If you’ve ever wanted to tell your boss to shove it and storm out of the office on horseback riding off into the sunset, this will be the most important message you ever read, and here’s why…
Because in the next 10 minutes I’m going to tell you a simple method to have the lifestyle you’ve only dreamt of until now… to create your own money-making ventures, have more freedom, and even be able to travel around the world while you earn your living… if you TAKE ACTION today.
That might sound too good to be true, but I have actually done it. So have many people I know.
So let me introduce myself: my name is Cody McKibben.
I’d like to ask you a few questions:
The sad truth is that most of us are not living the life we WANT to live – but we’re living the life we think we’re SUPPOSED to live instead.
We follow the standard path that’s laid out in front of us by society — what’s expected of us by those around us — what I like to call the template lifestyle. You go to school, get deep into debt while getting a degree, and work your ass off trying to pay it off in a soul-crushing job, making somebody else rich until hopefully you can retire one day when you’re old… or drop dead from exhaustion (finally you get some escape from the grind!)
Somewhere along your journey down this path you might start to wonder where it all went wrong.
Where did you stop doing the things YOU wanted to do, and start doing the things everybody else wants you to do? When did you stop living, and start allowing yourself to be used as a cog in the machine?
If that’s the way you’re living your life, you need a new strategy… and you need one fast.
Well… today you CAN.
You don’t have to live that life anymore.
There used to be a time where people didn’t have a choice. Your parents and grandparents had to follow the template lifestyle if they wanted to be successful later on in life.
People just didn’t have the tools to do what they wanted to do back then – and so they followed the path society created for them. They went to school. To college. Got a job. And then they stayed with the same company until they retired.
But while the world has changed, the system has remained the same.
There’s no such thing as “job security” anymore.
I mean… think of the term “job security” for a second.
That implies that you’re actually secure when you have a job.
But how can you be “secure” when your boss has the power to fire you whenever they want?
We’ve all seen it happen in the last few years… people get fired left and right, and industries that were booming ten years ago now are going extinct. And this is still just the beginning of the huge transformations we will see in our economy…
The people that do have jobs don’t stick around any one company for long. They now switch jobs all the time and start working in exciting new industries that didn’t even exist ten years ago.
So how can our education system prepare us for an economy that’s constantly changing ALL THE TIME?
The answer is that it can’t.
Sadly, most of the things they teach you in school today are useless. The U.S. public school system is an antiquated institution that was developed during the Industrial Era to crank out factory workers and blue-collar employees. And it worked really well for the first half of the 1900s!
But think about that for a second. It still works really well… but it’s basically a factory for turning raw human potential into really good employees. It’s designed to BRAINWASH young people to gladly accept their role as part of the system and behave obediently according to social norms.
And college isn’t much better either. Too many graduates leave college with a crushing debt, only to realize that they’re ill-prepared to handle the challenges that they come across in real life.
They don’t teach you ANY of the skills that you actually need in the real world. How to balance your checkbook, how to communicate effectively, how to negotiate, how to think for yourself, take initiative, and learn to be more self-reliant and self-directed…
…how to question authority, how to create something of your own rather than being primarily a passive consumer of everything around you (entertainment, products, news, art)…
…how to find meaning in your life, how to love, how to relate to others, cultivate happiness, and make the most of the short amount of time you have on this planet…
Instead, they teach you how to do complex mathematics, statistics and facts about our political history, how to pledge allegiance to an inanimate flag, and other assorted worthy life goals (kidding). Students get taught outdated skills that aren’t relevant to your happiness or success – and then they convince you that you’re done learning for the rest of your life.
It’s funny how we spend so much time, so many years of our lives, and often tens of thousands of dollars (then they really get you hooked in their system), just to be trained to be obedient, accept our lot in life, that our lofty childhood dreams were too ambitious (how many times have you been told to “be more reasonable”?), and accept a passive role as an employee, taking orders from someone else, working on someone else’s goals and vision for the world — rather than your own.
So where do you turn to actually learn the skills that are necessary for true greatness?
Well… while the education system became less and less relevant, the internet has come and taken its place.
The internet has made nearly all information accessible to anyone instantly.
If you own a computer… if you are reading this right now… then you’re among the wealthiest fraction of the human population – you’ve basically been fortunate enough to win the global lottery, and you have all the potential to take control of your own future.
You owe it to yourself, and the world, to make the most of your circumstances, take advantage of the opportunities at your fingertips, and become the best possible version of yourself you can be.
You can go online right now and learn ANYTHING you want from behind your own computer screen. You can get in touch with nearly anyone you want through social media or email. And you can use technology to your advantage to learn everything you need to become successful in today’s New Economy.
Any skill… any piece of knowledge… all that separates you from it is an internet connection and the will to make it happen.
The world has changed… and it has changed A LOT.
Yet society still tries to force you into the same old system, putting you on a treadmill, so you can rake up MASSIVE debt in college, running as fast as you can to “get a good job”, so you can pay off your debt and buy all the trappings that show all the other rats in the maze that you’re doing a good job at it, that you’re worth something.
But more often than not, you’ll find yourself in soul-crushing jobs that rob you of flexibility, of freedom, and creativity, that aren’t rewarding or empowering, that don’t give you meaning in life.
You might pursue a career that ends up feeling more like a prison sentence – where you’ll spend the rest of your life, half or more of your waking hours on this planet, doing something you loathe, just to pay the bills.
But you don’t have to choose that path anymore.
You don’t have to run the rat race.
There’s other possibilities.
What if I told you that you can make a few drastic changes to your lifestyle and live by a whole different set of rules – for the rest of your life…
All that is within your reach – if only you reach out and grab it.
In a sense, we really do live in The Matrix – and there’s a red pill and a blue pill – and just like Morpheus said:
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
But leaving the comfort of what’s familiar, what you’ve been trained to do your entire life, what the people you love expect from you, what everyone else is doing around you… it’s the hardest decision you will ever make.
Trust me… I know what you’re going through.
I’ve been there.
When I left high school, I went straight to college for no good reason. Everybody around me did the same, my family all wanted and encouraged me to (I was a first-generation university student), and I thought that was just what you do these days.
I thought it was the next step on the ladder I just had to take. Get good grades, get a good degree, get a good job…
The next step in the rat race…
Now don’t get me wrong – I learned a tremendous amount in college, and I’m thankful that I went through it.
But I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life at that point. I was aimless, had no idea yet what career I really wanted to pursue (I bounced around from photography and the arts to anthropology and archaeology, finally settled on a degree in religious studies and history, and now I run a small business!)
…and the bulk of what I really took away from it wasn’t exactly from the material they taught me in classes anyways. It was from what I learned just living my life: taking on tons of new responsibilities, working 17 part-time jobs throughout my teens and twenties while I went to school, leading extra-curricular groups, learning to research and to write, paying the rent, navigating social groups, going through relationships, exploring my own philosophy and spirituality, meeting and learning about people from around the world…
After I graduated, I found myself working full-time in an office job. While it certainly shaped my course and I don’t regret it, I only did it because it was the easy thing to do — it fell into my lap, the pay was decent, it was fairly stable and the benefits were great. Everything you’re supposed to have in a job.
I won’t say I hated it – but I couldn’t exactly say that I was living the dream either. It was just too slow for me, it was mind-numbingly unengaging and insignificant. When I saw one of the (very sweet) ladies I worked with being awarded for 30 years of service in our office though, it scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to be doing grunt work for the better part of my life.
I didn’t want to get stuck there. I didn’t want to be a peon.
I just KNEW there was more to life than the way I was living it now.
I wanted bigger things. I wanted to live my life differently.
Every day I told myself: I’ll get started when the time is right. When I have enough time… when I have lots of money saved up in the bank. But as time went on… that day never showed.
I had been confronted with the reality of how short life is when two of my best friends passed away at age 22, and I knew I was delaying the life I really wanted to live one day at a time.
And it wasn’t just me.
I watched A LOT of my friends fall into the same trap I had fallen into: taking shitty jobs after college and buying into this myth that that’s all there is to it.
I hate to admit it, but…
We were rats running the maze.
My life was headed way too fast in the wrong direction… and I didn’t know how to stop it.
I couldn’t accept that.
This ain’t no race… and I am CERTAINLY not a rat.
I’d known all along that there had to be more than this, that I was looking for something… so I’d eventually found a circle of ambitious friends who helped keep me inspired and motivated to do something bigger with my life.
And one day I’d just had enough of where things were going – I realized I had to make a drastic change. It wasn’t going to be easy, but the choice was either accept mediocrity or take a big risk and do something different.
So I decided to take things into my OWN hands – and start creating my own future.
I began a small web-development business on the side – building websites for small companies and authors. This was my first taste of freedom… and I liked it.
Around that time I also started my blog Thrilling Heroics.
I originally did it to sneak my way into the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business (as someone with a humanities degree, I was going to need to build up a bit of a portfolio and network my way in). But I realized after utilizing the internet to connect with all the kinds of amazing people I wanted to surround myself with, that I didn’t really need that expensive piece of paper to do it.
What had I always wanted?
To make good money, live in comfort, and most of all to be surrounded by inspiring and interesting friends – to travel and see the world… and have as many WILD experiences as I could imagine.
I managed to connect with A-list entrepreneurs, with bigtime authors, and I’d built up a client list from Silicon Valley to Canada to France, Australia, Colombia and beyond.
When I realized that I was already working with people from all over the world for my business, I had a massive realization:
I could easily live abroad, and work on the road while I traveled FULL-TIME!
Rather than waiting for retirement to do what I wanted with my life, I decided to quit wasting time going down the same life path everybody else was living and start working on doing the things I dreamed of doing NOW.
Even if that meant failing a few times before succeeding…
There were people telling me I couldn’t do it… that I wouldn’t succeed. They told me I’d go broke and come back home with my tail between my legs.
But I KNEW that I could do it.
I knew that I was smart enough… that I was good enough…
Why COULDN’T I run my business from anywhere?
So that’s exactly what I set out to do.
I went ALL-IN. I quit my job. I took a big chance – on myself.
I worked from home for a year to get my business and myself ready to live overseas. And in 2008 I left home with a one-way ticket to Asia, and no plans to return for at least a year.
I won’t lie to you – I was scared to make the leap into the unknown and I had many doubts… but I just KNEW that it was the right move. And I had high hopes that it was going to work out alright.
And boy, was I right!
Ever since then, I’ve been running my business from my laptop while hanging out with incredibly interesting people from all over the world.
I’m now living a life of freedom doing exactly what I want.
I’ve lived in beach bungalows and beautiful villas on the islands in Southeast Asia, living a life I could only DREAM of just a few short years ago.
And the people who said I couldn’t do it?
They’re still slaving away in their cubicles, desperately waiting for the two weeks of vacation they get each year.
Creating a business that I could run remotely from anywhere in the world has given me the FREEDOM to choose where I live and when I work. And it has given me more free time to put into relationships, writing and doing all the things I like to do.
It sure hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Running your own business gets HARD as hell sometimes. It has its ups and downs, but it is SO worth it!
And man… I have learned a LOT in the process.
After over 6 years of trial and error, failures and successes, I now know exactly what you need to do to build a business from scratch. I know all the steps you have to take to have the freedom to do whatever you want in life.
If you simply want to remain competitive in today’s economy, and truly want to live life on your own terms, you can no longer afford to follow the old script society pushes on you.
If you want to be happy, you’ve got to take control of your own life and make your dreams happen.
That’s why I’m here to help you.
I want to see a future where more people take off the chains of the job, and of traditional thinking, and get the FREEDOM they’re looking for.
If you’ve read this far, I hope for the same for YOU.
It’s not your fault that your life isn’t what you want it to be. But it is your responsibility to CHANGE it.
If you don’t take control of your life, no one else is going to do it for you.
But if you do… there’s an EXCITING life waiting for you.
With a little bit of work, and a little bit of creativity, you can make some drastic changes in your life that give you the freedom to do whatever you want.
You don’t HAVE to live your life the same way everybody else does.
There’s another way to live.
A way of freedom, independence and choice. There are people who have chosen to step off of the beaten path, and chart their own course.
It’s an exciting, unique lifestyle where you can do what you want, and still make more than enough money to live off.
There’s only a small, limited circle of people who’ve discovered this rare path so far… but that number is rapidly growing, and I’m convinced that it will be the future of how we live our lives.
Many people thought this sort of life was unobtainable (many still will!) – but if I can do it, YOU can do it too!
While people have more trouble landing traditional jobs, and competition is getting tougher, the internet has opened up a whole variety of exciting new possibilities.
The internet has made it possible to live as a digital nomad and become TRULY location-independent.
So what’s a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who leverages technology to work from wherever they want. From home, your favorite coffee shop – or sitting in YOUR island bungalow on a tropical beach on the other side of the world!
Up until recently, you had to stay in one location to maintain a job and earn a living. Whether you liked it or not – for the vast majority of us, this was just the way it worked.
Modern technology has made it possible to take control of your life in ways that were unthinkable just a few decades ago. Technology now allows you to collaborate with people around the world, take advantage of hundreds of tools, methods, and resources that until now were reserved only for major corporations and the super-rich, and build a business that you can scale globally.
And you can do it all on your laptop.
This means that you’re no longer tied to any specific place geographically anymore. By becoming a digital nomad, you free yourself from geographical location – from going in to an office every day, answering to your boss, toiling away in a cubicle…
The whole world is open to you.
You can find clients in Europe or in North America, hire assistants in India or in the Philippines, and manufacture products in China. Yes, YOU. It’s not just reserved for multinational corporations anymore. It’s easily within reach for individuals.
And you can do this all while working from anywhere in the world – as long as you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection.
Nowadays, there’s an internet-connection everywhere. It’s widely available in every country – and you can just walk into a coffee shop or restaurant with your laptop to work and run a business no matter where you are.
Imagine, being able to own your time, have more flexibility for all the important things in your life… imagine being able to finally travel the world, or move to the mountains, to the beach, to Mexico, or the Greek islands, or Thailand! And never having to worry about finding a job again… never have to worry about being limited by your 2 weeks of vacation again!
If you own a computer in this world, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
And you know what?
Your clients won’t have the slightest idea if you’re halfway across the world! You can communicate with them directly through the internet, no matter where you are.
With email, social media and Skype, It doesn’t even feel like you’ve left at all. You can easily stay in touch with everybody back home without them even noticing you’re gone.
That means that you can be where you CHOOSE to be… not where you HAVE to be.
Whenever people hear about my travels, they think that it must be insanely expensive.
Not at all.
It doesn’t cost as much as most people think to live the life of your dreams.
You see… as Tim Ferriss said in The 4-Hour Workweek: “People don’t want to be millionaires – they want to live the lifestyle they THINK only millions can buy.”
But the honest truth is: traveling and living the lifestyle you dream of is a LOT cheaper than you might think.
Not everything is as expensive as it is at home where you live. There are many parts of the world where your cash will go a WHOLE lot further – AND where you can easily live a very high quality lifestyle.
By leveraging the power of geo-arbitrage, you can live the life you want while you’re actually SAVING money.
By taking advantage of modern technology, you can use economics and exchange rates to your advantage.
Through the internet, you can earn your income in countries where the currency is STRONG, and prices are high, and then you can go spend your money in an INEXPENSIVE country.
Today, you can make yourself a “micro-multinational”. You can hire or outsource where it’s cheap, you can sell anywhere in the world where your products and services demand a high price, you can set up banking or incorporate where you’ll save as much money possible on taxes and expenses, and you can live wherever the heck you want!
You don’t need to be a millionaire to live like a king.
You can live the lifestyle you dream of overseas at a fraction of the cost you’d need to lead a similar lifestyle in San Francisco, New York, London, or ANYWHERE in the West.
For the same price you buy a cup of coffee back home, you can get 5 freshly cooked hot meals prepared for you in Thailand.
For the price of ONE DRINK in a bar back home, you can have an hour long massage on a tropical beach!
Sounds good, huh?
By using the power of geo-arbitrage to your advantage, you can live this lifestyle too!
Work for clients overseas who pay you a high WESTERN rate, and spend that money somewhere beautiful and with a low cost of living, and you might actually end up saving money!
I know I have! All-in, I’ve spent less than $20,000 each year for the last five years abroad. Oftentimes much less.
And I don’t skimp.
YES that’s right, you might be able to live a lifestyle that’s better than the one you’re living right now – spending less money, and actually saving up – while you’re traveling the world.
The economics of it aren’t even the best thing about being a digital nomad.
Sure, the money is nice… and certainly being able to live a baller lifestyle for a fraction of the price is awesome. But you’ll get something else which is worth SO much more!
Being a digital nomad means freedom.
By becoming self-employed and going location-free, you break free from the chain that’s hanging around your neck.
You’ll have independence and flexibility like never before. You choose WHEN you work and WHERE you work.
You’ll work on your own terms, chasing your own dreams.
You’ll have the freedom to do what you want.
The freedom from obligations and commitments dragging you down.
The freedom from other people telling you what to do. And the flexibility to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities life puts in front of you.
You can start living your life the way you want to.
You can release yourself from the ball and chain of your soul-crushing job… and finally do all the things you’ve always dreamed about.
You can work from ANYWHERE and travel the world while you’re earning a living.
Becoming location-independent like this doesn’t mean you HAVE to go out and travel the world.
You don’t HAVE to steer your life around 180, pack your bags and fly out to a tropical beach (but you can if you want to – trust me, it’s fun).
You can also just choose one location and stay there.
You can work from home and spend more time with the people you love.
Or you can free up more time to do the things you enjoy doing, instead of spending it on commuting to work.
You can live your life exactly the same way you’re living it right now if you want to. The difference is that as a digital nomad you’re living your life by CHOICE… and no longer by obligation.
You’re no longer tied to any specific location just because you have to make money to pay for the house that sits empty all day while you go to work and the car to get you there… you can go wherever you want, whenever you want.
From now on, you’re in a certain location by CHOICE, not because you have to.
And if somewhere in the future you decide you want to do something crazy, you don’t have to ask somebody else for permission to do it.
As a digital nomad, you’re 100% in control of your own destiny. And you will always be… for the rest of your life.
So, what would you actually do?
There’s PLENTY of options available to earn a living online.
Digital Nomads can have their own business, you could create a product, or sell someone else’s… you could provide professional services, or work as a freelance writer, photographer, marketer, web designer, consultant – some people can even make a go just picking up odd jobs as they travel along.
The sky is the limit here.
Nearly everything that people do to make money offline could be turned into an online business. Take something you already know, some skillset or expertise you have from your existing career… You just have to figure out how to do it.
If you’ve never heard of people earning a living as a digital nomad before, that’s not your fault – you just haven’t met people like this before.
But they are out there – and I’ve met HUNDREDS of people just like you who now successfully make a living online.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you.
It’s hard work in the beginning… and it’s tough at times. But it’s doable, and it’s SO worth it once you get there.
Because once you get to that point, a whole new life opens up for you.
You’re still going to be working to make a living every day.
But instead of being stuck in an office during your lunch break, you can be in a foreign country immersed in a new, exciting culture, or be at home with people you love around you.
Instead of eating the same food every evening, you can eat out and taste the local cuisine.
Instead of going to the mall or sitting in front of the TV, if you’re like me, you can spend your weekend renting a boat to a tropical island, snorkeling, rock climbing, and sipping fresh coconut juice.
When you close down your laptop, you’re surrounded by an EXCITING world of possibilities and adventure, instead of the same old everyday life you had back home.
You’re no longer spending the entire year waiting for those few weeks of vacation you get each year.
Your day-to-day life will be filled with fun and wild experiences FAR better than any holiday you’ve ever had before.
At this point you might be wondering whether this is for real or whether I’m making this all up.
This is not a myth. This is not a fairytale.
It is all real.
They are rare, but there ARE people who have figured out the secrets and are living their lives this way.
And I am one of them.
For the last 5 years, I’ve been traveling all around the world, while growing my business, and I’ve met many people who live a life just like mine. Slowly, this exclusive group is getting larger and larger.
And you can join us too.
ANYONE can become a digital nomad.
No matter what your situation is, or no matter how stuck you think you are…
… you too can break free and start living the life you want.
And I’m going to tell you exactly how to do that.
But first… you’ll have to learn what the key to success is.
When I look back on my college years, I look back with mixed feelings.
Don’t get me wrong – I learned a lot in college and enjoyed it immensely. But I learned more from the people I’ve met than from the stuff they actually taught me in the classrooms!
And a few years later, the same thing happened again.
When I was working full-time in my office job I learned more from the people I met THROUGH my job than from the job itself.
But around that time, something happened that changed my life for good.
I met a group of friends in college who were just like me.
We all wanted more in life and had big, lofty goals. And college wasn’t getting us ANY closer to achieving them.
So we started a MasterMind group and met up each week to share our biggest goals and dreams with each other.
Each following week we’d get together again to see how much progress we made to achieving our goals. We were holding each other accountable for actually doing what we REALLY wanted in life.
This worked so well, that we ended up doing this for YEARS.
It didn’t take long before this group of friends became the most productive thing in my life – it had a TREMENDOUS influence on what I did!
Because we were constantly talking about what we could achieve, that got me thinking about starting my own business.
And a short time later, that was exactly what I did.
When I started blogging in 2006, I met even more amazing people.
I found people online who resonated with me and I started reaching out to them.
And guess what?
These people actually took the time to respond to ME!
At first I was surprised that all these interesting people from all over the world would actually take me seriously.
But I kept reading and reaching out to them… I commented on their websites. I asked them questions.
And before I knew it, I started making friends with all these incredibly fascinating people from all over the globe.
And with every interaction, I learned a little bit more.
I discovered first-hand how easy it is to connect with amazing and interesting people from all over the world.
You see… I always thought that these people were inaccessible to a regular guy like me… but really, they’re not.
They’re just regular people like you and I.
That made me realize that everybody is more accessible right now then you think.
Through my blog, I connected with more and more really successful and cool people. They were authors… and some of them millionaires!
A lot of the people I met online, I ended up meeting in person afterwards and they became good friends.
I found a personal mentor through my blog, and learned a lot from him.
And as I connected with influential people like Warren Buffet, Ramit Sethi, and Derek Sivers I noticed that every time I interacted with these people, I learned something from them.
And I learned that meeting and connecting with the right type of people teaches you WAY more than just following course material.
It’s more powerful to learn firsthand from people who’ve done what you want to do and through the trial and error of experience.
I now know that a lot of the good things that I made a reality in my life happened because I was inspired to do them by the people around me, my closest friends.
By the connections I’ve made, and the relationships I’ve built.
I NEVER would have thought that when I first set out.
You see… I used to always think of networking as an annoying thing people did when they wanted to sell you stuff.
Like a pesky salesman that won’t leave you alone.
But seeing how much I was positively influenced by my own friends and my own network, made me look at networking differently.
I learned SO MUCH from all these amazing and inspiring people, that it’s hard to imagine where I would be today without them.
By now, I’ve made so many friends all across the world, that no matter where I go in the world, there’s always somebody cool and inspiring around me.
The connections I’ve made and the relationships I’ve built are the source of ALL the success I’ve had so far – I’m convinced of that.
Surrounding myself with good people who inspired me made me a much more ambitious person. They helped me realize what was possible… and what I could become.
With every interaction I became a little bit smarter. And a little bit more experienced.
And even to this day, I still seek out good people everywhere I go to surround myself with.
Nowadays, I don’t even think about it as “networking” anymore… it’s just about surrounding yourself with remarkable people and building real relationships.
It’s fun. It’s entertaining. It opens doors.
And it also is the best way to learn.
As I mentioned before… the traditional education system is broken and will hardly teach you anything that you’ll actually need in the real world.
You just can’t cram your education into a college degree, course or ebook and then expect to be done with it.
It’s a MYTH that the best way to learn is by cramming all your education into a 4-year time period.
Education is a lifelong project.
So how do you educate yourself?
The best way to learn is to learn from other people. That’s what we’re built to do – we do it NATURALLY!
Learning is a natural process that happens when you interact and hang out with other human beings.
How do kids learn how to walk or talk?
Right – they see what the people around them do and then start copying them and doing it for themselves.
They sure don’t need to go to school or pick up a book to learn how to do that!
And even though you are a bit older, you still learn the same way. You automatically pick up what the people around you are doing and use that knowledge to make your life better.
As you learn more and more by example from the people around you, you will slowly become more and more like them.
Some people even say that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
You’ll start to dress the same way. Eat the same food. You’ll have similar jobs. You’re probably even in a similar life-situation – with the same interests, lifestyle, and income level.
Over time you pick up the habits and thought-pattern of your closest friends. You start doing the things they do. Start to think the way they think. And start to live the life they live.
Do you know what this means? That the people who you hang out with are EXTREMELY important!
In fact – there is NOTHING as important to your personal growth as the people you surround yourself with.
This leads to an even bigger implication: By choosing who you surround yourself with now, you choose what your life will be like in the future. Hang out with the wrong people, and your life will be like theirs.
If you surround yourself with people who are stuck in the employee mindset, working 9-to-5 jobs they hate, spend their free time in front of the TV or getting wasted, then that’s probably what your future is going to look like.
But if the people you surround yourself with all have successful businesses, loads of money, and the life you dream of… guess what?
You’ll learn a thing or two from them, and your life will start to look more like theirs.
And if you hang out with them long enough… you’ll start living the life they live.
You are what you make of yourself. And it’s up to you to put yourself in the best environment to learn, change and grow in the ways that you hope to improve.
Nobody else is going to do it for you.
Now, you might be in a situation right now where you don’t have a bunch of entrepreneurial friends around you. You might be surrounded by people who are stuck in the employee mindset – living their life paycheck to paycheck, never thinking about what it is they really want in life.
But you too can meet new people and build a network of inspiring people that help you grow.
How do you do that?
You have to search out the right people and get in touch with them. You have to create a bond with them, and spend time with them to make your relationship grow.
All that takes time and effort… and a little bit of luck.
But there’s a shortcut you can take.
You see… you don’t necessarily have to build your OWN network. You can also become part of somebody else’s network. By doing that, you gain access to everyone in their network.
By tapping into somebody else’s network, you can get a head start and connect directly with the people that could really help you grow.
This gives you all the benefits of being around influential and inspiring people, at a FRACTION of the time and energy cost.
That’s where I come in.
When more people started reading my blog, they started asking me questions. They wanted to know what it takes to run a business… or how to start one in the first place.
I asked them what their problems were, and what they were looking for.
They told me over and over again that they wanted to get in touch with these successful people to talk with them and hear their stories first-hand.
They wanted to get in touch with REAL people who have quit their jobs and started online businesses successfully.
And that’s how Digital Nomad Academy was born.
Digital Nomad Academy is my private online community and course where YOU can learn how to become a digital nomad.
Digital Nomad Academy (DNA for short) is built for people who want a introduction to basic business fundamentals, how to brainstorm business ideas, identify the good ones, and the how to build a business on the internet – and actually get started on the path to being a location-independent entrepreneur.
It’s THE central hub training people to create a successful mobile lifestyle.
Our focus is on learning from the best and the brightest who have earned their chops creating their own small businesses that enable them to live the lifestyle they want.
Inside, you’ll learn all the basics of how to create an online business from scratch in the course material.
You won’t just get vague details – we’ll teach you the SPECIFIC action steps you need to take to start your business from scratch. We’ll take you by the hand and get you to where you need to be.
But the REAL value of Digital Nomad Academy lies in the connections you’ll make.
Inside DNA you’ll build genuine connections with successful experts who have built a wide variety of business-models on the internet. Their advice is tested and proven to work in the real world.
You can use my network from around the globe to get in touch with some of the top business minds in the world, to basically give you a six-year head start, that I had to earn the hard way.
Digital Nomad Academy brings together some of the most successful digital nomads, location independent business owners, and lifestyle designers in one place, to share their stories and help teach YOU how to attain the same level of success that they have.
You can ask them questions directly and get feedback on your problems.
They offer their time and expertise to you, and if you make the most of your participation in the community you may even develop a mentorship relationship or friendships with some of them.
Plus, you can connect with HUNDREDS of fellow students who are in exactly the same situation as you are.
No matter what problem you’re currently facing, there’s always someone else out there who’s going through the same problem and can help you figure it out. You’re NOT alone in your desires to live a more meaningful life, to do something different, in your struggles to quit your job, or become self-employed…
Why am I telling you all this?
I want you to experience the same success as I have, the same success MANY of my close friends have had, and the same success as our dozens and dozens of guest mentors, each with their own successful and unique online business.
With Digital Nomad Academy, you are no longer alone in your pursuit of a lifestyle of freedom and adventure. You’ll have the best experts in the world guiding you to succeed, and hundreds of friends from all over the world who are joining you for the ride.
Digital Nomad Academy saves you YEARS of making mistakes, reaching out to people, and building a network.
This is your opportunity to get access to an EXCLUSIVE circle of successful entrepreneurs and give yourself a head-start that will save you LOTS of time, money, energy, and mistakes. Get connected with some of the best of the best, and learn from our mistakes and failures, so you can avoid them on your entrepreneurial journey.
Here’s what just a few of our students have to say about DNA:
Here’s a video from Josh Plotkin on the Amazon River in Brazil:
These are just a few of the experts who have shared their time and expertise inside Digital Nomad Academy through interactive guest lectures and regular mentorship calls.
Dan and his partners have a series of niche manufacturing businesses with offices in San Diego, the Philippines, and a plant in China, that’s set to bring in over $1 million this year. He’s now based in beautiful Bali, though he’s spent the last several years in the Philippines, where he’s become a leading authority on outsourcing. Meanwhile he co-hosts the #1 podcast for lifestyle designers and lifestyle entrepreneurs, The Lifestyle Business Podcast, and sponsors the Tropical MBA internship program.
Nora had a successful financial planning practice in Canada when she realized her life’s dream to travel extensively around the world was passing her by. In 2006, she sold everything she owned to travel the world full-time and has already set foot in 15 countries while she works as a freelance travel writer. Her travels have taken her to Hawaii, across Asia, Australia, throughout Europe, New Zealand, and the Caribbean, and along the way she’s discovered the secrets to permanent full-time travel for less than $14,000 a year.
The Soultravelers3 are a digital nomadic family into their fifth year of an open-ended world tour, who’ve been featured in Tim Ferriss’ second edition of The 4-Hour Workweek. They’ve raised their daughter to be tri-ligual in Chinese, Spanish and English, and they’ve now seen 38 countries on 5 continents, usually spending their winters in Malaysia and summers in Spain.
Corbett started a major Silicon Valley tech company, raised $3 million in venture capital, had employees and the whole package, when he and his wife decided to take a six-month sabbatical to Mexico. Now he has built his own small business around two successful blogs, earning over six figures a year. They typically spend half the year at home in San Francisco and spend their summers either on the sunny Mexican coast or in Eastern Europe.
Adam, his wife Courtney, and their three year old daughter Milligan spent over a year living and traveling abroad, in Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. They spent a year preparing for their trip, selling all of their possessions, and getting out of $18,000 in consumer debt, so Adam brings a lot of insight into personal finance and minimalism. This year, they’ve voyaged all around North America in a newly-purchased RV.
Rolf is one of the most accomplished travel journalists of our time, having reported from over 60 countries for major venues like National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Outside, and the Travel Channel. He is a high-profile proponent of independent travel. He authored the groundbreaking Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, followed by Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, which details personal anecdotes from 10 years of traveling and travel writing. With his extensive experience traveling on a shoestring, Rolf shows how nearly anyone can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.
Chris is a British national who has lived for 11 years in the Philippines and built up an impressive outsourcing firm with over 300 employees, helping matchmake entrepreneurs and businesses with ideal virtual assistants and more. At the end of 2009, he decided he was done working 14-hour days, six days a week though. He set a 1-year goal to get out of the office, and worked his ass off to become a virtual CEO so he can work from home and spend time with his wife and young son.
Chris and Cherie are two gen-X geeks and technology-enabled nomads, in other words, technomads. They started working remotely via cellular data, laptop and solar power in 2006, traveled cross-country full time across the US from 2007, spent five months out in the tropical US Virgin Islands on St. John, and now they’re back on the road again in a vintage GM bus. They earn their income through their full-fledged tech and software development company, working for clients and recently developing consumer iPhone applications.
Josh is an independent business professor, education activist, and author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business and The First 20 Hours. After spending time as a Proctor & Gamble brand manager, and after reading thousands of books related to business, economics, psychology, communication, mathematics, science, and systems theory, Josh designed the Personal MBA business self-education program, which synthesizes the essentials of sound business practice into a comprehensive, world-class program.
Now one of the most high-profile marketers and bloggers online, at age 18, Glen left the UK when he was headhunted as a social media marketer for some major big brands like Hewlett Packard and Land Rover. At age 22, he sold perhaps the most high-profile personal development blog on the web (PluginID.com) for a very healthy sum, and he’s been traveling and living in South Africa, Amsterdam, and Asia since, funded by niche site income.
Benny has been traveling for 9 years, during which time he’s picked up quite a lot of short-cuts, unconventional learning techniques, and a pretty good mentality that has hugely helped him to learn 8+ languages, and earn the title “the Irish Polyglot”. He’s had many jobs along the way, but in recent years made his way as a location independent freelance translator of technical documents, and now as a language coach and through selling his own language products.
Karol is a location-independent blogger who’s made a solid living with affiliate marketing for the last several years, traveled in Europe, India, Asia, and put out some great products of his own—about minimalism, how to stay productive, and the nomadic lifestyle—and gotten involved in some really fun adventures like a cross-country rollercoaster tour. He lives life on his own terms, where he wants to, he’s not afraid to be himself, and he’s on a mission to help 100 people achieve Ridiculously Extraordinary Freedom.
Brian is the author of A Philosopher’s Notes, who has distilled the knowledge of all the greatest minds of history and created a handful of lucrative small lifestyle businesses with his wife that allowed them to live in luxury on the “Island of the Gods” on Bali, Indonesia, and now back home in Los Angeles, and that also has a positive mission at its heart and helps make the world a better place.
Sean quit his full time job and utilized a special Tropical MBA internship with Dan Andrews (one of our dedicated Faculty members, above) and a few location-independent side jobs to build his expertise in Search Engine Optimization and create an information product business of his own that affords him an incredible lifestyle, and now with the power of his blog, he’s networking his way around the world and Hacking the High Life!
Maneesh is a 24 year old Stanford dropout who found a way to completely build himself out of his business 100%. Since then, he’s been traveling the world for 3 years, living and learning the languages of five countries, starting NGOs, throwing DJ parties with Tim Ferriss, doing pushups, and finding all kinds of ways to take advantage of the system and basically be incredibly awesome.
Andy launched two online ventures at once. Sharing Travel Experiences is an online travel lifestyle magazine where he puts to use many of the skills he developed when he used to do a lot of writing for clients, and Travel Online Partners is a tourism marketing company that he has spent time working on while he’s been in Spain, Canada, and California in the last year. He is also an iPhone app developer and a published travel author.
Hannah and Chris are a delightful couple from the UK who transformed their work into a location independent business together. Hannah took her background in psychology, organizational development, and counseling with fire & rescue service employees, and together with Chris’ background in systems, networking, web development, and IT they’ve build multiple online-based businesses that provide consulting, assessments, and other services for firefighter recruitment, promotions, and training.
That’s me! I’ve made my income primarily through my marketing & web development company for six years, and now spend much of my time building online communities like Untemplater and Digital Nomad Academy, all while living in Southern Thailand on the gorgeous Andaman Sea. I’ve traveled to over 25 countries, including all of North America, France, the UK, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more, and I’ve lived in Asia for nearly four years now.
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Digital Nomad Academy might be right for you, and it might not.
By now, you’ve probably started to get a sense of whether or not this community and course can help you get what you want, start a successful business, and introduce more freedom into your life.
If it’s right for you, that’s great.
If not, that’s OK, too.
I designed this community with a very specific, very particular set of potential students in mind…
As I’ve mentioned, I created Digital Nomad Academy with some very specific types of people in mind.
If you’re one of these types, then I highly recommend you investing in Digital Nomad Academy.
Let me explain who will get the MOST out of it:
If you just got out of college and don’t like the direction that society is pushing you in, then here’s your chance to make sure you’ll never have to go down that route.
You might have traveled before, and would like to make money while you’re doing it.
Since you’re starting out anyway, why don’t you start out doing something you like, instead of starting at the bottom of a company and be treated like dirt?
You don’t need to be super smart, have special skills, or need any expertise to start a business. There’s plenty of resources available online where you can learn ANY skill you want that can make you money – often for free or for bargain prices.
If you’re scraping by and don’t have anything saved up at all in the bank though, please DO NOT spend your last couple bucks to get inside DNA. I don’t want your money if you are struggling financially right now and you aren’t at a point where you’re truly ready to invest in yourself. That’s how a LOT of people fail with online information products, and I want no part of it. Go do what you need to do, get yourself a bit firmer financial grounding, then consider investing in our program to take things to the next level. We’ll still be here when you’re ready.
If you are ready, if you’re young and hungry to live the life you want, see the world and travel, then “Digital Nomad Academy” will give you all the tools to make a living while earning money on the road.
Those of us who are a bit more settled in life are very fortunate. But you’ll also have some challenges that might be hard to deal with.
These range from bringing your family along with you to having more obligations back home and being worried about a loss of income.
I can tell you that there’s plenty of people traveling around the world with their partners and with their kids. Traveling will only provide your family with new learning experiences and bring you closer together with your loved ones, because you’ll start experiencing so much more in life together.
If you’re stuck in a job or situation back home that you know just isn’t what you want, then don’t stay there because you’re afraid you won’t make it on your own.
You CAN, and there are plenty of ways to make more than enough money while doing what you want.
Inside Digital Nomad Academy you will learn exactly how, and you will meet many great examples of families successfully DOING it!
I come across many people who are a bit older and less familiar with the online world who convince themselves that this life of freedom just wouldn’t work for them.
That’s not true.
People of any age can pack their bags and travel or take their business online. You’re never too late to start living the life you dream of.
Don’t look back and ask yourself how many years you’ve already spent doing what you’re doing right now. Look ahead – and decide on how you want to live the years you have left.
You’re gonna stick around for a while on this earth. Do you want to spend that time doing what other people want you to do – or do you want to spend that time doing what YOU want to do?
It’s never too late to adjust your course in life.
Don’t let other people tell you otherwise.
Maybe you’re scared by all these new technologies and wouldn’t know how to start. Once you break it down, it’s actually pretty simple, and you can easily learn how to master the necessary tools to scale your business globally on the web, and to live a mobile, location-independent lifestyle.
You know the value of investing in yourself like no one else. So you can appreciate that I’m giving you the benefits of more than SIX years of my experience, hard work, trial and error experiments, and most importantly the strong relationships I’ve built with an incredible worldwide network of friends and colleagues.
This community is the short cut that is going to open you up to a whole world of new possibilities, and will be a VERY valuable investment for you.
Even though Digital Nomad Academy can literally help anyone to live a life of more freedom, meaning and joy, I don’t recommend you investing in it if you are either:
If you are completely in love with your current job and the way life is going, then you should probably pass on this opportunity. This course and this community is SO dramatically different than any other option out there, that it’s probably not something you’re going to enjoy.
Some people love being employed, and if that’s for you, that’s perfectly fine. Entrepreneurship and the digital nomad lifestyle is NOT for everybody.
This community is only for people who are NOT satisfied with where they’re at with their job or business right now, and want to take it to “the next level”.
In this program, you’re going to learn many strategies that are going to be VERY EFFECTIVE. But some of them will take a lot of time before the results show.
There is NO silver bullet. I actually cannot and do not make any guarantees with DNA – there’s certainly no promises that you will make a million bucks by next Tuesday… most promises marketers make online are incredibly unrealistic anyhow, but the BIG truth is this: it depends ENTIRELY on how much you prioritize the process/goal of building a business, and how much time and energy you’re willing to put into it.
That’s entrepreneurship. There’s no way to avoid the reality that you will have to bring your A-game and invest ALL of yourself into the process to earn the life you deserve, especially when you’re just starting out.
While I think this is great, some people don’t like the idea of investing this much time. If that’s you, then you should probably pass on this opportunity.
We’re building a business. You’re gonna have to work your ass off at first.
There are times when you’ll think about giving up.
But if you stick with it, if you refuse to give up, if you treat any setback or failure as no more than a learning experience, eventually you will succeed. That much I can reassure you of, because I’ve been through everything.
If you’re just looking for a “quick fix” to make some money, or are looking for a way to make some easy “passive income”, you won’t find it here. This community is only for people who are willing to invest their time and effort into creating something and contributing their awesome to the world.
If there is one thing that will prevent the material that you learn in here from working, then it’s a lack of taking action. You will learn a lot of valuable strategies and get a lot of valuable feedback inside, but if you don’t put them into practice, nothing is going to happen.
If you’re the type of person who checks out a million things, but never takes action, then Digital Nomad Academy is not for you.
And there’s a LOT of rabbit holes for you to fall down inside DNA too! I’ve brought together dozens and dozens of hugely successful nomads and entrepreneurs under one roof so you can learn from them – so there are TONS of examples for you to see and learn from – of different niches, case studies, different business structures, revenue models, tactics, etc. But the point is to expose you to all the possibilities out there so you can find ONE that resonates with you. And then pursue it!
Bottom line: if you’re the type of person who wants to build a REAL business, you recognize the importance of investing in yourself, and are willing to work HARD to make your dreams happen, then Digital Nomad Academy is exactly what you need.
If not, better look somewhere else. The strategies inside wouldn’t work for you and you wouldn’t like them anyway.
If you’ve ever purchased a course or an online program, you know what usually happens. You read it, learn a bunch of tactics and strategies, and maybe even put some of it in action.
But then what happens?
The motivation wanes, other stuff comes up, and before you know it, you’ve forgotten all about it.
With Digital Nomad Academy, that’s not going to happen, because it’s unlike anything else out there.
I’ve poured over two years of blood, sweat and tears into creating a unique and invaluable experience for my students inside. Here’s how it’s different from all the imitators:
This is different than anything you’ve tried before.
With DNA, you’re not just reading an e-book, watching a video, or listening to some audio recording. You’ll actually build relationships with a wide variety of people who have DONE IT successfully – and you get a MASSIVE support network to help you out when you need it.
If you want to start a successful business, meet inspiring people and live the life you want, you have options.
Get a degree. You can follow the path everybody else is on, and go to college, get an MBA or go to grad school. The pricetag? Up to $150,000 of crushing debt, and 4 years of your life. And NO guarantee that what you’ll learn in the classroom will actually work in real life.
MOST every one of my friends who went this route is now toiling away obediently in a cubicle somewhere hidden from sunlight, OR can’t find work and is contemplating “going back to school” again to spend another several tens of thousands of dollars to get the “qualifications” to do what they really want…
Expensive “make money” courses. Anywhere from $500-$5,000 and even way more… Every day a new “guru” pops up on the web, claiming to have some magical system that will make you rich overnight. Frank Kern, Jeff Walker, Andy Jenkins, John Chow, Shoemoney, Yanik Silver, Ryan Lee, Mike Filsaime, Ryan Deiss… Some of them are decent, some are really bad. How are you going to know which is which? And even if it’s good, you you will never get to actually connect with the course creator, or anyone at all for that matter!
Best case scenario, most of these guys rehash the same old material to shove down your throat every year or every 3 months with some “new” product (borrowing from each other, then promoting each other every 3 months too for the affiliate income!)… worst case scenario they’re often some fly-by-night operation where they’ll take your grand or two and then disappear, letting their product website, forums, or community go offline never to be seen again. Sadly, even I have known a few people that have run crummy or even unethical businesses like this… but that will NEVER happen with DNA. We are not going anywhere anytime soon,you will not see me spin the same content into a new product every 3 months, we’re only adding to Digital Nomad Academy all the time and making it better and better.
Of course there’s one more option. Do nothing at all.
But that’s the worst choice of all. By not taking action, you’ll choose to let your dreams pass you by and settle for a life that you know deep down inside just isn’t right for you.
There’s a different option.
With Digital Nomad Academy, you not only learn all the basics you need to know to build a business from scratch, but also get instant, EXCLUSIVE membership in a global network of likeminded people who understand the path you’re on and are there to guide and support you every step of the way.
And unlike all of these other options, Digital Nomad Academy is tested, affordable and proven to work.
Digital Nomad Academy is the 6-year headstart to your life of freedom and business success that can be yours at a fraction of the cost it would take you to learn it anywhere else.
You’ll get a lot of what you would taking business classes, probably even MORE, but for less than the price of ONE university course.
In the past, our members have paid large, up-front lump sums for access to this exclusive community, as much as $1,500 a year for the full access to the DNA program…
Because of the popularity of Digital Nomad Academy, and my desire to get it in as many hands as possible and help transform over 1,000 people’s lives, we now are able to offer you new, flexible options to access the entire DNA-program with monthly subscriptions so low, you might think I’m crazy.
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Includes instant access to our Private Community & Forums, DNA Foundations and Orientation training, the Complete Mentorship Call Library (over 85 hours of expert Q&As), worldwide connections inside our Secret Facebook Group, over $600 value worth of free resources, credit and discounts on all kinds of services for your business, exclusively for DNA students, and much more:
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Before I moved to Thailand, I spent six months learning and trying different ways to make money online but couldn’t find something I wanted to do that would fit in with a location independent lifestyle. However, as a result of some of the conversations I had with people from DNA, I was finally able to decide what business to start and have even found clients through some of those connections.
In the end, I actually started two businesses! …If you want to start an online business, become location independent and travel the world, Cody and the DNA will give you the tools and resources you need to make it happen.”
I believe that at the end of the road, it’s not the things we did in life that we’re going to regret. It’s the things we didn’t do.
The people we didn’t meet. The adventures we didn’t go on. The chances we didn’t take. The life we didn’t live.
I am convinced that we can all choose what life we live. I have the power and opportunity to live whatever life I choose.
So do you.
YOU choose what life you live. And you’re making that choice every single day of your life.
By not taking action, you choose to keep on living the life you’re living right now.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life slaving away in a job you hate, never having time to travel, living the life somebody else wants you to live and grow old while you watch your dreams pass you by?
The choice is yours…Or do you want to break free from the chains that are tying you down and start living your life on your own terms, building a business that makes you self-reliant and financially independent so you can spend all your time and energy doing what you want to do, meeting exciting new people, and go wherever you want?
There’s a life out there waiting for you that’s filled with adventure, freedom, and excitement.
And I’d love to help you and make that life become a reality.
But I can’t do it without you.
You will have to take the first step.
If you want to live a life of freedom instead of obligation, then sign up to join me inside our private community and let’s get started.
I’ll talk to you soon.
These components set DNA apart from any program out there. You won’t be just given a big manual and then be told “good luck”. Mentorship, guidance, and support are key elements for success.
Others have had to pay several hundred dollars up-front for unlimited access, and up to $1,500 per year in the past.
P.S. One more thing: If you wanted, you could probably figure out all this stuff and meet all these people on your own. I know, because that’s what I did. But it’s cost me YEARS of my life and a LOT of cash when I add up the signification amount of time and money I have invested (sometimes WASTED) to test my business ideas (and FAIL), secure amazing relationships with a global network of awesome entrepreneurs, and to get to where I am today.
So sure, you could save some money figuring this out on your own, but it would also cost you something much more valuable: your time. Do you really want to spend YEARS learning all the things that you could learn in a fraction of the time if you connect with the right people?
There are too many people all over the world who crave more freedom, more flexibility, more adventure, who are stuck at home or in the cubicle living vicariously reading OTHER people’s blogs…
I’m here to change that.
By joining Digital Nomad Academy now, you could radically turn your life around and start your own journey today.
Good things can happen to you if you decide to take action ;)
–Elizabeth Bradley, SattvicFamily.com, now living in Phuket
On the forums I met people in all stages of their location independence. Some are struggling to leave their jobs, others are hustling on the side or have quit. Some are already on the road. There’s always someone who can offer you advice because they’ve been in your shoes.
If you want to reach a new milestone in your life, you should surround yourself with people who are doing the same or have reached the same goal. The community helped me change my mindset into one of a digital nomad.”
(Before DNA, Rodrigo was making only $600 a month at his full-time job in El Salvador)
–Rodrigo Flamenco, who recently QUIT HIS JOB to work on his new business EpicWebStudio.com full-time!
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