FL126: The Opt Out Life with Nate Broughton

In this episode, Kevin interviews Nate Broughton of Opt Out Life. Nate is an Internet marketing veteran of 17 years who specializes in lead generation and client acquisition. He built and sold 4 companies and has been involved in several acquisitions with private equity firms.

He’s now the leader of a movement and company called “Opt Out Life,” which teaches people how to design an amazing lifestyle centered around fun and experiences while still making fantastic money in an industry they love.

Nate shares his entrepreneurial journey, his thoughts on going to college, how he balances work and family, and many more. This is a must-listen one, enjoy!

Topics discussed :

  • Kevin’s experience in a conference in Denver
  • What opting out is
  • How Nate decided to opt out
  • His thoughts on attending college
  • Starting a business while in college
  • How to keep going once you’ve achieved a particular goal
  • Lifestyle vs. more money
  • Balancing work and family
  • How Opt Out Life became a business
  • How they are monetizing
  • The subscriber/followers they are attracting

And much more

Book

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Links
Tai Lopez
Gary Vaynerchuk
100 Must-read iPhone App
WordPress
Work Hero
eBay
Zillow
Cashflow App
Airbnb
VRBO

Opt Out Life
Opt Out Life Facebook Group
Nate’s Email Address: nate at optoutlife.com
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FL125: Curation of Dave Smith, Peter Attia, and Tropical MBA

In today’s episode, Kevin does a curation show with clips from 3 different podcasts and talked about each of the clips.

The first clip was from Peter Attia of “The Drive” Podcast.  Off the podcast, he discussed the many distractions brought about by cellphones, TVs, and more.

The second clip is from Dave Smith of the “Part of the Problem Podcast.” From the clip, he explored the idea of building a business and how the government works. He also talked about the voucher system and what happens when schools are ran like a business.

The third clip is from Dan and Ian of “The Tropical MBA Podcast.” From the clip, he talked about different places and the difference between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Don’t miss this fun and exciting episode!

Topics discussed :

  • “The Drive Podcast” clip
  • Thinking about your place on earth
  • Distractions
  • The “Part of the Problem Podcast” clip
  • The idea of building a business
  • How the government works
  • The voucher system
  • If schools were ran like a business
  • “The Tropical MBA Podcast” clip
  • Difference between Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Description of Los Angeles

And much more

Links
100 Must Reads App
Paul Conti, M.D.: Trauma, Suicide, Community, and Self-Compassion EP15 (The Drive by Peter Attia)
Reddit 
Fox News
CNN
Part of the Problem by Dave Smith (Podcast)
What Does Your City Whisper? (Tropical MBA Podcast)

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FL124: Review of FreedomXFest, Thoughts on Europe

In today’s episode, Kevin talks about his journey in Romania (where he learned about the 1989 Romanian revolution), his experiences at The Freedom X Fest in Spain, and his impression about Europe in general. Definitely an interesting episode, so don’t miss it!

Topics discussed :

  • Timișoara, Romania
  • Bucharest
  • The walking tour and learning about the 1989 revolution
  • The story of Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • Nicolae Ceausescu’s final speech
  • Ceaușescu’s second in line, Ion Iliescu
  • Romania’s Internet
  • Brașov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania
  • Constanța
  • Friendly Barcelona
  • Catalonia’s political issue
  • The Freedom X Fest
  • The many uses of cryptocurrency
  • The “The Sovereign Individual” predictions
  • Thoughts on Europe

And much more

Book

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg

Links
Checkmate Revolution Documentary
Nicolae Ceausescu Final Speech
Netflix

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Blazing through Romania with a stop in Constanta

 

Living out a childhood dream in Romania.

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FL123: Freedom & Location Independence Running Events with Dan Taylor

Today’s guest is Dan Taylor of AppsEvents and EventsFrame. Dan is a tech entrepreneur who has co-founded and sold two successful startups. He founded AppsEvents and organises Google education summits and conferences worldwide in partnership with Google.

He recently founded EventsFrame, a simple platform for setting up events.

Kevin starts the show with his latest travel adventures in Belgrade, Serbia before the interview.

Topics discussed :

  • How Dan started his business
  • On running Google education events
  • The challenges he encountered
  • The idea of meeting people who work for him wherever they are in the world
  • Cebu, Philippines
  • What his team does for him
  • How he picks cities for his events
  • Issues he has experienced with managing people around the world
  • Timezone issues
  • The advantages and disadvantages of living in Prague versus living in the United Kingdom
  • His philosophy on staying happy
  • His take on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
  • The podcasts he listens to
  • EventsFrame

And much more

Book

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Links
Business Book Summaries
AppsEvents 
EventsFrame 
Leadpages 
Tropical MBA Podcast
This Week In Tech Podcast 
No Agenda Podcast 
Joe Rogan Podcast

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FL122: Stuart Jones from Coworkation on Inspiring Location Independence

In this episode, Kevin interviews Stuart Jones, the founder of Coworkation and the co-founder of Freedom X Fest.

Coworkation is all about connecting people, cultivating inspiration, offering fun and adventure, enabling fresh insights and perspectives, and empowering people, among many others. In this episode, Stuart shares what his business is all about and what a location independent lifestyle truly is.

Topics discussed :

  • What prompted him to start his business
  • What he finds attractive about the whole location independent concept
  • What Coworkation really offers
  • What Freedom X Fest is
  • How and why he likes being location independent
  • Disadvantages of traveling while running a business
  • Stu’s travel schedule

And much more

Links

Airbnb
CouchSurfing 
Work Hero
Coworkation
Freedom X Fest 
Hostelworld 
Booking.com
Uber

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FL121: Escape From New York

In this episode of Freedom Lovin’ Podcast, Kevin talks about his experiences in New York City where he has been for the past five days. He also talks about the changes he observed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, how the massive crowd overwhelmed him, and his observation in terms of how people behave in NYC.

This episode will give you an insight of what to expect when in New York City so don’t miss it!

Topics discussed :

  • His accommodation experience
  • Why New York City has been a contrast from San Diego
  • Crowds and their negative traits
  • Some changes in Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • The impact of the possible L train shutdown
  • Feeling overwhelm from so many choices
  • The fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • NYC and Taxes & Regulations, but more freedom?
  • Safety factors

And much more.

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Running Free and Running Remote in Bali, Indonesia

Listen to the podcast to hear more about my experiences visiting Bali.

It had been 6 years since I went to Bali.

In my head, it’s a magical place where other than the touristy beach areas, it’s largely not overrun by tourists.

The first shock was the airport.

We got in at 11pm, and getting through immigration could not have been easier.

Night & day from 6 years ago.

And…holy shit, the airport has changed! While in 2012 it looked like the airport of a banana republic, it now looks like a major, modern city airport.

The process before consisted of waiting in line to get a 30-day visa for $25 (woohoo bargain!), and then waiting in line to allow the bureaucrat to grant access to the wonderful island.

This time, we just walked right up and showed our plane ticket, and got a stamp. No questions asked, no scrutiny or even the typical suspicious looks! Seems Bali, and/or the country of Indonesia, is really wanting tourists.

In typical Bali fashion, as we left the airport, we had a taxi driver following us around.

“We’re using Grab,” we told him.

“Grab no pick up at airport. Must meet 3 kilometers from here.”

I gave him about a 40% chance of being truthful. So we asked him his price as we tried Grab. He wanted about 3 times as much as the Grab ride, and turns out….he was…lying! Shock and surprise.

Bali appeared completely different to me, as we wound through the streets on the way to Canggu. Everything looked…nice! And new. And even trendy. So many hotels, cafes, restaurants…all with nice signs out front.

Amazingly, the air was cool, compared to the Philippines. It was actually very nice. Except for the smoke, as the Balinese still burn their garbage, a sign that they still haven’t discovered the idea of caring for the environment.

I stayed at the Canggu Beach Inn. The next morning, I tried going for a walk on the main street, but it was pretty hectic- no sidewalks and motorbikes constantly buzzing by- feeling a little too close for comfort every time.

Landed on Vida Cafe for breakfast. It would be my home away from home for the next week, with dishes like this:

Cafe Vida Elixers

And even their own version of Bulletproof Coffee!

The plan for Canggu was to work and surf, surf and work, and eat.

Well the eating definitely happened, and work to some degree, but the rain dampened my mood to surf- not because I’m afraid of getting wet before getting wet, but the amount of garbage that washes into the ocean when it rains is unreal! And I’m not trying to get some in curable disease.

The shocking thing about Canggu is that, 6 years ago, there was hardly anything in the town beyond rice fields, like this one:

Now, it’s overrun by the digital nomad crowd.

There are more of them then there are locals it seems.

The good part of this is it’s very easy to meet people. We were meeting people at breakfast daily, and most people seem to want to connect, because everyone is of course from somewhere else, doing some kind of project or business, and living the good life on the cheap.

And Bali IS still cheap, from what I saw, costs have not gone up in the 6 years since I visited last. I think that is mostly because of the continuing drop of the currency.

The beach is still nice, although wayyy more tourists now.

Mengwi

I booked a villa as close as I could get to my conference, the Running Remote conference, in the town of Mengwi.

Unfortunately, the taxi driver had no clue how to get there, even with GPS.
Apparently, the place was in the middle of nowhere.

And the maps were wrong.

After asking several people, we finally got there. Place was really nice! And only one other guy in the hotel, and he too was attending the conference.

Romantic Villa in Mengwi

The Running Remote Conference


A lot was learned there, the TL;DR is, working with humans is very complex and there is no “right way” of doing things. Nonetheless, I learned quite a bit, and met some interesting and inspiring individuals through the weekend.

Ubud

I only had 3 days to chill in Ubud, but made the most of them.

Man, this city has changed in the past 6 years! It’s way more built up, more shops, restaurants, coffee shops, tourists…and taxi drivers 🙂

Central Ubud is a bit hectic. Last time I was there, it didn’t feel that way. The sidewalks have not improved at all, but there are more amazing eating spots.

I also had a “spiritual experience” there one of the days. I’ll talk more about that on a future podcast.

Bali is still a great place in many ways, and I can see why people move there, and why the digital nomad scene is so big there.

Monkey Power!

But for me, it’s still lacking something. Partly, it’s decent grocery stores, and good service. But it’s more than that. Not having sidewalks is actually a big deal. It’s hard to just go for a walk, unless you are out in the country, but even then, cars will buzz by pretty close as you are walking in the road.

Maybe the idea is to buy a rice field.

38.5 hours later, I arrived back in California.

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Freedom In The Philippines

Listen to the podcast to hear more about my experiences visiting the Philippines.

I woke up from my flight with a pounding headache. Haven’t had one of those in a while!

Not sure if it was my sleeping position on the flight, or attempting to fast. Definitely had enough water, as I was getting up to pee about every hour!

I broke my fast 12 hours into the 14 hour flight to Taipei. Too hungry and headachey to stick with not eating.

Onward to Cebu!

I exited the airport and the smell of smoke filled the air.

The air was thick and hot. It felt like I stepped into a smoke filled sauna!

Since Uber isn’t in the Philippines, and my phone was not working, I got in the first taxi presented to me.

Rookie mistake! You never go with the drivers hitting you up our front. Always try for metered taxis if no Uber or Lyft exist.

The few mile drive took over an hour to get to my hotel. The traffic just grinds, and the scenery is not the Philippines shown in the travel ads- mostly dilapidated houses and buildings, people mostly dressed in basketball jerseys, shorts and flip flops, and the ultimate smog-producing machines- the Jeepney’s – these old Jeeps turned into busses that bellow out thick clouds of exhaust.

Highlights of Cebu City- Ayala mall, nice, easy going people everywhere, being called “sir” 80 times an hour, Banana Leaf Thai, A-Space Coworking.

Ayala Mall, Cebu City

Bohol

They design the ferry boats for little Filipinos. We didn’t fit in the seats and had legs crammed up against the seats in front of us the entire ride over. Nice to get out of the smog and traffic, however, and feel like breathing was easier immediately upon getting out on the sea.

Alona Beach was the destination. First night consisted of going to a BBQ restaurant and inhaling more carcinogens than one should have in a lifetime. Tried all kinds of meat, most of it tasty, but the smoke from the grill was a bit too much to handle.

Alona Beach highlights: restaurant on the east end of the beach right on the sand, Buzz Cafe with amazing ice cream, getting scooters and cruising around panglao, stopping at underground swimming cave and cliff jumping.

Alona Beach

Siquijor

1 hour boat to Siquijor, the black magic island.

We were greeted with a free drink at our hostel! In typical Filipino fashion, the drink was a sweet iced tea- that tasted like pure syrup! We asked for something without sugar- and at first, they didn’t understand. Then they brought out watermelon juice, which was indeed unsweetened!

Almost everywhere we went, people spoke English. But the conversations were sometimes confusing and an answer was not reached.

For example, the scooter I rented had problems. The left brake didn’t work. It slowed me down but didn’t stop. Not safe at all! And the battery died when we were out and about. When I returned the bike, I let them know about these issues.

The woman checked the brake “Break works!” But it didn’t.

When I told her about the battery issue, she says “Did you leave the key in the ignition?”

“No I didn’t”, I said.

“Well you can’t leave the key in the ignition. Drains battery.”

“But I didn’t leave the key in. I always took the key out!” I  repeated.

“Because you leave the key in the ignition, this is the problem”

UGH!

Oh well. Motor biking around the island of Siquijor was extremely fun. Lots to see and do, and lots of dogs, cats, cows and goats on the roads.

Siquijor Island

Although this beach looks like paradise, not long after I snapped this photo, an angry security guard came by waving a shotgun and informed us that we were not allowed to sit on that beach. “Private beach!” Okay. The Filipino hospitality is not always there.

Philippines Pros and Cons

Pros:

Some of the nicest people on the planet.

Incredibly laid back.

Incredibly safe.

Amazing scenery.

Warm ocean water.

Relatively cheap (not as cheap as I imagined, however).

Not many rules (the shotgun-waving security guy was a notable exception!) For example, riding the scooters- no license or really anything was required to rent them. On the roads, no one cares if you’re a speed demon or crawling along like a granny. And I only saw 1 police car in 2 days of being on the roads.

Cons:

Cebu City, way too crowded and polluted

Food. Lots of sugar and bad oils used

Kind of hard to get around. It’s not easy to island hop, ferries are available, but it can take a half a day to travel. The Grab app is a way to call taxis, kind of like Uber, but not as good.

Overpriced hotels. Okay, I’m not complaining about $20-30 for getting a clean room with AC, but the difference in quality between the Philippines and say, Eastern Europe, is huge. For $30 in the Phils, you get a clean room with a bed and a tiny bathroom that has a shower with no door so you get water all over the floor no matter what, and maybe the shower works okay. In Eastern Europe, you get a nice apartment in the center of town for that in many places.

Spotty internet. In Cebu, the internet worked just fine. The internet on Bohol for us was absolutely terrible at times, other times it was mediocre. Surprisingly it was a little better on Siquijor, with the exception of the night the power went out, but that was only about an hour or so.

Spotty cell phone service. Most of the time in this country, I wasn’t able to use my phone data, even though I have an international plan. This was annoying as Google Maps is the most useful thing on the planet, but without data, it was difficult to ever know where we were going!

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FL118: Belinda Ellsworth On Becoming the Authority, Direct Selling And Writing a Book

In this episode, Kevin interviews Belinda Ellsworth.

Belinda has been a speaker and trainer for the direct sales industry for over 20 years. After building a successful business with two companies, she founded Step into Success in 1995 and has helped thousands of direct sellers and entrepreneurs. She has worked with more than 200 different direct sales companies as a consultant and conference speaker and impacted thousands more through her seminars and training programs.

Check out this episode if you want to learn more about direct selling, building online courses and publishing a book.

Topics discussed :

  • How did Belinda quit her corporate career to become a motivational speaker
  • Why did she write a book and how did it sell out within hours
  • What is Belinda’s podcast about and how did she come up with the name
  • What are her programs about

And much more

Links

Step Into Success website

Work From Your Happy Place podcast

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