Meet Gor Norang, he's a Consultant and Software Engineer from the US
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
When I first became privy to Remote Year, I was aspiring to change my scenery and better utilize the freedom and flexibility afforded by my profession. I’ve always found traveling to be more fulfilling when I’m able to share the experience with other people. Remote Year seemed like the perfect opportunity given my life considerations, personal development goals, and desire to share the traveling experience with like-minded individuals.
What are you working on for the year?
Outside of the current software engineering gig, I’m working to improve myself, improve my art, improve the world around me via a financial empowerment startup, and improve my alcohol tolerance.
How did you find yourself a remote role?
After four years in the investment profession, I decided to take some time off. I believe human beings naturally gravitate towards environments, people, and activities that facilitate contentment when not faced with external pressures, so the time off was simply a mechanism for me to see where I naturally ended up. Turns out, I value a commute that involves rolling from my bed to my desk, no-pants Fridays, and spending time doing shit I care about with people I care about. Accordingly, I found a remote software engineering role and moved to Nashville, TN to spend more time pursuing creative interests and living a more balanced lifestyle around family and friends.
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
I feel that each new environment, activity, and person we engage with allows us to learn about and view ourselves from a different angle. And I think meaning can be derived from fully uncovering and understanding those varying dimensions of ourselves. Travel is an incredible springboard for this self-discovery process.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
I hope to become a more compassionate and thoughtful person, one who has renewed perspective, embraces minimalism, and more sincerely understands and appreciates the world.
What does your typical day look like?
It looks like Donald Trump getting abducted by aliens – strangely gratifying.
Where does your passion for travel come from?
It comes from a desire to feel connected to the world around me. It comes from a desire to feel that elusive sense of liberation. It comes from a desire to learn about the world and my place in it. It comes from a desire to challenge the limits of what I feel I’m capable of. It comes from a desire to feel inspired and subsequently inspire.
If you had to be stuck on an island with another remote, who would it be and why?
Not Logan Palmer. Dude has lost approximately three-thousand cell phones on this trip. But, if he lost them all on the island, then maybe Logan Palmer.
What is your secret talent?
Finding ways to be unnecessarily verbose, yet eloquently sensitive, when attempting to provide simple expressions of my disdain for all things unjust in the world.And math. Because, I’m Indian. And all Indians are born of chromosomes passed down by a mother, a father, and a calculator.
What book should everyone read?
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
3 things you can't live without on the road?
Courage, Google Maps, and Stomach Meds
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Gor’s Gone Wild
Describe your perfect day.
One where I’ve had no cognition of time, for it simply means I’ve had nowhere to go, but I’ve had somewhere to be.
Where are you in 30 years?
Somewhere thinking about how all my possible answers to this question would have been completely wrong.
What is the best part about being a digital nomad?
The autonomy, unquestionably.
Your favorite quote / words to live by?
“This, I believe, is the great Western truth: that each of us is a completely unique creature and that, if we are ever to give any gift to the world, it will have to come out of our own experience and fulfillment of our own potentialities, not someone else’s.” - Joseph Campbell