Nick Onken: Life Baller Travel Photographer and Philantrophist

He works with top celebrities.

He works with top brands.

This all only started recently.

He believes 100% is possible 100% of the time.

Here is the story of a Life Baller.

A leader in travel photography, Nick Onken.

“Photography leans towards different ways of making income.” – Nick Onken (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • The benefits of basing your creative entrepreneurship from California
  • Traveling Britain as an ‘Induction’ to world travel
  • Tibetan Monks and the Everest Base Camp
  • The powerful perspective change when experiencing different cultures
  • Building a business around your favorite things
  • Professional work to financing worthwhile causes
  • How to help charities and travel the world
  • Shop Talk Radio as a leader in creative entrepreneurship

Lovely Links:

Website | Twitter

Music Credits:

Special Thanks:

  • Kanniga Ponpiboon: Episode Art
  • Karen Asprey: Show Notes
  • Chris Jones: Sound Engineering
  • Jonathan Baillie Strong: Audio Architecture
  • V: Slave Driver

Dan Andrews: Build a Business and Live the Dream

The new rich has arrived and their leader is Dan Andrews.

He’s a leading force in the development of micro multinational businesses.

No one knows about lifestyle business like Dan does.

Want to travel the world and make money?

Building a business is the way to get there.

If you want to get there fast you’ve gotta hear this interview.

Here he is, Dan Andrews.

“I would rather be the captain of a canoe than a midshipman of a cruise ship.” – Dan Andrews (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Being inspired and learning from the best
  • When is the right time to quit the 9-5?
  • Using courier flights for cheap travel
  • Surviving without doing ‘traveler jobs’
  • The #1 factor that’s changed the world of micro multinational organizations
  • Saftey comparison of South East Asia and USA
  • Taking control of your life
  • What is success?
  • This your resumes will get you there
  • A great how to strategy
  • How to Build a Business

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Dan:

Tropical MBA | Twitter

Music Credits:

Special Thanks:

  • Jonathan Baille Strong, Karen Asprey and Chris Jones for the production

Take Action:

Do you have a goal that you want to accomplish?  Who is the best at doing this?  Try to make contact with this person-what can you learn from them?

 

Book Notes: Who Moved My Cheese

This is my reflection and meditation upon reading Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. It’s a simple book which can be tied to a million metaphors… here is one:

Hustling is key to success and those two little rats (Sniff and Scurry) are the quintessential hustlers. They did a few things that I appreciate:

  1. See the Big Picture

Himmm and haaa didn’t notice that the cheese was shrinking. They didn’t notice that their time in tube three was running out. The signs were there but they just sat around getting fat and practicing stupid the whole time. When the cheese ran out they were obliterated.

Sniff and Scurry saw it coming. When the cheese finally ran out they weren’t surprised. They didn’t waste a minute to get to the business of finding more cheese.

This s$%t is happening on the daily in this country. THE CHEESE IS MOVING FOLKS. Higher education? Scammy finance rackets? Are you a involved in the movie rental business? BlockBuster declared bankruptcy in 2010 people. There is no reason you should think that whatever cheese you’ve got is not going to run out.

  1. Act Accordingly

Himm and Haa took forever. Haa got it after a while and I think his process would be far more enjoyable if he had enjoyed the hunt for cheese. Himm is simply a metaphor for what to avoid. Do not wait for the cheese.

Sniff and Scurry got to work immediately on hunting more cheese. There wasn’t even a discussion about it.

| Cheese Gone | I’m Finding Cheese |

  1. Win

There is always going to be cheese.

Macroeconomic forces might alter the big picture for governments and the international monetary fund, but that crap doesn’t affect me or you. Those things don’t affect us because, though we get international news, we live in local economies. We live in local relationships. You can start from nothing tomorrow and be great now.

100% is possible 100% of the time.

Cheese is, of course, a metaphor. It is the representation of getting what you want, be it a relationship, a bunch of money or inner peace. You’re only going to find it by taking action, finding new opportunities and executing on them like your life depends on it.

Kat Dugas: One Girl Solo Bikes Around Thailand and Work Travels Australia

She went to South East Asia.

She bought herself a bike.

She travelled around Thailand.

She built houses from mud in Burma.

Now she is travel working in Australia.

Planning her next adventure.

Welcome, Kat Dugas.

“Thailand is a paradise of a country for bike travelling.” – Kat Dugas (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Traveling around Thailand by bike
  • Female solo traveling
  • Thailand on a budget
  • To fold or not to fold… Best bikes for traveling Thailand
  • Brick building near Burma
  • Staying at the homes of locals
  • The mechanics of an Australian Working Holiday Visa
  • Changing your life by traveling and living abroad
  • How she Work Travels Australia

Lovely Links:

Travel Tools:

  • Check out Love Space – A conscious community space for the cultivation of creative expression, yoga, workshops, classes, music, group activities, meditation and gift exchange.
  • Travellingtwo.com is a great bike Podcast
  • Connect with other couchsurfing bike travelers on Warmshowers.org

Music Credits:

Special Note:

Kat also sent us this after the show:

“Right after I hung up I realised, dang I should have told a story about that website! I didn’t use it on my trip but hosted four French bike travelers in Melbourne through it, awesome guys who are doing a 3 year around the world journey. English Solid Dream are very inspiring guys who even incorporated some crazy things like sailing to Antarctica and kite-biking across the outback on their trip. The four of them reminded me exactly of another group of male friends that I have, 4 American guys who were about to take off on a trip through Australia that I convinced to do it by bike (met them hiking the grand canyon) and they also stayed with me on their way through Melbourne! You can find them here on Facebook.

Take Action:

Do you have any ‘crazy’ travel ideas? Write them down and then do some research from other people who have had similar ideas to see how possible they actually are.

Will Peach: Shifting Away from Gonzo Road Life

He thought he wanted a life of travel.

So he created a way of doing it.

This taught him a lot about himself.

He discovered that life is forever changing.

He found the importance of being true to himself in following his dreams.

Say hello to our next guest, Will Peach.

“Life is a constant process of evolution, it’s a journey and nothing is permanent.” – Will Peach (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Not leaving university and going straight into a 9-5 graduate job
  • Funding yourself in becoming location independent
  • Psychological and social challenges of travelling
  • Travel blogging and entrepreneurship-seeing a gap
  • Using the internet to work effectively
  • When is the time to settle down?
  • Doing what is important to you at that time
  • Embracing change and transition

Lovely Links:

Website | The Gonzo Traveller | Twitter | YouTube

Travel Tools:

Music Credits:

  • Breath by Telepopmusik
  • Boa Sorte by Vanessa De Mata remixed by Brizi & David Gueta

Take Action:

Think about what you really would like to be doing in your life.  Is it what you are doing right now?  If not how could you adapt your situation to enable to you be fulfilled?

Antonio Graceffo: From the Dust of 9/11 NYC to the Shaolin Temple

He went from a military career to a successful job in finance.

Until he realised he didn’t truly know those around him.

A pivotal moment made him re-evaluate what was important in life.

So he dug out his teaching diploma.

And went to follow his dreams.

Training at the Shaolin temple & building a new life as a martial arts anthropologist in Asia.

Here is The Brooklyn MonkAntonio Graceffo.

“That hot dog cart is going to be the last thing I see before I die.” – Antonio Graceffo (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Surviving the national guard, navy & merchant marine
  • Using his military background to get to university
  • Going to university for free in Germany
  • Becoming a homeless finance worker in New York City
  • How the near death experience of 9/11 put things into perspective
  • The awe-inspiring experience of training in the Shaolin Temple
  • Living abroad is a more fulfilling experience than being a tourist

Lovely Links:

Speaking Adventure | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube

  • Antonio reporting on the Refugees in Shan State, Burma:

Travel Tools:

Music Credits:

Take Action:

What skills and qualifications do you have?  How would you be able to use these skills to live or travel abroad?

Stephen Brooks: Costa Rican Chemical Spray Awakens Environmental Entrepreneurship

While adventuring in Costa Rica our next guest was appalled.

He witnessed big agribusiness spraying pesticides.

On Costa Rican farmers.

Since then, he’s been on a path to make it right.

Welcome to the 20th episode with, Stephen Brooks.

“Permaculture – how can we meet our goals and use less energy?” -Stephen Brooks  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Eco villages in Costa Rica
  • About the suffering of the people on banana plantations
  • Environmental Entrepreneurship, tour companies and eco-tourism
  • Plant based sustainability
  • Eradication of malnutrition via local resources
  • Why blending in with the locals is so powerful
  • How design affects the community
  • Living where our food comes from
  • All the other lovely stuff

Lovely Links:

Music Credit:

Take Action:

What is your take on this? Should we be preoccupied with where our food comes from?

What have you done to address your ecological footprint?

Johnny Ward: From a Medical Research Lab Test Subject to a New Rich World Traveler

From a poor family in Ireland to an enterprising business.

With no technical knowledge.

This successful entrepreneur builds teams to grow his own businesses.

All the while enjoying the long term travel lifestyle.

Please welcome, Johnny Ward.

“Being broke is not an issue. There’s always a way.” – Johnny Ward  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Money making as a medical research lab test subject
  • How Johnny managed to backpack for 2-3 years on little or no income
  • Why 99% of travellers give up and go back home
  • Johnny’s moment of realisation of how he wanted his life to be
  • How to grow a technical business, without technical skills
  • How to outsourcing works
  • Why being broke is powerful
  • How his passion got him to where he is today…. The New Rich World Traveler

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Johnny:

Onestep4ward | Twitter | Facebook

Travel Tools:

Music Credits:

Take Action:

Write down a list of skills you can teach.

Now look at what tuition opportunities are in your local neighborhood.

Is this something you could earn a living from abroad?

If not, whats a better idea?

Let us know in the comments below.

Izzy the Ninja: Forget the 9 to 5, I’m Going to Be a Ninja!

He was a bored teacher.

So he decided to move to Japan.

To become a ninja.

He learnt the value of humility.

Now he helps others in believing that they too can fulfil their dreams.

Welcome, Izzy the Ninja.

“My life is evidence that you can achieve the impossible.” – Izzy (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Why he decided to Forget the 9 to 5, I’m Going to Be a Ninja
  • Studying aikido in Japan
  • Using your teaching qualifications to set you up abroad
  • Following your childhood dreams
  • The value of not understanding everything
  • How cleaning toilets gives you a simpler and more fulfilling life
  • Japanese mother nature is scarier than Japanese people

Lovely Links:

The 30 year old Ninja | Facebook

Travel Tools:

  • Achieve the impossible – An online course that teaches the fundamentals, educating and inspiring people to achieve what they initially believe to be impossible

Music Credits:

Special Shout Out:

  • Belal Khanfar, Chris Jones, Tom Miller, André Gussekloo, Cheryl DeMesa, Michael Rigby, Brian Walsh, Pavan Mathur, John Naylor & Mickael Jan for assisting with the playlist!

Take Action:

Write down your vision – what does a perfect travel experience look like?

Once you’ve done that, now write down the next steps and ways to overcome the objections & hurdles.