6 Weeks + 1 Major Goal = 3 Important Lessons (Huh?)

Hitting the Open Road in the Next Six WeeksOne of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard is:

“Have a reason why!”

Simply put, it’s hard to succeed unless there’s a reason why you’re building an Internet business.

I have three reasons why:

  1. Spend time with loved ones
  2. Have lots of personal freedom
  3. Enjoy personal passions – Like traveling

And starting today (Monday the 16th) I’ll embark on trip that fulfills each one.

You see, my girlfriend and I are about to take a cross-country trip from New Jersey to California. There and back again.  {Sounds like a great title for a book.}

A major goal on my “Bucket List” is to take a trip throughout the United States.  Now it’s time to cross this item off the list!

So why should YOU care?

Well, I think you can learn three things about the Internet lifestyle from my little road trip:

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The Dark Side of the Internet Lifestyle

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:

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A Simple Lesson I Learned in Belize…

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.

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7 Tips That Will Rock Your Internet Lifestyle

Today I have a great guest post courtesy of Ryan Renfrew.  For those of you who’ve read my posts in the last few weeks, Ryan is the “apprentice” I picked for my case study to improve traffic to a blog.  The main reason I selected Ryan was because he has LOTS of passion for his niche.  As you’ll see in the following article…

What uuuup? Ryan Renfrew here, hope you’re having an awesome day!

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

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.

Most people would probably call my trip a long vacation, but I prefer to think of it as a mini-retirement. I was able to fully experience Europe without rushing around the way most tourists have to do. If this is the first time you’ve heard of mini-retirements, let me tell you what they are and why they can help you work harder.

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How to Run a Minimalist Online Business

The “Minimalist Movement” is a topic that’s become wildly popular in the last few years.  People are now concerned with eliminating what’s not important and focusing on the things that truly matter.  Some have even gone as far as getting rid of most of their possessions and living on the bare necessities.  (Personally I like the idea of minimizing clutter, but I can’t imagine wearing the same three shirts for the rest of my life.) With that said, there’s a lot that can be learned from using this concept on different areas of your life.  Specifically you can use it to run a minimalist online business.  Let me explain…

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Does College = Internet Marketing Success?

We live in a society where there’s a strong push toward education.   From four years of age all the way to college and beyond, we’re expected to focus on one major goal…get a diploma and prepare yourself for the “real world.”

I feel a diploma is important for getting a job in the formal, business world.  But does it really matter when it comes to Internet Marketing?

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Work Anywhere By Being Location Independent

Growing up, I had an uncle who the whole family thought was a bit of a whack job.

Whenever they spoke about Uncle Rick, some of my relatives would roll their eyes and nod their heads in unison with sympathetic glances and sighs. “Oh, Uncle Rick is in the Everglades or Uncle Rick is mountain climbing in South America” were the typical responses that I heard when I asked if he would be joining us for Christmas.

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