Today we’re going to chat with Janet Rouss, founder of getrealbranding.com. She is a brand strategist, graphic designer, and international speaker. One of the nuggets of wisdom you’ll get in this interview is how she got her clients comfortable with with her working remotely. There’s also lots of other good stuff in there like how she grew her career from a graphic designer to a brand strategist and how she manages a team remotely. So without further ado, here’s Janet.
I just had an awesome interview with one of my best friends Osborn Chen, founder of UXbeginner.com. Not only is he an awesome UX designer, he was one of the people who started down digital nomad journey the same time I did. In this podcast, you’ll hear about how he grew his career into a UX designer and then freed himself to become a location-independent freelancer and entrepreneur.
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I’m currently in Remote Year 3 (3rd generation), a program that brings 75 digital nomads together to travel the world. We are spending our 6th month in Prague, Czech Republic. Last weekend I visited Lisbon, Portugal, where Remote Year 6 is starting their first month.
I had a chance to play, learn, teach, and share with a group of diverse and talented people.
I grew a lot.
These are the 3 lessons I learned:
1. Teaching helps you grow
I was asked to give a talk on my experience with Remote Year so far. I talked about growth– how I grew myself, the community, the nation (all RY communities), and the world.
After the talk, people peppered me with questions:
“What were some things that you wished you’d done differently?”
“Did the beginning feel chaotic?”
“How did you manage it?”
These were great questions. It made think, organize, and communicate.
Noise left, wisdom stayed.
I left with a better understanding of where I was, where I am now, where I want to be in the future.
2. People sharing their needs helps a community grow
Their program leader shared with me an ice-breaker RY6 did during orientation. It was called “offer and learn.” The activity is simple: each person goes around the room and shares what they can offer and what they’d like to learn.
In 30 minutes, everyones lays out how they can help and where they want to grow.
In my talk, I included a slide on my “offer and learn.”
Over the next 24 hours, I taught 5 remotes about career planning, making passive income with online courses, and podcasting. Four remotes taught me about instagram branding, time management, digital marketing, and visual branding.
The community grew.
3. Online education helps the world grow
On Monday morning, I got surprised. I went to the rooftop kitchen to make breakfast and noticed something strange. There was a group of RY6ers doing yoga, but there was no yoga instructor. As I scanned, I noticed a laptop in front. It was playing a prerecorded video of a yoga instructor.
This laptop was a virtual teacher.
The world grew.
This video was recorded once in one session. But now it can be accessed by anyone at anytime anywhere in the world. I was also surprised that this surprised me. After all, I create online courses to help people become successful digital nomads and rock star product managers. I have more than 4,500 students from all over the world.
I guess I didn’t realize how many topics can be taught online.
Thanks for hosting me Ikigai. You made me feel like I was part of the family.
In December, Remote Year 7 will be in Cambodia while Remote Year 3 is in Malaysia.
I feel another growth trip coming up 🙂
P.S. If you ever find yourself in Lisbon. Go to a football game.
Here’s a what it feels like:
In this podcast, we’ll be talking to Tanya Wasylewski, a certified life coach at Meraki Coaching. In this episode, you’ll hear how Tanya went from working in corporate to becoming a successful life coach. You’ll also hear about Tanya’s tips on how to find balance while traveling, which is one of the biggest challenges when you’re traveling as a Digital Nomad.
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I’ve given many talks on “How to Become a Successful Digital Nomad.”
A question often comes up: “What does it mean to be successful?”
After all, success means different things for different people. For some it means money. For some it means fame. For some it means happiness. For me, success is none of those things.
For me, success = growth. I am successful when I grow myself, my friends, my family, and the rest of the world.
Success = Growth
I think about growth in 6 dimensions: Physical, intellectual, emotional, social, financial, and spiritual. Here’s a breakdown of what each of those dimensions include for me:
- Physical – playing soccer, rock climbing, hiking
- Intellectual – learning new knowledge (tacit + explicit)
- Emotional – experiencing new emotions, growing empathy
- Social – forming new relationships, strengthening existing ones
- Financial – acquiring wealth
- Spiritual – building personal faith in the universe
I actively and intentionally seek growth. It drives my decision-making process. Whenever I have an important decision, I ask myself: “which option would maximize my growth in as many dimensions as possible?”
I worked in an office enviroment for 8 years. During that time, my growth was slow. I was quickly growing my finance dimension but was slowly growing all other dimensions.
I drove the same path to work. Showed up to the same cubicle every morning. Performed the same tasks. Ate the same food. Drove the same path home.
My daily decisions followed the same script. My environment was static. My life was stagnant.
Then I had an epiphany – in order to grow, I had to change my environment. And that traveling is the easiest way to change my environment. When I travel to another country, I automatically get exposed to new people, cultures, languages, and customs. My script automatically gets rewritten. In Colombia, I learned to gently close car doors. In Argentina, I learned to eat a normal dinner at 10pm. In Chile, I learned greet someone by kissing them on the cheek.
When the environment changes, I naturally change with it.
Growth happens without much effort.
Travel = Easy Growth
After I realized travel = easy growth. I wondered: “How can I sustainably travel for long periods of time and consistently change my environment?”
The answer was to become a digital nomad.
Digital Nomad = Constant Growth
Unfortunately, travel requires a lot of planning. Research cities, book cheap flights, find housing. These chores are speed bumps in the path to growth. I wanted to skip these speed bumps and be a digital nomad who focuses on acquiring experiences.
Luckily, I found the solution last year. The solution was remoteyear.com, a program that brings 75 digital nomads together and sends them traveling for a year while working. Remote Year takes care of all the speed bumps and handles housing, workspace, and travel logistics. I realized joining this program would free me from the hassles and give me time to focus on experiences and growth. So in March 2016, I packed my life into 3 containers and started to travel the world.
I’m currently on month 6 of the 3rd group in Remote Year.
I’ve played, eaten, worked, danced, slept, climbed, and loved across 9 countries.
I’ve grown a lot.
Becoming a Digital Nomad makes me feel like I’ve discovered a secret life hack to get easy, consistent growth.
What are some of your secret life hacks for growth? Feel free to share in the comments below.
In this podcast, we’ll be talking to Greg Caplan, the CEO and founder of Remote Year, a program that brings together 75 Digital Nomads get them to travel and work together for a year. I’m currently in the 3rd class and we’re currently all in the beautiful city of Prague. In this episode, not only will you learn more about Remote Year, but also Greg’s tips on finding remote work and what qualities and patterns he sees in successful Digital Nomads. The program currently has over 100,000 applications so they are super selective of who they pick to join the program so you can bet he has some interesting nuggets of wisdom to share. He’ll also tell us about how he runs a remote team and the processes and tools he uses.
Want to find remote work outside of software development or design? Here are 10 companies that are looking for non-tech skills. Whether you want to write, film, or teach, these companies can pay you to do what you love while traveling the world.
1. Remote Year – Brings together a community of 75 digital nomads from across the globe to spend a year working, traveling, and exploring 12 cities around the world.
Job board: http://remote-year.breezy.hr/
- Philanthropy Programming Lead
- Admissions Officer
2. Education First – Online education provider
Job board: http://careers.ef.com/
- Online English Teacher – Remote
- Online Demo Teacher
3. Jobbatical – Job matching site for professional looking for a career break
Job board: https://jobbatical.com/
- Content Manager
- Video Producer
4. Toptal – An online network of curated freelance software developers and designers
Job board: https://www.toptal.com/careers
- Online Community Lead
- Communication Specialist
- Head of Parternships
5. Elevatek12.com – Online education provider
Job board: http://elevatek12.com/careers
- K-12 Online Instructor
- Academic Performance Manager
6. 10up – Web design & development consulting services
Job board: https://10up.com/careers/
- Web Strategists
- Project Managers
- Ad Ops Specialists
7. Shutterstock – Stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools provider
Job board: http://www.shutterstock.com/jobs/listings
- Remote Editor Image Reviewer
- Remote Vector / Illustration Reviewer
8. Study.com – One of the largest online study reference websites in the world
Job board: http://study.com/pages/Contractors.html
- Flashcard Writer
- Lesson Reviewer
- Video Captioning
9. Cheatsheet.com – Online cheats/guides to everything modern men want, need, and ought to know, do, or buy so they can get the most out of life.
Job board: http://www.cheatsheet.com/jobs/
- Content Producer
- Celebrity Writer Style
- Freelance Writer
10. InVision -prototyping, collaboration, & workflow platform
Job board: https://www.invisionapp.com/company#jobs
- Customer Success Manager
- Sales Development Representative
- Sales Operations Analyst
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