Steps Towards a Digital Lifestyle

Post-Lockdown options are greater than ever …

The Lockdown has proven for many to be a CAREER RESET opportunity and, despite the trials and tribulations across the world, has proven, for once and for all, that ‘mobile and remote working’ works and a digital lifestyle is now less an option, and more probably, the future …

Tide’s In – Bush Camp, Pemba, Mozambique

When setting up this site a couple of weeks ago I wanted to have a background photograph that represented the kind of life that I might aspire to, in this soon to be a Post-Lockdown World. There were several stock photos that I liked but none quite hit the spot for me. So, I went through some of my own old photos and found this one, taken in Pemba in Northern Mozambique where I worked on an oil and gas project a few years ago. 

It was a pretty, rough and ready, bush camp built around a mangrove inlet on the edge of Pemba Bay. We used to gather there on Sunday afternoons, play touch rugby or volleyball, swim, and generally be sociable – remember back in the day when people used to shake hands, hang-out and mix with folk outside the family circle? Anyway, on this particular Sunday it was a high spring tide, but we battled on in any case! Determined as ever, we drank significant quantities of ice-cold beer before returning to our respective accommodation, ready for another week at the coalface. 

Well, it wasn’t exactly a coalface – it was a temporary office complex on the edge of about a thousand square miles of bushland and, thankfully, also far from Corporate HQ. We were still subject to the corporate decision-making process and the winds of world economics – similar to many other office in the world in fact. And, with little warning, several months later, this was all gone – history, just like that

The bush camp was sold for a new port development and the ‘ass’ fell out of the oil market (again). Contracts were cancelled across the industry, and I ended up back home twiddling my thumbs, slightly in shock, and wondering what to do next … probably not unlike another 50 million people around the world just now as we navigate this Pandemic Lockdown as best we can!

The problem is that while the working environment has changed drastically, retirement may still not be an option for many of us. It no longer makes sense in this new world to say that “I want to just retire and go on a world tour, a cruise” (like that remains a real possibility for at least the next couple of years), or whatever else remains on the bucket list.

Age-wise, retirement may be several years away financially, even if all the plans remain intact after 2020. In any case, if it is a viable option, retirement probably isn’t a sensible option from the health and general welfare point of view. In my own case, with the mentality of a thirty-year old, the option would would be ruinous! Imagine sitting at home, waiting month after month for a stipend from the state, possibly supplemented by quarterly instalments from personal savings and pensions, and these almost certainly taxed if they haven’t been whittled away over the years by thieving financial institutions?

Despite the considerations above, I don’t believe hanging around and waiting for the governments of the world, and the captains of industry, to resolve the fallout from the Lockdown is a viable option. Longer term, spending time looking at alternatives and moaning about the current state of affairs rather than taking charge of our own circumstances, would only defer the inevitable, whatever that is – and that time will slide by very quickly if you allow it! 

The alternative is to take an active hand in managing you future, your savings and investments and deciding your role in the world and your business or your job, if you still have one. 

The big question is, how you see your future and that of your family over the coming years? Do you take action, or just go ahead and wait … The sad fact is that the government, your boss, and your financial advisor are too busy sorting their own mess, to sort yours !

So, in short, it’s probably time assess your current position and re-invent, re-tool and just get going again!

The simplest actions best just now are to face the facts assessing where you are now relative to where you thought you might be the last time you looked and decide where you want to be in one, five and ten years. DON’T LOOK AT WHERE YOU THINK YOU WILL BE – DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

  • Review you income plan – has it served you well in recent years?
  • Re-evaluate your needs vs your wants – if nothing changes are you on target?
  • Look at your alternatives and consider your passions
  • Consider what you really want to have and to become over the next several years.

In the few of years since ‘Sunday school’ at the bush camp in Mozambique, I decided to go the traditional route of entrepreneurship and franchising only to find that, in reality, all I had really done was buy myself a job! Worse, in doing so, I continued to whittle away my nest egg … until recently, when the Lockdown presented me with another kicking … and more importantly, another opportunity for re-evaluation … a WAKE-UP CALL if you will.

Although I had been aware of the internet and it’s possibilities since the 90’s and had flirted with a couple of website startups, stock investments and so on, I never really considered a role for myself in the ‘gig economy’ much less a ‘digital lifestyle” during my initial ‘reset’. I had been working internationally for decades and recently over a few years, tinkered with photography as a hobby. I even toyed with the idea of stock photography and registered with a few stock sites and sold a few dozen shots online for pennies. I never really looked at it as a serious option to develop a passive income … until recently.

Following my own recent review of my situation, I started digging more seriously into the possibilities for a digital lifestyle and found the dizzying array of opportunities that are just sitting there for the taking. In fact, I probably regret, to some extent, my more rushed and focused decision of a few short years ago where I chose the traditional entrepreneur / start-up option – but hey ho … we all live, learn and move on

Over the last several months on this journey, I stumbled across Six Figure Mentors as a possible route into e-commerce, affiliate marketing and what I imagined to be my image of a digital lifestyle. After weeks of looking, visiting and generally dancing around the idea, as you tend to do with blog posts, site visits and emails – I finally took a leap of faith and here we are, on the cusp of a new and exciting chapter! They offer four introductory videos totally free to register and receive the training. I went on to further training which was low cost and refundable after thirty days … essentially FREE. The training surprisingly was totally void of all the usual hype and false promises that you normally see online, and the options presented for growth were limitless.

In a way, this Lockdown has proven to be a real RESET opportunity and while it may go on for some time yet – I would hate to come out the other side wondering where the time went and what on earth I was thinking about allow this time whittle away … like those savings I mentioned, come to think of it!

And now, as we approach the end of this Lockdown and we have proven across the world that a digital lifestyle is possible!

Even in its current iteration, the web makes an enormous range of financial and lifestyle options available to you regardless of your current location or situation, whether you want to continue in work, or just look for an additional passive income that could carry you well into the future. 

This no longer ‘new’ digital world presents many possibilities and benefits for growth-focused individuals and companies alike and allows for an ‘early’ retirement at whatever age you are. It is now feasible to gradually reduce your hours at the office, work remotely, or very remotely if your heart desires taking mini-retirements and sabbaticals throughout the remainder of your career. Even traditional companies have now accepted that ‘mobile working’ works. A flood of companies will now most likely continue to re-structure and right-size to allow for mobile working in this new age – allowing all team members to balance their work-life schedule based on their individual needs, whether they like it or notso best be ready!

Building you own business, whether it delivers products or services, based on a digital lifestyle concept, will allow you to work anywhere in the world where there’s internet connectivity. Whether you are sitting at home, in an office in London, a hotel in South Africa or a coffee shop in Rio, it is now virtually irrelevant! You can work remotely for companies in all the major markets while living where you are happiest, with those you care for the most. 

The digital technologies, proven in recent months, are bringing about sweeping changes in the workplace ranging from meetings and staff management, to business and personal buying habits. As the trend continues employers keen to reduce high, centre city office costs, and corona virus transmission risks, will increasingly offer more work-from-home and consulting opportunities. 

Opting for, or at least considering, a digital lifestyle, as you take control of your situation, and plan your next steps towards a brighter future, could provide you with even more independence and flexibility in creating the future that you imagine, and desire, for you and yours.

  • If you are serious looking at your options, and maybe already aspire to a digital lifestyle that you control?
  • Or you’re looking for a genuine way to supplement and secure your current lifestyle around your day job?
  • Or you are at a loose end and looking for your next opportunity to grow and contribute without having to break the bank?
  • Or maybe you are just fed up of having that imaginary ceiling on your income potential?  

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More to follow …

Jim Houlihan

Jim@jimhoulihan.com

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