Whenever I am not sure exactly what idea I should craft an article around, there is one “evergreen”, always ready one that will work on this blog … Moving to the Philippines. One reason it is always a “go” for me writing or visitors reading is, there’s a whole group of people who have been “thinking about” and “planning for” and “considering” moving here for years now … I just heard from a guy this am that surprised me … he was a frequent contributor to a Yahoo Group about living in the Philippines which I used to frequent back before the year 2000.
And, he still hasn’t made up his mind.
How many more like him are out there? I don’t know, but feedback from my readers here certainly let’s me know that it is more than a few.
I saw a neat quote this morning about an article from Steve Pavlina that I’ve read before … but perhaps not pointed out here. Thanks, Michael, for pointing this important concept out to me, yet again Launching Your First Product – How We Did It!
As Steve explains – the ready-fire-aim approach, rather surprisingly works a lot better than the more common ready-aim-fire approach.
“The reason is that after you’ve “fired” once, you have some actual data with which to adjust your aim. Too many people get bogged down in planning and thinking and never get to the point of action. How many potentially great ideas have you passed up because you got stuck in the state of analysis paralysis (i.e. ready-aim-aim-aim-aim-aim…)?
If you think you want to move to the Philippines, then move to the Philippines. You know,the door swings both ways … if you try to make go of it here and you find out that the luster of your dream is a little less bright, then pack up and go somewhere else.
I need not be the soul numbing, stress inducing torture than so many of you seem to make it out to be. What’s the worst that can happen? You have to pay for some plane fares back home? Let me assure you of something … if you are living in the US right now, you are likely wasting way more than the cost of some air tickets, each and every year, burning up your money on cable TV. ridiculous cell phone plans, insurance for everything up to and including orthodontics for your dog … and likely even some ore US-induced waste I haven’t thought of yet.
You might be interested in my article on “Economy Birding” in the Philippines as well. Many folks, in today’s US economy, might find out it’s very smart to come here for a few years, wipe out the debts that are making you lose sleep now, get rid of the expenses you don’t really need, so you can focus on the important issues you feel you have to pay … and in general, just adding a few years to your life.
Could I be wrong? Of course I could … but guess what? If you just sit there, worrying and wishing and never do anything, you will never, ever know.
Ready, Fire, Aim … it can work.