About a month ago, my friend James Swanwick forwarded an email to me that I just had to share with the HtS audience.
It’s from a mutual reader of ours named Frank – who used the very same strategies and techniques you’ve been learning on Hack The System for years — to start and grow a business that supports him anywhere in the world.
Here’s what he said to James:
I can’t tell you what I ‘want’ to do in 2014, but I can tell you what I’m ‘going’ to do. I tried to stick to only a couple sentences, but I was surprised by how much I will be doing in 2014 because of your guidance.
A) Location Independence
Thanks to the motivation I received from you, Maneesh Sethi, and John Lee Dumas in 2013, I’ve built a location independent income and will begin traveling in 2014.
B) The vacation my dad never thought would be possible
I am working as a freelance content writer, launching my own blog & podcast at CitedScholar.com, and travel hacking. In 2014, I will spend 11 weeks over the summer visiting Spain, Greece, and Turkey on a budget equal to my cost to stay home. My work will travel with me and, best of all, I have enough miles from travel hacking that I’m taking my dad to Madrid with me (he was adopted there before moving to the US).
How you helped make this happen
All of this is possible because I’ve learned to be a digital nomad and achieve my goals by following you, Maneesh, and John. Actually, I’m writing this email from my free office space at a Regus business center right now (one of Maneesh’s tricks from Hack the System).
There are a few important things to note here:
1.) Never underestimate your ability to reach people and make a difference
Sometimes as a writer/content creator, especially before you have a large following, it’s easy to feel like what you have to say doesn’t really matter. You feel like nobody is listening to you and it’s really hard to see the impact that you’re making.
Through all that, you have to remember the aggregate effect your voice can have on just ONE life.
I’ve been writing for years on how to get free plane tickets, learn languages and start businesses from anywhere. And even if nobody ever reads my work again, it would all be worth it if just ONE person used my advice to make massive, positive changes in their life. Since we’re all connected, my effect on them is guaranteed to multiply and affect everyone they touch as well.
2.) Most of success in any field isn’t luck — and it isn’t a secret
If you look back and read Frank’s email again, you’ll notice that he didn’t say anything about uncovering some revolutionary secret that finally allowed him to start living the life of his dreams.
There really aren’t that many secrets to success. In fact, success in any field usually boils down to 2 elements:
- Guidance from an expert (can be in-person, online, over the phone, etc)
- Consistency and resilience
Figure out what you want to do and find someone who has already done it. Then, learn from them. It doesn’t have to be in-person. But take in everything you can about how they got to where they are. Try to identify their mistakes so that you don’t have to make the same ones.
Next, try. Then fail. Then get back up. Repeat.
Most people fall into one of two traps: They either over-research and under-implement. Or, if they actually do implement, they give up after a few tries.
If you change your expectations and expect to fail many times on the long road to wherever you’re going, then your entire perspective changes. You’ll begin to see rejection as a necessary component of eventual success, not an insurmountable roadblock.
Nobody wants to hear this advice, but it’s true.
The purpose of this post is simply to remind you that you CAN do whatever you set your mind to — and that the successful people we sometimes envy are often much like us. They just know how to seek out the right guidance, and they know never to quit.
Think you can do that?
PS – so many people were asking me for advice on traveling and “digital nomading” that I decided to build a course around it. Enter your info here and I’ll send you updates when it comes out. Hint, hint – this would be a great start to get quality guidance (Step #1 above).