How to Live Your Dreams, from Anywhere

by Tammy Strobel on June 8, 2010

Editors Note: I’m traveling this week. So if I’m slow to respond to comments, please be patient.

I’m a huge fan of Karol Gajda, the writer behind Ridiculously Extraordinary Freedom. Karol writes kick ass content about minimalism, travel, business, and living in the present.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called How to Achieve Your Dreams and Karol is an example of a person who is living his dreams, by building community and doing what he loves. Keep reading to learn more about Karol’s story and new informational product.

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Tammy: Today you’re launching “How to Live Anywhere: The Official Guide to Ridiculously Extraordinary Freedom.” The book rocked my world and is totally inspiring! Can you tell us about the book? And how will it help people change the world?

Karol: Thank you for rocking Tammy! The writing you do here is really inspirational as well. How To Live Anywhere is a course about creating a freedom business than you can run from anywhere. I call it Ridiculously Extraordinary Freedom, which is defined by you, whatever your idea of freedom may be. For me that means I can live in a new country every few months and work from wherever I want. For many of my readers it means having a home base for most of the year, but taking off to a new country for a month or more at a time.

That kind of freedom is usually only possible by creating an Internet business. Although I did interview a couple of very inspirational people who created the freedom to live anywhere without an Internet business. Those interviews are in the HTLA course.

As far as helping people change the world. That’s a great question!

My idea of changing the world is first *defining* your world. Once you define your world, you can change your world. While changing the whole world is an admirable goal, it’s just not realistic. Changing the world of, say, 100 homeless people in your city? Yes, rock on! Doable! What I’m trying to do is get all of us to define exactly what we want out of life and then go get it.

Tammy: In How to Live Anywhere you talk about limiting beliefs. Can you describe that concept in more detail?

Karol: Limiting beliefs are rough. Let me define what a limiting belief is first: a limiting belief is having thoughts like:

– “Oh, I could never do that.”
– “Whoa, she/he is so attractive. She/he would never like me.” (Can you hear the womp womp sound?!)
– “That’s all well and good for him, but my life is different!”

We all have these types of thoughts. I used to struggle with them beyond belief. (No pun intended!)

Another way to describe a limiting belief is an excuse we give ourselves so we don’t have to go out on a limb and possibly deal with failure. Limiting beliefs are a defense mechanism as well as, unfortunately, a catalyst for depression.

Here is how to tackle limiting beliefs.

1) Be aware when you have a limiting belief. Without being aware of it, you can’t tackle it.

2) When you have that limiting belief think of a time in your life when that particular belief was not true. For example, say your limiting belief is that you can’t get a date and the opposite sex doesn’t like you. Think back to a time when you got a date. Think about what you did and how you felt.

3) Once you’ve thought of an example that completely obliterates that belief, acknowledge that you had the belief but disregard it. You now have an example proving it’s not true so the limiting belief was you just giving yourself an excuse. No worries, it happens, but now you can move on!

Tammy: How did you achieve ridiculously extraordinary freedom? What can our readers learn from your story?

Karol: The gist of it is this: 10 years ago while I was a University student I hustled until I knew I wouldn’t need a job after graduating. The thing is, my belief system was screwed up and my only goal was getting lots of cash. Which I did, but I was horribly unfulfilled. Finally, 2 years ago (yes, it was a slow process) I realized how much my life rules and how many opportunities I have. I had complete freedom to do whatever I wanted for a long time, but instead I settled down, bought a BMW, a big house, and other worthless stuff. Today I have 3 shirts and live out of a 32 Liter backpack. :)

The biggest lesson you can learn from my story is this: money, as the end goal, is useless. Goals that involve experiences (such as hand building a guitar in India, which I just did a few months ago) are much more fulfilling. It costs money to do things like that, which is where starting a freedom business comes into play. The best monetary goals are the ones with purpose. 1 million dollars? Ehh, not inspiring. Opening the biggest no kill cat sanctuary in your city which you figured out will cost $1 million? Now we’re talking!

Tammy: What are some of your favorite educational resources? You’re book being #1 of course… :)

Karol: Hehe! Well, I’m an old school guy. I love, love, love books. While I do live out of a 32 Liter backpack, I own a Kindle so I can fit a ton of books into a tiny package. :) I read mostly auto biographies and business books. True stories are incredibly inspiring and educational.

As far as business resources, I spend lots of time and money learning from people who are at the top of their games. I’ve happily spent as much as $4,500 on a workshop that taught me something very specific from someone very knowledgeable. It’s best to learn from doers and action takers and it’s worth every penny they charge.

Tammy: If you could do anything in your life right now, what would it be?

Karol: Here’s why I love being asked this question at this particular time in my life. 5 years ago the answer would have been “I don’t know, something fun.” Today the answer is “exactly what I’m doing right now.” It sounds a bit sappy/happy but it’s true. I love waking up. I love washing my 3 t-shirts in a plastic bag. (Not a joke, I hand wash my clothes in a plastic bag.) I appreciate all the little things I used to think were trivial. Nothing is trivial. Today I went for a walk to get some bananas. If I had died on the way I would have been completely content in the fact that I was doing exactly what was making me happy at that very moment.

How To Live Anywhere, to me, is more than just about making money and having freedom. It’s about getting exactly what we want out of life and appreciating all the ups, downs, and in-betweens.

Tammy: Thank you Karol! I wish you the best of luck with the launch.

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1 Alex June 8, 2010

The internet is so amazing and most of us forget to realize what kind of opportunities there are with it. And it hasn’t been around that long. It’s always interesting to read about other people’s experiences at making a living online doing what they love. I’m reading a book by Gary Vaynerchuk called Crush It–he believes that there’s opportunity for everyone online. What I’m saying is, if you took whatever you’re passionate about (fishing, playing cards, your car, making smoothies, etc) and did as much as you can to become an expert (read, watch videos, learn, browse the internet, go to seminars/events, etc) and then talk about it online in your favorite way (audio, video, or writing) with enough consistent effort (and passion) you will make a living.

2 Karol Gajda June 8, 2010

Hey Alex,

Crush It is a great book. Me and my friends use that phrase all the time. If one of us is slacking the other just yells “CRUSH IT!” and no more words need to be spoken. :)

Thanks for hanging out!

Karol

3 Shannon June 8, 2010

Great interview w/Karol. I love that walking to get bananas make you happier than having a BMW, Karol. Good luck w/this new product.

4 Karol Gajda June 8, 2010

Thanks Shannon! The BMW, while an awesome car, was always what I thought I wanted and never what I actually wanted. Bananas…well…bananas I *always* want. :)

5 Alex June 8, 2010

Haha, so true about the BMW… We’re lucky to have learned these lessons early on. The question is, would you get a BMW again later in life when settled down? I guess many of us would if we could. But it’s a great feeling for something like that to be way less of a priority/not important anymore. Keep up the great work Karol and talk to you later!

6 Karol Gajda June 9, 2010

I can’t even think about settling down. I settled down way too early in my life. And my goal is to never own a car again, so no BMWs in my future. :) (That said, special project I’m working on will utilize a Caddy Hearse next year, but I’ll sell it after I’m done.)

7 Katie June 9, 2010

Your life and your book sound awesome, Karol. Can’t wait to read it and forge my own online freedom. You’re so right about learning from those at the top of their game. I think I can learn a thing or ten from you. Bananas rule!

8 Karol Gajda June 9, 2010

Thanks Katie! :) Bananas *do* rule!

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