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The Age of Opportunity
We live in a time of unparalleled opportunity to create any lifestyle we choose. We can live, work and play anywhere we want in the world. A global lifestyle is no longer reserved for the rich and famous. It is within grasp of anyone willing to embrace adventure and break from dated definitions of how we are supposed to spend our lives.
You don’t need to keep upgrading your fancy cars every two years. You don’t need a bigger house or a nicer summer cottage. Stop consuming things and start experiencing life. JetSetCitizen is about those living the new lifestyle.
Who am I?
My name is John Bardos. I’ve been living abroad since 1997. My wife and I owned a successful business teaching English in Japan for more than decade, but in early 2010, we sold or gave away everything including our house, car and all our possessions to live a nomadic travelling lifestyle.
One of my current projects is BundlesforGood.com. We’ve raised over US$81,00 for charity so far through selling learning resources like online art classes.
One year to an Excellent Life
After years of wishing we could do something different with our lives, in 2009, my wife and I made a one year plan to change countries and careers. I publicly made that declaration on this blog and it was enough motivation to jumpstart our new life. We kept our commitment and left Japan in early 2010. You can read all the posts about our progress and plans here.
What is a JetSetCitizen
There is a clear and growing movement in the world: People are starting to realize that old concepts of work, play, and success do not really satisfy any longer.
The idea of working hard for 40 odd years to save money and get a secure life, so that you can enjoy retirement is no longer acceptable for many. We live in an age of amazing affluence and abundance: why shouldn’t we enjoy our lives now?
Anyone, in developed countries at least, can do and have anything they want. The only requirement is focused effort on high return work. Exotic vacations, fancy cars and designer handbags are available to the masses so material possessions are no longer an important measure of success. Anyone can buy a Rolex watch or a Porche. Anyone can go to Thailand or Buenos Aires. Universal accessibility to goods and services once available to the super rich, mean that purchases no longer have the same caché.
In fact, possessions have become a sign of weakness. We have been getting fat, stupid and lazy with a diet of fast food and television, while polluting our planet at an increasing rate. All that “convenience” we have been consuming is making us sick. We are sick, the environment is sick and it is our own fault.
The internet has opened unprecedented opportunities to make decent amounts of money from virtually anywhere in the world. We are no longer tethered to a job, city or even country. Anyone can put up a blog and start promoting their content or services from the most distant corners of the globe.
Technology has brought us closer together as one world more than anyone has every imagined. We can access every movie, picture, person or idea from anywhere. All of this has happened in the last 20 years. Wait to see what the next twenty will bring.
A JetSetCitizen is NOT about driving Maseratis in Monaco, it is about volunteering in Venezuela. It is about learning something new to improve the lives of people around you. It is about embracing humanity and experiencing the world with your fellow citizens. It is about being fortunate enough to live in a time of unprecedented opportunity.