Digital Nomad Life Lessons

Digital Nomad Life Lessons

Last Modified: Dec 6, 2018 @ 9:38 am

I believe being the youngest of three sons is the reason for me being so loud and confident.

The list of life lessons in this article is what has given me my personal vision which is:

“To do things I love, with people I love, doing it in a way to be proud of. My job as an entrepreneur is to not accept no, ask why and turn it into a yes.

Live rich, die enriched by investing into things that will protect and develop my family, friends and make the world a better place. But the key is doing all this with trust, honesty and integrity”

But throughout my life like everyone I have learned 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 learned 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.

“Make your dreams a reality and start taking massive determined action today.”

Successful leaders and entrepreneurs have the courage to take action while others hesitate. Many do not see behind the scenes the effort and hard work which goes into success but taking action is the vital step to winning.

What You Dont See Behind The Scenes

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.

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

You can always make money but you cannot always make memories. This is very important because I have had friends become multi-millionaires thinking ‘they have made it’ and everything now will be perfect. The truth is the minute they retired and stopped doing the day to day tasks they thought was chores was actually what they enjoyed.

“Fill your life with experiences. Have stories to tell not stuff to show”

Over the years I have bought nice cars, materialistic products and the concept of having it is far better than the outcome. For me, life was meant for family, great friends and great adventures with them. We are so lucky to be born so go and live the dream and experience the adventures of the world.

3. Develop and Improve

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.

“Show me a fully satisfied person and I will show you failure”

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Improve Every Single Day to Try and Put Yourself Out of Business

Successful people don’t see it as free time, they see it as the only time they have to do the things they really want to do in life — and they don’t take a minute for granted. Reinvest Your Free Time Into Learning and Growing because wasted time is worse than wasted money in my opinion.

Your goal is to create a shift in your mindset. This will create emotional momentum, which will manifest itself into extremely focused behavior. Most people don’t reinvest the time they’re given outside of work — they’d rather be entertained and distracted. Choosing to develop and improve in your personal time isn’t common. But this is exactly what the world’s most successful people and top performers do. They know their ability to focus and avoid distractions is the difference between making thousands of dollars a year and millions of dollars a year.

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.

“I have learned that it is not what i have in my life but who i have in my life that counts”

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.

“Your body is your most priceless possession so take care of it”

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.

“Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of each step you take toward reaching your goal”

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 traveling so becoming a digital nomad was a no-brainer for me because included all three of these things.

You can choose for yourself what you believe or don’t believe, what you desire and don’t desire. You can define your own parameters.

Once you do that, you can start consciously creating your destiny according to your own vision.”You have to choose your own path in life.”

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.

The Golden Rule goes beyond just treating others the way you would want to be treated. It’s a journey into the way you think of, feel about and speak to others, as well.

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.

Remember, this morning if you are healthy, you are happier than the one million people that will not survive this week.

If there’s food in your fridge, shoes on your feet, clothes on your body, a bed to sleep on and a roof over your head, you’re richer than 75% of people in the world.

And if you have a bank account, money in your wallet, or a purse, or coins in a jar, you’re in the top 8% of the world’s wealthiest.

Play the cards you are dealt the best you can and learn from all the mistakes along the way.

All of us will fail and face problems in our lifetime but it is how we react and respond to these which creates our lives.

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”

If you position yourself to act big before you have achieved your goals then the law of attraction will push you into receiving these goals.

Greatness lies within you and no matter what happens, it will always be part of you. But your mindset is what could be holding your greatness back.

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.

surround yourself with successful people

Sir Alex Ferguson farewell game

People have a huge impact on your life. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” is what the biggest entrepreneurs believe.

Surrounding yourself with positive people can make or break your efforts to grow and accomplish your goals and live your dream life.

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.

“People come and go but life is simply about seeing who cares enough to stay”

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.

“There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes in the past”

Learn from it and analyse if you have done something wrong but quickly forgive yourself and move on.

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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A recent trip to Chiang Mai and loved the culture

Studies show that friends that travel together remain together as best mates for life.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go travel together.

There are no strangers in this world, only friends I haven’t met yet.

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’

“There’s something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty”

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. 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 with your own self-being.

This honestly has been one of my hardest tasks because personally I am very impatient but like any skill, you need to train hard at it to improve.

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.

Work Hard and Play Harder

Myself at the best music festival in the world #TomorrowLand

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.

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. 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.

“We either learn to fail or fail to learn”

You can’t be paralysed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself.

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It is an amazing outlook to fail regularly. Because look how cool this would be for a school pupil is the teacher said “Right class you can all sit your exam and if you fail then go away, come back and resit it until you get all the grades you want”?

This is basically what you can do in life. Test yourself and if you fail you go away learn what you got wrong and test yourself again until you hit your desired goals.

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.

The only rule you should consider is that there are no rules.

Saying within the rules is staying within your comfort zone and no entrepreneur was created being within their comfort zone.

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. Retirement is Not An Option For Myself

Ironically, most people’s personal time can actually be about as stressful as work. In the words of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

“On the job people feel skillful and challenged, and therefore feel more happy, strong, creative, and satisfied. In their free time people feel that there is generally not much to do and their skills are not being used, and therefore they tend to feel more sad, weak, dull, and dissatisfied. Yet they would like to work less and spend more time in leisure.”

So when you have enough money to retire then is this really an option? Nope not for me because I’d always want to feel challenged and in my flow state of mind. Once you take retirement and take it easier it’s been proven that you start regressing both in physical and mental health.

This is also part of the reason why I love to do a couple of hours work when travelling on my holidays.

Just to keep on top of the workflow as I actually enjoy a balanced mix of work / play time.

By doing this then it also allows me to have way more holidays throughout the year without falling behind on anything. Hence the #LaptopLifestyle photos constantly lol.

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 like 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.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”

I absolutely love this saying about everybody is a genius. This is so true and we all have our strengths. However it is about having a great leader playing into all these strengths which is key. Hiring character and training the skill is important in my eyes. Plus when delegating work it is about coaching and leading the way on what you would like. A leader is always better than a boss.

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.

“So often we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey”

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.

You Can Achieve Anything

You Can Achieve Anything

Are you prepared to take these small steps to reach your goal? This saying I love because it is all about training and developing your skills. It’s about making you are prepared for the fast growth when you are presented with certain opportunities. But it is all about realising the opportunities are rare so taking small steps of development in knowledge everyday will prepare you for the quick wins.

“Step by step you get ahead but rarely in fast spurts. But you need to prepare for the fast spurts by learning step by step”

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.

32. Study Stoicism

This is a big part of my life at present to study stoicism more. The reason this is such a huge life lesson for me is because a few close friends of mine have made multi million pounds in investments. Sounds amazing right? Well what if I told you that since they have seven or eight figures in their bank balance they have become depressed and not satisfied with life. Watch this video which explains stoicism a little more :

The video explains to practice misfortune. Sounds daft but we need to prepare ourselves for family members passing away. We need to prepare that some investments will fail, relationships might end and misfortune in this ever changing world is inevitable. Stoicism is something we all need to study because in life many people set targets and think ‘If I can just make one million pounds I will be happy’. But the truth is when you get there you set yourself new goals of two million, three million, ten million. It’s a never ending goal you chase for what many think will be happiness.

Look into stoicism more and in the video I love the self discipline techniques he explains. By using these techniques it allows you to gain self discipline because the people with discipline have ownership of their life. The techniques are to voluntarily cause yourself some discomfort to appreciate things in life. Here are some examples of voluntarily discomfort to practice to start making yourself tougher and stop being soft like most humans :

  1. See how long you can leave your air conditioning off on a hot day – you will appreciate this much more by doing this when it is on
  2. Go for a hike in bear feet – by doing this every morning you wake up to put trainers on or shoes you will appreciate what you have in life
  3. Take an ice cold shower – this will make you be happy for simple things like warm water
  4. Dont eat for 48 hours – then you will appreciate how easy it is for humans to access food so easily

It sounds crazy to do these things above by choice. But you are broadening your comfort zone to appreciate the simple things in life. Having clean running water, a roof over our head, the freedom of life and ability to access food so easily. We take all these things for granted too much but third world countries would do anything to be in positions many of you reading this are in.

33. Keep your Feet on the Ground When Your Head in Clouds

Having your head in the clouds is good to think big and to have big goals, dreams and ideas. But you need to keep “your feet on the ground” to be practical in where you are on the spectrum. You need to realise where you are in dreaming vs. doing and taking action to move towards your dreams. But keeping your feet on the ground and remembering your roots is key.

I come from a small town in England called Leigh. It does not even have a train station so not a large city location. But I love my roots and proud to be known as Leyther. Leigh town is my roots and I will always remain rooted and feet on the ground. It is fine having mahoosive goals in life but remembering your roots is also very important I believe. So this is why I thinking Keeping Your Head in the Clouds and Your Feet on the Ground is an important life lesson.

34. Move with The Times – DEAL WITH IT

This is a very frustrating life lesson when I hear people being negative towards change. Here is an article named Move with the Times – DEAL WITH IT I go into more detail on it. But Crypto currency is a prime example of this and people just sitting back not moving with the times and embracing the new digital currency. Over the years you hear I have learnt to ignore the negative vibes as history has shown these things to happen times and time again:

  1. At first they ignore you
  2. Then they start to laugh and ridicule your idea
  3. They fight you on the idea
  4. Then they invest in you

Uber, AirBnB and many others are prime examples of this. Be proactive and innovative in all work and thoughts in your life. I love these quotes to do with this “Too many businesses get left in the dust because they’re too comfortable with their current success” and also “I wake up every morning and think about how I can put myself out of business. By that, I mean I think about every way another business can can disrupt my profit and current successes”.

35. Replace Lose with Learn in Your Vocabulary

Although I have got this life lesson above on failing regularly then I wanted to add this also about your mindset around it. What I mean by this header of replace lose with learn in your vocabulary is that all losses will improve you and you will learn much more from these in life than anything else.

A never lose mentality is instilled into champions and entrepreneurs throughout the world. So I always educate my team to adapt this phrase into their mindset and always take this approach on outcomes:-

“You Win Or You Learn”

You see how this is not you win or lose. Replacing lose with learn now opens the door for you to experiment, test and push yourself much more as there is no option of losing. You train yourself to win and if it does not work out then you find out why and develop from it.

Too many never fail or lose in life but are not successful. This is because they live their whole life in the comfort zone and although this is a nice place then you never see progression or anything exciting inside of a comfort zone.

Do not let your weak mentality make you scared of losing or failure. Embrace it and try to push yourself every single day to lose or fail on something so you start to know your boundaries as this could be so much more than you predict. You are only confined by the walls surrounding you that your mind built yourself. Examples of how to push your limits daily:-

  • At the gym lifting a new heavy weight personal best
  • A run you do then try to reduce the time by 10 seconds
  • In the workplace how can you add an extra 5% gross profit
  • Outreach to try and connect to five new influencers
  • Health benefits – improving body mass fat, weight or your personal goals on physique
  • There is loads more but it is all about embracing your limits and treating losing as learning

36. Synergy is the Best Word EVER

Synergy is my favourite word in the world. This article on synergy and networking explains why I love synergising so much. I get asked to speak regularly at conferences and generally decline because do not personally promote myself as a brand. However if I ever did then SYNERGY would certainly be my topic. I love this quote on why networking is so great:-

“I learn something from everyone I meet. From most people I learn what not to”

With meeting people and synergising it is not just what you learn but also what you realise what not to do also. All the biggest entrepreneurs have dozens of success stories but along with that they have many failures and tips they they have learned along the way.

synergy 1+1=3

You might not agree with everything people say who you meet. Especially when you travel the world meeting people from different cultures, religions and origins. But the best part to all this is you have the choice to pick and choose what you want to adapt into your life and funnel your interests towards that.

37. Your Brain is Your Bitch

Created a blog on Your Brain is Your Bitch because of the importance on mindset. The truth is our thoughts create our feelings and our feelings create our actions which then our actions create our results. The question is – Are You in Control of Your Thoughts?

Every feeling in your life is because of a thought you’re thinking, it makes sense that we need to begin looking inside our minds and be conscious of our thoughts. Once you can become aware of your thoughts you can then decide which thoughts you want to keep thinking and which thoughts you want to get rid of. This will allow you to become the person you desire to be and therefore design the life you desire to live. The thoughts we think are a choice.

The law of attraction is a huge part to this life lesson. The truth is your Life is only as good as your mindset so educate and train your mindset with gratitude and positive thoughts. Do not make your brain be your bitch and get in control of your mindset because you can change the direction of your life with your thoughts.

38. The Power Of When

Don’t believe the bullshit that you learn and do the most at 6am in the morning because all of us are different. I was educated get up early and that’s when you are at your flow state but this is not true and finding your power of when is key to success.

There are specific times when you are most primed for nearly every task . Every person has a master biological clock ticking away inside of their brain, and dozens of smaller biological clocks throughout his or her body. But, unlike a normal clock, not every person’s biological clock keeps the same time or even at the same pace. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “I’m not a morning person”, well there’s a reason for that. Some people are meant to be more productive in the morning than at night, and vice versa.

Believe it or not – your body has been programmed to function much better at certain times of the day than others. Based on general morningness and eveningness preferences, different people fall into different classifications, called “Chronotypes”. Each Chronotype will reveal exactly what you need to do to work with your body, not against it.

There are 4 Chronotypes so some might be best at work at midnight. Take the power of when quiz to see what chronotype you are. Each type has a very specific timetable for entering into peak flow states. So you need to find your power of when and capitalise on this every single day.

Most people will go their whole lives without ever really knowing when they’re the most primed to operate at world-class levels. They will continue to operate as a square peg in a round hole.

39. 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.

40. Consistently Enter Flow States

If you want success the biggest task is to find your flow state and cut out the distractions in life. Most people sleepwalk through life without ever feeling so intensely focused, time seems to stand still. Flow is the optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

It is believed that it takes 23 mins and 15 seconds (from professional studies) once distracted to get back on your flow state.

Typical distractions could be texts, emails, phone calls, social media or being within your busy work office. Productivity quadruples when you are not distracted and enter your flow state. Go to this article for more information on your flow state of mind.

41. Skill is Earned

You want to be highly skilled? Well get out there and earn it today. Studies show you need 10,000 hours of practice to become expert in majority of niches. Do not think for one minute that the leaders in your field you believe is at ‘the top’ did not start at the bottom somewhere and did not fail numerous times.

“Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle”

You need to excel in taking ridiculous, sickening amounts of work ethic to be the best. Earn those skills and while others are sleeping get ahead of the game, while others are watching TV be developing your skills and use your spare time wisely to develop and earn those skills to be the guru and expert in your niches.

42. Embrace Criticism

As a society we’ve become so scared of offending anyone that criticism has fast become something that is virtually unheard of. This is wrong. If you only hear what you want to hear you’ll never learn anything.

“I do not want a load of fans who praise my mediocrity. I want critics who make me better as a human in everything I do”

You won’t grow and adapt, and when something does go wrong (which it inevitably will), you’ll be completely unprepared and clueless as to how to put it right. You need to embrace criticism, however harsh it may seem. Take it on board, apply it, and you will learn so much more than if you hadn’t.

43. Focus is Todays IQ

Give me a member of staff with the highest IQ from university or give me a focused team member who says “I can”? I would take the latter everyday of the week.

“I can is 1000 times more important than an IQ or qualification”

It’s amazing to have so much information and opportunities at the touch of a button, but it has also lead to us becoming easily distracted and disconnected from the real world. So many precious hours are wasted every single day just idly looking at a screen when that time could be better put to use expanding your knowledge and improving yourself. Be tough on yourself when it comes to using the internet, stay focused and be disciplined.

focus is today's iq

44. Anywhere in The World Can Be Your Office

The best thing about being a digital nomad or millennial wanderer is now with the internet you can literally be based anywhere in the world. A global network of live-work spaces is springing up to serve this new breed of millennial wanderers who travel around the world working out of various locations.

“You can be just as productive in beautiful environments where you can have amazing massages under $10 each day and drinks in amazing coffee shops based in the most luxurious locations.”

I love this the most about being able to work from anywhere in the world.

45. Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

Theodore Roosevelt, argues that comparing your work, your life, or whatever else will only serve to make you unhappy.

Social media is very misleading in the sense that you only see what people want you to see.

You usually only see the ups, the massive paydays, beautiful vacations, chiseled abs, champagne showers, flawless relationships…

You don’t see the 12 months of grinding day and night to make that six-figure payday.

Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

You don’t know whether that vacation you envy is a once-in-3-year trip that someone saved up for years to be able to do.

The amazing physique might be the peak of a multi-week super strict diet and the person doesn’t look like that a week later.

It’s very easy for a couple to look like they’re in a perfect relationship but you don’t know how much they fight or lie or cheat.

So, enjoy social media but don’t compare your life to the absolute best moments of others that you see on social media.

“Stop Comparing as Social Media Has No Truth and You Are Enough so Keep It Real”

Comparing yourself on social media is a total dopamine distraction…..

You need to manage your time to stay off social media as it releases dopamine which leads you to not getting shit done.

When you compare yourself to others, you know all the dirty details of your personal situation or the problems with what you’ve created.

But only the seemingly positive surface information about them or their work.

So don’t hold yourself up to some outside vague standard of greatness.

Judge your work by your principles and leave comparison out of the equation.

46. Learn To Say NO To Clients

Winning every single client you price is not good and does not mean you are awesome – it means you are too cheap and need to raise your price.

I have created an article called SEO Client Referral which is basically a default blog explaining why I do not want to work with clients to SEO their website.

There is no arrogance in this and the clients will appreciate your honesty. I hate the fact online there are loads of searches for:

  • how to say no at work politely
  • learning to say no to additional work
  • Overwhelmed at work and need to know how to say no
  • How do you politely decline a proposal
  • How do you say no without being rude?

The reason I dislike these searches is that it should be an answer – be straight and honest to the client and say it how it is.

Stop Being a Busy Fool

Check this table out above with regards to lowering your profit margins. It is scary if you lower your profit from 30% to 20% then you need to go out and find 50% more sales just to break the same. It just is not worth saying YES to everyone.

When you learn how to say NO to some leads this will give you more time to think, grow and give the customers the service they deserve. It is about working smarter and not harder when looking to build profitable businesses.

47. Upsells and Funnels Is Where The Money Is

Grafting for years to build the client base and constantly looked for NEW business to grow.

When your existing client base is the best place to start as they already know who you are and trust you.

The upsells, downsells and cross sells to improve customer lifetime value is where the money is made.

All extra purchases from existing customers do not have all the marketing costs attached to acquiring that new client.

48. Have a Vision Statement

If you have a vision statement about what you want to be the law of attraction will get you there.

Here is my vision statement with a photo of my brothers, wife and close friends.

James z Dooley Vision Statement Abersoch

I regularly read back my vision statement because I like to make sure in business, personal life and overall I am sticking close to what I believe in.


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 read if you enjoyed the 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:

  1. How I Became a Digital Nomad Travelling The World Working From My Laptop
  2. Why I Feel SEO Is the Best Trade To Learn

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

About James Dooley

Digital Nomad who loves travelling the world networking while working on my laptop. Life is a perception of your own reality. You have no excuses and should be making memories every single day #LearnSomethingNew #Develop #Synergy #Network


  • Dino Gomez says:

    Killer post buddy!

    • James Dooley says:

      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 says:

    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.

  • Adam O'Hern says:

    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!

    • James Dooley says:

      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 says:

    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.

    • James Dooley says:

      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. 🙂

  • Ben Acheson says:

    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.

  • Mark says:

    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.

  • Mads Singers Sorensen says:

    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 says:

    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!

    • James Dooley says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • James Dooley says:

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

          • Robert Kirk says:

            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 says:

    I love #23

  • 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!

    • James Dooley says:

      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 says:

    Nice advertorial… 🙂

  • Jan Zac says:

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it?
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    I also want to improve SEO of my website. Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve:
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Jan Zac

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  • Bev Budsworth says:

    James – in the business you are in your ethos is breathtaking. You care and have a rare morality, your teams are vital and cared for and your friends and family are fortunate.

    • James Dooley says:

      Thank you so much Beverley for your kind words. I really believe in 1+1=3 so if I can keep doing good for people around me then it really will improve all our lives. I love your comment on “your ethos is breathtaking” and that means a lot to me. Thanks again and take care.

  • Tom Howell says:

    Thanks for this, James! It’s important to learn in your work, particularly within SEO and wider marketing, it’s about conditioning the environment you work in as well as yourself as well I believe. If that’s achievable then you have synergy.

    Good to meet you recently mate albeit briefly but hope to chat more in depth soon!

  • James Dooley says:

    Thanks for the comment and I completely agree! 🙂

  • Larry Hemming says:

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going
    through problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond?

  • This is a truly fantastic post, I wish I could print it and have it on my office wall, there are so many things I am not doing well or simply not doing… I have put a stone on in weight since the beginning on 2018 mainly due to having a painful back problem which has stopped me going to the gym! I need to travel a lot more too, I need to take action more often… I could go on! 🙂
    I am going to keep revisiting this to check on my progress! Cheers…

  • Thanks James, I’m into both those articles now!

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