I got a real treat for you today. And it’s just so happens I’m typing this shit up all the way from Bangkok in a Sweet Secrets shop. Double treat indeed!
I randomly emailed Colin when I stumbled upon his blog. He writes about life and is one of them bloggers who travels the world. Get this, where he travels to depends on where his readers votes for him to go to. Neat eh?
And after emailing him to ask some questions about building a successful blog and following your passion, I knew he wasn’t just another world-travelling bloggers who’s super preachy up his own ass with messages. He gave me so many awesome and honest insights.
I knew I had to interview him. So here we go!
If you want the perspective of a world-traveller, entrepreneur and an all-rounded cool dude who’s about following his heart, I guarantee this interview would inspire the shit out of you. Plus, he looks good. No homo, but ladies, feast your eyes!!!
1) Hey Colin! Thanks so much for doing this. To start off, could you give us a little backstory and how you started out with Exile Lifestyle?
A little over four years ago, I was running a branding studio in Los Angeles and enjoying a fair degree of success with it. At a certain point I realized making a bunch of money wasn’t making me as happy or fulfilled as I would have liked, so I decided to undergo a serious shift in lifestyle and priorities. I got rid of everything that wouldn’t fit into a carry-on bag, had a breakup party with my wonderful girlfriend, and hit the road. During the transition, I started up a blog, and I decided to ask my readers where I should live for four months. That worked so well that I made it a part of my lifestyle and have been doing the same thing — a new country every four months based on the votes of my readers — in the years since.2) When I first emailed you I asked about the importance of following one’s heart. What is your own passion and why do you think following the heart is important?
I’m passionate about having the freedom to pursue new challenges and experiences and knowledge and relationships, and the ability to act when I see something that looks interesting or a problem I think I can solve.
If you’re not following your passions, you’re probably working too hard. That is to say: you’ll feel like you’re working, rather than working hard at something you enjoy (which doesn’t feel like work). I work a lot harder than most people I know, but I spend my time and energy on things that are important to me, and as a result, it never feels like I’m wasting my time; I’m having a blast.3) Well in your opinion, how can one find passion? Sadly, a lot of people don’t have passions, and they don’t know where to start.
You just have to expose yourself to a lot of new things — new experiences, new people, new ideas. The more open you can be, the better the chance you’ll discover something you’re passionate about. Get out into the world and explore! Far too many people — especially the ones that haven’t found their passions — are stuck reading one page and are convinced that’s the entirety of the book. There is a LOT out there to see and do. So get out and see. Do.4) You also follow the lifestyle of minimalism. Could you tell us how it has affected your life and why the idea of having less can be life-changing for people?
Minimalism isn’t really so much about having less, as having only what you need. In a lot of cases that means less, because most of us have a lot of stuff we don’t need, and that tends to hold us back. We spend our time, energy, and resources on things that are not important to us, and as a result have less of all three available for the truly important stuff.
For me, it’s all about experiences and having the freedom of owning my own time. For other people, it may be about cars or clothing or books or whatever. It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about, so long as you’re spending what you’ve got appropriately. Figure that out and you’ll be a lot more focused, and will be able to achieve a whole lot more with your time.5) I see that you’re a world-traveller! Awesome! Why do you think people in general should travel?
Travel exposes you to new ideas, cultures, people; everything, really. It’s very easy to find yourself in an echo chamber, where the things you grew up with are all you know, and that makes a person very flat. Travel helps you become rounder and gives you perspective — a very valuable asset.6) Could you share with us some of your most awesome takeaways from indulging in different cultures?
The biggest is that we’re all essentially the same, with similar desires and ambitions — we’re just divided by different religions and nationalities and skin colors and whatnot. The things that divide us are relatively unimportant compared to the things we share, most people find after traveling a little, and that’s a massively valuable takeaway.7) Unfortunately for most, traveling is tough. We don’t have time or money but a ton of responsibilities to hold on to. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start traveling but feels powerless to?
If it’s really important to you, you’ll find a way. Sacrifices are required for any major change in your life, and it may be you won’t be able to afford that new TV you’ve been eyeing if you want to travel. You have to decide what’s more important to you, and to your growth, and then go with that. The answer to that question will be different for different people, but if you really, truly want to travel, you’ll make it happen, despite the financial burdens and the responsibilities. Remember that and the barriers in your way won’t seem so unbreakable!8) From your writings, I got a feel that entrepreneurship isn’t just about having a business which makes money. Could you tell us what entrepreneurship means to you?
To me, entrepreneurship is about solving problems and creating things that produce value, and that do so in a sustainable way.
That means you have to be creative and interested in what you’re doing, but also set it up in such a way that it’s not just a hobby — it’s self-sustaining and will continue to produce value over time. It’s a massive challenge, and can help you gain monetary wealth as well, but for me, it’s also a whole lot of fun. A great way to figure out what you’re made of.9) Alas, business is tough. Trying to make it as an entrepreneur is hard. Depressing even. What advice would you give to someone who feels like he or she has hit rock bottom?
Failure is just one step on the way to success; everyone has been there. Pick yourself back up and try again. Or try something new.
If you can’t do that, you’re probably not cut out to start a business, because there will be more failures in the future, too.10) Do you think business can be mixed with following the heart, especially in the noisy, online world?
Absolutely! Just make sure you build a business that allows you to do something you think is important.11) Last question! If there was one thing we all can do to be happier, confident people, what would it be?
Always be learning. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be, but also the more you’ll realize how little you know, which keeps you pursuing more knowledge. It’s a very virtuous cycle, and tends to set people up to succeed over and over again long-term.
Here’s a sexy picture of Colin to end this interview off. Be sure to check out here
if you want to vote for him to stay in your country!