Sun, 4 December 2011
When you travel as much as I do, each time you visit a new country, you kind of know what to expect, where to look first, what services are most important to sort out, and how to get your bearings.
But travelling the world differs from changing your world completely by relocating to another country to live. There are millions of adventurous expats who do this every year. Whether it's for work, family, a new found love or just a fresh start.
Expats face different challenges to world travellers though, and if there's one man who knows about them it's John Falchetto, Expat Life Coach.
Originally from Canada he now lives in the South of France ensuring expats have all the support and advice they need when they land in their new `home away from home'.
Not only that but John is an incredibly cool guy, a great communicator, an excellent blogger and a community builder as you can witness by visiting his blog and reading through the many comments his friends and fans always leave.
He's lived and worked in Canada, Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and describes himself as a`serial entrepreneur with 15 years experience working with executives, small business owners to large multinationals all over the world'.
He is wise beyond his years, as all that travel and work has shown him that fulfillment isn’t about money.
Fulfillment is about creating a lifestyle which suits your values and ambitions.
You need to sell your services or your products AND you also have to stay true to who you are. My thoughts exactly. He's even created the Expat 30 Program which is a complete roadmap to successfully reaching your goals, picking-up new habits and kicking away overwhelm.
In this podcast interview with John Falchetto you'll learn:
Direct download: 231420The20Suitcase20Entrepreneur20Podcast20Series20-20John20Falchetto.mp3
Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 7:08pm EST
Mon, 21 November 2011
If there’s one person who makes me realise my epic bike ride of 6,445km to Africa is totally doable, it would be Steve Kamb of NerdFitness, because this guy exercises anywhere at anytime and makes it fun.
Like me, Steve is traveling all over the world, going on crazy adventures, and he’s helping other people level up THEIR lives along the way. He has also flown 35,000 miles for $418 all around the world.
I can’t really sum him up any better than his Twitter bio which states:
Rebel leader of NerdFitness.com, Google guest lecturer, epic quester, adventure-travel hacker. I help nerds and desk jockeys lose weight and live better. Win.
Yes that is exactly what Steve does, but he also does it in style and his story is a pretty incredible one. Of a blogger struggling to make sense of all the effort he was putting in, when he knew he had a greater message to share.
Who then decided to turn what he was doing on its head, and in doing so turn his blog around and create a thriving army of nerd fitness geeks and superheroes and an amazing business in just 9 months, including a clothing line. And by the looks of his epic quests, he’s not stopping there people. No siree! This guy is on a mission.
In this interview with Steve Kamb you will learn:
Become Rebel Fit While Travelling The World
Check out Steve’s awesome books too, especially if you want to be a `fit as’ Suitcase Entrepreneur on the go.
Rebel Fitness Guide, the Rebel Strength Guide, and the Rebel Running Guide…all of which are written as beginner guides to their respective subjects – getting in shape, getting stronger, and running without injury.
Direct download: 13_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series_-_Steve_Kamb.mp3
Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 8:22pm EST
Tue, 1 November 2011
Do you ever meet the kind of person that makes you stop in your tracks? That person who blows you away with their love and gratitude, their generosity and their sense of purpose in life?
Well Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living, does that just via Skype, Twitter and email, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to hang with her in person? Oh wait I get to do just that when she arrives in Wellington just after New Year!
That’s why it was such a pleasure to talk with her about her journey and how she is inspiring others to live their own life in a way that stimulates your mind instead of dulling it and breaks boundaries rather than stops at the limits.
Powerful stuff right? So without further ado ….
In this interview with Farnoosh Brock you’ll learn:
Top Tools Farnoosh Recommends
The Fear-Crushing Travel Guide
While I may be a fearless traveller (well most of the time), Farnoosh and I know that not everyone is. And that travelling can in fact be a really scary or daunting experience, especially if you’re not used to it.
That’s why I’m incredibly happy to highly recommend her Fear-Crushing Travel Guide that I’ve read. It’s clear Farnoosh designed this guide to enable and empower you to crush your fears and anxieties on leaving home behind and embarking on that journey – be it a hop around a few cities or a journey over oceans and continents across the globe.
Farnoosh has been extra generous and by giving my tribe 50% off if you use the codeSuitcase at checkout, but only for the next 3 days. So go ahead and pick up your copy of the Fear Crushing Travel Guide
One lucky person will win it for free by answering this question on my blog:
Direct download: 12_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-_Farnoosh_Brock.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 10:03am EST
Mon, 17 October 2011
You can't help but like Sean Ogle. He has an infectious energy, a great attitude to life, and it's true to say he's popular with the ladies (all his friends say so at least). More importantly he's a location independent rebel and blogs about it to his adoring community.
We met at the World Domination Summit and instantly found common ground discussing our nomadic lives and love for freedom. He's spent the last two years of his life learning how to travel and work from anywhere in the world too. You could say he's the male version of me....Sean might put it another way but hey, this is my blog!
Even though he graduated with finance degree and had a job as a finance analyst for 2 years, he hated it and knew he wanted to be entrepreneur. So during this day job he started creating a website listing his 'bucket list' to the public. He also taught himself SEO and from that he managed to quit that job, and build a lifestyle business consulting to small and large businesses. He has never looked back.
At the time I interviewed him, he was just off on a delicious sounding trip to South East Asia, which I must admit I was slightly jealous of as it's one of my favourite regions to travel to. Just before he left Sean had launched his latest online program Location Rebel, where he teaches people how to turn their skills into business, and had sold out all 24 spots at $297 each, in less than an hour!
So let's find out the real story behind Sean's location independent lifestyle business and pick his brain on how you can do it to - if you're up for it.
In this interview with Sean Ogle you'll learn:
Listen and subscribe to my podcast on iTunes.
Top 3 tools that revolutionized the way he works
Plus Sean, like me, uses Basecamp for project management and Skype has his key communication tool
Sean's Top Social Media Tips
Too many people use it as a one way stream of communication. Sean likes to use it as a two way conversation starter, often using his updates to ask questions to communicate to his audience. He also hearts Twitter as one of his key tools. Oh and you have to listen to the podcast to find out his favourite tool that drives him a ton of traffic.
Direct download: 231120The20Suitcase20Entrepreneur20Podcast20Series-20Sean20Ogle.mp3
Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 5:26am EST
Mon, 3 October 2011
Want to live a ridiculously extraordinary life? Then you should meet Karol Gadja as he the kind of guy you will want on your team. Yes he is a he and you pronounce his name Carl Guy-Duh. Right now we have that sorted let’s get on to why I wanted to interview Karol for my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast.
It’s probably pretty obvious. Karol believes in ridiculously extraordinary freedom so he’s my kind of guy. He does what he wants, when he wants, and has several profitable online businesses and projects that allow him to do that. He is into fitness, health, travel and did I mention freedom?
Having first seen this giant (ok very tall) guy at BlogWorld and barely saying hi across a table full of bloggers, I managed to not speak to him properly once again at the World Domination Summit in Portland this year.
So finally, after his road trip across the USA and a Skype connection we managed to talk about who he is, what he does and how he lives his life.
What you’ll learn in this interview:
Direct download: 231020The20Suitcase20Entrepreneur20Podcast20Series-Karol20Gadja.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 2:04am EST
Tue, 13 September 2011
You may just have heard of Corbett Barr. If not I’d question where you’ve been hanging out on the web. Aside from being a really down to earth guy, who’s kind and generous in his knowledge, he’s also built a 6 figure a year business doing what he does best.
His favourite coined phrase and one philosophy he lives by is to write epic shit and I couldn’t agree more! It’s certainly done wonders for him.
You see Corbett is a staunch advocate for us entrepreneurs, especially those starting out with new websites or blogs who want to build up traffic and understand the principles of marketing in building solid foundations online. He’s done an incredible job of building a huge amount of traffic for this own sites and then showing others how to do the same.
Over at ThinkTraffic.net he teaches people how to build a thriving and profitable audience for your website or blog. He runs Traffic School – a great program I’m part of where you build on all the principles of how to write great blog content, drive traffic to your site, reach out to other bloggers, understand guest posting, use keywords wisely and more importantly track your progress.
He keeps the creativity flowing by introducing fun yet extremely valuable initiatives like like The Million Dollar Blog Project and manages to write moving and motivational posts on his own site geared towards adventurous entrepreneurs – now you can see why he’s my kind of guy.
What I like most about his set up though, is that Corbett and his lovely wife take regular 6 month sabbaticals to live in other countries and take real time off. A lot of his business ticks along nicely in the background because he’s set it up that way.
In This Interview You’ll Learn
(PS The iTunes podcast with Corbett will show up soon I promise)
Key Tools Corbett Uses:
Direct download: 9_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series_Corbett_Barr.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 6:20pm EST
Mon, 29 August 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Jodi Ettenberg, a pint-sized powerhouse and chief adventurer at Legal Nomads, at the World Domination Summit in Portland this year.
She was a key speaker up on stage, captivating the audience with her stories on how a dare ensured she wound up in law school and how that trend of accepting dares led her to her current wonderful nomadic life on the road.
I can’t really sum her up better than she does. So stealing from her website full of amazing photos, exploding in colour and richness from the page, as well as her beautifully crafted writing style, capturing her international travels, here is her bio:
Culture, food and travel pretty much make up Jodi’s life and she now makes a living out of doing the things she loves most. Her story is quite unique in that there was no clear path to where she is now. She has simply lived her life based on her own values and, in return, it has rewarded her honesty, integrity and bravery to do her own thing.
What you’ll learn in this interview
Key Tools Jodi Uses:
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Direct download: 8_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-Jodi_Ettenberg.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 7:23am EST
Thu, 11 August 2011
In this week’s podcast I speak with someone living the dream. A tropical one at that.
I was inspired getting off this interview with Dan Andrews, of Tropical MBA fame. He’s got a great outlook on life and is truly motivational with his entrepreneurial insight and current business on track to do $1 million in sales this year.
Coming from 60+ hour work weeks in the corporate world to redefining the life he wanted, Dan currently lives in beautiful Bali and runs a team of people around the world including offices in the Phillippines and San Diego.
He has lived in Boracay, Dumaguete, Manila, Cebu, and Puerto Galera, Phillipines and Thailand and clearly shows no signs of slowing down or living a life less rewarding, enriching and full of fun.
Dan and his friend Ian run the very popular Lifestyle Business Podcast for lifestyle designers and lifestyle entrepreneurs that you should definitely check out.
What you’ll learn in this interview
Feel free to leave a review if you like what you hear too.
Key Tools Dan Recommends
Dan’s $80,000 Savings Tip
As you’ll hear in our conversation Dan used to pay someone $80,000 to project manage much of his work and fired him when he realised that by simply doing a 30 minute weekly review with each of his team members was getting better results. They also write a brief report he reads through each Friday.
Each week they drill down into exactly what’s happening with the business – revenue, traffic numbers, keywords, any challenges and also the big wins. This alone has allowed him to focus on the most important stuff to drive his business forward.
What are you doing to make sure you’re focusing on the right stuff in your business?
Direct download: 7_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-Dan_Andrews.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 6:47am EST
Sun, 24 July 2011
Srini Rao is a man living the dream. Currently he spends his time in Costa Rica, a world class surf destination, doing what he loves most – surfing, blogging, podcasting, speaking and consulting.
Just 4 months earlier in February 2011, Srini was still working in his day job but had half his hours cut. He was also trying to juggle his popular growing blog Skool of Life and podcast BlogcastFM which currently receives over 25,000 downloads a month!
How has Srini made a living doing what he loves in such a short amount of time?
An Overnight Success?
Like many `overnight’ success stories, you often don’t get to see all the hard work behind the scenes, over the years, that led people to where they are today. Yet Srini has done a great job of documenting his personal path, the highs and lows, in candid style on his blog and it’s also been a big part of why he’s successful now. He tells it how it is.
When I met Srini while visiting Manhattan Beach, California last November he was not quite the cool, calm, insightful guy whose blog I’d been reading on personal development and living your dreams.
That very day Srini had had major hosting issues which meant his site was down and causing him a ton of stress. Just months later the same thing happened to me so I can now relate to how he was feeling.
At the time both of us were still figuring out our way in the land of blogging and how to make money doing what loved from anywhere in the world. Strike forward to today and we’ve both come leaps and bounds.
One thing I admire most about Srini is his incredible knack of creating lasting and meaningful relationships on line that have led to him being so popular in the blogging community and beyond. He’s the master of relationship marketing and his since written a book on it.
His ability to introduce people to each other, promote their work and engage with them has won him some great friends and opportunities including:
In this Podcast Interview you’ll learn
Listen to it now and subscribe to my podcast on iTunes.
Tools Srini Recommends
The Power of Relationship Marketing
As I said, Srini knows that the true power of your blog is in the relationship you have with your readers, your customers, and your partners.
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of his eBook Relationship Marketing and it just solidified why Srini has done so well because it’s packed with simple tips and methods to get more out of your community.
He shows you how to grow your subscriber base, increase your authority, and sell more products while connecting with people you love and having more fun blogging than you ever have. I highly recommend it as it’s written in his down to earth, friendly voice and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside and with a definite plan on how to become better in all you do.
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Direct download: 6_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-Srini_Rao.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 7:04pm EST
Tue, 12 July 2011
Earlier this year I had the 8th person in a row tell me I really should speak to Colin Wright over at Exile Lifestyle because we have so much in common.
So I looked up his website and low and behold, he was like the male version of me. Colin lives the Exile Lifestyle. Simply put, every 4 months he moves to a new country, runs his businesses and conduct lifestyle experiments while learning as much as he can about that country and its people.
Like me he has his entire life in one bag – although I do believe he’s got it down to a carry on bag as he’s an extreme minimalist (and he’s a boy – I’m just sayin).
He’s just got back to the US, after living in Reykjavik, Iceland. Now his readers, who vote on where he goes next, have chosen for him to head to India.
Ironically that’s also where you guys chose for me earlier this year when I held a Choose My Next Adventure poll, and where I may well catch up with Colin should the timing work out.
So needless to say we share very similar views on the world and I love that Colin conducts lifestyle design experiments too.
In this Podcast Interview we discuss:
I had a lot of fun on this interview. Colin has really unique insights on how to live a lifestyle like we do.
Colin’s New Book
Also Colin just published his latest book on Exile Lifestyle on Amazon and it’s just $2.99 you get to see Colin naked bar his laptop on the cover and some incredible insights on what his lifestyle is all about.
It’s the first book I bought for my new iPad Kindle after finally opening the world’s most well traveled new iPad last week and I know it’s a book I will refer to over and over.
Websites and Tools Mentioned During This Interview
Want to format your eBook or guide into any format that can be viewed on iBooks, Kindle and more right from the start? Colin’s new favourite software is Scrivener
Direct download: 5_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-_Colin_Wright_2.mp3
Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 6:26am EST