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
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.
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 :
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
Brașov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania
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
What his team does for him
How he picks cities for his events
Issues he has experienced with managing people around the world
The advantages and disadvantages of living in Prague versus living in the United Kingdom
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
Saigon is a chaotic city with something completely bizarre, funny, interesting, or confusing pretty much on every block. “Sidewalks” are all relative- people drive their motorbikes on sidewalks, and block them with tables, chairs, fruit stands, grills, and parked motorbikes.
Here’s a look at a few samples of the hilarity:
The telephone wires all look like this in Saigon. I’m guessing the world’s top engineers didn’t end up here?
This rooster on the sidewalk apparently just finished his cigarette.
Dodging parked motorbikes on the sidewalk is par for the course here.
This is a street corner where someone has a whole repair shop set up!
Looks like a bomb went off on this part of the sidewalk. Normal situation in these parts!
I left Saigon this morning and took an 8 hour bus ride to Dalat, in the mountains. Interesting scenery along the way, and Dalat looks really cool so far. It’s much cooler here temperature-wise. And, it’s about 90 notches down the intensity scale from Saigon.
Probably going to check out some waterfalls tomorrow. The “plan” is stay here 2 days, then head to the beach at Mui Ne.
That was the average age of US soldiers being drafted into the war. As I learned from the hit song from the 80’s:
Sunday, I went to the War Remnants museum here in Saigon with one of the DC members, Stacey.
Outside the museum
As expected, it was a blast of sobering reality in addition to being a sock to the gut.
4 floors of pictures, quotes, stories, maps, weapons, and relevant info regarding the war. I took only a few select pictures of mostly quotes I found important.
There’s not much I can say. The most disturbing thing was the Agent Orange humanitarian disaster. The American planes started basically carpet bombing parts of the country with Agent Orange starting in 1961. This led to the sickest diseases and deformities. The pictures were so disturbing that I’ve had to compartmentalize it in my head because it’s too much to stomach. It’s surreal to see the pictures.
One revelation I had was that all those movies we were exposed to about the war mostly focused on the soldiers’ perspective, what they were going through. Seeing the museum shows the other side of the story- which is multitudes worse in terms of numbers of people affected.
Overall, I thought it was a fairly truthful display, outside of the propaganda around communism being the solution to war, and propping up Ho Chi Minh as the savior.
One of the pro-communism propaganda pieces
As is the case with every war…good to see most can separate people from their governments
Nice words by Mr. Ho Chi Minh
This is a guy that I believe ran for president at one point. Scary.
A poster from Finland accurately listing all American presidents who ran this war, starting with Eisenhower
Staggering numbers that we don’t hear about
Will be working for two straight days now and then headed to Dalat, a mountain town, for a few days. Will be nice to get out of the city for a bit!
Note: Picture quality. I noticed some of my pictures have this whitish tint. I think my camera never really recovered after getting wet in Bali in the rain. Then I checked out my new friend Jodi’s blog http://legalnomads.com, and I really have low photo self esteem. 🙁 My next purchase I think will be a reasonably decent camera that’s portable.
Saigon and Ho Chi Minh are interchangeable as it turns out. “Same Same” as my taxi driver on the way in said.
Went for a walk this morning and went about 2 blocks and this guy pulls up on a motorbike next to me and starts asking me where I’m from, and says he’s moving to CA next year and does the whole rapport bulding thing. He was selling me on taking me around town and down the river and normally I just say no to all these guys but I was just in the right mood to do it. I said “What’s the price?” And he says “No price, nothing, you just pay at the end if you’re happy”. I knew of course this was a red flag but jumped on his bike anyway!
Independence Palace in the city center
My new shades I got for $5
He took me to a few spots, I got to get whizzed around the INSANE traffic here, and went through this tunnel and went on this little boat up the river and got some nice photos. So yeah the whole thing was kind of a scam and yep, I ended up paying the guy too much for it. I had to pay $25 for the boat and after the boat the guy wanted to negotiate our deal for his taking me around! We were in this remote spot so I was kinda screwed, couldn’t exactly walk away…so basically he wanted $90 from me and I was able to get him down to $25, and he looked so disappointed. I got a bit taken but at the same time it was a cool experience! Maybe the whole thing was worth $25 to me so I got out of it not too bad. When I get taken, it’s never the money I’m mad about it’s the fact that I lost the battle!
I’m on a boat!
The Saigon Tower from my boat
This getting screwed thing happens to me once on every trip I go on. I usually over-tip someone by a lot or do the currency math wrong and pay for it…it’s part of the deal!
Later, after chilling at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, I met up with my friend Elisa from the Dynamite Circle (DC) had lunch and then crashed another coffee shop (there are zillions of them here) and worked for a couple hours. Fun!
Jetlag kicked in at around 5p but I just pushed through it and ended up going to dinner with a bunch of the DC people here and went to a Brazillian steakhouse…..all you can eat meat! Not exactly Vietnamese cuisine! Not my choice but it was really good. There were 7 of us and pretty cool group. I went into a meat coma after that and had a meat hangover today!
So when I taxi’d home I thought I got completely jacked. By this point it was 10:30pm and my brain was in a fog from it feeling like I stayed up all night. Well I went to pay and the meter said “62” which is 62,000 Vietnamese Dong, which is like $3.20. I gave the guy what I thought was the right amount, and he starts speaking vietnamese really loudly and saying no. So I gave him more and he keeps pointing to the meter, and I opened my wallet and he pointed at the money and pointed at the meter and added it up as if it was the right amount. I thought I gave him too much but I was way too tired to understand what he was saying or how much it was. I was told there would be no math on this trip! Anyway it turned out to my relief that I did give him the right amount, figured this
Note to self: Never deal with numbers when jetlagged.
Some observations so far:
-Weather is PERFECT! It’s super sunny and a little breeze and only a little humid, not nearly as much as Bali or Thailand.
-There’s tons of modern buildings and modern restaurants here. Really surprising. I get the feeling there’s this huge middle class and upper class here mixed in with poverty and people scraping by.
-Traffic is INSANE! Constant almost accidents on motorbikes! Crossing the street is intimidating at first. There are very few rules here so everyone is on their own. It’s always a game of Frogger when you go to cross most streets here! I actually kind of enjoy it, although it will get old soon I’m sure. The key is to not hesitate ever, just go. It’s sort of a dance, where you just move on through and kind of keep a little hypervigilance as you go.
Cool video someone took of the traffic here. I love the first commment: “I was an atheist before I watched this video.”
-People are generally really nice. Better than Thailand! Many people speak English. Just not taxi drivers.
Staying at least 1 more night in my same hotel. It’s very comfortable and cheap, just $20/night with good wifi. My only issue is that it’s a little out of the way from where I would want to be, and I’m not ready to brave a motorbike at this point!
So I’m working on a project a lot the next couple days…planning to do some sight seeing after that. The nearby stuff I want to see is the Cu Chi tunnels, the Mekong Delta, and the War Remnants museum. Hopefully knock those things out next week and hit the far away stuff the following week.
New year, new country. I’m off to Vietnam for 2 weeks, 2 days.
In fact, I just got in to my hotel in Ho Chi Minh a little while ago!
Just a quick wrap up of my travel day and will have more soon, with pics!
Flights- Not terrible. I totally forgot, the long flight to Bejing wasn’t overnight! They didn’t really shut down so people could sleep. The lights were dim but there were these two older Chinese guys in the row next to me carrying on a 12 hour conversation super loud in Chinese! I managed to take 2 naps I think which was perfect, since I don’t want to be sleeping when I should be awake! The airline sucked, staff is pretty unfriendly but I’ve seen worse. Food was not good, but they were good about coming around with water. Got into Bejing and they made us exit the plane outside, which was 35 degrees! Not what I was prepared for in my hiking pants and light sweatshirt. Took a bus over to the main terminal, with through security theater again, and walked around a bit before the next flight to Saigon.
The no frills, no smiles airline
Second flight I slept like 2 or 3 hours, pretty amazing for me since I didn’t use drugs and the seats are meant for like anorexic midgits or something!
Entry into Vietnam- Very slow getting the visa and getting stamped in. Slowest country I’ve seen I think. It’s kind of amusing to see people getting all stressed out about all the hoops they make you jump through. I’m glad I’ve already been to Asia and I know the drill. It’s pointless to ask questions. They just want to move you along, so even if you “did it wrong” often times, it’s good enough to get the stamp.
Taxi- I overpaid. The guy said 700 dong and I got him down to 500, which is still too much but just needed to get on with things and get to my hotel. First thing he said to me: “Obama! Yes, good man.” People still love the guy in these parts I guess…just shows you Andre Agassi was right: Image is everything!
Everything is way nicer than I pictured. Roads are smooth, better than San Diego roads! Hotel is really nice, except the bathroom smells like Vietnamese food! Not in a good way!
Roaches- already saw one- on the street! Bet there are more! Hopefully not in my room. 🙂
I put this post up a week ago, but put it up as a page by mistake.
Piers Morgan had Alex Jones on to debate gun legalization:
Um….yeah it’s been hot to trot around the internets today and just wanted to throw in a few comments to the fray.
Kind of a classic example of he who has the better arguments does not always win the debate!
I never have watched Morgan. I rarely watch TV and find news and news programs to be mind-numbing. I used to listen to Alex Jones a few years ago when I wasn’t aware that there were much better podcasts and messages to be filling my brain with! I think to understand this interview you have to have listened to Alex Jones before. This is how he is. He yells and screams on his show every day, and it’s mostly about how “the New World Order is coming to get you!!!!” It’s fear mongering at it’s best.
I used to have respect for Jones for predicting 9/11 in July of 2001:
He’s a smart guy but never has a solution or anything positive to add. It’s just fear for fear’s sake. And the huge problem is for the things he gets right, there’s usually a handful of things he’s way off on. He also thought Y2K was going to be a massive disaster.
I’m pretty sure Morgan had him on his show because he knew Jones would blow up and make himself look foolish. I think it was mission accomplished. However, it’s hard for me not to empathize with Jones. He’s obviously got a ton of anger stored up and has a bitter hatred towards the mainstream media. I totally understand this. But, this helps neither him or the freedom movement, and people like Piers Morgan get the last laugh, sadly.
This was clearly no debate. Alex Jones did a lot of screaming and yelling and sure, he pointed out some glaring facts, but I’m sure many CNN watchers are thinking, “I want guns banned because of nutjobs like that!”
Anyway, who cares. I have no energy to debate people on guns or any of this stuff. Is getting angry about these things freeing in any way? I don’t think anger is always a bad thing- it can motivate one into action. But it’s a terrible long term fuel. If I watched CNN or listened to Alex Jones every day, would I be:
I tend to think it would be the opposite. Alex Jones and Piers Morgan are two sides of the same coin- we should be scared! For Jones it’s of the new world order, and for Morgan it’s of all the millions of crazy people that own guns and will use them at any time, and we need government to protect us from them.
I’ll stick with my business podcasts, Brian Tracy motivational stuff, jamesaltucher.com blog posts….and Facebook pictures of cats doing ridiculous things. 🙂