Just watch this:
Just watch this:
Being a digital nomad for several years was one of the most enriching experiences in my life, and I would say our time spent living in Chiang Mai in Thailand were an essential part of that whole experience.
Chiang Mai was ground zero for digital nomads back then, although now there are many other good options. It was the platform we needed to both launch me and my wife’s life together as a couple as well as grow our business.
No wonder I think back very fondly of our time in Chiang Mai and Thailand in general.
However nowadays I’m seeing a trend of too many people being sold the dream of living in paradise and earning money with little or no skills.
I also think that perhaps the Thai government have not handled the increased interest from foreigners that well. People wanting to go to Thailand and work from there have a harder time now getting visas and the exchange rates are not as good as they once were, decreasing the overall attractiveness of the place.
My word of warning is that Thailand and other Asian countries are not necessarily the paradise that Instagrammers describe. Life is rougher there in many ways than what you are used to back home in Europe or the US. You will need to adapt and you better have some savings and skills if you want to live comfortably without worries and actually enjoy the good sides of these places.
I think the video below sums the point I’m getting to quite well:
Basically, if you want to be a digital nomad, by all means consider it and explore the options, but do it because it actually fits in with your goals and ideals and not because other people are promoting it as the ultimate lifestyle.
What works for them will not necessarily work for you, reality is not always what it looks like on Instagram, and nothing comes for free. You will have to work hard and adapt yourself in many ways, but if you can do that it can be a very enriching experience that will serve you very well for the rest of your life, whether you decide to become a permanent traveler or settle down back in a more conventional place in the West.
For many years I struggled with associating myself with the country where I was born, especially when I started to travel on a long-term basis and now that I’ve spent most of my adult life living outside of that country.
Mine is not an isolated case, and I know many others who have several thoughts and feelings after going through similar experiences.
I do not feel patriotic nor feel any particular pride for the country I was born in. I do appreciate everything I benefited from while living there, but at the bottom of it what I feel is a sense of being lucky to be born in a very good environment, compared to all the other places that I could have been born and raised in.
I strongly dislike nationalism and have seen its negative outcomes and induced madness first hand in Catalunya.
The concept of the nation-state has been very influential in the past few centuries, and has fully taken the place of religion in many parts of the world. I believe that we are seeing the first signs of the fall of the nation-state, and more and more people losing this strong sense of binding their identity with their country of birth or childhood. For many people who work in the digital industry, this is already the case. As one of them, I consider myself a citizen of the world. Home can be anywhere where I can find a supportive environment, good internet and the freedom to work and live.
Here’s an excerpt from My Country, a song by one of my favorite musicians; Roger Taylor:
I would not fight for my country
I would not work to no rule
Don’t have no truck with no power game
Won’t be some other jerk’s tool
Don’t have no part of no partisans
Won’t have no part ‘cos one party and another’s all the same
All the same
Gonna play it at my own game
Don’t wanna die for some old man’s crusade
Don’t wanna hear what they feed
Don’t wanna kill for some cause of the age
Don’t wanna cry for somebody else’s need
Don’t want no piece of no flag in the breeze
Don’t want no part ‘cos one party and another’s all the same
All the same
Gonna play it at my own game
Going forward, nations will have to compete to attract people to live there, by offering the best possible conditions. In many ways, they will be like today’s companies, in a healthy competitive environment. This will cause governments to stop acting in a totalitarian way and focus on actually being efficient and improving their country in order to attract more quality citizens.
One question I’ve spent a lot of time on (as in, years of internal thought, research, etc) is how should I spend my time.
I’ve always had this feeling that we don’t give too much importance to this question, and fall into well-defined societal templates without much care.
I think I’ve finally cracked the code and found my own personal answer.
I realized that the question does not involve endless productivity exercises and extremes of lifestyle design and optimization.
It really boils down to what my priorities are.
That might seem like an easy answer, but it was quite a struggle to get to the bottom of it and be honest enough with myself to come up with three main priorities.
Anyway, here they are:
With those in place, it’s very easy to know what I need to do every day in order to feel fulfilled and satisfied.
Within the health and fitness domain, my main objectives are strength, flexibility and injury prevention. With those covered, I also cover the cardio and play needs through playing padel and tennis. Being in good health and physical shape keeps me lucid and positive, and thus able to reach out beyond myself and move on to my second priority: relationships. I need to train with specific objectives in mind, using the deliberate practice theory.
Hopefully, we all know how relationships are essential to leading a good life. The saying no man is an island really is true. I’m not talking about constantly being surrounded by people, but about cultivating deep relationships with at least 5 people in our lives. I know who those 5 people are and make sure that my bond with them stays strong.
And my third priority is wealth generation. Generating wealth in various ways keeps my mind alive and excited. I’ve always been interested in business and ways I could provide value to the rest of society and in so doing generate wealth for my family. It’s not that much fun being very healthy and having great relationships when you can’t provide for your family and enjoy fine things in life like a comfortable and relaxing home, good food and drink, travel, etc.
If you’re not sure about your life priorities, a useful exercise would be to talk to an older person in your family like your grandma or grandpa and ask them what they regret most about not doing more of in their lives. If they’re no longer alive, just read the top regrets of the dying here and here.
Be sure to be completely honest with yourself about whatever your priorities might be, and don’t let others’ expectations define your priorities and the way you live.
It’s safe to say that as far as public perception goes, poker has gone through what you might call a makeover. No longer is it considered a game played only by men in backrooms or smoky casinos. In fact, the rise of online poker has seen the game come into the mainstream, with events such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) now watched by millions of people each year. Add to that the fact that we now have many successful female pro poker players and even Jeopardy champions at the tables and well, let’s say people are much more accepting of the game.
But did you know that poker has quite the ace up its sleeve? I had to get a pun out of the way before we could continue. Seriously, though, it’s true. Poker has the power to help you improve your self-confidence, and it’s all about adopting the poker mindset.
Poker is a mentally demanding game, and as such, there are many sports psychologists that help players improve their mindset. One such psychologist is Jared Tendler. He helps players improve the mental side of their poker game and get themselves into the poker mindset.
Tendler is of the opinion that self-confidence is key to a player’s success. And that self-confidence comes from a player’s faith in the ability to make the right decisions based on the possible outcomes of the game. However, that doesn’t mean that winning is everything. The truth is it’s quite the opposite.