Travel Light, Expect Problems

Travel Light, Expect Problems

Travel Right and Be Ready for Anything Even when you plan ahead and travel right, weird stuff can happen. For example… Republic of Malta, August 18, 2007 (FT) “We will keep the girl as ‘collateral’,” he said, “hurry back with our money.” If I couldn’t come up with enough cash soon, it was unclear what would happen to ‘the girl’ who just so happened to be my daughter. Worse, this wasn’t the kind of situation the police could help me with. I started running toward town. I needed to find…

Why You Need to Travel

Why You Need to Travel

I honestly believe that if you want to be freer tomorrow you need to travel. And I do mean you, even if your image of being freer includes staying right where you are. Give me a few minutes of your time and I will convince you that you need to travel, at least a little, at least right in the beginning, if you want to be freer tomorrow.   Bad Reasons to Travel Before we get into good reasons you need to travel, let’s cover bad reasons to travel. Here…

Lessons from: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

Lessons from: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

by Harry Browne Finishing my series on how to get what you want in life inspired me to reread this book. I first read it several years ago and have to confess that I didn’t remember much from it other than discomfort at much of the advice in contained. Rereading this book didn’t eliminate my discomfort, but the book does contain some very useful advice for anyone trying to get what they want in life. So instead of doing a typical book review, I’m going to give you my rendition…

Living Abroad: Patience and Resilience Required

Living Abroad: Patience and Resilience Required

For people living in the USA or Europe, one of the best ways to become freer is to move to another country. There are lots of places in the world that offer more real freedom than the place formerly known as “The Free World.” Ecuador is one of those places. Many people find this to be a surprise, since Ecuador is officially a Socialist country. People really do believe in that stuff here too. Several of my local friends are avowed socialists. Everywhere you go, you see pictures of Che…

Fight For What You Want

Fight For What You Want

We’ve been talking about getting what you want in life. Sometimes it goes smoothly. Sometimes it goes more like this,”You ask nicely for it. No luck. You lean into it for a while. But it still looks like you aren’t going to get it.” What’s left? It is time to fight for what you want. Fighting Ain’t What it Used to Be Sometimes the more subtle ways to get what you want out of life fail and you may need to fight. But in today’s world, fighting for what you…

Lean Into It to Get What You Want

Lean Into It to Get What You Want

I started this series planning to do three posts. But along the way, I realized I was skipping one of the most important steps and needed to change my priorities a bit. It is one that I would credit with most of my success in recent years. You have to “lean into it” to get what you want in life. I know it’s a very catchy phrase and all that, but you are probably wondering what exactly it means to “lean into it.” I wish I could remember where I…

Freedom to Change Your Priorities

Freedom to Change Your Priorities

Today I was going to publish the third post in the series on getting what you want from life. But something came up. So instead I am going to talk about the freedom to change your priorities. Here’s the story: My brother and I have been working on a geeky project. We live high in the Andes mountains, about 100 miles south of the Equator. When the sun shines here, it is incredibly strong. Bad for our pale gringo skin. Good for anyone who wants to build solar energy projects….

Ask For It to Get What You Want

Ask For It to Get What You Want

Welcome back to our series on how to get what you want in life. Last time we talked about the importance of knowing what you really want. Not what would make your mom happy or what society expects of you. What you, personally, really want in your life. Hopefully you’ve spent some time thinking about this and have decided what you really want. If so, it’s time to go after it. In this post, we are going to talk about how to “ask for it” to get what you want…

Know What You Really Want…Or Fail!

Know What You Really Want…Or Fail!

In previous posts, we talked about some of the ways you can be freer tomorrow. In the next few posts, I will be focusing on getting what you want in life. Unless you are incredibly lucky, the things you want in life are not going to just drop into your lap. Getting what you want in life isn’t easy. You’re going to need the personal strength to work for them. It is a multi-step process. Happily, each step helps build the strength you will need for the next step. Step…

Be Free to Do More

Be Free to Do More

In my last post, we talked about how my lifestyle leaves me free to do less. That’s a pretty obvious result. Today we’re going to talk about something a little less obvious: how this lifestyle leaves me free to do more and motivates me to do so too. As I’ve mentioned before, the life I’ve built for myself leaves me with a lot of free time. That’s great, but it can be a trap too. You can actually get into a rut of doing nothing. And like any other rut,…