About a week and a half ago, I bought my one-way ticket to Hawaii. Holy crap!
It’ll be my first time visiting the Hawaiian Islands (primarily on Maui Island, for the most part). At the time when I bought the ticket, so many emotions ran through me … excitement, fear, joy, and on and on.
What will I be doing there?
It was a chance opportunity that I randomly found online, and I’m excited to be working on this entrepreneur project, along with several other people from around the world.
I had been building up my online design and SEO skills, and now have the amazing opportunity to put them to good use.
Now you might also be thinking … couldn’t you just freelance and work from home?
True, I had secured my first SEO client while I traveled in Portland … and that was my first experience working with a client via my laptop.
But one of my ultimate goals was to experience the location independent work lifestyle.
I’ve read about so many other successful lifestyle design entrepreneurs who have worked from their laptop. And those same folks located themselves at temporary home-bases in different parts of the world while they traveled around.
“Currently doing the stuff most people just talk about doing …”
- Sean Ogle
I love this tagline on Sean’s Twitter account, because it’s so true.
The location independent lifestyle is easier said than done. And it doesn’t even have to just be about location independence. It could be other things like people’s fear of quitting jobs or doing something fearful like skydiving.
So I wanted to experience this lifestyle first hand, instead of simply dreaming and writing about it.
Why One-Way Ticket to Hawaii?
Although my work in Hawaii is more of a work exchange/internship opportunity and is currently slated to go until the end of October/beginning of November.
I didn’t want to look back.
Having a return ticket just meant that I would have some date, set in stone where I’d have to return.
But I didn’t want to return. Why?
I just know myself, and if I came back to the NYC area, I’d just be stuck here, in my old ways. And being stuck is such a crap feeling.
I’d rather take the risk and give myself unlimited chance to potentially find my place out there in Hawaii.
I ran a bunch of worst case scenarios in my head … and what would it be? If I didn’t like it, I just come back and figure out where to go next.
But at least giving myself the chance to not predetermine my future, will I be able to make room for spontaneous awesome-ness to happen.
On Taking a Chance
Now, there are countless posts, accounts, video interviews, and resources that go over the concept of taking a chance (or risk).
It seems interesting that an “abstract concept”, can have so much power, to hold back so many people from accomplishing or doing great things.
So what happens if you’re too scared to take a chance?
What’s worked for me is, taking risks on “concrete” and actionable activities, … first.
For example, I decided to try cliff-jumping into a lagoon in the Dominican Republic last summer. Although I’m not scared to fly planes, I’m deathly scared of heights when its just me, and the open world.
It took me about half an hour, before I decided … screw it, I’ll just jump. I did a bit of screaming, and I then splashed into the water. After I got out, I thought … what the hell was I so scared about?
Taking the first concrete risk helped me along with taking future chances.
Concrete risks are slightly easier to take because you can physically see, feel, touch, and hear whatever it is that you’ll be doing. You’ve got your senses to guide you.
But on to “abstract” chances, these are risks that you can’t simply use your physical senses. Hence why, these types of risks are harder for majority of people to act on.
Again some examples include quitting a job, traveling to unknown countries, or launching your new business, etc.
It’s hard to physically grasp what the outcome is going to happen. And we let our natural instincts of fear, guide our thought process towards creating a final decision.
But continuously taking chances, time after time, helps build up your confidence to take on risks you’d never imagine ever going after. It’s kind of like practicing the piano daily, so that your fingers know how to play a piece. But in this case, you are practicing with your mind to let it get used to taking chances.
When you see a cool opportunity present itself, grab on to it!
My past experiences randomly taking hold of cool opportunities include:
1. All You Can Jet with JetBlue in fall of 2010,
2. Couchsurfing at someone’s couch who I’ve never met before,
3. Long-term surfing in Dominican Republic in summer 2011,
4. Joining up with random online communities like Puttytribe and Location Rebel, and
5. Backpacking across Central America this past spring 2012.
Build up your own “chance list”. Cross off things from your bucket list. Just do something.
Planning … only works to a certain point, but it never works out in its entirety to how you want it to result.
So I say: Let some chance into your life.
What’s something you’d be willing to take a chance on?
What obstacles stand in your way towards location independence?
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