Guy on a Buffalo

Every once in a while, something comes along that just brightens your day.

Guy on a Buffalo
Episode #1

Don’t worry, there is more:

Episode #2

Not over yet:

Episode #3

Still going:

Episode #4

Steve Jobs is Inspiring

A month ago while chilling on the Coromandel in New Zealand with V I read Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson over the course of three days. He’s just so inspiring! Here he discusses the importance of thinking outside the box:

To get to where I want to go, I’ll have to build great things. No more 10 hour days spending 6 hours wasting time. No more repetitious paperwork. Now I must make my own schedule…

It’s intimidating being on your own and developing your own projects. If I fail, there will be no process to follow and no one to turn to for help. This interview inspired me today:

Jobs is speaking from his NeXT office. NeXT was essentially a big time failure. None-the-less, all that experience he got while running NeXT must have translated into these apple products we are using today. So we are all very fortunate to live with the abundance created from Jobs’s failures. Thanks Steve.

I wrote a blog post about the book earlier. Also, becoming comfortable with failure has been a theme over the last few posts.

So I’ll just keep building things.

Entreprenuer Quote - Chris Ducker

Much Love everyone.

My 2012 Goals

I expect 2012 to be the best year of my life. The last three years have been progressively better and better so this is asking a lot of life. Though my life has been full of adventure, I hope to tone down the madness and unpredictability of the last few years and have a more comfortable 2012. The stress of not knowing where my next bed or meal will come from is growing tiresome.

To join up in the self help crusade of the day: goals need to be SMART. That is, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Thats the goal of this post.

This has been a very challenging post to put together because it really forces me to examine what I want and what I’ll need to get there. This post will make me accountable to myself and to all my readers.

At the end of the year I hope to look back on this list and laugh that I was shooting so short.

 

Earn $2,000 USD a month in passive income.

I’ll create this income through location independent internet projects. This will come through affiliate sales and advertising revenue that I create by making high quality websites that help people make informed decisions.

 

Podcast: Location Independent Travelers – Interview people that are living really awesome lifestyles

With so many interesting bloggers out there living amazing lifestyles, I’d love to interview them and publicly learn from their success. I think I’ll enjoy the process of setting up a podcast anyways. Talking on a microphone is intimidating and setting this goal gives me butterflies in my guts. I’ve always wanted to rock the mic and this year I will do it.

 

1,000 unique views/month, a page rank of 3, and 200 facebook likes to my financial freedom blog: becominglocationindependent.com

I’ve already set off down a really interesting road towards finding location independent financial freedom. This will allow me to continue traveling around the world while being productive. It’s important that I improve my (and my families) lifestyle. Just being a frugal traveler was great, but I’m ready to transition to a lifestyle of greater abundance.

 

1,000 unique views/month, a page rank of 3, and 200 facebook likes for my new travel website: loveaffairtravel.com

I will tell the story of my last few years. My travels around the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Bali and Hawaii. These are really interesting and I’d like to get them down. There will be a hint of the fantastic and a drop of fiction involved to keep things interesting. This website will be all about entertaining and inspiring the readers.

 

Earn my Dive Master PADI Certification

I will earn the Dive Master PADI certification this year. Probably in a really exotic tropical area.

 

Study and practice a martial art

By the end of the year I will have firm background in at least one form of martial art (capoiera, mano mano, kung fu, military submission, ect.)

 

Travel to 5 new countries

The travels and adventures must keep rolling in! Thats what I need to stay happy!

 

I will learn to speak another language conversationally this year

Any language is ok. To achieve this, I’ll have 3 metrics: I must be able to ask for, and receive directions, have a casual chat about the weather, economy and family and be able to bargain for a better price.

 

Take my Dad on a Helicopter Skiing Trip

This will be a all expenses paid trip on my bill. A way to say thanks for the incredible life he has provided me with.

 

Go for a heroic horseback trek with my Mom

I’ve got the best mom in the world and we both love riding horses together.

 

Spend December 29th 2012 in the United States with Veronica under full and proper legal status through the United States government. Make 2012 the best year of her life too.

Homeland Security, National Visa Center, US Consulate in Australia/New Zealand, Chicago Lockbox. Let us work together this year!

Where I'm heading: The Future and a Note by Derek Sivers on Failure

Inspiration to do things: Where I'm Heading
Chilling on the Beach!

I’ve been struggling with the direction for this website. This beautiful discombobulated glob of figures, images and videos is at times entertaining, but it lacks a needed rudder.

I’m wrapping it up as a sort of lovely failure. One for which I am very proud. Failure is awesome, check this out:

Link to the books mentioned by Derek Sivers in the above video:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

If you’ve been keeping up you are a star. Such patience for my disorganization!

None-the-less, I’ve learned heaps! I’m proud of this strange mess I’ve created. I’ve earned about $12 in affiliate sales (huge thanks to everyone who used me as a portal to their amazon purchases of Call of Duty, Books, Coffee Makers, body wraps, CDs and so much more!)

I’ll be moving my travel information over to a new website. This will be more focused on providing people with great ideas for travels. I’ll maintain a constant voice and talk only of epic, frugal travel advice.

Soon I’ll kick start a blog focused on my search for financial freedom. This new blog will document the year of 2012 and my climb from poverty in New Zealand to location independent, financial freedom and tropical surf living. While I work hard to find the ability to work while traveling, I’ll be documenting my efforts so that anyone who does it after me can use my successes and failures as a guide.

I’ll keep this site open as a place for me to vent excess information that doesn’t fit into the other two sites. Also, this site will as a anchor to my others so I can refer people to this site to build a network.

Anyways, thanks so much for following me. If you have read to this point, you’re a star! Please feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me if there is anything I can do to help you out!

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2012

We are being in the greatest year of all time.

You are fortunate enough to read this.

You are rich with opportunity.

Enjoy every moment.

Diligently chase awesomeness.

Much Love,

Ian

Tropical Workforce Internship Application

Massive Mahalo to the gentlemen at Tropical MBA. This blog post is my first step in their internship process. Check out their job description and you can apply too!

Internship Application Begins Below:

Hello Justin and Joe,

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your websites and podcasts are fantastically motivational. You give awesome tips while remaining exciting and interesting! Not only do you keep it fun, but you give me confidence that one day I too will realize my ideal, sustainable, unconventional lifestyle! Thanks so much for your awesome content.

My name is Ian Robinson and I think I’m ideal for your internship.

Internship Photo: Beer In Hand - Padang Padang Beach - Bonus Points
Beer In Hand - Padang Padang Beach - Bonus Points

Fundamentally, what you guys do is what I want to do:

1. Location Independence

2. Adding Heaps of Value to Businesses and Organizations

3. Having a Kick Ass Time

Here’s what I have to offer you:

I’m 100% no non-sense motivated entrepreneur. Tim Ferriss has been a deep influence on me and I’m trying my damnedest to get some automation in my life! I’m really interested in utilizing the 80/20 Pareto principle and I practice MED (minimum effective dose) as much as possible. I won’t stop in my drive to succeed. My bucket list is pretty intimidating and I gotta keep going or else…

I’ve got experience as a WordPress Developer, plenty of graphic design experience, I’ve earned PPC revenue through Adsense, I got my first affiliate sales check just recently, my blog is young but it’s doing alright and I’ve got a few sub clients that I’m just now starting to help out! Accept me into your program and there will be no hand-holding. I like to kick ass and take names later. Judging from the content of your sites, I’d say this will suit you fellas fine.

I’m on my way up and I’m searching for some solid mentors to help guide me in the right direction. It seems like you guys could be what I’ve been looking for.

For me, this isn’t about spending 4-6 months in the Philippines before going back to a regular life in the USA. I want to do this forever. I want to continue to upscale businesses while remaining location independent until I’m as old as dirt. I want to change the way the world does business.

Why do I want to be an Expat?

I’ve been on the road for the last three years now. Here is my “information slap in the face” of what I’ve been doing all this time:

Road Trip Tour Guide of Mainland USA (LA to Vegas to San Fran to Boston to NYC) – Hitch-Hiking New Zealand – Australian Agriculture (fruit and veggie harvester) – 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa (Running a Hospitality Program) – Seat of the pants SCUBA Training in Mozambique – Back to Australian Agriculture (Jackaroo/Cowboy) – Bali Surf Adventure – Hawaii (Renewable Energy Start-up Company/Horseback Tour Guide) – New Zealand (Face to Face fundraising for the WWF)

It’s a long and complicated story but the point of the matter is this: I’m already an expat! I’m already going for it. Over the past three months I’ve been dedicating as much time as possible towards internet marketing. Unfortunately, I haven’t had enough time as I’d like. Take me into your program and I’ll have no more excuses!

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Internship Application Ends Here

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