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Cristina of Marginal Boundaries

A Personal Journey – The Power of Conscious Change

Posted by | Destination Freedom, Entrepreneur, Freedom, Mexico, Passive Income, Quality of Life, Social Media, The Secret of My Success | 16 Comments

These days, Marginal Boundaries is a joint venture between myself and Cristina. It wasn’t always so. When I first arrived in Cancun in September of 2010, before the brand was even launched, I was a solo traveler, fresh out of an almost nine year relationship that ended badly. I spent my first few months in a haze of tequila, weed and the embraces of all the hedonism that the tourist part of Cancun is known for.

Eventually, I made my way back to working; a contract from Lea and Jonathan over at Location Independent to draft a Cancun travel guide presented itself (ultimately it never saw the light of day but turned into my first Live Like a Local immersion guide), along with about $12,000 dollars in contracts from three long-term clients, and I pulled myself out of the fog and back into my work.

The next couple of months (December of 2010 and January of 2011) were spent working 10 – 12 hours a day out of my apartment and then in the evenings I would head to a little cafe just down the street from where I would hole up for my nightly editing sessions. There, I would sit for another three to four hours while editing the work from earlier in the day and shoot it off to my clients. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that after several months of frequenting the cafe that I found myself drawn to the girl who was always serving my tea and softly smiling when I would fumble through my fledgling Spanish mumbling thank-yous and beyond.

But this isn’t a story about love on the road. At least not in full. Rather, this is a tale of how one person’s life can change dramatically, and the power  The Internet, social media and passive income have for allowing a person to completely reverse their fortunes and provide a life previously only dreamed of. This is Cristina’s story.  Read More

Planet Earth

Five Things I’ve Learned After Six Years Of Immersion Travel

Posted by | culture, Entrepreneur, Freedom, language, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 8 Comments

Last week Cris and I had a several-hours-long conversation with Jason Sugar from Breakthrough Adventures. He had just arrived in Mexico to begin the start of his new journey (we had previously been apartment hunting for him at Isla Mujeres) and we were talking about life, travel, experiences, teaching others, life coaching and the various things we’ve learned along the way.

During the course of the conversation we touched upon some of the things that travel and a life of location independence has introduced into our lives. Things which, had we stayed at home and remained locked in a life of wage slavery and suburbia, we never would have had the opportunity to experience. I truly believe that travel unlocks your destiny and allows you to achieve the heights of what it is that you are supposed to be doing while on Planet Earth, so without further ado here are some of what I consider to be the most important lessons I’ve learned after six years of location independence and immersion travel. Read More

Tweens

20 Things 20 Year Olds Don’t Get

Posted by | Entrepreneur, Freedom, Passive Income, Social Media, Writing | 4 Comments

As my long-term readers know, I’m a firm believer in the continual evolution of one’s self. No one is born perfect, and no one is by default perfect: it takes hard work to achieve any level of success, and for the vast majority of players in the field it’s about consistency and persistence, not luck of the draw.

When you are 20 years old, you don’t know shit. You are nothing but raw materials, unrefined but lacking any polish. And unrefined raw materials (no matter how valuable) are simply wasted potential; they don’t do anyone any good and until they’ve been refined they are nothing more than empty space.

Everyone who is worth anything in this world, whether it be as a musician, painter, Fortune 500 CEO, Bill Gates, Ian Anderson, Keith Richards, Geoff Colvin and beyond, has spent time honing their skills to reach the point they are at.  In the words of Jason Nazar in this brilliant Forbes piece, even the most seemingly gifted folks methodically and painfully worked their way to success.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at his list of 20 things that the youth of today just don’t get…and what are the most important aspects to focus on.  Read More

10 Steps

10 Steps To Brand Domination

Posted by | Entrepreneur, Passive Income, Quality of Life, Social Media, Traveling Tips | 14 Comments

Regardless if you are a travel blogger or a lifestyle blogger, and no matter if you work in English or another language, there’s a certain set of rules to follow if you want to ensure your global dominance as a brand. Devlin from 1 Life 2 Bags and myself recently put together the first Marginal Boundaries infographic covering the top 10 steps to brand domination to help you get your business on track with a global audience. Read through the expanded version of the steps here, and find the infographic at the bottom.  Read More

Entrepreneur

Why Some People Will Never Be Entrepreneurs

Posted by | Entrepreneur, Passive Income, Social Media | 2 Comments

Fact: some of you will never get your businesses off the ground and you will never become successful entrepreneurs. Not because you lack the hopes, the dreams, the ideas and the aspiration…but because you lack the one characteristic that successful business-owners have: the willingness to sacrifice and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. 

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs Read More