"So much of my success started with a clear mental picture." [Interview 04 - Will]
Will Manuel is a self motivated entrepreneur with a whole 18+ years of web design, SEO, and internet marketing experience. He's a young but seasoned web executive, leader, and strategist focused on tech consulting, project management, and online marketing. He's very passionate about helping people live to their fullest/truest forms, and he's currently traveling abroad to explore new business opportunities, learning new cultures and ways of life.
Will is about his business -- anything you need to know about the web and mobile apps, he's your guy. He and I met shortly after I moved to Chiang Mai in 2015. Since then we've both been around the world and have made our way right back to Chiang Mai, from where I currently share a peek into his story below:
LN: What was the most challenging thing you faced when first quitting your corporate job? How'd you overcome it?
WM: Having spent 12 years in the corporate/office world, the change of routine was a bit tough for me. I had a very similar routine for so many years and being a project manager by trade made me feel unproductive if I didn't have each hour accounted for. With so much more free time, you can get easily get whisked away in the depths of email minutiae or a YouTube wormhole (laughs). It was very important for me to establish some sort of daily routine that built structure into my day and also made me available to my clients when they needed me.
What's your top advice for being able to make a living online doing what you love while frequently traveling the world?
Everyone wants to fly, but no one wants to jump, right? Honestly, it's just about making a commitment to yourself and to your future success and then leaving yourself no other options. When you know this is the only thing you can do, your mind/body/energy all starts to focus in on the task at hand and miracles start to emerge. One hack that helped me was I created a landing page (you can still see it here) a year prior to me quitting corporate that loaded anytime I opened up my web browser. It had a countdown, a photo I took from a previous SE Asia trip and this motivational quote... ”It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” by Tony Robbins.
I think so much of what I've been successful at has started with a clear mental picture. From there, having some sort of visual reminder that can help you SEE what's in store works well. Vision boards can also be great for this.
What are your favorite 3-5 tools you use to help you run your business(es)?
G Suite of course, Boomerang (Gmail plugin) and Asana are all essential tools I use daily.
Top 3 reasons you'd recommend Chiang Mai to digital nomads, go!
Culture (both native and business), Cost of Living and Community. It's one of my top 3 places in the entire world!