In this week’s show, Andrew discusses the importance of not letting others hold you back, especially when trying to achieve your dreams. Do not go against your instincts to have a better life, for ‘the greater good.’ In the Western culture, Andrew sees that more and more people are becoming jealous of those who have slightly more than them, and those people will try everything in their power to make you feel guilty for it.
[1:35] Remember, this is not a political show. However, politics are discussed, especially if it affects us nomads!
[2:30] Andrew noticed something in the news recently that he’d like to bring to your attention.
[5:15] The government makes the rules. That’s just the way it is, and it’s in your best interest to follow those rules.
[6:35] Some people think it’s unfair to not pay taxes, even if there’s a legal way to do it. By the way, Andrew does pay taxes, just not to the U.S.
[7:15] It’s not tax avoidance. Andrew wants to be very, very clear. There are legal ways that you can pay less taxes and keep more of your money. Want to be sketchy and hide your money in an island? Go somewhere else.
[8:10] So, back to the news story (promise it’s related). There’s a big story about Melania Trump lately.
[11:00] Years ago, Andrew did have a chip on his shoulder about the U.S., but now he’s more wiser, and much, much calmer.
[12:35] There’s a culture that has developed in the United States (or anywhere really) that has become hostile towards people who seek a better lifestyle. Don’t get guilt-tripped into believing you should be miserable for the ‘greater’ good.
[15:30] You’re not the enemy for trying to achieve something and live a more fulfilling life.
[16:55] Why did Tal want to become a nomad?
[19:45] When Tal worked for a 9-to-5, he felt like his soul was being crushed. He longed for adventure and travelling the world.
[21:45] Despite making a lot of money, Tal was so miserable at his job. Tal thought back to when he was at his happiest. It turned out that when he was a dishwasher, making almost no money, in Australia, was when he felt truly happy. That’s when he knew it was time for a change.
[26:50] When Tal went back to Australia, he felt at home immediately.
[28:40] How did Tal get an Australian passport?
[31:45] After he received his Australian passport, Tal felt like it was now time to go and move on to the next thing.
[33:10] Did Tal’s identity change when he became an Australian citizen?
[36:15] Tal discusses the benefits of living a ‘light’ lifestyle. Sometimes you need to reevaluate and shed your current identity to push you to new heights.
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Andrew does a solo show this week on why it’s important to have the right mindset when you’re making some serious and potentially irreversible life choices. Don’t renounce your citizenship out of anger, it will not do you any good. Instead, take a break from it and come back with a different mindset on whether or not your home country can still serve you. From there, you can make the right choices based on your future dreams and goals.
[1:55] Why does Andrew talk about mindset so darn much?
[8:25] Andrew knew someone who was really, really into the book, ‘The Secret.’ Andrew personally thinks that book is total bunk, but there are some lessons that can be learned from it.
[11:20] So, why is mindset so important? Because you eventually get rewarded for who you are and how authentic you are.
[16:15] Some listeners wrote to Andrew asking why did he decide to visit the U.S.
[17:15] Andrew hates it when countries issue him a ‘landing card,’ like Singapore and Indonesia.
[19:40] Andrew had been out of the United States for so long that coming back into the country just didn’t feel right.
[21:25] Andrew wondered to himself if he was okay with the idea of being a tourist in his own country.
[29:00] It’s important to do a ‘gut check’ on whether your home country can still provide the things that you want before you give it up for good.
[32:25] Don’t burn your home country’s passport out of frustration and anger.
[36:35] If your home country no longer serves you, it’s okay to go look for another one.
[41:15] Andrew answers some of your listener questions!
[46:45] Please leave a review on iTunes!
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Andrew circles back on this year’s theme of ‘home.’ Andrew is currently in the United States after not being here for over 1,000 days. Although Andrew was born in the U.S., he rarely tells people he’s from there. The U.S. does not feel like home to him anymore. So, when strangers ask him, “Where are you from?” How does Andrew answer this popular question?
[2:25] Gasp! Andrew is in the U.S. of A.! It’s been over 1,000 days since Andrew was last here.
[3:50] When you’re constantly on the move and being a nomad, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not having a home.
[7:15] Andrew was born and raised in the U.S., but he never felt comfortable here.
[8:00] Where are you from? Where is your home?
[10:10] It’s okay to choose where you’re from. Where you’re from doesn’t have to be where you’re born anymore.
[12:00] As a nomad, it’s okay to want a home!
[17:25] Singles and the overworked aren’t just the only types of people coming to Bali. Just the other day there was a family meetup.
[20:25] What made David decide to leave the U.S. and move to Bali?
[24:05] David is also a rare earth metals expert.
[28:35] Coming to Bali to find yourself? You might want to take a step back on that.
[31:10] Vacationing all the time gets stale. You need to be a part of something — a community.
[35:40] When you travel, you find out what you really need, and become not so attached to material possessions.
[40:25] David loves being a part of something bigger, and helping his team develop better talents and skillsets.
[45:45] What kind of flags did David plant while he was in Indonesia?
[50:10] Can someone build a $100 million dollar business from Bali, or will they need to go to New York in order to make it?
[52:45] Andrew needs a favor from you. Go to iTunes and please leave a review.
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