Figuring out how to be a digital nomad seems difficult enough. Amid dazzling images of bloggers lazing in infinity pools, where are proven, practical tips for becoming a traveling blogger? I intend to share a few solid tips for my transition from employee to traveling entrepreneur.
Step 1: I Wanted to Be Free More than I Wanted to Do Uncomfortable Stuff
The guy said I had the posture of an earthworm (perhaps he was thinking about his peckery). This old f*cking fossil was attempting to ream me out over the phone. I had a few bucks at the time. Pretty broke. All the while, this guy was telling me why I would never do anything in life. He was an alleged home business coach….who didn’t give out his name. I wished eternal excema on him, got off of the phone and laughed. Even though I was disgusted a bit, being able to take crap from a nasty person, when you have the appearances of poverty and struggle around you, is about the most freeing and empowering feeling you can generate.
I gotta say, it was a turning point for me. I learned in that moment, and saw again and again, that if I wanted to be free more than I feared doing uncomfortable stuff, I would be free.
I could have hung up on the alleged success coach, when he started his hard sell. This would have been avoiding an uncomfortable situation. But there was freedom in that call. I learned that I’d NEVER, EVER, be like that asshole. Ever. I’d be nice, kind, and although firm, and a butt kicker, I’d do it with compassion. I’d uplift folks.
Also, I tweaked that old fart at the end of the call, which wasn’t particularly the right thing to do, but it not only felt empowering….it showed me my posture was improving, and that I had some authority, some confidence, which was sweet, and which formed a springboard for me.
I was faced with countless uncomfortable situations over my career. During my lean years, I ducked them and fell flat on my face. During my successful, happy years, I almost always dived into them to free myself.
If you want to retire to a life of island hopping fall in love with being free more than you fear doing uncomfortable things. You’ll thank yourself…..now and later. Which reminds me of a sweet treat. Off to buy some pandan rolls/aka cream buns….see you later!
Step 2: I Created Even when Nobody Listened
Few folks know that I’ve published well over 2500 Youtube videos during my career. Most have been yanked from the channel in Vaudevillain cane style. Some dodo bird flagged ’em , years ago, and Youtube shut me down. My current channel boasts a healthy video count, I reckon. The thing was though, I saw a few views if that per video when I was creating thousands of videos. I wasn’t attached to outcomes. I was attached to creating. I was attached to practicing, because I needed practice, to become a natural on camera.
But anywhooo, to make the leap from broke and depressed to prospering and happy you’ll need to create when nobody’s looking, meaning, you’ll:
…even if it appears nobody’s looking. That’s how the game is played, playa, and that’s why nearly every successful blogger on earth starts off as a nobody. Almost every successful person starts off as a nobody. A few child prodigies exist, including The Golden Child – which made for wonderful Sunday afternoon, 3 PM viewing on WPIX Channel 11 for all my fellow Tri-Staters – but most folks on earth need to create when an audience ain’t around, to become successful, to break the chains, and to free themselves.
Success is a progressive deal. As you earn your stripes, freeing yourself, helping folks, and persisting through it all, more and more folks will come to know, like and trust you….and a rabid fan or 2 or 2,000 or 2,000,000 may just follow ya along the way.
Step 3: I Guarded my Time Brutally
If you’re in the crowd wondering how in the Hades I appear to be in 1000 places at once, here’s my filthy little nasty secret. I’ve guarded it for years. That secret led from broke, snack eating joke, to professional blogging island hopper. This secret affords me the ability to live a charmed life.
I viciously guard my time. Really, I mean, I am hellishly brutal with my time, meaning that I let few people in.
If you’re one of the legion of folks – I love you all – who regularly ask me to to Skype, to chat on Facebook and to bullshit regularly, this one will be no news to you. Really, I have little time to chat with anybody for more than a few times a month, if that, because I have:
- 1 eBook to publish weekly
- One, 5,000 word post to publish weekly
- a freelance writing business to run
- a blog coaching business to run
- a blog commenting campaign to run
- a social media campaign to run
- offline stuff to do in paradise: exercising, touring, going to the beach, etc
I also do other stuff, namely: eating, sleeping. Promise I do!
Step 4: I Made Personal Development A1
Imagine this: a self-conscious, depressed, lost security guard with severe anger issues – think The Hulk, sitting in a subway station, in NYC, being poked and prodded with tiny pins – yeah, imagine this guy turning into a:
- supremely confident
- purposeful and free
- energetic dynamo being
- professional blogging
- island hopping
Anyway, I am freer and freer by the day because I religiously stuck to a personal development regimen, to clear out the old, nasty, constricting negative energies in my being and to make room for the freeing, positive, inspired energies in my being.
Step 5: I Developed a Product AND Service
Products make you stand out. Check out this library:
OK, now that you’ve got your BFP fix for the day – you have 23 books to choose from, so go wild – think about it: if I sold someone else’s book, here, why go through the middle man? Or, if you still would buy the book from me, how would I establish my authority selling OTHER people’s products? Gotta get your own product, and gotta create that bad boy, if you plan on retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
- establish your credibility
- build your authority
- elevate your trust factor through the roof
- are fun to create
- boost your online income streams
Products are kinda like a vetting tool. Someone visits your blog. Sees an eBook or course with your John Hancock on it, on the blog sidebar, and reader or visitor gets an idea that you know what the hell you’re talking about. Products give you clout. Products can move you from the realm of struggling to the realm of succeeding.
Oh yes, the service bit. I suggest offering a product and service, to be a boss of blogging, to go from newbie, to seasoned veteran, and to establish full time income through your blogging efforts. I was big, really big, on honing my writing skills over the years. I also kept an eye on the top blogs I followed, seeing what worked, and what didn’t. SO….because I am a smart cookie, 2 minutes out of the day, I established freelance writing and blog coaching services. I charged money to render a service. Makes sense, eh? If you’re offering something helpful, give some offerings away for free, and charge for other offerings. Lawyers may do some pro bono work, but daddy’s gotta pay for that Lambo, so you better believe they are charging to the hilt, per hour. I know they do, I watch Suits, dammit!
At the end of the day, figuring out how to become a digital nomad requires you to make freeing but uncomfortable changes. Making these changes challenges all but the most stout bloggers. Follow these simple tips diligently. Going from employee to entrepreneur is about facing fear to release your old life in order to make room for your new life.