Quit Your Job and Live the Outdoor Lifestyle? | Your Questions Answered

Quit Your Job and Live the Outdoor Lifestyle? | Your Questions Answered

How do I quit my job and work in the outdoors, my ideal lifestyle, and I’m 19 years old, how do I build a log cabin like you did? I answer two questions I received on Instagram this week from young guys who want to get away from conventional jobs and society and live a life of freedom and passion in the outdoors. I felt, and ended up doing, the same when i was in my early twenties. Today, the question is just as compelling to me as it was 25 years ago.

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  1. maninaboysbody on April 17, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    My "struggle" to live off grid started when Grizzly Adams debuted on tv!! lol..

  2. Angie Krajewski on April 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Well what i like with Shawn is that he doesn’t hesitate to tell people how to deal with money…how to have money….how he did with the money he had..etc. Which with lot others who does the same style of video……and that i like very much but either they think it is no ones business.or they just don’t want to go that far..which to me is not fair cause specially young people who wants to do a thing like this knows what it takes to do the same as him..so thank you Shawn…very much on the behalf of those who wants to do the same…🥰🕊👍🏽👍🏽🌈

  3. Keng Yang on April 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I want to live free in the wilderness so that I don’t have to pay mortgage and property tax. All I want to do is enjoy mother nature. Waking up every morning knowing that mother nature is next to me.

  4. Paulius Chockevicius on April 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Hi, this is amazing video and tips! Thank you. I am 27 and I live in Lithuania. I am also trying to follow my passion and move off-grid. Could you please share some tips on making a living from youtube? Maybe there is already a video on this topic?

  5. G Roques on April 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for making this video. It helped me! 🙂

  6. nicole taravellier on April 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm


  7. fit4ya1975 on April 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I retire in July at 44 years old, been working since I was 14. 30 years is enough working for me. I bought 6 acres on a river in Northern Michigan. I cant wait to embark on a new life other than living in the crazy city which is more and more a rat race than ever before. I been going up there since I was a kid and its so relaxing. I cant wait. Im sure many of you are experiencing the same feelings.
    Thanks for your videos.

  8. Pat Riley aka Island Mountain Pat on April 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Island Mountain Pat is living the dream too with 75 + albums worth of music. Remember you’re not free until you’re debt-free.

  9. Joe Haefeker on April 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I love the tranquility of the country like you brother!

  10. Tim Heartwood on April 17, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    This video seems to me like financial planning for an outdoor lifestyle.
    I myself am guilty of only considering some aspects of living in the wild. The peace. The simplicity. The connection to nature.

    I had to remember the realities of this type of lifestyle. Still have to think about money and earn money. Still have to consider civilization. Still have to plan for the future. Can’t just run out to the woods.

  11. Billy Hawkins on April 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    See having pets should be like that be free don’t have to worry about cars or fencing or being on a leash just letting your pet / cat or dog roam around happy only things have to look out for is bears or wolf ECT.

  12. ТОДОР ТОДОРОВ on April 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I’m tired of just talking, but it works.

  13. Suzita on April 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I love my Family 😊

  14. Mme Nitro on April 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    It sounds like you have worked hard all your life, and as a result you have a safety net of financial resources which seems like it could be important to have. If, for example, something happens and you injure yourself and could not hunt easily for your food, you have the finances to be able to buy groceries at the store and/or relocate temporarily until you are physically recovered. That might be a difficult situation for someone younger who may not have that financial cushion. Also a consideration for those of us in the US is health insurance (and the cost of healthcare) and being able to afford that without a full time job. I think you give great advice on the importance of focus and perseverance to succeed in this lifestyle. Those two things are probably important to succeed in anything, and (from watching many of your videos) it looks like you have an abundance of both, which is probably one reason why you have been so successful in life in general. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  15. Eclectic Interests on April 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  16. Prangon Paul on April 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you very much for all the good advice.

  17. Paul Anton on April 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Very nice motivation. For me waiting is the hard part. I was fortunate enough of growing up very close to nature spending most of my childhood in the woods. Now that i have to live in the city in order to study i feel like i am losing a lot of the skills that ive learned. But at least i know that i have the basic living skills 😂

  18. Truth Surfer on April 17, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I am a retired woman who has lived in the wilderness most of my adult life. I too have had to try and find ways to make money while in the wilderness. I started 83 miles from Fairbanks…It was an important life. I did that in my 30’s. Its much harder then you think but the trade off is worth it. I am now buying an A frame on the river in the wilderness of Montana. I am looking for someone to help me there as it is a lot of work to move into a house i the winter. I make leather work and do massage and do cooking for people. I have woofers come in the summer and help do gardens and chop wood and help with mowing and trimming of trees. It is a beginning adventure again and I find that the wilderness offers help to you in many ways…AS Shawn said you can do this sensibly or just jump in and trust there are those around you who will help you

  19. Brian Crawford on April 17, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Great advice Shawn.

  20. Kenna Buchanan on April 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I would fuckin love this

  21. M G on April 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I so need to marry a wild life enthusiast, so I can live the dream 🙂

  22. Debbie Lucas on April 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I’m amazed that you did poorly in english, you are are very well spoken.

  23. Bryce Robinson on April 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you for that man. It’s good to hear it from someone I know made it and it’s good to hear it in a real, no fantasy context. No bullshit, no scheme. Work hard and save as much as I can, be dedicated and make sacrifices where I need to and someday I will be able to get my own little slice of peace. Appreciate you Sir!

  24. A Nanihjh on April 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Peaceful living outdoor so great all the best Mr james 👍👍👍👍🍓🍓🍎🍎🍓🍓🍎🍎✌✌

  25. Heather Watson on April 17, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Great video Shawn and great advise.

  26. Sandra Loes on April 17, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    O sol está radiante e o dia muito bonito, já não faz frio e agora trabalhar fica muito mais bonito.
    James armazena lenha no depósito correspondente. Ele faz a sua exposição frente a câmera explicando a seus espectadores o desarrolho da sua semana e responde algumas perguntas também.
    Os expectadores sentem muito carinho e admiração por James e por Cali porque não é comum encontrar um homem assim e um cachorro tão bom companheiro também.
    James também sente esse carinho e trata de compartilhar suas ideias, sonhos, projetos de vida e a vida em Long Cabin.
    Vendo os vídeos e todo cenário exposto no vídeo podemos ter a noção da beleza natural do Canadá, seus climas, sua geografia, a fauna e a flora.
    Os menus de James são comidas rápidas, ingredientes que normalmente todo canadense caseiro, come no seu dia a dia.
    Tanto para James como para os expectadores é uma aventura estar interagindo.

  27. Regina Célia Velasco on April 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Eu amo tudo que fala

  28. Janet Withers on April 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Nice video with more good advice. I am so glad so many young men are inspired by you. You are a fine teacher. 🐱💞

  29. Eric Fuller on April 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Great content!! Keep up the good work.

  30. Chris Reid on April 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    How many acres are you living own now?

  31. Mike Triz on April 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Good for you!! You beat the system and found happiness. Great advice for young adults.

  32. genecatcher1 on April 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Mr. James
    , if we all quit the job at the same time, you and many like you will not be able to buy anything from the store.

  33. appleade57 on April 17, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Sage advice Shawn. I’m sure it has given those young men a very good idea of which direction to take.

  34. Just Some Guy on April 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Good common sense practical advice.

  35. karl cunningham on April 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I live and work in zaamar, Mongolia for 8 months a year and spend 4 months a year in my home country New Zealand. We are currently looking for land to live exactly how you are. You can’t beat life like this

  36. Legendary Sayian on April 17, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    The thing thats sad, is this is a "dream" for some people, it shouldnt be a dream…

  37. ConspiracyBear on April 17, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for speaking truth. Its refreshing. Your video are nice. No music no fill. Just talk or just peace. ✌🏻🐻 pls check out youtube owen benjamin. The bears are exactly the same mindset..self reliance. And thanks for your support of cannabis. Give a hug to cutie keli. Your editing and videos rival and exceed studio videos.

  38. Victor Bujase on April 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Shawn: I’m just wondering if u have any type of Remedy 2 combat the Mosquitoes. I’m from a Latin American Country n, when the season of Mosquitoes Arrived, we used Smoke 2 get ready of them, the same way u do with the Bees. We also Slept with Nets. U do the Smoking outdoors not indoors.

  39. GooTimber on April 17, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Do you pay bills?

  40. Allen Thomas on April 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    You are well versed shawn..as have been through college anfd never use those big words..im country and happy with lma thankful…see..cowboy…

  41. Ennis McCaffrey on April 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    There is one thing Shawn and his fellow Canadians have that we in the US do not, and that is universal healthcare! You also have to consider what you will do if you get sick or have a debilitating injury. The cost of healthcare in the US could bankrupt you if you are uninsured. Just my 2 cents. Best wishes to you all!

  42. 김종수 on April 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    It is important in life to have your own way of earning and living. Try to get out of salary life.

  43. Eclectic Interests on April 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Living your dream.

  44. Jany Cler on April 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm


  45. Patricia Barnes on April 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Your resourcefulness, determination and sheer grit, is an absolute inspiration, Shawn.

  46. Ali Farhan Shah on April 17, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Loved a single word of it.

  47. ChadatWork on April 17, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Shawn, now you’re the Jeremiah Johnson inspiration for others.

  48. Linda Petersen on April 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    work hard like Shawn has said put the money aside for that place of your dreams it is what I did in life do it or you will kick yourself later it is a easy way to do think of it this way you get paid put a 20.00 bill in a pocket book each time you get paid do that then the rest of your money put that also into that pocket book also it adds up I know never put your hands on it until you really need it for that land or nothing will be YOURS AT ALL remember that if you really want something go for it take another job I DID I PUT IT ASIDE FOR THAT LAND I DID IT so if your really into the thing of having something to call YOUR OWN DO IT IT IS UP TO YOU NO ONE ELSE

  49. bluesintheblood on April 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    save 50 grand in a year? Doing what??

  50. Bob Chauncey on April 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Great commentary on your path to self sufficiency…thanks Shawn. I am much too far down the road of life to follow your example (80 years old), but simply watch your videos and yearn to live off grid. I travel with an RV to the Colorado Rocky Mtns…love that and camp 3 months a year deer hunting in Texas.

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