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,


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

To apply for this internship too click here.

Economical Environment: Take Action and Grow a Garden

Economical Environment: Take Action and Grow
Food is Cool

Learning to co-exist with our environment is the great challenge of our generation. The way we are living is unsustainable. If we do not face this problem head on, we will bestow tremendous hardship on future generations.

famine – desertification – flooding – drought – fires – radical temperatures

We can avoid these things! We all must make a conscious effort to become sustainable.

Best of all, It makes economic sense! We do not have to sacrifice comfort and luxury. Below, Pavan Sukhdev explains the economic value of conservation.

Conservation and a vibrant economy are a beautiful pair. Do something today to make your lifestyle more conservative. One way to start moving in the right direction is to grow some of your own food! Below, Roger Doiron discusses the importance of growing your own food.

Taking immediate action will get you there. Anyone can take this action. Below is a great starting point to growing a garden no matter where you live or how much money you’ve got. Watch Britta Riley talk about growing a garden her NYC apartment:

Do it – get excited. This is your call to action.

If Britta can grow food in a NYC apartment, you can grow food wherever you are.

When you decide to take action, TELL ME! I’ll make a separate page for everyone who wants to join the garden movement. Take some action today my friend!

Thanks again for reading. I look forward to hearing from you!

Victorian Ian: Auckland, New Zealand

Victorian Ian Extra Work Auckland, New Zealand: My Victorian Costume
My Victorian Costume

Veronica exercised her talent agent muscles and got me some extra work in downtown Auckland yesterday. I’m a big fan of movies and acting, but I’ve got absolutely no experience in “the industry.” One great thing about being lost in foreign lands is that you have the confidence to do anything.  My acting career launched on the Victorian Era set of “What Really Happened – The Woman’s Vote” in Auckland, New Zealand.

Victorian Ian Extra Work Auckland, New Zealand: My Fellow Actors
My Fellow Actors

I’d say that being a good extra is all about waiting.  We spent almost all day waiting.  On the rare occasion, I’d walk around and do my awesome acting. Most importantly, the whole time we got to look super snazzy!

Victorian Ian Extra Work Auckland, New Zealand: Horse and Buggy (and camera team)
Horse and Buggy (and camera team)
Victorian Ian Extra Work Auckland, New Zealand: Stage Coach
Stage Coach

I like the movie industry.  Maybe I’ll become an actor or a stunt man.  It would have been sweet to have been riding a horse all day.

Victorian Ian Extra Work Auckland, New Zealand: Victorian Street Scene
Victorian Street Scene

Even though this gig was mostly waiting around, I consider it a great adventure.  I met some really interesting people, got to get dressed up and was well fed.  Good times.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacon: Inspirational

Walter Isaacon has produced an excellent portrayal of the life of Steve Jobs.  Three days ago, I knew next to nothing about Jobs.  I now consider him to be a hero (though I wouldn’t want to go to dinner with him.) 🙂

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson : Inspiration, Passion and MadnessI was inspired to read the book because I love the Apple devices I use. The MacBook, the iPhone, iMovie, and iTunes all have a tremendous effect on my life.  I love them and in fact, much of career has been made possible because the iPhone allows me to be so mobile.  If it weren’t for the MacBook, this website wouldn’t exist.  So Apple (Steve Jobs specifically) has played a vital role in how my life has evolved and where it may go.

I read the 600 page book in 3 days.  This time has been reminiscent of the days I spent reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela or For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. It’s intensely interesting and it keeps your attention all the way through.

This is a story that I suggest to everyone.  If every person on earth read this book, the human condition might improve.

Thanks again for reading! Much love.