Working Nomad
Don’t just take a vacation, live your vacation!

Now that you’ve been exposed to the idea of Extreme Telecommuting, you may be thinking to yourself, “Nah, it sounds fun, but it will never work for me.” I am here to tell you that you must remove this mental block. The most difficult and self-limiting obstacle to making this a reality is yourself. 

In a traditional work environment, you’re supposed to spend the best years of your life overpaying for housing just to be within commuting distance to work where you will battle heavy traffic every day to an industrial style building and slave away at a desk for 8-10 hours just to get ready to do it all over again.

Once a year, you get a two week vacation, where you go somewhere nice to forget about your meaningless life. Years later, when you’re on dialysis, you can retire and play a few holes of Golf before meeting with your Orthopedic Surgeon.

One of my favorite and most applicable parables to this is as follows:

 American consultant

American consultant was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied only a little while.

The consultant then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American consultant scoffed, “I am business consultant and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.

“You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American consultant replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?” asked the fisherman.

The consultant laughed, and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You’ll become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions, senor?” replied the Mexican. “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Extreme telecommuting is a fresh new take on life. Instead of using that measly 2 weeks of vacation time to go on an overpriced, reality-neutered cruise, why not live your vacation?