Becoming a digital nomad was by no means easy: I survived malaria, had to catch a scorpion when it got lost in my tent, was robbed in Madrid, and almost had the Egyptian police called on me; yet, I wouldn’t change my life for anything!
I’ve also been able to stay at 5-star hotels and ride a helicopter for free, tour Hamburg’s red-light district with a real pimp legend, document the stories of Zanzibar’s first female tour guide and Egypt’s first pole dance studio owner as well as sea lions and join several safaris.
And these stories are what I live for. They are the reason I travel. Meeting people, bringing cultures together, and inspiring others to travel to make this world a more open-minded, accepting, and loving place is why I wake up every morning.
Becoming a digital nomad is not only about being able to work while traveling the world, it’s also a lot about the right mindset:
- You need a ton of self-motivation and discipline.
- You need to love yourself and spend time with yourself.
- And whatever it is that you will end up doing, it’s about serving others, not yourself, or making money (same thing).
I’ve also added a book for beginner entrepreneurs and one from an online sales guru. The latter is like a Bible for everyone selling anything online.
So, if you’re looking to become a digital nomad, here are the books that have shaped me, changed my mindset from excuses to anything is possible, and have made me an all-around happier person:
Let’s start with:
The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle
Instead of traveling from country to country to escape your reality and never being satisfied because you’re always comparing yourself to others, you will find that this book will help you to seize the moment and be grateful for what you have.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz shares with you wisdom of the ancient Toltec people: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Sounds easy and obvious, but reading this book will help you internalize these important life lessons.
The Secret – The Power by Rhonda Byrne
If you don’t know about the Law of Attraction yet, The Secret – The Power will serve as your beginner’s guide towards the limitless possibilities you can attract if you stay positive and grateful. There is much more to the Law of Attraction than The Secret – The Power encompasses, but, like it’s said, it’s the best book to start with.
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
To be successful at anything, you have to know your why. Why do you want to be a digital nomad? Why do you want to work as XYZ? Why do you want to have your own business? Whose problem are you solving? Why? Start With Why will not only leave your questions and answers around your purpose(s) and help you find your path, it will also assist you in making others believe in your mission and follow it, so your vision of changing the world for the better can come true.
The Lean StartUp by Eric Ries
What if you have this amazing idea for a product or business, but you’re not sure if anyone will buy it? That’s where The Lean StartUp comes in. Ries explains how you go from an idea to a product with the least amount of effort and money. But most importantly, this book will let you know why it’s important to test your product to find out if people want/need it and how to do that.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Growing rich does not necessarily mean money. Growing rich encompasses your business, relationships, health, etc. I want to say every single successful person has read this book – millionaires, billionaires, and people who are on their way to becoming them. Being rich is not only about having money for yourself but being able to help more people because you have more money. Ah huh!
Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by Harv T. Ecker
Money does not only come because you work hard for it. Money comes easily, but you have to work on your mindset. Ecker will not only provide you with simple and easy-to-use tools to rewire your beliefs about money but also with concrete action steps to accumulate wealth.
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
If you’re a total newbie in this working online world, you can use this book to find out what kind of services people need help with online. And if you’ve been in business for a while, you’ll learn how to delegate and outsource your work, so you have more time to scale your business and be creative as well as spend with your loved ones. An absolute must-read for everyone who is or wants to become a digital nomad and scale his/her business.
From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur by Brian Lofrumento
Brian’s book Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur taught me that it’s important for entrepreneurs to just start and just do things. This way, you’re already one step ahead of millions of others who are simply thinking about their idea but not acting on it. It also took away my constant fears of “Who am I to teach people things?” or “Why would people pay me out of everyone else?” The best lesson was that if you’re one or two steps ahead of a beginner in your field, you might be able to teach them the beginning steps of something better than a pro, who’s been at his job for 20+ years and who may have already forgotten how he started.
His book is valued at $62 now – I got it for free, just paid to ship. But hey, good for him!
DOTCOM Secrets by Russel Brunson
The world’s most known motivational coach, Tony Robbins himself, vowed for Russel’s book Dotcom Secrets, so how can this not be a bible for every online business owner? Russel explains the importance of a value ladder for your sales funnel, so you just have to follow his steps to scale your business to hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. He’s been in the game for years and his strategies have worked for countless businesses, who pay him an incredible amount of money, so they can make even more money.
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