Writer. Photographer. Entrepreneur. Full-Time Globetrotter🌎. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth. https://www.minimalistfocus.com

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Hi, I’m Jack

Born in Luxembourg, I am a trained finance lawyer with a passion for writing, photography, and globetrotting. I nowadays travel the world full-time (50+ countries) while managing several online businesses in the field of content creation. My aim is to help ambitious readers achieve lifestyle design by focusing on the essentials.

My Most Popular Medium Stories

  1. 6 Effective Minimalist Habits That Changed My Life
  2. The Benefits And Disadvantages of Being a Digital Nomad
  3. How to Find Stillness, Productivity, and Enjoyment Every Day
  4. 6 Things You Need to Give Up to Become a Successful Online Entrepreneur
  5. 7 Powerful Life Lessons From Years of Remote Work

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  1. How Full-Time Traveling Changed My Outlook on…

How digital nomadism changed my outlook on life and work

8 Powerful Life Lessons From Years of Remote Work — woman working outside with laptop
Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Digital nomadism is a unique experience.

You perform a constant balancing act between work and adventure. You learn how to separate professional routines from conventional office environments. And finally, productivity becomes a lifesaver, not just a “nice-to-have.”

A little over two years ago, I bid farewell to my corporate office, parted company with most of my possessions, and started to work remotely.

In the beginning, I saw it as a learning experience — a way to try out an alternative lifestyle.

Through a lot of hard work, mistakes, and smart decisions, I succeeded in turning remote work into a permanent lifestyle. …

7 steps to building your ideal remote working lifestyle

No-Nonsense Guide on How to Become a Digital Nomad — girl at the beach in Cancun
Photo by Victor Hughes on Unsplash

In 2007, Tim Ferriss called digital nomads the “New Rich.”

In this context, remote work, financial freedom, and purpose-driven activities are key to becoming part of this select group of “21st-century rockstars.”

On paper, it sounds like the real deal.

Many people, however, question the practical feasibility.

How can an unfulfilled cubicle employee achieve location-independence, travel full-time, and work from anywhere?

In short, how can the average Joe become a digital nomad?

In 2016, I started my first online business — a now obsolete travel blog. …

7 lessons learned from making bad decisions

The Best Mistakes I Made as an Online Entrepreneur — young man on the phone on rooftop terrace
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Online entrepreneurship is like college on steroids.

You enroll in lots of classes, but you can’t wait until the end of the term to pass your exams.

Committing to a full-time online career is a risky choice but also a learning experience. Once you leave the comfort of your well-paid corporate job, you plunge into the unknown. You might have learned the ropes of content creation with side hustles, but full-time entrepreneurship is a different beast.

As such, you will make mistakes.

You’ll launch your product too soon or too late. You’ll miscalculate the time and budget that you need to invest in a particular venture. And finally, your estimations on growth, audience loyalty, and content performance will inevitably come back to bite you. …

Reject these thought patterns to improve your lifestyle

Mindsets That Will Prevent You From Living On Your Own Terms — man with camera in front of shiny billboards
Photo by Road Trip with Raj on Unsplash

We all want a better lifestyle.

Some of us want to travel to far-flung places and experience novelty. Others are tired of working long hours without seeing their children often. And finally, most of us seek a purpose-driven job with enough free time to pursue passion projects.

In short, we want to live on our own terms.

In the 21st century, designing your ideal lifestyle is more accessible than ever.

If you crave location-independence, remote work opportunities can help you transition into digital nomadism. If you want more family time, re-orientating your career can become the cornerstone of a better work-life balance. …

Ace remote work by following simple guidelines

Rules That Will Help You Thrive as a Digital Nomad — man standing on cliff and looking at the sea
Photo by Mike Swigunski on Unsplash

Many people confuse digital nomadism with backpacking or other forms of long-term travel.

Digital nomads travel the world, share their experiences on Instagram, and work freelance when not trekking jungles.

That’s what most people think, but it’s only a small piece of the puzzle.

To succeed as a remote worker, you need a productive routine, multiple income streams, and vagabonding astuteness. Digital nomads — whether they’re entrepreneurs or employees — learn how to balance work and adventure, and they know how to utilize the benefits of location-independence.

In short, successful digital nomads thrive at managing a full-time travel lifestyle.

You might be wondering: what’s their secret? How can former cubicle employees travel indefinitely and make a full-time income online? …

Make better decisions by cutting out hindrances

How to Approach Tough Decisions By Removing Obstacles — girl looking at Tower Bridge in London
Picture by Luigi Manga on Unsplash

We all want to improve our decision-making.

Whether it’s small consumer decisions like buying a smartphone, health-related decisions such as starting a gym routine, or professional decisions like choosing a career, we need effective ways to select the best option.

That’s where the removal of obstacles comes to fruition.

When analyzing our decisions in hindsight, we often find elements that clouded our judgment.

I bought that outfit as a result of peer pressure. I took that job because my family expected me to. And finally, I didn’t go solo traveling because I was too afraid.

These are examples of decisions that we made or didn’t make due to obstacles. …

7 ways to get more out of your days

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Picture by freestocks on Unsplash

There are two kinds of people.

Some are always in a hurry, catching up on work, putting in late shifts, and running from activity to activity. Others seem to get everything done without cramming their schedules, staying up late, or letting stress factors take over.

Lifestyles might differ, but everyone has the same 24 hours.

That’s where daily routines come into play.

If you want to become more productive, alleviate stress factors, and push your endeavors forward, you need an effective routine.

As American philosopher Will Durant once said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. …

Ask yourself these before committing to a remote working lifestyle

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Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash, edits by Jack Krier

Many people wonder whether a digital nomad lifestyle would suit their character, work ethics, and motivations.

It sounds incredible, but I don’t know whether I’d like to work on the road. I have a remote working arrangement, but I’m not sure if working in a foreign country is a good idea. And finally, travel adds a lot of complications to my already busy working schedule.

These are the doubts that crop into people’s minds.

They enjoy the idea of location independence, geo-arbitrage, and freedom, but they are unsure whether they could succeed as fully-fledged digital nomads.

As with many endeavors, you need to ask yourself the right questions. …

What it was like to be a digital nomad entrepreneur in 2020

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Italian espresso solves many things / Jack Krier on Instagram

2020 was a grim year for travelers.

Whether you were seeking some well-deserved holidays, planning new adventures, or living a digital nomad lifestyle, the past twelve months were disappointing at best.

For people in the tourism industry, it was even worse.

According to an August 2020 policy brief from the United Nations, the industry could lose up to 100 million jobs and 1 trillion dollars in revenue. Worse still, 2020 will have a dramatic effect on some of the world’s least-developed countries — many of which are heavily reliant on foreign visitors.

Personally, my digital nomad lifestyle got a forced break. On the road for the entirety of 2019, my journey ground to a sudden halt in February 2020. …

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