In the beginning…
On August 6, 1991 Tim Berners-Lee, posted a short summary of a project he was working on with CERN on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and the World Wide Web born – a new technology which would fundamentally change the world as we knew it. The slow and clunky dial-up was replaced by broadband in 2000 with only halfof all internet users using broadband as recently as 2007.
Nowadays broadband is common place and we take this disruptive technology for granted. We have an amazing opportunity to take advantage of one of the most exciting times in the history of humans, with affordable access to internet, business models, gurus, unlimited education, support, social media and so much more. This is a disruptive technology and has completely reshaped our thinking and our expectations of what is possible – and we have access 24/7 via our mobile phones, laptops, tablets and even our watches!
People’s mindsets have changed – but our schooling system has not – we do not prepare our children for the world in which they enter. We are SO conditioned and indoctrinated that our purpose in life is to study hard at school, get a degree, get a job which we then spend a huge proportion of our time working to build someone else’s pension plan. We work 11 months of the year for the mortgage company, credit card or tax man and only 1 month of the year for yourself – Have you ever done the maths??!! I so recommend you read Robert Kiosaki’s book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” ….
What is a digital lifestyle?
So what is a digital lifestyle? Well, in my opinion it’s creating an income online so that you can choose what you do with your time.
Its an open 24/7 business that can earn you money while you are asleep
It’s about choosing when, where and how often I work (all I need is an internet connection and my laptop right?)
It’s having enough funds to travel where you like, spend time with the people you love or like and buy what you like when you like. It’s about choice – how do you want your life to look or are you going to let someone else decide that?
Our children know more about technology, IT and apps than possibly the entire of my generation put together – and typically they are self taught from information acquired from the internet. There are more young digital millionaires than there have every been before. But the point is the information and opportunity exists and any age, sex, creed, colour etc has access to it and they simply need to just take ACTION!
So why would someone leave their 9-5 and seek out a digital lifestyle?
There are many reasons why people may strive for a digital lifestyle – these are just some of them but I’m sure you will come up with more too (by the way, I’d love to know your reasons so please comment below – what inspires, moves and motivates you?). Some of these may resonate more than others.
Can only earn so much in a day
Cant earn more than the boss
Too much month left at the end of the money
Always living from pay check to pay check
Little opportunity to save
Cant afford the things you want to do or have in your life
Items on your bucket list remain un-checked
Constantly fighting for recognition and promotion
Under appreciated, over worked and under valued
Been made redundant/lost job and have to retrain
The passion has gone from the 9-5
Sick of the commute
Tired of late, overcrowded expensive public transport
Tired of being stuck in traffic jams and expensive parking fees
Tired of working very long exhausting days (and nights)
Exhausted from stress and/or depression
Need more time with family and friends
Need to be a carer for someone else
Have small or school aged children
Need more than 2 weeks holiday per year
Being mums (or dads) taxi is hard to juggle around work hours
Constantly living life watching the clock (too much to do, so little time)
Lack of self confidence/depression/ill health
I recently had the dubious pleasure of clearing my late uncle’s house after his passing – I would not have been able to do so if I was working a 9-5. I’m still mum’s tax for my 2 “kids” (now 18 and 20) and giving them driving lessons – again I would struggle to do so if I had a regular job. My dad is 90 and in a wheelchair and needs some help with his care – not going to happen if I was in full time employment. I help my friend with her daughter’s school run … you get the picture – I wouldn’t be able to do any of these things if I was in a 9-5 job. My digital lifestyle has provided me with CHOICE.
Disadvantages of a Digital Lifestyle
BUT there are disadvantages of a digital lifestyle too so it’s only fair to point these out as well.
The abundance is not instant and it may take months or even years for you to see any improvement in your finances. Don’t give up – there are over $3 Billion (yes, with a B) worth of transactions on line per week – you only need a tiny weeny percentage of that to notice a BIG difference in your circumstances. However, I don’t recommend you quit your day job until you receive your target passive income on a consistent basis.
There is no pension scheme, no sick pay, no health care scheme
You are soley responsible for your success AND your failures – there is no one else to blame or congratulate.
The online business world can be a very lonely one – you may not even interact with another human for ages – which is why it’s SO important to find an online business with a Tribe or group for support, communication, ideas, friendship etc. In my experience I have met some amazing people who will be my life long friends now.
Don’t forget you will get out what you put in so work smarter not harder. Results will of course vary for person to person and there are no guarantees at all so be wary of those that make such promises. But there are strategies which have been proven to work so as long as you can follow instructions you should improve your financial situation.
Get educated and always keep learning! And then take ACTION! Don’t get paralysis by analysis – take action even if it’s not perfect action – you can fine tune stuff later
Have criteria when selecting an online business – what would suit you best? What would fit with your values an beliefs? If you’re going to spend your precious time doing this, make sure you’re going to love doing it! Life is too short doing something that you don’t feel the lurv for (That includes digital lifestyles as well as a 9-5 job)
Criteria for my perfect digital lifestyle business
So I listed my criteria of what the perfect business had to have..
- It HAD to have a bias towards helping people grow and improve their lives
- It HAD to have a positive support community or a Accountability Tribe
- It HAD to have honesty and integrity and not be a get rich quick scheme.
- It HAD to be in line with my much needed mindset change and support my mindfulness, attitude and personal growth development.
- It HAD to manage my follow ups – I am not into cold calling or spamming people so any business I was associated with had to have a support team and a back office to support my sales and follow up.
- It HAD to provide all the training and support I needed in order to make a serious go of this.
- It HAD to have a product or service I connected with and in keeping with my values.
- It HAD to have the potential for huge growth.
- It HAD to be run and managed by people with similar integrity and mindset.
So, I want a lifestyle business which establishes a really good core foundation that can build a really solid business on top – and this will not happen overnight or be a get rich quick scheme. It’s not so much about the destination, but the journey; a marathon not a sprint.
Your list may well be different from mine – some of these online businesses have a monthly subscription or an up front training fee etc, If you’re going to invest in yourself, make sure you know what the compensation plans are, what it’s going to cost you upfront. Make sure it’s the right investment for you – and then stick to it – give it a fair chance to work (you’ve done your homework so you should be ok) Don’t do the shiny object thing and jump from one business to another.
F : Follow
C : Course
U : until
S : Successful
Anyway – go ahead, take action, set out your perfect fit criteria, do some research then commit to taking the next step towards your own digital lifestyle and your financial freedom.
Dreams without action will always just be dreams….