Let me make this absolutely clear, so that there is no misunderstanding.

Being Joyously Jobless does not mean that you don’t work. It simply means that you don’t have a J-O-B. You work when you want to and when you feel like it, most of the time.

Anyone who is successful knows that a certain amount of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done is necessary to be successful.

Being Joyously Jobless means that the use of your time is not dictated by someone else. You set your own schedule, and no one else.

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One of the things I like to do is play board games. So, every Wednesday, I go to a Meetup in Spring, TX. where we have a meeting of the like minded people and we spend the whole day, (Noon to 9:00 PM), playing board games and card games.

Then yesterday, I met up with a group of Consciously Curious individuals and shared what was going on in our lives and caught up with a few old friends.

Life is great when you have the Freedom to choose how you want to spend your time and with whom.

How do you like to spend your time? Share in the comments below.


When someone first learns that I live in my van, I can never tell how they would react. But most people are at loss, and confused, not knowing how to react.

But it goes without saying that most people view it as an unfortunate, temporary situation.

Even after I tell them that I have been doing this for three and half years, and I am happily adapted to this way of living and prefer it over living in a stick and brick outfit, they can’t fathom that someone would actually willingly do this.

Then there are those who have this excited disbelief in their eyes.

“Really? How cool, I wish I could do that.”

When I assure them that they could, they get all apologetic and start listing excuses as to why they can’t.

But lately, I have found a third group of people. These are the people who have considered or entertained the idea, and are curious as to what it takes to become Happily Homeless. They ask pertinent questions, which gets me excited.

I have been creating a list of questions, I and am going to address them little by little on this website.

Have you ever considered an alternate way of living? What questions do you have about the Van-Dwelling, Happily Homeless lifestyle?

Please share in the comments below.

One of my friends and Mentor, Darren LaCroix, says that when you are following your passion, you will trip and fall along the way. It is all a part of your process.

Life is a journey and we learn from our mistakes.

Confucius say, “You no live long enough to make ALL the mistakes. Learn from mistakes of others.” (I don’t know if he actually said it, but it sounds good)

My dad was my first Mentor. He was very wise. Which, I think, is a code word for “he learned from his mistakes.”

He taught me how to learn. Instead of giving me the answers to my questions, he would guide to to places where I can look for the answers. For example, he taught me how to use the dictionary.

You might say my dad was a pioneer in the field of Life Coaching, more than fifty years ago.

So it came to be natural for me to do the same for my children. They both love to read books, like I did and still do.

In addition to reading books, I love to attend seminars and workshop. Mentors are found everywhere you look.

One of my goals with this site is to be able to provide guidance to others by sharing my life experiences.

Check out the resources section of this website.

Who was your first mentor? Who is your current mentor? Share with us in the comments.

Being an entrepreneur is easier than you think.

It is also harder than you make it.

You see, being an entrepreneur is a way of thinking.

You can be employed by someone else and still be an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking.

An entrepreneur is someone who values personal and creative freedom while serving others.

I used to be a waiter. I enjoyed the flexibility of hours I worked, and my ability to control, to some extent, the money I made.

I offered my services to the restaurant that I felt most accommodated my needs, a flexible schedule and financial goals.

Eventually, I realized that as an employee, I was limited to offer my services to one or maybe two customers, aka employers.

In addition, since most, if not all of my income, depended on me trading my time for pay, I was limited by the number of hours I can work and had no opportunity to create any form of leveraged or residual income.

Yes, it was a gradual realization, and making the switch to being my own boss was stressful and scary, I can tell you the rewards have far outweighed the risks.

The illusion of a steady paycheck keeps many a people stuck in voluntary servitude.

I once saw a sign that said, “I can’t be fired, slaves are sold.”

But you can always fire your boss. ;-)

Have you ever thought of becoming Joyously Jobless?

Let me know if you have or if you want to get stated. Leave a comment or hit me up for a complimentary evaluation of your situation.

What is it that you want to do?

So why aren’t you doing it?

You see, whatever your “reason” is for not doing it, I have a different word for it. Stop the excuses and get to doing.

Dreamers dream.

Thinkers think.

Planners plan.

And Doers Do.

Which one are you?

I used to be a dreamer, a thinker and a planner.

I still am, but, now I am also a doer.

I used to think, I could do this and I could do that. And I used to plan and dream.

But when it came to taking action, I would plan and dream of something else I can do.

Until one day, my friend and mentor, Croz from Oz said to me, “Rasheed, you can do whatever you want to do. The question is you what is it that you want to do.”

It was a wake up call I needed. It changed my perspective on life.

Consider this as your wake up call. What is it that YOU want to do?

Share it in the comments below.

And when you are ready, and if you need help, let me know.

 

I lost my wallet.

It was the 19th of June 2013.

I had stopped at a truck stop in North Houston to use the restroom. It fell out of my hip pocket as I sat down. I set it on top of the toilet paper holder, and forgot to grab it on my way out.

I was 30 miles away when I realized it. A couple of hours had gone by in the meantime.

The first thing that crossed my mind was something I had learned from one of my prosperity mentors, Marilyn Jenett. “There is no loss in Divine Mind.” I felt a sense of calm knowing that.

I called the truck stop. They looked, it wasn’t there. I left my phone number with them, just in case.

There is no loss in the Divine Mind. I heard it again. I went about my daily business.

Time passed.

It was the day after Christmas, Dec 26 2013. I was headed to work when my phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number but I answered it anyway. (I normally don’t do that)

The man on the other end said he had my wallet. He said he had it for several months. He works at a gas station and had found it there and put it in a drawer expecting me to come and get it. That day, he was cleaning out the drawer and saw it again. He looked through it and found a business card that matched the Driver’s License, so he was calling to let me know, and when would I be there to get it?

I told him I was on my way to work, but will pick it up after work. He told me where his gas station was. That was ten miles from where I had lost my wallet, and I had never been there. NEVER!

When I got off work, I got a phone call from my brother. My other brother, who was in the final stages of his third bout with cancer, was not going to make it. I told him I was heading that way.

My wallet was on my way to my brother’s apartment. I stopped by and picked it up. Nothing was missing. Not even the cash. I smiled. “There is no loss in the Divine Mind.”

I did not make it there in time to see him take his last breath. He was gone when I arrived.

I heard it again, There is no loss in the Divine Mind.

It wasn’t until two days later, when I was talking to someone after the funeral that it me.

Did the wallet really fall out of my pocket and mysteriously travel ten miles down the road, then show up just in the nick of time to reassure me that there is really no loss in the Divine Mind?

What do you think? Comment below.

 

What do you do when you need something and you don’t know how to get it, how to go about getting it?

Me? I go dancing with God

I learned about Dancing with God almost five years ago, when I was faced with the same dilemma.

An email showed up in my inbox just in time to solve the problem, or at least alleviate the worry.

Go to the link and read the article.

What are your thoughts? Have you danced with God before? Share it in the comments.

… it’s what you do about it.

I lost two major clients in two days over the weekend. And that got me thinking.

In the old Kung Fu TV series there was a scene where the young Kwai Chang Caine and another “intern” at the temple  are sent to the market to buy supplies.

They encounter a man sitting by the roadside who tells them that he has heard of robbers on the looting people on the path they were taking and suggests a different route to avoid them.

Of course, the robbers were waiting for them on the suggested route and they return to the temple empty handed.

Master Kan asked them what they had learned from the experience.

The other kid replied, “Never trust a stranger.”

“And what did you learn?” he asked Caine.

“Expect the unexpected.” he replied.

Master Kan turned to the first kid and informed him that his services were no longer needed.

Caine wanted to know why he wasn’t dismissed when he was equally responsible for the loss of the money.

“It was not about the money,” Master Kan said, “it was about what you gained from the experience that will guide your thinking going forward.”

Life happens to all of us, and there is not a whole lot we can do about it. But, we can always control how we look at it and what we do with it.

It’s Not What Happens To You, It’s What You Do About It

W. Mitchell

Has life ever thrown you a curve? How did you handle it? What did you learn? Share your experience in the comments.

If it’s not a “Hell Yeah!” It’s a “Hell No!”

I heard Alan Cohen say those words, and I went, Hell Yeah!

Then someone asked, so what is your “Hell Yeah?”

It made me stop and ponder. How often do we get excited about things, but don’t take the time to think about it, or act upon it?

I know I have done it often.

So here is what I came up with.

In order to truly live a “Hell Yeah!” life, you have to surrender to your innate wisdom and follow your inner GPS.

As I tuned into my inner wisdom, it informed me in the wee hours of the morning – that as long as I am spending my time doing something that has to do with either Reading, Writing, Photography or Travel, I am on the right track.

So, that is my Hell Yeah!

What is your “Hell Yeah!” What does it look or sound like? Share it in the comments below.

I am a huge of of Chris Guillebeau.

If you don’t know who he is, Google him. But, if you don’t want to to be overwhelmed by the sheer mass of info you’ll find about him, start with his 279 days to overnight success Manifesto.

His blog, Art of Non-Conformity, was, and continues to be a great source of inspiration and information for me and more than 200,000 others.

One of the ideas that he and I share is that of giving it away. For the last seven years, I have made a comfortable living by simply giving away my time and talent.

In the last fours years, I have traveled all over the Lower 48 and attended some amazing events simply by following the simple philosophy of giving it away.

Wherever I happen to be, I simply approach restaurant owners/managers and offer to entertain their guests at no cost to the restaurant or to the patrons. I am amazed at how many no’s I get. But, I eventually get a yes, and set out to twist balloons and give them away to the kids. About 90% of the time the parents will “tip” me, and the restaurant will offer me something to eat. Like I said, I have made a comfortable living doing it.

When you focus on making a life, instead of making a living, you’ll find ways to be of service to others and the Universe will find a way to compensate you.

When you give away joy, it comes back to you manifold.

What do you know and enjoy doing that you might give away? Tell us about it in the comments.