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 1. Take Action
- 2 2. Spend Money on Memories
- 3 3. Develop and Improve
- 4 4. Friends and Family
- 5 5. Play a Team Sport
- 6 6. Health is Wealth
- 7 7. Learn a Martial Art
- 8 8. Be Proud of Yourself
- 9 9. Choose your Own Path
- 10 10. Treat People How You Want to be Treated
- 11 11. Focus on Solutions Not Problems
- 12 12. Think BIG
- 13 13. Surround Yourself with Positivity
- 14 14. People Come and Go
- 15 15. Learn to Forgive Yourself
- 16 16. Travel the World
- 17 17. Gratitude
- 18 18. Loyalty Over Greed
- 19 19. Fail Regularly
- 20 20. Work Hard but Play Harder
- 21 21. Don’t Be Judgemental
- 22 22. Patience is a Virtue
- 23 23. Break The Rules
- 24 24. You Cannot Please Everyone
- 25 25. Question Everything
- 26 26. Never Give Up
- 27 27. Time Flies
- 28 28. Delegate Work
- 29 29. Embrace The Digital Era
- 30 30. Enjoy The Journey
- 31 31. Begin With The End In Mind
- 32 32. Study Stoicism
- 33 33. Keep your Feet on the Ground When Your Head in Clouds
- 34 34. Move with The Times – DEAL WITH IT
- 35 35. Replace Lose with Learn in Your Vocabulary
- 36 36. Synergy is the Best Word EVER
- 37 37. Your Brain is Your Bitch
- 38 Conclusion
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. 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.
“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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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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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. 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”
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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.
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.
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.
“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. 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 so 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 and its 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 :
- 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
- 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
- Take an ice cold shower – this will make you be happy for simple things like warm water
- 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 :
- At first they ignore you
- Then they start to laugh and ridicule your idea
- Then they fight you on the idea
- 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.
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.
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.
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