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 to 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 climbed out and put on the Singha beer t-shirt that I stole from my roomie.
Everybody is still asleep, so I sit down, watching 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.
It turns out Mr Moon was going to accompany us for the entirety of the flight.
As I moved with godspeed away from my hometown, I feel like I also left all my BS behind. By using the tiny light dots on the surface of our planet, my recent struggles seem to be unimportant and small. I literally changed my perspective.
After arriving safely in Porto last 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 into the city to get something to eat. By accident, we stumbled into a small inner-city concert/festival. People were dancing to incredible Portuguese music, and everybody was drinking. The place was 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 nomadic psychologist.
So, today I going to reply to a question that I get asked quite often so far: should you also become a Digital Nomad?
Since I cannot look into your head, I thought the next best thing to do is to give you guys five of my reasons for becoming a nomadic psychologist. Here they are.
5 Reasons To Become a Digital Nomad
You Learn Who You Are
For me becoming a nomadic psychologist, was less of a choice but something that I had to do. In psychology, you work with humans. Travelling is the best way to have fun and learn at the same time about the paths that are available to you in life. Mother Earth is an incredible teacher. Travelling means that you leave all variables behind and isolate the one most important variable. Yourself.
Very often, problems that we thought were our own are actually the product of us being in toxic environments.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression, check if you are not surrounded by assholes. Sigmund 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 travelling means to learn about myself. If you have the same problem in Africa, that you had in your hometown, then you know the familiar demeanour 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, travelling 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 from among the happiest people I could find. And I plan to continue 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 behaviour, travelling is somewhat a necessity for me.
I wanted to wayfare around the globe to learn from humanities most outstanding teachers in science, spirituality, and business to crack the code of human peak performance. Ranging from Psychology Professors at Stanford, to Spiritual Masters in India, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and 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 to 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 created the job that I want to do myself.
This was when I came up with my idea of creating a job model that was 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 was not going to become a lawyer or a banker.
As a digital nomad, your laptop is your office. You do not 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 jet ski 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 regular job to creating an online business, you can multiply the number 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 only limited by my very own limitations. If I am creating products that provide enough value, there is no limitation to how many 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 making a couple of road trips here, write in the comments if you have any suggestions!