Esther Jacobs raised €16 million for charities in her country, got knighted by Holland’s Queen… then, she got kicked out of her hometown and rejected by the same country that honored her. This is the price she paid for being a digital nomad, but she’s still traveling the globe and enjoying the benefits of working from anywhere.
Esther is the co-author of Digital Nomads: How to Live, Work and Play Around the World, based on her own transition to a life of location-independent entrepreneurship. Esther and her co-author, André Gussekloo, detail the myriad opportunities of today’s digitally connected world, and how entrepreneurs can make the most of it.
Esther and I cover a wide range of topics in this interview. She first shares her experiences with the Dutch government, which sound like something straight out of a movie. A kind of horror-comedy. She also talks about the immense freedom she feels now in her life, and how a career as a digital nomad might not be the best fit for everybody. Together we cover other entrepreneurship and budgeting tips for those considering a location-independent lifestyle, wrapping up with Esther’s best travel hacks.
Esther Jacobs is an international speaker and author. She has given more than 1000 keynotes at events like TEDx, inspiring entrepreneurs and decision makers of many organizations — Capgemini, KLM, and Philips to name a few. She has also spoken at universities on 5 continents to help them transform their challenges into opportunities (with no excuses!). Esther has published and contributed to 16 books and helped over 50 entrepreneurs write their own.
As a pioneering entrepreneur, Esther has become an expert at getting outstanding results with limited resources. The “No Excuses Lady” has proven that you can turn even the bleakest situation into an opportunity. When the Netherlands was switching over to the Euro, she raised $25 million for charities without a budget, network or experience. This hard work and creativity then got her knighted by the Dutch Queen.
Never one to shy away from an eventful experience, Esther has survived a reality TV show on a deserted island, and turned her relationship with a playboy into a bestselling book: Have you found your Mr. Wrong yet? She also got ‘fired’ from her country for traveling too much, which turned out to be the best thing for her life and business. She is now a digital nomad with the privilege of living and working in 100+ countries. The government that expelled her is (ironically) now consulting her on how to solve this nomad issue for future mobile generations.
Esther has a long history of novel experience and overcoming obstacles — so listen in and learn from her can-do entrepreneurial attitude.
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- How Esther conceived and executed her creative charity project with no experience in the nonprofit sector.
- The circumstances that pushed Esther to finally make the jump to location independent entrepreneurship and how she found freedom.
- How you can trial a digital nomad experience from home by evaluating your personal and career choices.
- What kind of people might be cut out for the nomad experience.
- Esther’s travel hacks for a minimalist, comfortable travel experience, no matter the destination.
Key Resources for Esther Jacobs
- Connect with Esther: EstherJacobs.info | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | No Excuses Lady | Tri-Annual Inspirational Newsletter
- Amazon: Digital Nomads: How to Live, Work and Play Around the World by Esther Jacobs
- Kindle: Digital Nomads: How to Live, Work and Play Around the World
- Amazon: Have You Found Your Mr. Wrong Yet?
- The Handbook for World Citizens (in Dutch!) by Esther Jacobs
- The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
- Ep #121: The Five-Hour Workday with Stephan Aarstol
- The Dynamite Circle
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