A quick explanation of the start of my next exciting adventure. After living it up at my temporary Thailand HQ for a year, being a house-sitting gig for a good friend of mine(who is one cool dude that ten years ago went around the world on a motorbike!) the house finally sold and I’m outta here. I’ve got rid of a lot of my stuff; Big screen Tv, Sofa, Oven, Motorbike and loads of other stuff that I’ve accumulated over the last couple of years. Sold it or gave it away and now down to the bare minimal. Bags packed and off for some full time traveling again. I’d actually been planning this for a long time so as to not get too comfortable at this house and then be sad when it sold.
India is where my next adventures will be taking me and I am really excited about the whole trip and what is ahead of me. I’ve very roughly planned it out but will be pretty much working it out as I go (which makes it even more exciting). Rocking a totally organic itinerary, nothing is set in stone and I will just go with the flow, gathering tips and tricks and making travel decisions from those I meet in India. The only thing I’m worrying about a little bit, is how wobbly the internet is, with all my business being done online, crappy internet really screws me up.
In this video I talk about this as a lesson on perception. Because when I first got news that the house was sold and I am out, I could have taken it really badly (and to be honest was really gutted because it is a fantastic place) but by setting up an amazing adventure ahead of me it makes me concentrate on that. Think back to the saying “The glass of water is half full or half empty” I say, “Dump the water and fill the glass with beer!”. Rather than thinking of it as “oh no, I’m homeless”, I’m on a “oh yes, I have freedom”.
And then there’s the story of why I stopped blogging for the last six months, and a really interesting story that is. I’ll tell you all about that and what I’ve been up to very soon. Either way, I’M BACK !
Let me know in the comments below what ins and outs of my upcoming adventures you want to know more about.
Rocking the Tech Nomad Lifestyle is not an easy life, but I think it is actually easier than becoming a Tech Nomad. I held back for years and never really understood where I was going with it when I actually made the jump back in 2002. Back then the words, Tech Nomad, Lifestyle Design, Digital Nomad, Location Independent and all these terms did simply not exist yet. I was simply referred to as a Traveller or Backpacker and all the life hacks, wisdom and travel tricks would be learned from fellow travellers, vagabonds and other awesome people that I would meet along the way.
Right now today, it is a thousands of times due to the internet, all the info you ever need is all there and accessible from anywhere. I am by no way an expert as this modern digital travelling entrepreneur lifestyle but I am rocking it my way and learning as I go.
I’ve broken down the process of becoming a Tech Nomad Ninja into three simple steps.
First step is to simply understand this lifestyle. I’m not going to explain it right now because there is so much top quality info already out there. I was tempted to list a bunch of resources here and if you really want to know just drop a comment and I will go into depth about this later. The point I’m trying to make today is that this first step of ‘getting it’ is not the hard part. The next step in my opinion is the tricky one.
Step 2. Make the Leap.
This one is the hardest part, and I believe that you can get so lost in step 1 that this step will never happen or you delay it for much longer than needed. Which backpack should I get, the ipad or notebook decision, what about the house, the car and all this stuff you need to do before you can go.
The best trick I can offer straight away to deal with this is quite simple,
Buy The Ticket!
Get that plane ticket with a date of flying 3 to 6 months in the future. The date is now set, and you will be forced to do what you need to do, tie up loose ends, put things into storage, sort out your gear, tell the boss to shove it and all the things you need to do before you jump on the plane and go.
Step 3. Master It As You Go.
This is the easy part because you’re actually doing it now, things will just naturally fall into place. Of course there will be a few bumps along the way and your Tech Nomad Lifestyle will go wrong sometimes, but that is part of the fun. As the saying goes, “It’s not about the destination it is about the journey”.
You will meet so many people as you travel that are totally on your wave length. Another thing I have noticed that when you do meet fellow travellers, conversations never start without any awkward silences whilst you ‘get to know each other’. Simply because you are both already on your own personal nomad missions it’s as if you already know each other.
I am a total evangelist for this lifestyle and not only recommend it to everyone who wants to taste extraordinary freedom but I also believe that 2o years from now a massive percentage of the human race will be living this way anyway. So why not do it now ?
Jobs are dead! Long live the Unemployable Lifestyle.
So where are you up to ? Stuck on step one ? Half way through step two ? Rocking it in step three ?
Been blogging about it but ain’t made the leap yet to actually fully do it ?
Or maybe you think that all this Tech Nomad, Lifestyle Design talk is a load of crap and you are totally content with sitting there dribbling in front of you TV with your subscription to 346 channels of ‘entertainment’. Hmm ?
But seriously, if this is your sort of thing let me know in the comments below.
Thanks to a load of support from the thousands of (more like 10) readers of this blog it has actually made me really go for it with this challenge.
But seriously, Cheers guys
The Results so far.
24 bottles of 440ml of coke in 24hrs was the mission. I usually drink 4 – 8 bottles of coke per day so 24 bottles is like 3 to 4 times as much as I would drink in a day.
36 hours later, I have 3 bottles left and I am not excited about drinking them. I plan to maybe slowly sup them over the next 12 hours as a slow come down. (but I’ll most probably give them away or pour them down the sink) The real test comes over the next week and for the rest of this month. I have promised myself that if I do actually want a coke, I can, but not until the 1st November (the end of my 30day blast). Most probably would consider doing a full box again (maybe).
Now What ?
I need a little recovery time and luckily today is Sunday. I need to do a bit of walking today to work this one off. Bring on the water as my new coke replacement. These 2 litre bad boy bottles are my new replacement for coke. I plan to drink 3-4 of the these per day, with a few green teas here and there.
I’ll keep you updated on the quitting coke thing here over the coming days.
Oh, and did I for get to mention about the video of me blasting my coke addiction over 24 hours ? Thanks to the idea by Mark from EatenByTigers.com, I took some photos an video of my trippy deterioration over 24 hours, so expect a little treat coming soon also.
You should have seen some of the articles I wrote yesterday, some weird content was pumped out whilst almost drunk and tripped out on coca-cola overload.
Do Not Try This At Home.
I am not a lawyer but it is probably worth me pointing out that I am not actually recommending you try this. Don’t ever take advice from me.
I am not a doctor but I reckon there is zero health benefits to doing this extreme lifestyle experiment and it is probably not a good idea at all.
Remember, I am a professionally trained idiot. And whilst attempting this, I obviously have had a full heath and safety crew and team of paramedics on stand by. (not)
So here we go with day one of my little personal mission impossible. I have set the challenge and I have made it public so now is time for action. In case you missed the start, check out, Challenge Time.
I was hardly able to sleep last night because I was could not stop thinking about this upcoming adventure. Too much adrenaline and excitement and a sprinkle of nervousness.
Day one is planning and preparation, and I’m still drinking coke but we’ll come back to that in a moment.
I start with a stack of plain A4 size paper and a pen. I did some hardcore battle planing making mind maps and lists covering all the areas that I am tackling this month. I have planned out a whole bunch of categories and topics about which I am writing about every day. My little rules for this are 3 written articles varying in length from 250 – 750 words. Some of which are for this blog and some are for other projects.
And on the quitting coke thing, I think that, (in fact I know, because I have tried before) the cravings will drive me up the wall and insane. So to start my 30 detox especially focusing on the quitting of drinking Coca-cola, I start day one by getting a small crate of coke, 24 glass bottles of black fizzy dirtiness.
Your probably thinking,
“Hang on a minute, I thought you were quitting coke ?”
I am going to give my craving a huge upper cut in the chin by using some Radical Indulgence. I plan to drink as much coke as I possibly can, all 24 bottles in 24 hours if I can. This will most likely make me sick and it won’t kill me but, it will (or should) kill my craving to drink coke for a while at least. This technique of Radical Indulgence named by Karol Gajda of RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com comes from the idea of the story of the drunk teenager coming home and the parents forcing them to drink loads of alcohol until they are sick to make the teenager think twice about drinking in the future. The same has been done with tobacco, the parent forcing the kid to smoke a full packet of cigarettes. Or even forcing them to eat a packet of cigarettes, but that’s taking the ‘being cruel to kind’ a bit too far.
So day one of my detox is kicking off with some hardcore radical indigence, brain vomiting (ideas from the mind splattered out on to paper) and battle planning.
Expect so exciting stuff happening here over the next few weeks.
So is my mission a little bit too impossible ? Could I be maybe biting off more than I can chew ? Could I be setting myself up for failure by attempting to many things at once ? Let me know in the comments below. Any tips, ideas and support is much appreciated.
For the month of October I am taking on a challenge for 30 days with the simple intention on making my life extra awesome. This is something I do quite regularly, sometimes 10 days, sometimes 7 days, and 30days about twice a year. Usually every few months I set myself a goal, mission or challenge, but this is the first time ever I am publically sharing my crazy little plan.
So the idea is that I am going to use this period for the whole of next month to focus and get alot of stuff done whilst also improving my lifestyle.
So what’s the challenge ?
Well actually a bunch of challenges that all sort of interconnect. I plan to break one bad habit and develop a new habit whilst also putting a crazy amount of focus into my online business.
Breaking a habit
I am addicted to coke (the black fizzy liquid). I used drinking Coca-cola as a way to cut down the amount of beer I was drinking a few years ago. It worked, but the problem is now that I drink far to much coke and could pretty much say I’m hooked on it. Of course it is not the most healthy drink in the world to be drinking all day, but I love it. I have a neat little trick up my sleeve on how I am going to tackle this one that may be quite entertaining. More coming soon on that.
Developing a new habit.
Any habit can be achieved (or broken) by doing it for 21 consecutive days. So my habit that I would like to grow is simply writing. Sounds pretty basic but, for me writing is really not time efficient. It is almost impossible to build online businesses without writing, and although I have content writers who I employ to write stuff for my affiliate businesses I would love to write more on this blog and eventually one day I may even write a book. I get really jealous reading some blogs where they say they can write several blog posts in an hour whilst I struggle to write a half-decent article for hours. It’s not that I’m stupid, I can obviously write, but speed and quality is what I want to improve. I am going to tackle this by writing 3 short articles a day for 30 days. And I am also going to commit to posting an article every day on this blog for the whole of next month.
I will kill one of my existing businesses that ain’t performing. I will build a new business from scratch or fully develop an existing one. I will also be doing alot of work on this blog which not really a business in itself but more of a fun place that is sort of becoming my online home. I am also considering sharing my Business Booster Mission right here on this blog. BUT only if you are interested, so let me know if this is something you’d like to see.
And just to make it more challenging, I am also going on a 30day detox. Zero intoxicants, no caffeine, no alcohol, loads of raw fruit and vegetables, a little exercise and hour less sleep per night.
Care to join me ?
Challenged yourself recently ? Have you got something you’d like to challenge yourself with ? A habit you want to break ? A habit you want to develop ? A 30 day Business Booster Adventure ? A 30 day detox ? Whatever.
Comments, suggestions, and ideas would be much appreciated. I guess need a little support.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Feriss – Escape the 9-5. Live anywhere and join the New Rich.
If you’ve never heard of this book before, then you’ve certainly missed something special.
The title may seem a little sketchy to the skeptical, as good friend of mine most hilariously said,
“4 hour work week ? phffff, sound’s like 4 Minute Abs”
and then refers to this classic clip from the movie, Something About Mary.
But seriously,The 4 Hour Work Week is the one book that sorta put all the pieces together for me after years of struggling to figure out exactly how it all should connect together. This book is defiantly in my top 3 non-fiction books of all time. Even though it is a few years old now, I would still highly recommend it to any one who is interested in how the modern entrepreneur can and should work. In fact I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to break out of a 9-5 traditional job.
Have you heard of this book before ? I’m interested because nearly everyone of my online entreprenurs buddies know this book’s concepts inside and out. And there is alot of people who started there online businesses directly as a result of consuming this excellent book. So have you heard of it ? If so do you rate it as one of the best books out there for web business newbies.
Back in late 2002 I set of on a journey of a lifetime to travel around the world, thinking if I can make it a whole one year I would be more than satisfied. Once my mind had been opened to how vast the world is and many amazing experiences are out there to be had, I was hooked. Nearly 10 years later I am still traveling and loving every day of it. Here are just a very small hand full of some of the fantastic experiences I have had since I first set off on that round the world adventure back in 2002.
One in Thirty Chance of being Shot at in a Helicopter over the Burmese Border.
It started with a late night out in the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I was drinking with a few Thai friends in this bar and got chatting to this Thai guy. We really got on well and drank for hours, when the end of the night came he revealed to me that he was a helicopter pilot for the Thai army and asked if I would like to come with him the next day to fly over to Burma. He asked where I was staying and said he would pick me up in the morning. He had to go because as he said, he has to get some sleep and sober up because he has to fly his helicopter in the morning. I said, “ yeah, yeah, yeah” not believing anything he was telling me, said goodnight and thought that was that.
Then 10 am the next morning he is banging on my door. I could not do it, I was too hung over, I had to say no. We rearranged and did do it the next day.
Wow, so he was like the Captain super duper boy at the local army base and I was his VIP guest. We flew over the River Kwai, across the mountains and jungles of Kanchanaburi, heading west towards Burma where they had to drop of supplies for the Thai army guys who man the border. It was like a valley which was the actual border with sand bags and a machine gun on either side. A little Thai camp on this side and a little Burmese army camp on the other side.
It was only after we had been there and I was asking them if they ever actually start shooting at each other. They told me, in a relaxed way, “Not really, but about once a month as we are landing they sometimes shoot at the helicopter”. Seriously, I would have died from shock instantly if I had heard the pinging of bullets hitting this helicopter. Everything went fine and when we got back to the base in Kanchanaburi town, the whiskey and beers came out and it went on from there. Man, these fellas could drink.
Living and Training with Genuine Shaolin Kung Fu Monks at Wu Wei Temple, China
Whist I was in Dali in northwestern Yunnan Province, China in early 2003 I was lucky enough to become on of the first few foreigners to stay at this amazing Wu Wei Si ancient Shaolin Kung Fu Temple way up (7700ft) in the mountains of Cangshan.
I was only there for a week, but still an amazing experience. I had to live as they did. Right down to the vegan diet, which I wasn’t looking forward to but actually really enjoyed. One of the monks there had been doing these strict 8 hours a day training for 40 years. He was over 50 years old (looked about 25) and was a little guy, but you should have seen him move. He was somersaulting ,flipping and flying through the air with precision that would make your jaw drop. The way of living was also quite interesting and refreshing, with no electric and water from a mountain stream, the usual day would start about 4am and lights out and bed by 9pm.
Whilst there I learned a handful of ninja tricks and got really flexible, but I have to be honest and admit that I was glad to get out of there by the end as I felt the training over days turned to torture. We were pushed to our limits and well beyond, I was also desperate to eat some meat.
Once I got out of there I indulged in oven baked pizzas and yak meat goulash (the local delicacy-very tasty) in the main Dali town, which is an amazing place with fantastic little restaurants and cafes surrounded by some of the oldest Tang Dynasty (10th century) standing structures in southern China.
My International Traveling Movie Star Career
I have had background parts as an movie extra in 3 totally different movies whilst on my world travels so far. A Chinese Ghost Movie, A World War II movie and a Thai historical movie.
The Chinese Ghost movie was being filmed using the Shaolin Temple in Dali as a Background. They got us to where the black cloaks a run around in this forest at night. It was really interesting to watch the special effects of this movie. There were these guys running around burning some special leaves in metal cans and wafting a big board to fan the smoke into the scene. Another thing that was awesome to see was how they were using these spring boards where the actors would bounce into the air doing all sorts of tricks.
I was a Prisoner of War in a Thai movie where I was a slave working on the famous Death railway. Even more fun because I had a scene where I was shot in the chest, wearing an exploding blood pack under my shirt I had to die and fall off the railway into a pile of boxes. Being a stuntman for the day is so, so cool in my book.
Later that day I almost fainted on set because we were standing in the blazing sun most of the day and the movie team looking after us were spraying with ice cold water feeding us free beers all day. Sounds great, but the perfect recipe for sun stoke. Messy
In the Thai movie The Legend of King Naresuan I played 4 different Portuguese soldiers on different occasions. I worked on this movie loads of times and it sounds like fun (which it was), but it is actually really hard work. Starts 6am, Make up, big false beards, wearing heavy full body loads and saddled up with swords, guns and spears.
There is a lot of waiting round. Some days they would only use me for 10 mins, some days were harder.
Full action scenes involved running around in the sun dodging horses, elephants and pyrotechnic
explosions. This was the biggest budget Thai movie to date at the time and it was enormous in scale. They had taken over this huge Army Base and built full traditional bamboo hut villages, temples and massive battle fields. With hundreds of extras running around everywhere, I saw quite a few accidents because the safety procedures were maybe not to same level as Hollywood productions.
I heard a story that apparently after filming for 2 years most of the footage got lost or stolen and they had to film most of the film again. Filming went on for another couple of years, and I seemed to keep getting called back several times over the years.
Wearing a Police Mans Uniform in Cambodia
This one is a bit weird. I became friendly with a Cambodia guy who insisted that I came to visit his home village. It was far away deep in the farming communities along the Cambodia border. I was officially the very first foreigner to ever visit this tiny village. I was blown away at how much they welcomed me, every house in the village was almost fighting over having me come to eat at their home. They put on parties where the whole village came out to enjoy. It was amazing, but when it got weird was when the local village police man who was really drunk at the time started getting really insistent with me that I try on his police shirt. Next thing I knew he had stripped down to his underwear and had sort of forced me to wear his whole uniform. I remember thinking this is just odd as I am standing there in full police uniform and the policeman is standing there in his boxers.
Built an Indian Restaurant from Scratch in Thailand
Time for some slow traveling. The story of how I came to do this was back in 2006 I had been traveling round Southeast Asia for a few years and had enough money left to do about another year of traveling. I came up with the idea that instead of traveling for another year I could basically gamble my money setting up a business in Thailand that if successful would not necessarily make me rich but more provide me with free food and accommodation and a base 5 years. At the time I was partying and drinking too much and needed to get into something to keep myself busy and change my pattern. I did months of research and considered loads of different possibilities. I finally chose that I was going to open a high end restaurant in Kanchanaburi and I had boiled it down to either Italian, Mexican or Indian. I went for Indian and headed off to Malaysia to learn everything thing I needed to know about setting up an Indian restaurant from scratch.
It took six months to develop everything and I will never forget that first day opening, because I had done what I always say not to do, ‘Never put all you eggs in one basket’.
So with fingers and toes crossed the doors opened and I was in the situation where if this fails I’m in big trouble. Luckily the gamble paid off and the restaurant was an instant success. Some of the rave reviews we had were very good and word off mouth brought us more an more customers. After about a year assisting in getting it going I was able to step back and let it run by itself, (well actually my Thai missus was running it all, managing several staff and chefs from Nepal and Bangladesh).
I was now able to step back and focus on my next plan, figuring out internet marketing and learning about building an online business. I knew that the internet was definitely where I wanted to do future businesses because of the freedom of being able to operate the business from anywhere in the world. This was before the word location independent business even really existed.
The Indian restaurant business was fantastic for about 3 years then in the last 2 years it profits slowly fell as world economic problems and Thai political protests lowered tourism by about 70%. It had turned into a situation where the business was really struggling to exist let alone make a profit. The problem with this business was that it relied on a steady flow of tourists.
In May 2010 I had to bravely put a bullet in the head of this business and eliminate it. I could have saved it but chose to kill it so as to free up more of my time so I can concentrate fully on my online businesses.
Spear Fishing at Night in the Cook islands
This is one of those mind blowing experiences that I will never forget. Whilst staying in the Cook Islands for a month I became friendly with the family who’s guest house I was staying at. One of the sons who I became very good friends with started taking me out night fishing with him. We have these home made spear/catapults with underwater torches, snorkel, mask, flippers. We would walk out to sea and float on the surface looking for fish down in the corals. The fish are asleep and not moving so you are supposed to sneak up and pull back the spear and fire. We would collect many different beautiful looking fish and take them back to his home and store on ice. We went out doing this a few times over a week then on Saturday night I would help them prepare the pit barbecue. There is something that makes seafood seem to taste even better when you have caught it your self and share with friends.
This place was truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
Designed and Built a Fully Articulated Puppet Creature
I built a mini workshop/studio to the rear of my Indian Restaurant and took on this dream project of mine. In my early twenties I worked for several years as a freelance puppet builder, mainly working on small stop-motion puppets for animated productions such as Wind in the Willows and Noddy just to name a few. I had always wanted to build a full body high tech cable controlled creature puppet similar in construction to the original Yoda puppet used in Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back.
So I did it, a massive project to take on, chipping away at it for a few hours each day for about 14 months, I went through the whole process from design on paper, sculpting, mold making, casting latex skins, building articulated skeleton, building mechanisms and controls.
I did all this using some basic tools that I got in Thailand and also basic materials; from resins from car repair shops to bicycle brake cables from bicycle shops. I found liquid latex many other materials from hardware shops and artist/craft shops. Sourcing the materials was part of the challenge.
For some parts I had to find a local Thai guy to help me, like the levers controls where designed by me but made in a motorbike repair shop where they had all the equipment to do metal welding. These Thai guys and some of the Thai locals who new what I was up to thought it was fascinating. Because it must seem to Thais that the stereotypical farang (foreigner) staying here are mostly just largeing it up on the piss.
I also videoed most of the design and building process and someday maybe would like to deal with the monstrous task of editing these tens of hours of footage.
There were plans that this creature was destined present a youtube video games review show, but for several reasons it didn’t get further than test shots. You can see more about this project at AtomicNinjaMonkey.com
One thing I can certainly say about this project is that I think I can honestly claim that I am the only Farang (forigner) ever to have done this (Creature Construction) in Thailand.
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Welcome. So this is where it all starts. Quite a daunting thing to be writing a first blog post. Where will it all lead to.
The adventure starts here, well sort of…
I have been working online for a about 4 years now mainly in the shadows and I have learned some most amazing stuff over the past few years. Today is the start of me changing all that, today I start to publish more stuff about me and contributing my opinion to today’s crazy world both online and off.
I am kicking this blog of with me finally facing a huge fear of mine of speaking to camera (seriously you don’t know how long I have been putting it off). It is also the start of me committing myself to doing more videos of me sharing some of my adventures and offering tips on traveling, web biz building and lifestyle design along the way.
In this video I am (attempting to) explain that I am on my way to Thailand and I have quite an adventure ahead of me. The thing is at the time of filming this video Thailand has some serious violent political protests going on and I was wondering how it will turn out. One of the reasons I am in Thailand is also to put an end to my Indian Restaurant and Wraps Delivery Businesses. These I am having to close because of the sharp drop in Thai Tourism and the future of Thai Tourism not looking to get better any time soon.
Raging violence in the Thai capital claimed eight more lives on Saturday as gunfire and explosions echoed around tense streets where there have been pitched street battles between troops and protesters.