Is Chris Hughes the Coolest Digital Nomad Alive Today?

Chris Hughes

If you flew to Panama with a lot of debt, a little cash, no experience and nothing but a plan to make money online, would you still play it cool?

A common theme of this podcast is to explore transition. No one gives permission to do this stuff. It takes a leap of faith to make it happen. I love to ask how the most successful people made it happen.

My guest today is Chris Hughes (@whosChrisHughes). We met at KoHub one night. I dive into that story in the podcast.

Lots of people say that building a business is like jumping off a cliff and building an airplane before you hit the ground. For Chris, that plane was a Duck Dynasty Facebook fan page. Duck Dynasty caught him before he hit the dirt. He’s still flying. It’s a crazy story.

“Do the stuff you’re supposed too, before you do the stuff you want too.” – Chris Hughes

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Travel Topics:

  • How Chris almost killed his friend [02:20]
  • Starting a life of travel [02:40]
  • The viral power of Duck Dynasty [03:35]
  • Using a Facebook Fan Page to buy a margarita [06:50]
  • Valet-parking cars for Orlando Magic [10:45]
  • Refusing job opportunities to keep your freedom [14:10]
  • Learning how to make money online [16:05]
  • On completing college for your parents [18:03]
  • Burning your ships and making the leap [22:38]
  • Being smart with your money [23:20]
  • Juggling for video games [25:20]
  • The benefits of Capitalism [29:05]
  • Leaving the surfing haven of Costa Rica [30:35]
  • Building systems for your business [33:30]
  • Making business work on Facebook [35:50]

Chris Hughes Talking Points:

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What was your last important life transition?

Jake Ducey: Almost Died yet Found Purpose

Author of a new book The Purpose Principles.

Jake Ducey is curious about what creates both success and failure.

He left business school to write and travel.

A fall in heavy Indonesian rain caused his life to flash before his eyes.

He headed home to write his first book, which was a huge success.

Now it’s time for his second book to be released to the world.

Say hello to the talented young author, Jake Ducey.

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“What can really propel us to do incredible things is being courageous in spite of the fear.” – Jake Ducey (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Left business school at age 19
  • Decided he wanted to write, and most people did that by traveling
  • Was in Indonesia, hiking in the pouring rain when he slipped and fell
  • Life flashed before his eyes, he cut his travels short to go home to write
  • Didn’t really know how to start writing, started by copying The Great Gatsby like Hunter S. Thompson
  • Finished his transcript, then couldn’t find a publisher
  • Self published Into the Wind, hit top 300 on Amazon, sold 15,000 copies
  • Read The Success Principles by Jack Canfield then when on to meet him at an event
  • Canfield wrote the foreword to his newest book
  • Talks about his Indiegogo expertise and the importance of creating personal connection
  • Was never afraid to just send an email asking for what he wanted
  • Decided to do his own publicity for new book, The Purpose Principles
  • Went to deliver donated bicycles with Tom Shadyac
  • People need to be acknowledged and need to know that their lives matter

“When we take matters into our own hands life really responds.” – Jake Ducey (Tweet It)

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Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Graham Brown: Learning the Business Lifecycle and Fitting it into Your Traveling Lifestyle

A telecom business made him traditionally successful.

Then Graham started to examine what success really meant.

So the transition from being a CEO to just a guy with a backpack began.

His family slowly scaled down their lives and started traveling the globe.

Now he enjoys Zen-like moments around the world.

Our next guest, Graham Brown.

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“Everybody has a different way of traveling. People need to know there are options, there are different ways of doing it.” – Graham Brown (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Lived in Japan in the 1990s where he saw the beginnings of the mobile revolution
  • Why Graham scaled down his telecom business to make it more profitable
  • How he learned to be wary of taking on any overhead
  • The importance of the business life cycle
  • Benefits of being detached enough to step back and see what the business needs
  • How he saved money from real estate investments
  • The important part of your finances when traveling: what direction your bank account is going
  • How he wanted to live some place exotic and warm (who doesn’t, really?)
  • His son goes to local school wherever they go, allowing the family to integrate into the local community
  • Books are about starting your own business, making it autonomous, getting rid of material stuff, and being able enjoying the adventure
  • Tips for getting started: Educate yourself, write down your travel goals, be aware that it’s a process
  • How people think traveling is going to get rid of all their problems… It won’t!
  • If you’re a guy with big feet, buy your shoes before you go to Japan
  • How children are far more adapted to this lifestyle than adults

“Children don’t care about making mistakes and they are natural travellers.” – Graham Brown (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Graham:

Barefoot Journal | Facebook | Google+

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Bianca Forzano: From Corporate Office in Rome to a Kite Board in the Dominican Republic

Imagine moving to a foreign country.

You’ve got no money.

All you know is that you want to kitesurf.

Sounds crazy right?

Well it worked out pretty well for our next guest.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce, Bianca Forzano.

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“For me, it’s more important to have freedom than safety.” – Bianca Forzano (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • A special message from guest Jim Carrey
  • Safety as a traveler on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic
  • The power of travel and the impact of expats in developing countries
  • The mechanics of kite camps in Dominican Republic and Italy
  • Transitioning from a corporate office in Rome to a Caribbean kitesurfing instructor
  • The founding story of Bianca’s Bikinis and the first sale
  • Inspiration, adventure, travel, waves and the ocean
  • Breaking away from the systems which limit freedom yet provide a sense of security
  • Lifestyle perceptions and they shift with travel
  • Awe moments

“I want to be the first bikini line for girls to feel cool and sexy in the water.” – Bianca Forzano (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

  • Want to be the face of Bianca’s bikini’s in your country? Tweet Her
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Make the World Less Boring with The Adventurists and Dan Wedgewood

He woke up after drinking all night and learned that he bought a car.

So they drove it to Iran… that didn’t work.

But it kick started a mission to make the world less boring.

They’ve put on hundreds of adventures.

Raised millions of dollars for charity.

But the next adventure is just around the corner…

Ladies and gentlemen, Dan Wedgewood of The Adventurists.

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“Our mission is to make the world less boring.” – Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • About the founding of the Adventurists
  • What inspired the Mongol Rally
  • Goals for future growth of the Adventurists
  • The charity fundraising that comes from the adventures

“Getting lost is an art form.” – Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Learn about Feeling Your Nuts:

That’s right. Guys out there, feel your nuts… Ladies, support the men in this mission.

Early detection is the best form of treatment.

“Entertaining people and looking stupid is a great way to make friends.”- Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

The Adventurists | Twitter | Phone +44 117 364 3402

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