How to Live the Good Life Without Being Independently Wealthy or Retired

  • March 6, 2009 by Corbett Barr

Sunset over Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one’s will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.

An activity, such as a vocation or hobby, engaged in regularly.

What’s holding you back from living the life you want to? How are some people able to spend months vacationing every year and enjoy expensive time-consuming hobbies while you’re stuck working like mad at a job you don’t really even enjoy?

The answer is career flexibility.

Smart people are finding creative ways to make a living that enable them to live the good life without being retired or independently wealthy. They’re able to work where and when they want to and earn enough money to be more than comfortable. These people have discovered that not being chained to a desk with just three weeks of vacation per year is the key to living a richer, more independent life.

Free Pursuits is all about helping you:

  • Find the flexible career you were meant to have
  • Manage your career to maximize your happiness
  • Make time for and pursue the things that really matter to you

The answers are different for everyone. The right career move for you might be to become a freelancer, consultant, micro-business owner, entrepreneur, artist, dog walker, acupuncturist, blogger or something else. Or, maybe you already have a flexible career, but need help making the most of it.

The goal is for you to enjoy your career and have enough time and income to travel, volunteer, spend time with your kids, go sailing, sip Mai-Tai’s on a beach or whatever else you consider living the good life.

About Your Author

Hi. I’m Corbett. For the past 13 years I have been a Software Developer, Business Consultant and Entrepreneur. After spending three years building my last company, my wife Jessalyn and I decided to take some extended time off. We bought a Subaru Forester, packed our bags and our dog Kinsey and headed off on a six-month-long road trip through Mexico. We wanted to relax, learn some Spanish, meet new people and take some time to plan my next career move.

In Mexico we met a ton of interesting people. A lot of those people were on extended trips like us. Many of them had made a habit of traveling for months at a time every year. These weren’t just older retired and/or independently wealthy people either; most of them were relatively young and of modest means.

I was utterly intrigued by the fact that so many young, middle-class people had found ways of crafting careers that allowed them to take up to six months off every year to travel or live in another part of the world. How were they able to do it? These people were living the “good life” and I wanted to find out how. That’s what prompted this blog, and I hope to help you find a similar path.

I’m a big believer in working to live, rather than living to work. Those of us who aren’t independently wealthy or retired can unlock the good life by designing a truly flexible career that lets us work where and when we want to while making a comfortable income. Join me as I explore how you can live the life you’ve dreamed of.

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.

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Paritosh March 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Hey Corbett,
Congratulations on starting the blog…its a really interesting topic you have chosen to understand…I am sure it will hit the right lever with a lot of people and hopefully with your insights and tips more people will try to live the good life…

Corbett Barr March 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Thanks, Paritosh! I really hope I can connect with people in a meaningful way. Thanks for reading.

Faraz Qureshi March 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

Corbett, you’ve inspired me to get back to blogging! Great topic btw. Its not easy to design such a career, but absolutely achievable as you are showing. Look fwd to reading more.



Corbett Barr March 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

Thanks, Faraz. When do we get to know what “Company TBD” is? Best of luck with the blogging too.

Per Håkansson April 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Cool blog.

My brother-in-law (whom I think you know: Garrett in Chicago) recommended it to me. I think entrepreneurship + lifestyle design is the future. At one point, society needs to realize that modern factories (i.e. offices) aren’t the most productive environment for knowledge workers. Value creation and innovation happens in the conversations between people with different needs and perspective.


Corbett Barr April 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Hi Per! Thanks for reading. I completely agree that innovation is more likely to happen outside of the typical office. Garrett and I saw the lack of productivity inherent in “modern factories” (as you put it) while working together outside of Chicago. I hope through the blog that more people will understand the benefits of intentional lifestyle design.


Mickey Roberts May 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Corbett: I just ran into your site; I have been interested in lifestyle design after reading the Four Hour Work Week; as a 52 year old solo lawyer, I have a very comfortable life(kids are grown, so it’s me, the wife, and dog); my goal is to now find a way I can become “location” free and still practice law. Blogs like your are a great inspiriation to me. Keep up the good work!

Corbett Barr May 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I’m glad we’re keeping you inspired, Mickey! It’s funny you mention practicing law remotely. I’m currently renting a house from a woman in Mexico who is a California-based lawyer. She spends six months a year in Mexico and continues to work while she’s here. I don’t know the specifics, but it certainly sounds possible. Let us know how it goes for you.


Leo Gopal September 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

Hi Corbett,

Been following your work since 2010 but truly fell in love with everything this year – joined fizzle, etc.

Really love this topic and shows how continuous, consistent changes is what builds long term success.

Love the work you 3C’s are doing! Keep it up!

Eternal Smiles,
Leo Gopal

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