What Lifestyle Design Means to Me

A recent post of Corbett’s entitled”Is Lifestyle Design dead already?” really got me thinking about what everyone means when they say Lifestyle Design. I’ll tell you what it means to me.The 4 Hour Work Week is mentioned in the article and the comments numerous times. I’ve read it a couple times now and it’s a fantastic book but when it comes down to it, 99.9% of us won’t have an experience like Tim’s. We”ll sort of get into the internet thing, we’ll sort of get into building our own business and we’ll sort of get something out of it.When there is something huge at stake here, like how happy you want to be with you life, “sort of’s” suck. They’re wishy washy, on the fence, decisions that we might regret later because it was a waste of time or we didn’t put our soul into it (I’m not religious, it just means working hard).If you want something, take it. This has all sorts of exceptions in real life but the message is simple. If you really want to spend your time doing something, then plan out your ideal life and work backwards. Figure out how much money you’ll need, what time is required and who must be around to make your goals happen. To follow any project to conclusion there must be many small steps to get you to the end, achieving anything in your life is no different. But there is always a way to make it happen.The trap so many people fall into right now is trying to achieve something they’re not ready for. Yes, Tim Ferriss is wandering the globe right now doing whatever he pleases. But don’t forget he worked 80 hour weeks for many YEARS before he was close to doing what he’s doing now. Are you ready for that kind of commitment?Knowing what he knows now, we can make a few shortcuts but nothing will replace a good idea. He had a good idea, he put it to good use making money with brainQUICKEN and now he’s reaping the benefits.In the end, all we really want is to look back on the things we did in our life and say “I’d do that again”. Lifestyle Design is just the fancy new term for what happy people having been doing since the dawn of time. Make adjustments to your life every single day to make things better, actually do what you say you want to do, and amazing things will happen.Everyone is flocking to Thailand to set up small businesses and run it from the beach while sipping on cold drinks. Is that what you want to do? Do you really want to run a business? Did you ever actually want to see Thailand? If not, you’re still stuck in a template, you’re still chasing a dream that’s not yours.What makes you happy? What do you look back on and say, “That was awesome”, or look forward too incredibly excited? Make plans to do that. Right now.

10 thoughts on “What Lifestyle Design Means to Me”

  1. Agree, nice post, Ross. The point that hits home for me best is the last one…if you’re living someone else’s untemplated lifestyle, and it’s not what you want deep down, then you’re living a template. True lifestyle design is designing the life you want. And that will never die even if all the beaches in Thailand get filled by Westerners.- Charley

  2. Thanks Karl!You got it Charley. There will never be an end to people who know exactly what they want and spend every waking minute reeling that goal in.I have to say though, even if you were to get half way there and you’re sitting on a beach anywhere doing “work”, I’d say you’re doing pretty good!

  3. I’ve been sitting on the beach doing alittle bit of work for a while now. I don’t want to tell anyone about what, how, and why I made the moves I made in the recent past because I don’t want to have my beach filled with Westerners…

  4. Haha, most the beaches in Thailand are filled with Westerners, and it’s nothing new—they’ve been out here since the 50s. But, there are a few secret spots left. Anyway, true points nonetheless—fantastic article Ross.

  5. Thanks Cody.If it’s beautiful place, people are going to find it regardless. Those travel agents sure aren’t trying to hide any part of Thailand from travellers.The point is to help people find their own secret spots and for them to do it for their own reasons, not because you told them to.

  6. Many times I have encountered the term Lifestyle Design and I’ve got no idea what is it. But know you have given me a very simple yet profound explanation.Actually I don’t like the term lifestyle design, it sounds like a template. What is important in life is using all of our abilities in order to live life to the fullest. 🙂

  7. That’s exactly it Walter. It’s all about living life to the fullest. Lifestyle Design means designing your life how you want to live it. Not in the templated way. Not in the way everyone else tells you to.Never wait for something to happen. Make it happen.

  8. Nice post. For me, it’s moving from downtown Vancouver to Hornby Island on the coast of BC. My partner and I are starting the process now of having a house designed and built to be ready to move to in two years. It’s a lifelong wish of mine to live there since I first visited in 1962.We’ve just set up a blog to document what we go through in the process. http://livingoutbeyond.comI'm enjoying your posts.

  9. What a beautiful place to build, John. I’m jealous. Live it up and don’t stop until you get what you want!Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

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