Two pretty big concepts here I’m a huge fan of.
Self Education: “You don’t need to get a degree in Spanish to prove that you speak Spanish – just speak Spanish.
The cost vs. benefit of formal education is way out of balance.
The motivation and the passion and the commitment to learn is the key ingredient, not necessarily the paper degree or educational setting.
Some examples: Really commit to learning something and do it. I wan tot learn programing I don’t necessarily need to go back to the university or join a boot camp, I can educate myself. I can use the Lynda courseware, books, free online code camps, etc.
Remote Work: Work from anywhere independent of location. Yes Please. This is not the end all be all solution for everyone but I sure am interested. I need to make this a reality.
Stop wasting time and other resources on the commute. Flexibility is key. The technology is accessible. Excited about the gains in happiness. I love work and being productive but the typical work environment can be such a drag. My other half is a teacher; Summers out of town sound exciting, without losing the ability to produce. Need to visit the family for the holidays: go and have fun.
There are challenges to remote work but I believe they can be overcome. Distractions at home, internet access, finding internet on the road, finding a workspace at the in-laws, and more are obstacles that can be overcome.
Remote work comes in two forms: A formal job and a small business run online. It may be wise to pursue both paths as both have there advantages.