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The Best Countries For Expats in 2020 (20k+ Survey Responses)

InterNations released its annual Expat Insider report in which they surveyed more than 20,000 expats about their life abroad! Here are our favorite takeaways and learnings from the report. Key details about the survey: It’s important to note that it’s an older demographic as 70% of the responses came from people over 36 and 32% of responses came from people over 51. The 47 question survey included expats of 182 nationalities living across 187 countries and territories. The overall country rankings factor in quality of life, ease of settling in, personal finance, working abroad, and family life. 1. Taiwan...

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Coronavirus Fast Facts & Travel Advisories (Korea, Italy, Japan & China)

If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know that Coronavirus is a major global health issue right now. If you’re an active traveler then it’s a situation that you should monitor closely (the US CDC is a good source) as the situation is evolving quickly. Coronavirus Fast Facts As of February 25th there are more than 80,000 global cases (about 2,100 outside of China) and 2,600 reported deaths (23 deaths outside of China). The virus started in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread globally. It has put governments on high alert and it...

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Why I Love Staying in Shitty Hotels (Disconnecting Things From Happiness)

I’m happily writing this post from a very shitty hotel in Lombok (an island just east of Bali in Indonesia). This is as simple of a place as you can find: single story, no pool, 8 rooms, paper-thin walls, no hot water, barely any water pressure, hold the showerhead with your hands. Yes, it’s that kind of place :). I love shitty hotels because they bring me back to my freedom roots. While I live in a nicer place now, I started my traveling journey three years ago in a cockroach and ant filled room in Bali. Shitty hotels...

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5 Lessons From Hiring and Managing Contractors in 30+ Countries

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with 70+ contractors across more than 30 countries. Here are my most valuable lessons! Related Post: The Best Guides To Outsourcing, Virtual Assistants & Freelancers 1. If you aren’t hiring a global, remote workforce, you’re at a major disadvantage Why? If you’re building global teams, you’re able to access a talent pool that’s ~1,000x bigger than just hiring in your city. The access to global talent (via Upwork, LinkedIn, and other resources) and the ability to remotely collaborate (via Slack, Trello, Asana, Zoom, etc.) are both at all-time highs. Given the continued...

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The Five Best Guides About Outsourcing, Virtual Assistants, & Freelancers

Related post: The Four Best Guides To Hiring & Managing Remote Teams Why outsource? It enables you to hire from a talent pool that’s ~1,000x bigger than your city’s pool at a fraction of the cost. Over the last three years, I’ve hired and managed 70+ contractors from 30+ countries in a wide variety of roles. While there are certainly other people with more experience than me, I’m savvy when it comes to outsourcing, virtual assistants and hiring and managing freelancers. I’ve compiled the best guides on the internet to save you time as you start building your own...

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The Four Best Guides To Hiring & Managing Remote Teams

Related Post: List of the five best guides for outsourcing, virtual assistants, and hiring freelancers Why hire remotely? It enables you to hire from a talent pool that’s ~1,000x bigger than your city’s pool at a fraction of the cost. If you’re learning about how to build and scale remote teams, then you’ve come to the right place! When I started my journey of building remote companies, I started by reading comprehensive guides and I recommend that you do the same. Without further ado, let’s jump into the four best remote team guides on the internet. 1. The Ultimate...

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Coronavirus Is Sparking The World’s Largest Remote Work Experiment – Is This Remote’s Breakout Moment?

The coronavirus outbreak in China has sparked what is likely the world’s largest remote work experiment. With millions of people across China and nearby countries (such as Singapore) being forced to stay home and collaborate digitally. Is this going to cause a massive shift to remote work? Probably not, but it’s definitely a good start! From my own experience, there’s a major difference between remote-first companies (companies that are primarily remote) and companies that are remote-friendly (companies that have some remote workers). At companies that aren’t primarily remote, the communication and collaboration systems aren’t optimized for remote collaboration. And...

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Why People Love and Hate Remote Work (A Twitter Survey)

Chris Herd of FirstBase (a tool to onboard remote workers) posted a semi-viral tweet asking for people’s thoughts on remote work. The tweet received 153 responses (so far) and below is a summary of why people said they love or hate remote work! Also, if you’re looking for a remote job, here’s a great guide to getting a remote job! Remote work is a reaction against: 🌉expensive cities 🏢time in office as KPI 🤡bad middle management 🚘wasting our lives commuting ❤️having no time for friends/family 🧘letting our health/wellbeing suffer 👔lower quality of life than we deserve Why do you...

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Direct Communication Is A Competitive Advantage & Why Humans Are Poor Communicators (My Biggest 2018 Lesson)

My most valuable lesson from 2018 was learning that humans tend to be very poor communicators and that direct communication is an extreme advantage in business and life. Many humans are so terrified of confrontation that they will go to any length to avoid uncomfortable situations. This might mean ghosting, lying, hiding from other people, etc. The result of extremely indirect communication is short-term harmony and long-term dysfunction. Why? Because if you don’t address issues in the moment then they build up and compound over time. This leads to much more explosive situations. The characteristics of good communication and...

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Why Being Rejected By The Herd Will Help You In Life

Getting rejected by the herd has been one of the most positive influences in my life. I previously wrote about overcoming a battle with depression during my middle and high school years. The quick version of the story is that I took ADHD medicine, it zapped my personality, and within months I lost all of my friends. At the time, the only thing that I wanted was to be liked and accepted by others. But I was rejected by the herd and I didn’t have many friends during those years. The experience broke me. And high school was a tough and lonely time....

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Our Reality Is In Our Minds: Own and Control Your Happiness!

How we perceive things is how they are. This is a concept that hit me when I watched Inception, a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is about planting ideas in people’s minds to change their decision-making process and their perception of reality. Once you accept this concept as fact, it empowers you to stop blaming external circumstances and to instead take ownership over your feelings. In other words, you can’t control external events, but you can control how you interpret and react to those events. A related quote that I love is “Very little is needed to make...

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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: One of Life’s Most Important Concepts

I believe that having a growth mindset is one of the most important things in life. What is a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset? The idea of a fixed mindset is that you’re born a certain way and that is fixed. For example, some people are good at math, some people are good at writing, some people are good at podcasting, etc. And these are natural abilities that can’t easily be improved. The idea of a growth mindset is that (while everyone is born with different baseline skill levels) you can control how good you become at anything....

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