Maker’s Schedule – A Discussion On a Paul Graham Essay

I’d like to discuss this article: Maker’s Schedule.

Let’s use the comments below to open up a dialogue and see what comes up.

Are you a maker or a manager? Do you suffer from trying to play the different roles?

Do you produce your value from a manager schedule or a makers schedule?

What is a speculative meeting to you? Damaging or empowering?

Thanks to Ryan Holiday’s article for brining this to the forefront.

My Research on Bitcoin

You can find the original bicoin creation document written by Satoshi Nakamoto here.

I found it empowering to follow along with the audible version embedded below. Reading while hearing is a powerful way to internalize complex ideas:

This is a challenge to wrap ones head around, but what I’m gleaming is about the Bitcoin system is that the system’s security becomes more robust as it grows.  The complexity is built out by miners who are rewarded with Bitcoins. These miners are getting increasingly sophisticated. One entrepreneurial miner moved to Iceland to take advantage of an abundance of cold air.

So these entrepreneurs are running tremendous computers, specially designed to make hacking the Bitcoin system more challenging (using the Hashcash system.) With each use of a bitcoin, with each creation of a bitcoin, the currency becomes more robust.

But I’m skeptical because, while I understand this all very vaguely on an intellectual level, I wanted to know about who was behind it all… What do the faces of the guys who are running this show look like?

So first off I went into how to set up a bitcoin wallet and how to buy coins. I got to this article which makes it far easier.

But again, who is this CoinBase group? Is this some elaborate scheme? Sure their website is designed beautifully and seems legitimate… but this is the wild west of crypto currencies and I image the pirates could figure this one out.

Of course, I paused for a long time when considering to enter my bank account information in order to purchase these abstract coins… who were the guys behind the coins? Where they to be trusted?

Then I found an interview with the co-founder.

This made it seem much more real.

I’m kicking myself for not getting in earlier to be perfectly honest. A friend of mine who is passionate about RoboCoin suggested buying coins 3 months previous. The price was $120. Now it’s $630…. If I’d listened to him I would have seen about 430% growth.

So I’m in. Tweet me @IndependentIan if you think this was a good idea. Even better, tweet me if you bought some too.

Update April 19th 2014: I bought in at $630 but got out at $830. Afterwards it’s tanked considerably. I’m still holding off. The current cost is $495 so it’s back on the rise. Stay vigilant people! 🙂

Sean Ogle: The Location Rebel who Builds Businesses that Can Be Run From Anywhere on Earth

Dreaming of quitting the high paying 9-5 job?

Our next guest proposed a remote work agreement and received his resignation papers in exchange.

Now he runs his own business and lives where and how he desires.

He shares his lifestyle with the world.

Please welcome the Location Rebel, Sean Ogle.

“People are getting more creative with businesses they create. It’s sort of the best of all worlds.” – Sean Ogle  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Sean’s transition from portfolio analyst to Location Rebel
  • Agreeing to move to Thailand to work with Dan Andrews
  • The story of building a profitable blog
  • The value of giving back with a location independent business
  • Why the a selfish investment in lifestyle can lead to greater impact
  • Sean Ogle’s favorite places in the world
  • Reminiscing over the magnificence of Bali, Indonesia
  • Bali vs. Thailand – Starting a business and designing a lifestyle
  • The evolution of Location Independent hotspots
  • How Sean is making playing the Top 100 Golf Courses in the USA into a business exercise
  • The abundance of entrepreneurial solutions to be capitalized on
  • All the other lovely stuff

Three steps to becoming a Location Rebel:

  1. Build relevant skills – Basic Copywriting, SEO Basics, WordPress
  2. Freelance that skill
  3. Apply the skills you master to your own project

“Instead of complaining about what’s wrong, always look for problems so that you can provide answers for people.” – Sean Ogle (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Sean:

Personal Site | Location Rebel | Twitter

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Take Action:

Do you love toasters? If so, we’re sorry about all the negative toaster talk. But hey, you’ve got amazing potential as an affiliate blogger so maybe this is a turning point in your entrepreneurial career.

Thank you for listening. Comment below and tell us something you’re going to put to action from listening to Sean.

Steve Oddo: Walks of Italy Founder on Building Profitable Travel Companies Around Passions

Moving to Italy on a passionate whim.

Finding a business to fall in love with.

Making a lifestyle out of it.

Here is how to live the long term travel lifestyle.

With, Steve Oddo.

“Different people I met on my travels were open-minded, outside of the box thinkers that were doing great things to make money.” – Steve Oddo (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Growing up in a family of international travel
  • What it’s like exposing the Sicilian mafia in a documentary
  • The mechanics behind big business taking out small bloggers
  • Investing in yourself to become a travel entrepreneur
  • Being a Rome history fan and visiting Tunisia
  • A surfing tangent involving California
  • His side of the Turner Barr vs. Adecco story
  • Putting it on the line for massive payout

Lovely Links:

 LinkedIn | Twitter | Google +

Take Action:

Another episode with a traveler who turned to travel entrepreneurship. If you remembered the last episode of this kind with Stephen Brooks, you remember that lots of people build their lives around the tourism industry in the places they wanted to be the most.

Have you ever thought about making this happen? Is moving to another country and setting up a passion project something you dream of?

Mark Manson: Russia, Vulnerability, Purpose and the Long Term Travel Lifestyle

Choosing entrepreneurship is an adventure in itself.

Choosing entrepreneurship and travel is an extra challenge.

Mark Manson did both.

His story involves massive struggle, but the other side of it is hugely rewarding.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mark Manson.

“It’s really hard to start your own business period.” – Mark Manson  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • The psychological challenges of solo entrepreneurship
  • Seeing down times as opportunities
  • What if I really went for it?
  • Seeing entrepreneurship as a long term investment in ones-self
  • His journey into the Long Term Travel Lifestyle
  • Profiting while traveling in Europe
  • Reaching Escape Velocity
  • What it’s like learning to love living in Russia
  • Why living in new countries shifted his perspective of masculinity and femininity

“It’s really hard to build something online that people feel invested in & are willing to pay for.” – Mark Manson (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Website | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter

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If you found this conversation useful, please share it with your friends and family.

How has this interview effected you? Leave a comment below.

Shannon O’Donnell: A Little Adrift, Travel and Grassroots Volunteering

She realised that her online web marketing business enabled her to work anywhere in the world.

So she bought a one way ticket to Australia.

Through travel she discovered the desire and drive to help grassroots social enterprises all over the world.

She went on to become a National Geographic Traveller of the Year!

Welcome A Little Adrift star, Shannon O’Donnell.

“You can make it happen if you live from the place where it can happen.” – Shannon O’Donnell (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • National Geographic Traveller of the Year
  • The desire to help travellers support local social enterprises while travelling
  • Travel and Grassroots Volunteering
  • Going to Australia – first travelling experience
  • Problems of running a business on the road
  • Travelling in SE Asia for 6 months with her 6th grade niece
  • How travel has given her the platform to discover what she wants to do

Lovely Links:

A Little Adrift | Twitter | Facebook

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Take Action:

Traveling is stepping into the unknown, the anticipation can be fearful. Accepting that and doing it anyway empowers you.

FoxNoMad: Tech Tips, the NSA and Cyber Security for Travelers

A computer whizz.

With a love for travel.

Managed to marry the two and create a successful business.

Helping travelers with their tech problems.

Writing about the fascinating places that his path crosses.

Say hello to Anil Polat, the FoXnoMad.

“When people ask me ‘”What can I do to be able to travel?'” I say whatever you are talented & passionate about & go from there.” – FoxNoMad (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • FoxNoMad tells us his opinion on the Edward Snowden case and how laws are not keeping up with modern technology
  • We get tech tips and computer security tips which are particularly useful to travelers
  • Why your computer should reflect you as a person
  • How he managed to maintain and grow his business to allow for his traveler lifestyle
  • Meeting the women of Yemen and understanding their life aspirations
  • Embracing the vulnerability that is given to us through travel
  • The misconceptions of being a location independent worker
  • Why travel gives us a deeper understanding of people
  • Why Eastern Europe is the way to go

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Anil:

Fox Nomad | Twitter

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Take Action:

What would you consider to be your unique skills and passions?  Can you think of a way that you would be able to use these skills to become location independent, especially given the faster and better available internet.

Lord Hickey: Crossing South America on a Tuk Tuk in Teletubby Suits

4 romper suits.

7 countries.

No equipment.

No luggage.

No names.

Nothing sensible.

Please welcome, Lord Hickey.

“Sensible? We certainly don’t do sensible!” – Lord Hickey (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • The adventures of Crossing South America on a Tuk Tuk in Teletubby Suits
  • Raising money for charity whilst having fun
  • Sweet talking a thief into getting passports back
  • Negotiating cliff edge road in Boliva
  • Character building moments in the Andes

Lovely Links:

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Take Action:

Have you ever had a crazy travelling idea?  Write it down and then come up with a list of things you need to be able to do it.  Don’t be too sensible-remember, most of the fun is in the things that aren’t planned!

Chris Hawker: Ayahuasca Jungle Immersion, Dynamite Fishing and Peruvian Moonshine

Studying Spanish in Ecuador wasn’t enough.

Some people always take it to the next level.

They leave the trodden path behind and journey deep into the jungle.

Putting everything on the line for adventure and a changed life…

Join us now with Master Inventor, Chris Hawker.

“If you see things through different eyes you start to learn how to move your perspective internally.” – Christopher Hawker (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Living with Ecuadorian musicians
  • Bus traveling deep into Ecuador
  • The French family in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon
  • Exotic jungle food and drink
  • Dynamite fishing and swallowed by fire ants
  • His Ayahuasca Jungle Immersion
  • Horse breaking and out of body experiences
  • How travel inspires innovation

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Chris:

Trident Design | Twitter

Music Credits:

Take Action:

Think of a difficult situation in your life.

How has it enabled you to grow and evolve?

Turner Barr: Tigers, Corporate Piracy and the Best Job in the Whole World

Dreaming of travel working around the world?

He’s an agave farmer & an elephant keeper.

Knows how to harvest rice and treat tigers.

He wrote an epic blog about it and then his idea was stolen.

Here is his story…

The expert, Turner Barr.

“If you want to really get into the nuts and bolts of a culture, of what it`s really like, immersing yourself is the way to go.” – Turner Barr  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How ‘Going with the Flow’ empowers your journey
  • Turner’s experience at the Tiger Temple
  • Working in a Buddhist Conservation Park
  • Interesting job opportunity for travelers – from children’s festivals in Holland, to Krambus in the Alps
  • The evolution of a traveler – Hostels to CouchSurfing to working
  • Why working somewhere is so powerful in understanding the culture
  • Corporate Piracy and the Best Job in the Whole World
  • Turner tells us about the Adecco Situation
  • The importance of taking action… Now!

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Turner:

Around the World in 80 jobs | Twitter

Media:

  • One of Turner Barr’s duties at Tiger temple:


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Take Action:

Have you ever been somewhere as a tourist where you would like to get to know the people and culture more? What kind of job do you think that you could do there to enable you to stay longer and understand them better?

Big ups:

  • Wim Dewale for once again providing us with the Episode Art!