How to become a pirate?
Ahoy me hearties! Sure, it’s fun to say things like “Arrr!” and “Shiver me timbers,” you can even celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, but here – at Tip Shack, we’re going to tell you how everything it takes to actually become a pirate. Read on or “Ill skewer yer gizzard, ye salty sea bass… Avast!”
Before shedding light on how to become a pirate, we’ll first discuss a few things you need to know and then how you will be able to apply this concept in everyday life!
Why become a pirate?
Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are often the ones who do. Case in point, Steve Jobs; he was obsessed with pirates. Faced with a lull developing the ambitious “MacIntosh” project at Apple in 1983, Jobs remarked
“It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.”
The Mac was a revolution in personal computing and he meant that being a pirate meant moving fast, unencumbered by bureaucracy and politics, being audacious and courageous, willing to take considerable risks for greater rewards.
So, if you’ve ever dreamed about being in the shoes of Captain Sparrow, of being extraordinary then ask yourself the real questions and work out what you would like to do with your life. Then, snap, get a boat and sail to the other side of the world. Everyone wants it sooner or later.
In short, becoming a pirate is a super exciting life! Step outside the box and live your life as you wanted, and become a pirate. Childish for some, unrealistic for others. But I’m 10 times happier since I adopted this lifestyle.
But what does it mean to be a pirate these days?
Become a pirate, the concept
Rest assured, you don’t have to loot the ships and even less take control of other people’s computers. The concept of becoming a pirate is based around freedom. I am deeply convinced that we are slaves to illusions and habits that deprive us of a freedom.
These days, all the main lines of our lives are often traced out for us. You go to school to learn a trade. If you are lucky you will have a job that you are passionate about and at worst that will allow you to live. And then there will come the time of retirement where you can enjoy life.
In the meantime, you will find your other half, you will marry (or not), you will have children, buy a home and a (beautiful) car and look forward to your 2 weeks of vacation each year.
Very caricatured but this lifestyle reflects a good part of the US population. Most people fit into this stereotype; we are far removed from the last action movie where the hero lives at 100 an hour.
Entering the workforce is a bit like shooting yourself in the foot. I’m not throwing stones at anyone with a regular job, I’ve had regular jobs myself several times. The difference is that I didn’t see it as an end.
This is where financial independence comes into its own. If you want to have some control over your life, you have to take control on how you make your money. Here, I find entrepreneurship is the ideal gateway to becoming a pirate.
Through this blog, I give you a vision of what can be done. Working on the Internet for example is a very good approach in the sense that you can work from anywhere in the world.
Freedom of thought
A pirate travels, and travels anywhere. It’s impressive how living in another country allows you to put your beliefs into perspective and what you thought was a norm.
The funniest thing is to watch the news of this country from abroad. Lots of “blah, blah,” around empty debates that put the crowd to sleep?
By keeping a bit of distance from domestic issues, you learn faster to make your own opinion and quickly understand that the next presidential election won’t change the face of the country. You learn that if you want change, you will have to do it yourself, because no one else will do it for you.
It only takes a little retrospective reflection to realize that apart from the crumbs, there has been no real change in years. Stop the wait-and-see and take action.
Live your passion
Pirates put their desires first and take control of your life. Since I adopted this lifestyle, I started to box, I eat better, and have a minimalist lifestyle.
How many of you have kept your New Year resolutions? Did you learn to play the piano, lose weight, make time for a regular date night? How many will keep them to the end of the year? Ask yourself – it was a good idea – what stopped you? A study shows that 90% of good resolutions are abandoned in the first month.
The daily routine taking over? Too much change in too little time? We all suffer from a little of all that, but resistance is futile if we change details without changing our way of thinking.
Sit in front of a sheet of paper, even if it takes hours, and list the things that are really important to you. From there, chart the change you want to make in your life, and prevents you from reaching them.
To become a pirate requires deep questioning. This step is important, but taking action is what actually gives you a new direction in life.
Becoming a pirate will hopefully give you the tools to help you take the plunge. Whether it’s to gain financial independence, or to help you change your life. It is a process where you will often be alone, confronted with yourself. But it can only make you stronger and give you a more fulfilling life.
It only remains for me to encourage you to hoist your standard and come to join me on this threatening and agitated sea, but which will bring you great happiness.
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