A few months ago, while I was surfing the net, I discovered a blog called “Exile Lifestyle” and immediately felt in love with the writing. The author, Colin Wright, is a successful entrepreneur who left his native America to go traveling the world to seek adventure and new experiences. Meet the guy behind the site through this exclusive interview…
If you can define yourself in few words, what would they be?
Ambitious in my pursuit of a NEW American Dream.
Why did you decide to pursue this dream of yours and what was the triggering factor?
I decided to pick up shop and convert my studio into a traveling operation when I realised that I was working 120 hour weeks and barely seeing my girlfriend (that I live with!).
I was making a whole lot of money, and when I had the opportunity to step back and take a look at things from a higher vantage point (in this case, Seattle), it became glaringly apparent that I was going to reach my goal of making my first million in my mid-20’s, but I was not going to be able to spend it.
My ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality had shifted into overdrive, and I was running on adrenaline and getting sucked into the game. I decided the only way I would be able to pry myself from this path was to do something drastic and different, and to change my definition of ‘success’ in the meantime.
How your friends and family reacted when you told them about your project?
With equal parts amazement and horror, I think.
I’m actually incredibly fortunate to have the most supportive family anyone could ask for. My parents and siblings have been with me 100% with all of my harebrained schemes and tangents throughout the years, but they also know that I’ve failed enough to understand the consequences of my actions and to be able to pick myself back up when things hit rock bottom.
My friends have been equally awesome throughout the entire process. Many of them I was leaving behind to travel, but we stay in touch online, and they continue to be just as supportive (if not more so) of me and what I do as before. I’m really incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing individuals.
What is the best part in this amazing adventure?
I love the thrill of constant change.
This is something I was missing in LA – I had a challenge and a large degree of success, but I didn’t have the opportunity to try out as many new things as I would have liked, and it’s difficult to experiment with your lifestyle when you’re in the same place, around the same people all the time. Every 4 months I have the opportunity to, more or less, start over from scratch. I can be whomever I want to be, do whatever I want to do, and apply all the lessons I’ve learned without comfortable habits and the expectations of others holding me back.
Meeting so many new people and learning about their outlooks on life has been amazing, as well. I’m absolutely fascinated by sociology and culture, and being able to add so many different viewpoints to my stockpile has been incredibly valuable philosophically.