A British man has sold everything he owned on eBay for £190,000 in an online auction that ended on Sunday.
After a painful failed marriage that lasted five years, Ian Usher, 44, originally from Darlington but now a resident of Australia, decided to sell everything he owned - including his job as a rug salesman, lifestyle, three-bedroom house, car, motorbike and friends.
Although he's disappointed that he got less than the £250,000 he was hoping for, Usher said he's looking forward to starting a new phase of his life. He said he was unable to provide details about the winning bidder because of eBay privacy rules and because nothing has been finalised. However, he did say that the high bidder was from Australia.
"I'm a little bit disappointed, but I'm still excited. It's still enough to move forward and do what I said I was going to do, which is move on to the next part of my life," Usher told Computerworld US. "It was as much about moving on as it was about selling it for as much as I could get."
After all the legalities are completed, which should take two to four weeks, Usher said he will start travelling. His plans have changed a bit since he originally conceived the idea to sell his life. Initially Usher said he was going to walk out of his house with just the clothes on his back, his wallet and his passport, head for the airport and board the next flight out.
"I was pretty aimless when I started this, and I had a vague notion of adventure, but I've come up with a much more solid plan, which is still very adventurous," he said.
Usher said that during the process of auctioning off his life, he realised that in order to get where he wanted to go, he needed to set some goals.
And that's where 100 goals in 100 weeks comes in, he said. Usher said that during the course of ALife4Sale, many people sent him emails offering their support and encouragement or asking for advice.
"Although some said the first thing I needed to do was get a life, 90 percent of the responses were positive," he said.
One person asked him if he had a "life list" of goals that he wanted to achieve. He realised he had written a list of things he wanted to accomplish several years earlier but had only accomplished a few of those goals.
So 100 goals in 100 weeks was born, the next step in his life's big adventure, he said.