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3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

Quit your job and travel the world — we’ve all fantasized about that at least once or twice. Well today may be your lucky day my friend, as I am going to cover 3 books that changed my life and probably will for yours too. Warning!! They may cost you a job you were comfortable at, but If you are reading, this I assume that, just like me, you prefer adventure more than stability. People get inspired by all sorts of different things, it may take a person only one quote, like Steve jobs’ famous one “live each day as if it was your last” , a friend of mine quit his job the following day after watching “Pursuit of Happyness” by Will Smith, the majority get influenced by reading good books, and finally there is those who have to meet the authors just to get them moving.

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris: Be prepared to get your mind blown with limitless possibilities of financial freedom.

“Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. whether you’re a wage slave or a fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!” – Phill Town #1 New York times bestselling author. A life coach and fellow blogger recommended this book to me when I first told him that all I want in life is to make a steady income that enables me to travel full time. He didn’t even think about it — his only words were “the four hour work week, Tim Ferris”. After reading it, It won’t take you long to notice that Tim Ferris‘ main goal is to show you how to break out of the cage that’s keeping you from doing what you really love. Full of success stories from people adopting the new rich concept and living life as millionaires, if not better, without needing as much money. This book will open you doors you never knew existed and provide you with priceless information and endless sources to take control of your life and chase your dreams quite differently this time.

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How to Travel the World on $50 USD Per Day, by Matt Kepnes: Travel cheaper, longer, smarter

“A bible for budget travellers.” — BBC Travel Reading his blog, I easily connected with this simple guy’s story. I was convinced that if he could do it then so could I, following each step and advice while exchanging emails I finally got his book to assist me with my long trip planing, and here I am writing you this article all the way from Thailand. Three months past already after quitting my job and starting my own journey in Asia, and I don’t know when this adventure will end. Expect effective tips and tricks of how to save money at home as well as on the road. Prepare your resignation letter, my friend, because all your excuses keeping you at home are going to turn to explanations you have to give your family, friends and co-workers. Plus, knowing that you don’t need more than two thousand dollars to travel to southeast Asia for at least 4 months is going to crash every excuse you’ve been telling yourself.

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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts: an Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

“Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate time of your life. Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.” I bought this book at the same time as the second from the list and decided to read it last because as soon as I saw the front cover I could immediately feel that I would enjoy it more. I wasn’t wrong. I actually first opened it during my flight to Japan, long after all the overwhelming trip planing was done; it was a different experience for me since I was already travelling. It’s the most inspiring of the three, with deep insight of how Vagabonding will make you a better and a happier person who knows how to appreciate the little details in life. I never felt as proud of a decision I’d made before, and I know I would read it again and again if I hadn’t left it with a couch-surfer I stayed with as a gift after his welcome. Here is an excerpt from the audiobook version of Vagabonding:

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Act Now

There is lot of information out there and sometimes reading a lot of it will only make you wait and keep fantasizing about a perfect time that’s probably never going to come, instead of taking action and making it happen. However, I believe that these books will help you overcome every fear holding you back from quitting a job that’s keeping you from travelling the world. So go book that ticket away and who knows, I’ll probably see you on a beautiful beach here in Thailand.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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