have all the time in the world to make some of the above happen.
How to hack my personal growth
Buying online courses, sticking to a schedule, having inspiring and comfortable working environments are good starting points. But the thing I need the most is people to inspire me, which I could learn from and help out as well.
That’s one of the reasons I chose this lifestyle. You don’t really get to learn what you want and choose your mentors in a traditional job. If I want to fragment my income (as I like to multitask) and choose where to work, it gets easier to connect with truly like-minded people. Just like this, I have briefly exchanged with an influent travel Youtuber in a café in Da an, Taipei. Talked about camera gear, SEO strategy, background, freelancing vs personal projects, etc. I hope there are many more encounters to come.
So if you are a creative, working online or living in Taipei or somewhere in East & South East Asia, hit me up!