Giving Up 6 Figure Job to Move To South Korea [Follow Your Dreams]

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129 comments

  1. I am currently studying in Gwangju. Last week I was on the edge of quitting my scholarship and go back home. Sometimes it’s just too hard to leave everything behind and start something new…

  2. Kinda insulted–You gonna be 50 years old and wonder what happened ? I am 45. My Korean dreams did not pan out. My dreams were much more simple. Now after 4 years, I will visit my family in the USA and then go to Mazatlan. I need warmer weather ! Damn you -11 C !

    1. Liticia Sikes iโ€™m 47 & had cancer in the way of me pursuing my dreams. But i kept going until i reach my goals. Come on down here to 38C weather. I live in Indonesia where life is cheap.

  3. I’m crying……. bout to leave korea to finish my graduation in my home country, mostly because of parents pressure, but coming back next year for masters + continuing my korean course. For sure it will be a long semester since I’ll miss this place so much. But I’m sure it will be worth it.

  4. Me: SORRY I GOT LOST.

    Why?

    Because

    I DONโ€™T EVEN KNOW WHAT MY DREAM IS!!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  5. Okay first – I died at the random inbetweeners clip hahaha.

    I can relate to this SOOO much. I gave up medical school and a seat at one of the best universities in the country to come to Korea. What I chose to study, over the course of my uni experience I realized was NOT what I was the most passionate about. Sometimes I do the math like you did – to see where I would be if I went but I never regret it. I could have made a lot more money – but when I think about the life I would have had I always feel satisfied with the choices I’ve made. It’s easier to work hard and achieve success when you have passion and motivation.

  6. Omg so inspiring! I can not wait to move out there to Korea and actually follow my dreams! I was 7 yrs old when I decided I wanted to move there. Life happened and now Iโ€™m 39. In a little over a year, I will be moving to finally live my dream. Thank you for all you do Xander and Haeppy! ๐Ÿ’œ

  7. thanks Xander! I’m exactly in a point where you were 7 years ago. I went to Korea for 2 weeks and decided that I want to live there. Now I’m back in my hometown studying. 3 years ago I got kicked out from my University, I didn’t give up and now I’m doing two majors, finances and IT with econometrics, part time working, and studying Korean in my free time. It’s not easy but I’m sure it’ll be worth it. This video gave me a lot of hope and brought smile to my face, cause I know I’m not alone questioning what I do, and that’s completely okay. Thank you once again!! Ps. I would like to see a video about your journey to Korea but more detailed ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Who else is closer to 50 than 30, full of regret but still inspired to make the dream of visiting Korea a reality while I still can surprisingly walk, lol?! Love you guys:)

  9. My god… i was born in seoul ํ–‰์ •๋™ and i dreamed of being a 15 year old boy in london with a thick accent shouting “Wankers!” On the car to a random person..

  10. I found your channel when I was doing research for my trip to Korea. My mother is Korean and I was born in Korea. I moved to the states at 6 years old and made a life and have a family. That was my motherโ€™s dream for me. My dream was to take my three kids to Korea and I was able to last year with your help. I subscribed to your channel and watched some great informative content. Thanks. I really appreciated your help then and hope you continue to grow and help others now.

  11. I found your channel when I was doing research for my trip to Korea. My mother is Korean and I was born in Korea. I moved to the states at 6 years old and made a life and have a family. That was my motherโ€™s dream for me. My dream was to take my three kids to Korea and I was able to last year with your help. I subscribed to your channel and watched some great informative content. Thanks. I really appreciated your help then and hope you continue to grow and help others now.

  12. I’ve been homeless for a year when I was 15 years old and had to start working so I didn’t finish my school. Now I’m 25 and travelled a lot around the world(30 countries ) but my biggest dream is living in Korea which is not easy if not impossible without a degree. But going to school for 6 years is also not an option so yeah. I think I’ve to become super rich haha

  13. My first time in Korea was after a depressing phase when i first entered University. I changed my major and wanted to take some time off. I flew out to Seoul and stayed there for 8 Months and did the KLI program at Yonsei. It was the best choice i have ever made. I studied Psychology first and i was interested in it but i knew i dont want to work in that field, every night i only slept max. of 3 hours because i stared at my ceiling think of what i should do. After 2 month went by i decided to just take the leap and sign up for the course and tell my mom. My mom already noticed i lost a lot of weight from all the stress and supported it because she knew i always did well in school and just needed some time. IT WAS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE. All the experiences i made, all the people i met and how much i grew personally is just amazing. I also got accepted for the program i really want to do and i love my Major now. I loved korea so much that even now i watch korean content daily, TV shows, music, news, language learning and also a lot of my friends here are now koreans. I love to help them when they enter our University, because i had so much help when i first arrived at Yonsei and i want to give back. I am 100% sure that when i finish Uni i will move to korea for my master/work even tho most of my family or friends dont understand why i am so focused on korea ๐Ÿ™‚ but that ok, its my goal. So if you read it until now, make sure to travel and experience new things. It is important to see how small your worries/problems are if you look at them from a different perspective . If you need any help (because you wanna study in korea, or just look for someone to ask some questions), let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m trying to apply for this summer in take but what if you took a 2 year break from Uni too pursue streaming on twitch for a while and can no longer get high school references cause your teachers aren’t there anymore? Is the application process long and time consuming + confusing? Also did you feel like an outcast originally when you first went there too study cause I’ve never been Korea so I honestly don’t know what to expect especially when compared to Dubai where I live now. Oh and 1 more thing did you have too do an interview for the uni + Visa office?

  14. Hi Xander, you had my potential dream job as a motion graphics designer. I’m currently studying a degree in Interactive Media to hopefully end up in a similar job. My question is did you enjoy that job and do you think you could have been happy continuing to work there. I’ve had some thoughts about if this is really what I want to do because I enjoy the subject but I understand working a job in it is different. Basically would you recommend that career path?

    1. Yeah, I loved that job it was my life, stressful at times but seeing your work on TV or on the big screens at Piccadilly Circus was so rewarding. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. My parents went back to Korea to retire and live there permanently. After about a year my mom decided she didnโ€™t want to live there anymore and wanted to come back to the states. This was there first thanksgiving back

  16. Beautiful words. Loved the video. Here’s a quote: “No matter what people tell you, words & ideas can change the world.” You’re never too young or old to follow your dreams. This ahjumma is! Love you both. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. BUS WANKERS IM CREASEDJFKJDJDNS

    okay edit; my two best friends are in korea right now, doing what you did living their dreams and i wanna join them but iโ€™m scared
    this videos come at the right time – iโ€™m gonna get my documents signed off

    1. We Fancy yes but usually you post in the morning so I drink my coffee at my desk and watch the new vids ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ my routine was ruined lol

  18. Left the UK for Korea 3 weeks ago and so far its been worth all the struggles to get here

    Also the company that I work for sent me a list of videos to help with moving to Seoul and half of them were We Fancy videos. I was like “seen them already ๐Ÿ˜Ž”

  19. Watching this when I’m about to start my own adventure is really encouraging! I’m so excited to see what my life will turn out to be and, at the same time, I’m scared I’m making the wrong decision. But in my heart I know there is no wrong or right decision, and it depends on how I deal with things what will determine who I will be.

    Loved the video, thanks Xander for sharing this with us! Hope I can randomly see you in korea in this new stage of my life!!

  20. Damn, I’m 5 years deep into medical school after graduating high school. I have visited Korea once though, but every year I regret not going to Korea to study, even just for 1 year. Thanks for reminding me, Xander.

  21. This is so inspiring. I’m trying to decide about making a change & like you, I’d be giving up a lot to make that change (closer to family, friends, knowing the language, stable but annoying job in EMS, exes๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) for something unknown & basically starting over.. Especially at the tender age of 1,200๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. I know I don’t want to be 50-60 going oh, why didn’t I take that leap! Thank you for the inspiration, Xanderโค

  22. โ€œWhy not consider subscribing? Itโ€™s free and you get more content like this. Although Haeppy doesnโ€™t want to come up this mountain again so I doubt it.โ€ -Wise words from Xander lol

    Subscribing to this channel is highly encouraged. Much love.

  23. I’m so very grateful for all your videos. I especially love all the videos of the different places in Korea that you show us. Was jealous of your trip to the Buddhist temple.
    I have a crippling medical condition that makes every day activities hard and finances tight. I want so much to visit Korea and several other countries, but I have been told I wouldn’t be allowed to travel outside the US due to health complications.
    I’m just so grateful for getting to experience Korea, Hong Kong, and other countries thru your travels and experiences. Thank you so much for every video you share. They truly mean a lot to me. May you both be blessed always.

  24. All my life, I’ve dreamed of living in Japan and in 2013 when I was in the US Navy after pushing with my chain of command, I got orders to be stationed in Yokosuka Japan from 2013-2015 when I got out. During that time, I went through a lot of hardships (being stationed overseas even in Japan is very taxing due to the operational tempo and working 12-15 hours a day on average), but despite that, I managed to make a lot of videos that I’m proud of, even though they’re pretty amateurish compared to what I know today!

    When I moved back to the States in 2015 to go back to college in my 30s, I was going through a rough time of readjusting. After taking a gap year (and a half) off at the end of 2017, I decided to make my return to Japan. At that point, my GPA was a mess, so I went back to community college to raise it back up again, and after doing that and applying to a university in Japan, I was accepted and will be moving back to Tokyo this month to study abroad!!

    It took me 4 years to get to this point in my life where I couldn’t continue doing anything else unless I was following my dreams, and despite everything, I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

  25. I remember when I first stumbled across you guys channel because I was so interested in knowing more about Korea. You guys are one of the few people who helped me to decide what I want to do and the main goal is to move to Korea so I can experience something new. I travelled to Seoul early this year to get more acquainted with the country and now I am so eager to go back. Keep on being inspirational because you really are helping a lot of people. P.s I’m also from London woohoo!

  26. I appreciate you both

    I believe in only doing jobs that you love and bring you happiness. We spend most of our lives working so why would you do something you hate for money.

    I know Haeppy money is important but if you do the things you love the opportunities and money will come you just have to put in the hard work. I tell my students all the time you can have these dreams that seem impossible you just have to put in the work.

    I think the best achievement is doing what is good for your soul. You only have one life and tomorrow is not promised.

    I know when you’re young you might have to take jobs that are not the best but donโ€™t Get stuck. when an offer comes along just take it. Trust in yourself, believe in yourself, be your own cheerleader.

    *The only regret in life is the chances you didnโ€™t take because you will never know how they would have turned out.*

  27. What a great inspirational video, and doing it on top of the mountain made it so much worthwhile. Thank you guys for pursuing your dreams and encouraging others.

  28. FYI ~~Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Hugh Jackman all 50 and are killing it maybe you need to move up your age timeline of old ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  29. I have followed you guys for a while and there have a few ups and downs but you two are without a doubt full of talent I can’t wait to see what the new year brings… Thank you got all the helpful, inspirational and some just right down fun videos it really helps!!!

  30. man..it’s my biggest dream to live in korea but because i have a real bad social phobia, i know i will never be able to..i’m way too anxious to do anything, i don’t even leave my own city on my own, i can’t handle being around people i don’t know. i’ve been to korea twice for vacation and i loved it so much that even today, i sometimes cry like a baby because i miss it so bad. i would need someone to take me by my hand and lead me through the daily life there but i don’t have anybody that lives there and even if, my anxiety is blocking me heavily from living my life the best way possible..i envy everybody that manages to take this step and start a new life anywhere else. i with my 27 years pretty much gave up all my hopes of fulfilling this dream in this life

  31. “goals without actions are just wishes”

    i heard this at the beginning of 2019 and always try to remind myself that if i want something bad enough (like moving to korea myself by 2021) then i’ll need to take action. i hope the statment above helps someone else who wants to take the leap and acheive their dreams.

  32. can i just say that iv climbed that same mt. when i was in korea an it was life changing ive NEVER climbed a whole mt b4 and when i reached the top the view an pride i felt was unbelievable. i wanted to give up soo bad but i didnโ€™t. thank you for the encouragement im more determined and cant wait to get to korea again next yr to continue my journey. idk where im going or headed but ik ill be happy.

  33. I’ve really thought of going to Korea, but how to do that when you don’t have a degree or big job title. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Love your videos guys!

  34. The strength you need you’ll always found it in you; so head straight up high and never turn back! And as always (I love to hear/say this) ๐Ÿ”ฅ #STAYFANCY ๐Ÿ”ฅ!!!

  35. It’s crazy how i found this video after feeling lost about my dream …lr how the video found me ..who knows …i just wonder ..will i ever have the courage to give up everything for a dream … i just wonder …

  36. Wow, this video is so motivational! As I myself am currently finding my own path in life, it was very heartwarming to hear a “we believe in you”. Also, your analogy with the mountain was truly amazing. I think that I currently am at the “rest stop” and fear to leave the safe environment that the rest stop provides. Your words of encouragement do mean so much to me and I’m pretty sure it means a lot to others who watch you guys too. Thanks for sharing you story Xander! I hope to be like you guys and chase after my own dreams โค

  37. Thanks for telling me as a 46 year old that once I get to 50 my legs will stop working so I only have 4 years to try to do anything…

    If I may make a suggestion or if you have any friends who can offer advice on this: How to mee people in Korea when you are on your own. Not significant others, just people to hang out with. That would definitely be something I would love to hear about.

  38. Inspiring video.! Thank you for sharing Xander. I’m all for following ones dreams.

    I’m also educated as a 3D artist, wanting to work in the vfx industry , it’s my passion and what I want to be doing but I also really want to live in Korea, living there for a year studying korean, Korea started to feel like home. Is it doable to work in the VFX industry in Korea?

  39. Your rest area analogy was on point.

    “There was a rest area down there I could have stopped at but I would have never seen this whole view of Seoul.”

    We get so caught up in comfort and familiarity, we never chase anything!!

    Thanks guys for helping a young teacher find his place in Korea. ๐Ÿค™

  40. This video was so inspirational and is really what I needed to hear right now. Im finally back in college after a couple of years of working to not go back to being homeless like I was in middle and high school. I’ve been contemplating if I’m making the right choice to become a teacher and try to move to S. Korea, but this video helps put my decision into perspective. I’m going to study hard and try to achieve my dreams rather than regretting it later!โค

  41. Visiting Korea is one of my highest goals, living there is like a dream to me. You guys remind me that although my whole family tells me how stupid and unachievable my dreams are, they really… arent.

    Itโ€™s not impossible to learn korean, its not impossible to visit the country, and it isnโ€™t impossible to live there.

    Itโ€™ll just take some hard work.

    Iโ€™ve had this goal for years, and your channel was the first channel that showed me my dreams werenโ€™t far fetched.

    You helped create a dream- a fantasy- into a goal.

    You showed me the downsides of korea that no one else would. You informed me about it, you showed me the reality of that place. And by that… you truly helped me realize just how much I loved the country. You showed me that my love for korea was REAL.

    That my love for the food, culture, history, places, people… was REAL.

    I truly hope to meet you one day when I achieve my goals, to thank you for everything.

    Youโ€™ve been more supportive to me than my own family… youโ€™ve truly impacted my life in a way that words cannot describe.

    And for that I truly thank you…

    *Thank you* so much โ™ฅ๏ธ

  42. Wassup!!! First let me start by saying that I love watching you guys videos if I’m to be honest it’s because of your videos that made me even more intrigued with Seoul.I’m heading to Fukuoka Japan for Blackpink Concert in February 2020 and I was so F**king excited when I realized my layovers were gonna be in Seoul. I’ve pretty much watched all of ya videos and seriously I feel like I know Korea like the back of my hand. Hell I’ve even considered moving there but you us Americans need to weigh Sh*t out to be certain especially a New Yorker like myself. All jokes aside props to you and happy for just living ya best life man. I do plan to do a trip to Seoul possibly in 2021 and hope me and my crew can meet up with you fellas for some shots and food if that’s cool. I will will definitely keep ya posted !!

  43. I spent 10 days in Korea on vacation. My heart felt at home and alive like it never had before. Once I returned to the US and ended my job of 10.5 years and moved to Seoul 11 weeks later.
    I am so thankful I did.

  44. Started climbing up my own mountain a few years back when I decided “ok, I’m leaving it all and moving to Korea”… My daughter was full in and loved the idea – although it freaked her out a bit at how decided I was.
    Job interviews happened, plenty were quite positive, but every time I think I’m reaching the top, I’m being pushed back down. (don’t let anyone say how “easy” it is to get a working visa in Korea: it is not that simple!)
    I don’t care, keep bringing on those set backs, I’ll just kick them in the rear end and make my way up that mountain no matter what! I’ll find a way…
    yeah, that was kinda random actually… all but to confirm: never give up on your dreams! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Nice massage, some times we need to broke our hearts to do the correct in life. Always we need to listen this inside voice and that’s the answer. Never give up.

  46. Hello. I am from canada and really don’t love or hate my situation but always thought I’d be happier in korea even if I lose a bit of money. Is there anything you would recommend? I don’t really have an education, I dropped out of college and got a job in sales because my dad was a director of a company and I am good at speaking. I can afford to go back to university and take it more seriously this time. is a bachelor of arts good? Should I aim to master in anything specific? Any advice for branching out from just a teaching job, even if I might wanna teach the first few years to get accustomed to korea? Please any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  47. This video was all I needed to hear to solidfy my decision
    Fuck it, I’m going to finish up my TEFL certificate and try to get a job in Korea as an English teacher!

    Funny enough, I’m also working as a motion graphics designer (in LA) and have been hesistant to give up my life here…but I’m getting far too comfortable and some change would be nice.

    Korea is too damn fun and I know I’ll regret it if I don’t give living there a shot while I’m still young!

  48. I won a scholarship and decided to go to Korea to learn about the culture. I stayed only for one semester but I didn’t think I would fall in love with it. You never stop learning there. I had to comeback to my country after that, and finally decided that my major wasn’t for me eventhough I was doing well in it. I needed the passion I felt went I was there meeting people from everywhere who never stops teaching you something new. I would love to go back and, this time, learn more about the language while I keep learning about the culture. I’m just not sure where to start tho (maybe work? or only study?) But you’re video made me remember that my wish can become a goal if I take action. Thank you

  49. This was really inspiring! Thank you for giving me courage to believe in myself and just go for it. I’m tired of living life the way everyone expects you to. 2020 is the year to finally leave everything behind and just go for it as I have nothing to lose. Thank you for being so motivational as always.

  50. My main question is, how did you manage to stay in Korea for 6 years Visa wise? usually, people only get a Visa for 3 months, unless you’re a student or something.
    so how did you make it work and stayed for 6 years in Korea?

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