Author: Cam Woodsum

The Power Of Being 1,000% Committed To Your Cause

If you’re 1000% committed to what you’re doing, major hurdles are only speed bumps. I recently went through one of the most complicated and stressful business situations that I’ve ever experienced. And the old me would have been discouraged because I used to use major hurdles as an excuse to give up and revert back to the safety of a job or something with more certainty.⠀ But I view what I’m working on now as my life’s work so the only option is to keep sprinting full speed ahead.⠀ There are two key lessons that I want to share...

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What You’ll Learn If You Travel Cheaply

The beauty of traveling cheaply is that it teaches you to disassociate money and happiness. When I lived in Bali a year and a half ago, I rented one of the cheapest rooms that I could find.  And I ended up battling an ant colony in my room, killing cockroaches, and having neck problems from sleeping on a terrible mattress. And while these conditions might sound bad (because they were!), I was so incredibly HAPPY! None of these challenges mattered because I was so grateful to not have to work for someone else, to be able to control my...

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Being Grateful For Negative Experiences Will Change Your Life

I’ve learned that I can’t control life’s events, but I can control how I interpret and react to them. If you’re also able to make this small shift, I promise that you’ll feel a dramatic difference in your happiness and positivity. I’ve begun to view every negative experience as a funny story or as a way to provide the perspective needed to deepen my appreciation for positive experiences. Notably, this winter in Lake Tahoe, I got locked out of my house in 15-degree weather at 7am wearing only a T-Shirt, sweatpants and socks. To get to the leasing office,...

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“Just Say Yes!”, A Lesson From My Grandmother

My grandmother Bernice, is one of the happiest and most universally loved people that I’ve ever met. And she has one unorthodox piece of advice that has helped me and will likely help you! Her advice: When someone invites you to do something, just say yes! Her philosophy behind this is that if you decline someone’s invitation, you may never get invited again. So, my grandmother pretty much just accepts everything! And it is certainly one of the reasons why she’s universally loved (and has a lot more friends than I do!). She told me about this in 2011,...

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The 10 Most Popular Digital Nomad Destinations During Summer

Related Post: How to Pick Destinations, Handle Visas, & Book Travel As A Digital Nomad – Chapter 10 As a “digital nomad” (someone who travels the world while working online), people always ask me how I pick the places that I live in. The main answer is that I use NomadList.com and personal recommendations from other nomads. The one-piece of critical data on NomadList that isn’t easily accessible though is how many nomads are in each place. So to publicize some of NomadList’s hidden popularity data, I decided to create a top ten list for summer destinations based on NomadList...

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Why I Stopped Taking Advice (And Maybe You Should Too)

Note: This isn’t meant to be advice, just a post sharing my experiences. I previously wrote about this concept in regards to how I evaluate “risky” decisions, but I think it’s important enough to discuss again in the context of our life paths. I started deeply studying “success” and how people become successful back in 2010. For years I searched for the one mentor who would understand me well enough to guide me towards achieving what I wanted out of life. While I met, worked with, and learned from many successful people (including a couple of billionaires), I never...

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Passion: The Unstoppable Force That Makes You SuperHuman

It was 5am on Friday in July of 2011. I had just stayed up all night writing pitch emails to every major booking agent in the U.S. about why they should represent my hip-hop artist. I had only slept a total of eight hours that week, but I didn’t feel tired. I felt alive. I was fixated and deeply consumed by my desire to make him successful. When you have an overwhelming passion and belief behind what you’re doing, it gives you strength, power, and abilities that you didn’t know were possible. I grew up as a competitive athlete,...

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How Learning That More Money Won’t Make Me Happier Has Changed My Life

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” -Benjamin Franklin American culture trains us to believe that by making more money, we will be happier and live better lives. Money is America’s – and most of the world’s – scorecard for success. For a long time, I sought to be “successful” in society’s eyes because I thought it would bring me happiness and fulfillment. There are two main problems with this mentality: 1. Money beyond a certain baseline level ($75k...

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What Happens When You Accidentally Fall Off Society’s Bell Curve

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy As much as we all try to claim that we make independent decisions and are our own person, the truth is that we are bound by the rules of the society we grow up in. We naturally conform to the community around us because humans want to be accepted by their “tribe.” This tendency is biological and dates back to when humans lived in small communities and fitting in with your community meant survival. I stumbled into an unconventional life of nomading while building...

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Why We Need To Stop Asking Each Other “What Do You Do?”

Earlier this year I returned to the U.S. for five months after living in Asia for the previous nine months. It was a strange experience because I was constantly reminded of how much my mindsets on money, status, and values have changed. One of the most interesting parts of my time back in the States was watching an older, successful woman grill people on “what they did” at a small gathering. I could see how much this question mattered to her based on her intensely judgmental facial reactions. While “What do you do?” is a standard question that many...

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The Six Key Lessons I Learned From Conquering Depression

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Dr. Brene Brown Disclaimer: This should not be confused with professional advice because I’m not an expert on depression. I’m only sharing my experiences. Starting in 2006, I battled an Adderall-induced depression for five years during my middle and high school years. It pushed me to a low that I didn’t know existed and wasn’t sure that I’d ever be able to...

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The Four Videos That Inspired Me To Start Businesses While Traveling The World

Related post: The Ultimate Guide To Making Money While Wandering The World About 12 months ago I reached a breaking point where I was fed up with working for other people and making decisions that I was “supposed to make.” These are the four videos that helped to push me over the edge and give me the final boost of courage and motivation to chart my own course in life. If you’re interested in learning more about my risk evaluation process, then read this post. If you have other videos that you love, please share them with me! I...

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