1) What are the best and the hardest parts about being a digital nomad for you?
The best part is definitely freedom. Freedom to choose your own adventure, destination, work hours and a lifestyle direction. The hardest part is discipline and coping with distractions. Consistently following my morning routine allows me to get work done and enjoy the places I travel to.
2) How do you set goals and manage time?
Right now, I set big yearly goals and break them down into months and days. I get up at 5 AM and work on myself. I meditate, stretch, read, write and exercise. After my morning routine, I produce value creating work and cope with the inevitable: administration, errands, emails and other stuff.
3) What do you envision yourself doing in the long term?
My mission is to empower 1 million people to change their lifestyle for good. I feel fulfilled creating content that helps people learn, travel, do a meaningful job, take care of their health, earn more and enjoy their lives. I see myself experimenting with lifestyle design and documenting my journey with a goal to give back and leave a legacy.
4) Tell us a little about your reading, investing and daily habits.
Habits are fascinating. If you practice a specific behavior, thinking or exercise for a long time, it becomes automatic, in other words effortless. This year, I’m reading roughly one book a week. I believe reading is one of the most underrated superpowers humans have today. It’s the only shortcut to success I know. I dedicate at least one hour to reading every morning.
When it comes to investing, it’s all about investing in myself first. The return on investment is the best when you invest in yourself. Reading books, taking online courses, attending conferences and networking with like-minded people has helped me develop a mindset of growth and capitalize on my experience and knowledge. Other than that, I invest long-term in P2P loans and cryptocurrency.
5) Where did you get your most recent inspiration from?
Recently, I’ve been inspired by the people who live unconventional lives. People who ditch corporate careers and security, move out to the countryside, create art or businesses that choose to stay small and brilliant. Staying authentic and living the life you enjoy takes a lot of courage. That’s inspiring.
6) If you were to start your journey as a blogger and entrepreneur again, what would you do differently?
I would focus on one thing at a time. I would study everything I could find about the subject. I would launch early. I would get a coach. I would ask for help. I would go all-in with my heart, mind and energy.
7) How do you see the future for digital nomads in Estonia or the Baltics region? Have you faced any challenges regarding the area/ How has this space helped you grow as an entrepreneur?
I believe it’s yet to be discovered. People outside of the region are not aware of the infrastructure, economy, culture and value the Baltic region can offer. It has fast WiFi, fun things to do, a great connectivity with the rest of the Europe and an amazing value for money. It just needs more nomads coming here and talking about it.
8) Your recent article was about giving and taking advice, what advice do you have for young entrepreneurs?
Know yourself. Learn about yourself. Discover your strengths and weaknesses, crystalize your vision and commit. Commit to something you believe in. Entrepreneurship is an emotional rollercoaster. It gets very ugly and challenging. If you know yourself, you will embark on a rewarding journey, if you don’t know yourself you’ll always be chasing the next shiny thing feeling lost and unfulfilled.
9) How do you plan your daily schedule?
For me, the most important thing is to create. I have my yearly goals that I break down into monthly and daily goals. I make them small and actionable. Once I have clearly defined goals, it’s about getting the work done. Some days are better than others and I allow myself to stop working and to go explore the country I’m in, read a book or watch a movie.
10) What are the skills required to become a digital nomad?
Self-awareness, discipline and creativity.
You’ll be constantly experiencing the fear of missing out, you will be influenced by your emotions, environment, social media and other distractions. Self-awareness is the only way to see things clearly. It’s essential when living the digital nomad lifestyle.
Discipline is the ultimate freedom. Once you master yourself and develop a routine that allows you to be productive no matter the circumstances, only then you can get work done and have the time and space to do things you love.
Creativity is the only way to reach your full potential. You know what you want from your life. You just don’t know how to get it. Being creative and curious will lead you to unexpected places where you’ll have to figure out how to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a trip, making money online, developing a routine, getting work done or learning something new, you need creativity to find a solution that works just for you.
Good news, all of these skills can be acquired and developed. It’s not easy but it’s definitely worth it.
Greetings from Jamaica! ❤
Written by Saniya Vardak
Editor Kärt Mättikas