Lifestyle design for the adventurous

21 Dec

I am a big fan of Tim Ferriss author of The 4-Hour Work Week and now The 4-Hour Body.  If you have not read his books, I suggest you do so, like, immediately.  Ferriss embodies many of the ideals of the Hellbent Entrepreneur, namely, living out your dream, going for glory, and apologizing to no one for living and loving the lifestyle he chooses.  One thing that seems to be a recurring theme with Ferriss is the notion of Lifestyle Design.  Essentially, if we’re smart about how we manage our money, we too can take exotic vacations pillaging for lost treasures on obscure islands, hunting down supermodels on Brazilian beaches, or even thinking about an adventure into the stratosphere and beyond with a space voyage.

Well while this might seem far-fetch, I tend to agree with Ferriss about how we can better manage our money, make smart decisions, and be willing to cut out the excesses and unnecessary expenses of our life in order to better save for adventurous, somewhat ludicrous, endeavors.

For me personally, I would love to study Tai Chi (chi gong) in Hong Kong or a remote part of China for an extended period of time.  To do this I know that I have to make sacrifices with excessive luxuries like cutting cable TV, cooking more meals at home, living in a antique home infested with roaches?  With more than $300.00 saved per month, I am well on my way towards MY exotic vacation escapade.

In essence what I’ve learned so far :

  • Be flexible in your approach to earning income.
  • Don’t be afraid of doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing.
  • Dream HUGE and make small sacrifices (financially, materially) to reach your goals.
  • Find ways to automate your life.

I hope to continue to learn more about this exciting philosophy and approach to life. It’s not what our Baby-Boomer parents told us was remotely possible.

So what’s your dream escape and what are you willing to sacrifice to get it?

Always going for glory!

H.E.

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