Unfulfillment and authority issues are just a few of the common frustrations that young people working in corporations experience every day. Harsh deadlines, strict brake timings and other corporate specific constraints can amplify initial frustrations which can lead to long term physical and psychological damage.
There are however, stories with a different outcome. Individuals that refused to submit to a daily routine of frustration, your average guy that at one point drew a limit in the sand and said “Enough!”. By taking this initiative they managed to turn their life upside-down, in a good way.
One of these success stories is Johnny Ward’s story. Coming from a poor Irish family, Johnny was very aware of the fact that life is too short to be doing something that you hate. Although his sales job earned him as much as $20.000 per month, it was not compensating for the frustrations and unfulfillment he was experiencing:
“I realised that, with only one life, I don’t want to spend Monday to Friday locked in a place I don’t want to be”
And he didn’t. Ward quit his job after a few months and started his travel and style blog onestep4ward
Ward meets expectations for all intents and purposes with four other individuals for a couple of hours consistently from his laptop, midpoints about $1000 every day regardless of his travels, and even discovered a flight-attendant sweetheart. He wants to visit each nation on the planet, and has scratched off 152 out of a sum of 193 nations as such.
“I always dreamed of being free…truly free is to have the financial security to allow you to do whatever you want to do”
Advising other people in the same situation: “You need to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘Now I’m going to do it.’”
In 2010 he quit his employment, began the onestep4ward blog, and started travelling
Shortly after that he met his girlfriend, a flight-attendant:
He works for a few hours per week, and this while traveling
So far he has gone to 152 out of 193 nations, and arrangements to see the rest soon
“It doesn’t seem that real. I don’t live a flash lifestyle, so it feels arbitrary”