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Marcello Arrambide Marcello Arrambide traveler. day trader. wandering adventurer.

Marcello Arrambide is a day trader turned traveler who's currently exploring the world. [http://wanderingtrader.com]

Freedom means different things to different people. For me, it means more than just being able to travel wherever I want and do as I please.

I came to the United States from Venezuela and had a rough childhood. It wasn’t easy for my family to both get by and get ahead. To me, freedom means building a school in Venezuela to help underprivileged youth. It means being able to pay off my mom’s mortgage one day because she deserves that and so much more. Freedom even means being able to teach other people how to achieve their dreams through day trading, which is what I know best.

Even when I was younger, I was an avid businessman. I looked up to serial entrepreneurs like Donald Trump and Michael Dell. As I got older, I realized that though I need money to survive, it isn’t the most important thing – freedom is.

I’ve been searching for freedom my entire life and I’ve achieved it. I’m very lucky to be practically semi-retired at the age of 27 and to be living my dream. But I also understand that it can be taken away from me as fast as I realize I’m living it. I stay connected to that thought, which helps me stay motivated and grounded.

In our society today, we’re often looking to other people for a definition of happiness, when we should be defining happiness for ourselves. Every one of us is unique in our own right, and we have to look inside to find what will make us happy. When we take time to listen to ourselves, we can truly be happy. It’s helpful to spend time alone. It allows us to answer those very difficult questions we never get to ask if we’re paying attention to the TV or the Internet.

It’s nice to be able to buy fancy things and the newest gadgets, but I remember back to a time when I needed the pointy Italian shoes, a fresh new watch, and more gel in my hair to make Fonzie jealous. Now I’m happy with a five-dollar t-shirt and a pair of jeans, because I’d much rather focus my energy on doing what I enjoy, like traveling.

Travel is a great teacher. As I travel the world, I always find new things to learn. When I keep an open mind, great things happen.

– Marcello Arrambide

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