I received this email the other day:
Thanks for the insights mate! Environment is a big stimulator stateside. Sounds like you gotta be self-motivated in the part of world you’re in.
Always been fascinated by Eastern Europe in particular. I’m soon to be 25, decent wages
at a Corp consulting job in the bay area. but the special sauce to get abroad is clearly workin out an income source while there, as you’ve done.
Curious what age you started living abroad? Any rules/recommendations for the timing of when/how to do it and take the first leap?
Well, if you’re new around these parts, I highly suggest you read this post that I published the day I quit my job:
That’ll be a better primer than anything I can cram into one of these daily email newsletters.
Truthfully, the “special sauce” is really not all that special.
First and foremost, you have to work hard. Cliché, but true.
You need to work really, really hard at first. And a lot of it will probably feel like it’s for naught. But if you can persist through this period, you then can stop working hard and instead start working smart.
There is a big difference between the two.
Not to say I don’t still work extremely hard, but I’m definitely smarter about the way I go about things.
And, more to the point:
That rule relates business, but there certainly aren’t any “rules/recommendations” for the timing of when to do it or how to. Everyone is going to have a different path. Hell, if you have a well-paying consulting job that you can do remotely, I’d encourage most people to take that route (and try to build the business on the side when possible).
As far as age, I’d say as soon as possible.
I’d also recognize that many early 20s men would just simply not be ready.
Not to say there aren’t exceptions to that, but for the most part, early 20s men are focused on college and having fun.
Getting abroad and building a biz takes sacrifice.
Alright, time to wrap this up.
Go read that “Living Abroad” post and then subscribe to DANET, where I teach you all the secrets.
Keep causing Trouble,