Dionne Douglas

What do you do for a living? I engage in mental monetization.

Sep 27, 2023

The Diary of a Digital Nomad's Life
Entry #1

"What do you do for a living?" is typically a question asked when someone wants to know a bit about who you are. We find ourselves considering this question or asking this question when we meet new people, when we want to know who someone is, and when we prepare ourselves to speak about the topic of resumes and job interviews. It's very common that when someone introduces themselves, they say their name, and then directly after, they mention what their job is so people know what they do for a living.

Though this question (about what you do for a living) may seem like an easy question for most people, it's not uncommon for some digital nomads to think twice about it, before answering the question. In my experience, "what do you do for a living?" is never a straight answer. I've been a digital nomad for most of my life and found creative ways to finance my travel-bug lifestyle through various online and "brick-and-mortar" ventures. To be very frank, I am not the job that I've ever needed to introduce myself as. I can honestly say, I've worked as a teacher, a corporate trainer, an IELTS and CELPIP examiner, an education consultant, a dean, an educational materials author, a principal and owner of an education center, a cultural advisor author and the list goes on. If you've met me, whether online or in person, I was definitely just wearing a hat related to the field of education or training, performing, or writing, but that was just a hat I wore at the time we met. So what am I really? What's my job?

[I would love to hear from you, if we've ever met online or in person, please comment below and let me know which country/city I was living in when we met. What was my job at the time? ]

Anyways, back to what I was saying. I've needed to introduce myself as "the accent coach" or the "online English instructor" or maybe "the customer service/sales trainer" and even the "mystery shopper" or "background actor AKA extras on TV sets"... but what was I really? I am a creator engaged in mental monetization. Mental monetization has allowed me to be fluid in adapting myself to fulfill different professional roles in exchange for money that I earn to fund my life experience, and eventually funding the lifestyle of my little family as I had children. I use my mental power to learn skills and adapt myself to different positions to earn money mainly online - that's all.

Going out there and having a conventional job, may be the traditional path, and it has its place, but being an expert in mental monetization means you can learn and earn anywhere you choose to go, and be confident that you'll learn the skills necessary to fund your life experience. The key to this digital nomad life that I've chosen (or maybe it has chosen me) is being creative, being open to learning new skills, and being brave enough to travel the world - while ignoring those who judge this lifestyle negatively.

Have you ever considered the concept of mental monetization and the necessity of being creative and adaptable in this modern era?

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