What is the secret to find balance between work and personal freedom? We put the call out to our network of digital nomad, location independent, remote working gurus and asked them a simple question: What is your personal mantra?
“Always ask why, even if it gets annoying. Ask this mostly of yourself.”
“A true leader is not the one with the most followers, but the one who creates the most leaders.”
“Don’t focus on performing your job description, focus on making an impact.”
“Quite many things are still reasonably well.”
Sound a bit strange? Here’s an explanation:
From the outside, the digital nomad life may seem ideal, but we still have to deal with the setbacks and challenges of everyday life. Small things can feel big at the wrong moment. At those times It’s good to remind ourselves, in a modest Finnish manner, that “Quite many things are still reasonably well.” It reminds us to pay attention to the positive things and to value our wonderful life.
“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.”
“Be HAPPY in the NOW, and have a VISION for the FUTURE.”
“Just because you have a nightmare, doesn’t mean you stop dreaming.”
“Wherever you are, own it.”
“When you get to a new place in the world, you have to own it. Give it some time. Try the new language, meet the locals. See what this new place has to offer to you. Put your past life behind and focus on the present location. Don’t put yourself in limbo between ‘Should I stay’ or ‘Should I go’. It could always be better, but it could also be worse, so let’s just call it even.
“Do less, better.”
“Happiness = Take care of yourself and help others.”
“Live life to the max.”
“To live your dreams is a hard thing to do. Until you remove the main obstacle: Fear. Then your life will be limitless.”
“Have flexiblity, on all levels.”
To me, flexibility means the ability to change the course of your actions as each situation unfolds, and to be empathetic to yourself and others, at any given moment.
What does this look like in practice?
— I can work from anywhere and adapt my schedule as I go along.
— I can travel to new places based on how I feel in that instant.
— I can learn through diverse sources of information.
— I am able to gain financial freedom by diversifying my sources of income.
“Go outside: life is too short to watch it pass by from a desk.”
“Make it happen.”
“Minimalism is key; materialism is the enemy.”
“Take care of your body.”
My morning routine for 2016: Right after waking up at 5:00 am, I drink a glass of water, stretch, meditate, read, write, define goals for the day, visualize my day and long-term goals, eat and exercise. This routine keeps me focused on my health and productivity as I travel to new destinations month to month.
“Do what works for YOU, no matter how weird or wrong others think it is.”
Lea & Jonathan Woodward / Location Independent
The “OG” couple of Location Independence