Sarah Aviram, a member of Remote Year Polaris, is inspiring remote workers with her new book "Remotivation: The Remote Worker’s Ultimate Guide to Life-Changing Fulfillment".
Sarah Aviram, author of the new book, "Remotivation: The Remote Worker’s Ultimate Guide to Life-Changing Fulfillment”, has packaged powerful new insights into her new book after 13+ years in Human Resources and Talent Development leadership roles and one year working remotely from 12 countries with Remote Year.
While on Remote Year, Sarah met other remote workers and noticed that many were looking for more professional fulfillment despite the freedom afforded by their new location-independent lifestyles. We caught up with her to get some insight into how she decided to join Remote Year, how her time on Remote Year helped inspire her new book, what her book is about, and what she hopes to accomplish through her new book.
Sarah: In late 2018, I was working as the Director of Talent Development at a large technology company based in New York. I was doing a ton of research on future work trends and the way my company could create a competitive advantage by building future capabilities now.
One of the most significant themes that kept coming up in my research was around remote workers. Not only were people wanting to work more remotely, but there was a growing group of companies where 100% of their employees were location independent. These companies don’t even have an office — all employees work remotely, dispersed around the world. And on top of that, almost half of the American workforce would soon consider itself freelancers or contractors.
More and more people were okay with not working for a single company in a single location. They want the flexibility and the freedom to work where they want and on the kind of work that motivates them — and would target companies that allowed them to do both.
As I kept reading, my research took me to Remote Year’s website. I got super excited about what I read and how Remote Year “provides a platform for professionals who want to live and work in different cities around the world without having to compromise their professional pursuits.”
I decided I wanted to immerse myself in this world and I convinced my employer at the time to allow my participation in the 1 year program from March 2019-February 2020.
S: Over the past 13+ years, I’ve held Human Resources and Talent Development leadership roles within Fortune 500 consumer product organizations, like Avon and PepsiCo, as well as in high growth technology companies, like Yodle/Web.com and IAC (InterActiveCorp).
These roles (and my MBA in Leadership and Change Management) have taught me a lot about what motivates people to perform at their best. From my experience, education, and extensive research, I’ve created programs and processes that have helped thousands of people (including myself) have more fulfilling careers — and lives.
Once I was on my Remote Year program, experiencing remote work myself and spending time with remote workers, the more I noticed that they often felt stuck and unfulfilled professionally — even with the freedom and flexibility of their lifestyle. Working remotely was only a band-aid solution for much bigger challenges.
So I began to pull together the resources, insights, and tools I’ve gathered and generated in my own career and created an approach that would help empower remote workers to build a career and life full of the freedom, authenticity, and intention they desire.
As I developed my process, I led workshops for my Remote Year friends and other remote workers, and the feedback was resounding. Remotivation was a necessary resource that many people were missing, so I decided to make it into this book, an easily accessible, self-guided program.
S: Remotivation will help remote workers to find more fulfillment in their work while performing at their best.
The book guides remote workers on their journey to activate the six core “remotivators” that drive professional fulfillment.
These remotivators build on each other, depending on how strongly they are activated:
Remotivation feels like a strong wifi signal for your spirit. It’s when you remove some of the pressure associated with your money and identity, minimize the inertia of routines that no longer serve you, and create opportunities for growth, impact, and joy.
S: My goal is to empower remote workers to stop the inertia of their unfulfilling lives and build ones full of the freedom, authenticity, and intention they desire.
If readers learn the concepts in the book and my online course, do the exercises, and take action, they will feel more fulfilled and motivated to perform at their best — regardless of whether that means re-engaging in their current work or job, switching roles, or finding new work or a new field altogether.
The new business I have started consists of workshops and speaking engagements for organizations as well as online courses for individuals.
Sarah is inspiring others to not only join the remote work lifestyle, but to reach fulfillment in the process. Sarah has packaged much of what she learned from her professional background as well as from traveling with Remote Year into a self-guide to professional fulfillment and performing at your best. As a new author, Sarah demonstrates how changing your perspective and environment can lead to an inspiring new path in life.
If you’re interested in following Sarah’s lead and joining a work and travel program, you can start by joining the mailing list today.