My Name is Brad West

Brad West

—that's me on the right.

For years I struggled with the idea of what work I was supposed to do. I'd go back and forth on doing something that really made me feel alive versus doing something because it had a bigger payout. Then in 2009, shortly after arriving in Thailand, I saw a video about food forests by Geoff Lawton. I already had ideas about personal finance that were counter to the mainstream, but Lawton's ideas on self-reliance via food forests sent me further down the rabbit hole. I used to see entrepreneurship, and the big payouts, as the only way to pursue what I really wanted in life, but now I could see another path to freedom.

Finding Freedom and Chasing Dreams

After high school I joined the US military. I was sent to Okinawa, Japan for one year, then returned to California. After leaving the military I moved to Hawaii, then Oregon and back to California. Most of that time I worked as a computer tech but dreamed of becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter. In December 2005 I fought in Matt Lindland's SportFight, my dream was realized, but it wasn't what I wanted. Walking to the ring, the noise of the crowd, the exhaustion of the fight and the relief when it was over—it was an amazing experience, but I knew it wasn't to be my life's work.

After getting laid-off in late 2008 I decided it was time to chase another dream, entrepreneurship. I decided to use my GI Bill go to university and make the transition from employee to entrepreneur. I felt I'd need a few years since I didn't have the skills to run my own company and no idea what type of company I wanted to start. But it's expensive to attend university in the US—even with the GI Bill—so I moved to Thailand.

And that's what things have been about for the last decade or so, finding freedom and chasing dreams.

Get in touch

If you find yourself in Chiang Mai, I'm always up for a cup of coffee. Otherwise you can find me here:

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @bradonomics
Google+: profile
Skype: bradawest
LinkedIn: profile