The Future

by Frost on October 18, 2012

One of the many benefits of writing a blog is that you’re leaving a diary for your future self to read and reflect on. This is useful for self-awareness, goal setting, and sometimes just plain nostalgia. I spent an afternoon reading my older posts recently, and it was a great experience, like having a pint with my twenty-five year old self.

Twenty-five year old Frost was a good kid. He realized that he was in the fast lane to an unremarkable life, betraying the dreams he once had. He recognized that he was drifting inexorably into the pits of mediocrity and conformism that are claiming so many other men of his generation. To his great credit, he decided to do something about it. He decided to write a book, save some cash, and take a flying leap out of his comfort zone by quitting his job and buying a one-way ticket to Bangkok, to kick off a one-year round-the-world trip.

Then, twenty-six year old Frost set a few goals for himself. He decided to use his year off to acquire skills and build assets that would ensure he would never need to return to the his old life. He decided that he was done with the nine-to-five grind, and fuck anyone who dared to stand in his way.

Well, hello. I’m twenty-seven year old Frost, and I’m coming to you live today from a grey cubicle, in a grey office building, in a grey city. I have arrived, I wrote yesterday, right back where I started from, two years ago.

If I were to have that beer with the 2009 and 2010 Frosts and tell them that as of October 2012, we’re still stuck behind a desk, I’m sure one of them would hold me down while the other kicked me repeatedly in the nuts. “It’s not my fault!” 2012 Frost would say, “We’re in this mess because of 2011 Frost. That lazy punk. Let’s get him!”

But what’s done is done, and what’s done is not even regrettable. Sure, I’d like to have achieved my desired lifestyle by now, but what experiences from the past year would I have sacrificed to get it? Sometimes I regret not working harder at the whole location independent thing during my year off, but I regret what little work I did do just as often. One of my biggest struggles in life is learning how to relax and enjoy it, and I did a fine job of that over the past year. And I’m calling that a failure?

Even if it is a failure – so what? If you never fail to reach the goals you set for yourself, you’re not setting ambitious enough goals.

So what now?

As I wrote yesterday, nothing has changed.

I still intend to build assets that give me the option of leaving the life of the wage slave behind me.

I still intend for my writing to educate, inspire and entertain millions.

I still intend to live my dream life as an author/entrepreneur/international playboy.

I still intend to help lead this generation from mediocrity, lies and defeat, to the next phase of history.

Nothing has changed over the past year, and that includes my intentions. I’m still going to take over the world, I’m going to do it soon, and I’m going to do it over the objections of anyone who thinks it can’t be done.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

adi December 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’m mid 30s and I still only have enough passive income to live very poorly in a very poor country. My goal is to be millionaire by the time I’m 40. The great thing about such a goal is, if I only achieve half, it’ll still be huge success.

eric October 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

hi frost, long time lurker, first time commenter. so will you be keeping the blog up, despite no longer being location independent lifestyle seeker? i ask, mainly for selfish reasons, in that i think your posts are awesome and i want to be able to re read them whenever i need to give myself a boot up the arse to do something.

best of luck, in all your ventures

Eric

Frost October 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Eric, thanks for the kind words.

I will be keeping this blog up, for the forseeable future at least. And I will give fair warning if I ever plan to 404 it.

And I’m still set on location independence. Just taking a little longer than I thought, that’s all!

Cheers,
Frost

GentlemanSlut October 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Firstly, Id argue that you haven’t come full circle at all – if that was the case, 2010 Frost and 2012 Frost would be identical. Given the huge stack of reference points and experiences you’ve had, you have grown. A lot.

The benefits of what you attempts may not be immediately obvious, but one example is the time you spent with people who WERE living the lifestyle you were building. How much more achievable does it feel when you’ve seen it done firsthand?

One thing I have to ask though – given the experiences and change in perspective, would you change/rewrite any of your Lifestyle Guide to reflect this, or do you think it’s still an accurate guide?

Frost October 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

100% agree with your first sentence.

Spending time with people who had achieved what I want was definitely huge.

I would definitely make some changed to the F25 Lifestyle Guide in retrospect, but only very minor ones.

korezaan October 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

If you do not miss the mark, you do not learn.

It is not untrue to say that catastrophic failure is a prerequisite to greatness.

Tom October 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

Did it get difficult to build assets (which I assume are online ones) when you’re in another country? So many distractions constantly fighting for your attention in the end taking more of your time than you planned? And all the niche site stuff got compromised?

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