Hustle, fail, hustle, and fail. And hustle, til you reach your “Paradise“.
To achieve location independence & do things on the bucket list.
What if you can discover something about yourself, that you didn’t even know existed?
1. Did you follow a career, because you wanted to, or perhaps, influenced by the people around you?
2. Did you mindlessly follow a formulaic life plan, such as going from school, to college, and then to a job without questioning it?
3. Did you ever want to “live your dream“, but didn’t know how to go after it?
Thankfully, your not alone.
We’ve all been pretty much raised, in the comfort of the modern day lifestyle. A life plan to perform well in school & college, to achieve the corporate job & financial security, and to raise a family til we grow old. Somehow, many of our dreams may get lost in all this “normal” life plan.
And there’s this popular held belief that, once you start your job and family, there is very little chance to take time away to achieve personal goals and travel.
But I’m here to tell you that it is, and will be possible to travel and do what you like to do.
Many others have achieved their dreams and have become location independent or created successful entrepreneurial businesses, so why not you?
The Beginnings of Hustle to Paradise
During my last semester of college, I had done everything that I believed would help land me a job before graduation in May 2010. Wrong.
And that was the beginning of unemployment for me, fresh out of college. Not one, or three, or even six months. But a long one year of rejection letters or no responses from countless applications I sent out. Sound familiar?
But looking back at those 12 months, unemployment actually was the best thing to happen to me (I promise, I’m NOT insane when I say that).
I have to admit, yes, it was both emotionally and mentally draining. But I ended up finding answers to the question, I asked you from the beginning of the post.
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Inspiration Behind Hustle to Paradise
1. All You Can Jet (AYCJ) – This is where it all started. Hands down the best experience of my life between September to October 2010. More importantly, I met countless AYCJ travelers across the US, whom I’ve asked the question: “what kind of job do you follow that allows you to travel non-stop for a month?“.
Most of the answers: online businesses and entrepreneur ventures that allow for location independent travel. At that time, I didn’t quite understand what that all meant, but it was a kick-start to my new passion for travel. Thank you JetBlue!
2. Travel Bloggers – AYCJ also opened up the online travel community for me. Two prominent travel bloggers heavily influenced my decision to follow my travel dreams: Jaime Davila of Breakaway Backpackers and Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-conformity. Check out the resources page on why they are awesome.
3. Couchsurfing in France – I landed a chance to visit Europe, through an online Twitter contest, winning a free flight on the new Lufthansa A380 (thanks STATravel). While solo traveling wasn’t new, this was my first experience going through France, strictly staying with people on Couchsurfing.
Without even knowing it, I had “travel” friends all over the world through Couchsurfing. How awesome it that! If you’re a Couchsurfer too, let’s connect. And if your wondering what Couchsurfing is all about, read more about it on why it’s awesome!
4. Surfing in Dominican Republic – The inspiration behind the word “Paradise” for the blog title. I spent Summer 2011 surfing along the North Coast of DR in a little adrenaline junkie town called Cabarete. There, I further connected with other people, living out their dreams. I loved every minute of it, and I am planning my location independence towards relocating to a surf spot.
To clarify: Your “Paradise” doesn’t have to be a tropical version – There are countless others, where paradise to them is living in a snowy mountain environment. You ultimately get to shape the characteristics of your paradise.
And since I have countless number of passions (surfing, painting, graphic design, apparel design, running, meteorology, … you get the picture), I’m a proud multipotentialite, a term coined by Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike. Go on over towards the resources page on why they are worth checking out!
These five areas have culminated up to the creation of Hustle to Paradise and have forever changed the way I view a “life plan”. For other inspiration, check out the resources page.
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