Niall Doherty: How to Write a World Class Book and Cross the Pacific Ocean on a Cargo Ship

Niall is back on the show.

He’s the first guest to be featured for the second time on the Love Affair Travel podcast (he was Episode 1).

Since our first interview Niall has gone a long way on his journey.

We caught up with him just after his pacific crossing.

He wrote an amazing book and is here to tell us all about it.

Give it up for the avid traveller, Niall Doherty.

“I’m not sure if I burn more cash or more fuel.” – Niall Doherty  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How to decide if a cargo ship pacific crossing is the right decision
  • Strange stories of South Korea
  • About Disrupting the Rabblement
  • How Niall lives a nomadic life
  • The value of tracking expenses and how to do it
  • The emotional challenges of living and moving in India
  • New ways to understand gratitude
  • The challenges of environmental decision making
  • Book recommendations for rational thinkers
  • How to get comfortable with flirting
  • Business strategies for those who don’t live in one place
  • The role of work and success
  • Daily routines and how Niall’s evolve from country to country
  • How to start a blog
  • The future of Disrupting the Rabblement

Lovely Links:

Business | Manliness | Travel

Suggested Books:

Music Credits:

Take Action:

If given the opportunity to travel abroad and earn online, could you have a healthy work ethic and not be distracted by your awesome new lifestyle?

Jock Purtle: How to Build, Buy and Sell an Online Business and Live a Life of Travel

Selling businesses isn’t just for multinational corporations.

Indeed, all you need to do is create a recurring cash flow.

Anything that generates cash flow, can be sold.

Our next guest is the master of this process.

He travels the world, brokering big deals and you can too.

Here he is, Jock Purtle of Digital Exits.

“There’s risk in everything, but I’ve positioned myself so that I know I’m making the right move.” – Jock Purtle (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Where he is and where he is going
  • How to mix business and travel for pleasure
  • The story of Mardi Gras and business conferences in New Orleans
  • What it took from Jock to sell his first business
  • An unstoppable strategy for getting a big list of clients fast
  • Why and how Jock sold his cash flowing websites and went full time with business brokering
  • Jock’s vision for Digital Exits
  • Jock’s moments of awe: thousands of elephant seals during mating season
  • The guy who sells “dead things” and why it matters
  • How to start making money with an online business
  • How to sell an online business
  • Logical thinking strategies for business deals
  • How to see the numbers when selling businesses
  • The best way to measure success
  • Plus, much more…

“I’m inherently lazy & what that means is, I’m always going to look for the most efficient path to the result.” – Jock Purtle (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Digital Exits | Twitter | LinkedIn

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Take Action:

Ready to start a business? Did you learn from something in this episode? Please let us know in the comment section down below.

Thanks so much for listening. 🙂

Jeffrey Chernick: Tours as a Rock Star Drummer, Grows an International Business and has lots and lots of Fun

Jeffrey Chernick is a Rock Star.

He started in big finance.

Got out before it all burned down.

Off to Barcelona. Off to Malaysia.

Playing sold out shows with his band Story of the Running Wolf.

Still going strong.

Say hello to the ever so charming, Jeffery Chernick.

“Malaysia was awesome. I’d go partying and to really cool places backpack style, then put on a button down and go to meetings with 13 Malaysian businessmen.” – Jeffrey Chernick (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • 00.26 – Who is Jeffrey Chernick? What is his vision?
  • 03.15 – Transitioning for Lehman Bros to entrepreneur
  • 05.27 – How to learn the entrepreneurial skill set?
  • 08.35 – The ‘Big Phone’ call and what it sparked
  • 10.51 –  Backpacking in South East Asia and securing million dollar deals in Malaysia
  • 14.09 – Conference Events in Vegas and Barcelona
  • 17.08 – Cold Calling and it’s atlas like power
  • 19.30 – How to understand people and cultivate a persuasive message
  • 21.05 – Moments of awe for Jeffrey Chernick
  • 24.15 – Using an artistic mind to leverage powerful business moves
  • 29.40 – The power of thinking Big
  • 35.55 – How traveling has impacted the growth of Ride Amigos
  • 38.40 – Tips for quitting the job, building a business and traveling

Lovely Links:

RideAmigos | Facebook | StoryoftheRunningWolf

Take Action:

Do you think the artist in Jeffrey has helped him thru business?

Would you like to grow an International Business?

A System For Effective Time Management

As business grows, I’m implementing a system for effective time management that will allow me to leverage my time and create more abundance for my team and clients.

Here are some effectiveness tips that I’ve used to get more done.

1. Move it Once

When I worked in construction, we used to have a rule that we would move material only once.

When the siding was delivered, we either had the delivery guys take it straight to the location where it was needed, or we moved it there right away. If you ever catch yourself moving building material 2-3 times because it’s in the way, or you need the space to do another part of the project, you’re killing your productivity.

It’s much easier in a physical world to set the rule that you only move things once. A bag of concrete is a pain to handle over and over again. This same physical constraint doesn’t hold the same sway for eMails or CRM tools. It’s much easier to pass duties and materials around with eMails and CRM. In all reality, it’s just as ineffective, but we don’t feel it the same as we used to when we had to move rocks.

The lesson here is to move things as little as possible until they are in their final position.

2. List the 6 Accomplishments of the Day 

In order to avoid being reactive all day, I’m making a list of 6 tasks that will move the mission along. Big steps. Make them daring.

For Example, as a podcast production company, my list will often look like this:

  1. Produce the Latest Episode of a Show
  2. Structure the New Deal
  3. Respond to Leads from spreadsheet and e-mail optin
  4. Write a Blog for Content Marketing Purposes
  5. Follow up with X Client on Payment
  6. Develop system for new employee

3. Plan The Time You Will Spend

Now I’ll go through and allocate time to each task

  1. Structure the New Deal: Call, Send Contract and Invoice ( 1 hrs) 
  2. Respond to Leads from spreadsheet and e-mail optins ( .5 hrs)
  3. Write a Blog for Content Marketing Purposes (.5 hrs)
  4. Follow up with X Client on Payment (.25 hrs)
  5. Develop system for new employee (1.75 hrs)

Notice, my cumulative working hours are 6 or less. That’s realistic because anything more is expecting that there will be no interruptions during the day. Committing to less is a great way to ensure that I accomplish the objectives I committed to.

I make the list somewhere between 3-7 items. I try not to go crazy as a list that I can’t complete will weigh on my subconscious all day. I’ll end up feeling like a failure.

4. Plan the Day

Schedule:

  • 6:00-6:45 Surf, Eat Breakfast and make coffee
  • 7:00-7:30 Call with Client in the USA
  • 7:30-8:30 Respond to Leads from spreadsheet and e-mail optins
  • 8:30-11:00 CrossFit Workout
  • 1:00-12:00 Structure the New Deal: Call, Send Contract and Invoice
  • 12:00-12:15 Follow up with X Client on Payment
  • 1:30-2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-3:45 Develop system for new employee
  • 3:00-5:00 Be Available for Productive Reaction to the Daily Grind
  • 5:00-5:30 Write a Blog for Content Marketing Purposes

5. Prioritize

I try to focus on difficult stuff that I’m afraid of. That is the hard work. That’s the important work.

6. Throw Away Tasks That Don’t Matter

Get rid of the tasks that don’t matter. It might seem hard at first to let things go, but do not feel bad about it. When you get to a point where you can skip tasks, it’s important to learn to do that.

Thank you for reading.

Hat Tip to The Ultimate Sales Machine for the system.

Effective E-Mail Communication

Let’s be hyper productive and make the world a better place.

I receive hundreds of emails per day and am working diligently to respond as much as possible. This is a reactive process that I deeply appreciate. It is also important that I spend most of my time in a proactive state.

To maximize our mutual proactive states, let’s follow these best e-mail practices.

With Color Added

Notes for Effective eMail Communication:

  • Make the Subject Line Descriptive – Make the purpose easy to identify

When replying with a shift in direction, change the subject line to reflect new direction.

  • Number Points – Make action items clear.

Numbered points help to make action steps identifiable and easier to execute.

  • Reflect – Read it over to ensure clear, succinct idea transmission.

Long lingering eMails are much more challenging to respond to effectively.

  • Be Solution Oriented – Asking questions is great,  but provide solutions when possible.

Solutions are what we’re all after. If you can provide direction, it will be easier to reply effectively.

With Appreciation,

Ian Robinson

Special Thanks:

Tip of the hat to Chris Ducker’s Rule of 3, Niall Doherty and The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes for inspiring this post.
E-mail Best Practices

Jellaine Ross: The Mindset Behind Cherry Blooms

The first time I met Jellaine was when she showed up for a CouchSurf. She was working on a travel blog then called Backpacking in Stilettos. Her mindset was fascinating back then, and where it took her is the stuff of legends.

Despite debt, career and family problems she grew a million dollar business on her own. She didn’t have investors or a team to help her out. All she had was an unbreakable confidence that she would make it.

That’s exactly what she did.  I’m honored to introduce, Jellaine Ross.

“Law of attraction works. If you want something, put it out there and go and get it.” – Jellaine Ross (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • The story of the birth of Cherry Blooms
  • Identifying ultimate dreams… and achieving them
  • The story of the first product and taking it to the flea market
  • How to leave the corporate job, and commit to the dream of creating financial freedom
  • Inspirational books and authors
  • Her six week trip to Europe that shaped her as a dreamer
  • How previous experience in PR cultivated a vast product knowledge
  • Advice for starting a new business, developing a new product and making the first million
  • The importance of studying and reading
  • Listening to audio books to grow business acumen on the road
  • Three things Jellaine recommends to keep in mind when building a business
  • On the struggle of building a business
  • On fearlessness
  • The future of Cherry Blooms

Lovely Links:

Cherry Blooms | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Jonny Blair: Unstoppable Travel Mindset for Going Wherever You Dream

He has been on the road for 10 years.

He’s gone everywhere and he writes about it.

He can find a job anywhere and his stories are unreal.

If you want to see the world this is the mindset to make it happen.

Say g’day to the travel connoisseur, Jonny Blair.

“Anyone can do any thing if you want it.” – Jonny Blair (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Jonny got started on his 10 year journey
  • How much money he saved
  • How picking apples in Tasmania got Jonny to Antarctica
  • What separates long term travelers from the still
  • On the perils of international travel
  • On the road less traveled
  • The key to a successful travel blog
  • Personality traits of  successful travel bloggers
  • From travel jobs to entrepreneurship
  • How he developed an Unstoppable Travel Mindset
  • Getting to Antarctica
  • How to do the Inca Trail
  • How a Northern Irish man sees world peace and how travel impacts his perspective

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Jonny:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Music Credit:

Take Action:

What are your thoughts? Do you have faith that you could go to any country on earth and find a job?

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.