Keep An Eye On My Twitter Feed
Well, it’s finally happening. I’m about to expatriate out of the US.
I’m on my way to the airport right now. If I’m not too rushed, I might snap a picture of the Airbus 380 outside the window and post it on my twitter feed: @masculinexpat.
The 80/20 Rule
If you’re an analytical person like me, it’s tempting to try to get ALL of your questions answered before you actually take the leap. But trying to get 100% of the answers you need is not always possible. The world is fluid and always changing.
For example, the visa rules in Thailand had changed not once but twice between the first time I researched it and the time I applied for the visa. If you wait until you have all the answers, you’re going to be waiting a long time.
It helps to not be too set in your ways. Although sometimes I might struggle to follow my own advice, but I would suggest making an effort to be as nimble as you can. Learn to surf the waves of change instead of fighting it.
Follow the 80/20 rule. Get 70-80% of the answers you need and then take the plunge. You can figure out the rest on the road. At the same time though, I don’t recommend just winging the whole thing. It may work fine until you run into a situation you’re not prepared for. Or somebody in an uniform starts asking real questions — at which point you’d have some explaining to do!
Inspired by the movie Inception, I brought a totem with me on my journey.
This isn’t just a vacation. I am about to live halfway around the world away from family and everything I’ve ever known. To not forget who I am and where I’ve come from, I brought my Dad’s old custom money clip with his full name engraved on it.
As sentimental as it may be, it is nice to have something solid and tangible Dad once held in his own hands. Digitized family pictures in DropBox or Facebook are nice to look at every now and then, but it’s not the same because I can’t hold those pictures in my hands — plus they get drowned out by hundreds of new pictures being taken on my phone each month.
What does the future hold?
I have no idea what the future holds for me. I’m going into uncharted waters — not as a cog in a corporate machine — but as the captain of my own ship.
One of the two things may happen:
1) My businesses fail, I drain my savings account, and my ship sinks.
2) Or, after some time, I achieve a positive cash flow from my businesses, I start saving and investing more, and I sail my ship contentedly into the sunset (with a young harem of sweet and sexy women, of course).
What I’m doing feels huge and risky. I have no idea how this decision will shape the rest of my life. What will become of me? I don’t know — and that’s the scariest part.
Nevertheless I’m pressing on. Forward is the only way.