It’s an honor and thrill to celebrate and pick your wise brain, Jasper. We’ve loved your book — Get Paid For Your Pad (affiliate link) — and we’re excited about your latest projects (which I’m sure we’ll get into in this interview). Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences today!
What do you feel are the most important things to know about you, in introducing yourself?
I grew up in The Netherlands and after graduating from University I went to work as a stock trader in Amsterdam and later in Chicago. Although it was financially rewarding, I didn’t get much fulfillment from sitting in an office all day. In 2010 I decided to leave everything behind to pursue a life-long dream: to travel the world full-time.
Soon after I started traveling, I realized I didn’t want to stop and go back to an office job. In need of a way to support myself, I googled “how to make money online.” I stumbled onto some blogs and started trying out different types of online businesses as well as a travel blog, The Traveling Dutchman. Although some were successful, most of them failed. Though these failures I learned the essential lessons that eventually led me on the path that I’m on now, renting out my apartment on Airbnb and teaching others how to do so.
What have been some of the awesomest ways you’ve been helping people?
I’ve helped several friends get out of their corporate jobs and start their own entrepreneurial journey. I can tell they are living a much more fulfilling life now and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of that transformation.
Through my book, podcast and blog on Airbnb hosting, Get Paid For Your Pad (affiliate link), I’ve inspired many to start hosting on Airbnb and use the income to travel. I often get “thank you” emails from readers who literally tell me I’ve changed their lives. Being able to have such a positive impact on someone else’s live is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
What do you draw your inspiration from? (Personal heroes? Life Lessons? Etc?) How so?
I draw inspiration from many amazing entrepreneurs, Tim Ferris, John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn to name a few, but also lesser known people in my social circle. What inspires me most is their mindsets. To never give up and go the extra mile, doing what others aren’t willing to do. That’s what makes them successful in the end. It’s not talent or luck. It’s sheer persistence, determination and effort. This is inspiring as it shows that it’s possible for anyone to be outstanding, including me. It also disqualifies every excuse to settle for mediocre. This realization has pushed me to make the most out of my life and set the bar very high.
What current projects are you most excited about, and what tools are you using?
I’m currently most excited about a total of ten video courses that I’m working on. My goal is to have these published on Udemy by Jan 1st 2016. The build these courses, I use my MacBook Air, a Samsung microphone, Keynote to create slides and Screenflow to record and edit the videos.
What lifestyle perspective do you feel promotes blissful living?
I think the most important aspect is to work on something that you’re passionate about. Work shouldn’t feel like work, it should be something that you’re looking forward to.
The best way I can describe it is to compare my current life to the time I was still working in an office. Back then, I was living from holiday to holiday. I always wished time would move faster so that I could arrive at my next holiday destination sooner. Right now I think the opposite way. I wish I could stop time, as there are so many things I want to work on and achieve that need more time for.
How can someone try out your lifestyle perspective? (Action items, mental exercise, frame of mind, etc.)
I’d say find the things that you’re most passionate about and figure out how you can help others in that field. Then take action, whether it’s throwing a workshop, starting a small blog or writing a book. You can do these things while still working a full-time job. Don’t worry what other people will think of it, just make a start and keep going. You’ll be surprised where this can lead you.
Our links to Get Paid For Your Pad are affiliate links, which means we get a cut of each sale. We promote Jasper’s book because it has been a total game-changer for us — it gave us a clear game plan for earning some extra loot through Airbnb, and that fueled our bravery and wherewithal to live long-term in Thailand, Vietnam, and wherever else we may find our fancies tickled.
Highly recommended. :-)