Million Dollar Idea: Remote Year for Families (& Teachers)

From the wishful thinking department.

Remote Year is a program for singles (and couples without kids) to spend a year working remotely while they travel around the world. They spend something like a month in each country, and all the logistics are handled by the organization.

Pretty cool, right?

So I was thinking, what if there was a Remote Year for families? Instead of a cohort of 50 singles traveling the world together, what if it was a mix of 10-12 families of 3-4 and 10-12 attached teachers and caregivers to ensure the children got a real, lasting benefit?

Suppose it was $1,600/month per parent and $400/month per [ school-aged ] child—and 100% free for the teachers and caregivers who tend to the children so the parents can work.

We’re already well on our way to paying teachers nothing at all. The least we could do is give them a trip around the world with a small, manageable class size, and actually engaged parents.

If you can make it work, tips are appreciated. Lulz.

3 things 3 years with a $3,000 truck has taught me

1. Your skills are an asset—not a shortcut.

There’s nothing wrong with buying a $3000 vehicle when you can put another two grand into it to make it perfectly reliable—you’ve just got to follow through and commit to making it reliable right away.

2. You get out of your network what you put into it.

The more you help people solve their problems, the more people you’ll find willing to help you solve your problems. Fezzik is essentially sponsored by my friends. Thank you.

3. You can’t always get what you want. (You get what you need.)

Okay, so I learned this one from The Rolling Stones. But Fezzik’s really driven the lesson home.

Nice as it would be if Fezzik was a bespoke, overland rig like Linhbergh Nguyen’s—or pristinely gorgeous like Kevin Roy’s—I really just my Montero to be reasonably reliable and capable of going when the going gets tough.

. . .

I haven’t had a completely reliable Mitsubishi since Daisy, the 97 Talon I bought new in 1996. That’s going to change here in next couple months. (See #1, #2, and #3, above.)

Thinking about advice for aspiring gearheads…

Especially those just getting started.

I’ve currently got about 7,000 words written on the subject across a handful of would-be ebook documents. And I kinda want to combine them all into one, maybe two free downloads.

(I was looking at the printed issues again the other day. Got the itch again.)

The main points, in rough order:

  • Be honest with yourself about what you really want and need.
  • The 3-step process most enthusiasts forget: why > how > what
  • Find your community. Prioritize meeting others in person.
  • Take action. (Take control.)

And once you’ve got that down, give some thought to what the your next level looks like.

  • Setup your ideas workshop.
  • Practice the art of the side hustle.

And remember life is like a slushbox sometimes.

Kinda feels like I should get this buttoned up before Next Level Gearhead Summer launches (in three months)—but I’ve still got quite a bit of work to do on that front before it’s ready to actually build.

Maybe I should be honest with myself about what I really want and need, remember that 3-step process, discuss with the community (in person wherever possible), and take action.

Target: 1,000 GBXM subscribers by the end of 2018.