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From Belarus to Finding Meaning, Pro Wrestling, and Web3

I’m experimenting with a different format this week and sharing a few of the things I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and learning.

Reading

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Never Normal Newsletter

Working in Public and What I’m Working On

In the last email I wrote that I believe the “New American Dream” is getting paid for being yourself — and that the way to do this as a creator working online is to build a Personal Monopoly.

“A Personal Monopoly is the unique intersection of your knowledge, personality, and skills that nobody else can compete with.”

David Perell

This is something that I’m actively in the process of discovering for myself.

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Useful Childhoods, College Admissions Knife Fights, and My Story

Neville A Mehra - Childhood

A few people have sent me Simon Sarris’ recent essay, The Most Precious Resource is Agency.

In it, Simon asks, “Do children today have useful childhoods?” Not useful for us adults, but useful for their own development.

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Essays

Escape. Explore. Experience.

This is a mini-manifesto I wrote in 2014, before this website existed in it’s current form.

The default path is not for everyone. You don’t need to borrow a bunch of money and go to a university just to learn something. Don’t waste your life stuck in traffic. Being successful doesn’t have to mean spending the next 30 years sitting in a cubicle at some corporate job you hate. You don’t need a bigger house or a new car. Owning more stuff won’t make you happy.

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Never Normal Podcast

How to Earn Six Figures without a Job — Freelance WordPress Developer Tom Hirst (Episode 014)

Tom Hirst consistently earns over $100,000 / year, even though he’s never had proper job. Tom’s found success as a freelance WordPress developer, working on projects for the likes of England’s National Health Service, sportswear brand Umbro, and Facebook.

Tom also writes about the business of freelancing and mentors other freelancers. Tom is the author of two eBooks: 10 Steps To Becoming A Better Freelancer and Pricing Freelance Projects, and the creator of the video course, The Personal Website Playbook.

You can find all of these resources and more on Tom’s website.

In this episode we discuss:

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Essays

A Digital Country

It’s time to start a new country. A digital country.

We live in a world that no longer colors neatly within the lines of traditional nation states. A world connected by a global internet and dominated by multinational corporations. And yet as individuals, our freedoms and opportunities — our destinies — are still restricted and shaped by whichever plot of land we happened to be born upon.

Let’s change that.

Growing up in America, I was taught (and still believe) that America is more than just a place. America is an ideal. A way of looking at the world and how it ought to be. To be an American is to belong to a special club with a shared set of common values and beliefs.

Critics and cynics can point out all of America’s flaws and injustices (there are many), but the point still stands. For the last few centuries, freedom and opportunity seeking people from all over the world have come to join our great American experiment. 

But why should they need to move? In a more perfect world, freedom and opportunity would be available to all, regardless of where they happen to live.

That’s not to say that America should run the world (although we’ve certainly tried), or that the rest of the world should adopt America’s values, or even that American values are the “correct” values. Nor is this a call to create some terrifying “one world” umbrella government. And the goal is not to build a community online for the purpose of purchasing and taking over some piece of land to form a new country. 

Instead, the goal is to create a complementary system of citizenship that exists alongside the current model (the same way that cryptocurrencies have emerged and coexist with traditional currencies). People could then “opt-in” to digital citizenship(s) based on shared values, desired privileges, or any other criteria they choose.

It starts with creating one digital country.

To be continued…

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Creating Community Wherever You Go with Digital Nomad Alex Salinsky (Episode 011)

By day Alex is a fractional COO who helps technology companies grow quickly without falling apart.

By night he’s a “curator of people” who builds communities wherever he goes around the world, from impromptu 14-person dinners at conferences to a pop-up co-living space in Colombia.

In this episode we discuss:

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How to Make Money Online with Niall Doherty (Episode 007)

In this follow-up conversation with guest Niall Doherty (eBizFacts.com) we discuss strategies to get started making money online.

In This Episode We Talk About:

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Niall Doherty is a Man on a Mission (Episode 006)

Niall Doherty left his last office job in 2011 and set off on a mission to travel the world while making money online. Since then he’s been to over 50 countries, written a couple of books, and started several businesses. His website, eBizFacts is the best place to find information, reviews, and a much more to about making money online.

In This Episode We Talk About:

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Anna Rova Helps Successful Women Attract Masculine Men (Episode 003)

They say that the best jobs are the ones you invent yourself. Well, my guest for this episode has done exactly that. Anna Rova is a “feminine embodiment coach” who helps successful women attract masculine, committed men.

Anna is no stranger to success herself. She has changed the lives of countless women through her coaching program, and her podcast, Claimed, is downloaded more than 18,000 times per month.

In this episode we talk about:

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Digital Nomad Guide

How Do Digital Nomads Make Money Online?

If you want to become a digital nomad with the freedom to travel whenever and wherever you want, then you are going to need a way to make money that doesn’t tie you to one specific location.

By definition, digital nomads make money by working online, usually from a laptop computer. But just because digital nomads work online doesn’t mean that they are all doing the same thing. 

There is a common stereotype that all digital nomads are computer programmers. In reality, there are many different ways to make money online and types of jobs that you can do as a digital nomad…

Entrepreneur

One way to make money as a digital nomad is to by running your own business. I have started a few businesses myself and also worked with many business owners over the years. In fact, I’ve spent most of my career so far working with startups and small businesses to grow their businesses, and I encourage anyone who wants to start a business to go for it… 

But I also caution them (and you) that starting a business is a lot of work and it comes with certain risks. It’s rare for a business to make money in the beginning. Most businesses take time and money to get going. Make sure you factor that in, especially if your goal is to find a way to become a digital nomad as soon as possible.

Freelancer

Another way to make money as a digital nomad is by doing freelance work for clients. Many of the digital nomads that I have met are freelancers. They do things like software and mobile app development, UX / design, social media marketing and management, online advertising, copywriting, search engine optimization, accounting, and writing. In fact, for just about any type of job that can be done from a computer, you can find digital nomads that are doing it as freelancers. 

Freelancers have more freedom than employees. They can set their own rates and usually their own hours too. But that freedom comes with more responsibility — freelancers have to find work. Some digital nomad freelancers act more like employees, doing all of their work for one or two main clients. Others sell their services to many clients, often on freelance marketplaces online. 

Employee

The third option, and one that I think is often overlooked by people who want to become digital nomads, is to find a job that lets you work remotely as an employee. More and more companies are embracing remote work and allowing their employees to work from wherever they want to. Some companies are fully remote and have no office at all. 

There are definite advantages that come with being an employee. Once you have the job, you usually don’t have to “sell yourself” over and over again. As an employee, you get to wake up in the morning knowing who you work for, what kind of work you need to do, and how much money you will make for doing it. The same cannot always be said for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Depending on the job, you may get additional benefits like health insurance, paid time off, and parental leave too.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, then check out my free guide: How to Find a Remote Job.

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  • The most important thing you must do to escape
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  • How to convert a “stuck-at-the-office job” into a remote job
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What I learned about the Future of Work by spending three days with 300 remote workers and digital nomads

I just wrapped up the 2019 edition of the Nomad City conference in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

I had the honor of sharing the stage here with other digital nomads and remote work advocates, including representatives from companies like Microsoft and Automattic (the people behind WordPress.com).

After three days of workshops, keynotes, and a BarCamp-style “unconference”, I left filled with even more energy and excitement about this movement.

Now is the perfect time to become a remote worker or digital nomad

Let me tell you why…