Apr 9, 2023Liked by Blake Boles

Things that come to mind:

Are you familiar with Daniel Schmachtenberger? I was listening to a series he did recently on the Great Simplification podcast - and the summation of what to do next - he was saying exactly this, find meaningful useful work that you are paid well for, don’t work too much, and spend your spare time working on healing your shit - intergenerational patterns and trauma and all that (I’d consider going on a retreat with you Blake a healing intervention).

And the next thought was, Daniel was unschooled as a young person- he discusses this a little in that series - but I’d love for someone to interview him more on this - maybe you could Blake???

And then I wondered who is supposed to clean the public toilets, and take out the garbage of the dirtbags - or maybe those jobs need to be paid $50+ an hour....

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Oops hit send too fast. Because I was reading this last night - there’s something very incongruous and unsettling about earning big money in places like Bali where the average local earns $5 a day if lucky.

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A really good point to bring up! Maybe under "high purpose" should be divesting from indirectly (but still very much) exploitative and/or problematic (morally gray) practices. This includes not participating in gentrification by being involved and invested in the local community. Employing locals ala call centers and VAs and paying them peanuts is *not* investing in the local community (even if it's technically higher than min wage there). What's better is partnering equitably with locals and/or setting up a cooperative of subcontractors who earn equitably with you.

High purpose in my mind is not centering myself as the hero or main character and acknowledging there are other stories and lives at stake which are just as important as mine. To that end, maybe not settling as an expat/"digital nomad" in struggling, economically disadvantaged or politically problematic countries in the first place is always a good option.

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