The largest block most people have to pulling the trigger on a dream to move over seas is money. Especially if you have a family. How are you going to make a living? The pressure to put food on the table is usually enough to keep you in your current job. You may want to expose yourself and your children to the cultures and languages of the world, but just can’t afford to make the move. I definitely had the desires to move the family over seas for years before I ever did it. So here is some Head Stuff to help you.
There are essentially three ways to solve this dilemma. The first is to get a job where you want to move. The second is to find a way to work your current job remotely. The third is to not need a job at all. Today I’m going to focus on the third, but there are definite advantages to the first. Getting a job in a new country is a great way to meet the locals and to interact with them. If you just show up in a new country, and do not need to work, it is easy to surf and hang out in a hammock and never integrate with the local culture, which was a major reason for moving in the first place right? The second, working remotely, is what Coley and I have done and it can have the same disadvantage as not needing to work at all. It is easy to hide away. We overcame this by building houses and businesses in Panama. This forced integration. But the ultimate goal is complete financial independence and to achieve it I recommend studying systems. I’m still working on this one myself.
Say what? Why study systems and system design?
Because no matter what business you are in, systems are the thing that allow freedom. And when I say no matter what business you are in I mean anything. Like being a stay at home mom. Without systems the amount of work will expand to fill the time allotted. In your mind you should equate systems with freedom.
How do you live the life of your dreams?
First study systems.
I did this by reading the book The E-Myth by Michael Gerber and it changed my life. It was recommended to me by a guy who had a much freer lifestyle than I, so I took his advice and read it. You should too.
It was the book that made the difference between my first food business going up in smoke within one year and the second one just having completed its 11th year. Systems allowed me to manage 14 rental properties from a hammock. And systems help not only in new businesses, but in existing ones too. The question to ask in order to achieve true freedom is “How can I replace myself?” When you can replace yourself then you will have freedom. This task is emotionally challenging though. You might think that you are smart and important and no one can do a job as good as you. “There is no way I could be replaced with a system!”
If this is your mentality then it will be hard to find solutions. You have to be open to the idea of making yourself unimportant. So often you will hear the opposite advice. If you make yourself irreplaceable then you will have job security but that is a double-edged sword, because the handcuffs that keep the job from leaving you will also keep you from leaving the job.
If you want to be free you need to become comfortable with not being important. This does not men you are not important as a human or in a relationship, only that you are not important in the process of making money or of doing menial chores. The stuff you don’t want to be stuck doing anyway. I wrote about a great system for doing the family shopping a few months ago. I showed how you can save a lot of money, a lot of time, and get healthier at the same time.
It is the understanding and implementation of systems that will allow you to create the free time and the passive income necessary to remove one of the largest obstacles keeping you from your dreams.
Have a great day!