“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Thomas Jefferson
We’re lucky enough to live in a world where if you’d rather listen to a podcast about Lego, Harry Potter or the swine industry than commercial radio, you can. And while we’re not interested in these particular topics ourselves, we still pick our own very niche news and entertainment sources these days. And why not? Isn’t it just laziness to accept being spoonfed the same stuff as everyone else?
It’s not a case of being “different” just because we can: we’ve come to realise that our mindset is drastically shaped by the media and the people we expose ourselves to.
While staying on top of current affairs is great, we’ve found that if we spend too much time with the mass media (which relies on negativity to get attention and sales), we’re left with the impression that the world is an awful place, and it’s not even worth trying to achieve anything.
So when people ask us how to transition to a location-independent life, we tend to say “fix your inputs”.
Basically, you are what you pay attention to. To a really scary extent. You know how when you’re thinking about buying some new shoes, all you start noticing is people’s shoes? It’s the same neural mechanism. If you focus your attention on negative or unhelpful inputs, your brain will unconsciously focus on all the negative, worrying and unhelpful things around you.
And here’s where that damned awesome thing called the internet comes in. You can choose from any of hundreds of millions of pieces of freely available text, audio and video for every niche interest imaginable, and use it all to help you achieve your goals and be who you want to be.
You can also use the internet to find likeminded people – people who aren’t blindly accepting the “normal” life trajectory and are striving to do their own thing.
For example, there are heaps of blogs, message boards, forums and events on Meetup.com dedicated to digital nomads. (We even have our own community – The Anywhereist Group – for people who are building a business while travelling the world.) You can use these places as a jumping-off point for finding and interacting with people who have a similar outlook on life.
If you’ve got a nagging feeling that there are possibilities in life beyond what you’re currently doing, start by seeking out new and interesting sources of information, and new and interesting people.
Feed your brain wisely. You’re living in a time where you’ve got more choice of “food” than ever before, so there's no need to fill it with harmful junk (at least not always).
Ready to go forth and be awesome? Our final email in this series will give you the final push!
Talk to you soon,
Mish & Rob