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Kim, Kaan, Roel, Yohan, Claudio, Fernando, Masaharu.
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chapter 01
If you don't face your problems,
they'll follow you wherever you go.
chapter 02
I studied fashion,
now I'm trying to change it.
chapter 03
So I decided to
give my city a chance.
chapter 04
Be prepared to sacrifice
everything for happiness.
chapter 05
I overcame my fears through my aspirations.
Hyoungtae Yohan
chapter 06
If you want to follow
your passion, make it your job.
chapter 07
The best day to get
started on something is yesterday.
chapter 08
Work smart to work less.
chapter 09
I have overcome difficulties by pushing myself even harder.
chapter 010
I am the sole master of my destiny.
Work smart
to work less. 
a story by Masaharu

Masaharu Hayataki is a digital nomad. Having left Japan to start his first work experience in Europe, Masaharu's desire to travel pushed him to keep moving. Now his office is online: no matter where he is, all he needs is a computer and an internet connection to manage his customers' requests.

My life is full of leaps of faith. Over the course of the past few years, I first decided to move to Slovakia, then started working as a freelancer and exploring the world as a digital nomad: activities that required learning and investing in myself, without a guaranteed economic return.

I think the most important decision I ever made was leaving Japan. It is pretty unusual for Japanese people to go work abroad, as we are typically very cautious and do not like taking risks.
After a few years spent working for an American company in the Czech Republic, I decided to start freelancing. I tried out lots of different professions, from copywriting to translation.

I chose this job to take control of my life.

Working closely with customers means I get direct feedback, which is good for my self-esteem. When you work in an office, you are often restricted by its policies and procedures, and sometimes you end up feeling under-valued.
Freelancing means I only have to work a maximum of 3 or 4 hours a day, in a café or at home, if there is a good internet connection. I spend the rest of my time exploring the city or walking in the mountains.

It allows me to work while travelling. This is my only chance to see the world.

A couple of months ago I founded Japanese Influencer Marketing, a project that I manage together with some friends, bringing companies into contact with the world of Japanese influencer marketing.
I chose this field because it is a flexible and convenient line of work that can be outsourced to others.
My colleagues understand the context and culture in which we operate, but they are not all Japanese: some of them were my university classmates who, unhappy with their jobs or looking for opportunities to travel, decided to join me.

I taught them the basic principles required to become freelancers and now they work alongside me on everyday activities such as organising lists of potential clients, managing our daily communication with influencers, designing strategies or writing a post for the start-up blog.
These are things I can do at any time, and I don't always have to be online.

I'm too lazy to be lazy. In order to pursue my chosen lifestyle, which allows me to work a few hours a day and spend the rest of the time exploring the cities in which I find myself, I had to get creative.

I had to work harder to work less.

If you're lazy and choose to invest your time in the goal of working less in the future, that's fine.
The real problem is when you are too lazy to make a change: the world is full of people who hate their jobs, but are too lazy to explore any new opportunities.

When you are working as a freelancer, the most important thing is discipline.

Sometimes, the people I work with find a reason to procrastinate even if I tell them what to do and how to do it.
I get it. I need rules, just like everyone else. For example, I know that if I buy a book the only way I can read it is by locking myself in a café and leaving my smartphone at home.

Whether you’re starting a diet or launching a business, the same principle applies: today is the best day to start.

"I'll do it someday" actually means "I'll never do it".

You should always have a plan in mind, create a schedule and stick to it.
Sometimes the time is not yet ripe and you have to wait and conserve energy. But even then you should have a strategy to reach your goal; just pushing it back isn't good enough.

I wouldn't necessarily call myself successful, but I'm succeeding in the pursuit of my goal.

From a business point of view, I'm earning more than my friends in Japan. As for being a "digital nomad", there are still certain aspects that need some work.
I need to plan my activities so I can travel more and work even less.

The more I make choices like these, the more comfortable I feel making them.
They aren't leaps of faith anymore, but rational and thought out decisions. I believe in the data, my own judgement, and, above all, myself.

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