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Old 12-12-2012
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Re: Making a living as a liveaboard

Another option is to let taking care of yourself be your new business.

There is a certain kind of math that happens in people's minds in America where they figure out that a lot of things aren't worth their time and energy because time is their most precious commodity. But that math can also work in reverse, if you let it, and you can spend more time doing things for yourself and need much less money to the point that you need almost no money at all. You can get to the point that you only need money for things that you couldn't possibly do yourself, such as purchasing gasoline because obviously you aren't going to drill for oil and refine it yourself.

The point of that is that instead of trying to figure out new ways to make money so that you can buy fish, maybe a cruiser's new job can be to catch fish. Instead of figuring out how to get money for diesel, maybe the cruiser's new job can be to learn to sail without using the motor. Instead of figuring out how to purchase new sails, maybe the cruiser's new job can be to get the material and learn to sew the sails themselves. Instead of trying to make money to purchase chunky soup, maybe the cruiser's new job can be to locate inexpensive basic ingredients and pressure can their own soup.

Is it "wasting time doing what you could pay someone else to do" when you have all the time in the world and making money starts to be the challenge ? What are people saving all that time and energy up to do, exactly, when most of their time is spent sitting on the boat doing very little except watching the clouds float by ?
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Last edited by wind_magic; 12-12-2012 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Edit
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