Lifestyle Design

I’d like to start with a humble apology.  I really haven’t posted much in the last month.  There are many excuses I could make.  Instead I’ll simply say that I wanted to enjoy a month-long trip in Europe; without feeling pressure to do work.

Darth VaderyThis leads us to the topic for today’s article…

Much has been said about the concept of the Internet Lifestyle.  For some, it seems like a dream come true.  With a laptop and a wireless connection you can work from any spot in the world.  Take a look at any advertisement for a ‘home based business’ product.  Odds are you’ll see shots of ordinary folks “working” while living in a warm, tropical paradise.

With all that said, I think there’s a dark side to this lifestyle.  What’s not talked about are the many hassles that occur while running a business out of a backpack.

I’ve traveled for about 11 months in the last two years.  That’s 46% of my time working while being on the road.  During this time I’ve learned that are certain negatives to this lifestyle: [click to continue…]

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There are a lot of obstacles to achieving the Internet lifestyle.  Sometimes it seems like you move one step forward only to get pushed back two.  In the seven years I’ve had an online business, I’ve seen countless people give up on their dreams of Internet success.

Why? [click to continue…]

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The fun has to end sometime.  I had a great two weeks traveling through Belize.   But now it’s time to buckle down and get some work done.

What’s interesting about this experience is it was the first time I’ve traveled without my laptop.  Plus I made the conscious choice to NOT use the Internet for anything besides booking hotels/activities. [click to continue…]

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This post might rub a few people the wrong way.  But it is has to be said…

I’ve decided to stop reading most of the content that has to do with the “Internet Lifestyle” niche.  With a few exceptions (ie: relationships I’ve built through this blog), I’ve hit the ole unsubscribe button on everything that has to do with this niche.

Why?

Simply put – I find that most of the content is completely useless.

My Internet Marketing Rant on a SoapboxWhat you’ll usually find on an Internet lifestyle site are articles like the following:

Having an Internet business is GREAT – Go buy this product to learn how to do it!

OR

How to be super-duper-really-awesome-and-spectacular in your life

OR

7 secrets to minimizing your possessions to 113 items

OR

21 perfect destinations to become location independent

I’ll admit I’ve published similar articles on this blog.  But I’ve learned this kind of content does NOTHING for anyone who wants more freedom in their life. [click to continue…]

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Over the weekend, I was reading Chris Guillebeau’s book – The Art of Non-Conformity.  One section that stood out was where he listed 11 ways to be unremarkably average.  In fact, I liked it so much I’ve decided to share it today: [click to continue…]

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Today we have a guest post courtesy of Brenton Russell of Uncork Your Mind.  While he’s a relative newcomer in the lifestyle design niche, I’ve enjoyed a lot of the articles on his blog.  In this post, Brenton talks about two simple questions you should ask whenever you face an obstacle.  You’ll definitely want to check this out, because this gives an actionable process you can use whenever you face a difficult challenge…

If you’ve ever seen the show ‘Jeopardy’ you’d know that in order to win you just need to ask the right questions.  Like the game show when you encounter challenges, uncertainty or new information in life if you ask the right questions the way forward becomes apparent. [click to continue…]

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42 Internet Lifestyle Success Habits to Develop in 2011

January 3, 2011

It’s 2011. Now it’s time to take things to the next level and develop these 42 Internet Lifestyle habits. Make a difference in the New Year!

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7 Tips That Will Rock Your Internet Lifestyle

December 30, 2010

Living the Internet Lifestyle IS possible. In this guest post, Ryan Renfrew shows you seven ways you can make it happen…starting today!

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Mini Retirement: How to Small Travel Breaks Help you Work Harder

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Have you ever been to a retirement party? Not to sound cliché, but they’re usually thrown for people in their sixties who want to play golf every day or buy a condo at the beach now that their working days are over. I’m not really big on golf and I already live at the beach, but having the chance to take it easy for awhile and do something I’ve always wanted to do is definitely appealing. I recently took a 7-month trip through Europe for that reason.

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Steves Sunday Selection 5 December 2010

December 5, 2010

I have stated many times in the past and a few times this week how I believe Affiliate Marketing, using either real world or information products is one of the quicker paths to making a profit online. For a new person getting started in Affiliate Marketing, there are mistakes out there to be avoided.

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Why Lifestyle Design Starts at Home

November 19, 2010

I feel these comments are related to the concept of lifestyle design. A lot of folks think you’re not a “true” lifestyle designer unless you’re traveling the world, doing crazy-ass things. This is completely untrue. To me, lifestyle design simply comes down to doing the things you want to do on your terms.

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LTS: What Makes a Great Lifestyle Design Business?

November 5, 2010

It’s time for another edition of “Letters to Steve” (LTS for short). In this regular series, I answer questions I get from your fellow readers. Today I’ll respond to another blogger about what type of business is great for lifestyle design. Here’s what he wrote:

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