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Digital Nomad Life Lessons

Digital Nomad Life Lessons

I believe being the youngest of three sons is the reason for me being so loud and confident. But throughout my life like everyone I have learnt many life lessons. When you are younger you hear your parents tell you these things but take them with a pinch of salt. I have compiled a list of lessons I personally have learnt along the way below.

1. Take Action

This certainly has to be my #1 life lesson and for more information on taking action read this article. It covers a lot of reasons why people fail and mainly to do with the fact that they take zero action. Successful leaders and entrepreneurs have the courage to take action while others hesitate. There is a big difference between taking notice and getting up off your ass and implementing your steps to reach your goals. Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than just that: intentions. Make your dreams a reality and start taking massive determined action today.

2. Spend Money on Memories

I am a huge believer that the most valuable asset in life is your memories. People can spend millions on materialistic products but the memories on your death bed are what you truly remember.

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Celebrating Mike Hughes Stag Party In Las Vegas

3. Develop and Improve

Show me a fully satisfied person and I will show you failure. There is no such thing as 10/10 in my opinion. We can all develop and improve and for our sanity and life goals we should look to improve in all areas of life. It does not matter how old you are or how much experience you have, you should always be improving. If you are not improving yourself then are you being lazy? Train and develop even when you feel you are the best because you need to remain several steps ahead of the game. Online marketing for example changes regularly and you need to be keeping up to date with your knowledge. To further your own skills, be sure to check out the best SEO course and get the latest tips and techniques which are updated in real time to match Google’s algorithm.

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4. Friends and Family

Surround yourself with loads of friends and family. The more friends the better because it means more different experiences, but keep your best mates and family close because they will be there through everything. I wrote how networking was important in business but this also applies to personal lifestyles also. Create a tribe around you and make sure you gather around them frequently, it is always the times with your family and friends that are the best. The fun is priceless for your health, mindset and laughter is the best medicine for stress. A good laugh really does recharge your battery.

5. Play a Team Sport

Whether this is football, rugby, netball or whatever you decide. Being part of a team sport will give you the laughter and fun as a team. The exercise is great for health benefits but for me the banter is the real reason why it has so many benefits. Being involved in a sports team gives you the social side of life which will create so many happy memories.

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Leigh Athletic FC Team I Play Football for

6. Health is Wealth

Your health is who you are and who you will become. Eat nice healthy food and exercise daily. When you’re young you feel you can eat whatever you want but in later life this catches up with you. Make sure you live your life so your future self will be happy with what you did the previous day. Neglect your health and energy levels will drop and your whole life will change as health is the engine behind who you will become.

7. Learn a Martial Art

Great for conditioning and health benefits again. But the reason for learning martial arts is the respect it generates, building your concentration levels and discipline in focusing your mind. Oh and obviously the bonus is it helps you in self defence situations.

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Me in Koh Samui learning Thai Boxing

8. Be Proud of Yourself

We are all unique human beings but do not chase your life trying to be someone you are not. Be yourself and be proud of who you are instead of comparing yourself to someone else. Your friends, your teachers, your parents and family all have expectations of you but just be yourself. Do not try to live a life someone else would like you to be because that might not make you happy. You are awesome and have your own qualities which no one else in this world has. Here is an introduction to myself.

9. Choose your Own Path

Let close friends and family advise you on things, but you are responsible solely for your own path in your career, health and happiness. Choose your own path as it is your life. I absolutely love and enjoy networking, SEO and travelling so becoming a digital nomad was a no brainer for me because included all three of these things.

10. Treat People How You Want to be Treated

Ironically people start to change their attitude towards you when you begin treating them the way they treat you. There are a few great quotes I love on this life lesson.

11. Focus on Solutions Not Problems

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. Too many complain and waste time whining instead of accepting the problem and quickly finding a solution. Here is an article I highly recommend everyone to read about how to face your problems with solutions. If you focus all your ideas and energy into solutions then all the problems will make you the person you are today. Play the cards you are dealt the best you can and learn from all the mistakes along the way.

12. Think BIG

You really are capable of so much more than you can imagine. Chase your goals and set them high. You will be surprised how much you can achieve if you believe in yourself. Do not set your goals too small because you are capable of so much more. I love the quote “Think big, believe big, act big and the results will be big”

13. Surround Yourself with Positivity

You’re a product of your environment so surround yourself with the best. Positivity breeds positivity so hanging around successful folk and happy people is key. Influence your family and close friends because a rising tide lifts all ships so your attitude can help others around you succeed.

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Sir Alex Ferguson farewell game

14. People Come and Go

This could be university friends you lose touch with as you move back home. Or it could be loved ones who pass away. As awful as this sounds, we all are going to die. Instead of constantly feeling upset a close family member or friend has passed away, celebrate their life. Have you ever watched X Factor and seen all the sob stories people come out with thinking they are unfortunate? The fact is it’s going to happen to us all, so are you going to waste your life away moaning or be positive and make them proud looking down on you? You need to learn how to let go as hard as it might feel.

15. Learn to Forgive Yourself

You are probably your own harshest critic. Do not beat yourself up and be your own personal enemy. You will make many mistakes and if you cannot forgive yourself how can you expect others to? Be kind and caring to your inner self because you can then look to make amends or get back quickly to your positive attitude. Learn from it and analyse if you have done something wrong but quickly forgive yourself and move on. There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes in the past.

16. Travel the World

Have you truly experienced life and seen the wonders of the world? Have you experienced the different cultures? You will be amazed by the beauty you can find across the world and you will grow your knowledge and memories massively from doing this.

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Recent trip to Chiang Mai and loved the culture

17. Gratitude

Be grateful for what you have in life. Even if you think your life is shit be grateful because someone else is certainly struggling more than you. Do you have a roof over your head, two arms, two legs, fresh tap water, hearing, sight?. Unless you literally have not got any of these mentioned then feel grateful. Expect nothing and appreciate absolutely everything. We are so lucky to be alive so cherish every breath we take on earth.

18. Loyalty Over Greed

Be loyal and fight the greedy guy from inside of us all. Loyalty is a huge attribute I expect from all my friends and business partners. I was brought up with the ethics and morals to be loyal. You will encounter many times in life where you can get financial gains by not being loyal but this links back to ‘treat others how you want to be treated’ How would you feel if a close friend was not loyal? Do not betray a friend or another person for personal gains otherwise karma will come back to bite you in the ass. Be loyal and not greedy.

19. Fail Regularly

This might seem a strange one to put down but it is so true. Failure in life is inevitable if you truly push yourself to your limits. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. You can’t be paralysed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. If you are suffering from analysis paralysis on what to implement then take the Best SEO Training Course EVER which will fill your brain with ideas again and push your boundaries every single day.


20. Work Hard but Play Harder

Grafting in work is an absolute given. The harder you work the more successful financially you will be but have a fine balance in life. If you do not play harder you will struggle to grow your friendships, to travel so much and create all those awesome memories. I certainly play very hard because for me life is about living so what makes me happy is banter, laughing, experiencing new adventures my playtime is when I create my best memories.

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Myself at the best music festival in the world #TomorrowLand

21. Don’t Be Judgemental

Do not judge a book by its cover. You will be surprised in life what you get out of everyone you meet. I have heard stories of a homeless guy on the streets giving his last dollar to somehow who need to catch the bus. That act of kindness is unreal and similar story here which went viral about a homeless person giving a student £3 to get a taxi home safely. Don’t base your opinion on someone by their appearance and try to learn something from absolutely everybody.

22. Patience is a Virtue

Patience is not the ability to wait, but it is the ability to keep a positive attitude while waiting. Patience is not a skill but is a decision. Our inner self decides to get annoyed, and one of my weaknesses certainly is not being patient enough. Like the attitude to not give up, you need to remember the best things in life are worth waiting for. Try to improve and develop yourself to become more patient for your own self being.

23. Break The Rules

I do not mean break the law but breaking the rules. There are too many rules in life and if you are too well behaved and don’t break the rules you will never be a maverick or true original. Here is a great video from Arnold Schwarzenegger about breaking the rules.

24. You Cannot Please Everyone

Grow thick skinned for certain situations you will encounter. As we are all unique we all naturally have different opinions. Do not chase to please everyone because it is impossible and reverts back to being proud of who you are. Competitors, jealousy and others will not like you or make an opinion on  who you are without even knowing you as an individual but be hard skinned to understand this instead of fighting it. “The People who Matter Don’t Mind, and The People who Mind Don’t Matter”. There will be times certain folk in life are selfish or have a hidden agenda. I wrote an article about how wasted time is worse than wasted money because you need to quickly weed out the people in life who will not make you happy so more time can be spent with loved ones.

25. Question Everything

Never believe something without testing or seeing it for yourself. Too many times in life we take everything for granted when actually we should create our own opinion from experiences. Obviously seek advice but then check this for yourself to develop your own thoughts on situations. Trust people but verify it.

26. Never Give Up

Too many people in life think of an idea then never see the whole idea through. They give up when they are so close to something big or life changing for them. Focus your mind to complete tasks and do not jump from one minor task to another without finishing any.

27. Time Flies

If you do not live for today and make the most of your time before you know it then you will wonder where your time went. A great video from a friend named Diggy who I met in Chiang Mai shows his life lessons here. This video is superb and the reason I liked it so much was because I could relate to all his opinions. He also finishes this video with how time flies.

28. Delegate Work

When you travel and meet other digital nomads you start to realise so many of these have read the amazing books like the 4 hour work week and the emyth revisited which are possibly the best books I have ever read. These teach you techniques to stop getting yourself bogged down on day to day running of your businesses. I wrote an article about working on your business and not in it which explains the reasoning why delegation is key. We all have 24 hours in a day and are restricted to this so there is only so much you can physically do yourself. Hence the reason delegation of works is a real key to success and many entrepreneurs struggle to let go, but this struggle will always hold them back from further growth.

29. Embrace The Digital Era

There has never been a better time in life than now to earn millions. It is so easy to advertise and promote your brands or services now online with billions of people having an internet connection. Read the article The Digital World – So Easy Making Money Online which explains the digital era we are living in and capitalise on this time because people will look back as these being the glory days.

30. Enjoy The Journey

I have some very close friends who are multi millionaires but some of these are depressed because all their life they have chased the money and done everything they can to improve their bank balance. With this obsession to earn more money they completely missed the point you only have one shot at life. You need to treasure every day as being your last and enjoy the journey. I did an article here called Live The Moment – It Is All About The Journey Not The Outcome which explains this in more detail but do not relate success to money. Money should be the by product and my life lesson is success is fun, health, laughter and love. Money is not success and people need to enjoy the whole journey and not just the outcome.

31. Begin With The End In Mind

When looking to build a successful business you need to set your goal and then work backwards. Begin with the end in mind because otherwise you could end up creating a website that you like but it does not appeal to your target buyers. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Are you prepared to take these small steps to reach your goal? A dedicated blog has been created called Work With The End In Mind because I learnt this as a valuable lesson when looking to flip some websites. I started several big affiliate websites and built them on a custom design website which saved me time and I thought this was a great idea because it suited myself. But if I had listened to this advice I would of realised that buyers would probably want the website in wordpress because that is what they are familiar with using. For me to sell the site at my preferred bid I needed to move all these sites over costing me a lot of money. Always set clear visions of the outcome and then work this backwards.

I hope to add many more life lessons onto this article as I experience them. I am sure there are some I have missed off this list so please comment below on life lessons you have learnt and if I can relate to this then I will add them onto the blog. Hope you have enjoyed the read and if you can share this post that would be great!

A couple of articles I would recommend you to read if you liked this content are these two below. These explain why I believe SEO is the best trade to learn and how I became a digital nomad from learning SEO:

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If you are still not convinced about learning to become an SEO or affiliate marketer then obviously this is not meant to be for you. However for all of you that sign up to the best SEO course EVER I look forward to seeing your success stories over the next few years.

James Dooley

Digital Nomad who loves travelling the world while working on Internet Marketing. SEO was previously the name for the search engine optimisation services however now general inbound marketing includes social media, paid ads and traditional media then the term used is Growth Hacking Strategist.

  • Killer post buddy!

    • Glad you like matey. I will keep adding to this post and hopefully on our ventures pal we will be getting some awesome photos from happy memories together which I can add onto this article. If you think I have missed anything from this post that should be included then let me know and I will update fella. Thanks and keep smashing it out the park Dino

  • Simon Cornelius

    Excellent post James – I can relate to the power of empowering questions – looking for solutions rather than focusing on the problems. Thanks for the easy to digest nuggets.

    • Thanks Simon and was a pleasure to meet you in Las Vegas. See you at the next LCT event

  • Adam O’Hern

    Great read Dooley! You hit so many good points in this post. My assistant and I just read the E Myth Revisited 2 weeks ago and are starting to implement the principles in our business. Great seeing you last week in Amsterdam and can’t wait till the next time we meet again wherever in the world that might be!

    • Loved catching up with you and defo want to get a holiday arranged next year pal as we discussed in Dam. The emyth book is sooooo good and completely changed the way I work now tbh. See you in chiang mai if you are coming?

  • Jonathan Kiekbusch

    Great post! It rounds up a lot of the most important things in life, especially from the view of a digital entrepreneur.
    I think that the “never give up” part is too short, I am convinced that people give up too easily and too quickly, and thus end up missing out on big things in life and career.

    • Hey mate I can add more to that section if you like. Or if you are passionate on this section happy for you to write few hundred words Jon and I will credit it back to you because you are an advocate or grafting and never giving up. You are spot on though and many create inroads to being successful and seem to fall at the first hurdle the minute something fails and that falls under the mentality that you should be failing regularly and embracing it

  • Brilliant James. A lot of good pojnts here and many I agree with and need to work on. 🙂

    • Cheers Tony and yes likewise it is a never ending work through to do list

  • Every professional should read this. Think about what’s really important to you – and what will still be important after you retire. We waste years of our lives focused on our careers and our wealth but family and memories are more important. Make time for what really matters and use your money as a means to create special memories for the people you love most. That’s all it’s really good for.

    • Exactly mate. Stop chasing a never ending dream. Live the dream today and embrace what is thrown at you

  • Mark

    Good work James and very true.
    A good idea to read every Monday to motivate yourself for the week ahead! All of them seem easy to do individually but it’s staying focussed to do as many as possible that is tricky.

    • Thanks kid. Yes I love going back into this article and tweaking all the time. Glad you enjoyed it

  • Mads Singers Sorensen

    Great article James – Most of my management coaching goes with helping people get delegating, delegating and delegating – Its not easy and getting help can work, but without delegation and building a team, its going to be a tough life.

  • Robert Kirk

    Hey James, recently been checking out a lot of your content, but this post just took it to another level. Really enjoyed reading this and has come at a great time for me as it has given me lots of things to think about as I work on improving my own mindset and in turn expand and grow my business. Keep the content coming!

    • Thanks a lot Robert and love you are liking the content mate. Get yourself on some of the networking events as you will love the live meet ups

      • Robert Kirk

        Hey James, I am doing just that. Jonathan Kiekbusch has invited me down to his event the day before Brighton SEO, and also booked my ticket for Brighton SEO event too. So I am flying down from Scotland, if your heading along, be good to get a chat.

        • Yes 100% I will be there mate. Jon is a great guy and I enjoy hooking up with my fellow uk SEOs

          • Robert Kirk

            Cool James, be good to meet you. Yeah Jon is true gentleman and recently been giving me lot great advice for building my business.

  • Matt Stack

    I love #23

    • Haha you would do. Never seen you abide by them lol

  • Inspirational post James. I’ve jotted down the ones I need to work on. My fitness and nutrition has suffered since starting a business. Time to get back on it!

    • Yes 100% agree ya big fatty you need to get back in that gym lol. Naaaa mentality you get drained and it affects you physically but got to have a balance

  • Paul Bonk

    Nice advertorial… 🙂