There were twitter messages going around before he even made his presence known.
I chuckled with the thought of the attention his look alike was getting from those eager bloggers learning from the master himself, Darren Rowse at the Problogger event in Melbourne,… actually those currently distracted from learning.
I was learning via the twitter hashtag stream, while I sat outside feeding Savannah.
A few minutes later Craig came outside,
“I’ll take Savannah. You better go inside. Tim Ferriss is on stage, he is here as a secret special guest.”
I knew he was in town as he was speaking at an event with Richard Branson, if only he was making an appearance too!
I was excited. To be honest, I have never even read Tim Ferriss’ books. But I like him.
I like him, simply because he has a traveller’s spirit and has been able to turn that into entrepreneurial activities.
And that is what we want to do.
I think travellers fit the mould of entrepreneurism really well.
They are resourceful, they live life by the beat of their own drums, they are good at negotiation, problem solving, decision making and one of the key ingredients of running a successful business:
Getting along with others.
Travellers are thrown in the deep end constantly while on the road.
Often we are trying to communicate with those who speak different languages to us, have different cultures, ways of thinking and being.
We have to learn to get along despite the obstacles.
And then of course there are the other travellers we meet on the road. We often spend many days travelling together, sitting around cafes and hostels, chatting about our travels, sharing tips and advice and then of course in the evenings partying to the wee hours after a couple of drinks.
There is much laughter and lightness.
It was this travelling spirit that inspired us to create our travel blog, we wanted to emulate that.
A place where travellers share stories, tips, advice and have fun in a like-minded community.
I knew that Tim Ferriss got this and so I raced inside to hear this come through in his voice.
I instantly liked him, not so much the words he spoke but that easy going, happy spirit that emanated from his soul. I understood.
The words that resonated with me the most was when he spoke of learning from those who are where he wants to be. It is advice that I have heard before and it is advice that Craig and I live and had a lot of success with.
Not just the personal gain that can come from it in a business sense, but the personal gain from getting to know another human being for who they truly are underneath the suit they wear or the title they hold.
Travellers are used to discovering who each other really is. We spend our lives on the road, stripped bare– free to be who we really want to.
Free from jobs, titles, labels and all the rest that society imposes upon us.
Just free to be.
His advice was find those experts, and talk to them. But talk to them over a few drinks, drinks that you buy. First treat them like a person. It’s the best way to gain their knowledge and trust.
We had coffee with a friend the day previously, a fellow traveller and business man.
“It’s all about wining and dining. We land the contracts from those we do this with. People want to do business with those they like and trust. You can easily get to know someone over a few drinks. They relax and become stripped bare.”
We went to a business conference in 2004 in Orlando, Florida. A successful entrepreneur spoke on stage.
“If you want to learn from someone who has the wealth you desire, don’t just hound them for how they can help you. Don’t expect them to buy you the beer because they have money.You buy them the beer, or the dinner, or the coffee. It is you who wants to learn.”
Later that evening, he joined our small group.
“Hey Todd, can we buy you a drink?”
“Well sure. Thank you.”
We then got talking about travel and surfing and all sorts of things apart from business. We spoke as one human being to another. It was not what can you give me or I can get out of you, but tell me more about who you are.
We ended up out at Pleasure Island until 4am drinking slippery nipples and having a wild time. He was allowed to be, not the “wealthy entrepreneur” that most saw him as, but just a dude who liked to surf and travel and have fun.
“You guys are the funnest entrepreneurs I’ve ever met.”
Stripped bare. We learned so much from him without even asking a question. And had now made a friend.
Tim spoke a little more about the value that comes when you approach everyone from an attitude of I just want to get to know you more. I don’t necessarily want to leech you for information. I first one to interact with you and then from that you get to know me, and I get to know you.
The relationship starts to build and from there magic can happen.
Spoken like a true traveller.