It's often been said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I first heard Tony Robins say this over ten years ago, I heard Eben Pagan say it last year, and I watched Tim Ferris say it last night. The trouble is, choosing the right five people to spend the most time with is easier said than done. And up until now, being location independent hasn't made it any easier. There are huge advantages with being independent (hello world), but one disadvantage is that for the last fours years, for a minimum of eight hours a day, I've haven't surrounded myself with anyone but myself. I worked from home, nowhere near people who do what I do, or think like I do. Unlike a traditional workplace. My friends are fantastic, but the time has come to really grow my business, and to do that I need to surround myself with people who are either doing the same thing, or have already done it. I have friends in the US who are similar in this respect (hence why I go there so often), but the time has come to expand my network. The great thing about the whole digital nomad scene is that people who travel the world while working, are usually doing something at least a little bit similar to me. They have the same freedoms, and the community is huge. I know that whenever I land in a major city, I will immediately be able to find people who I can network with, and from there, the possibilities are endless. Just being around the right people makes a world of difference
It's been an interesting start.
Along with being sad to leave, and excited too, I was a little bit scared.
It's a daunting journey ahead, but I was never really in any doubt (still not), that it was the right decision to make.
I'm only on day three of my trip, and I've already noticed a difference.
I've met and hung out with people who have helped me to think clearer about my business, and challenged me in ways that are helping me to grow.
Hell, for evening entertainment last night we watched hour long seminars, with talks from Tim Ferris and Dan Sullivan.
But it's not all work.
I've explored the city a little, taken photos, been out for a few meals, and worked out in the gym.
Budapest is all about easing myself into the lifestyle of a digital nomad.
Bit of sight-seeing, lots of photo taking, meeting interesting people, and getting shit done.
These next two weeks are all about finding a way to not only maintain my business, but to grow it while working less.
And the plan for how I'm going to do that will be in my next post.