Today Jake Darby is opening up about freedom. After years on the road making money, it all comes together in this article.
Jake is one of the few real dealers online.
Without further ado let me introduce you to Jake….
Life’s a bitch. Then you die. Or is it?
Honestly, I have no fucking idea. I wish I could help you out here. I’d love to give you the keys to the castle in one little blog post.
That’s just not the way life goes. I don’t know everything, but I do know that’s just not how the world works.
What Else I Know
I’ve been working online, traveling, and generally living like a king for the better part of the last three years. I’ve had experiences you wouldn’t imagine. I’ve done shit that was beyond my wildest dreams – but I’ll leave them off this article as my mom follows my Twitter 😉
I learned a few things during the time. There’s no doubt about that. Certain ideas, beliefs, and thought processes became crystal clear as my time living the digital nomad lifestyle progressed.
Other things became more confusing. Low points were hit. Now, I’m back home typing this from my parent’s basement, as I recover from a gym injury and plan out future travels. The ideal of every alpha male blogger around.
I changed courses. Completely. See, I made enough money freelancing combined with my passive income to sustain a life on the road. But it wasn’t fulfilling.
You can’t go on wild adventures when you need to bust out 5K words about iPhone repair services for your client each and every day. You can’t spend the day cruising around on four-wheelers through tropical beaches when your clients are on your ass about deadlines.
I fell into the “freelancer’s trap” – hard. I wrote about it. I realized what I did wrong. But I’m still working to change courses. I’m still figuring it all out. That’s what I do know.
Freedom, Freelancing, and Travel
After thinking about these things with regards to young hustlers, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
+ High-paying freelance work that solves a need for a client isn’t all that bad. If you’re building websites for 10K a pop, charging $300 for a 500-word sales page, or offering translation services for $60 an hour – you’re solving a major problem for a client. This type of work is somewhat rewarding.
+ The freelance work that blows is the low paying, anyone can do it type of stuff. A $200 website made by some guy in India, $5 articles on Fiverr, and the like. If you do this type of work for too long, you’ll lose your soul.
+ Passive income isn’t a pipedream. If you’re working online, you should be continually building a source or seven of passive income. Even if your work is freelancing, you must invest an hour or so each day into passive income creation.
+ Traveling while working begins to lose its appeal after a while. Travel is about freedom and adventure to me. And there’s nothing adventuresome about sitting behind a computer screen for 10+ hours a day working on freelance projects.
+ The caveat is for the first year or two you’ll have more than enough travel energy to work through the long hours just to stay on the road. But eventually, that energy will wear down and travel won’t be as rewarding while you spend so many hours typing.
What’s a Hustler to Do?
Well, I’m not you, and you’re not me. I’m not your Dad. I’m not going to tell you what to do. Live your life.
Just be yourself.
But I will give you a little idea about what I’ll be doing…
Finishing up low-paying freelance work. I’ve got some great clients, but content writing about things I don’t give a damn on just isn’t fun. While life doesn’t have to be fun all the time, I’ve moved on from this type of work.
I’ll be offer high-end copywriting services. Most of my clients will be businesses that make money from brick-and-mortar endeavors.
I’ll continue building passive income. My goal is $5K a month by the end of the year. I have my blog, YouTube channel, and multiple niche sites going.
P.S: Nootropics make building online businesses a lot easier.
What is Freedom?
It’s what we’re all working towards. It’s what we all strive to achieve. And it’s all very possible. Fuck, I’m so close I can taste it.
Wake up without an alarm. Work for 3-5 hours at a desk with an ocean view.
Head out for lunch. After a healthy meal, study or read for an hour. Hit the gym or yoga.
Enjoy some swimming in the ocean. Maybe a little body surfing. Get a tan on my pasty white skin.
Make sweet sex to a sexy chica with a large bottom. Then enjoy some shut eye before doing it all again the next day.
That’s the lifestyle I want. That’s my ideal day. That’s how I want to live. That’s the shit I enjoy. Rewarding work. Ocean views. Healthy food. Gym. Yoga. Swimming. Sexy girls. Great sleep.
Combined with being able to afford plane tickets to see family every 3-5 months, that’s all I need. That’s my goal.
That’s freedom to me. That’s why I’m typing this for you from my fucking parent’s basement. Because I am making the sacrifice now to achieve the ideal lifestyle in the future.
I’ve had my fun. More than most. Probably too much. Women. Party. Drugs. It’s time to stop thinking in the moment like a damn Latina with 40K thirsty Instagram followers and start planning for the future. A future of pure freedom.
What’s freedom mean to you? How are you going to achieve your ideal lifestyle? What are you going to do today to achieve it?
Sound off in the comments with your plans. Oh, and don’t forget to check out my blog, Nomadic Hustle. I write about making money, traveling, and other cool shit.