Doing What You Love – Part 3

This is part three and the last part of this series of articles titled “Doing What You Love.” By now you are getting pretty close to see and hopefully and more importantly to believe that you can make a living doing what you love?

As explained in the first article the first step is to become aware of who you really are and what you want to become. Secondly, you need to believe in yourself and that will start you with the right mental attitude.

In the second article we started to cover more specifically some of the careers where real people are actually doing what they love, and where others are following their entrepreneurial passion. We also provided you with some ideas and resources for both careers or entrepreneurial paths.

One of the best resources to get going is the Digital Nomad Academy. A digital nomad is someone who leverages technology to work from wherever they want. From home, your favorite coffee shop – or sitting in YOUR island bungalow on a tropical beach on the other side of the world! Up until recently, you had to stay in one location to maintain a job and earn a living. Whether you liked it or not – for the vast majority of us, this was just the way it worked. Not anymore. Start taking control of your live and doing-what-you-love check out the Digital Nomad Academy.

Doing What You Love

In this article we will cover those of you who want to volunteer or pursue a hobby or pass time. The vagabond lifestyle is an achievable possibility, one that can be achieve by anyone.

Pursuing a Skill or Trade that You Love

Most people where trained to believe that the only way to pursue your love is when you get to retirement, specially in US, where most people are brought up with the particular philosophy of ” go to school and college, get a degree, work for corporate America until retirement, then live the lifestyle that you want.” There is another school of thought very similar which is to “work hard through you life then retire and live the life that you want.” In this new age we are watching the wrongness of that philosophy. Most people specially the Millennial’s are not buying into it, and for a good reason, they are watching their parent or grandparents get to that golden age after years of handwork with nothing or very little economically and more likely becoming sick.

The new school is to live now and live your legend. There is a great TED talk by Scott Dismore. Scott’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework – three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community at

Another vagabond lifestyle designer is Jay Cross – What if you could get that same education for a fraction of the cost? The Do-It-Yourself Degree is one way of doing it. He started working odd jobs with a listing writing jobs. When he joined, there were a TON of paid gigs just waiting for him to apply. While working on some of this gigs he saids that he “wound up paying my way through school with freelancing!” He created a guide that shows you how to “test out” of college. By working in location independent jobs you will acquire knowledge and that knowledge could turn into college credits. Depending on the major you want, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in one year by taking $80-$100 exams instead of costly and time-consuming classes. It works anywhere in the U.S. He used this strategy himself, he needed 36 credits to finish his degree and in about 4 months he knock down a workload that would typically take a year and a half to accomplish. Then he decided to start a community around this DIY Degree strategy so other students could do the same.

If you’re self-motivated and capable of putting effectiveness before ego, DIY Degree could be a good fit.

Pursuing Volunteering

Volunteering comes in different formats and sometimes provides remuneration of some sort. This remuneration may not necessarily has to be monetary, it could be free lodging, free food, free transportation, etc,. Let’s look at what some of our star vagabonds practicing “doing-what-you-love.”

WWOOF organizations connect people who want to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return. WWOOF is a network of national organizations.  WWOOFing! the movement, think global – act local!

Here is a great resource from Shannon O’Donnell, author of the “Volunteer Travelers Handbook” which offers some great advice for those looking to do volunteering work on their journeys. The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook guides new and veteran travelers through the challenges of finding, vetting, and choosing their ideal volunteer experience. The book’s practical advice is interwoven with first-person narrative, stories from a wide range of volunteers, beautiful photography, and expert interviews to help interested volunteers find meaningful ways to give back to communities all over the world-through volunteering, but also through social enterprises and supporting sustainable tourism practices.

This next one could be categorize as job, volunteering, hobbie, etc., but I went ahead and put it here, and that is “Home Sitting.” One of our experts in that subject is Nora Dunn of The Professional Hobo, Nora started traveling early 2007, She saids; “I’ve been on the road, traveling slowly through over 30 countries and five continents. I have lived a variety of lifestyles by working in trade for my accommodation. I’m generally pretty happy about free accommodation, and I’ve had it in many different ways and places, including the following:

  • A bluestone cottage on 300 hectares of property in the Australian countryside
  • An abandoned village in Spain
  • A trendy house in the Beaches area of Toronto
  • A ferro cement yurt on a Hawaii cliffside (it was basic, but eclectic)
  • A villa resort property on the Caribbean island of Grenada
  • A 49 foot sailing boat in the Caribbean
  • A Swiss alpine cottage and 4-storey home in Zurich

Nora has a fantastic resource titled “How to Get Free Accommodation Around The World.”

You can also check other websites that advocates this;

In addition to the ideas and resources offered above the following are links that connects you to volunteering organization throughout the world;

Pursuing Hobbies or Pass Times.

Professional Artist Alex Mathers -In our world of endless opportunities, it can be very difficult to discover a single passion and turn it into something that you can live off. Alex Mathers is one of those rare individuals that managed to create his dream career, starting from essentially zero. Back in 2006, Alex decided to actively pursue his interest in art by taking online video tutorials in Adobe Illustrator. After a couple of weeks of learning and practice he started uploading his illustrations to the stock photo site  How I Got to Be an Illustrator at Google, with No Qualifications. Alex’s post outlining the trajectory of his career.

HipHost is all about uniquely themed tours. Some of the popular themes include architecture, kid-friendly tours, chocolate (yum!), beer/wine (yum!), shopping, running, and so on.

Get creative and think about how you can make your home town pop with a quirky theme (or three). Then, create your profile (which is free), and post your tour itineraries. Travelers can browse the tours, and if they like the look of yours, they’ll book it online.

In creating your HipHost profile, you’ll need a minimum of three personal recommendations before your tour itineraries are posted; if you’re not a tour guide guru, don’t worry; family and friends can complete the references until you have reviews from happy customers.

When you list your hip tour, you set your minimum hourly rate (including overhead costs in running the tour such as admissions or transportation). As a general guideline, most guides charge about $20 per hour. HipHost adds about 20% to your fee to cover their expenses.

These are only few of the hundreds of examples that exist. If you want to study the hundreds of possibilities that exist for you to start doing what you love, I urge to to take a pic at the Digital Nomad Academy.

DNALogoI want to finish with few caveats. You probably know already that if it was easy everyone will be doing it. This is not easy, it require a bit of planning, commitment and the urge to live in your own term, to make things happen. And that is why this may not be an easy road, you may get rejected, you may have difficult in your path, but if you believe in your path and really love what you are doing, then follow your utmost excitement and joy and you will be able to achieve what you want. Thousands of us are on that path and we love it! I know you will love to live your life on your own terms, embrace the vagabond inside of you. Cheers!

Written by Vagabond Elmer, founder and curator of the Vagabond Lifestyles blog, a community for those people interested in living a simple, economically sustainable, and nomadic lifestyle.

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