Where it all started – my personal journey

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I am JD.

I am a normal mid-30s guy who lives comfortably in a condo with two dogs and a fiancé. I am college educated and currently pursuing my MBA. I’ve traveled the world, seen its beauty and met a lot of great people along the way. 

My career has spanned over 15 years and I’ve accomplished so much! Most people would envy the accomplishments I have had.

But I’m not satisfied with my progress…at all.

Let me tell you a little story

Man Walking up Stairs

My career was going so great. I experienced a lot of personal growth working for a small company where I was able to cut my teeth in business and marketing. After about 7 years, I left this company and entered corporate America to advance my career. I really wanted to learn the digital marketing business from an enterprise perspective. This experience was invaluable. I learned so much in the years I worked there. After a lot of successful projects, hard work, I was to the point where I was months away from being elevated to head up an entire department.

Then one day I was abruptly terminated from my corporate job.

You can relate to this if it has ever happened to you. A lot of emotions hit you all at once. You enter survival mode. Your first instincts are to figure out how to reduce your expenses and replace your income as fast as possible. Luckily, I had some savings I could draw from to keep me going for a little while (please people – make sure you have an emergency fund for peace of mind).

I’m not sure what your religious affiliation is, but that old saying God works in mysterious ways is absolutely true in my experience. I was unemployed for about 2-months. I went through so many different emotions during this time. At times, I felt fearful of the unknown.

I had the these types of questions constantly running through my head:

  • What’s next for my career?  
  • Would I be able to make what I was making before in my next job?
  • What if I can’t find a job and I become evicted from my apartment?
  • How long can I go before the money dries up?
  • Will anyone even hire someone who was fired?

Searching the soul

Ironically, at other times, I felt complete and utter joy. It was during these joyful moments that I realized the true benefit of being FREE to make your own decisions, explore yourself, and set your own path in life. If you’ve already escaped the rat race, you can relate.

This was a typical day:

  • Wake up (whenever I wanted), though I was waking up early. I was treating job hunting as my day-job.
  • With a coffee at my desk, I would start submitting resumes to potential jobs in my area.
  • Next, I would spend a little time networking and trying to land some freelance gigs.
  • Around 11am, I would ride my bike to the beach to read a book for an hour.
  • After returning home, I would make a healthy lunch.
  • After lunch, time to jump back on the interwebs to do some more job hunting.
  • Around 2pm or so, I would just go outside to get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
  • By about 4pm, it was time to do some exercise before dinner. I would go jog a couple miles.
  • After my jog, I would shower, watch a little TV and order some food from Uber Eats.
  • At night, I would do some more networking, work on some other side projects I started during this time, and then head to bed.

It was a beautiful period of time that I had the privilege to experience. If I hadn’t lost my job, I would have never gone through this experience. I would have never realized what it was in my career that was making me feel so unfulfilled.

During my soul searching period, I asked myself these questions:

  • What if I didn’t have to have a traditional 9-5 job? 
  • Do I really need to waste away in corporate America? 
  • Is this really the path that will take me to freedom?
  • What if I could just go work out whenever I wanted? 
  • What if I had the freedom to raise my (future) children without having to be away from home 5-days a week?

Back to the rat race

I finally landed a job (another corporate job) and despite the 2.5 months of freedom I had to explore, I couldn’t afford to be unemployed for too much longer.

I started my new job and was on complete fire at the beginning. I was determined to continue down the corporate path I had started, be promoted and get a bigger salary. Then, one day after a stressful 1-hour morning commute, I was walking through the parking lot towards the building and I noticed something very interesting.

Everyone was walking with their heads down towards the entrance to the building. Some looking at their phones, others were just walking slowly. They all looked like depressed corporate zombies. Then I realized that I was one of them! 

Business man walking with head down

It was on this day that I realized how unhappy some people must be going to their jobs on a daily basis. It’s no wonder why people are so excited to take vacation days, weekends and 5pm each day. These people are just a cog in the corporate wheel, but they either don’t care, don’t realize it, or don’t know what to do about it. 

Remote Working Revolution was born on this day.

Why Remote Working Revolution was created

Remote Working Revolution exists to provide a path for remote workers looking to escape the 9-5 rat race. After the escape, RWR can help them effectively manage this new lifestyle. 

But guess what?

I am on this journey with you and always will be. As of writing this article, I haven’t quite escaped the rat race yet, but I will soon. I want to share my story with you as well as all of the knowledge I am picking up along the way. My goal is to ensure the content I provide is super helpful to the remote worker, freelancer and independent worker.

Let me know in the comments where you are in your journey. If you’ve escaped the rat race, let us know your secret sauce! How did you do it?

Let’s do this. Buckle up!

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