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A Different Kind of Vision statements

VISION statements are not just for the business world. They can be powerful instruments for shaping our life. Unable to walk after my snakebite recent snake experience, I took the time to peel away layers of extra fluff and look more deeply into my own “souland”. For years, I wrote visions that are mostly future-oriented […]

Learning by doing

Taking this photo an hour before the kick-off event to our 3-day gathering I now belive that inspiration and passion are enough to oragnaize anything we put our mind to. When I was young I was taught to think about learning in terms of schools and books. While book-learning can expand one’s knowledge, i believe […]

The first person you want to inspire is yourself

Inspiring others is great but the first person you want to inspire is yourself. Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting my first ever entrepreneurial event in Lisbon. ~40 entrepreneurs will come from around the world to attend it. This would be a small pre-event to a much larger 500-people event that happens next week and just thinking […]

Loneliness is not the result of being alone.

When we feel lonely our first inclination is to fill our life with people. While it can offer relief from loneliness in the short term, it can actually do the exact opposite. Why? Because by doing so we may be adding a layer to cover up a deep wound. This is something I did when […]

It’s all about the people around us.

There’s a saying in real estate: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. It’s an old yet true cliche. But when it comes to travel, I’d say it’s all about “PEOPLE. PEOPLE. PEOPLE”. Less than 48 hours in Lisbon and I absolutely love the place. Yes, it’s a beautiful historical city but there are many beautiful historical places across […]

Less stuff is more freedom.

You and I were programmed. We were programmed, in some form or fashion, to be consumers in a well-functioning system built for profit. We were all conditioned from an early age to desire more possessions and never be satisfied with what we have. We were told that we need to buy new clothes every season, […]

You never quite know the impact you have on others.

Around a year ago, I got a very short email from a guy named Tomas Laurinavicius, saying: “Thank you for an inspiring work you do. I just published my bucket list”. My response: “Brilliant Tomas. Thanks for letting me know, keep it up!” Little did I know how serious Tomas was and how impactful his […]

100 Days of Sharing

“There is a part of YOU that has been discreetly kept within..That is just now ready to come out…” This was sent to me by a dear friend several days ago. And she’s right. I’ve been peeling away a few layers lately. hidden layers that have been collected for years. So, inspired by my friend, […]

Courage – not fearlessness – is the way.

Courage – not fearlessness – is the way. In 2 weeks from now, I’m going to speak in front of 500 people at one of the biggest conferences for location independent entrepreneurs. Sounds cool but speaking on stage in front of a big audience can be intimidating. In fact, they say public speaking is the […]

Noticing Abundance

I let go of worries about my future… About where I’ll be or what my future contribution should be. I focus my attention on what makes me feel light and abundant in the moment. I know the more I feel abundant, and notice it, the more abundance will naturally flow into my life. – Previous […]

Who is on your side?

Over the last decade, I’ve hired coaches and mentors for almost every big journey I’ve taken from the Ironman Triathlon, to surfing, to doing online business. And I myself have acted as a coach for others. A hero’s journey is often seen as an independent quest; in reality, however, it is a shared victory and […]

Always abundant

For years, I fell into a routine of doing, doing, doing. Somehow, I forgot about being part. Since my snake bite incident, I’ve been determined not to fall back into that trap and, instead, to balance the doing with being. I now use reminders throughout the day to stop the doing for a bit and […]

Life’s Defining Moments

There’s always a defining moment: A moment that divides life into “before” and “after.” A moment that fundamentally changes everything. In that moment, there’s no doubt, no ambiguity—nothing but clarity on what lies ahead. One such moment occurred for me on the night of July 4th, when I laid in the ER, fighting for my […]

Designing a life we don’t need to escape from.

Since I can remember myself, I always loved going on vacations; What’s not to like? – Time off. Relaxing. Recharging. Maybe on a sandy beach, maybe at a Ski resort. Maybe at home. But each time I went on a vacation, there was always one problem: The getting back part. My vacations served as an […]

Enslaved to Success

At age 29 I had achieved a conventional dream. I had risen to the position of leading project manager at my software company, and I was reaping the rewards. My salary afforded me a lovely apartment, a new car, and a comfortable lifestyle. Logically, I should have been happy. But I was not. I felt […]

The entire world is our home.

Barcelona is our home. Charlottesville is our home. This whole planet is our home. We like to think we belong to one country but countries are just lines drawn on a map – mind constructs. Perhaps when we stop seeing ourselves as separate – separate countries, separate races, separate classes, separate from nature – and […]

Saying NO to people we love

In the last week or so, I had to say quite a few NOs. The World Nomadic event I’m organizing in Portugal in a couple of weeks got filled up. I did not think it will, as the event was designed for the DC entrepreneurial group I’m part of, but I guess life has its […]

A life of regret is a life of waiting

Not being able to run can truly suck, but it can also truly rock. In my case, since I got out of the hospital, I’ve rediscovered my love for swimming. Most importantly, I stopped waiting. I used to wait a lot. for the weekend. for someone to love. for accepting my greatness. for someplace better […]

Better master than a boss

What if our ‘boss’ wasn’t a fellow human being but our passion to contribute? The origin of the word ‘boss’ comes from the dutch ‘baas’ meaning Master. What kind of master do we really want to have – An internal or an external one? We are all here to serve, in one way or another, […]

What is needed right NOW?

Often, I get lost in thoughts about the future. This morning was no different. I woke up at 5am here in Cyprus, and my mind would not shut up. Whenever this happens, I have a little mindset shift I’ve adopted. I bring myself to the present and ask: What is needed right NOW? What wants […]

The power of mental imagery

Onto my next adventure. A month ago, I was lying in hospital visualizing being on my feet again. Now that my leg is 95% better I’m visualizing running again. I can see my body moving smoothly. My feet glide over the ground, touching the surface without effort. There is a cool sensation on my skin […]

Replacing identity

Hitting a wall. Often, when I try to make big changes in my life, I find myself constantly “hitting the wall”- that point in the journey when you feel you can’t go on any longer. And each time it’s usually for the same reason: I’m not willing to give up on my identity. Here’s the […]

Always a Student

Being a student never ends. Just when I thought I figured life out, life knocked me down on my knees and taught me to be humble. It taught me to empty my mind, to be open like a beginner, and to make room for the new. At first, my ego protested heavily. “you’re not a […]

Asking is a gift

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. We all have dreams, aspirations, wishes… but we’re afraid to take the first step: Simply ASKING. Every child knows this instinctively but we, as adults, seem to have grown to be asking averse – The fear of hearing a No. The fear or rejection. While being in the […]

Happiness can be simple

Happiness can be simple. Epicurus, a famous 4th century Greek philosopher, believed that the key to human happiness lay in satisfying our natural desires for food and friendship. Tonight, I’m practicing his philosophy to the fullest extent. Few things are as brilliant as a good wine, a good friend and that warm Mediterranean summer breeze. […]

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