This book interested me for a few reasons, one of which is that I love travel and the author is a travel junkie…so while reading, I’m also living vicariously through him. The other is that at it’s core, its really about finding something you love and creating a career from it.
Aside from all of the travel portions of the book one thing that I really enjoyed was his take on money and how he addresses it. Its nothing new but he quotes a study that says after you earn roughly $40k a year, you really don’t become more happy with more money that you earn. So then what do you spend your money on? In Chris’s case its travel and life experiences. I can’t argue against this but it made me think about what I spend my money on and what I want to spend money on.
One of the non-conformists views in the book that has been shared by lots of people is that you shouldn’t be waiting for retirement to have fun. Instead if you can find something that you love, maybe you’ll never ‘have’ to retire and you can simply ratchet down how much you work…and if you work for yourself, you determine how much time you want to work and how much time you can spend on other things. It sounds like a crazy idea but as the thinking goes, if you really enjoy your ‘work’, why would you want to retire?
I’ve always been a big saver with the goal being retirement… I think? But in today’s world you here more and more about people not retiring and working well into their golden years. What if I become that person who finds their true passion and wants to work well into retirement years? Then what am I saving for? There are some obvious answers to that question but reading this book can definitely make you take a close look at why you do some of the things you do.
I think what resonates so well with this book is the idea that you should be looking for something that makes you happy and you CAN make that a career. Whether its a job or your own gig that you love, find something that you are truly passionate about. When you find that something, saving for retirement might become less important as you feel less pressured into having to retire to enjoy your life.
The hard part then becomes….what do you do to make you happy and how can that sustain you? Admittedly I’m dragging my feet with this (partly because I like my job) but I’m always keeping my eyes open for that opportunity.
What is you’re passion and do you have any plans to turn that into a career?
Learn more about Chris and his mission here