Every now and then, we come across people who directly shape the way we think. I have been following these bloggers for a few years now and I have been inspired by the way they live their lives. They are the reason why I decided to jump in and finally pursue writing/blogging after hesitating for 4 years. Yep, you read that right, 4 years. After being inspired, excited, and motivated by their lifestyle, I figured it was time to stop sitting on the sidelines and immerse myself in the whole process of blogging and helping people through my experiences and thoughts. I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon the following blogs, but I’m really glad I did.
So, without further ado, meet my “influences” from all over the world! 😀
- Colin Wright from exilelifestyle.com
If I remember correctly, Colin’s blog was the very first one I stumbled upon, so I credit him with the dude who introduced me to the digital nomad lifestyle and it completely fascinated me. Imagine being able to travel the world while getting paid as long as you have an internet connection and a laptop? Yeahhhh. I was intrigued too. Anyway, what was interesting to me about his lifestyle was that he traveled to a different country every 4 months depending on the votes of his readers. That’s pretty cool. He also introduced me to the idea of minimalism which I have tried doing (failed) and I have half a mind to try again. Just the idea of being careful about where I allocate my time, energy, and money seems pretty good to me. Plus, I’m pretty bad at keeping things organized anyway so it doesn’t make sense for me to hoard things.
2. Nina Yau from what was previously castlesintheair.org
Nina’s story inspired me. Granted, it was essentially the same as other bloggers (including mine): how we wanted to live life on our own terms and with meaning. However, there was something about the way she wrote and told her stories that was very captivating and genuine. She was the only blogger that I actually had a paid subscription to because she had a way of making you think really deeply and I enjoyed reading her escapades and shenanigans. She no longer blogs for Castles in the Air, but I thought I’d include her on this list as she played a huge part in pushing me to be able to express myself the way that I want to express myself. She’s now a yoga instructor and you can find her here: ninayau.com.
3. Chris Guillebeau from chrisguillebeau.com
I have always thought a little differently from my peers. Before I started reading business and personal development books and before I discovered the bloggers on this list, I usually kept my thoughts to myself (mainly because even then I knew I wasn’t really into spending my whole life at a 9-5 and slaving away and wasting time doing work that meant nothing to me) and when I finally found others who thought like I did, I was ecstatic. Chris calls his blog a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things, The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC), and I felt like I can resonate with his mission. He writes “Unconventional Guides” to help more people do what they are most excited about.
4. Jacob Sokol from sensophy.com
Jacob and his community of like-minded individuals use the wisdom and knowledge they’ve gained to help our generation (20s and 30s) with the challenges that we face. As written on his site, Sensophy helps people in their 20s and 30s answer the question of ‘WTF should I do with my life?!?’ He has podcast and does coaching and ‘helps people break the rules so they can become free’ which, I think, is pretty freakin’ badass.
5. Sean Ogle from locationrebel.com
Have you ever read a story or an article about someone and wondered how you’d ever be able to do what they did? So have I. Sean’s blog makes you feel like you can do it, too, and to back this up, he has posts that are just extremely helpful and that you can apply immediately. He writes a lot about making income online and provides A TON of how-to’s and guides so that you can duplicate a system and you, too, can find online success and earn money independent of location. I haven’t taken his paid courses yet, but I have read quite a few of his articles and whenever I think about the term “lifestyle entrepreneur,” this guy comes to mind.
6. Joel Runyon from impossiblehq.com and joelrunyon.com
Joel just fires me up. He has an “impossible list” of things he thought he couldn’t do because, well, they’re “impossible.” Cool thing is he crosses things off the list as he gets them done and it’s just very inspiring to see someone do something they thought they couldn’t do. He’s one of those people who doesn’t need to do much talking because his actions show people what they should know. There really isn’t much I can say about this guy that would give enough credit to what he’s doing. You need to experience and see for yourself. Head on over to his site. 🙂 Out of everyone on this list, he’s the one I relate to and connect with the most.
There! Hope you guys found some value and inspiration from the very people who motivated and inspired me to pursue what I’ve been thinking about doing. This is far from a comprehensive list, but I wanted to start off with just a few who have made the most impact and who have framed the way I’d like to live my life. If you’d like more, check out Amber Rae, Tyler Tervooren, and Corbett Barr. I’m sure when you search them, you’re also going to find out other influencers and maybe you can find your very own inspirations and motivators.
So, what do you think? Do you guys have anyone I can check out?