Working from anywhere in the world used to be the sole domain of Digital Nomads. But there’s a new tribe coming through with a life description that looks like this….
They’re AGELESS. In fact never felt better.
Unlike their parents’ generation they’re thriving in their 50’s & 60’s. Healthy, productive, with a keen sense of purpose, they’re more likely to be planning a life that includes an adventurous trip to Machu Picchu than a retirement cruise.
With the kids out of home, or at least paying their own way, the mortgage in control, an established business, they have choices.
They refuse to be lumped into the ‘over 50’s’ bucket with nothing more than retirement and the final chapter of life to look forward to.
Being 55 is vastly different to being 85, and suggesting that we’re all in the same “old” bucket is offensive.Bernard Salt
By the way, I’m in that bucket and whilst I have the moments of ‘how the hell did I get to be this age’ (57), there’s a lot of living to be done in my mind. In fact I’m thinking the best years are ahead.
They’re established BUSINESS owners. ‘Successful’.
Money, time, effort, heart and soul has been poured into their businesses. But now they’re questioning what ‘successful’ really means. What have they sacrificed for ‘wealth’?
They’ve done their time, and they’re ready to take extended breaks, work ON the business rather than always being IN it, have more time for family, friends, surfing, reading, volunteering, whatever it is that gets put on hold by the constraints of owning and operating a business.
But they’re not ditching their businesses to join the Digital Nomad scene, instead choosing to reorganise the business so they can get more out of life.
Taking a leaf out of the Digital Nomad life, they’re setting up in the cloud, taking on Virtual Assistants, systemising their businesses so they can choose to work from anywhere when it suits them. That place might be home, a chalet in The French Alps or a caravan on the coast.
They’re REWRITING THE RETIREMENT book.
‘We’ll travel when we retire’…… ‘We’ll have more time together when we sell the business’….. ‘We need a few more years to build the super fund’.
Forget that. They’re absolutely not falling into the trap of deferring life until retirement.
They’ve faced up to the fact that no amount of super will ever be enough.
They’re planning for a life, not retirement at the prescribed age. It’s about how they want to live, really live, for the next 30 years.
One obvious implication of living longer is that we are going to have to spend longer working. The expectation that retirement will start early- to mid-60s is likely to be a thing of the past, or a privilege of the very wealthy.
Living on the fringe of the Digital Nomad mecca of Ubud here in Bali, I can all but hear the hum of the online entrepreneurship going on.
There’s the remote working pros settled in for the long term, along with the startups tapping away poolside or in a co-working space, attending the slew of ‘how to workshops’ (how to create an affiliate program… launch a biz in 30 days… code your way to success etc etc.) in between scootering around the neighbourhood, laptops strapped to their backs.
Hubud, a co-working space in Ubud was recently named by Lonely Planet one of the top ten coworking spaces on the planet.
There’s no doubt Ubud is a dream destination for Digital Nomads. But it’s not my scene.
Every time I go to an Ubud co-working space despite years of living the ‘working from anywhere life’ and not one to be fussed about age, I feel incredibly tech clumsy, in fact digitally deficient, messy, generally out of place.
My next stop is The French Alps, to be support crew on the Carpe Diem Retreats by Working From Anywhere (WFA). I’ll be amongst business owners who have literally made the decision to ‘seize the day’. They’ll be ‘walking the talk’ on not only working from anywhere, but also integrating life and work as one. Hiking and cycling in the spectacular alps, relaxing and connecting over home cooked provincial style food served in the garden, dropping in to Café de Paris for an afternoon aperitif ‘rose de givre’ and morning walks to pick up fresh bread from the bakery will be on the agenda. That’s my scene. Stay tuned for updates.
If this all sounds like the life you’d like to live, but need help to get you and your business there, join the WFA Mastermind & Mentoring Program. It finishes up with a Carpe Diem Retreat in The French Alps in 2020. Change how you work and live forever.