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4 Ways To Move From A Full-Time Job To A Digital Nomad

4 Ways To Move From A Full-Time Job To A Digital Nomad

In a fast-paced world, most of us are bound to a desk at a 9-5 job. We struggle to keep our concentration and our hippie spirit wanders far across the ocean. A decade ago, many people feared leaving the comfort of the office and letting go of the peace of mind that comes with getting regular paychecks. While John Lenon may have revolutionized the hippie era, it just seems as if many people haven’t embraced the lifestyle.

However, times have changed. Traveling has been made much more accessible and technology has brought everyone closer; traveling is considered a way of life. This change has formed a new community. Perhaps some would call it a utopia, and Digital Nomads are at the head of this utopia.

Digital Nomads travel the world while making more than enough money to live a rather comfortable life. Despite some skepticism, many of these nomads have prevailed. So how do you become a Digital Nomad? How do you make your dreams come true whilst receiving a steady paycheck?

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To answer these questions, we’ve put together a list to help you discover the Digital Nomad in you.

1. Follow The Digital Wave

I remember when I told my seniors that I was going to launch my own start-up through the digital world. I mentioned that I was going to use the vast opportunities online to build myself stability for running my own start-up. Many laughed while others tried to talk me out of it, but I’m glad I stuck to my plan.

The online world offers tons of opportunities. You can either start by answering surveys or by being someone’s bookkeeper. You can also do assignments and research papers for others; people are constantly looking for freelancers, so highlight your skills by picking up freelance work here and there.

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If you’re talented in some other areas and would like to put up your own service, then you’re free to use services such as Fiverr. Fiverr is a platform that allows you to offer your services to others, and there are tons of other platforms out there similar to it. Dig around a little bit to find one that suits you. To start, however, you need a laptop, a good old internet connection, and a cup of coffee.

Just highlight your skills and passions and you’re good to go.

2. Take Up Teaching Or Coaching Jobs

The key skill for any Digital Nomad is communication. You need to be able to articulate your thoughts and desires clearly in order to make it in different countries. Sometimes people assume observing is better than talking. You will soon realize, however, that this is the worst mistake you could make while traveling.

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That said, why not take up some teaching or coaching opportunities with the aid of services such as Skype? Open up your own course and teach people about your lifestyle and what you do. If you’re good with languages, then turn it to your advantage by giving language lessons in countries you travel to.

You would easily familiarize yourself with the locals as well as create a comfortable lifestyle for yourself.

3. Take This Chance To Be A Writer

If you’ve been an avid writer or have a great niche for storytelling, being a Digital Nomad could play to your strengths. Many writers, as well as journalists, work on their own time and in their own space. Authors Stephen King and J.K Rowling, for example, began their writing careers while they were living in poverty. They are evidence of the fact that any place, even a rundown apartment, is appropriate for writing.

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However, now we have the aid of technology. This means that you can easily whip out your laptop and get to writing anywhere you want. With the aid of E-Books as well as freelance publishers, you can get your work out into the marketspace in no time. Instead of waiting for years or months, the process could be over within weeks.

So if you have the talent, why not use it?

4. Understand Investments And Share Markets

I used to watch one of my economics lecturers who was constantly on his computer buying shares. By the time I was graduating, he had quit his job at the university and started traveling the world. He understood one thing that many of us fail to understand until later in our lives: the importance of taking chances.

Being in the share market, it’s very important to know when to take chances and when to be patient. Understanding this immediately gives you a new, profitable, and sustainable career. If you’re looking to fly first class and live in countries which have names that can’t be found in dictionaries, then this would be the perfect job for you.

Just take those baby steps and you are sure to eventually master the art of being a Digital Nomad.

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Last Updated on December 17, 2018

Why You Think You’re Not Good Enough and How To Believe in Yourself

Why You Think You’re Not Good Enough and How To Believe in Yourself

Have you ever wanted to say something at work, but a little voice of doubt crept in and said, “what if you are wrong”?

Maybe you wanted to apply for that promotion or ask that special someone on a date, but something kept you from taking action. When you think you’re not good enough, you tend to fear the outcome and lack faith in your abilities. That is why it is vital you discover how to believe in yourself so you can accomplish your goals and create your dream life.

Whatever your situation, the fears and self-doubt your false beliefs create will always stop you in your tracks. Identifying the beliefs that cause you to sabotage your life is the first step to removing them.

Self-doubt causes inaction, and inaction leads to regret. When you are not following your passion and living your dream life, you are left with a lot of questions:

  • What if I took a chance on myself?
  • Could I have had a better life if I took more risks?
  • Am I be satisfied with the legacy I am leaving behind?
  • What could I have accomplished if I did not settle for less?

So why would you think you’re not good enough?

1. Parenting

The perception you have of yourself is based on your past experiences. There are studies that show children mimic everything from their parents ability to regulate emotions, to their parents belief about money.[1]

I have had clients who did not believe they were good enough because they did not receive any positive reinforcement as a child. When they were young, their parents were extremely overprotective.

Think of your childhood challenges like dragons you had to slay. Each obstacle you overcame was another dragon you successfully removed from your life. As you slay more dragons, your self-esteem and confidence increase. When someone has overprotective parents, their parents end up slaying the dragons.

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As a result, the child builds more confidence in their parent’s abilities, while still doubting their own.

If you are never encouraged to slay your own dragons, you start to doubt whether you can. It is only natural for a child to conclude their parents are always helping them because they think they need it. This child ages into an adult who still believes they are not good enough. They seek the help and confirmation of others, and they rarely stand-up to opposition.

Solution: Slay Your Dragons!

If you want to believe in yourself, you are going to have to take steps to rebuild your trust in yourself. Start by keeping your word to others and arriving on-time. By showing yourself that others can (and do) trust you, you are going to feel more comfortable trusting yourself.

As you move onto larger and more challenging tasks, you have built a foundation of trust in your ability to keep your word. Next, you are going to want to reclaim your sword from others. At first, you may want to confide in whoever it is currently slaying your dragons.

Understand if it is your parent or someone who loves you, they want the best for you and mean well. You are simply going to tell them that you want to do the work, and will ask them for their thoughts in the planning phase. Feel free to check in with them and give them updates on your progress, while making sure they understand you are wanting to do the work yourself.

Then when the task is completed, let them know so you can celebrate together. Now that you have slayed your own dragon, you can start to reclaim your confidence. By you utilizing them as your guide, you get the added bonus of someone you respect and admire, telling you how amazing you are.

Think of it like a symbolic passing of the torch. Now, you are both dragon slayers. Which means all the positive attributes you attributed to them slaying your dragons, now belong to you.

2. Over-Exaggerating and Oversimplifying

Your past experiences may involve you or someone close to you failing. When you experience failure, you can lose your desire to continue. This has less to do with whether you are brave or scared, and more to do with the fact that your mind does not like failure.

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No one enjoys participating in events in which they under-perform. Outside of the usual reasons of embarrassment, feelings of inadequacy, and fear of failure – it is simply not fun.

Who wants to play baseball if they strikeout every time it is their turn? Would you enjoy singing in front of an audience if you were booed off the stage every time you performed? I could go on, but I think you get the point.

The thing about those two examples is no one really strikes out “every” at-bat. It is also unlikely someone could be booed off the stage “every time” they performed in-front of an audience.

What ends up happening is you oversimplify and exaggerate your past experiences and then your mind believes you. If you believe you are not good enough to ask someone on a date because they “always” tell you no, then do not be surprised you never muster the courage to do so.

If you want to overcome these feelings of inadequacy, start by changing your beliefs. This exercise does not need to be complicated. If you believe you strikeout every time it is your turn, I want to you to go to a batting cage and keep swinging until you hit the baseball.

When you experience success, I want you to take a mental note, write it down, or have someone video it. This is your proof that you do not always strike out. Then, whenever your belief that you are not good enough resurfaces, you are going to replay that video.

Regardless of the situation, you can find a successful experience that you are overlooking.

Solution: Read About the Failures of Others

It sounds a little crazy, I know, but reading about the failures of other successful people will improve your confidence. In a study conducted by Columbia University, they found that teaching students about the failures of great scientists encouraged them to do better.[2]

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When you are battling fear and self-doubt, you tend to over-exaggerate the abilities of others and diminish your own by comparison. You start to believe the successful are successful because they are courageous risk-takers, who do not take no for an answer. You tell yourself, they are meant to succeed, while you on the other hand are not.

When you are able to relate to the successful, you start to realize they have the same struggles and challenges you do. The only difference is they kept going.

Now it is not a question of whether you can succeed, it is a question of whether you want to succeed.

3. Undervalue Yourself

What is the main difference between someone who believes they are good enough and someone who does not? The person who believes they are good enough understands they are a person of value.

What I mean by this is if you do not believe you are worth being listened to, you will not have anything to say. If you do not believe you are good enough to be respected and treated as such, you will accept and rationalize all kinds of mistreatment.

There is an old saying that we are treated as we allow ourselves to be treated. When someone has the confidence and self-esteem that commands respect, they will not accept being treated any kind of way. However, if someone does not see themselves as worthy, they will remain in toxic situations because they do not believe anything better is on the horizon.

Dr. Jennifer Crocker, who worked on a series of self-esteem studies, found in her latest research that:[3]

“College students who based their self-worth on external sources–including appearance, approval from others and even their academic performance–reported more stress, anger, academic problems, relationship conflicts, and had higher levels of drug and alcohol use and symptoms of eating disorders”

Solution: Internalize Your Self-Worth

Instead of valuing yourself based on the awards, recognition, and accolades of others, you need to search internally. By basing your perception of yourself on your core values, you can regain control over self-image.

Instead of focusing on things that are outside of control, keep your mind on what it is that makes you special. You are not defined by your job, relationships, religion, or education. Rather, you are defined by the manner in which you participate in these things. You may be a creative, hard-working, and compassionate person; and that shows up in every thing you do.

Understand that you do not need to be creative, hard-working, and compassionate all the time to consider yourself these things. You are not trying to be perfect, but you are trying to connect with your true self.

By understanding the similarities in which you tackle objectives, you will build a consistent and powerful self-worth that stands apart from external confirmation.

Final Thoughts

Do not allow your past experiences do dictate your future success. You do not want to look back on your life and have a lot of questions and regrets.

Build trust in yourself by taking action today. This will help you build the confidence you need to believe in yourself and your ability to become the champion of your life.

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