At least that’s what some some people would have you believe. Sure there’s some of them out there who shove that mindset down your throat faster than a small school pundit trying to convince you their team is a viable national title contender, but then there’s people that bring a lot of value to the table: Sean Ogle, Colin Wright, Cody McKibben, and others.
But here’s the thing…Just because those guys are living their dreams doesn’t mean you can’t live yours inside the walls of an 8 by 8 cubicle.
There’s nothing wrong with ‘working for the man.’ There’s nothing wrong with living a safe, comfortable life that enables you to provide for your family. Especially if you enjoy your job and like said lifestyle.
Yes, people tell you what to do.
Yes, there’s a chance you might get laid off during a recession.
Yes, there’s usually set hours you have to abide by.
But guess what? There’s disadvantages to being location independent as well. What do they fall back up on when a revenue stream unexpectedly dries up? What happens when a relative gets really ill and they have over 24 hours of travel time to get home?
And most importantly, what happens when they sand in their crack from sleeping in a hut on the beach?
And I’ll let you in on a little secret about working for the man…
… You’re still your own boss.
I work for ‘the man.’ In fact I work for the state of Texas, but that doesn’t stop me from intricately weaving MY system into THE system in way that’s conducive to my long term success.
My boss gives me projects to work on, but I dictate how well they get done.
My paycheck is the same every two weeks, but it’s more than enough for the simple things I need in this life.
I’m not traveling all over the world, but I am building rapport with co-workers and countless other people who could invariably impact my career later on in life.
The point is: I am happy. Really happy.
Lifestyle design is sensationalized online because so many people use the web as tool for their location independent success.
But go to a chamber meeting at your local town hall and ask for a show of hands if they’ve ever heard of lifestyle design.
If you’re happy then you don’t necessarily have to worry about writing your first ebook or earning affiliate commissions. Remember that you manage your career, and that ultimately you control your path.
And if you are unhappy, then don’t discredit what those guys are doing. Learn from them and find the lifestyle that best suits you — whatever that may be.