Leaving Work Behind

A Brief Guide to Money

Written by Tom Ewer on May 29, 2014. 24 Comments

MoneyMoney – and your attitude towards it – is as important as just about anything in life.

In fact, I firmly believe that creating a healthy attitude towards money represents half the battle when it comes to leaving work behind. Not only does spending less mean that you have to earn less, but having a genuine respect for money can help you to build a successful business.

With that said, in this post I want to lay bare my ideals when it comes to money – how one should think of it, treat it, and (most importantly) spend it.

What you’re about to read isn’t an argument for frugality, nor an argument for minimalism. It’s just how I see things. Keep Reading

How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others And Live A Happier Life

Written by Guest Author on May 22, 2014. 13 Comments

Tom: Today’s post is by David Schneider, a corporate banker turned modern nomad and online entrepreneur. You can find him over at SelfMadeBusinessman.com or get in touch via Twitter.

AirbrushingHow much time every day do we spend comparing ourselves to others?

If you’re like me, it’s a lot more than you’d like.

We do it everyday. I do it everyday.

Having just started my business and entrepreneurship blog, I’m already looking at other peoples’ old traffic reports to see how I stack up.

This has to stop! At a minimum, we have to channel our desire to compare ourselves with others in a productive way.

If you’re struggling like me to quit comparing yourself to others and want to move on, read on. Keep Reading

Taking the Steps to Make Your Passion Project Come Alive [Jana Schuberth: A Profile]

Written by Tom Ewer on May 19, 2014. 4 Comments

Jana SchuberthBack in February Tom shared with you his excitement over his upcoming first conference attendance. The conference in question is Alive.

Based in Berlin, it is in gear to become a leading European entrepreneurial conference. So, if you live in Europe or want to visit Europe, this is definitely something that you want to put on your calendar.

But let me be clear before moving forward: Alive is not simply a conference – it is a movement. Social change and social entrepreneurship are great descriptions of its message, but above and beyond it is a European beacon for a global gathering.

Jana Schuberth is the incredible visionary behind the movement. She made her passion project come to life by taking one step at a time and not letting her doubts stop her. This post goes behind the scenes of Alive and the incredible woman who pushed aside her doubts and made her passion project a priority. Keep Reading

How to Overcome Fear and Chase Your Dreams (in 5 Steps)

Written by Tom Ewer on May 15, 2014. 13 Comments

Tom: The following is a guest post by Sid, an e-commerce entrepreneur, currently running his businesses from somewhere in South-East Asia. He also teaches people how to start their own online stores at Open a Store Now.

BeachDreams. We all have them.

I’m not talking about the ones we get when we sleep. I’m talking about the ones we have when we’re wide awake. When we look at a picture of a Thai beach and think, “I wish I could go there.” When we drive by a large house and think, “I wish I could buy a home like that.” When we drag ourselves to work and think, “I wish I didn’t have to do this.”

Unfortunately, for most people, their dreams remain just that. Dreams. I was there too, and you’re probably there now, or you wouldn’t be reading a blog called ‘Leaving Work Behind’.

I used to work at a Big 5 consulting firm in sunny Canada. It’s the type of job most graduates would kill for. I had a large salary, a flexible schedule and a great relationship with the upper management and partners. It was glamorous and I loved wearing suits and meeting CEOs.

But after a while the sheen wore off. No matter how great the job was, how flexible it was and how many perks there were, I still couldn’t help but feel there was something missing. I had those same dreams, and I realized I wasn’t getting any closer to them. I wasn’t getting closer to defining my own life, taking control of my time and visiting Thailand.

What do you do in a situation like this? On one hand there are the things you want to do but you can’t, and on the other there are the things you don’t want to do but you must. You must get up every day and go to the job. You must stay back and work in the office if the project demands it. You must pick up the work phone on weekends. Because it pays the bills. Keep Reading

How To Structure and Run an Extremely Effective Mastermind Group

Written by Tom Ewer on May 12, 2014. 20 Comments

MastermindI’m sure by now you have heard multiple sources raving about the benefits of being in a mastermind group to help push your business to the next level. Tom has previously provided great information on how and why you should start a mastermind group and included his two person mastermind model in that post. He also emphasized the importance of being on the same page with your group before you proceed.

However, once you have found the people you want to work with, what do you do next? How do you stay organized and on task so that the group is benefiting the members? I have the privilege of being involved in an awesome mastermind group and I am excited to share experiences with you that have introduced great results.

This post will show you how to introduce structure to a mastermind group and run a meeting so that you can run an effective and efficient group where all of the members benefit. Keep Reading