In 2010 I experienced “the year of change“.
2011 saw me growing more comfortable in my new lifestyle and was dubbed “the year of confidence.”
In 2012 it was time to lay down some roots for the coming years and as such as named “the year of discipline.”
This year it’s time to take things to another level.
2013 will be known as “the year of scale.”
We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity.
- You can call anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world for free with Skype
- You can access any information you want in less than 30 seconds using Google. I remember sifting through encyclopedias in 4th grade being amazed at how much information that was.
- You can create a new business in a day
- You can publish a book and have it reach millions on Amazon
When you sit back and think about the specifics of what you’re capable of doing in this day and age it’s absolutely mind-boggling.
The Cubicle Still Reigns Supreme
So in a world where it’s possible to work from anywhere and/or create a businesses out of literally anything, why are so many people still wasting away in underpaid jobs they hate?
It’s an information problem, and the ultimate paradox:
You have all the information at the world in your fingertips, yet if you don’t know you should be looking for it, you won’t find it.
This forms the basis of the year of scale.
Last year dozens of Location Rebel members quit their jobs, built successful businesses, and are living their lives they way they want.
That’s incredible, but that’s still less than a hundred people.
I had a published goal of helping 50 people quit their job last year. A number I roughly doubled based on emails I received.
In a world where this lifestyle is so accessible, we should have a higher standard for ourselves. We should be shooting to change the lives of not dozens, or even hundreds, but thousands.
This is the basis behind the year of scale.
How do we get this message out to thousands? How do we change the lives of so many people who could have so much to give, but are wasting their talents on corporations that don’t value them?
I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what the answer to that question is. But 2013 will be devoted to figuring it out.
The Good News is There’s Hope
Even though there’s a lot of people out there who still think I’m on permanent vacation and don’t really think this lifestyle is legit, things are beginning to change.
- Chris Guillebeau’s recent book The $100 Startup became a New York Times Bestseller, and is selling well in countries all over the world.
- This article on CNN from a few weeks ago profiles some extremely successful “nomadic businesses”
- Or how about the guy making $170k/month living the lifestyle most people would kill for. (Hint: You might know him as @tropicalmba.)
I’m really excited to see where this year goes. Less than a week into 2013, we’ve already had our biggest surge of new members ever join our community and momentum around the potential of this lifestyle is steadily increasing.
I hope to further it this next month.
As you read this I’m currently on a flight to Guangzhou, China where I’ll be for a week before bouncing around throughout Southeast Asia. I’ll be working all along the way, just as I would if I were still at my local coffee shop in Portland.
Here’s to 2013. Here’s to scale. Here’s to your new life.