Many people want to change their lives, but few actually do – why is this? Perhaps it’s because they aren’t truly “all in”. What then separates those who succeed from those who don’t? Virtually everyone we have spoken with on the Ownstream Podcast, or just in the flow of life, who has pulled off of the mainstream path creating something truly their “own” have done what we call “burn the boats”. In other words, they have taken irrevocable, and often dramatic, action in the direction of their life’s calling. This sometimes means leaving a job, moving across the world, selling everything and traveling or some other radically different, out of the box, act. In this article, we discuss why this is so and break down the specific steps to successfully designing your own “burn the boats” (or “confirmation”, as we call it) moment.
Derek Loudermilk’s path in life has been anything but straight, but it has most certainly led him somewhere wonderful. His first career was microbiology. His next? Cycling coach. And now? Online business coach and archivist of adventure. So often, we hold ourselves back given we can’t see from “here” to “there”, but Derek has turned this into his most powerful asset. He’s willing to change directions, give it all up for something else and go for it. In this Ownstream Podcast interview we discuss Derek’s unique definition of adventure, the health scare that powerfully oriented him away from the mainstream, starting a cycling business in Spain, early family travel and his quest to see all 50 states and his current mission to help others run successful online businesses freeing them from the 9-5 in order to more fully live the calling of their own, unique adventure . Enjoy!
Alexis & Christian of Tiny House Expedition have emerged as leaders within the vibrant and growing world of tiny houses. Filmmakers and storytellers, their mission is to help expand the tiny house community via beautiful media related to tiny homes, advocating for coding changes enabling more to go tiny and building awareness via the lens of their own tiny house journey. In this episode, learn of their design and build (they DIY’d about 80% of their tiny house), their travels across the US with their “THOW” (storage? bathroom? kitchen? It’s all there), the challenges and rewards from this unique lifestyle and their mission to archive this exciting new possibility for many who seek an upgraded living arrangement over and above the traditional model of owning a mortgage or paying rent. Enjoy!
In a growing and shady world of financial complexity (tax law, passports and visas, emerging markets, bank accounts & more), it’s good to have an expert. Meet Andrew Henderson. Andrew’s mantra is simple: “go where you’re treated best”. Andrew has placed himself at the forefront of these important issues and aims to give you the advantage you need to both save more of your hard-earned money while making much more when you utilize it in the marketplace. Andrew is our guest on this week’s Ownstream podcast, and he discusses the new “safe havens” for potential ex-pats and investors, why Mexico is a far better place to flee than Canada if you fear Trump and reveals his current mobile lifestyle, which is sure to fascinate even the most savvy international business traveler. Enjoy!
Coach and entrepreneur Jon Block knew something was off. He was a screenwriter in LA who spent much of his day typing on a keyboard, having little to no interaction with other people. It was through this utterly false scenario that he felt something truer calling to him within…”impact”. By making little to no impact on others and the world, he realized he deeply desired to do just that. A few years later, now a successful entrepreneur helping coaches present themselves with power and authenticity from the stage, Jon looks back during this interview to share his amazing story. Also, learn about his own powerful attempts at self-transformation (which worked) and learn insights into starting your own online business and why now is the ideal time to do so. Enjoy!
For years, modern day digital nomad Jodi Ettenberg had dreamed of….Siberia? After enough time spent in her corporate legal career, she took a 1-year sabbatical to make the journey across Russia’s eastern taiga to satisfy an urge which began while watching an early documentary on the region when she was a child. 9 years later, her trip continues as she is still on the road (Oaxaca, Mexico at the time of this interview), exploring the world and it’s many cultures and flavors. In this interview, learn how she went to law school “on a bet”, has thrived as a celiac on the road, has built a thriving, and unconventional business – “Legal Nomads” – all from her laptop and has become one of the world’s most sought after speakers on all things travel, entrepreneurship and, of course, food. Enjoy!
Scot & Emily McKay’s first date was over breakfast at an IHOP in San Antonio, and since that fateful morning, they have made it a habit of breaking all the rules. They own and operate their own online business, live much of the year on the road and make it a point to go to off-the-beaten path locales such as Ethiopia, Cappadocia, India and more. In this episode, learn about traveling with children, building a business while traveling (note Scot’s amazing digital nomad experience during a rainstorm) and how real love is never work.
Stacey Murphy was on her way to her day job some years ago in New York City, when her body simply would not allow her to go any further. She called in sick and wandered over to a farmers market. Here, observing the interplay between farmer, food and soil, she felt the exciting stir towards entrepreneurship. 6 months later, she quit her job and embarked on her journey as an urban farmer in Brooklyn. She now lives as a digital nomad, teaching people from around the world to grow their own food. Learn about her journey and more in this episode of the Ownstream Podcast.