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Giving Up On the American Dream
214: Giving Up On the American Dream

214: Giving Up On the American Dream



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Giving up on the American Dream

Paul Kortman gave up on the American Dream. He figured out how to create a life that lets him, his soon-to-be wife and four kids to be location independent. He’s going to tell you how to do it too on this episode of the How to Quit Working Show.

About Paul

Paul Kortman is a digital marketing strategist who quit his job in 2010 because his boss wouldn’t allow telecommuting. Paul has not looked back since!

Paul owns and runs Connex Social (http://connexsocial.com), a Digital Marketing consulting and execution agency. He built this company 5 years ago, some of those years making 4 times what he was being paid while working for the man.

Because of the freedoms afforded to Paul because of the business he, his wife and their 4 kids have been traveling the world as a digital nomadic family. In fact they’ve built a community much like the How to Quit Working Circle only focused on traveling families or location independent families. You can read more about that community at http://nomadtogether.com.  Paul and his wife Becky believe that most all information working “jobs” or businesses or freelance/contractor positions can free families up to change their lifestyle to live their dream lifestyle. Perhaps that might involve airline travel, RV travel, or perhaps it might involve living off the grid in the wilderness no matter what the lifestyle choice NomadTogether has families doing it.

When Paul quit his job at a growing marketing agency who was doling out bonuses it was one of the worst times to do this. 2008-2010 was the recession and there was little business marketing dollars being spent. Paul and Becky had just had their third child (they now have 4) and they had little in savings. However with hustle and a little bit of luck the first month out Paul earned double what he would have had he stayed at the office.

Other perks Paul enjoyed during this time include being home on average for 3 meals a day 6 days a week. The other day he was home for either breakfast or dinner. As homeschoolers Paul and Becky are adamant about how important it is for their kids to see Daddy working, to see what Daddy is doing and how hard Daddy needs to work. Paul admits that working from home is not without it’s challenges but the normal “water cooler” breaks and conversations are much more beneficial and worth it.

Paul believes in choosing your destiny. choosing your lifestyle and not letting life happen to you.



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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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