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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How to Fight Feeling Overwhelmed with Internet Marketing

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?

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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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Why Most “Internet Lifestyle” Gurus Suck

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.

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Two Questions (Three Words) for Every Problem

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.

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42 Internet Lifestyle Success Habits to Develop in 2011

It’s 2011.  We now have a fresh start on a brand new year.  Perhaps this year you’ll finally build that Internet business that earns a full-time income.  If you’re already successful online, maybe you’ll learn how to enjoy life more.

No matter what your goals are for 2011, I feel you can achieve them by doing specific things every day.  Specifically I recommend developing 42 “Internet lifestyle” habits in the next year:

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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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Why Lifestyle Design Starts at Home

Well, I’ve been back home for over a week now.  And as I discussed before, I’m starting a new life here on the Jersey Shore.  What’s interesting if I’ve had a number of people ask if I missed traveling.  Specifically they want to know why I chose to stay here, when I could live anywhere in the world.

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.

Let me explain…

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