The less sexy (but very real) side of day to day work-life as a digital nomad

When you’re reading about location independent people living and working from their laptops from ‘anywhere’, you usually see lovely visions of pools, beaches, ricefields…. and gosh nothing could ever go wrong in that setting right? RIGHT? Well, er, not so much. What you don’t usually see is what’s happening off camera as part and parcel of this work-and-life… especially […]

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Why Writing Is Not A Waste Of Your Time

Ever been told that writing is a waste of time? I mean it’s fine to do it on the side, so long as you focus on more serious pursuits. Right? That’s what I was told too and for years I believed it. As it turns out, that advice was a load of BS. Now I […]

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How a simple photo project got 4 million fans + a #1 bestselling book (7 lessons from the rise of Humans of New York)

I came across Humans of New York several years ago. Then, it was a Facebook fan page with some photos, and maybe 30,000 fans. I think the main reason I looked at it was that another page with the word ‘humans’ in the title got me curious. However within 20 seconds of browsing the Humans […]

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Ever Wondered What Turning Your Disadvantages Into Advantages Looks Like? THIS.

The other day I came across someone doing something that I just had to share with you. On the face of it, this guy’s business idea isn’t unusual: he sells jewellery. However, the creative way that Gavin Escolar, an immigrant in a new country who had to take a job as an Uber driver to […]

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A story of “finding your thing” (and a part of these stories that’s rarely talked about)

One of my favourite things about what I do is that I get to hear some wonderful free range stories. Like this one which landed in my inbox the other day: Hi Marianne and team, I just want to say really big thank you. 18 months ago (give or take) I was mixed up, frustrated and had no […]

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Ever wonder where you fit in the world? Read this:

I’m writing this to you from a peaceful villa in Bali. Landing here (on my annual migration) I meet so many diverse people. So many wildly different reasons people come to this tiny island. As with everywhere in the world, there are so many ways of doing life and work. But what got me is: how often […]

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Do you get inspired with a new idea… then drop it the next day?

  “It happens to me all the time”, she said. “I get really inspired with a free range idea, and for that moment it’s the most exciting in the whole world! I’m so sure I’m going to do that thing… then a day or a week later I’ve completely lost interest, and drop it.”  She shook her head […]

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Why “how can I get paid to do what I love?” is the wrong question (read this if you’re still looking for your one big “passion”)

  Out of the 80% of people that Deloitte’s Shift Index found don’t love their jobs, I’m willing to bet that over the last month: 10% have spent time drawing stick figures of people parachuting out a window graffiting “see ya suckers!” on the way down, 30% have been thinking about their next vacation and […]

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Why You Can Say F-You To Finding Your Passions

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS? “I’ve tried so hard to figure out my passions but I can’t find them. Maybe I don’t have any passions and this job is the best I can expect.” Desperate email from a blog reader. Not knowing your passions must suck. It must mean you’re an empty shell of […]

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Are Your ‘Good Ideas’ Getting In The Way of a ‘Good Life’?

So you have ideas. Multiple ideas in fact. Enough that you can’t do them all at once, so you don’t start on any of them. You’ve tried to work out how to decide for a while. But nothing is quite clicking. (What if you make the wrong choice? What if you get bored? How can you […]

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