As I write these words, I am having my first glass of port wine near Porto. I love this sentence.
I am at a villa in a small village thirty minutes outside of Porto. The mansion is on top of a mountain, perfect to oversee the town and see the lights of Porto at the end of the horizon.
I feel still groggy so I jump into the pool. Showering is overrated. I climb out and put my Singha beer t-shirt on again that I stole from my roomie.
Everybody is still asleep, so I sit down, watch the city far away, and start writing.
Yesterday my friends and I left Hamburg. As we were gliding through the pitch black air, the entire city of Hamburg was illuminated by a stunning full moon.
Turns out Mr moon was going to accompany us for the entirety of the flight.
As I moved with god speed away from my hometown, I feel like I left also all my bs behind. By using the tiny light dots at the surface of our planet, my recent struggles seem to be unimportant and small. I literally changed my perspective.
After arriving safely in Porto yesterday night, we reunited with one of our brothers who flew in from Scotland for us. True friendship knows no borders.
After getting our rental cars we were starving for some food so we drove in the city to get some. By accident, we stumbled into a small inner city concert/festival.
People dancing to incredible Portuguese music, and everybody was drinking. A place full of life and charm.
Perfect, a welcome party for us we thought.
Turns out beer in Portugal costs around 80 cents. So even if you are a broke a*s digital nomad on a budget you can go all out here.
We met a couple of girls. Beautiful from head to toe. I proposed to one of them. She said no. I get where she is coming from.
Time to go home.
Before going to bed, we gather our remaining munition of cerveza and share old war stories about the craziest things that we all went through together in front of the moon.
After writing my last article about what to do when you are in a crisis
, I was asked why I decided to start to pursue my dream of becoming a nomad psychologist.
So, today I going to reply to a question that I got asked quite often so far: Should you also become a Digital Nomad?
Since I can not look into your head, I thought the next best thing to do is giving you guys 5 of my reasons for becoming a nomad psychologist. Here they are.
5 Reasons To Become a Digital Nomad
You Learn Who You Are
For me becoming a nomad psychologist, was less of a choice but something I had to do. In psychology, you work with humans. Traveling is the best way to have fun and learn at the same time about the paths that are available for you in life. Mother earth is an incredible teacher. Traveling means that you leave all variables behind, and isolate the one variable that is most important. Yourself.
Very often problems that we thought were our own are actually the product of us being in toxic environments.
Before your diagnose yourself with depression, check if you are not surrounded by assholes. Siegmund Freud
To see that there are infinite ways of doing things puts you in charge. You can decide who you want to become. For me traveling means to learn about myself. If you have the same problem in Africa, that you had in your hometown, then you know the common demeanor is you. And that you need to change. Pretty much the same if you keep fighting with multiple girlfriends about the same issue. If that is the case, you are the problem di*khead.
You Can Reinvent Yourself
Did you ever wonder why people from Africa seem to laugh so wholeheartedly? Or why people in South America seem to dance more? Or why the French seem to have a better time eating with their families?
Well, I sure did, so I thought why not straight go there and investigate this myself.
For me traveling the world is a means to observe and interview people from different cultures. I went to Africa, Australia, Asia and South America to find out steal-able commonalities and habits among the happiest people could find. And I plan on continuing on finding other missing puzzle pieces.
Vagabonding around the world and learning about the different paths that can lead to happiness was always compelling to me. As a lifelong student of human behavior traveling is somewhat a necessity for me.
I wanted to Wayfare around the globe in order to learn from humanities most outstanding teachers in science, spirituality, business in order to crack the code of human peak performance.
Ranging from Psychology Professors in Stanford, to Spiritual masters in India, to silicon valley entrepreneurs to fulfilled stoic fisherman in Laos.
My Goal is to find habits, patterns, stories, tools and strategies that will help me become the best version of myself and share my findings with you.
By becoming a digital nomad, you are forcing yourself to start by becoming the right person first.
You Can Do What You Love
I believe there is no happiness to be found in working a job that you hate in order to make somebody else rich.
Some time ago I was confronted with a question: What is your dream job?
At that time, I did not know the answer to this question which was :
Well, fck me, what if I create the job that I want to do myself.
This is when I came up with my idea of creating a job model that is custom made for me.
A decision, that kicked me in the balls many times, because this for me was a path away from security and towards eating dirt for quite some time.
I am still at the very beginning of my journey, but I live according to my own values, and I am a free man.
You can work from anywhere
I was never a 9-5 person. My father was a vagabond himself, and my mother was a hippie. So it was clear pretty early that I am not going to become a lawyer or a banker.
As a digital nomad, your laptop is your office. You don’t have to work in an office cage, where you have to sell your lifetime in exchange for 10 bucks an hour.
If you want to go jetsky today, fck yeah, why not. Just pull an all-nighter tomorrow and make up for it.
I sincerely believe that a big part of the mental health epidemic is founded by the fact that we work in conditions that are not fit for humans beings.
People are always surprised when I go through a beautiful park in my hometown and point at a small waterfall and tell them that this is my office very often.
You can make more money
Well in theory, however. But yeah, technically you can.
Let me walk you through it.
For years my only idea of working in the psychology niche was to become a therapist. A very noble profession, but in my opinion a business model that is outdated as fck.
You invest an absurd number of years into your education, and then you make around 3000 euros.
Not too shabby yes, but when you think of the value that you are providing and the time you had to sacrifice it is a bad deal.
You can only work from one place, and you can only work with one person at a time.
I am by no means an expert in finances, but I am interviewing people who are.
One thing that I learned about T Harv Eker, was that you earn money by solving problems.
The more problems you solve, the more money you can make.
By transitioning from a normal job to creating an online business, you can multiply the numbers of problems you can solve for other people.
I am currently writing an ebook, and I create multiple online courses, all with the hope of helping people at scale.
If I am a therapist, I get 50 bucks an hour. Not shabby.
But the number of clients I can have is limited by my very own limitations. If I am creating products that provide enough value, there is no limitation to how much people you can help.
So you hustle your ass off, become an expert solving a special kind of problem, and then people will exchange money for your value.
Sounds easy in theory, I know.
At the end of the year, I will be able to tell you if it worked for me or not. Stay tuned!
As always thank you for reading, and Saúde!
We are planning on doing a couple of road trips here, write in the comments if you have any suggestions!