Our story this week is about Rafael Incao, who decided to throw his diploma to the bottom of a drawer and start to digitally invest! Check the text in the words of Raphael himself.
“31 Years ago, in São Paulo, Rafael Incao – the guy who’s talking to you, was born.
I was a fussy and curious child, always looking for interesting things to do, even though they weren’t considered “politically correct” by some adults.
At school, I’ve always been a great lazy student. That’s because I was able to take good grades on tests, but I didn’t take the time to dedicate myself to school works or let my notebooks reaady to go.
Actually, for many years I didn’t even have a notebook, because I knew I wouldn’t take a look at it forwardly, so why would I lose my time copying many subjects that wouldn’t be useful?
As I didn’t care about my regular resumé, it was at the library that I found things that were really interesting. I was a regular guest from that room, and used to love spending my time reading the most amazing stories which lived among those book covers.
Nevertheless, I’ve never been a “Library Rat”, and between a page and another ones, I’ve always gone to the courtyard annoy someone, or blow a small mortar up in the bathroom, causing a scholar chaos that left me with no classes on, for many times.
Even with those “pocket-sized aftershocks” I never hurted anyone, ’cause I’ve got a pseudo security code which made toilet fly away, not people.
Besides annoying the school employees, I still had the time to piss a few classmates off, and most of them had at least a charge and a music parody at the moment. I was a bug, and I flawlessly admit that I was good at it.
Time went by and I saw that I had to take life (just a little bit) more serious.
On second year of high school I realized that I’d have to decide between two options:
- Wouldn’t go to a university
- Would study at a public university
Going to a private university was out of sight, I couldn’t afford the expenses.
A bit against my own will, I decided to seriously study.
At the same time, with my high school, I had a preparatory course.
The preparatory course was very different from school. I couldn’t imagine that learning could be fun and that really fascinated me.
It was such a rushed routine. School in the morning, preparatory course in the afternoon. When I had some time left, I helped my classmates teaching things that I’ve learned in the preparatory course.
That’s when I started teaching.
I liked the idea of sharing my knowledge, and I decided to study at a university in which I could continue this journey. The choice was one of the most feared subjects ever: Math.
In the end of that year I’ve got into USP, and after many years I could graduate.
Wasn’t easy, but I didn’t take the effort so that it would be. I started teaching right before I got into the college, and so I did though the years. I had a lot of joy giving math classes and many of my greatest friends nowadays were my students in the past.
Given the fact that I loved what I did, and always been specialized in my area I could have better wages each year, in big schools in São Paulo.
That didn’t make me rich, but as a single man with no children, I could make it through. And this was thouroughly exterminated, for my expenses with trips on vacation and school holidays.
Traveling made me change a lot as a person, making me tolerant, cult and open to new ideas. It has almost become an addiction, and each day I thought less and less about logarithm and more and more about my next destination.
At a certain extent I got to the conclusion that traveling as much as I wanted to wasn’t arrangeable with the classes I was giving.
Chosing between a settled and a memorable life, I’ve chosen the lattest.
I’ve thrown my diploma to the bottom of a drawer and started to digitally invest. I could explore math as a niche, but I decided to kick this out.
What I’ve chosen instead? Talking about trips, of course.
I decided to make this radical decision in a day where I was meditating at an Australian beach, and I made all myself up to become a dream life come true.
Traveling around the world as you get money sounds unreal for most people, so did it for me as well.My first step to start this new life was seeking people who had this life.
I had the happiness to find many people who shared the same purposes in this process, and gave me a hand so I could make it through.
Nowadays I’ve made many projects on the internet like Viajantes Aprendizes, a congress that united brazilians from 8 different countries.
I’ve also written the Guia Obrigatório Para Viajar O Mundo, which teached since the ABC ’till details of how to hit the road and avoid making commons travelers’ mistakes.
Today I’m what it’s commonly called “Digital Nomad”: I live wherever I feel like, and get money through my notebook.
This way, I can make my dream of knowing the whole wide world come true and can also help those who want the same.
Happy? No… I feel plentiful!”
Traduzido por Mariana Buzzato
Photo credits: Rafael Incao