These days, blogs are a dime a dozen. Anyone, anywhere, can pick up a Blogger or a Tumblr or a WordPress account and start jotting down words, posting photos and creating content. Or pay 15 bucks and purchase a domain and install WordPress or Magento and go. But content alone does not = a business. And for those of you who are interested in building an actual for-profit blog, you need to understand that there is a difference between hobby blogging and profit blogging. A very big, livable-income difference. Read More
If you are one of the armchair readers of the world, you may think travel blogging is some sort of lucrative party gig, lounging beach-side with cocktails and bikini (or speedo)-clad deviants while you sip mojitos and your articles rack up thousands of hits while your social media platforms receive thousands of clicks and likes and shares and companies around the world pay you tens of thousands of dollars to travel the world on the company dime and your books sell tens of thousands of copies while you simply lay there, writing a few words here and there and taking a few photos.
The reality is that while you can certainly have all of those things, and there’s absolutely a lot of perks that come with the job, it takes a lot of hard work to get to the point where you start receiving comped trips, sponsorships and perks, and until you get to that point (and even after) travel blogging is a job just like any other, which means there’s a lot of hard work, long hours and strategizing involved, not simply lounging around and watching the views come in. Read More
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.
This post is a continuation of Why Some People Will Never Be Entrepreneurs. While the first focused on the realities of building a brand and buckling down to focus hard for several years (living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t), this entry talks about the myths associated with a startup, and why 99% of them fail before they even get started. Read More
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
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