I went to this Internet marketing conference in Nashville last week called Funnel Hacking Live. It was a cross between The Wolf of Wall Street and a Tony Robbins event. Dick guys and brash bitches with lots of money screaming on stage about how to be more like them in life.
But one of the things I heard some MLM dude yelling about on stage, and MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing, AKA a pyramid scheme… anyway, one of the things he said stuck with me while I dismissed the rest of his crooked pitch. The thing that stuck with me was he said: The loudest advocate will become the leader. Then he looked at us after a bit of silence and asked: What do you advocate for? Okay, I’m not sure if that last part happened, but in my mind it did.
What do I advocate? If I had one stage and one speech I could give to the world, what would it be? Well it would be how goddam important travel is. I would spend an hour convincing everybody to quit their job, leave their security and travel somewhere they’ve always wanted to go, and I believe people should absolutely do this. Even if you’re a damn neurosurgeon. If you’ve never take the opportunity to learn about yourself through the art of travel, well, you might as well stop everything and do that.
The reason I know this is because I know miserable fucks earning a lot of money not that happy at all. I know parents who wish they could travel more. I know plenty of people who “can’t travel” and those people are miserable. But I don’t know many people who have traveled that don’t have a unique perspective on life. They might not be happy fucks, but many of them are not miserable fucks either. There’s something about travel that fulfills your innermost desires of living a fruitful life that no amount of career or sex or money can supplement.
That’s why my next book will be all about travel; how to vagabond the world. How to transition from stuck at your job to finally taking that damn trip you’ve been talking about to your friends for the past decade. I’m developing a system for exactly how to handle it; from making sure you don’t sound manic when you tell people you’re heading off to Japan, to how to deal with work and family back home, how to earn money on the road, health and safety tips, lodging and transportation hacks, meeting people tricks, sex with strangers recipes and all the wonderful things that come along with backpacking the world.
So I suppose I advocate for travel. It’s the most important thing in the world, and if you don’t believe me, wait until I compile my thoughts and articulate them in a well-rounded story. I’m off to write chapter five of that book right now.
Be prepared to quit your job.