Being a relatively new concept, there is so much terminology and many definitions of what constitutes a lifestyle where work and play can intertwine without restrictions. Call it location-independence, remote working, perpetual traveling or being a digital nomad; all these terms have subtle or not-so-subtle differences between them, depending on who you ask.
Though it’s not hard to see that there is an increasing amount of interest and conversation surrounding the subject. We hand-picked some of the interesting quotes to help you gain a deeper, well-rounded insight into what living a “freedom lifestyle” is all about.
Defining the Freedom Lifestyle:
Lifestyle freedom is about having an abundance of choice in your life. It is about discarding what is common-place in society and having the ability to define how you spend every hour of your day. Lifestyle freedom is breaking yourself out of “lifestyle jail”, where you are chained to a job, and achieving ultimate freedom – the freedom to do whatever you want.Zac Sky, What is Lifestyle Freedom
Freedom Lifestyle means having the freedom to live your life any way you choose. But, in a society that tries to influence and dictate our decisions, most people find it hard to define what it means to live any way you choose.
When someone wants to know how to do it, the first question I ask them is, “If money was not an issue, how would you spend your time?”Rasheed Hooda, Creating Your Freedom Lifestyle
Freedom isn’t just about traveling. It’s not just about being location independent and the ability to work from anywhere in the world that I want. Don’t get me wrong, these are definitely some major perks of living a freedom lifestyle. But freedom also means being free from stress and anxiety, free from the pressures of society and others’ expectations, free from health and physical limitations, free from money and materialism, free from living life by someone else’s rules, and free from mental blocks and boundaries. More than anything though, freedom is a frame of mind. It’s a feeling inside me. An overall sense of being.Bre Fowler, My Key to Happiness is Freedom… What is Yours?
My freedom lies in the liberty to purchase a one-way ticket to another country; it is the luxury of having an income to support my desires of exploration and experiences; it is the detachment of limited beliefs that hold me back from anything I feel I do not deserve; it is the deep love I have for personal growth and development that has cultivated my overall purpose in this life; freedom is meeting myself over and over again, sharing what I learn and showing you that anything is possible.Jordan Jeppe, What’s a “Freedom” Lifestyle?
On Remote Work Trends:
Several years ago, working remotely or working from home gave off a mysterious and somewhat unknown vibe, both for employers and employees.Becca, The Difference Between Work from Home and Remote Work
Now, as remote work gains momentum and becomes more certain to be the ‘future of work,’ feeling included for a shared sense of shared challenges (and successes) is what’s shared by people who work remotely, work from home or work from anywhere they like.
Being connected is what connects us.
Remote work enables people to start thinking creatively about how they get their work done, but also invites people to optimize past that. Many take that opportunity to consider how they can improve their mental and physical health, finances, business opportunities, and more.Steph Smith, Finding Top Talent: Stop Looking Inside a Box for People Thinking Outside of One
The stereotypical digital nomad persona is the guy (or gal) casually checking his email in a cafe in Bangkok or kicking back in a hammock on a beach in the Philippines (probably while checking his dropshipping affiliate sales). This is a reality for some people. For most, the truth is different. And even if it were possible, the Piña Colada-sipping beach bum is not what most people aspire to be.
Want to live and work on the beach? Yes, you can do that. Want to make money in the US but live in Bali? Get yourself to Bali. Fancy a career that lets you travel all over the world and use location arbitrage to live cheaply in foreign countries? In 2021, this is totally possible. There’s one caveat. You’ll need skills or an idea that makes money. Unlike a regular job, you’ll work harder, at least at first, and you don’t get paid if the business doesn’t make money.Keith, What is a Digital Nomad? A Guide to Nomading
A few hundred years ago, “nomads” were largely indigenous hunter-gatherers who tailed roaming herds of buffalo across the American plains, leaving little-to-no trace where they went. But today they’re thought of as people with extensive online fingerprints, footprints, and personas—hippies in sandals, millennials with smartphones, and the occasional billionaire tech entrepreneur. And they’re all living a strange paradigm: journeying solo across far-flung continents, yet somehow more wired to the rest of the world than ever before.Connie Lin, Remote work made digital nomads possible. The pandemic made them essential
People who travel the world aren’t running away from life. Just the opposite. Those that break the mold, explore the world, and live on their own terms are running toward true living, in my opinion. We have a degree of freedom a lot of people will never experience. We get to be the captains of our ships.Nomadic Matt, Everyone Says I’m Running Away
On Embracing Change:
Working remotely operates on your life the way that an adjective operates on a noun. It’s a descriptor, but there can be many descriptors in your life. Working remotely allows you to design your life in different ways, but ultimately will not bring you happiness on its own. So, as you look for remote work, keep in mind your true “why”.Steph Smith, The Guide to Remote Work That Isn’t Trying to Sell You Anything
How many people are out there, right now, making personal, meaningful, challenging and provocative journeys?Tom Allen, Debunking The Myth Of The Modern-Day ‘Adventurer’
How many more would emerge if everyone stopped giving a damn what anyone else thought, stopped wondering how they could brand and position their trip for maximum kudos, stopped trying to engineer in advance a coherent and sellable story – and stopped concerning themselves with gaining riches or recognition from what would certainly have begun as a burning need to go out and do something?
We can reinvent ourselves 10 times over in this lifetime. If you could reinvent yourself, what would you choose? I’m choosing someone who values a simpler life and has gratitude for every privilege. I’m choosing to leave a successful career so I can unplug and connect to myself and my community. I’m choosing to “sell ice cream on a beach.” This beach just happens to be in Belize.Jeanna Barrett, I’m Leaving My 6-Figure San Francisco Startup Career to Sell Ice Cream on a Beach
I’ll tell you something from experience: those who are embracing the true spirit of adventure are usually the last people who’d refer to themselves as adventurers.Tom Allen, Debunking The Myth Of The Modern-Day ‘Adventurer’
A deeper calling is buried within all of us, and most of us are still living by someone else’s script and have been hired by someone else to build their dream. Have you felt this way before? It is ten times easier to live the easy life, maintain the status quo, and settle for what is comfortable. But, I truly believe the day we finally find out who we really are and why we were born (and actually take action) is extremely important and life-changing.Arman Assadi, How to Achieve True Freedom: Declare Your Freedom Lifestyle and Become a Solopreneur
Success is created by mindset over strategy, magic over metrics, and attitude over action.James Wedmore
Most people get so focused on growth that they forget their bigger purpose. We are in the business to make a difference and elevate the lives of others (no matter what industry you’re in) and when we can give to others (whether that’s just through love, attention or the act of giving), we will create so much more abundance in our business.Kinsey Machos, Grow and Scale Your Business: 3 Things You Should Do Each Day