The Bold Living Series Interview # 1
I'm doing a series of interviews, focusing on Bold Entrepreneurs. I've been fascinated by digital nomads, their simple lifestyles, and their constant travel.
I invite you to shut out the media, the constant negativity of gloom and doom, and look to the people who are challenging others to be more and grow more, by getting the hell of their comfort zone. Enjoy!
Karol Gajda, of Ridiculously Extraordinary, an entrepreneur since he was 19, has never worked in a cubicle.
Karol Gadja sold everything he owned and began traveling in 2009. He leads a location independent lifestyle, while enjoying ridiculously extraordinary freedom. Working from his laptop, he has the ability "to do what he wants when he wants as he travels the world."
The Bold Life: Can you please describe who you are and what you do in a few sentences, for our readers?
Karol: I like to build things. Not usually physical objects (although I do some of that too), but online properties. I've built a lot of these things over the past 11 years of working for myself. For the past 2+ years I've been living out of a backpack while traveling in perpetuity and still building things.
The Bold Life: What is the most unusual thing that's happened to you since you began traveling?
Karol: That's a great question, and it could be answered in so many ways. My first day in Chiang Mai, Thailand last year I saved a kitty from drowning in a pool. The kitty was very upset and the owner was very thankful.
The Bold Life: Bloggers have a way of making the lifestyle of location independents very alluring and exciting. Can you tell us about some of the difficulties?
Karol: Relationships and the lack of a foldable blender that fits in my pocket. I like a nice smoothie in the morning. As for relationships, even if you're in a place for a few months that's not really a whole lot of time to let a relationship blossom.
I still haven't figured this one out, but it's not going to stop me from being on the move. Unless, of course, it does stop me.:)
The Bold Life: What locations have had the biggest impact on how you view life? Why?
Karol: None. A lot of people have asked me about epiphanies or "aha" moments that happened when I started traveling. Those happened before I started traveling.
The result *was* the traveling. Something I've realized more and more is that we're all human. There may be language and cultural barriers, but everybody feels, thinks, eats, cries … I could go on, but you get the idea.
As different as we all are, we're all very much the same. To me, that's a good thing. It makes it easier to find common ground with someone who you may not agree with or who has a completely different lifestyle than you.
The Bold Life: Do you have a base you call home?
The Bold Life: What frightens you about life?
Karol: On any given day it could be any of a number of things, depending on where I am and what I'm doing.
Right now I'm afraid I won't be able to get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry which begins in 2 1/2 hours. It has been sold out for days and even scalpers have come up empty.
But for the most part, there is no overarching fear.
The Bold Life: If you had sixty seconds to talk to everyone on the planet what would your message be?
Karol: My message would change depending on when you asked me, but today it's this. Be grateful for what you have and don't dwell on what you don't.
On top of that, go after what you want because nobody is going to hand it to you.
The Bold Life: Karol, thanks for sharing your time with us today! We appreciate you.
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