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

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Rotorua, New Zealand: Skyline Luge

The Rotorua Luge is mean. We had an awesome time with the family. I used the GoPro to slap this video together:

Honestly, I had my doubts about doing this. It seemed a bit overly family friendly for my radical roots, but I was wrong. The high speed corners led to adrenaline filled skids and I almost rolled a few times. One of our party did roll.

“Rotorua Luge vs. Queenstown Luge” No real competition, the Rotorua Luge is better. I heard this straight from the mouths of a few Kiwi fellows who have visited both Luge locations more times than they could count. Word is, the Rotorua Luge is better quality, longer and faster than it’s counterpart in Queenstown.

We really had a great time. It’s a lot like a short day at the ski area, but not quite so cold!

Thanks for reading!

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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Auckland, New Zeland: Elevation Cafe, Dazzling View and Great Food

The best view of Auckland isn’t from SkyCity, it’s from the balcony at Elevation.

The balcony looks out over the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland, Auckland City and all of the surrounding harbors. It is absolutely stunning!

It’s far enough out of the city to hear the sounds of native birds and enjoy the lush native bush yet close enough to return to town before the sun goes down. The vastness of the view from the patio seating is difficult to describe.

Now here is an insiders tip. Make a day trip out of it and go for a hike before enjoying a late lunch. Before you visit elevation, first go on a bush walk just down the hill from Elevation. Park your car at the end of Quinns Road and hike to the right past the fence that says “Authorized Personnel Only.” It’s on your right at the end of Quinns Road.

It’s a lovely native bush hike that winds around to the cell phone towers for the Auckland area. Enjoy a tramp through a well established council trail that leads to epic views through lush forests. It’s a real simple hike so all you need is a pair of walking shoes. When you start to get hungry, turn around and go back to your car. I don’t know how far the road goes. If you find out, please comment about it below.

Best of all, you will be the only one out there. You won’t find this hike in any guide books.

After your hike, go enjoy a wicked good feed at Elevation. There address is: 473 Scenic Drive, Waiatarua, Auckland. They do amazing pizzas, pastas and they even do Thai food!

Honestly, this is a fantastic way to spend a day just outside of Auckland.

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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!