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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Are You Hoop-Jumping Through Life?

Posted on January 6th, 2013

If your parents are like mine, you have probably heard the phrases “you have to start somewhere” and “you have to work your way up” come from them at least once, especially when you complain about your job as a glorified secretary in spite of your snazzy corporate title and paycheck.

 

This is because our parents come from a hard-working, do-whatever-it-takes kind of generation, many of whom have become successful through dogged resolution and strategic ladder-climbing. I have an unwavering respect for the time, patience, and astuteness that was required of them to achieve these goals and provide for their families.

 

But these 1950s ideas of work are still being instilled into today’s twenty-something workforce, which resides in a global, hi-tech, hyper-connected world boasting entirely new realms of possibility for value creation.

 

As such, these previous ways of thinking about work are (unknowingly) oppressing innovation, hindering new job creation, and choking the creative spirit of human beings who value harvesting their unique talent and potential more than successfully leaping through the next hoop.

 

In 2013, we can no longer try to “work our way up” – we have to innovate our way out. Trying to wedge ourselves into the next rung of another bureaucratic ladder is counter-productive – for ourselves, our companies, and society as a whole.

 

Let’s be clear: this is not a call to quit your job and try to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. What I am urging us to do is to make the conscious decision to stop blindly chasing goals and titles and degrees in order to fit into pre-existing molds.

 

Instead, we should chase goals, titles, and degrees with full clarity as to how these things will showcase, enhance, and nurture what makes us distinctive, talented human beings.

 

We should be seeking to identify the things we do that are unique to us as individuals and valuable to others.

 

With this awareness we can then forge a path, whether within corporations, the government, or through our own creative enterprises, that capitalizes on the one-of-a-kind contribution we have the potential to make.

 

So, the next time you are on the job hunt and are racking your brain to figure out how you could possibly fit into a description for which you are probably still miserably “unqualified,” please ask yourself the following:

 

“Will this allow me to shine? Or will I simply succeed at making it through the hoop?”

 

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What do you think about the possibilities for more innovative, non-linear career paths? How do you fight the tendency to fall into a rung on the ladder? Share in the comments section below!

 

 

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

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