πŸ”₯ Learn Entrepreneurship, πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ Why Education Is Broken, πŸ“± The Information Age, πŸ’° Less Is More, & More!

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Happy Sunday!

My apologies that there wasn’t a newsletter last week, I was off the grid in Montana and couldn’t send one out. It was an eye-opening and transformational experience (that I wrote about here).

IΒ loveΒ hearing from readers, so don’t hesitate to reply if you have any thoughts to share or have any feedback on improving this newsletter.

Each week, I’ll share my favorite learnings about entrepreneurship, digital nomading, and living a happiness-driven life! Let’s get started. πŸ€™


Interested In Building (or Having Your Kids Learn To Build) Internet Businesses?

πŸ”₯ I’m launching a new program called “How To Be A Maker: Helping You Build An Online Business.” It’s going to be a 12-week program where you (or your child) will work 1:1 with me and I’ll teach you everything I know and help you launch whatever type of business you’re hoping to build (blog, YouTube channel, podcast, e-commerce store, etc.).

If you’re interested in learning more about applying for the beta program (or having your 12-18 year old join the kids’ version), reply to this email!

By The End of The Program:

  1. You’ll have built, launched, and started marketing an online business
  2. You’ll have learned the most important aspects of having an extreme growth mindset (learning how to teach yourself any skill using the internet and believing that you can accomplish just about anything with enough effort).
  3. You’ll have cultivated an ownership mindset where you take extreme ownership for your actions and your success
  4. You’ll learn the principles of evaluating business ideas and constantly searching for interesting ideas to work on
  5. You’ll understand the process of how to launch and market just about any type of internet business

Who Is This For?

I’m running two separate programs, one for adults and one for kids 12-18. For both programs:

  1. You don’t necessarily need an idea. You just need to be excited about learning how to build
  2. You could already have an existing business that you’re looking for help scaling up
  3. You can be interested in building any type of internet business. My own experience is extensive (content businesses, e-commerce, online service businesses, social media, YouTube, podcasting, etc.).

Happy to share more details, please reply to this email if you’re interested in learning more!


Lessons From Digital Nomads

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» This past week, we publishedΒ 4 new interviews with digital nomads. Here are some of my favorite quotes!

β€œNomading has changed me a lot. It made me healthier, mentally and physically. I have time to go to the gym whenever it suits me. I have time to meditate, go for a walk, read a book, educate myself on subjects of my choosing, etc. I realized very soon that working 9-5 is a brain killer. It makes me numb. It took away my creativity. Now I’m thinking out of the box more often, I’m energized, doing new things every week, have friends around the globe, and my personal growth is a steep curve upwards.” –Β Josien Galama​

β€œOne misconception I believe a lot of people have about nomading is that the β€œgrass is greener.” Pre-civilization, humans were nomadic and struggled to find consistent food sources, fight off predators, and overcome illnesses. Setting into farms and, eventually, cities helped overcome these challenges. However, there are theories that the Garden of Eden is actually based on a longing for the nomadic life when people were free of the walls and constraints of staying in one place and laboring. In a way, that longing continues. People think that nomading will solve their problems, and it may, but it will also create new ones. Whichever lifestyle you choose is a balance.” –Β Michael Alexis​

“I’ve never been married, never had kids, and never found my β€˜forever place.’ This fact alone blows so many people away, especially in cultures outside of the US. But even in some places in the US, too, I still encounter folks who have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea of a woman who never wanted to settle down. But in the end, I feel like opening the door for conversations about the lifestyle allows me to get a better perspective on other people’s life choices. I hope it allows them to see that there are many different ways to live and happily!” –Β Angela Faith Martin​

β€œWe really need to learn to live in the moment more. We never know what the future holds but right now, maybe the sun is shining outside, or your favourite tv show is on, or you’re reading an amazing book (or blog). Enjoy that because when a rainy day comes, you might wish it was sunny, but you didn’t even go outside to enjoy the sun when it was there.” –Β Juleen​


Less Is More.

πŸ’° I’ve written multiple times about howΒ minimalism has been life-changingΒ for me and about howΒ it enabled me to retire early. If people valued time more than things, this would be a more popular concept in the U.S.


The Growing Divide In The Information Age

πŸ“± I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot lately. Especially because of the misinformation crisis that the world is currently in.

I think there are two key aspects to this:
1. Harnessing information to learn faster and become super-human vs. getting overwhelmed by the abundance of information and letting your mind become corrupted.
2. Managing your addiction to devices (phones, computers, and TVs) that are reverse-engineered to turn us into addicts.


Traditional Classroom Learning vs. Mastery Learning vs. 1:1 Learning

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ ThisΒ study from 1984Β is pretty compelling evidence supporting my thesis thatΒ the traditional education system is archaic and broken. I’m surprised that this isn’t more widely talked about given that most schools are still teaching via the traditional classroom style ~40 years after it was shown to be ineffective.

In case you’re curious about what each term means in the study:

Traditional Classroom Learning: One teacher with ~30 students + periodic testing
​Mastery Learning: One teacher with ~30 students + periodic testing that’s used to analyze subject mastery and then followed up with corrective feedback and procedures to improve mastery
​1:1 Learning: Learning 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3 with a teacher + the same testing and mastery process used in mastery learning
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Final Thoughts

I’m working to make this one of the best newsletters you get each week. Don’t hesitate to reply if you have feedback, ideas, or reading that you think I’d enjoy.

Sending you good vibes! πŸ€™

Cheers,
Cam

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Final Thoughts

I’m working to make this one of the best newsletters you get each week. Don’t hesitate to reply if you have feedback, ideas, or reading that you think I’d enjoy.

Sending you good vibes! πŸ€™

Cheers,
Cam

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Cam Woodsum
I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.