What day is today? That’s quickly becoming the most common question between Jocelyn and me. When we did our first trip around the world, we kept in pretty good touch with time because we were always jumping on flights or checking into hotels. This is different though because Penny Lane is always open and most campsites don’t require reservations this time of the year.

It’s much different than how my time was dictated a little over four months ago before I quit my job. It felt like the next week started before I even got through the end of the day on Friday. My team was stretched across the world so it wasn’t uncommon to have a meeting Sunday evening with Asia, and it was quite common to have lingering stress from the week before or the upcoming week haunt my weekends.

My Monday mornings usually started promptly at 8am with a conference call with my team in Europe or across the states. It really saddened me to make my team in California join calls at the same time, which was 6am their time, or team members from Singapore join at 9pm their time. The day would usually continue with 8-10 hours of conference calls through 6pm as we worked hard to improve our website and keep it running. The next day would come in go with similar routines but more evening calls. I get tense just thinking about it.

But I know your day is probably similar. Even if you don’t have a full time job, the kids can be even more challenging as you prepare them for the day or prepare to be with them all day. Life ain’t easy.

Back to my new reality. It’s not the fantasy many people might think where stress has to be hunted down because it’s so uncommon, but it also won’t push me to an anxiety attack like my job did. Our new problems quickly simplify to the basics of human survival. Where are we going to stay tonight? Where can we find a clean bathroom? Where can we find water for our camper? Where exactly is that smell coming from?

The first full week on the road added the stress of not knowing how our car would perform after it broke down the week before and needed a new transfer case. Yes, it’s very questionable to pull a camper with a car that has 197k miles on it, but it’s almost incomprehensible to buy a new $30k truck when neither of us have jobs… it definitely doesn’t agree with the 20% rule for car affordability. So we packed up the repaired car, hooked up the camper, and went for it.

We left Kentucky on a Monday morning and drove straight to the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, Ohio. This is where Penny Lane was born! Almost fifty years ago she rolled off the same assembly line that’s currently producing 18 Airstreams per day that are sent out across the US and the world. It was fascinating watching the factory workers build the Airstreams from scratch and mostly assemble them by hand. They were probably creeped out when I smiled at them fondly as I thought about the previous three months of full time work we put into renovating our Airstream.

We opted out of staying at the factory which actually had camping sites for people who stayed for service work, and instead continued up the road through Ohio so we could make it to Niagra Falls the next day. We stayed outside of Mt. Gilead in Ohio, and believe it or not, it was only our second night stay in the Airstream even though we had left Dallas nearly four weeks earlier.

We woke up the next morning, packed up and started the long drive to Niagra Falls. One thing we’ve learned is we can turn a three hour drive into a full day tour when pulling the Airstream. It’s a combination of stopping more because we get 10-12 mpg, and going slower… so we can go from 10 to 12 miles per gallon! We also make some stops along the way, which usually involve an hour stopover at the local Walmart.

Jocelyn is the navigator and researcher on the trip, and I’m the driver. She works hard to find economical campsites but also puts us in the place to see what we need to see. In Niagra Falls, she found a casino where we could stay for free! We pulled in around 6pm and made a quick hike to the falls to catch the sun setting. Afterwards, we stopped at the casino because they were so generous to let us stay there for free, and proceeded to lose about $40 gambling. Dang it, there goes the free night!

Sun setting over Niagra Falls - view from the US side

Sun setting over Niagra Falls – view from the US side

Free stay at the Seneca Casino!

Free stay at the Seneca Casino!

The next day we had a pretty drive along Lake Ontario as we discovered New York is a big state. We stayed outside Rochester for a quick night and met some fellow vintage trailer-ers in a 1962 Avion. They were total hippies – like the real hippies from the 1970’s. We’ve learned that if we’re going to make any friends at campsites, it’ll have to be with 60-70 year-olds as they’re the only ones out RV’ing!

Our final nights in New York were spent in the Adirondacks. Doesn’t that sound fancy? They must have really good marketing people because for me it conjured up images of wealthy New Yorkers fleeing the peasants for the weekend – the weekend they weren’t going to spend in the Hamptons, of course. I have to say though, I was impressed with the Adirondacks! We stayed at the beautiful Fish Pond Creek campground which was more of a lake than a pond, and was draped with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows from the changing leaves. This was why we came to the northeast first instead of our beloved southwest.


Sunrise view from our campsite in the Adirondacks

We did a nice hike the next day to a stunning vista with 360 degree views over the most impressive leaves I’ve ever seen. Growing up in Oklahoma, the leaves typically went from green to brown as summer ended in drought or the cold came too quickly to let the leaves show off. But these leaves…my gosh, it was like the countryside was on fire. It was then I looked down at my watch and realized it was Friday afternoon… and I didn’t have any meetings on my calendar and wouldn’t have any on Monday either. That’s why we did this trip.

View from the top of Ampersand Mountain in the Adirondacks

View from the top of Ampersand Mountain in the Adirondacks

When I last left you, we were stuck in Kentucky with a broken down dog and car in surgery. We were living off the hope that the worst was upon us and soon our luck would start turning around. Well, good news, it did!

Sometimes things become more painful due the anticipation of something else. Was a broken down car and a cut up dog the most difficult thing to ever impact us? Uh no, I’d much rather have it happen to the dog than it happen to me again like when I broke my hand and tore my Achilles tendon within the same month (just kidding, I’ll take the pain instead of you anytime, Lucy). What made it all so much more difficult was the fact that it was blocking us from doing something we were really excited to do! We had been planning the trip for quite a while and just as you start, you have these issues. Like I side in last week’s post though, you just have to roll with them and know good times will come again.

And they did.

Instead of waiting around in Louisville feeling sorry for ourselves, we decided to rent a car and visit friends who we wanted to visit anyway. From Louisville, we planned to head up to Detroit and then back through Cleveland before heading to Niagra Falls and continuing up the northeast. So we decided we’d leave the camper behind, complete a smaller trip, then come back and get the car and Penny Lane when it was ready.

The trip started with a drive up I75 through Ohio and up to Detroit. It was our first time to visit Detroit and we were lucky to have good ambassadors of the city to educate and entertain us. I’m sure you’ve heard all of the bad things about Detroit: boarded up buildings and decaying neighborhoods, crime and a dying city. But have you heard the good things? A city that’s coming back to life thanks to patrons who are deeply in love with. Entrepreneurs revitalizing neighborhoods that were formerly declared dead. A thriving food and arts scene. Picturesque mansions that tell a living history of the city’s former boom days. It reminded me a lot of New Orleans in that it’s a city people are deeply passionate about – for good reasons. It’s easy to set back and slam cities for what’s not going great, but as our good friend and Detroit ambassador, Bill, said, “Remember to say good things about Detroit”.


Some of the sites around Detroit. Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures with our friends Bill and Peter!

The next day we made the drive from Detroit to Cleveland. This was a trip to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen in 7-9 years. It’s pretty amazing how fast time goes by (of course, I’ll pitch my favorite poem), and it’s easy to let relationships separated by distance and thinned by time slowly slip away. But that’s part of the point to this trip – to take back what’s important in life. To take back our time to spend on building and maintaining relationships. You don’t need to quit your job to do that though, you just need to reach out like we always say we’ll do.


Hanging out with our friends, the Sivaks, in Cleveland

Hanging out with our friends, the Sivaks, in Cleveland



Catching up with the Kosirs in Cleveland

We also got good news during our trip to Cleveland. Our car, which was supposed to be ready on Monday or Tuesday, was actually completed three days early on Friday! It was a pain because we weren’t there, but we headed back on Saturday night and spent Sunday with our incredible hosts in Louisville who got to deal with our drama (gotta love family) before heading out on Monday.

Hanging out with family in Louisville... taking a break from pool painting!

Hanging out with family in Louisville… taking a break from pool painting!

We had an amazing time catching up with friends and seeing places we probably would’ve never visited. It also got our minds off of the minor setbacks we were facing… but we did learn one thing… people wanted to see “Penny Lane” almost as much as they wanted to see us!! So if you’re up next on our friends tour, we’ll be sure to have her in tow.

Life on the Oregon Trail

October 5, 2016 — 6 Comments

Facebook and the other popular social media platforms reward the most braggadocious of posters. Look at my fancy life, and my fancy car, and my fancy restaurants and vacations. Why yes, my life is always like this and there are never issues…

Well, social media is a bunch of crap and the braggadocious posters are full of themselves. Besides me, of course.

If you’ve followed along on Facebook, you’ve noticed we’re currently broken down in Louisville, KY. We had issues in the past with the transfer case on our 4Runner, but hoped it was resolved with a fixed seal and more fluid. However, it reared its ugly head again last week when we started our journey. Shortly after a stopover in Tulsa, when we accelerated under load, we heard a loud bang from under the hood.

As my brother in law said, it sounded like someone hitting two wrenches together when I accelerated. It got worse the further we went, but luckily we made it to their house in Louisville safely. We took it to Toyota last Friday, got a $4,500 quote to replace the transfer case and decided to try another place, Aamco. However, Toyota managed to get it stuck in four wheel “low”, but luckily Aamco was close so I drove down a busy road at a similar pace of oxen pulling a wagon.

Aamco takes weekends off and got to it on Monday. Well not really, they did a few things on Monday. Then he said he’d have a diagnosis on Tuesday. Tuesday came and went and finally at the end of the day he told me the new issue – in addition to the transfer case, the actuator was bad. The price quickly jumped to $7k for new parts and $6k to rebuild. We settled on used parts for $3,500. Holy crap, our car is hardly even worth that!

Hard decision, do we scrap it now or fix the issue? I called a salvage shop and they said they’d give me $125 cash. Not missing any zeros, they literally said $125. So we decided to chance it with the salvaged parts and now we’re waiting on it to get shipped from North Carolina so it’s hopefully fixed by Monday.

Long term damage was done the first time when the transfer case fully ran out of gear oil and now we paid for it. It’s the Oregon trail equivalent of a broken axle.



As we’ve been waiting for our wagon to repaired, Lucy got dysentery or maybe cholera. She had a weird lump appear on her hind leg and as we have plenty of time, we took her to the vet. It wasn’t a scary tumor, but it did require minor surgery to drain it and a tube to keep it draining.

We took her home and kept her on the porch because you know, she was still draining. We didn’t have her cone of shame on yet because it’s so torturous and went inside for a few seconds… and came back out and she had pulled her tube out!! AHHH! We took her back in the next morning and they removed the stitches and told us to keep her in the cone and wipe the wound so it doesn’t seal up for a day.

Our new landlord, Julie, recommended using a pair of boxers to keep her off of it. I think once we stay for more than a few days, we become tenants, but I don’t know the exact rules in Kentucky.

Lucy wasn’t thrilled with her new cone of shame and boxers. Last night her boxers kept falling off so I made her some suspenders that tied her boxers to her collar… I’ll spare her the pain of sharing that picture.



We feel a little beat up and the worst part is not having an exact date of when the car will be ready and how healthy it will be once it’s completed. We’re on the verge of looking for a new(er) car, but you probably know how much I hate going into to debt for a car purchase, so I’m balking on that. If the 4runner dies, we’ll have to figure something out… sell some stock or something. Of course, I had somewhat built this into the plan as a possibility of happening, but it’s not fun when it actually does.

We’re hoping the not so fun stuff will end soon and we can get back on the road and catch the leaves changing in Maine… we checked today and peak season has arrived up north. And soon enough, I’ll be posting perfect pictures of our Airstream and Lucy in front of beautiful mountains, forests, seafront cafes and beaches, and acting like we have no problems in the world.

It costs more than you think… that’s usually the answer I’ll give to anyone who asks how much it costs to renovate a vintage Airstream. Just like any home renovation, there are lots of surprises and challenges you’ll face along the way.

The value of a vintage Airstream is a little counter-intuitive as the older and smaller they are, the more expensive they can be to purchase. I spent a few months searching around on Craigslist, eBay and Airstream Classifieds and found it to be true. The 1950’s and 1960’s trailers in the 18-22ft range are usually right in the sweet spot and that’s why I got excited when I found a 1966 Airstream Globetrotter 20ft trailer for $7,000.

We drove two hours to Palestine, Texas to take a look at it, but we already had the cash in hand as I was pretty confident it was a good deal (and I’m impulsive). The sellers had owned it for over 25 years, and while not at all updated and not too clean, the bones were still in pretty good shape. I had no idea what I was doing besides what I researched to look for when buying an old Airstream, but I didn’t let it stop me from a $6,000 cash offer which they happily accepted. That’s when “Penny Lane” became our trailer.


Time to renovate

My original estimate on our Airstream renovation was around $6,000, which would double our purchase price and leave us with $12,000 total invested. I was wrong.

I knew we’d have to replace all of the mechanicals, but didn’t realize how much everything would cost. The only thing we really kept were the oven and the original cabinets, but we spent a lot of time painting and redoing the cabinets. You can find the full renovation story here.

Our current Airstream renovation costs are $12,057, which more than double our original purchase price and gets us to $18,057 invested in Penny Lane. The cost overruns came from a combination of big things costing more than I expected ($1,100 to install the AC) and many, many small purchases I didn’t think about. The tile for our bathroom remodel alone was over $900 when including the silicone caulk and grout. There were too many trips to Home Depot and visits from the Amazon ferry to keep up with, but I guess that’s what happens when you’re remodeling a tiny house.

Here’s an overview of our costs by category:

Here's an overview of our total renovation costs

The biggest costs were the new appliances and new plumbing systems (all new tanks), but the surprising large category was “Interior” which became a catch all for many things like new lights, countertops, supplies and many other things. We did all of the work ourselves except install the axle and air conditioner, so it would have been much higher if this was totally outsourced… I’m thinking in the range of $15k-$25k total. Just remember, I worked on it full time for nearly three months and still didn’t have it fully ready.

The last big thing we have left is to polish the exterior. I’ve spent approximately 20hrs so far, but total I’ll probably spent over 200 hrs. From what I’ve researched, estimates for professional polishing can easily top $10,000.

In the end, I’m excited about our end product and very proud of our work. It will be our home as we travel around the country over the next year, and I’m glad we were able to make it as nice as we were. I’m not sure if I’d ever do it again or recommend anyone else to do it unless they’re a little bit crazy, but it was worth it!


I’m sure you know the whole story by now, but if not, let me catch you up. In May, we bought a 20ft 1966 Airstream Globetrotter to renovate and have been working on it since. I quit my job back in June and my wife quit in early August so we could go full time to have it ready for a trip starting in September. You’ve probably seen some of the updates along the way, but let me do a full run down of where we stand today.

The good news – the interior of the Airstream is pretty much complete! It will be one of those projects that we can work on forever, but at least we have it to a final enough state to use. It’s been a hell of a project, and if you’re thinking about renovating an Airstream yourself, call me first!! It’s very challenging and requires a combination of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, painting, bug removal, window cleaning, polishing, carpentry, begging friends and relatives to help, and having some experts on call! But besides that, it was easy :).

The bad news – the exterior has a lot of work remaining. They estimate 8 hrs per each linear foot to complete the polishing, but I’m probably only 30 hrs in. I’ve completed most of the clean up, but I have a lot of buffing ahead of me. I’ll add a picture of the exterior on the bottom as I’m not as proud of it yet.

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported us along the way… especially to my wife who deals with my crazy whims and supports my decisions; even if they’re sometimes bad! My parents and mother in law were hugely instrumental and helping us. Without their help (expertise, craftsmanship, sewing, organizing, setting up) we wouldn’t have made it. Also, a big thanks to my cousins Mike and Maggie who spent a couple of days with us and Jocelyn’s Uncle and Aunt who have supported us and allowed us to store stuff at their house again!

In an upcoming post, I’ll give some more details on our travel plans. We’re pretty much ready to start, but we’re working through our house decision (sale vs lease). The Dallas market is incredibly hot for leases, so we’ll probably go that direction. After we get that figured out, we’ll head to Kentucky to hang out with our niece/nephew and then move up to see other friends in the upper Midwest and on to the Northeast, hopefully to catch the leaves changing and meet up with more friends!

The pictures are pretty much in chronological order, but hopefully you can tell what’s old and what’s new :). Enjoy!




























Airstream Renovation Update

August 10, 2016 — 1 Comment

If you’ve been following along at all on Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of the latest updates on the Airstream. If not, here’s the summary:

Holy crap, this is hard work!

Okay, now I feel better. I’ve been working on the Airstream and home renovation full time since I quit my job back in June, so going on two months now. Much like what happened when we purchased our first two houses and said we’d make some updates, we’ve now turned it into a full gut job. The bad news is we still have a long way to go… but the good news is we’re at least starting to build back up now!

Also, Jocelyn quit her job last week so she’s full time on it which helps a ton. Let’s start with the outside.

I’ve replaced all of the window gaskets and cleaned all of the hardware. I’ve also taken a first pass on nearly 60% of the buffing… but I still have three more “passes” even after I finish this one. This will probably be the one thing I won’t complete before the end of August (when we want to leave). It’s getting shinier, but the pictures are always deceiving as it’s not that good in person.

IMG_4878 IMG_4877

The inside is a whole other animal. Our renovation took the Airstream down to the internal shell and included the nastiest job yet – removing the vinyl covering to expose the inside aluminum. It’s turning out great, but I’ve cursed Jocelyn many times as she wanted to do it (in the end, she’s probably right).

I’m also replacing all of the plumbing, we’re redoing all of the cabinets with new paint, adding new flooring, countertops and fixtures. We’re pretty much redoing the entire inside. It will look great, but we have a lot of work left.



As I mentioned earlier, the best part is Jocelyn is now off work so she can help too! It’s pretty nasty working with all of the chemicals, so here she is masked:


She’s also getting all of the colors picked out for cushions, curtains, etc. I think it’ll look pretty good, and here’s the palette:


We hope to put the floors in next week along with starting the bathroom. Once we get the floors installed, it will go pretty fast because all of the couches, chairs and counters will go on top of it… and it’s already assembled. Hopefully, we’ll be able to leave by the end of August or first week of September… so I better get back to work now!

I’ve been dropping hints lately about our next adventure. We’ve been planning it for a while now, so what looks like a random succession of events, has actually been somewhat planned.

The first major step was on May 1st – when we purchased our 1966 Airstream Globetrotter. It’s a major fixer upper, as I’ve learned over the last few months, but I’m currently working hard to get it fixed up. Seriously, I’m working like 10-12 hours a day on the dang thing.

1966 Airstream Globetrotter

The next step was to quit my job so I could work on all of the projects around the house and Airstream. My last day was June 14th and we’ve been working hard since remodeling our house and landscaping the front – here’s the before and after:

The top picture is original house - bottom is our modern landscaping

The top picture is original house – bottom is our modern landscaping

Next, was for my wife to leave her job. As I mentioned in a previous post, her last day is August 4th! It wasn’t an easy decision as she has been very successful in her career… but work will always be waiting when we get back.

So here we are now, eyeing our next adventure. As you might know, we traveled the world in 2013. It was an amazing (and exhausting) nine months full of new experiences, but it also made us realize how much cool stuff we have in the US. That is what prompted our 2016-2017 adventure, The Great American Road Trip.

We’re not exactly sure how long we’ll be gone or where we’re going yet, but that’s one of the things we loved about our first big trip. There’s nothing better than having the freedom to discover new places and explore based on the advice of strangers you meet along the way. We hope to start in about a month – depending on how fast we can get the Airstream and house ready. That’s another decision not finalized yet – if we will sell or rent the house. Anyone looking for a new house in Dallas???

The original goal was to get to Alaska before winter and spend at least one month exploring. However, since we still need to sort out the house situation and fix up the Airstream, it’s not likely we’ll be able to spend enough time in Alaska before winter. That would mean we couldn’t do Alaska until late Spring – 2017. Oy, that’s a long time away!

The alternative plan is to head up to the Northeast and explore during the fall, which we hear is quite beautiful. We could then swing back Southeast, South and Southwest… working hard to avoid winter and start working our way through California. This would set us up for a late spring drive up through Canada and finally to Alaska – to top it all off. We could also do the National Park road trip as outlined on the Washington Post:

National Park Road Trip

Along the way, we’ll explore parks and landmarks, meet up with friends (who has a driveway big enough for our Airstream??) and enjoy life. We’ll revert to a previous life when we weren’t controlled by the days of the week or work deliverables, but by our desire to explore further. Just like when we traveled the first time, we’ll have more time than money, and act accordingly. In the last two years since we went back to work, we had more money than time, and also acted accordingly!

We’ll need to watch our spending pretty closely again, as we won’t have regular incomes. Instead, just as we did for the first trip, we’ll rely on our savings and money from our investments. It’s always a scary feeling when you go from DINKs (dual income no kids) to NINKs (no income no kids), but we’ve worked hard in the last 10 year to pay off our debt, save money and invest in real estate and the stock market. We’re also confident we can get jobs again when needed.

I’ll try to post next week on the Airstream progress, but you can also like my BREAKFREE Facebook page where I post much more often. If you have any can’t miss destinations across the US and Canada, be sure to let us know! Otherwise, we’ll see you on the road…

Imagine how great it would be… you have your own personal jet that flies you anywhere you’d like. You can get tickets to the toughest venues, and most of your stress comes from deciding which summer house to visit (Hamptons or Aspen). Imagine…

No, WAIT, stop imagining that!

It’s our imaginations that are making us broke! We imagine living a life we can’t afford, but then we actually buy things that we can’t afford. That’s why people are house poor, or car poor or going out to eat poor. They want to see themselves in this lifestyle.

Note: this thought originated from the father of Economics, Adam Smith – so don’t blame me if you don’t like it!

In one of my favorite books, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, the author Arthur Herman presents many ideas of great philosophers from the Scottish enlightenment, and I think this is one of the most powerful passages in the book. In fact, I’ve reread it three nights in a row because it struck such a powerful chord with me. Here goes:

And here imagination turns out to be the driving wheel of that system as well. Our imagination, the inner picture of ourselves being as rich and comfortable as the Duke of Argyll or Bill Gages, spurs on our efforts, focusing and directing our energies toward a single purpose. “It is this deception”, (Adam) Smith adds, which rouses and keeps in continual motion the industry of mankind. it is this which first prompted them to cultivate the ground, to build houses, to found cities and commonwealths…”

This “deception”, as Smith called it, is major driver of our career ambitions as well. We want to leave a lasting mark on society and one of the easiest ways to do it is by becoming rich and famous. Or it might be the reason so many people willingly throw their current lives away in hopes of “making it to the top”.

I was well on the way after graduating college. I wanted to be a big, powerful CEO of a global company. In the first few years after I graduated, I worked tirelessly in this pursuit and small rewards starting coming. A promotion here and a raise there made me feel like I was on track to becoming what I wanted. But then, only five to seven years in, I found my career ambition waning, and I wanted out.

My deception was possibly identified as I realized what it would take to make it to the top. I realized I wanted to live my life now instead of sacrificing current time to chase bigger dreams that would only take me further away from what I wanted now – a lifestyle where I could enjoy my time and time with friends and family, and make a difference to others.

In the beginning, my imagination fed my ambition which in turn, fed my consumerism. I went $50,000 in debt two years out of school, and I felt like I was working just to pay for my crap and continue living the concept of the company store – even if it was through my own choosing.

I get it, we need jobs and we need careers. There are families to feed and babies to clothe. Also, some people really need the career pursuit to feel successful in life. But don’t make bad financial decisions that continue you down a path you don’t want to go. Don’t let a picture of success painted by society or the movies deter your way of life. Think about what’s most important to you and ask yourself if you’re working towards it, or if your deception is pushing you in the wrong direction.

As you might know, I quit my job a month ago and my wife is quitting soon as well. We hope to set off in a month or so for another adventure. We couldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for making sacrifices and saving and investing hardcore over the last 10 years. Maybe our imagination to travel with complete freedom will one day make us broke, but we’re willing to take the risk!

Somewhere along the line, we’ve all been tricked. We’ve been tricked into thinking only certain types of people with well developed skills and a professionally vetted plan can become entrepreneurs. We think we need a license to entrepreneu (I made that word up) before we can become entrepreneurs.

Actually, it’s not even that we’re tricked, it’s that we’re trained to think like this. School doesn’t teach us how to become entrepreneurs, but instead how to be good employees. As I mentioned in the five things I never learned in school, we’re not taught how to assess ourselves, take action, question authority or even manage money. These are things most entrepreneurs do well. We’re taught to wait for the next assignment to be given to us, so we’re always dependent on being told what to do.

When we traveled the world in 2013, we realized most people in developing countries were entrepreneurs. This wasn’t because they attended Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” seminar, it’s because there weren’t other jobs! They couldn’t log on to Monster.com and apply to 50 different openings for a financial analyst. No, they just needed to be able to eat, so they found a way to make some money.

They’d set up little stalls in the market selling their goods, or save up enough money to buy a car and give tours of their city. They’d figure out how to get by, even if it was only by selling a few camel-skin purses a day. This has been going on for tens of thousands of years – ever since humans coexisted. In my mind, there are only a few basic requirements to become an entrepreneur:
1. Be a human
2. Ability to interact with people
3. Know the local language (optional)
Some people get by with only the first requirement! We all interact with people and know how to carry a conversation. This is the very basic requirement for entrepreneurism.

So why does entrepreneurism seem so hard to most of us in the US?

I think a lot of it has to do with what we see on television or the interwebs. We see news stories on guys like Zuckerberg or Larry Paige who invented freaking Facebook or Google! We try to compare ourselves with people like that, and of course our ideas aren’t going to look grand enough. We think we can’t start being an entrepreneur until we have a brilliant and original idea.

When I interviewed my entrepreneur friend Chris, he talked about how every app idea has about ten people working on it (yes, that even includes your awesome app idea). He said about 6 of those people have moved just beyond the idea phase to talk to some people about getting it started. Two have started the design and are building it out. The last two have already brought it to market and are working their butts off day and night to make it succeed.

A brilliant idea isn’t what makes an entrepreneur successful, so don’t let that hold you up. We’re seeing new companies pop up in old industries every day, and just when we think a market is tapped out, we see a new company come in and succeed. Look at the beer market. Ten years ago it was monopolized by about four companies and we were all forced to think Bud Light was a good beer. Now, there are new craft beer companies popping up everywhere, and it’s not like they’ve reinvented beer!

Entrepreneurism is possible, you just have to want it enough. And yes, this is coming from an unemployed guy who spends all day fixing up his Airstream!! However, I intend my next paid for venture to come from my own work, so let’s do this together, and I’ll keep you updated as I move down that path.

Also, feel free to print off the awesome certificate below so you can have your license to entrepreneur!!!


Entrepreneur License

Let’s see how a video update works as I’ve bee too busy to actually work from my computer!!

Here are some me before and after pictures of the airstream!