Six months ago I sold everything I own to travel around the world. Everything I own fits in a ten pound backpack. I went from being a full time Facebook employee to walking or taking buses most places, eating out of grocery stores and convenience stores, and owning only two shirts and two pairs of underwear.
I love it, but I know it’s not for everyone. Oddly when I tell people what I’m doing the number one response is “I wish I could do that… but.”
This phrase kills me. Words are powerful, and hearing words coming out of your own mouth is even more powerful (it’s why we pray). If I say “I wish I could do that but,” I’m telling myself that I can’t do something. Instead I’m very clear with myself: either I want to do something or I don’t. I never tell myself that I can’t do something.
One of the most important lessons I ever learned was from the video below. Steve Jobs tells it convincingly, years before he got famous for rescuing Apple: life isn’t a game. No one is going to tell you that it’s OK to do the things that you want to do. Many people might tell you you’re crazy. You just have to start doing what you want and see if it works.