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. Linda Petersen on March 6, 2020 at 11:48 am

    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

  2. Patricia Barnes on March 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

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

  3. M G on March 6, 2020 at 11:51 am

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

  4. Brian Crawford on March 6, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Great advice Shawn.

  5. ConspiracyBear on March 6, 2020 at 11:53 am

    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.

  6. Tim Heartwood on March 6, 2020 at 11:55 am

    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.

  7. Bob Chauncey on March 6, 2020 at 12:00 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.

  8. Ali Farhan Shah on March 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Loved a single word of it.

  9. genecatcher1 on March 6, 2020 at 12:07 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.

  10. Kathy A on March 6, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    A mobile phone in the woods, cool

  11. ChadatWork on March 6, 2020 at 12:08 pm

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

  12. Victor Bujase on March 6, 2020 at 12:09 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.

  13. Sandra Loes on March 6, 2020 at 12:09 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.

  14. maninaboysbody on March 6, 2020 at 12:11 pm

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

  15. Regina Célia Velasco on March 6, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Eu amo tudo que fala

  16. Heather Watson on March 6, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Great video Shawn and great advise.

  17. Bill's Guitar on March 6, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Good common sense practical advice.

  18. Legendary Sayian on March 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm

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

  19. Billy Hawkins on March 6, 2020 at 12:16 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.

  20. Ennis McCaffrey on March 6, 2020 at 12:18 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!

  21. Pat Riley aka Island Mountain Pat on March 6, 2020 at 12:18 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.

  22. Truth Surfer on March 6, 2020 at 12:20 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

  23. Allen Thomas on March 6, 2020 at 12:20 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…

  24. Bryce Robinson on March 6, 2020 at 12:21 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!

  25. nicole taravellier on March 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm


  26. karl cunningham on March 6, 2020 at 12:24 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

  27. bluesintheblood on March 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    save 50 grand in a year? Doing what??

  28. Joe Haefeker on March 6, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I love the tranquility of the country like you brother!

  29. Jany Cler on March 6, 2020 at 12:27 pm


  30. appleade57 on March 6, 2020 at 12:28 pm

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

  31. GooTimber on March 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Do you pay bills?

  32. andy shelly on March 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    great advice , thanks man .

  33. Suzita on March 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I love my Family 😊

  34. G Roques on March 6, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for making this video. It helped me! 🙂

  35. Eclectic Interests on March 6, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Living your dream.

  36. Debbie Lucas on March 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm

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

  37. fit4ya1975 on March 6, 2020 at 12:35 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.

  38. Kenna Buchanan on March 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I would fuckin love this

  39. Mme Nitro on March 6, 2020 at 12:36 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.

  40. Prangon Paul on March 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you very much for all the good advice.

  41. Janet Withers on March 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

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

  42. Paul Anton on March 6, 2020 at 12:38 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 😂

  43. Kathy A on March 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    You live out there during black fly season?

  44. Eric Fuller on March 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Great content!! Keep up the good work.

  45. A Nanihjh on March 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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

  46. Mike Triz on March 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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

  47. Eclectic Interests on March 6, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  48. Chris Reid on March 6, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    How many acres are you living own now?

  49. Paulius Chockevicius on March 6, 2020 at 12:45 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?

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