Today’s featured guest, Craig McBreen, talks to us about the art of breaking out. How he moved from a 3,500 sq. ft. home to a 1000, sq. ft. apartment–by choice–to escape the shackles of homeownership and reignite his life as a middle-aged, location-independent traveling vagabond. If you think you’re too old to shut up and make shit happen, this episode is especially for you.
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- Craig has over 25 years of experience in branding, marketing and design.
- He is an introvert, misfit, and loner.
- He is the founder and host of the Art of Breaking Out blog and podcast.
- He lives with his wife and children in Seattle, Washington (one of my favorite cities on earth!)
DEFINING SHUT UP MOMENT:
Craig was an only child, overweight, and teased in school. Growing up, he didn’t know how to socialize. It was then he realized he was a natural introvert. Recently, after witnessing a family member go through a very dark, challenging time, Craig was brought back to his youth. Confronting depression and introversion once again, Craig and his wife decided to downsize their lifestyles and become middle-aged traveling vagabonds.
CRAIG’S SHUT UP TIPS:
If you’re going to do something, it’s never going to be easy. – @
I used to be all over the place but now I’m learning how to get past fear and be more productive. – @
By nature, I’ve always been too cautious. Selling my home and moving into an apartment was the first time I did anything that seemed like it was impulsive. – @
My wife and I haven’t done a whole lot. We wanted to travel and have a location-independent life. It can’t only be for the 20-somethings. – @
I don’t want to be later in life going why didn’t I do this? – @
You can always find an excuse, the origin is usually fear. – @
I actually do want to help people. If it translates to business, fine. – @
when i was a kid i liked writing but never got into it, three years ago when i started blogging it became a morning ritual
I don’t care if you’re 35 or 65. If you want to change, there’s no better time than now. Put the wheels in motion.
I’d be completely lying if I said I wasn’t scared every single moment of this change; I’m slightly terrified, but it’s a good feeling because my fear is energizing me. – @
The more you put on your plate, the more comfortable you become with every single situation. – @
When I’m feeling stuck, I get into more creative activities throughout the day: combining average Joe yoga with meditation. – @
The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying – Huffington Post
Why I Would Rather Shoot Myself In the Head Than Own a Home – James Altucher
Why I Am Never Going to Own a Home Again – James Altucher
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