Hello and welcome to LibMode!
This is my personal lifestyle design blog. I plan to write about various different topics that interest me. The three topics that I will heavily focus on are; reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship. If you are passionate about any of these topics — bookmark this blog, and check back often.
Last year was full of many new experiences, challenges, and adventures. I developed several great habits, co-founded a business, dropped a great paying job of three years, booked a one way flight to Europe and backpacked to seven different European cities over the span of 25 days, read over 60 books, started various different projects, and connected with several amazing people along the way. I’m passionate about a lot of things, but anything related to reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship take top priority.
Why these three? Well, to keep it simple… It’s incredibly stimulating and powerful to read, learn, and gain knowledge, traveling makes me feel alive, and entrepreneurship is full of many challenges and life lessons that tug at my very core, I enjoy all three of these tremendously. I can’t imagine my life without this balance. Anyway, without further ado…
I started to read books on and off four years ago. It all started when my good friend Shad recommend that I read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. I took his advice and read the book. The knowledge and positive impact I gained from this single book was invaluable! Over the course of several months I started to notice that I was unconsciously applying principles from that book in social interactions, and that’s when I truly recognized the power and importance of actively reading in every aspect of life, business, and relations. Since that day I’ve read over 110 books, and I’m quickly building up steam. One of my goals for 2016 is to read 120 books. I’ll be writing reviews, advice, and lessons from these very books here on LibMode throughout the year. I truly believe that knowledge can liberate you and bring you real happiness, balance, and peace. Onward…
Last summer I quit my job, booked a one way flight to Europe, and waited for the departure date… I’m very happy that I did. The experience was incredible in it’s own way. I faced many uncomfortable situations, ate various different foods, I met and connected with people from all corners of the globe, hung out and shared stories — holding conversations with complete strangers is easy because everyone’s stories are almost always engaging, interesting, and unique. I ended up traveling to seven different cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Cologne, Prague, Ireland, and England. I opted to stay in Hostels which is definitely the way to go because you’ll meet other travelers on a daily basis.
It may be uncomfortable throwing yourself into a foreign land with foreign people, but by facing the uncomfortable you really start to grow as a person. Traveling is like being a kid again, everything is new and exciting, you don’t quite understand it all, but you are simply alive and truly experiencing one of the many fine paths that life has to offer…
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
With that being said… Traveling has given me a new zest for life, an understanding that whenever life gets dull, or boring — I always have it to fall back on.
Naturally I’m an entrepreneur… As a young child I was always up to something. I remember setting up a snow cone shack outside my house. I walked the neighborhood selling mom’s homemade cookies and candy several different times. My twin friends David, Daniel, and I once captured several small birds and tried to sell them to complete strangers (kids right?). I also learned how to build and setup computers.
All of these endeavors taught me several valuable lessons. I became fascinated with the internet at a young age, and learned everything I could about web development, marketing, and earning money online. I co-founded Captain Athletics last year with my nephew Anthony, and good friend Jason. Overall it has been a great learning experience with many ups and downs. I plan to share what I know and continue to learn over the years about entrepreneurship here on LibMode.
My core reason behind LibMode is to help liberate you in your journey to discover your passions, find balance, and improve your lifestyle through one, two, or all three of these modes: reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship. I plan on fusing these three modes together in my life to create a sustainable lifestyle that can be replicated by others.
I want to show you the power of reading books and how knowledge can drastically improve all areas of your life.
I want to show you how to make money with a laptop and internet connection while you’re out traveling the world so that you can travel stress free for a longer period of time.
I want to show you entrepreneurs how to effectively use the internet to market, grow, and improve your business and relations.
I’m going to be using LibMode to achieve the above and improve my writing skills in the process. Please bear with me!
Cheers to the New Year!
** This post was originally published on January 4th 2016. **