Most of my 20s were pretty average by American standards.
I had a “good” job where I was treated well and earned a decent salary…
A lot of people would have even called me “successful,” and said I should have been happy with my burgeoning career.
But something was missing…
Hours upon hours crunching numbers in excel from a windowless cubicle will slowly erode your soul.
I wasn’t happy, it wasn’t the life I wanted, and after many a sleepless night I decided I wanted… no NEEDED something better.
And when I turned 29 I finally did something about it.
I quit my job, moved to Los Angeles, and used my savings to start my own internet marketing business.
That was 3 years ago… and today I can say the journey has a happy ending.
Scratch that… I can’t say for sure because I haven’t reached the end yet.
But I CAN say that 2014 was one of the best years of my life.
I enjoyed the infinite flexibility to work as hard as I wanted (at times long, long hours… at others barely working at all).
I fulfilled a lifelong desire to travel for extended periods, living 3 months in Brazil and 1 month in Japan.
And oh yeah… I did all of this while making more than 1.5x what I ever made at my job.
2015 looks to be even better.
My business has more opportunities for growth than ever and I am continuing my life of complete freedom.
In fact, I am writing this blog from one of southern Brazil’s most beautiful beaches, Caipirinha in hand. 🙂
But I don’t want to give the impression that it has been an easy road…
The journey was filled with obstacles.
I nearly went broke, questioned every decision I made, and suffered numerous setbacks along the way.
It wasn’t easy… far from it.
It pushed me to my limits mentally, emotionally… even physically.
And that is despite having an amazing group of friends and mentors to guide me. People who had already had success starting and growing online businesses that gave me the resources and knowledge to plow forward, avoid the pitfalls, and create the life I dreamed of.
I couldn’t have done it without their help, and I would never advise anyone to go at it alone.
And that, Dear reader, is why I started FleeTheHerd.
Because I know I am not alone.
Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t ask me for advice on how they can create something like I have… escape their desk job, earn more money than ever, and have the freedom to enjoy their life on their own terms.
And that’s what FleeTheHerd is all about.
I am going to share the lessons I have learned (and continue to learn!) from my own successes and failures along the way.
It’s my hope that someone out there can learn from my mistakes and create the life of their dreams as well.
Until next time…