[I started a new weekly series last week about things that polish and complete a man. Read the Introduction, and Become A Real Man #1: Real Men Cook)]
A friend recently asked me my advice on whether to quit his decently paying job in the Middle East and go back to South America where he was well received, and had a much better time.
I knew he won’t be working there, so I asked him what he’ll be doing all day.
His reply was that he would just hit on girls most of the time, and perhaps study and perfect his already excellent Spanish.
I already knew how it would work out. He’ll go through a honeymoon period the first couple of weeks or a month, and then would inevitably hit a low when, for instance, he’ll either get tired of chasing girls or have a stream of rejections without nothing to fall back on too.
What you need, I continued, was a plan. So, don’t go there unless you have one.
A man needs a plan.
Men are builders by nature. We’ve built civilizations, empires and dynasties. We’ve built nation states, corporations, and franchises.
All successful men whether they live in their home country or abroad have a plan.
Take away a man’s desire to build and create, and you take away a man’s inner strength.
I’m not saying you need to strive to do something equal to Christopher Columbus or Hernan Cortez. Any plan is fine as long as it’s something you truly believe in and want to accomplish.
Maybe you want to build the next hot Internet startup or write a great book. Maybe you want to create a community of people that share your ideas and values. Maybe you want to open a backpacker hostel in Ecuador to meet likeminded nomads.
Having a plan helps a man stay true to his core values. Having a plan reminds a man why he’s doing what he’s doing. Having a plan keeps a man sane during a time of distress and desperation.
When I lived in Mexico, I worked on creating an interactive online guide to Mexico City and surrounding areas.
In Brazil, I practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu everyday and did some online consulting.
In Colombia, I worked on various internet projects including mobile apps.
In Romania, I worked on some other internet projects including a book I’m currently writing.
Going out and meeting beautiful, foreign women is icing on the cake, but it’s not my raison d’etre. The secret is always having a plan and a purpose.
So, what’s your plan?
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