I like to work. I think everybody does. We all want to create things, make progress, be valuable, and contribute something to the world . Unfortunately, many workplaces are structured in a way that prevent this from happening. Especially in this modern world that combines a division of labor with intangible results, it’s easy to feel like you’re a hamster spinning a wheel.
That’s one of the many reasons we’re taking this show on the road. I’m inspired by the many books out there that promote location independent business entrepreneurship. I believe this can be more successful than the traditional career path. These are the 3 reasons why the best career move is to work online to travel.
An experiment by the Chinese company Ctrip discover that people working from home were 13 percent more productive than those working in an office, in addition to being wells more efficient. This comes as no surprise. Social isolation is often cited as the drawback to working from home but all that office cooler talk interferes with effective work. I for one would rather work on my own terms and socialize on my terms. Why waste time talking about last nights TV with co-workers when I can get the most of my time by working hard for less time, accomplishing more, and then working towards my goals outside work – like learning Spanish and surfing.
There are also health reasons to consider. Long commutes are associated with higher blood pressure than short commutes, according to a study from Washington University. No commute can only be better. Source.
Hard Work + Results
What constitutes a work day is different when you’re working for yourself compared to working for someone else. Just showing up and putting in your 40+ hours doesn’t cut it. Working for yourself, performance is a necessity, not an option. Working, tweaking, expanding until money gets made is the only way to succeed. This accountability isn’t a yoke over the shoulders though. It comes with freedom. Both to experiment with ideas and to use time effectively.
I believe in working hard and playing hard and that gets results. Office culture is still steeped in the idea of who shows up first and leaves last works hardest. Come in when you’re sick, never take vacation and win some meaningless attendance award. What does that actually get you? In fact, working too much makes you look desperate. And taking vacation makes you a better worker. Tony Schwartz has begun enforcing vacation because people work better when they both work and play.
The intensity of demand had begun to wear them down, too, and it showed up in a collective tendency to be more emotionally reactive — shorter and sharper — and more willing to settle for an easy solution rather than do the hard work necessary to get the best result.
Clarity + Vision
Ever had a great idea in the shower, on a walk, or while half asleep in bed? The relationship between relaxation and ideas is well established. Descartes was known for doing his most productive work while sleeping in everyday.
Rather than being bogged down with daily to do-lists and putting out fires, I want to think big. About tomorrow, not today. I want to do this for myself and my business. Tony Schwartz noticed that when he took the time to vacation, he “had time to truly reflect and think strategically rather than tactically.”
By travelling and working on-line, I know I will be able to see clearly, figure out new opportunities. Travelling abroad will especially stimulate creativity, being exposed to new ways of doing things, thinking about things, missing or useful services.
While the goal of working and travelling is to establish a successful on-line business, it is also about making the most of life. According to Tribal Leadership, higher personal development in leaders is tied to successful organizations. Self-actualization creates success in every part of life. Now that’s working to live.