People Mistake me for a digital nomad.
This got me thinking…
So what actually makes someone a Digital Nomad?
Is it having so many digital skills?
Is it having a carefree attitude?
Is it being able to work and travel simultaneously?
Actually, I don’t think so.
In my personal opinion, being a digital nomad is less about the technicalities and more about the factors below.
This got me thinking, what exactly makes someone a digital nomad?
The Digital Nomad
Motivated by a lifestyle that does not require having to wake up early in the morning day after day, or work more than 4 hours per week (thank you Tim Ferriss), and combined with a world spitting out a new web-based production tool each day.
We notice the digital nomad sitting in a cafe or sometimes on the beach, behind their Macbook (yes, it has to be a Macbook otherwise the entire theory falls apart).
The digital nomad can be found with business card in-hand (and sometimes a real logo on top of the business card), perpetually excited about new opportunities in a particular field that is being talked about a lot in the news but ends up offering you web design, graphic design or digital marketing services.
Digital nomads can’t stay put anywhere. They have to be roaming the planet going from place to place. Some suffer from ADD.
Some digital nomads aspire to greatness and promote themselves quickly to CEO Nomad status right from the get-go.
You will notice CEO as their title on any business card they hand out.
International cities are home to a seemingly unlimited number of these types, who are always cornering you in bars, meetups, late-night street food stands to pitch their latest “disruptive” idea to you, or even better, just blurting out that they have an idea that’s going to change the world but they can’t tell you what it is for obvious reasons. You might steal it.
Most digital nomads believe they are entrepreneurs. Which is another sub-category, the Entrepreneur Nomad.
And entrepreneur nomads range from the impressively magnanimous to unspeakable levels of doucheness, but one thing’s for sure: they’re here to stay as long as there are more graduates than jobs year after year.
I will admit that it is great to have that sort of entrepreneurial energy running through our blue planet, but it can get annoying at times. Here’s why.
The entrepreneur nomad tends to have poor business skills, and worse, not much work experience in anything because working for anyone is against the whole idea of being a digital nomad.
Habitat: Sleeping secretly in shared office space with roomies because rent is just too damn high.
Camouflage: Various iterations of business casual wear and anything that holds a Macbook pro.
Watering Holes: Cafes and every conceivable happy hour.
Counter Measures: If ever confronted by any digital nomad type asking you to invest time or energy in their next big thing, silently, take out a piece of paper and draw 3 boxes. A box to represent your bank account on one end. Another box to represent their idea. A and a rectangle to represent a $1 bill. Then ask them to draw you a line that represents the path that the 1$ bill will take from their idea into your bank account. I guarantee you that the results of this test will be nothing short of spectacular.
I am not digital.
I am not nomad.
I am not a digital nomad.