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So you finally got that job you wanted. Sure, it took some time and effort, but you managed to score a well paid position that matches all your needs. It has good career advancement plan, great benefits and to top it all off: Work from Home days. And you could not be more excited to start cashing them in. Maybe you’re on a fully remote team, managing your own business or enjoying those flexible Fridays everyone was talking about. Whatever the reason may be, you get to spend a day at home in your PJ’s drinking soda with the TV as background music. Or maybe you even decide to go out and take your work to the park, or the local Starbucks. Life is good and you start to fantasize about trips to the Caribbean, and taking pictures of your laptop with an orange drink. Then all of a sudden phone…

It’s now been about 4 months since I started my new life as a remote worker. To be quite honest, it’s been pretty great: traveling, no commute, making my own hours, etc. And yet, at the same time, I’ve been able to experience some of the realities of this way of life. So in today’s post I thought I would address some of the Myths (and truths) about remote work. Before we get started, however, I’d just like to say that I’ll be tackling these myths from the point of view of a remote worker. This whole conversation will be about how remote work affects you personally, rather than how it affects a company. With that being said, let’s dive right in. Is Remote Work Lonely? Myth: Working remotely means you’ll have a lot less company. Truth: Working remotely means your company is going to be different. This particular aspect…

Author’s Note: This post is a sequel to last week’s Lessons from Remote Work Job Interviews around the world. – Pt 1. If you haven’t read that one, I highly suggest starting there.

Last week we talked about the first three lesson’s I got from my 4 month remote work interviewing process. We mainly learned that:

  • There will always be someone better, but that doesn’t have to stop us.
  • Saying “I don’t know” can be surprisingly powerful.
  • Reinforcing your fundamentals can lead you to discover new strengths.

Now, this week, we’re going to be discussing the final three lessons I got from this journey, starting now:

I’ve spent the past 4 months of my life with a single focus: Getting a Remote Job. This was a process that led me into a journey of self-discovery, learning and personal growth. Here are some of the lessons I learned from Remote Work Job Interviews around the World.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just spend 4 months throwing resumes out there and hoping for the best. That wouldn’t have been enough. These were three of the most hard-working months of my entire life: I’m talking 16 hour days of work and study.

And while I know that it may sound excessive for some people, to me it only made sense. I knew I wanted to change Jobs, and I knew I wasn’t about to settle down for more of the same. I didn’t want another 9 to 5, different office, similar commute.

No, my friends. To me, getting a remote job meant obtaining freedom. Freedom to be wherever I wanted to be, and to visit my friends and family more often. 

But, as some of you may already know, remote work isn’t an easy perk to come by. And it’s not that hard to understand why: you’re competing against the whole world for a job like this. This also meant that remote work job interviews were going to be a little more competitive than usual.

So I had to make my mind, was I willing to fight for the kind of life I wanted? And not only was the answer yes, but by now I can also say: It worked.

But this process didn’t come without it’s fair share of challenges. It wasn’t easy. And yet I would be lying if I were to say I didn’t learn anything from it.

I gained more than just the job I wanted from this experience – I gained valuable lessons that will forever change the way I see life. And these are the ones I want to talk about today.