Hey guys, I’m Johnny Ward, Generation Y, Irish guy who just knew that there was more to life than a 40+ hour work week, a bland social calendar and a 2 week break in the sun each year. Now I work 10 hour weeks from my laptop anywhere on the planet, traveling through more than 100 countries across the globe, ticking things off my evergrowing bucket list faster than I can add them. I’m a huge advocate of lifestyle design, I’ve redesigned my lifestyle to allow me to follow my dreams, now I’m hoping I can help you follow yours…
I don’t come from a wealthy background, quite the opposite in fact. Born in Galway, I grew up in a single-mother-family in Northern Ireland. I lived in Ireland for 18 years, getting up to mischief along the way. Fled to England for 4 years of university to graduate with a degree in International Economics, which as a budding entrepreneur, I’d soon find redundant. I loved my childhood, but I always dreamt of the open road, so as soon as I was free, I was gone. That was 2006.
Having no wealthy benefactors, there was no way I could just ‘travel’ indefinitely. So I headed to the USA to work on a summer camp, then to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English. Another couple of years of budget backpacking left my travel fund depleted (read: gone), and with online business dreams rumbling around my brain, I headed to Australia to work and save. OneStep4Ward.com was born during those 12 months of lost hours spent in an office. Never again. I headed to Africa with a one-way ticket, and now more than 100 countries later I don’t need to ‘work’ for anyone anymore. I’m as free as I could have ever dreamt and I love it.
If you’re not happy, a good salary isn’t progress, it’s financial prison. Life is meant to be lived, not sold to the highest bidder. Social conformity, the media, our education systems dictate that we should go to school, go to uni, go to a city, work in an office, save for a retirement that we’ll be too old to enjoy. Personally, I don’t want to do that. Not one bit. I wanna live now, today and you should want that too.
MY LIFE NOW:
I’d call myself a lifestyle designer. I run a number of websites, but I have no technical abilities at all (signing in and out of facebook can prove too stressful for me!). I outsource everything, I manage my staff from my laptop and I travel the world indefinitely. When I get too tired of traveling, I go back to my ‘home’ in Bangkok, Thailand where I have an apartment. Thailand’s in my heart, I love going back, throwing my dusty backpack on the floor and kicking back. Traveling’s got me know though, I’m lucky if I make it a month before wanderlust kicks in, and then I’m off again.
If you’re reading this on your smart phone/laptop/ipad then you’re lucky than most people on the planet and you can live the life you want. Starting OneStep4Ward.com literally changed my life, so my advice? Start a blog, from there doors will open and before you know it you’ll be swimming with sharks, sky diving over volcanoes, jumping continents and hiring staff. It all depends on how much you want it. Signing up below is a good way to start:
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You don’t have to be rich, win the lottery or rob a bank. You can live the life you want to and you can start right now, and not wait for the retirement that may never come. Redesign your lifestyle, as I redesign mine and we can enjoy the ride together…
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~ If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced ~ Vincent Van Gogh