👨‍💻 Digital Nomad Lessons, 🎬 Taking Action, 🚀 Scaling Businesses, ✍️ Journaling, 🤯 Ego, & More!

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Happy Sunday!

I hope you’re doing well wherever you are in the world. I love 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, traveling the world, and living a happiness-driven life! Let’s get started. 🤙


Lessons From Digital Nomads

👨‍💻 Over the past few months, we’ve interviewed 30+ digital nomads about their stories, advice, and lessons. Here are some of my favorite quotes from recent interviews!

“I, of course, had a great deal of anxiety that I wouldn’t be able to make money consistently to support myself. Should someone else be feeling the same way, my advice would be to just pull the trigger. You can always go home if it doesn’t work out.” – Jade Laurenza’s Interview​

“Hands down, my most important life lesson is you only get one life! Too many people take their months, days, hours, seconds for granted…If I only had a few minutes to live, I would ask people if they are genuinely enjoying how they are spending their time. Are they doing the things they love? Or are they putting things on the back burner, saying they will get to it ‘later?’ Nothing in this life is guaranteed.” – Michelle Knight’s Interview​

“The most important thing is to set a date. It doesn’t have to be today or tomorrow, but pick a day when you are going to start your first trip as a nomad. That was the moment that changed everything for me.” – Neville Mehra’s Interview​

“One thing I have seen that sets many people back [from becoming a digital nomad] is self-doubt. Can I do it? Should I/Shouldn’t I? There is no room for that in this lifestyle…If you want to truly make a success of it, you will have to be able to think rationally about things and follow through.” – Louise Pieterse’s Interview​


7 Micro-Essays From The Last 7 Days

✍️ I’m in the midst of a 30 day challenge of publishing a micro-essay every single day. It has been a fantastic forcing function to get me to express my thoughts, and I’m loving it! Here are the essays:

Day 9: Five of My Favorite Life Lessons From Surfing​

Day 10: The Easiest Way To Become A Digital Nomad​

Day 11: There Isn’t One Way To Live Life​

Day 12: Have You Found Your Happy Place?​

Day 13: What Are You Willing To Sacrifice To Achieve Your Goals?​

Day 14: Using Solo Travel As A Way To Heal Past Trauma​

Day 15: Lessons From Slaughtering My Ego​


Take Action, Take Action, Take Action

🎬 This principle is 10,000% true. The age old advice is to wait to start a business once you have more experience.

But as you build experience, you get comfortable with your salary, increase your lifestyle costs, you start a family. So in many ways, starting a business as you get older becomes significantly more complicated.

In the book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, the author says that the only difference between Originals and Non-Originals is taking action. Don’t wait.


Fast Growth Doesn’t Require Perfection

🚀 This was one of my biggest takeaways from my time working at DoorDash. I naively assumed that a very, very fast growing company would be a somewhat well oiled machine.

In reality, internally, it was a dumpster fire with loads of issues. The big lesson for me is that things don’t need to be perfect to grow insanely fast; they just have to be good enough.


The Value of Journaling

📔 I’ve been progressively working on my note-taking in recent years, but this is a powerful nudge to do more. I’ll be writing an article soon about my transition from Evernote to Roam Research in an effort to interlink more of my thoughts.

If this is a topic that’s of interest, I recommend checking out this course on Roam Research.


The Power of Freedom

⏱️ Once I figured out how to make money independently, it became unfathomable to go back to being an employee.

It’s life-changing to control your time, schedule, who you work with, what you work on, etc. If you want more freedom, explore starting a business, becoming a freelancer, or becoming an asynchronous employee.


Final Thoughts

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

Sending you good vibes! 🤙

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.