Is this really about your move to the Philippines? You decide.
Another short reading assignment today, gentle readers.
And then a much more important thinking assignment.
Reading is easy, at least if it interests you.
Thinking? Sometimes not so much.
Go see what my blogging colleague Seth wrote:
(go ahead, it’s very short and to the point, I’ll wait for you.)
If you didn’t take the time, here’s the important message in a couple lines:
How much are you paying for the privilege of having someone else tell you what to do?
If you take a job as a freelancer writer doing short service pieces on assignment to a local paper, you might earn $3 an hour. Which is about 97% less than you’d earn if, like some writers, you dream up amazing pieces, write them on spec and turn them into blogs, books or films. This writer doesn’t wait to get hired. He hires himself.
If you do publicity for an agency, working hard and precisely following the VP’s and the client’s instructions, you might earn $25 an hour. On the other hand, when you do your own PR, when you build a sensation and turn it into a following, you might earn many times that. (And enjoy it more).
We happily give up our freedom and our income in exchange for having someone else take responsibility for telling us what to do next.
How much are you giving up?
Well? How much are you giving up?
I get queries here all the time from people wanting to know if they can live in the Philippines on a certain amount of money per month. The amounts vary, but they are often quite low, and when investigated, they almost always seem to revolve around some particular government allowance the reader has available to him or her.
Well, I get money from the government too … annuities that I earned by years of service. So I am going to be the very last person to knock anyone for taking and allowance they are entitled to. Take it and more power to you.
But, let me give you the thinking assignment I promised you know:
1. Is that all you are worth?
2. Are you sure that you want to “sell yourself” for x amount per month?
To help you out with your thinking (and get a picture of why I am n this little tangent today, review the post about Jon
Show of hands. How many already read it, and got through to the point about Jon’s illness and adversity overcome?
For those who still haven’t, Jon has SMA Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has already lived 25 years or so past the point the best US medical minds told him and his mom he would die. He just didn’t. Instead, he built himself a life and a business as well … mainly so he wouldn’t be a burden our others.
Jon was born in the USA. So, financially, he didn’t have to worry nearly as much about the devastating costs associated with his disease as some people in other countries would have.
But although he was “alive”, the government programs and allowances that kept him “alive” also took away his ability to “live”. In Jon’s words:
… I added it all up, and the total cost of keeping me alive in the US was $127,000 a year. That’s not rent. That’s not food. That’s just medical expenses.
Granted, I didn’t actually have to pay all that. I had private insurance, Medicaid, other government aid programs, but all that support comes at a price: they control you. The government allotted me only $700 a month to live on, and I had to spend every single cent above that on medical expenses, or they would cut me off.
So for years, that’s what I did. If I made $5,000 one month, I set aside $700 for living expenses, and I spent the other $4,300 on medical bills. Nothing was left. Ever.
And eventually, I got sick of it. …
I don’t wonder that he did get sick of it.
And that’s the reason I get frustrated and frankly a little depressed when I get queries for people that start out, “I am 27 years old, I have a disability and I only get $1,100 USD per month to support me, can I live in the Philippines on that”?
The answer is, you probably can, but the bigger question, by far is, do you want to? At 27 years of age, are you ready to give up the next 50 or 60 years of “Living” you may have in your “lifetime” account, just to cut your price and hold yourself back inside the artificial limits that the government, in their infinite wisdom, has set for you.
Who the hell has the right to say that someone is “worth” $700 USD per month or $1,100 USD per month or any other dollar figure? Who indeed?
The way I see it, there are three things you can do with your life.
- What someone else tells you you can do
- What just “happens to you”, as in staying where your car breaks down.
- Whatever you decide to do
Which way will you chose? Can you move to the Philippines or not?