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