Here I explain what it is, the myths, how it works, and the resources to achieve it. Being a digital nomad is not a fairy tale, it is not from one day to the next and, at times, we are going to want the digital world to stop for a few days, for the world to pause so that we can rest.
Let’s start with a hypothesis. If one day we were all sat in a room and asked what would be the job we dream of, the one that doesn’t tire us and the one that gives us freedom and allows us to express ourselves creatively, many of us would say “Work and travel ”. Create while we travel. I don’t know if all of us would say that, but most of us would. At least that’s my theory. It sounds good, doesn’t it? Manage our times. Take planes, buses, or boats. Meet new cultures. Who would refuse? Well, yes, it is very gratifying to be able to do it. It has many good things. But come on, not everything is rosy in this life. Here I tell you a little more:
What is a digital nomad?
Let’s go with the basics. Understanding what we get into is key to knowing if it is, in fact, what we want to do for a time in our lives. Let’s divide the profession? into two: Nomad. Digital.
Nomad. We have great geographical freedom. We live where we want. For as long as we want. When we feel comfortable, we stay longer in a city. When we think it’s time to emigrate, we do it. We have freedom of choice and that is clearly something unique.
Digital. We use new technologies to work. We use our computer. Our mobile. We work remotely. Sitting in a coffee shop in New Delhi, we can write an article for a school in Vietnam, we can design a website for a company in the United States, or we can write an article for our blog, which reaches a Latin American audience. All while having a macchiato, an Italian coffee that is served in India. Amazing, right?
Is it getting clearer?
A デジタルノマド is aware of their qualities, of what they can contribute, of what their differential is. And he is also convinced that, if the work one does is good, there is no need to do it in the same place, from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, with the same style of clothing and respecting this or that formalism. That was in time. Or at least for us.
A digital nomad is from one day to the next:
They sell us the idea as if it could be achieved overnight. As if it was easy. And it is not like that. It takes time. Long time. Dedication, effort, and perseverance. Above all things, perseverance.
Because we are not going to have a blog with thousands of monthly visits after writing two posts, nor are we going to have an Instagram account with thousands of followers after our first trip to Thailand. (And let’s not think that デジタルノマド is just managing our Instagram account). It is a process that takes a long, long time. Process in which we discover ourselves, we get to know ourselves a little better, we understand what our virtues are and we are honest with ourselves by recognizing our defects, or those things that, capable, we do not do so well.
If we lie to our clients and if above all, we lie to ourselves, we are taking a shortcut that, sooner or later, will lead to a dead end. We are our product. We are the ones who create what we are offering.
Let us also understand that it is a process that may take years. No brand, worldwide, was created and triumphed in the blink of an eye. Everything is a process, and everything takes time. During the same, we will be mutating.
We are going to leave aside things in which we do not feel more comfortable and we are going to delve into those that give us more credit or that we like the most. We are going to get to know each other more along the way and in this way we will also know what distinguishes us the most and what it is that companies are going to look for in us.
As an example, my blog, A Tour of the Universe, began to become a source of income in the fourth year of its creation. Did I then waste four years of my life, writing meaninglessly and wasting my time?
No. On the contrary. During these four years, I changed. I was discovering my writing style. I was understanding what this is about and I was perfecting myself. I invested my time. And today the blog reached a level of quality that allows me to be contacted by brands to generate content. Step by step you get far.
Anyone can be a digital nomad:
No. Plain and simple. And here I do not want to create a kind of sect and praise the digital nomads. Not at all. I’m just saying that there are people who have the qualities to be, and people who don’t. There are people who can’t stand being away from their family. There are people who can’t stand working at three in the morning or who feel uncomfortable looking for Wi-Fi all over town, instead of being on a beach sunbathing and reading a book.