What do you want your days filled with?
Do you hope to travel, spend time with friends and family, take up new hobbies or volunteer to support a cause?
Is it ever work if its only what you love? Why reach for retirement when its all so fulfilling?
Why does it have to be the end goals? Why cant life be about the experience – THE NOW.
Thats what life is, a collection of moments and experiences. Why do most of us go to college, find a good job and spend 30-40 years of our lives climbing the corporate ladder only to retire when we’re past our prime?
Why not live the life you want to, right now? Can it be done? Can you live the good life now without being independently wealthy or retired?
Yes, you can live an unconventional (but way healthier than most) life that unlocks the lifestyle, unlocks the mindset of the abundant, free, happy and retired now, while you’re still in your “working years.”
Lifestyle Dezine has received a lot of attention lately- the concept of constructing ones ideal life; though this concept is nothing new.
Tim Ferris who brought it to the mainstream with his best seller the 4 Hour Work Week didn’t invent the concept (people have been talking about and practicing various forms of lifestyle dezine ever since the American Dream became the de facto lifestyle in the West), but he did label it aptly and put forth a number of techniques for designing your optimum lifestyle. Since then, hundreds of other books, blogs, websites and other resources about lifestyle dezine have been launched.
Just how does Tim Ferriss define lifestyle dezine? In the introduction of his book, he introduces both lifestyle dezine and the group of people doing it (the New Rich):
The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Dezine (LD).
He goes on to explain how most people simply accept the status quo and never even question if there could be an alternative to working hard your whole life to retire at age 60:
Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.
People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture. Perhaps rubbing cocoa butter on your belly in a hammock while you listen to waves rhythmically lapping against the deck of your thatched-roof bungalow? Sounds nice.
$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?
Is Lifestyle Dezine for Everyone?
Yes, definitely, everyone can take advantage of certain elements of lifestyle dezine. At its most basic level, lifestyle dezine is about questioning the predominant work ethic that teaches us to become corporate drones, working 40-60 hours or more every week while living for the weekends and a few weeks of vacation every year.
Lifestyle dezine certainly doesn’t have to be as radical as (Ferriss advocates) outsourcing your life, playing currency arbitrage while traveling the world or creating automated cash-flow businesses, unless you want it to be.
The point is that it’s about examining your life and your goals and thinking unconventionally about how to make things possible now instead of later. It’s about dezineing your life instead of letting society design it for you.
That’s what this blog is about, and that’s what I hope the blog will help you achieve. Through resources, stories, news, tips and my own personal lifestyle quest, I will show you how lifestyle dezine can dramatically change your life for the better.
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A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs