Yes, the secret is out.
To everyone who is wondering how we are able to travel the world.. it is true.. we are rich!
At age 26, we aren’t rich in the fact that we are hoarding money at the bank, but we are rich in life. We are content with where we are and excited about where we are going. We aren’t climbing any ladders to make the next promotion and bigger paycheck, but we are happy using every dollar towards our goals and activities that we are passionate about.
How we have found Happiness:
Answer this question: What gets you up in the morning?
What excites you? What do you spend all of your money on? What are your passions? What is your dream job or experience? Write them down. Determine what it is that brings you happiness. Mine is travel.
Always drink your glass half full
It is very easy to tell yourself that your dream will never happen, and you should go through life comfortably, always walking on the sidewalk and coloring inside the lines. Keep your glass half full and be patient because if you know what you are striving for and maintain a positive attitude then nothing can stop you. There will always be naysayers telling you that you are being irresponsible. Many will be jealous that you are willing to risk your “comfortable life” in order to live rich. Some just have empty glasses and will never let themselves be filled. You can only control your own mind, and believe in yourself. Set your goals and a plan to reach them, knowing what is waiting for you once you get there.
Use all available resources to strive towards what you want
Cut spending ruthlessly on the things you don’t care about and spend on things that truly matter. The secret to being rich is understanding true needs and wants. Your spending should have a purpose. Mindless consumption will not help you achieve any of your goals.
Focus your time on improving your passion. Soak up as much relevant information as possible, talk with people who share your passion, read blogs and books on the topic. Then just go do it. That first step may be the hardest, but afterwards your time spent will be engaging because it is something you are truly interested in. Starting something, anything is a sure way to open yourself up to new opportunities.
Surround yourself with people who support you
Your friends and family don’t have to like what you’re passionate about but they do have to support YOU! If people in your life doubt you or are negatively influencing your thoughts and actions than you don’t need them in your life at that time. This may seem harsh to cut people out, but having them dragging you down will bring your further from your goal of living a rich life.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Living rich isn’t always easy, you are sacrificing in some areas of your life in order to focus on others. You may not be living the life of someone that is financially rich, so you are avoiding the Four Seasons or skipping out on a new restaurant in the city. In the end, making these choices will leave you more fulfilled than ever before. I may not always stay in 5 star, or even 3 star resorts when I am on a trip, but that uncomfortable bed or language barrier doesn’t bother me because when I am traveling I am content beyond belief. I am comfortable (and happy) to eat at food stalls in new countries and take a 24+ hour bus trips to get to my destination in return for the fantastic reward of new places and people to meet.
As I mentioned earlier, we are traveling the world because we are rich. We are blessed to both be aware of our passion and willing to risk the comfortable norm in order to live a richer life. We aren’t rich in a financial sense but in that we discovered an opportunity and have seized it to live the type of life we would like to live.