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Is the Lifestyle of a Remote Worker a Myth or a True Accessible Reality?

Here is the reality of being a remote entrepreneur.

After having read “No One Wants 40 Hour Work Weeks Anymore. Everyone Wants to Work 4 Hours Per Week on a Laptop In Bali” from Kele Mogotsi, I made this little comment, and it results in some exchanges with other writers which showed me that this is a hot subject these days.

“It is not only a reality for the Millenials. I am in my early fifties, and I am working remotely for 12 years now. I will never go back to an office… The only thing is that if you desperately need people around you, I do not think that this life is for you nor if you have no discipline!”

Many people tasted a bit of the potential remote entrepreneur lifestyle since the Covid-19 pandemic last year. They liked what their lives could become if it were possible. Good news, it is possible, but…

Yes, there is a “but,” and it only depends on your choice.

“You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” — Arianna Huffington

I consider my today’s life perfect. I work from home with my wife as headhunters; I have time to write, travel once or twice a year, renovate my house, to do almost anything I want to do when I want to. I make more money today than ever because my overheads are low.

It seems “WOW” enviable from the outside, but it has a cost as everything else.

Liberty has a price, and you have to be willing to pay if you want to taste it!

Here are the facts and the hard truth behind this “attractive lifestyle.”

The choice is yours to make. For us, it was easier because we do not have kids but, what if you have a family? You have responsibilities, so you need to have a job that gives you access to your expected remote life.

Are you disciplined enough to make it works? Is your home environment properly design for you to be productive?

The thing with the discipline is that you need to set working goals and then stick to your plan to reach them every day, every week.

The danger and a common mistake is to become a workaholic. You have the chance to rest when needed. Have a nap in the afternoon and come back to work at night if you need to. There is no 9 to 5 schedule anymore.

To live that lifestyle, you must accept to be alone. The biggest issue for most people is to deal with solitude. If you are a social person who needs to be surrounded all the time, I am sorry to tell you that it is not for you.

Over the past ten years, my relationships have shrunk considerably. I found that my wife and I have become more and more isolated by choice.

We do have friends and family, but we prefer to be alone. Like that, we are much more productive over our goals. Whatever they are.

As you see, you also need to have the right life partner for this lifestyle. It is not for everyone.

The 4 hours week myth

The hard truth is that there is no reality in working 4 hours per week and becoming wealthy. You might maybe survive.

The only way to reach that will be because you have worked your ass off for at least ten years before, and then maybe it will be a possibility. You will have created different streams of income that provide enough for your expectations.

Another thing is that if you want to be a wealthy person, to be a millionaire, that plan is a fraud. It is like hoping to win the lottery. Do you know a lot of rich people who do not work hard? They never stop-even when they have reached their goals.

So, sorry for all of you who dream of a life of leisure without hard work. Our world is fundamentally built around money, and it is that money that gives you the liberty you need to live the lifestyle you want.

But first, you have to deserve it!

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