5 Reasons to Do Business In Kenya

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5 Reasons to Do Business In Kenya

We’re heading to Kenya soon, so if you’re  like us, and you’re passionate about world travel and doing business that matters, here are 5 reasons to do business in Kenya, and why you should join us on some crazy entrepreneurial adventures. Check out the projects and student programs  at kenyasocialventures.com.

1. It’s A Huge Market Opportunity

“Africa has an abundance of natural resources, a rising middle class, a deep penetration of mobile phones and, in another 20 years, it will have the largest concentration of young people on Earth. This continent is about to explode economically.” – Uyi Stewart, IBM

Africa is HUGE. It’s the fastest growing  economy in the world. It has 52 cities with a population of a million or more, the same  as western Europe. More people live in cities than in India, and it has a larger middle class, half of which will have discretionary income to spend by 2020.

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Johnathan Berman

“Africa needs everything – infrastructure, education, health care, consumer goods, and retail – and can pay for it.” – Johnathan Berman

Because of political instability in the past,  intra-continental trade was the lowest in the world, at 11%,  but things have opened up in a major way. African companies are now capitalizing on the massive opportunity as more stable governments promote free trade across the board.

“We all speak the same language now, and the views of business are welcome at the table without fear or favor.” – Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco (Kenya)

2. The Rising Billion Smartphone Users

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Around 3 billion people can go online today. That leaves 4 billion people out of the global conversation.  In the next decade, that’s going to change,  immensely. A big portion will come from the biggest continent, Africa, population 1.1 billion.

“Strategically, Kenya is definitely the most important mobile destination in sub-Saharan Africa.” – Michael Dawes, CEO, All Amber

Peter Diamandis, author of Abundance, coined The Rising Billion as the world’s poorest people coming online. In fact, he sited The Rising Billion, along with Exponential Technologies, the DIY Innovator, and the Technophilanthropist, as the four most powerful emerging forces that will solve our biggest problems.

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Smartphone use is only around 10% right now, and soon to Double. That changes the game. Access to Google search is perhaps the greatest tool an individual could have. Think about it, a whole new generation of creative smartphone users is about to come online – instagrammers, digital musicians, vloggers, documentarians, pranksters, redditers! The smartphone is an incredibly empowering piece of technology, and before we know it, a billion more hands will be soaking in a universe of information and possibility.

“If you know the African psyche, once you show them it is possible you cannot stop that train.”- Uyi Stewart, IBM

3. Explore Another Way of Life & Culture

Doing business abroad is just simply more interesting! Instead of focusing on the biggest financial gains, the New Rich focus on acquiring amazing and diverse experiences. Experience another way of life and culture.

Travel to a developing country in general. It’s the best education you can get. Gain a new perspective. If you have , you’ve probably witnessed another, simpler, way of life. Yet the people seem to smile more and look happier than people in America! It’s really an eye opener, and makes you re-think what’s important. Planning your next excursion abroad? Why not Kenya!?

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“Five days in Nairobi slums will change you.” – Jacqueline Novogratz

The Kibera slums outside Nairobi are the second largest in the world, and the largest in Africa. Walk through it and come out thinking differently forever.

4. The Young Continent

Africa ‘s average age is 18! In other major countries, it’s more like 35-40 . Sure, you can make connections  with young people wherever you go, but if you want to invest time in the largest demographic of future thinkers in the world, it’s in Africa. Go there while you’re young,  meet friends, and make lifelong connections, from school kids first learning computers, to Ivy League educated techies.

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“Africans are in Ivy League schools and returning by the numbers. It’s part of a much larger story of Africans setting larger ambitions because there are proof points of whats possible.” – James I Mwangi, GMP, Dalberg (Kenya)

It’s the continent of growth. Africa isn’t going anywhere, and it’s poised to make noise in the global economy very soon. A whole generation of creative young people is coming online in the next few years. What will they create and share with the world?

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With African governments spending more on education than America and Europe, and with smartphones and computers soon to be powering the wave in the hands of the masses, there’s no telling what creative  genius content and innovation will soon be  pouring out of the rising continent. What’s even crazier, is secondary school enrollment is still very low, at 35%, so there’s still tons of room to grow.

4. Nairobi – Africa’s ‘Digital Savana’

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This is Nairobi, where we will be doing business. “Nairobi is exploding with world-calibre techies, and companies such as Google, Cisco, Nokia Seimens, and Airtel, have all built their African headquarters there,” says Eric Hersman, founder of the iHub, a fast-growing incubator space for Kenyan startups, investors and technologists.

The iHub.

Every mobile phone in Kenya can transfer money instantly for free via text message, thanks to the revolutionary mobile payment system M-Pesa. This is the catalyst that will continue to allow Kenyans to do business more seamlessly than ever.

“I see the effect every day on my driver. To bring money home to his family, he used to spend a fortune and three or four days not working. Today, he does it with one text message.”- Vimal Shah, Bidco

It’s a growing global entrepreneurial community, and  tech companies in Kenya are coming on fast.  With so much innovative spirit bubbling in this city, the opportunities are endless. If you haven’t realized it yet, the biggest opportunities are in mobile. As a smartphone aka portal to the universe user for a solid 5 years now, I’m hoping I can bring a thing or two to the table.

Watch this TED talk. It says it all.  They are saying that in 30 years time, Africa will look like today’s Asia. If you’re young and into international business, that’s something you might want to be a part of.

Some articles I read:

Vision Statement: Seven Reasons Why Africa’s Time Is Now – HBR

The world’s fastest-growing continent : Aspiring Africa – The Economist

In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones – TechCrunch

Africa is Now the Fastest Growing Continent in the World – African Development Bank Group

Google’s Boss Eric Schmidt Projects Kenya As Africa’s Tech Leader – Ventures Africa

Don’t Call Africa’s Tech Hub ‘Silicon Savannah’ – Mashable

Why Nairobi is exploding as the tech hub of East Africa [Interview with Erik Hersman] – The Next Web

Check out our projects and student programs  at http://www.kenyasocialventures.com/

~Here’s to abundance, freedom, and FUN

The Most Important Message: Don’t Work, Play.

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The Most Important Message: Don’t Work, Play.

“WHAT DO STEVE JOBS, BOB DYLAN, AND PLATO ALL HAVE IN COMMON? APART FROM BEING SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN HISTORY, ALL OF THEM THOUGHT OF WORK AS A GAME.”

Don’t Work, Play

Okayyyyy, pretty much the beastest post I ever read was posted 3 days ago by Charlie Hoehn, and it is THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE that could have been delivered to the human race at this time (link at the end of this post). He gets it, and puts it very well. You have to do shit that’s fun for you, or you will regret it.  Here’s an excerpt:

“I’ve met a lot of incredibly talented and successful people, and nearly all of them approach their lives this way–they play… No one forces them to work on things they don’t care about or tells them how to spend their time. They just give themselves permission to follow their impulses and pursue what excites them. They create a little universe that revolves around their own fun… Every treasured contribution in the history of mankind was created through play: music, art, books, film, comedy, sports, dance, transportation, technology. We pay a premium for these things so we can experience the fruits of other people’s play!”

Playgroundlife

Our ‘don’t work, play’ mindset all started four months ago when we named our new Wi-Fi network for our tiny apartment playgroundlife during the time that we came back from SouthEast Asia and realized that life truly is a grand playground. It’s the most awesome playground imaginable. I’ve always believed this, that if we are not spending our  lives playingaround on this magical playground, then we have been hypnotized. To quote Joe Rogan, “we live in strange times”, but it can’t be stressed enough that the internet makes it more feasible to make a living doing work you love.

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The Information Age

Imagine the world is one giant marketplace, a huge night market. Each person is offering a piece of art or product or service that is related to something they care about.  This market exists today on the net.

What we need, is for everybody to learn how to put their fun on the net, into the global marketplace. Its a skill, but everyone needs to learn it. Because if everyone had their fun on the internet, everyone would have the chance to connect with thousands of other people who like the exact same kind of fun, who are eager to learn more and get better at it. People who share interest in your fun stuff will want to ‘follow’ you, because by watching you have fun, they are having fun. And when you have a community of people interested in the same fun-ness, you have the ability to offer these people services and tools, specifically designed to help peeps improve their playing skills, or just get more of it.

Simply put, in the age of the internet, there’s no excuse for doing work you don’t love. U just gotta learn to be savvy wit it. Like how to get people to see your fun. My vision includes not just young people putting their ‘fun work’ on the internet for the world to experience, but for old farts too, who once said ‘I’m staying away from technology.’

There’s no hiding from the power of the internet. You can ditch the old mindset of just doing ‘work that needs to be done’, and start working on becoming financially independent doing work you love, spreading it out on the cloud for earthlings to see, or you can ignore the fact that business exists in the stratosphere nowadays.  Information is smeared across the globe almost evenly right now, and it will be virtually even across all continents in the next 10 years. 2 billion people can go online now, and the 5 billion others are not far behind (Mark Zuckerberg is making sure of it).

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People are talking

Check out my guy Fabian4Liberty’s videos, he’s been preachin ‘Passion-Based Work’ since Day 1. It just makes so much sense. Some good videos are below. Check out my whole playlist too. First one is from Tim Ferriss, check out all his shit on YouTube. Just search him and start learning.

“…How you feel when you go to bed and when you get up… If you’re feeling anxiety [about work] in those places, that’s not success, in my opinion.” – Tim Ferriss

~Here’s to livin that life, never forgetting that child-like curiosity, and doin shit just cuz it’s fun, and hilarious.

How To Get Rich? Don’t Compete. Dominate, Free Yourself

How To Get Rich? Don’t Compete. Dominate, Free Yourself

“You wanna get rich? You wanna be really successful? When I talk about rich, I’m not talkin about money. I’m talkin about a rich life. Freedom. Time with family. Choice. You get to move where you want, go where you want, do what you want. That’s why I’m in business for myself.”

I wish I had heard this before I went to college. But they don’t teach you this concept in college. They don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself, they teach you how to be a worker drone [watch]. Ever since I learned “the owner mindset” 18 months ago, I foresaw a level of freedom I didn’t know existed. Then, when I found the internet marketers who were living this mobile reality, running their business while traveling the world, the vision only got bigger. Btw, when Grant says family, I use that word interchangeably with friends. And as the world gets smaller, our families will grow. Let’s add as many interesting and fun people to our families as we can.

To paraphrase how Mr. Cardone opened his talk: What is success? Success is freedom, not any amount of money or recognition. Run your own shit, so you can do whatever the fuck you want,whenever the fuck you want, wherever the fuck you want.

Why is Mr. Cardone so passionate about helping others live free, rich lives? Well, his father bought his dream home months before he died. He never got to experience it with his boys. Now he teaches people how to not fall into that same trap. To get free. To stop going along with the crowd. That you have to do extraordinary things to get ‘not ordinary’ results, aka complete time and location freedom. He awakens people to the idea that although we live in a ‘free’ country, you still have to fight for your ultimate freedom.

“My Dad worked so hard, with no concept of freedom. He had a good job, he made some money, but he was basically imprisoned in his thinking – that work is hard.”

He’s a Freedom Fighter.

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Mr. Cardone gets it. He’s got the goods. I just watched this talk, and wrote down my favorite notes & quotes. What does Grant Get? He gets that if you want to be successful, you have to do what everyone elseisn’t doing.

It’s being able to do what you want, when you want,where you want. That’s living like a homo sapien in the 21st century. The age of crystal balls and flying machines. And telepathy. Think about it.

telepathy |təˈlepəTHē| noun – the supposed communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses.

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5 tips to DOMINATION:

1. Write a book

2. Cut negative people

3. Blog.

4. Change what you read (and watch)

5. Get Certain

Beast Quotes:

“If you won’t pressure somebody to do the right thing, it’s something you don’t believe in. Have confidence in the truth…Stay with the cycle until the cycle is closed. Because you believeBuild your confidence until you’re invincible.”

Grant truly wants us to know that if we stop before we get what we want, we are not confident. And if we are not confident, we have nothing.

“It takes 10x more activity than you think…”

Scary. Just have more activity. Reach out to more people. Blog more. Do more research. To dominate, it takes crazy levels of activity. Is your business active? The cool thing is, nowadays with automation (technology and virtual assistants), it’s easier than ever to keep shit active even when you aren’t.

“I had to keep my targets high, to keep myself interested.  It’s your responsibility to live up to your potential.”

If you’re not genuinely interested what you’re doing, it’s gunna be tough to dominate. I am especially guilty of this, because I get bored easily. I always have. That’s why I’m choosing to do business based on lifestyle that is interesting to me, not which brings the quickest or most money.

“Uncertainty is the problem.”

Even if you’re a little uncertain with what you’re trying to do, others won’t follow. It’s just pure psychology.

“You gotta Practice enthusiasm.”

Most people get more excited about american idol than they do their own business or careers. That says it all. TV is the biggest sheep dog ever. It gives you a virtual reality to be excited about, even though it has nothing to do with you or reaching your freedoms…see my post on BIRGing (Basking In Reflected Glory).

“Did somebody tell you to ask for me?”

Lol what a great line to say when somebody asks you for something… No matter what they’re asking for, it says ‘I’m your guy’. To Dominate, you have to do a little mind fucking.

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“Most people are gonna spend more time in their life working, than any other thing…and not being successful.”

Watch The Story of Your Enslavement – for more history on this sad truth.

“To do daily: READ. LISTEN. WATCH. It’s 3 different ways of learning.”

The Trifecta of lifelong learning. He’s beast for that one.

“This is not about a college degree. This is massive amounts of action. To get attention for yourself, your brand, your company, your product, your ideas, your dream.”

(That part gave me the chills).

“What do Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Oprah have in common?”

1) DUTY. Aka ‘I HAVE to do this’. Aka ‘I won’t be able to live with myself if I don’t’.2) IMMERSION. Aka they live and breathe their work b/c they like it. Aka they fuck wit it. Aka they think its dope.

Grant’s 4 steps of Success: HEY!!! U listenin to ME?? Here it is:

get attention, get criticism, get haters, get money, grant cardone

 

To Summarize this talk (and what Cardone is all about):

  • Have Crazy Confidence

  • Don’t follow the herd

  • Blog (aka write)

~Here’s to Livin That Life.

“Lifestyle Entrepreneurship — Time Freedom / Location Freedom / Financial Freedom”

-PLiezdaGod

“How do I Get Rich? Don’t Compete. Dominate, Free Yourself”

What are some other good Grant Cardone videos? This is only the second one I’ve seen haha. Put it in da commentz!

Start Livin Life: 6 Must Watch Videos

It’s A Fact. Too Many Of Us Are Just Surviving.

How Do We Break That Cycle and Start Livin Life?

(Hint: The Answer is Doing Something You’re Into ;))

Watch these videos to get jumpstarted.

Let’s get this party started, with Jason Silva – Awe.

When we talk about Livin That Life, we’re talkin about the type of life filled with Awe. Awe-some-ness. We all want our lives to be Awesome! But what is Awe, and why do we crave it so much?

“Awe is that pure ecstatic connection we feel to wonder and infinite ecstasy… a bursting of the senses…. a feeling of radiant pure aliveness… being completely ravished emotionally.”

The problem with humans, says Jason Silva, is our tendency to fall into mental habits.

“Once we fall into a comfort zone, we rarely step out of that comfort zone.”

But the consequence of that, is a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation.

“Over stimulation to the same kind of thing, the same stimuli over and over again, renders said stimuli invisible. Your brain has mapped it in it’s own head, and you no longer have to be engaged by that. You have eyes that see not, ears that hear not, and hearts that neither feel nor understand.”

Personally, I can’t stand doing the same thing day after day. I get bored very easily. My body needs awe. I feel it. That’s what Livin That Life is all about. This video will get your senses electrified… Give you a little feeling of that awe that we are after.  Hopefully it reminds you to keep chasing awesomeness.  The world is really infinitely awesome and incomprehensible.  This is a constant reminder to remember what’s really important. This video will jumpstart your imagination and get you realizing what’s really possible. Watch all of Jason Silva’s videos for that matter, they’re called Shots of Awe… This one should have 20 million views in my opinion, so be sure to share this page!

 

Eugene Hennie – How to find your passion.  

Break free. Remember what you loved doing as a kid? Your imagination was running wild.  It still is, but it’s just suppressed because we ‘think’ we’re not supposed to act like kids anymore.Don't grow up it's a trap Go do awesome stuff.  Become an entrepreneur and make a sustainable business out of it.  With the power of the internet, its easier than ever.  What I think the quote to the right really means is, don’t get trapped in the system of hedonic adaptation that we just learned about, but what I really take from it is this: You should grow and mature and evolve and constantly learn and get smarter always, but, DON’T FORGET THAT YOUR INNER-CHILD NEVER GOES AWAY. That inner creative imagination and endless awe. A child’s mind is open, so wonder and awe can flow in.  Get goofy people!

 

How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig – A MUST VIEW.

At his high school reunion, he found that 80% of people were not satisfied, with their lives! With their LIVES?! That should definitely catch a young person’s attention.  He goes on to say that the 20%  – the happy ones – ALL had something very simple in common –  who they are and what they do is defined by how they help other people.

 

Sell Your Crap. Pay Your Debt. Do What You Love.:  Adam Baker.

He realized after his first kid that his life had boiled down to just having stuffWhat to upgrade next? The kitchen table or the couch? The refrigerator or the TV? I don’t know about you, but these kind of stories FREAK. ME. OUT. lol. I think my biggest fear is getting stuck in a life of boredom and pointlessness. But the awesome thing is, Adam realized the scripted path his life was going down, and he said F-ck it.  He did what most people won’t and decided to leave it all behind and taking my wife and 1-year old kid around the world. He did it. Very inspiring, and a reminder to young and old people alike to not forget about what really matters.

 

Extreme Lifestyle Experiments: Colin Wright.

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“Identify the perfect lifestyle, then work backwards from that.”

I really fucc wit this guy. His financial plan was very similar to mine after college.  Work hard and fast, make a million bucks, then… BOUNCE! Long story short, he realized that he should just bounce anyway, and outsource and virtualize his business so it could be run it from his laptop. This video confirmed by inkling that I should just bounce and start traveling as well, before I get rich, and build an online business that can be ran from anywhere.

For Colin, the simple idea of carrying a camera wherever he went sparked the creative and inspirational chain reaction that led him to live the crazy awesome lifestyle he lives today.

I had been dreaming of the idea of the lifestyle experiment for a long time, I just didn’t know it – the life of constant change awe and excitement and new emersion experiences, meeting new friends around the world – all while CREATING awesome stuff at the same time.  This is what I was after.  Gain as many new perspectives on the world as possible, and make cool shit about it.  After all, this world is the most amazing one we know of ;-) .. In fact, I truly believe that as Earthlings, alien inhabitants of a superstable heavenworld, it is our duty as life-beings to explore every last corner of it. It’s that special. A true miracle that it even exists. This guy gets it.

How to conduct your Extreme Lifestyle Experiment:

  1. Identify – The problem. The thing that is actually causing you the most drama.
  2. Plan – Visualize your exact perfect lifestyle, and trace the steps back to where you are now. (Could be an infrastructure change, like making your business runnable from a laptop, a skill you need to learn, a person you need to meet, place you want to go etc.)
  3. Rules – Decide something creative to do every day, and choose how long the experiment will last, so you know you’re not stuck in it forever, making it easier to jump into.
  4. Jump – The most difficult of all. Just freakin’ do it. 

“Everybody should do this, because if you’re not looking at life through multiple standpoints, and then making changes, you’re insane.” – Colin Wright

 

My Wakeup Call: Ikenna Azuike.

Yet another awesome ‘break-free’ success story. He woke up to the realization that what he was conditioned to do, wasn’t his passion. The key: he did something about it.  Ikenna was living like this picture: on a treadmill.

the corporate hamster wheel rat race. we're all been there. let's not lose sight of what's really important!

He realized that law just wasn’t his passion.  The key was he actually did something about it. He quit and got online. Traveled. Started making videos about his passion.  Amen to you, brotha. We’re right behind ya.

Again, he had a great job.  He admits, sometimes its so tempting just just call it, ‘all good’.  Great salary, pension, benefits, all that. But the reality is, and I can relate to this in my corporate experience, is that corporations are designed to pay you just enough that you won’t leave, and not too much that you slack off, always leaving higher salaries on the table for you to chase after.

Obviously, this strategy has worked for ages, leading to more productive workers and less turnover.  Its just smart business, for the owner.  But for the worker, that comfort of guaranteed pay and benefits  can be dangerous because its temping enough to settle for.  To settle for a good lifestyle, instead of a great one.  The adventurous one we dream of.

Better to live an unstable life doing what you think is dope, than an elegantly paved one where you wake up each morning to do something you’d rather not do.  Simple concept, but it’s difficult to figure out the financial side of it, because its not easy to make money doing whatever it is that you think is dope… at first.  Ikenna hit it on the head. Thank you for that.

The first thing you should do if you feel like breaking free, is to start writing about it. Yes, start a blog. Get on YouTube and search for people doing what you are trying to get into.  Follow them. Don’t know how to start a blog? I didn’t either, and a friend told me about this online blogging academy, and how it got him into writing. I signed up for it, and I definitely wouldn’t be writing this if I hadn’t.  The videos really inspire you to write about your passions. It works wonders.

Writing about where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re trying to go, realllly is a healthy thing.  For the mind, the soul, and the wallet. Yes, the wallet.  Because these videos won’t just teach you to write, but they teach you the skill of Internet Marketing.  No matter what you do, or where you’re trying to be, it is IMMENSELY valuable to know how to get yourself,  your cause, and your brand out to the world in a captivating way.  Market to the internet. Where billions of people hang out.

This was the first giant step for me. Because I have been a direct sales person for a long time, but it hit me, if I can get people to buy stuff from me Online,  that creates FREEDOM. Freedom to work when I want, and most importantly, where I want. Not chained to a regular schedule or an office – the WORLD is my office. That was a very powerful idea to me when I first joined internet marketing school.

I knew I wanted to travel as a lifestyle, but I didn’t pursue it because I didn’t know how to work virtually.  Four billion more people will come on the internet in the next ten years, and I’m very excited to start building a brand, online, around my passions – shooting videos, writing blogs, getting creative, interviewing inspirational people, entertaining the masses – getting my word out there through paid advertising, search engines and organic virality, to sustain a lifestyle of exploration and fun, that runs on my terms.  

If you feel me, and would like to get in the game, and learn with us how to create sustainable cash-flow businesses on the internet, click on my link in the Start A Blog page, opt-in, sign up, and watch the videos. That’s all I did. It teaches you how to make online affiliate commissions right away. 

Then you can start building your online portfolio of posts around what you’re trying to do. Tip: start emailing other bloggers who are into the same thing and comment on their blogs just to say that you are getting started and staying tuned. They love that stuff. Then once you have a little blog goin, you can bounce off ideas.  It’s all about reaching out randomly, though organically, and building connections.

Hey, the first step to building a world-class presence online is to get inspired and moved to get online (aka get on your damn computer), and start shaking things up, and it worked on me. [get online rant over].  Now watch Ikenna’s video.

 

 YOU HAVE A CHOICE _ STOP PRETENDING  YOU DONT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJw5WSKGQr4

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~Here’s to a life of abundance, awesomeness, and FUN.

-PLieZdaGod

From College, to Thailand, to Internet Entrepreneur

After college, I had to rethink everything about how I thought I wanted to live. Thanks to friends introducing me to entrepreneurship, my brain shifted from employee mindset, to owner mindset. Taking control and designing your own life.

When I was living in Thailand, I realized that America, is just one of the countries. Just oneon the list. It’s not the top one on the list, like how it always is when you select your mailing address online. That’s how I viewed America before. But it’s not any more special than any other country, and it’s not on top of the list. We should be forced to scroll down every time, past 200-something other countries, to select our home addresses, so we can be constantly reminded we are living in one of many, many, others.

“People rarely succeed unless they have FUN in what they’re doing.” – Dale Carnegie

Each country has it’s own things that are DOPE, that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. That’s why this trip solidified my belief that travel is how I want to live.  It led us to connect with other travelers from around the world, and gave us a new idea of what living to travel means – not just as a thing to do once a year, but as a way of life.

“Shape your life or someone else will.” – Gary Lew

This was it. This was how we wanted to live. So began our quest for the dream job. The virtual job.  We’ve started learning about strategies to make money online, so we can sustain the travelling lifestyle.  If you think the same way we do, you love to travel but would like to travel more, or maybe you’re just out of college and aren’t sure where you want to take your skills like I was, learn to work virtually, on your own.  In the age of the internet, you can work from anywhere.  And the #1 way to get started –  learn to blog. Even if you don’t want to make any money online, getting in the habit of writing daily or weekly is therapeutic.  A very healthy thing to do, mentally, spiritually, and eventually for us, financially. Check out the online blogging academy!

Its just an idea folks! What do you think? Leave a comment!!