A few weeks ago, I was doing some out-of-town holiday shopping and ended up striking up a conversation with one of the staff members at the store. It turns out he was Ukrainian and had lived in the U.S. for five years. He said he liked where he was living, and that there was much more of a “scene” than in his part of western Ukraine.
I asked him, “what about dating here?” He paused a moment. “I’ll probably go back to Ukraine to find a wife”.
I’m not trying to start a war of the sexes. It’s true; familiarity breeds comfort. It’s easiest to do what feels comfortable (although flying 6,000 miles to find a wife doesn’t seem too comfortable). But it creates a valid point: you should go where you’re comfortable, whether it’s to bank your money or to find a woman (or man) who understands you and accepts you.
I started Nomad Capitalist because I believe people with talent should go where they are treated best. I was raised to always think beyond the United States. No matter where you live, the same principles apply not only to your money and your business, but to your life.
Warren Buffett has said that loneliness is the price you pay for the elevation success brings. Using the Nomad approach, however, you can plant your flag in different places. Think beyond moving your money and expertise around and think about other ways to increase your happiness by diversifying geographically.
So, what kind of Nomad do you really want to be?