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First post up for 2013! Whoohoo!
In this one I have 3 things to share with you.
1. An amazing story that may shape the course of your year (even LIFE).
2. A massive book recommendation. Seriously the best book i’ve read for the last 5 years or so.
and 3. Some things that are happening with the blog, our Secret Society Mastermind course plus details of my own adventures and goals for this year.
It’s been a great start to the year. I just finished watching the Australian Open tennis with some friends on the weekend.
Now, Roger Federer. This guy is just incredible.
The reason I like him so much is because no matter what is happening in the game he always maintains the same temperament.
If he is losing, he seems calm and collected.
If he is winning, he seems calm and collected.
He doesn’t celebrate too hard, pumping fists in the air after a point, nor does he drop his head or throw his racket if things are going bad.
The ULTIMATE professional.
In part 2 of this post (the book recommendation) I talk about a personal philosophy called Stoicism and how it can help you attack your day to day game with the same level of skill as our friend Roger.
So let’s explore the first thing I have for you…
1. Following The Path With Heart
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Note: I’m just getting used to my new camera rig. Canon 5d mkIII. So bear with me on the new camera shots!
Have you ever been doing something, hanging out with someone or just felt like things are just RIGHT? Like you are plugged in, totally focused and energised and excited for what you are doing.
That’s the path with heart.
In the above video I share a really personal story that I was reminded of from one of my very first freedom trips.
This story and the lesson I learned from an old man at a remote beach asked me to wake up and follow the path that had the most heart in it.
As it’s the start of the year you should be very conscious of wether you are on a path with heart or not. Have this question in the back of your mind for the next week or so as you start to shape the course of your year.
I know whenever i’ve followed the path with the most heart myself, things have ALWAYS worked out.
One of our Secret Society members made the decision to quit his day job during the 2021 course and poured his heart and soul into it. It was his path with heart and now he is making great sales and connections in his freedom business leading him to an entirely new way of life.
Lesson for you: Might be time to take a leap on to the path with heart?
2. Book Recommendation: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
I’m not quite sure how this great read came into my lap (well, on to my kindle).
The book describes, in detail, the characteristics of every great person i’ve ever met and also the skills/philosophy on how to actually live like them too.
Have you noticed that some people just GET THE JOB DONE. No complaints, no worries, just pure DO-ers?
Or have you ever known a man who is so courageous that he almost seems like nothing could ever phase him?
This book will show you how to live moment to moment unshaken by life’s ups and downs and also how to obtain an inner peace that will bring great joy to your moments.
It’s like Zen/Eastern philosophy mixed with western logic. A perfect combo for me as I find the eastern stuff to be a little too woo-woo a lot of the time and had trouble getting into authors such as Eckhart Tolle.
Without going into the origins of stoicism (note though that the most powerful man in the world, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was a stoic) It’s the PERFECT philosophy for entrepreneurs or anyone trying to do anything amazing.
One quick lesson from the book was that when you are with someone, imagine that this is the very last time you will ever see them again.
This will ensure you don’t take this moment with them for granted and start being more present to them.
I used this technique with a girl i’m seeing during the week. To be honest I wanted to get some work done rather than hang out, but since I was with her I didn’t want to think about work…
So I pretended this was the last time i’d see her.
Then I really started to enjoy being with her. I made more eye contact, listened more and enjoyed the company a whole lot more than if half my brain was focused on other stuff and just pretending to listen.
Lesson for you: Over the next couple of days, pretend this is the VERY LAST time you will do things. For example, hanging out with someone pretend this is the last time you will do it.
OR when at the gym or going for a run, pretend this is the last time your body will ever get to move or lift like this again.
Notice how much more focused and powerful that moment is.
Grab a copy of the book here and let me know what you think!
3. Freedom Business Blog and Tim’s goals for 2013
Tonight I fly off to Thailand to meet with the people who went through our Secret Society Mastermind course and will be filming the entire adventure for you.
This will be the start of many adventures this year as I put my life into a bag and hit
the road. I want to film/photograph and send you as much inspiration from the road as possible. More details on this soon!
Whilst in Thailand i’ll be filming a serious of Freedom Business introduction videos.
These videos will be free to the email subscribers and will help you get started in your own Freedom Business.
Also of great news:
WE WILL BE OPENING UP A BRAND NEW SECRET SOCIETY MASTERMIND COURSE TO NEW ATTENDEES IN MARCH 2013.
Yep. It’s happening so stay on the email to get more information.
The blog structure this year will be changing up to 1 blog post/email per week instead of the daily email.
I feel that although I like the daily snippets, 1 content-rich post and email per week is probably more valuable long term as I can’t even remember what I wrote in any of the daily emails last year!
What do you think?
Important: Leave a comment below now with your ideas/comments/suggestions/excitement about your own 2013 and also what YOU would like to see happen with the Freedom Business Blog in 2013.
I’ll reply to you when i’m in Thailand… Flight out in 8 hours. WOOHOO!
Can’t wait to continue the adventure with you!
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If you’re goal driven like me you should be able to answer that question pretty quickly!
Perhaps you want to find a new relationship or even do some travelling or get in better shape… or perhaps launch a freedom business so you can do all of those things with less stress and more time.
After a short hiatus from the daily email (and a lot of where the hell are you Tim? messages) we are off and running again with THE OFFICIAL DAILY EMAIL.
3 Simple Reasons To Join The Daily Email Love
1. You’ll get a quick shot of motivation each day
When striving for any goal, it can feel a little bit unreal.
You can start second guessing yourself with ridiculous statements like
“Can I really achieve this? or is it all in my head?”
The daily email should be a quick alignment to your goals from someone else who is
chasing (and ticked off some) of their personal goals on the quest for freedom, fun
and of course adventure.
2. You’ll get free access to tips and resources to build your own freedom business
Little hints, cool books to read and all the latest freedom business tools.
3. It’s naturally nastiness free!
Meaning no hardcore sales pitches, affiliate links or any other stuff other than pure
value straight from the land of freedom business.
What the hell has Tim been up to?
Couple of things i’ve been focused on right now:
I’ve been HIGHLY focused on the ultra cool crew we have over at the “Secret Society Mastermind” (SSM) course, launched earlier this year.
Secret Society Membership Medallion
The members are doing EXCEPTIONALLY well, with most of them proud owners of their very own freedom business that they built from scratch with the use of outsourcers.
Here’s a shot of one member (who’s identity can’t be revealed for ultra secret reasons of course – hehe) in our forum who just pulled in a rather large sale from just one client using the freedom business content from SSM.
Another highlight was going to visit one of my virtual assistants, Jennifer in Boracay Phillipines (i’ll post a video of this soon!).
ANYWAY back to you…
It’s exciting times and i’m super pumped to be personally connecting with you over the daily email.
A question I had to ask in the above video was:
What’s YOUR biggest challenge right now?
How can I help you? (what would you like to see in the Daily Email?)
Let me know in the comments section below RIGHT NOW…
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The two things I value pretty much over all else are EXPERIENCE and CONTRIBUTION.
Experience, as in doing as many things with this short time you have as you can, and contribution, as in creating a legacy or body of work that leaves the world a little bit better off than when you found it.
The only thing holding you back from getting out there really is fear.
Fear to get out there and start experimenting, failing, testing, winning and experiencing all the highs and lows that go with it.
It’s pretty scary. But what other option is there? Being boring?
I want to share with you a story from my past week when I was on that boat doing my snorkel tour.
This is a story I sent to my daily email people so if you’re not on it and want to hear from me during the week go here.
Daily Email Story:
You know that old saying…
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Got a BIG realtime lesson in this today.
Alright so several hours ago I checked off one of the things on my list of ultimate rad things to do: snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
Yes. It was the shizzle. Everything I wanted it to be and more.
ANYWAY LESSON TIME:
There was a guy from Euro somewhere who, at the edge of the boat – FREAKED OUT and clinged for his life at the edge. Not daring to venture out and see all the amazing fish, coral and other world.
I feel like a really bad person for this but at first I thought: “What the hell are you doing you scared little girl – get the f**k out in the water!”
But instead I just dived in and decided to worry about myself – the guides were giving him help.
As I ventured further and further away from the boat in pure other-worldy heaven – taking in the brain coral, big ass clams, nemo fish in dancing purple and red coral, big ass fish, etc…
I thought LOOK AT ALL THE AMAZING THIS GUY IS MISSING OUT ON!
Just because he’s too scared to venture away from the boat.
So he is an extreme case of fear but then I thought about what boats I’m still clinging too? (as a metaphor).
What boats are YOU still clinging to?
Do you need to venture out into unknown waters and discover
See most people think that venturing away from the boat will result in failure and getting eaten by a massive shark.
The media and society would like you to think that. You’re safe if your scared. You can be controlled if you’re scared.
So as I sit here exhausted from my day in the ocean, I’m making a promise to myself: venture further into the scary unknown waters.
I’d like you to make this promise to me too. If you’re scared on starting a freedom business, asking out that girl you think is cute, or getting in great physical shape…
Then it’s time to let go of the boat.
EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING.
(and I hope I have contributed to you today)
Quote Of The Day: “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
PS. Post me a comment below and i’ll reply!READ MORE
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TIME/DATE: 10:15am 14 June 2011
LOCATION: Remote Beach, QLD Australia
In this post you’re going to learn:
- How you can take on the big companies with your little business (and win)
- Why it doesn’t matter where you are when running your Freedom Business
- The 2 reasons people will buy stuff from you
- A real life freedom business example
- Guy get’s FREEDOM logo tattoo (whoa!)
After I crawl out of the “freedom van” after a night around the campfire with my new found Scandinavian friends, I turn on my little wireless wifi device and get an email from a client from one of my Freedom Businesses.
They need to talk around a project that I’m doing for them (well let’s be honest I’m mostly surfing and sitting around campfires whilst my team handles the work).
I crawl back into my van with the laptop to call them, feeling a little bit weird calling a corporate office whilst i’m in the middle of nowhere.
The call goes great, they actually buy another service and i’m CERTAIN that the person I was speaking too thought I was in some office in Melbourne just like her.
If only she knew!
It really freaked me out the day I realised that you could essentially become a big powerful company with your laptop, IN YOUR BEDROOM (or in my case, on a Queensland beach) – overnight.
Let’s get into the real nitty-gritty stuff here.
What do giant corporations have that you don’t?
So the big guys have more money, but they also have mega expenses to go with that. The office and all those people is a HUGE cost.
This is especially true when you consider how many activities within their businesses are not “BRING IN THE CASH” type activities.
I talk to a lot of people who work in large and small companies and the key point I get out of them (after they are a little embarrassed) is that most of the stuff they do is more like useless meetings, coffee breaks and sneaky Facebook checking until 5pm rolls around.
The real truth is that day-job soul sucking repetitive work is BORING.
Our bodies and minds THRIVE and STAY ALIVE on NEW STUFF. New experiences, new adventures, new sights, smells and tastes.
That’s where you have a secret advantage with a Freedom Business.
The idea of a freedom business is it’s LEAN.
No office. No time wasting coffee breaks for staff and no messing around.
It’s all about PERFORMANCE – that is: RINGING THAT ONLINE CASH REGISTER AND BRINGING IN THAT DOUGH.
Your outsourced workers don’t get paid until they produce a RESULT.
Heck, YOU don’t get paid until you produce a result.
This means in order to survive you need a lean, mean, agile freedom
WHO CARES if you’re surfing on a beach then checking in once or twice a day and co-ordinating all the work?
As long as the work is done, the product is shipped and the client is overjoyed – what else matters? Certainly physical location in this massively connected world doesn’t.
I’ve done deals and taken care of business in airports, on trains, up rugged mountains and in many cafes all over the world.
The world is your office.
So how will people buy your stuff while you’re on a beach?
Well the 2 reasons that people are going to buy anything from you while you’re anywhere are…
1. You/your product gets the job DONE or provides an EXPERIENCE
2. They like you
(note how beacuse of the wonderful world of laptops and the internet how these are LOCATION INDEPENDENT)
So to win against the big companies with their big offices and staff all you need to do is provide a better EXPERIENCE for the customer of these top 2 things.
Here’s an example of a freedom business I consulted for and helped setup for my fantastic accountant:
Notice the voice in the video, anyone?
Now this site is run by specialist accountants, for accountants so the
product is especially targeted at them.
The key is to realise how much personality shines through this site.
Forget the word BRAND. Think PERSONALITY instead.
It’s a potent video that is to the point and asks for the sale in a non-salesy way.
It’s got an “I’m your friend and I can help” feel. Brilliant.
So a note to the big companies out there – BE VERY AFRAID. We are LEAN, MEAN and COMING TO GET YOU.
We are the freedom business laptop army!
PS. Check out this guy who sent me pictures of him getting the FREEDOM logo tattood on himself. THAT’S FREEDOM COMMITMENT RIGHT THERE! WHOA!READ MORE
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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” – Hellen Keller
Hi I’m Natural Tim and this is my blog (i’ll tell you the story of my nickname later)…
Here i’m going to share with you the secrets to creating a little online business that funds a life of freedom, fun and adventure.
See a few years ago on my international travels I was lucky enough to meet a group of people who I now call the “secret society”.
These were normal everyday people that run cool little businesses from their laptops, anywhere in the world and I was privileged enough to sit down and have these guys show me the secrets and formulas to getting my own freedom businesses off the ground.
As you will find out in my free book – at first I was really scared about not doing the normal thing like everyone else, but once I took the leap there was no looking back.
These businesses have allowed me to work from any location, to travel and basically do whatever I like with my days.
Talking about freedom, I even have this beat up old van (now known as the FREEDOM VAN) that I use to go on surf adventures around Australia.
Anyway my close friends started saying “well how can I do this too?” so I started coaching them and even created a private online community called the “secret society mastermind” to coach a small group on how to do it as well.
And that’s what’s led me to create this action packed little adventure blog.
What this blog is about:
- How modern day work is hurting us. Even KILLING us. We aren’t meant to sit on chairs for long hours doing boring, repetitive nonsense. We are the most obese, medicated society in the history of the human race and it’s getting worse. People are more stressed and less connected to the real world outside than ever. It’s time to fight back. You are meant for something more. You were put here to make something amazing and put it out into the world.
- How technology can help us to create a freedom lifestyle where we can sleep the hours we want as long as the work get’s done
- Specifics on creating your own little income generating business that fuels a life of fun and adventure that our body and mind craves
- How to be more productive with your days. It’s all about the time you have NOW not some distant future that may not happen
- Personal stories and interviews from other members of the “secret society” who have managed to escape modern day captivity
- Travel Tips, Fitness and Health Tips, Outsourcing Tips and heaps more fun stuff!
What this blog is NOT about:
- Quick-fix make money online type scams. I’ve unfortunately been sucked in by a few of these and let’s just say the “super deluxe sniper system 9000″ DOESN’T WORK. Or rarely works. Creating a profitable long term business takes a little time, patience and work. It’s more rewarding that way anyway.
- This blog is not going to be filled with useless garbage theories that aren’t tested in the REAL WORLD. I want you to have useful take away stuff that you can go use to directly improve the quality of your life now.
The vision I have for this blog is a portal for people from all walks of life, coming together to create a movement towards a more rewarding and
free work/fun/life balance.
Ok so what’s next?
The first thing you need to do is enter your email address on the right or below and hit subscribe.
I’m going to send you access to my free ebook and audio on getting started with a freedom lifestyle. Plus a couple of other bonus things thrown in there as well.
I’ll be in touch through my daily email which I send every day to make sure everyone is motivated and on track to getting the freedom, fun and adventure they deserve.
So enter your email address, hit subscribe and let’s get this party started.
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“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”