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379 : RJ Macalanda – Taking passive income to slow travel and beyond
11th March 2019 • eCommerce Momentum Podcast • eCommerce Momentum Podcast
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Ok who would like to have passive income? Ok who would like to travel and take the time to really enjoy it? Ok who is under 30 and wants to do it? Of course us older folks know the answer to this. Of course heck yes! But RJ is talking to younger people and saying the high doesn’t need to come from racing through life. It can come from developing relationships, interacting with a community and getting the most from every experience. See that is a message not pushed by many. Bigger and faster challenges are what is show in Instagram. Well slow down, get comfortable and listen to RJ explain why he is taking the long way home.

 

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Here is transcript- It is automated so it is not perfect but it does seem to get better over time.

RJ:                                          [00:00:00]               So I looked at this as big business from day one. Um, I looked at where I want it to be and that’s what makes me different from other mergers is because I looked at the other higher tiers and I said, okay, I have I think two tee shirts today that I can design. Um, and then upload because you’re limited at the beginning. And then I’ll have 10 and then I’ll have 25 and then I’ll have 50.

Cool voice Guy:                 [00:00:25]               Welcome to the ECOMMERCE momentum. We’ll focus on the people, the products, and the process of incomers selling today is your host Stephen Peterson.

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Stephen:                             [00:03:51]               The number four e-commerce dot com, forward slash wholesale, save 50 bucks. Get that important part of your team working for you. Welcome back to the ECOMMERCE momentum podcast. This is episode 379 RJ muck Alanda. Very, very cool story. Uh, again, these young guys who get it at such a young age, um, inspire old dudes like me, they inspire me. You know, a, it gives me confidence in our younger generation that, you know, despite what you read in the newspapers or hear on TV, not true. These are just people that have figured out that they don’t want to work forever to get that potential reward 30 40, 50 years in the future. Um, and it’s not like they’re looking for self gratification now. They’re just looking to live life now. Why wait 30 or 40 years and you know, nobody’s guaranteed that time. And so I think that it’s so cool that a younger group or younger generation figured that out.

Stephen:                             [00:04:51]               I guess that’s what it’s cool. I wish, you know, 30 years ago I would have figured it out. But it is what it is. Um, but we can get inspired. So great story again of Merck and what it’s allowed someone to do. Um, and I think there’s, there’s a couple of really key points. I love his description of slow travel, a digital nomad or slow travel lifestyle. I think there’s something very, very clever about that rather than, you know, running around the world showing a hundred countries, I think, you know, getting to go and revisit and then build that foundation in that community very, very attractive. It was very cool the way he described that. Um, the other thing is, is that, you know, he’s, he’s starting groups with young guys and these guys cause he’s a guy but it’s younger people. Um, I don’t see a lot of that.

Stephen:                             [00:05:39]               I do see a lot of older guys too and so very cool. Go follow him and reach out to him. If you fit that bill, this could be somebody that can be very helpful to you as you’re looking for, to design your own lifestyle business. Let’s get into the podcast and we’ll come back to the commerce momentum podcast. We’re excited about today’s guest. I’m living my life vicariously through him watching in our precall. We were talking about the food he’s eating, and it just blows my mind, the experiences that someone could have when they adopt this digital nomad lifestyle. I really, really love it. Rj. Micah Leyenda. How’d I do on the name? Yeah, that’s great. That’s a tough one. That’s a lot. That’s a lot of letters there. There’s definitely a lot of A’s. So is that fair? I mean, you are a digital nomad. Is that, is that a badge you wear proudly.

RJ:                                          [00:06:31]               Okay. So I do wear it proudly just cause it, it was a lot of hardship to get to where I’m at. Um, for a lot of people, the term digital nomads kind of cringy, I don’t really care. It’s just one of the most common names. Um,

Stephen:                             [00:06:43]               but well, I picture guys smoking pot sitting, uh, barely, you know, barely living, you know, drinking from dirty bottles, you know, just Kinda, that’s not the way it is, isn’t it? That’s a Hobo. But yeah. Yeah, that’s right. It’s, there’s an inference there. I mean, in some ways the Hobos. Yeah, there was a negative connotation to it for longest time. Now old dudes like me are looking like, man, these guys have figured it out. We, we are, we are so envious of you. It’s all good.

RJ:                                          [00:07:13]               Um, people say like location, independent entrepreneurs, a better term, but digital nomad, it’s just catchy on art. I just do, do me.

Stephen:                             [00:07:23]               So location independent, I mean, how, how important was that for you and is it still,

RJ:                                          [00:07:30]               yeah, it’s absolutely important. So anywhere I can go just pick up and decide like, hey, want to be over here, I just go do it. And that’s really what I wanted and I just wanted freedom. Um, so yeah, it’s absolutely important.

Stephen:                             [00:07:45]               Well, let’s get into the story, how you get there. So, so you were in high school, were you in the u s when you went to high schools?

RJ:                                          [00:07:51]               Yeah, so born and raised in Dallas. Um, and then high school is also in Dallas. Then I moved to Arkansas for college. Uh, that’s where I studied marketing. Okay. And so you were going to do, what would that degree, what was the big dream? The big dream was to be outside sales, um, in the medical industry. And so what was attractive about that? I mean, what was it, the money because you, you’ve heard that that’s where the big money is. Um, okay. So I, in high school I was really shy. I didn’t talk to a lot of people and I got enrolled into the speech club, um, by my parents. And of course I didn’t say anything because I was shy, but I was like really dreading it. And when I was in the speech club, this is not just a regular speech class, it’s every single weekend you wake up at [5:00] AM and go to sleep at like 10 doing a tournament. So you’re driving to a different city and you’re competing against other high schools. And so you’re doing speeches every single, you know, hour after hour after hour tournament style. Um, and so that’s, that’s completely

Stephen:                             [00:08:56]               like the opposite of what someone wants to do as an introvert. So I got into that break. You of that broke me. That’s a good piece of advice. So if, if somebody is, uh, you know, they always say face your face, your, uh, your demons face some, right. Rj. But realistically, by doing it that repetitively, consistently and then having a little success, you can break a bad habit. Absolutely.

RJ:                                          [00:09:21]               Yeah. I mean, it’s like I’m not, you know, a hundred percent extrovert, but I know I have the skills and talents, uh, go out and speak in public

Stephen:                             [00:09:29]               as a dad. That’s very cool. Dad, dad did a good job there.

RJ:                                          [00:09:32]               Yeah. So that’s, that’s kind of what forced me into marketing because I started winning a lot of titles for speech and I said, okay, this is actually what I’m good at. I need to apply this into some sense. And so that’s when it transitioned to marketing and that’s how I was like, okay, I think I can do sales and outside sales, um, the medical industry because my mom’s a...

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