Fear Proofing for Entrepreneurs | Timothy Kenny | Skillshare
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25 Lessons (3h 15m)
    • 1. Introduction

      4:21
    • 2. My Story

      6:56
    • 3. Course Project

      3:57
    • 4. How To Use This Course

      3:06
    • 5. Free Bonus

      0:58
    • 6. Executive Summary

      2:58
    • 7. Introduction

      1:21
    • 8. Why Fear Proof Yourself?

      7:33
    • 9. Where To Go?

      11:25
    • 10. What You Will Need To Buy Or Build

      19:58
    • 11. Van Health - Food

      10:19
    • 12. Van Health - Exercise

      8:42
    • 13. Van Health - Hygiene

      9:41
    • 14. Introduction

      5:08
    • 15. Minimalist Office

      9:05
    • 16. Deep Dive Learning

      9:34
    • 17. Power And Internet For Electronics

      9:48
    • 18. Reflection And Introspection

      9:51
    • 19. Van As Base Camp

      4:52
    • 20. Where To Park

      17:32
    • 21. Introduction

      1:21
    • 22. Offline Places To Meet People

      4:53
    • 23. The Best Websites For Meeting People

      17:00
    • 24. How To Tell People You Live In A Van

      6:42
    • 25. Conclusion

      7:29

About This Class

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you want to be one? Or just start a small business on the side?

Being an entrepreneur forces you to confront some of the biggest fears you have. If you never overcome these fears, they will hold you back at every step of your entrepreneurial journey.

Fear number one is fear of failure. Fear of losing everything and not having a job or anything to fall back on. Fear number two is fear of meeting new people. In this course you'll face both fears head on through an experiential project.

You'll learn how I went on my own fear proofing journey several years ago, and the various steps I took along the way as well as the strategies that helped me succeed.

You'll learn how to build a small camper van, which you will live in for a month, to get the experience of what it is like to live homelessly for a month while traveling. This experience will help you eliminate your fears of failure and losing everything because you'll learn that you can survive, be productive and feel fulfilled with almost nothing.

You'll also be reliant on other people in the new towns and cities you visit to learn where to go and what to do. You'll be forced to get comfortable talking with strangers and getting help. When you go back to your business, you will see everything in a new light. You'll feel more comfortable picking up the phone and calling people, sending emails to people you want to meet and getting help from strangers when you need it.

Business is a game, take this course so you can play the game without anything holding you back.

Timothy

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Welcome to fear proofing. For entrepreneurs, this course is about getting to the point where fear no longer controls you. And it's not to say that you're going to get rid of every fear you have, because fear is necessary. Fears, unnecessary emotion, and it has a purpose. The problem is, most of us grow up in a first World situation, society and culture, where we learn to fear a lot of things that really aren't a danger to us. And so we get this heightened sense of fear and anxiety and stress that doesn't have a real foundation and basis in reality. So this course is about getting through those getting past those, and there's different types of fears. There's fears of failure. So the failure, meaning that you're going to be embarrassed. Other people are gonna look at you and say, Oh, you failed. You're gonna look at yourself in the mirror and say, You failed. You should have done better and you might compare yourself to other people. There's other types of fears where, like in networking, where you're afraid to email somebody or call somebody or start a conversation at a networking event because you fear that rejection. You fear not knowing what to say, not knowing what to do. There's also the fear of basic survival. So what if I do this and it doesn't work out? What if I invest a lot of money, time, effort, other people's time getting other people involved and it doesn't work out? So those air fears that are all riel. But the question is, how important are those fears and how real are they? So that's what this court's gonna be about. How did go on a process to get rid of those fears and to make sure your fear, the only fears you have are the ones that are really well founded. So we're gonna be talking about first world problems First world fears. We're gonna be talking about how you contest yourself and build resourcefulness so that you contest. Is this a real fear, or is it a fake fear? Is it something that I should take, seriously or not, it's also gonna be about living in the flow, and a lot of people have what I call micro fears and just a low level based level of anxiety and stress that's caused by these very small fears that come up of what if I don't finish this inside in time? What if I don't get this done by the end of the day or by this time? Or what if I'm not at this stage at this point in my life? What if my business isn't growing at this percentage per month? So living in the flow means getting out of that sort of mindset and tapping into something that's deeper. That has to do with what air you naturally curious about. How do you get to a place where, instead of having to schedule and set everything in a very exacting way, you could offload a lot a lot of that self and allow yourself to enter the flow and allow that flow to determine a lot of what you do doesn't have to take over your life, but you get access to so much more power inside you. So much more resourcefulness, so much more energy, and you enjoy everything you're doing a lot more. It's like being a kid again when you're just totally immersed in it, involved in everything you do and you're enjoying it and time disappears. So getting to that place is very important. But when you're in fear, it's very hard to also be in the flow at the same time. Last thing is, kill your inner complainers. So that complainer, that being a victim, that place of just feeling like the world is against you when every little thing is something to complain about. One of my goals is for you to get out of that mindset and into a mindset of this is going to make me stronger. This is going to be something that is going to make me more resourceful in the future. This is something that I can pass on to other people. So killing that inner complainer means that all those little fears you have of not being successful, not succeeding one thing or another, having somebody reject you, having things not work out perfectly, that's gonna be replaced by something else where you're continually learning, t we becoming stronger and a better version yourself. So that's what you're gonna get out of this course. It's about taking those different types of fears that are controlling you right now and getting past that so you can really enjoy what you do every day and not have that fear holding you back 2. My Story: my story. So how did this course come into being in the first place? You see on the cover of my book, which I wrote a few years ago called Accelerate Learning for Entrepreneurs is a motorcycle , and that motorcycle represents freedom for me. It also represents being able to take risk and not letting fear control you. So where did I get these ideas? How did this all developed well, came from a few different areas. One is, I've always been interested in watching documentaries, and I've I'm interested in other cultures and how they do things differently. And one of things I learned is that there's people in other cultures Third World cultures, where they just don't have as much stuff. They don't have as much technology, and yet they're still happy, if not happier than people that are in First World countries. So what that made me think is, well, what's really necessary is that fear of loss is that fear of not having a roof over your head or not having certain things that we think of his necessities that are really just luxuries. When you compare to some of these other cultures and countries, another thing is going back to prehistoric era and just going back in time, thinking about how did people live back then and what sort of risks were normal. And there's just basic things like how likely somebody was to die by the by the time they were 30 years old, or how common diseases were in the kinds of risks people took every day, and it didn't really mean anything to them. So how does that relate to the motorcycle? Well, a lot of people think of riding a motorcycle is something that's very dangerous. But when you compare it to how people live their lives and the other sort of risks they take every day, it's actually not that big of a risk. So thinking about things not just in terms of, well, what is what is the common sense or common wisdom of how dangerous or risky something is and really figuring out well, what is the real risk to it? At the end of the day? What are the numbers and what do those numbers mean? Another way I look at things is I look out well. What's the worst that could happen and think about that and play that out. But, uh, that's what let me let me on this journey that I was talking about earlier, which is a few years ago, I bought a van and I turned it into a camper, and I drove around the country just on my own by myself. I had some learning I would go at a month at a time and then fly back and and then kind of go out. And so is a combination of a retreat, as well as just an opportunity to focus on one thing for an extended period. Time. 30 days and also explore nature. Just be by myself meditating introspection, journaling, getting getting away from things, getting out of my normal habits and routines and just experiencing that, having a way of experiencing that and learning that resourcefulness, how to survive on nothing, basically being homeless. But living out of, ah, kind of like a very small home, kind of like a nomadic tribes. Or if you think about the Native Americans living in a teepee or like living in an igloo stuff like that, it's It's not something that's it's alien compared to how most people live. But in a lot of ways. It's much better than how people were living just a few 1000 years ago or a few 100 years ago. So having that contrast is really important. Coming back to your apartment or your home and just having things like running water or having a bathroom or having a stove that you can just turn on and having a refrigerator. Just very simple things like that. Having control over the temperature of where you're living, just little things like that are so important. And you never appreciate that unless you have that contrast experience. So it really grounds you to go have that other experience and then come back because you appreciate everything a lot more in that appreciation feeds into a long term mindset of you feel okay with what you have, you feel lucky toe, have what you have, So even though you maybe you're not at the place where you ultimately like to be, you feel very comfortable where you are in the sense that you don't have any sort of anxiety or fear anymore. Um, taking risks because you know that you can always fall back on something, and that's not going to destroy your life, and you have a more realistic viewpoint of what happens if I just lost everything. If I lost my house, if I lost my money, if I lost everything I had, what could I fall back on? What's there and having that is so important because you're no longer afraid of failure and so many of my role models and people I look to for that have succeeded in their lives in different ways is they just have never been afraid of failure. They've been willing to take risk. They've been willing to fail publicly, and none of that matters. At the end of the day, another thing is memory. When I learned so much about memory and how weak our memories really are, how, how quickly we forget things. And I realized these people are really good at forgetting their failures. Thes successful people, especially athletes, when they lose a game and they have toe or just miss a shot, and then they have to come back that next play 5 10 seconds later and have a memory like a goldfish. People that are really good at sales, you have to be able to forget all that rejection that they experience and handle that. So top performers are really good at doing that. And at the end of the day, people never remember those failures. What they remember is the success that came afterwards. And so all those different things have come in tow, creating this course, and I'm really excited for you. Toe go through this because these emotional components of learning, but also success in business or in your profession are so important. I see so many people that are struggling with this stuff. So I want to create this course, because when I talk about things like creativity or no taking speed reading memory, how toe learn faster, how to learn better. All of that is resting on this lower level of Where are you emotionally? How are you feeling? What level of energy do you have? And the people that are the creative geniuses, top performers of the world? They have that stuff figured out, so it's really important toe have this aspect your life figured out and fear is that voice in your head that keeps you from doing those things that you really want to do and so silencing that voice or making sure that voice only comes out when it really matters is really important, and that's what you're gonna get out of this course. 3. Course Project: the course project. The course project is going to take you through my journey and what I did. And you don't have to do with the exact same way I did. Each one of you is going to come to this course with different previous experiences. Some of you may even have more experience than I do traveling or going out in nature, hiking different things like that. So take all of this with a grain of salt. I want to give you everything that I did and everything I know so that you can use that as a foundation or kind of a base camp to go explore off. So the basic things you have to think about, what kind of vehicle are you going to get to go on this road trip on this journey? The second thing is, where you gonna go? Are you gonna have something you focus on during your trip? It can. It can be a learning project. That's what I did a lot of times. But it can also be something else. It can also just be going out and getting away from everything. Maybe it's getting away from technology or notifications or social media and stuff like that and getting out of those habits. So if you have habits that are counterproductive when you're in your normal environment, this could be a great way to get out of those habits and build some new habits and then bring those back when you come home. Other things to think about who you meet along the way, How will you record your journey? So your course project is about answering these questions for yourself and coming up with a plan, and ultimately that plan should be something that you can put on a single piece of paper and what should be on that piece of paper. That's what should be on That piece of paper is very simple things like How much money do you need to support yourself for a month? How much do you need to build this camper van or whatever vehicle you end up having? If you already have a vehicle, then you don't have to think about that. But if if this is something where you want to get a separate vehicle than that's a question you're gonna have to ask, and then other things like, well, how much money. How far am I going to go on about How much gas will I need to do that? So getting a rough idea of how much this is gonna cost you so you can start saving up. Or if you already have enough money and then thinking about how am I going to spend my time or I'm just gonna leave it completely open so that I can have that experience of getting into the flow, just doing whatever feels naturally and listening to that inner voice of that inner sense of of knowing what to do and just going with that intuition because there's a lot of people that are very successful. Steve Jobs is a good example of that. If somebody who really listen to their intuition and that intuition led them in a lot of good places. So developing that ability Teoh to just sense, What is my intuition telling me to do? Or what do I feel like doing and then getting past the fear of that little just that little hop of getting over that fear of of Well, I don't have any reason to do this. It doesn't make sense right now. You can't connect those dots in advance. You have to do that. That's one of the things that Steve Jobs said. It is last commencement speech, and it's really important. I've had that experience myself, of not being able to connect the dots of why my intuition was leading me in certain places . But at the end of the day, that's what I mean. That's what led me to accelerate learning in the first place. So, um, focus on that one pager. Focus on these answering these questions, having it on a single page and then get into the process of planning and just taking action so you don't have to follow what I've done exactly. I encourage you to go in other directions, but that's gonna be a baseline, and you can either just copy exactly what I've done or think about copying 80% of it and then adding your own twist to it. It can be overwhelming if you tried up to do all of this stuff too quickly. I'll be getting a little bit more into that in the next video 4. How To Use This Course: how to use this course unless video is talking about avoiding overwhelmed. But that comes from Ah, a fear of not thinking that you have what it takes to handle things and think on your feet as things are happening. So that's one of the things that I want you to avoid is the fear of taking this risk of putting together this project. So that's why I say Don't over prepare part of the funnest figuring things out along the way. And it's also part of what builds your skills is it's a different skill toe. Sit down and sit in front of a computer, a piece of paper and plan things out for hours and hours and days and weeks and months. It's another skill to be able to handle a lot of information and then just make a quick decision. And that decision doesn't always have to be perfect. A lot of times you have a lot of options that are roughly equal, and you're much better off just making a very quick decision and then going for any one of them than spending a lot of time planning and then choosing one that's just marginally better because you end up losing either way because you spent all that time planning and you would have made up for that no matter what direction you took. If it was just a quick decision, so that's important. Also, feel free to ask me questions. I'm gonna give you the email toe, ask me questions in the next video. Build a strong vision. So don't just think about what the nuts and bolts of everything. But think about where you gonna go. Who are you going to meet? What kind of what's life going to be like each day? What are going to be the highlights of your trip and put meaning into everything you do? So when you're making decisions about how you're going to design things or how you're gonna lay things out inside your van and how you're gonna do things on your trip, think about how to make it meaningful, because you're gonna have these memories for the rest of your life. And it's important to have things that means something, because every time you bring back those memories that's going to strengthen that part of your life philosophy that part of, uh, that new part of yourself that doesn't that doesn't have that fear, that inner voice. So that's why that's important. So build that vision, put meaning into that vision and feel free to ask questions. Don't over prepare. If you're the kind of person that always over prepares, then this is an opportunity for you to under prepare and just go with the minimum that's necessary and figure things out a lot along the way, because your body and your mind is capable of dealing with a lot more of just kind of a rough, rough and tumble of everyday life thing you probably think you're able to handle. And so putting yourself into that position where there's a tiny bit of danger there is gonna is gonna really strengthen you long term and just make sure you have the basics. I'll be going into that in the future videos so that you're ready end. You can just go and experience that and learn to think on your feet. Learn to deal with things cause it's gonna make you struck so much stronger in the long term. 5. Free Bonus: this free bonus is an opportunity for you to email me your fear proofing plan. So I'll get this plan, and within 72 hours I'll send you a tear down my thoughts, any advice, anything that I would do differently. And then you can use that to help you prepare and plan or deal with some issue that you have that you want my help with. So this is the email right here. The reason why it has the plus TK Fear proof is because that lets me filter the email into ah, specifically label on Gmail. So all those they don't get lost in my email, and they all go into one place so you can send that now. Or you can send that midway through the course or at the end of the course. Once you've got a clear idea of what you want to do, um, you can take any approach you want and most of time I should be able to get back to you within 72 hours 6. Executive Summary: this fast action video is here so that if you're thinking well, I don't have time right now to go through this entire course or you just finished the course in your thing about while that was a lot. How wide process all of this. What is what are those really important key points? That's what this is for. Or maybe you're not sure if you want to take the course. Yes. And you're watching this on a free preview. Either way, I wanted to put in a single slide. What is the basic of what this course is all about And what are you gonna actually do? So if you just watch the course project video, this give you a little bit more detail. Number one is you need to get a van or some other sort of vehicle that you can sleep it. You don't have to spend your entire day every single day in the van. The point is, you have somewhere to sleep the rest of the day. You can be outside doing things, and it's actually good for you to be doing that. So you get out and you get exploring and you get into new environments and new experiences every day. And that van is gonna cause or other vehicle. I really recommend a van. Sometimes a minivan can be better. Um, spend 2 to $4000 on that. Don't get a complete piece of crap, but you don't have to spend a lot of money. You throw a bed in the back, you can get something like that for 50 to 100 bucks and a cooler for food. But you don't even really have to do that. You just have to have a place to sleep and then some privacy. So add some window blockers. Uh, this could just be a simple is a black curtain. Or you can, um, you can do something a little bit more advanced, get something that you can use Styrofoam and cover with black cloth so that it fits within each window hole, which is what I did. And also a partition in the front that could be a metal partition that can be with a door, which is what I have. It can also just be a black curtain. So to be very simple, very inexpensive, and then get going and figure out the rest on the way. There's there's a real thrill to driving out of the driveway for the first time and just not knowing what the day is gonna bring. You not knowing what's gonna happen, who you're gonna meet, who you're gonna talk to, what sort of things are gonna come up and there's a real thrill to that. So this gives you an idea of really there? There isn't that much for you to do to get started. And you don't have to figure out everything before you leave. And this is a great thing to do during the summer or if you have some vacation time, this is a great way toe. Just do something that doesn't take a lot of planning and preparation in advance, and then you can come back to this course later on. Maybe while you're on the road Or, um, once you've got this basic stuff figured out and then you can build on top of it. But there really isn't a lot that you need to do to get started. I put a lot extra stuff in this course so that you can get a sense of Well, how did I approach everything? What did I do? And then, if you want a model, your project after that, you can 7. Introduction: Section two is about the basics of how you're gonna build your van, your camper van and what are the basic things you need. And also, I'm gonna go a little bit more in depth in tow. Why fear proof yourself and go a bit more deeper into What does that mean? What are those different fears and how to think about it all Because that's gonna be important. When your motivation is waning, you're just think about why is this really important? And people are going to challenge you. People are gonna think about. We're going to hear you. If you If you tell people that this is what you're doing, you're gonna have people that criticize you that don't get it, don't understand the importance of it. And so it's important toe have something to say to that, because otherwise that's going to start to chip away at your own confidence. And so for some of you, your best bet is to just not tell other people because you might not be able to deal with that chipping away at it. So it's better to just keep it a secret. That's, uh, if you're if you're not sure what, exactly why you're doing something and you don't feel like you can argue for it. It doesn't mean necessarily that it's a bad idea. Sometimes it just means that you need to go out and do it and not allow people to chip away at it. Chip away at your dream. In your vision, it's really important to protect that vision. So, um, that's we're gonna be getting into in this section. 8. Why Fear Proof Yourself?: I read a really influential book, Really Important book several years ago. It was by Dan Gilbert, who's a professor at Harvard, and the book was about happiness, and it was about not not looking for what does cause happiness or fulfillment or what causes a happy wife. But it was about what do people think causes a happy life for a good life? And why are most of those theories wrong? So it was this idea of using science to test people's basic assumptions and the basic cultural assumptions of what makes a good life, what makes people happy and that has a direct connection with fear, Because fear is what stops us from doing things that we think there's a big risk that we won't be happy. We won't have that basic level of comfort and safety and well being if we take that risk. And so it's really important to first understand Well, what are we really fearing and and what does cause happiness and fulfillment and just general well being? And so what I got out of that book is a lot of the common things, like well, having a lot of money or having popularity or fame or having power or, um, having a ton of people that love you are friends. Um, all of those things at the end of the day don't mean a lot in terms of baseline happiness and one of the things I connected to and I talked about this earlier. If you go back to the Cave Man days and you think about what did they have? And also think about people that are in Third World countries and how happy they are often happier than people in First World countries, and they don't have nearly as much. They don't have a lot of those basic things that we consider necessity. So when you look at them and you and you see all the things they don't have, and yet they're still happy, it makes you realize that a lot of those things you're afraid of losing are not at the end of the day really gonna affect how happy you are. And that's what matters. At the end of the day, it's not these external things, but it's how those external things in in the end affect how you feel day to day, moment to moment. So the philosophy of fear, fear of failure, fear of poverty, fear of taking financial risks, fear of not having enough fear of loss of that baseline happiness. All these fears ultimately linked back to that baseline happiness and our emotional needs is human beings. So here's another one that I mentioned earlier. Fear of rejection, fear of loss of your reputation, fear of being publicly embarrassed or being called a failure, not living up to your own expectations or other people's expectations. All of those air really important, and it's important to realize that those things those fears aren't going to kill you. They're not going to ruin your life. And a lot of people think they will, because those air values that are existing in their culture. So it's important to know what your riel bare minimum needs are. And those bare minimum needs are things like clothing, food, temperature, social need, basic social needs, which just means there's a few people in your life that you really feel a connection with and and feel care for you and you care for them. Entertainment needs having exciting things happen in one way or another. Uh, work and office needs meaning just the basic environment you need to get your work done and learning needs. So what are the things that you need so that you can learn for the rest of your life and and always be improving your skills in one way or another So those bare minimum needs are important. What you will leave this course with you're gonna leave feeling comfortable and at home anywhere. And that's probably the most important thing is you're no longer going to feel like there's this one safe place, and then anywhere else is has this level of danger to it. You're going to feel at home just by being wherever you are right now. And it's really important to know that there aren't this. There isn't this huge list of things that you need to be happy, that baseline level of anxiety and stress that the average person has you're not gonna have that anymore. And one of the reasons why that's so important is because when you're walking around day to day moment to moment with that baseline anxiety of stress, little things can piss you off. They can rock your boat. They can get you out of your element out of your flow out of where you want to be, and that can ruin the rest of your day. So getting rid of that is really important. It also gives you access to more of your mental resource is because any time you have stuff sucking away your mental resource is because it's getting caught up in that that anxiety or stress, then you're losing out on a lot of your potential. So it's important to get rid of this stuff just so that you can be more successful and you can improve your performance in the other areas of your life. And the last thing is appreciating the little things of normal life more. That's one of the most important things for just improving your everyday well being. And happiness is having an appreciation for just the little things. And the way you do that is, you add contrast to your life we get, we hit emotional plateaus. We eventually get something new and we get used to it, and then we no longer get a lot of fulfillment or happiness or well, being out of anymore. We can we get used to it, so it's important at regular intervals to just jolt yourself out of that and realize that you're coasting on a plateau right now. Go back into that valley for a little bit, get used to that and then come back and that appreciation is gonna come back. And when you do that enough times, you start X sticks with you more and those just natural, normal problems that come up in everyday life that freak other people out. It's not gonna have that effect on you anymore. That's very important. If you're in a leadership position or you want to be in a leadership position, you have to be able to handle novel, unique problems that nobody knows how to solve that nobody's solved before and be able to do that. When everybody's doubting on you, there's people counting on you. There's nobody else that can do it, and you have to be the one to figure it out. You're not gonna be able to do that if you're constantly dealing with the's fighting these small fires when there's this huge mountain to climb and you need to do that and you need to figure it out and nobody's ever done it before, So you need tohave these emotional skills and have this new emotional baseline so that you can deal with these novel problems and take on those really important challenges in your life that you want to get right. And there isn't a lot of wiggle room to do that. So that's why this fear proofing stuff is so important. In the next video, we'll be starting to get into what it's actually about, how to start implementing this stuff and how to think about it. 9. Where To Go?: The first question you have to ask is, where you gonna go on this trip? What is your map gonna look like? And one of my mentors who helped me set up the electrical part of my van set up the marine battery, the deep cycle battery that provides electricity, the inverter. He's former military electrical engineer, and he also before I left, he gave me a gift, which was a big map of, uh, every state and all the major cities in the United States. And so I use that map to get around, and I didn't use any GPS. That was one of my goals. I wanted to be ableto I never been a Boy Scout or anything. So I never learned how to read a map in and locate myself and kind of shift my perspective to the perspective of the map and then orient myself and figure out where I was going. And so that map was really useful because it got me Teoh get a real sense of direction. And it's something that most people just don't have it all anymore, cause they're so relying on their technology. So that's part of what this trip is going to be about for you is being less reliant on the things that you're usually relying on so that you can build some of these fundamental skills that are really important toe have because they give you a feeling of, no matter what happens, you're not reliant on something outside of yourself to just be able to survive and to live in tow. Um, not feel that fear. So the three areas we're gonna talk about for where to go our city suburbs and then nature the wilderness, and we're gonna start here with cities. What happens in a city? What can you do in a city? Homeless cultures is one aspect of it. So this is something some of you are gonna be interested in because this is a level that's even more difficult than living in a van or living in a car is actually being homeless and either living in a shelter or living on the streets and having the experience of that. So that's something that could be part of your trip. If you want to do that, um, it can also just be asking homeless people for advice or asking, um for what to do where to go, Things like that, Um, and if you want to get more involved with it, you can. There's, uh, in some cities, like especially San Francisco. There's a large community of people that are living in their car or living in a camper or living in a van. And so you can talk to them also and talk about, Well, what's their story? Why are they living this way? How long? If they've been living this way, where did they go where they're kind of good places to park different stuff like that? So homeless culture can be really interesting. You chametz really interesting people. There's also nightlife, So exploring the nightlife of each city, that could be really fun going to different parks. That can be a great way to relax to just kind of spend your day outside away from the van. Also, stuff likes going a Starbucks and working in a Starbucks or, um, other places in the city like that. A library, those air good couchsurfing is something we're gonna be talking more about throughout this course. But for right now, just know that couch surfing is a way to stay on somebody's couch for free, and it's basically like a version of Facebook. It's a social, uh, networking site that allows people that air travelers to host other travelers at their home for free for a certain amount of time, at least one night, sometimes a week or even more. And in a city, it's harder to do that because, especially depending on the time of the year, if it's more of a popular time of the year for travelers to come into that city, because a lot of people want to be in the city and they want to stay there for free. So it's going to be there's gonna be more competition to find somebody who lives in a city , and they're often not gonna want to host you for as long. But it's a great weight if you just want to get out of the van for a night or two and give yourself a little bit of a break or just meet people. It's a great way to meet people in a city, some of whom will want to give you a tour of the city and spend a lot of time with you and stuff like that. Um but you don't have to do that if you don't want to, Uh, you can kind of stay there at night and sleep and get a shower and then go out and do whatever you want during the day. So just know that in a city there's gonna be more competition and things. They're gonna be booked months in advance sometimes. So if you plan ahead of time, that's gonna be helpful. Suburbs. Ah, in the suburbs, there's gonna be fewer young people. So if you're a young person, if you're in high school, college or in your early mid twenties, uh, or even late twenties, there aren't going to be a lot of young people in the suburbs. It's mostly and in the country in general. So if you're looking to meet people, it's usually not gonna work as well. But there are things that you can do. We get into that later in the course, your van is going to stick out more so in a city, people, there's vans going around everywhere. So you're going to stick out more. You might get a little bit more attention from the police or from people in residential areas. But there are ways to get around that couch surfing is going to be easier in the suburbs and in the country. And so, uh, there is gonna be as much competition, You might be able to stay there longer. And there's gonna be other sorts of stuff in the suburbs in the country. That's interesting. Like if somebody has a farm where they have animals on the farm and you can learn what they do, when, how they do it and get an experience of that. And oftentimes thes people have more knowledge of cars and vehicles, and they like to do camping and other sorts of outdoors stuff so they can help you with things. I had another mentor, um, who I bought a trailer from, and I bought that trailer and then I told him about my project of building the van. And so he I drove up to his house in the middle of the winter and it was, uh, it was really cold outside. And he was also former things, a former Marine or in the Navy, and, uh, he helped for for free, he bought ah bunch of stuff at a flea market for me, and I just paid him whatever he spent on it. And then he spent several hours outside, basically, the whole afternoon, in the freezing cold we were on, we built a frame for my bet, and so that could store stuff underneath the bed in the back of the van. And you've got some cabinets for me. And he got, like, a camping stove and a cooler and some other stuff. And when he when he got out of the military, one of the first things he did was go get a van and do a similar sort of thing to what I did. So we had that connection, and it was just he really got me set off on the right foot. So my mentors have been really valuable in helping me get this stuff starting. If you have anybody in your life family or friends or friends of, um, people in your family, they might be able to help you and, uh, people in the country and the suburbs. Depending on where you are in the country, there's going to be people like that out there, and there's gonna be more of that communal feeling that you're not gonna get us much in the city. The last aspect is going out in nature, and wilderness and national parks are really good for this. Make sure you get a map that lists the national parks makes you have bug spray because, um, you don't want to go in unprepared sunscreen. Also, depending on if you're gonna be in a wooded area or having shade or not most the time I was looking for shade because I want to be outside, but I don't want a roast in a fair skin. So, um, I just don't do well with a lot of sun. Um, the other thing is, make sure you have some form of communication because if something happens and you can't get out or you don't have anybody with you, that could be a problem. And also make sure you have emergency water because you can go weeks without food, but can only go a couple of days without water, so make sure you have a good supply of water in your van and make sure you have some way of communication. Um, for most of you, that's just gonna be having a cell phone. But make sure you have, like, a way of charging it, or you have something just kind of a backup plan and think about that before you go off into something that's more remote. Nature and wildernesses was one of my favorite aspects of going on going on this cross country trip, especially going over the Rockies. But just seeing all the different sort of landscapes and all the different forms of industry that are, especially if you're traveling on the coast, you just see a lot of really interesting stuff, and you get a feeling of how much infrastructure the country has. And if you're in another country, you're still gonna get the sense of how are products come in from overseas on these huge container ships, oil refineries that are on the coast, just the's huge farms with thousands and thousands of cows and other animals, these huge ranches, the level of infrastructure of railroad and trucks just going along the highways and how many millions and millions of miles of pavement there are and how much investment that is, how important infrastructure is. That is a really important aspect of accelerate learning, making sure you have ah mental infrastructure before the interstate system. It really wasn't that easy toe move things from one part of the country to the other, and that was a military issue also. So that's what that's why Eisenhower. Big reason why the Eisenhower created the interstate system. And you've gotta have a similar sort of interstate system in your head where the different domains of knowledge you have need to be organized and there needs to be. Your brain needs to be ableto travel quickly to those different areas and connect ideas from those different areas, because that's where innovation comes from. That's where creativity comes from countries when they start trading and opening up. Communication creativity explodes, industry explodes. People become a lot more productive because the things that are hard to do in one country, hard to create in one country, impossible. It's really easy somewhere else in the world. Communication. It's so important to our to the technological and information revolutions that we've gone through and we're going through right now, so you're going to get a sense of just the huge expanse of nature and of of the infrastructure that humans have built and how important that is. Toe having a country that really works well and how crucial it is to the things that are just a normal part of her every laid everyday lives. 10. What You Will Need To Buy Or Build: in this video, we're gonna go through the basics of what you're going to need a buy or build to get your vehicle ready to go and get your vehicle in the first place. So first we're gonna talk about the different types of vehicles you can get and the main things you want to think about our size, cost and stealth. So size means are you gonna be able to find a parking spot? Maybe there is no place to Parker. Parking is really difficult. So that's when you would be thinking about walking around or just a bike or motorcycle. When get into the larger campers, it's going to be too big to fit into a normal spot, and even some of the longer vans are going to be too hard to fit in a lot of spots. So you have to think about what size am I going with? And minivan is is probably the most stealth that you can get. Uh, station wagon SUV are similar, and what that means is for stealth is, are people going to know that somebody's living in that vehicle? If they just look at it? So ah, full size van people are going to know that, Uh, if it's obvious that somebody's living in there, then they're gonna assume yet it's possible somebody could be living in their. It depends if you're in a city and there's like a culture like in San Francisco, people living in their vehicles than people are gonna assume. Okay, if that's Ah, if that's not a commercial van and it's parked out in front of my house or it's parked in a parking lot or something like that, they're gonna assume that, yeah, maybe somebody's living in there. So if you want to go more stealth, that's going to allow you to go places that you couldn't go otherwise, or else you'd, um, the police would bother you or somebody else would bother you. So, uh, the problem with a minivan or a station wagon or an SUV is that there just isn't a lot of space inside, so you're making a decision between optimizing for more space and optimizing for more stealth. And then there's also the cost factor. The cost is going to go into three different things. Basically the cost of the vehicle itself, the cost of getting it repaired and then the cost of fueling it. So if if you get something that has great mileage, then you're gonna be able to travel a lot farther in the same amount of gas repairs versus getting something really cheap. So usually you're not best off getting the cheapest option and then repairing. Usually you're you're best off getting something that does need some minor repairs, um, and is priced accordingly. So 2 to $4000 for a full size vein is what you can expect. Drop maybe 1000 off of that if you're going for a mini fan. And the main thing is, you just want something that has windows that are tinted because once the windows were tinted, then you can black them out with some other method. When you're looking at used vehicles, there's a few things you want to check and think about. So before you go look at the vehicle, you're gonna want a research online what the most common problems are for that year making model, and you can just do that through Google. Once you do that, you can figure out what the cost of repairs is. You can either figure that out online, or you can just call a mechanic, tell them what's wrong with it, and asked them to give you a ballpark estimate. One of the best things to do is to find a mobile mechanic so you can find these people on Craigslist, and what they'll do is they'll come out and take a look at the vehicle. You pay him 50 or 100 bucks and they'll take a look at it. Run it through its paces as much as possible without taking to actual shop. Or you can get permission from the owner of it to bring it to a shop and have a mechanic. Look at it. Um, some owners are more comfortable with this than others, but it's really worth it cause you don't want to get stuck with $1000 repair that you weren't expecting. Next is the van interior. So at the most basic level, all you really need in the back of it is a bed so that you can sleep. Um, sure, it's possible you could just recline the seat and then sleep like that, but it's really you're not gonna want to do that, and it's It's worth it to spend a little bit of money on the beds. You just get, like, a twin size bed or single size bed, probably gonna want to go for a single and, uh, just get something that's just large enough for you. Toe sleep in one of the major decisions. Your enough to make is whether you want your bed to go along the side of it so that it's the foot of the bed is near the driver's seat and the head of the bed is near the rear of the rear doors. The other orientation is you can put it side to side. So it's going from basically the wheel well on the passenger's side to the wheel well, on the driver's side and you get a lot more room. If you do it the second waste, I decide. But if you're taller person, you're probably not gonna be able tow lie out completely flat on your back, so you have to kind of curl up or just kind of adjust yourself. So, um, I didn't do it that way because I just didn't think I was gonna be able to fit in and lay out on my back and Uh, but for most people, just putting your bed into the back is going to give you a lot more space. And if I had to do it over again, I might have you been still done it that way and just gotten usedto sleeping up, sleeping kind of curled up because you just get so much more space and it can get kind of, uh, that's that sliver of space you get on the other side of the bed. Just there's not a lot you can do with it. Other things. What do you do for the siding? So this is more of optional thing, and it can even be kind of an artistic choice. So I put would I just got really cheap wood siding from Home Depot and then just screwed it into the side of the van and and then covered everything else on the interior with wall to wall carpeting. Um, and it worked. So, uh, the one mistake that I made was spending a lot of time insulating that the van because it really wasn't worth it. At the end of the day, it didn't make a big difference. Uh, this having the sun beat down on your van for hours and hours or just being in the cold for hours and hours. You really can't insulate that without just spending a ton of time and a ton of money. And still you're gonna have to have some other external source to either heat or cool down the inside. So I talk later about what to do for temperature control, so we'll get into that. Ah, front to rear separators. Also useful. They make these things out of metal. I, uh the van that I got came with a separator, and it had a door hole in it with a door that was separated. And so I just built a hinge for it. And then, uh, it was, ah, it was a door that I could go from the front to the back of the vehicle whenever, and then people couldn't see into the back from the front. And so you want to have that separator plus window blockers, which you just cut out pieces of Styrofoam from like a fabric store and then cover it with black fabric. And then you can use bungee cords to keep it in the window, and you'll have to add a couple screws on the left and right side on the inside of the windows so that that bungee cord keeps the, uh, keeps that window blocker in there permanently. But then it makes it easier to take them out also. So when you want to get a little bit of a natural sunlight, if you're reading or you're working inside the van, you can do that. Um, and so it's a That system works really well, and it's really low cost van furnishing. So we talked about the bed. The other thing you're gonna want is a chair. So the bed you can either have it flat on the ground, or you can build a frame so that you just sleep on top of the bed. And that's actually one of the biggest ways to save space. And to get a lot more room in the van is to make sure that you're not wasting a lot of space above the bed. You only need enough space above the bed to sleep, so that's maybe a foot, maybe two feet, so all that space otherwise is gonna be wasted in that space. Underneath the bed is really, really useful. You can put your cooler below there. You can put equipment below there. You could put food below. There, you can go books below their clothing. So that's a really, really important storage space. Another thing you want is a chair in my van. I had a bean bag, Um, that one of my brothers gave May, so I didn't have toe. Um, I never used like a real chair. I just used, uh, a being bag. And that works pretty good. It's It's not ideal, but it works pretty good and you can fit into different locations. Um, but if you if you're going to be doing a lot of work inside the van, you're probably gonna want toe get a chair that works. Part of the problem with chairs is that often times if you're parked on the side of a road or just parked anywhere, a lot of times it's not gonna be perfectly flat. And so if you have ah, a wheel chair with wheels on the bottom, it might roll around in the chair. Might be two tallest. Your your head might be hitting the top of the, uh, your head might be hitting the top of the ceiling of the ceiling in the van. So you got It's tough to find a chair. I just use a being bag, and that works pretty well. So, uh, I would just go with that unless you can find a way. Like if you have a larger camper. If you If you get a a ceiling. If you raise the ceiling in your van by getting a cap for it, then you could just get, like an air on chair or something like that, or just like a regular office chair. But just know that you're gonna have issues where the van is tilted, often tilted to the side. If you're on the side of the road, roads are paved so that the rain water goes into the curb, and so the road is going to be tilted. And so your whole man is going to be tilted. So that's why it being bag works well is because it can handle that. No problem, uh, food prep. So for food prep, you just need to have some sort of table that you can work on, and I just used the top of my cooler to do all my food prep. It could fit my two burner stove, plus a little bit of extra space. And I also had, ah, a few dressers that I could put stuff on top of also. So you just need a place toe prep food. And if you're in the city or if you're in a residential area and you want to go more stealth mode, you're gonna want to cook completely inside the van. If you're out in nature more, you can open up the side doors and then stand outside and then just have the, uh, you can have the stove right right there, right inside those side doors storage. So storage, you're going to go under the bed. The front passenger seat is a good place to store stuff. That's where I kept a second cooler, the first cool. I just kept Dr Food in my pots and pans and utensils and seasonings and other stuff. The the the cooler in the front. I kept ice in there, and then I could keep meeting their milk. Other stuff like that from passenger seat is good if you use it right. Um, the dressers air really important so in my van, those were right at the foot of the bed against the driver side wall. Anchor points of the frame are important. You need to have some way of anchoring those dressers to the to the van because otherwise they're gonna roll around and fall down, and, uh and it's not a good thing. So, uh, you have to have them strapped in or nailed down or screwed down in one way or another. Uh, you can also store things on top of the van so you can get if you go on Craigslist, you can get a cheap set of rack mounts for the, uh, for the top, your van Zehava rack on top, your van and then you can put him put a surfboard up there. You could put a box up there, some sort of container travel container put stuff up there. But problem with that is that's gonna ruin things if you're going in stealth mode. So some of these things are gonna come down to Well, do you want to sacrifice this stealth to be ableto store more stuff and have more room inside the vehicle? Electron ICS for electron ICS. Your main thing is going to be your cell phone and your laptop and then some way of lighting things. So a headlamp is extremely important. That's going to be your number one lamp. And these things last really long. They have really great batteries, and you just need to keep some extra batteries in the Vance. You can always keep that powered cause really, that's the only light that you really need. When it comes down to it, you're gonna wanna have an inverter and power cables and a deep cell battery so that you can get power from the vehicle without having it running. And you don't want to be drawing on the starter battery cause the starter battery is not designed for that. It'll drain pretty quickly, and then you won't be able to start your car. So make sure that you have a deep cell battery, you have an inverter, and then you have an isolator that makes it so that basically the way you're gonna wire it is you're in a wire, the starter battery through an isolator to your deep cell battery, which goes behind your drivers, uh, drivers seat. And then that deep cell battery is connected to an inverter, which turns that D. C current into a sea currents. You can plug a three pronged plug into it, and then you can plug your laptop in your cell phone into the inverter. The isolator is there so that if you as you drain the deep cell battery, it doesn't also drain the ah, the deep cell battery doesn't then drain the starter battery and you because you don't want them staying in equilibrium because they want to stay in equilibrium. So that's why you have a nice later. So the enter the electricity or the energy can go from the starter to the Marine cell. But you don't want it going back from the Marine to the starter, so it's important toe, um, to keep them isolated. I'm not gonna go really in depth and how you set that up. It's not that complicated. If you just goto a battery store, they'll have all the things that you need, and they'll even show you or explain to you how you would set it up. Uh, power cables air. Good so that you like having extension cable, maybe a surge protector connect so that you have plugs in the back and you don't have to be opening up your door going through your separator so that things and ideally, you even you wanna have. Thea, you don't want to have any light leaking out of the front, the back into the front. So at night, you wanna have be able to have a light on in the back. But people seeing the front, your vehicle, they don't see any light coming out of the back or out of any of the edges of the windows. So it doesn't have to be perfect. If you're just using a headlamp, it's pretty hard to see that from outside. But anything more powerful than that you're gonna wanna, um, cover all those ways with, like, a leak out of Van. The other option is solar power. So this is going to ruin the stealth form, the stealth factor of your vehicle. But it's a good thing to have if you want toe, um, have more reliable power. You don't wanna have to be running your engine all the time because even deep cell batteries do run out pretty quickly. And if you need more, you can always get multiple batteries, temperature control. So this is a thing that a lot of people don't think about until they're actually out there . It's something I didn't really think about much until I got out there. So, uh, first thing is, you can insulate yourself, so clothing betting, layering blankets, stuff like that. You can also, uh, this is a major thing is where you park is extremely important. And when you're awake and when you're asleep when you do your work. So, uh, I would tend to get woken up by just the heat of the van at a certain point in the morning , which is heat up, and the temperature also changes dramatically. So your problem if you're indoors most of the time, your probably not used to that amount of transitions of different temperatures. So you have to be ableto accommodate to that and one of the biggest things you have to deal with this finding shade and and or finding winds that you can cool yourself down and stay cool. Um, and also make sure there aren't leaks when it starts to rain, cause my van had a few leaks in the back that I had to fill, um, exercise, showering, drinking. Those are other ways that you can cool yourself down, but they're pretty temporary. You can also warm yourself up a little bit by drinking hot tea or something like that. Time of the day is really important. So sometimes, like during the day, you might have to find a place that shady. And then at night, you can go park anywhere, and it's gonna be cool enough. And like if you're near the ocean, you're going to get nice a nice amount of wind reliably. Whereas if you're more inland, you can't count on that as much. So you're gonna have to figure out where to go so that you can get the right temperature that you want. Altitude also plays a factor. The higher up you go, the cooler. It's gonna be stuff like that. And then I talked a bit about how to heat and cool. But these airpower methods for how toe stay warmer, colder. So an A C unit, you can connect that to a generator. You're not able to run that off battery because it just sucks up way too much power. Um, or you could have used the A C unit in your van. If you're getting a cheap used van, usually they're not gonna have a working a C, but either repair it or do something like that. But most a C units are not gonna be power enough powerful enough to consistently keep it really cool inside the van. And it's gonna take up a lot of gas. So, uh, that's why it's usually doesn't make sense to do that. You can use of vehicles heater. Usually the heater will work better, but it's still very expensive to be running the engine just to heat up. Uh, it could have. You could use just the front heaters or also on exhilarate er one auxiliary one in the back . And, uh, you don't you want to avoid propane heaters because they caught. They can cause CO two poisoning because of the gas they put off, um, and the exhaust so you could get a CO two alarm for that. But it's not really it's just not a good idea, so I would avoid that and just find other ways toe. You could get an auxiliary heater or just ah, go where it's warm 11. Van Health - Food: I know that last video is pretty long Video. This one is also going away in pretty long because this is how do you feed yourself? And this is the other main problem you need to solve food and shelter, those of the main things you're solving when you're living in a vehicle. So we're gonna talk about food, fresh food, water, boxed food, utensils, pots and pans, a stove or Ah, um, something like that. Something where you can hear you could also use a hot plate, but, um, it's that's going to use a lot of electricity. So you're better off just using a propane stove like a camping stove and uh, and then also a fridge to keep things cool. Obviously, you don't have to have a fridge. You don't have to have a stove, you can get away without it. And then you would probably wouldn't need pots and bands either. Um, but those are options, and I use both, so I'm gonna show you how I did that. First is prepackaged food. This is the easiest stuff to do. Canned beans. So this is a good one because that you can just eat it directly out of the can, Tunas. Good. You're probably not gonna want to eat that. Feel like eating that right out of can. You can mix that with, like, pickles, uh, tomatoes, stuff like that. And make quick a little salad. Uh, cornice is all right. Rice, um, condiments, pasta in sauce, pasta sauces. Another really reliable good one toe go for cause you You do want to refrigerate the sauce once you open the glass container that it's into the can that it's in. But until that point, you don't have to keep it refrigerated. And then obviously the pasta really easy to make and it comes prepackaged. Uh, mac and cheese, Same thing. Beverages. So gallon jugs of water. That's where you're going to get all your water from, Um, you just by gallon jugs of water for between 50 cents in the dollar each. Make sure you're buying about 1/2 a dozen to a dozen each time you want to be drinking at least two gallon of water a day. And another thing that I really enjoyed going all around the country is there's regional drinks. There's drinks that just never show up, except in certain areas. of the country in the South, there were these purple drinks that are, like similar to, uh, like purple drink. Or they're like relaxing their relax ation drinks. So it's kind of like, uh, certain rappers. Or like in the Southern rap game, there's There's a theme of drinking coding or cough syrup and mixing that was sprite and making a drink out of that. So there's drinks that are legally sold that don't have coding in them, but have other, like herbal additives or stuff like that. And the marketing is, well, it helps you calm down or, uh, or relax. And it's kind of the opposite of a Red Bull or something that amps you up. So there's that kind of thing. There's Mexican border drinks. So when I was down near Mexico in Texas, there were drinks that were imported from Mexico that you wouldn't find up north as much. So that can be a fun thing toe. Every time you go in a convenience store, it's kind of like this adventure. Well, what are they gonna have? What sort of unique And then sometimes you'll just be in it. A test area where certain beverage company test new products, so you'll get to see stuff that maybe you would never otherwise see. And it is just being tested in certain area for cooking. So for cooking, Ah stove with gas is the best way to do it, and you don't need a lot of pots and pans. Really, all you need is one good cast iron skillet, and if you wanna have a pot also, that's good. Like if you want to do pasta and sauce, might want to heat up the sauce in your cast on and skillet and then heat up the get the pasta ready to go in a pot. So just a small pot and ah, cast iron skillet is all you really need for cast iron. You probably wanna 6 to 10 inch size. You don't want to go much above that, and a colander is also goods that you can drain things off. But even that you don't really. If you want, avoid using a colander, you just take the top, uh, the top of the pot, the cover for it, and then you use that and you turn the pot over while it's got the cover attached. You hold that cover, and then you let the water drain out of that little seem in between where the cover meets the pot utensils. Just make sure you have some utensils and make sure you clean off your utensils right after you eat with them. Because otherwise things are going to get dried and hard, and it's gonna be a lot harder toe wash them. So it's better to wash everything you use immediately after you use it plates, bowls and cups. That's just the basics of what you need so that you can eat stuff for your fridge is where you can keep meat, fish, deli meat, deli meats good for two or three days at least inside your fridge. I don't trust meat or fish more than a day. Maybe two days. Depends how good your fridge is, how good your system is, how cool you can keep it. I was keeping it in the front of front of my van because I didn't have room in the back, and I just didn't wanna have like in case it leaked or in case something happened. I don't want the entire back to be like all the shag carpeting to get, like, covered in in, uh, rotten like food liquid leaking out of the fridge. So I just want to keep it in the front. So just in case something happened, it wouldn't contaminate the rear. So deli meats. Good, Because it's, uh, it'll just stay better than meat, raw meat and fish. You can keep greens in there like lettuce. Things that are more delicate. They're gonna want to stay at a better temperature. Milk, butter, cheese, those air. Good. Um, you don't really need any of them. Uh, cheese is good toe. Have you? Don't really need to keep cheese refrigerated either. It's good to because it wont go bad is quickly, but you don't have to refrigerate it. So you just have to get smaller amounts and use it quickly, and then also eggs. So get liga half dozen eggs and then just make sure you use everything within two or three days and plan on shopping twice a week for just the basics. Everything else you can get that's prepackaged. And then you when we have to do that once a week so you can do small shopping trips. But make sure you're doing that every two or three days cause you're gonna need a refill the ice as well. If you don't want to do a fridge, then you're gonna want to stick mostly with carrots, tomatoes, just vegetables and general fruit. Fruit tends to not last as long. If you wanna have meet one of the best things to Dio and one of the easiest things to do is to just get a rotisserie chicken and they're they're really good. They're really cheap. It's probably the cheapest way to get pre cooked meat. And, uh, you feel like you're kind of on the road. You feel like you're kind of a cowboy cause you're it's like you're eating the animal and it's not super prepared and everything, um, and they just taste pretty good. And I've found that almost no matter where I go, the rotisserie chicken is going to be pretty good cause they buy these machines that you basically just put the chicken in and it goes So you're not relying on the skill of some chef toe. Put something together that's really great using your cooler as your fridge. So some larger campers it's going to actually have a fridge like a normal fridge, but for the most part, you're just gonna want to use a cooler as a fridge and put ice in it every other day. Your enough to replace that ice, so make sure you keep your ice and your food separated. Just know that the ice is gonna melt into water, and that's going to go to the bottom of the cooler. So make sure your coolers set up so that that water and that ice is in touching the food. Make sure draining it week. We make sure that you're not weekly every other day, or enough to drain it and then make sure cleaning, cleaning it once a week once every other week and keep it out of the sunlight, cause that's gonna affect how long that ice last. And at first it may seem like you don't really trust the cooler. You don't really trust the food. So one thing that there's gonna build for use your sense of smell in your smell, sense of taste, because most of us aren't usedto, um, having to test things to make sure that it's still good to eat. But that's going to develop your sense of taste and your sense of smell, and you don't really need to be really worried about eating something that's a little bit run. I it's I'm not saying that you should eat it. You just don't have toe be worried. If you take a small bite out of something and it's not great, and you just spit it out, you're probably not going to get sick from that. So, um, just keep an eye on things. Don't let things ah, don't get too much stuff and put it in your cool your fridge. Don't go overboard. Just do the minimal that you need of what you want. To keep cool and then try to go is much as possible for things that don't need to be refrigerated. Another thing that's important to know is that the temperature in your van is gonna various Muchas 10 or 15 degrees or even more between the air in the top of the van and the air at the bottom of the van. So you can keep a lot of things pretty cool by just putting them in the wheel. Uh, none. The wheel well, but in the foot well of where you open the doors where it goes lower and there's a step. If you keep things in there, they're going to stay significantly cooler. So a lot of the veg, fruits and vegetables. I just keep him in that area and then on Lee, the things that really need to be refrigerated, what I keep in the cool in the corps with ice. 12. Van Health - Exercise: this is the next big thing. Well, how do you stay fit in a van? How do you exercise? What do you do? How do you stay active? Well, number one is you use body weight exercises, So instead of a gym, you use your body weight and you figure out how to use that to, uh, to get all the exercise you need. And I found a book several years ago called Convict Conditioning. And it was this guy who won a lot of weightlifting competitions while in a California prison. And then he wrote that any trained a lot of other people that were in prison like to make sure they didn't get bullied on. And then he came up with this, like, training routine because so many people would come to him to get trained while they were in prison. And then when he got out, he wrote this book and it got really popular in bar sports is something that's just in the last five or 10 years. Gotten a lot more popular Street gymnastics, Parker, stuff like that. So this is another angle on that. And the reason I love it is because, um when I was younger. I just didn't have any motivation to go to the gym. I just really couldn't get myself to do it. So I was looking for something that would work no matter where I was. So there was no excuse. So I started out just thinking. Okay, while I can be in my bedroom and I can just do these exercises there and then before I go to sleep, I have no excuse. Just get my body weight exercises in before you go to sleep. Now I go to the gym. I don't use thes as much, but when I'm in the van, this is what I go to. So push ups. Handstand eventually going toe a handstand. Push up, um, squats. You could do a bridge to exercise your back, and that's gonna cover basically everything you need for that kind of thing. In terms of body weight, the next thing is playgrounds. So you do your about normal body weight exercises. You can also do pull ups. You knew bar sports. Definitely check out. If you're interested in bar sports, check out YouTube because there's some really really cool stuff on bar sports, and it's it's urban form of gymnastics. That's really interesting and has gotten really popular the last few years. Cardio for cardio pickup soccer pickup Basketball is good. You have Teoh usually do a bit of research to figure out where these things were happening . Um, when I was in San Francisco, um, I found a play. I stayed there for a month, just in the city instead of traveling around. And I wanted to see Silicon Valley and get a feel for the whole area. And I found some guys that were playing pick up basketball and I asked them how they found out about it and one of the guys ran an email list. So I just got on that email list. And then whenever they were scheduled to play, I would just show up So it could be that easy. Uh, going, running, going, biking. If you attach it about, you can put a bike on top or on the back your van again. That's gonna ruin yourself factor, so that might not work. You could also get a fold up bike, um, or you could go swimming. So, uh, if you're near the ocean, you can or you near the lake. You can just go swimming. And that's really really fun to dio. It feels so good to be in the water after being in a van and, um not necessarily showering every day and just feeling the feeling really refreshed after you go in, Last thing is showering. So how do you shower when you're done with exercise? That's one of things that when I when I first went out on the road, I didn't exercise a lot because I was worried. Well, I'm gonna be all sweaty, and it's gonna be so uncomfortable and have no way to shower. But over time, I developed some methods. The first method I use which I don't recommend is I would fill a spray bottle like you would see at a hair salon with water, and then I would spray. I would find, like, a secluded location, like in the middle of the night or late at night. So nobody was gonna be coming around, and then I would just spray myself down. Um, put on some shampoo or body wash and then, um, just wash myself down, then rinse myself with the with a spray bottle and the idea was I really need to conserve water. Well, it turns out you can get a full shower from a single gallon of water if you just use it, right, So and it's not like that complicated. And you also don't need to go to some super secluded area. So what I started doing is I just find like you could do it in this kind of shower only takes one or two minutes if you do it right. So I would basically just find a secluded location, like behind a mall or something, or just in an area where there weren't gonna be people walking around a lot. And then I would open up the driver's side door so that I, um so that people couldn't see me from the front of the vehicle. And if you angle it right, people you can use your van is a privacy wall, and you can create once one wall with the the side of the van and then another wall with the door of the van. So then I would just keep my shorts on, and then I just shower with the shorts on the entire time. I just put on a clean pair of shorts and then I would shower like that. So even if somebody did see me, it wasn't a huge deal. And, uh, and that you could I mean, you could wear a T shirt also, why you did it. So if that's what you're worried about, you could wear a T shirt to, um you can also park next to a wall and then use your two side doors so that you basically have this completely private area and people can only see your feet. Um, there was one time I was in a mall that had this huge retaining wall, and the pavement went right up to it so I would park my van so that the passenger side was right up against the wall. And then, just like a about a foot or foot in half between the side of my passenger side and the wall , I'd open up those two side doors and then at a private area, I could just and that retaining wall provided shade so I could just hang out there during a really hot afternoon and keep the doors open and be on my laptop and sitting my being bag and have a little bit of wind come in and not have to worry about anything. So showering is really not a big deal. Just make sure you have a new dry pair of shorts ready that you can switch into. Have a towel already, and you don't need to be like going out into the woods and, like tryingto like go really late at night to make sure nobody sees you. You just have to find a secluded area where nobody's gonna bother you for 1 to 2 minutes, and then you just dump a little bit of water on your hair to get your whole body. What? Put the body wash on wash, rinse it off with with, uh, the rest of the juggle water. And then you're good to go. And I was able to do that with a gallon jug, a water so you really and even less than that once I got good at it. So you really don't need anything more than that. And that means that if you want, you can be taking a shower every single day. But that said, it's not really required to shower every single day. You may be used to that. But I also think it's a good experience to get used to going through that initial stage of discomfort where it's like Hard Teoh. It's hard to go to sleep or it's hard to feel comfortable without showering every day because until relatively recently, like maybe 100 years ago, people were not were maybe showering or bathing once a month. So I think it's valuable toe. Know what it's like to not have access to running water, not have access to showering or bathing, and just feel what it's like to live like that and eventually get used to it so that it's no longer a huge deal. Get used to this. Smells get used to the just feeling of your skin, the feeling of the clothing on your skin, stuff like that because it's really not the end of the world. So even though you could shower every single day, I don't I think it's also useful to get that experience and know what it's like and realize that it's really not the end of the world 13. Van Health - Hygiene: hygiene is also important. So let's talk about hygiene. First thing, obviously, is you want to be brushing your teeth at least once a day, ideally twice a day. So how do you do that? Well, you don't have a sink that you can use. So what you do is you use snack bags and you just get what these small bags that are really cheap, like sandwich bags or storage bag, whatever's the thinnest kind of thing because all you do is you keep your toothbrush in the bag and then you have another bag that you used to spit out the water once you rinse your mouth. So once you do that, then you throw away that bag. That little baggie with a little bit of water in it. You just put it in your trash bag, and then you put your brush after you rinse it out with water. You you put that brush in a new bag, so let's say you do that in the morning. Then at night, you take that bag, you open that bag, you take your toothbrush out, and then that bag that used to store it during the day that becomes your trash bag. So now when you rinse out your mouth at night, you spit that out into that bag. That bag that used to store during the day. Close that up, putting your trash bag, get a new baggy, and then put your toothbrush in that. So you cycle through the bags, and it makes it really easy to, ah, to keep on top of brushing. And also, you can just get a thing of loss. Or get some handful officers to make sure that your flossing as well for showering every explains. Most of that, um, makes you have a towel body washer shampoo. Um, only gonna take 1 to 2 minutes. If you want to heat the water up a little bit and just put it in the sun, you can put in the front of your band. You can put it on the dashboard near the windshield so that it can heat up a little bit, because if you keep your water down near the bottom of the van near the floor or in one of those foot wells, then they're going to stay pretty cool. So that could be a little bit uncomfortable. And then just wear shorts and maybe a top, and then you'll be good to go. And you can just wash inside the shorts. Just make sure the shorts air clean because otherwise it's not. I mean, they don't have to be queen, but, um, depending on if you have, If you have enough clothes to handle that and still not go to the laundromat more than once a week, then then you're doing well washing and drying clothes. So for washing and drying your gonna, you should not be buying detergent. Every single time you go to the laundromat, just get a small container of it. Keep that in your van, and that's all you really need. You just put that in. Measure it out. Go. The laundromat spent a bucker Teuta. Um, wash all your clothes and if you don't want to goto laundry matches, make sure you have ah, one or two gallon buckets so that you can wash them yourselves. Uh, the major thing is not washing the clothes, it's drying the clothes. So and it takes a lot of time. You're not really in stealth mode. If you're going that way, and in terms of what do you do with the clothes when they're dirty before you take him to the laundromat? Well, what you do is you just get a black trash bag and you put all your dirty clothes in there, and then whenever anything's when it gets full, then you you know it's time to go the laundromat. Just make sure you tie it up at the top when you open and close it, cause when the van gets heated up on all those dirty clothes air kind of releasing their odors, you don't want to be smelling that. So make sure you keep that closed up at up top. And then finally, this is the question that a lot of people have is how do you go to the bathroom in the van . So for going pee, it's pretty easy. You just use an empty gallon jug for women. There's adapters that you can get that campers use that, um, that just make it easier toe so that you can get into a stream that you can get into the jug. Easy. Uh, for number two, that's going to be. That's when it gets a little bit more challenging because you're you're dealing with a number of factors, you don't have room for a toilet. Um, if you have a larger camper, you can get thes camper toilets. But they're just They're more mess than they're worth because you really don't wanna have standing liquid anywhere. That's that's a one issue with having the ice in the cooler is that you have standing liquid and it's usually that's just a recipe for a disaster. So, uh, the method that I used waas a little bit complicated, so make sure you're visualizing this as I talk about it. First, you're gonna take a grocery plastic bag, um, that plastic bag. It's just like when you get paper inside plastic at the grocery store. That's the plastic bag you're using. Then you take two gallon Ziploc bags, one inside the other, and then you put the grocery plastic inside that so you have the grocery plastic inside a gallon ziplock inside another gallon Ziploc. Then you get like a one gallon bucket, and you put all of the bags inside that bucket. The purpose of the grocery plastic bag is that's going to make a perfect seal so that you can pull it around the outside and overlook the lip of the bucket so that you're not gonna miss your target. Basically. So then you just squat over that bucket, and then you're good to go. Uh, the major thing that happens at that point is managing the smell. So once you go to the bathroom and you get that, um, you you get the first stage done and outs timeto wipe. Um, that's where the smell starts to come into play. So in a regular toilet, because it's surrounded by water you don't have toe, the smell isn't as intense, but when it's just lying there inside the plastic bag, it's gonna put off quite a sense. So what that means is, and that's why there's two Ziploc bags. So what you do is immediately right before you start wiping, what you're gonna do is take that grocery plastic bag, crumple up the top of it, push it inside that that, uh, Ziploc bag, and then zip the inner bag. So now you have, uh, outer bag that's still unzipped the inner Ziploc that's zipped now. Then you're gonna push that down into the bottom of the outer Ziploc bag, and you also when you zip that interior bag clothes, you want to get all the air out of it so that you still have space inside the outer bag. So now that you have this outer bag open, then when you use your toilet paper and you wipe with that, then you've already prevented the scent from the first bag from coming out. And now you're just wiping and any all the toilet paper use goes into that outer bag. Then you push all the air out of that outer bag. You zip that shut, and then, ah, you could just put that in your trash bag. And it's not it's gonna put off very little if any scent. Um, that being said, you want to get rid of this bag as soon as possible, so you want to throw it away, throw it in a dumpster throat in a, uh, a garbage. Been as soon as possible. Uh, you don't what happens? It's more of an issue during the day, especially if it's hot. If it's cold outside of its cool, the smell is not going to be a major issue. But when things start to heat up and, uh, and those and the inside of the van gets warm. It were hot. Then you're gonna have an issue where the smell You're going to definitely smell it. So, um, you generally you can get away with leaving it in your van for 6 to 8 hours if there isn't somewhere immediately where you can get rid of it. Um, but you don't want to be holding on to it for more than a day. What I would do if I could I wasn't in a spot where I could just throw it away immediately . I would put it in the front of the van and then and then the front of the van with the separator. The smells, for the most part, wouldn't be able to get to the back. So, um, once you get once you try it once it's it's not going to be an issue. It's It works really well. And, uh, you don't have to, like, go through all these maneuvers to, like, stop somewhere and go find a bathroom that's publicly available. Um, because it's very clean. You don't have a like, uh, you just you're not gonna have any issues with this. So this is Ah, this is a tested system. It works and ah, it's cheap. It's not gonna cost you anything. And it makes it a lot more convenient so that if you're in stealth mode and you don't, you don't wanna get out of the van and kind of, Ah, worry about people seeing you get out of van, then you don't have to worry about it cause you can take care of your business and stay in the van the entire time. 14. Introduction: in this section, you're gonna learn about how to fill your day and how to fill your nights and how toe Think about what you do during the day. What you do during the night and basically what that means is two things it means during the day. How are you going to fill those hours You're gonna work? Or you gonna learn about things you're gonna explore to do some introspection type things, and then during the night, where you gonna find a place to park and where you gonna find a place to sleep so that you don't get bothered, and that's what we're gonna be talking about. So exploring without plans is number one here because that's one of the most important things for you to do is to develop your intuition and get comfortable trusting yourself and trusting feelings that you get that you can't necessarily pinpoint exactly why that intuition is there and get some experience following those intuitions and see what happens and see those in a longer term in terms of maybe a few hours or a few days or a few weeks, where just one little thing that you did lead to this huge, uh, change in your life. This huge adventure that you couldn't have predicted would have never happened otherwise. So ah, one example I can give you, if that is a mentor, very influential mentor who he passed away. But I met him right before he passed away, and I was just in a supermarket getting WiFi, and I was about to leave, and he was telling this girl that was sitting next to me, you should get that cough checked out because you could be spreading that to everyone sitting around here. Was this little cafe in the side part of the supermarket? Safeway. And I asked him, How do you know that? And so you started going into well, I worked. And I was a doctor. Neurosurgeon, blah, blah, blah. And he ended up mentoring me and I I spent a lot of time with him, like two or three weeks until I had to leave, because that already bought my plane ticket before I met him. So just little things like that. Just asking a question, cause you're kind of curious, but it doesn't seem like that big of a deal that can lead to something that's a lot more important. So just little interactions people often ask me will have you. How did you meet all these different mentors? It's it's little interactions. It's little opportunities where you have a little sliver of curiosity and you decide Well, are you gonna follow that? Or you just gonna let that slip away and when you let it slip away, it doesn't seem like a big deal because you have no knowledge of the opportunity that you missed out on. It's when you start following those little opportunities that those opportunities, some of them come to fruition. And then you look back on your life and you realize how influential those experiences those people were. So it's really important toe have that aspect of your plan of just exploring without plans and without clear direction, and be willing to just make a change at a moments notice and be comfortable with that cause . It's gonna make you so much more adaptable. It's going to make you a lot less fearful of making the wrong decision. Most people walk through life and go through life, being very fearful of making minor mistakes, and there's a huge advantage to just making very quick decisions unless there's going to be a huge downside to making the wrong decision. So most of your decision making should be very, very quick. And then those few decisions that are really important are going to make a really big difference. That's where you should spend a lot more time than most people do making a decision. So most people spend not enough time making big decisions and lots of time making small decisions. Where you want to get good at doing is spending almost no time making most quick decisions and then spend a lot more time than usual. Making those big decisions and a good rule of thumb is you should be spending at least 10% of the time that you're going to spend going on some sort of, ah, large project. You should be spending at least 10% of that time on that project planning and sometimes significantly more than that. And most people just aren't willing to do that because they see it as a waste of time. But it's really important, but that get it exploring without plans, going just following your intuition, that's really important, and that should make up a significant part of your journey because that's going to reduce the fear of making small mistakes and you're gonna enjoy the process. And you're going to get used to doing that because it's kind of a new way of thinking. It's a little bit less structured, but it's a lot more fun. And then we're gonna talk about how you can learn while you're on the road, have a learning project, how you can work, things you can do to reflect or introspection. Meditation, which ah, lot of that is just learning about yourself or experiencing yourself and under understanding yourself more so we'll be getting all the more into all of these subjects in the next videos. 15. Minimalist Office: in this video, we're gonna talk about minimalist office. So what are the main things that you need in your van in order to get work done, value in your van and make sure I'm not gonna mention everything because I already mentioned a lot of these things in previous videos. Things like temperature control that's going to be huge. So if you're just uncomfortable cause it's way too hot or way too cold, that's a major problem. So one of your major things in terms of planning, where you're going to spend your day is how you're gonna control the temperature throughout the day so that Mitt means either getting out of the van, going with cafes, Starbucks library, something like that, or finding a place where you can get some shade. Or you can get in the sun so that you can get your temperature at the right level because most of the time it's gonna be too expensive to be heating your heating your vehicle with the engine itself or cooling it down with the air conditioning. So you've got to be thinking about those things first. That's kind of a prerequisite. First thing to think about is your chair. So an air on chair is really nice. That's gonna give you great back support. Or you could just use a regular office chair. As I said before, the major issues there going to be the height of the chair because it may just be too tall as well as the tilt of the chair. So this is something you're gonna have toe here at a store. Tell them you need to figure out if it's gonna fit in your van. You can have somebody come out with, uh, with the chair or you can take a measurement and then measure each chair and make sure it's gonna work. Uh, but a beanbag is really good because then you don't have to worry about the tilt, and you can shape it in such a way that it's gonna fit. The other thing is having a regular office chair takes up a ton of space inside your van. And when you need space in order to cook in the back and you're in stealth mode, stuff like that, you don't want that. It can be a real pain. So a beanbag is really great, cause you can stuff it in any well corner. You can put it above your bed, and it will work just fine. So if you can find something that's like a folding chair, something like that that's comfortable. Uh, there's some chairs that fold up that air for like the beach. Or, if you're gonna watch, like us, your kid's soccer game or baseball games, something like that. And you just want to have, like, basically a lawn chair. Uh, that can work really well to you just want to make sure that it's not too big and unwieldy . So you're gonna have toe do some searching to find something that fits within your dimensions. And so that's going to mean a lot of times, if you're besides, the beanbag is taking some measurements of inside your van. So you know what kind of space you're working with. And that's one of the first things you should do. You can create a little Google drawing of the layout of inside your van, take some measurements, and so then you're gonna have an idea of what's gonna fit, how much room you have and start to get a sense of things. So you could even take some, uh, like basic construction tape or masking tape. Put that or painter's tape, and you could put that down on the floor of your bedroom or your apartment or whatever, so that you can get a sense of what is it going to be like to live in this much space? Next thing is your desk, usually your desk inside the van. It's just gonna be your lap. But if you have, ah, laptop laptops get really hot. And so most laptops too early. So you're probably gonna wanna have something that you can put on top your lap. Really easy thing to do is to just use a three ring binder. You can also get a small table or a special device or separator that is made for a laptop. He usually laptops gonna be fine. Uh, just like you could use a stack of papers. You could use a clipboard. You could use a thick book. Ah, you could use ah notebook. There's a lot of different things you could use. You could even use a pillow from your bed. That usually works pretty well. Um, just make sure that you have something. Clipboard is actually another really important thing. Toe have So last thing here board that goes between two things. What does that mean? What that means is you can create a table out of just a board and then two supports for that and that table can be useful if you're cooking. Um, if you're working on something in the van, one way that I use this is I use the top cover of my, uh, my core that I used for just drive food in pots and pans. I use that as a desk, and then I would put that on top of my bed, and then I'd be in my chair. I used a folding chair like just a folding lawn chair, and that worked pretty well. So, uh, you can experiment with different things whenever you can use one thing for multiple purposes, that's really great. That's gonna build your resourcefulness skills. And so always be looking for. How could I use this object for more than one purpose? Having a good lighting is really important. As I said before, having a good headlamp is really, really important. That's gonna be your main source of illumination. It's also it also useful to have a small clamp light that you can just clamp onto something in the rear. What I clamped onto was the seat belt, where the seat belt for the driver's side seat, where it attaches to the frame of the vehicle, actually goes back behind the main separator between the front, the cabin and the rear. So I just clamped onto that seat belt piece, and that worked fine, and I've never any problems. You can also get led lighting that takes significantly less power than incandescent. And so that's good. If you want to run that off of your Marine battery of your deep cycle battery and you don't want to suck up, a ton of energy can also just get something that's battery powered. So go to Home Depot, and they have these great small and medium sized lights that are completely battery powered in their adhesive, so you can just stick him or mount them onto the side of inside your van, on the side walls or the top, and you'll be good to go last thing storage so you can use a file cabinet file cabinets unless it's you're probably not gonna fit something larger than two or three drawers. I was using wooden drawers, but if I had to go back in time and do it over, I might have gone with file cabinets instead, cause it's much better for storing documents. And they're just, uh, having wooden drawers they don't slide in and out is easily that. It's just not as it's not as convenient. The main place where you're gonna be storing things is underneath your bed. Besides, the drawers is underneath your bed, so you want to make sure that you have as much space under your bed as possible. And when you're thinking about the height, make sure that the containers you're planning on using to store things underneath your bed are a good size. So make sure that there's not gonna be a lot of wasted space. Like what? Say your Your bed is six feet long, so if you're getting containers that are are, uh what, like 2.5 feet wide, then that means you're only gonna fit two of them in there, so you're only gonna be able to use five of those six feet. So instead you would want to find something that's like two feet wide, so that you can do to to to and then have used up all that space. So things like that just make sure you at your using that space really efficiently and look for good containers because some containers don't use up all the space as well as other containers. And, uh, make sure those containers gonna be able to slide in and out very easily because you don't want to just be stuffing stuff underneath your event. Your bet. It's gonna make it hard to find things, things going to roll around, things going to get damaged. And it's it can get very overwhelming when you're inside the van and you're just you're not using when you when you leave and you pack at the beginning, everything is very organized. Everything feels like it's in its place, and you know where everything is. But as the weeks go by things, they're just gonna devolved more into chaos. And so you have to be prepared for that and make sure that you have systems in place to deal with that. And the containers are. Your system can also label them three ring binders, air useful so is where you can keep your papers. And if you don't have a file cabinet, you can also keep them in folders. But throwing binders air pretty good for your van because it's going to keep everything under control and things are gonna be sliding around. Uh, so, usually I don't like using through ring binders. I prefer file cabinets, but when you're dealing with a lot of shifting moving pieces, three ring binders or more robust 16. Deep Dive Learning: deep dive. Learning this trip is going to be one of the best experiences you ever have in terms of focused learning, getting better at focusing, focusing for longer periods of time and experiencing that flow state where you can just spend hours and hours and hours learning something deeply and really enjoy that process. And once you build this habit in isolation in this new environment on the road, you can come back and then do that back at home, back wherever you call home and wherever you go in the future, wherever you travel in the future, no matter what situation you're in, you'll be able to go into that zone. And this is a pattern you see over and over and over again. And creative geniuses throughout history is there ability to focus. And it's something that's hard to build in your normal environment, where people are distracting you. Technology is distracting your cell phone, Facebook social notifications. There's so many things going on there. So many opportunities, so many people, so many things going on that it's really hard to build that attention and build that focus . So one of the best things you can do is to decide before you go on your trip. What is the one most important thing that I want to learn about? That I want to accomplish that I want to do Who's the one purpose person who's really influential as a role model and that you want to learn more about her that you want to develop a deeper understanding of? So take that one person, that one project and what's a good way of picking that one person of that one project? Well, a good way to doing that is thinking about Well, what are your goals right now? What do you want out of life in the different areas of your life? So your business, your profession, your health, your personal relationships yourself, your own emotional day to day well being which of those is the most important to you, and then figure out okay based on which is the most important? Think about? Well, what is the bottleneck? What is the one thing? If I just figured out that one thing, or I change that one thing, it would improve all the other areas in my life. It would improve that one year area of my life in so many different ways. So figure out, what's that bottleneck? What's that one thing? That if you just figured out one thing out, it's gonna have a profound effect in a lot of other areas also. So find that bottleneck, find that one thing and then spend a lot of time focused unf ig uring that one thing out, fixing that one thing, getting it to where you want it and make sure you have a vision for that. So don't just look at what what's the problem is, but also spend some time thinking about, Well, how is my life going to be different? How is this area of my life going to be different if I figure out this one thing, so that's really important. Once you have that project figured out, bring on Lee what you need to focus on that project. So don't bring a ton of different books on a ton of different subjects. Once you decide what you want to learn about what you want to focus on Onley, bring those things. Only bring what you need and think about how much you're gonna read per day. 50 pages is a good rule of thumb for just your for most of you. Some of you will be doing less than this. Some of more than this also depends what kind of book it ISS. So it might be some if its poetry, for example, that maybe you want to be taking your time. Maybe you want to read the same thing over and over again. Maybe it's music lyrics. So what is it? And it doesn't have to be reading. It could also be videos. It could be listening toe a new a certain type of music. Maybe it's a type of music that you don't listen that you've never listened to before. You haven't listened to a lot before, but you want to build more of an understanding or appreciation or change kind of your emotional rhythms by using music. Uh, it's a great way to build memories that will last a lifetime. Is toe Onley. Use a very select grouping of songs or playlist and use that playlist on Lee when you're on the road or only during a certain leg of your journey, and that had, I mean just the the songs that were on the radio when I was building my van. Any time I hear those old songs on the radio again, it brings me back immediately. So you're gonna be able to travel back in time by using music if you do a correctly by building memories using music. So that's another thing that you can do. And you can use certain ambient music playing while you're learning while you're in this deep dive that can bring those experiences in those memories back. Also on kind of reactivate that whole part of your brain bring you back to that feeling that emotion as well. So when you if you want to focus on one person, then how do you do that? Well, what you do is you buy everything that they've created. So you get all their books, you get all their videos, you find their stuff on YouTube. Um, you can look at my other course 50 learning machines for how you would download YouTube video so you can watch them off line or download an entire channel or playlist of videos off YouTube. If they have a podcast, download all that stuff, you want to get all their stuff offline because you don't wanna have to go on the Internet and subject yourself to all those distractions while you're on the road. And then the goal is to just learn everything about them. So sometimes it's not just what they've put out, because there's some people that haven't created anything. If you think about Jesus, he never wrote down anything. It was his apostles that wrote down what's in the Bible. So it's not necessarily the person themselves that's creating the content, but it's the people around them, the people that came before them, their mentors. It's also the people that came after them or biographies. People talking on forums. Blawg post. There's a lot of different sources for information, so keep an eye out for all those different things that this is something that you're thinking well, I want to really do my research right. Check out my research the hard way course that's going to give you everything you need to do this type of research but create habits. So when you're fun, when you find somebody that you really admire and you want a model part of your life fund, then look for what habits they have to make sure. Modeling those habits. This could be a good time for you to build some of those habits. So think about how could I build habits while I'm on the road? How could I use this in new environment? Kind of Start with a clean slate and start some habits. You'll have a lot of free time time you can play with. You can use that time in that freedom to create new habits without a lot of stress. Make sure you're staying focused, so limit technology turned things off. Put things on airplane mode. Do not connect to the Internet. Um, for the Internet, you can have specific times where you go on the Internet, or you can go to the library, get on the Internet and do everything at once. So go into batch mode with the Internet. Stay off it, even stay off the computer, and then you can have a separate little list in your phone or ah, little notebook, where you just make a list of things that you want to research later on the computer or do on the computer or do on the Internet. And then you can do that in batch mode, all at once. Then you take it off line and you do all your reading offline either on paper or you can bring a Kindle. I really like paper. You can learn more about that in this speed reading course and no taking course. It's so important to do high quality annotation, and we're really not at a stage yet where you can do really high quality annotation on a digital format. And some of you may be thinking, Well, I have an iPad arrives a tablet, and I can draw on it. The problem with that and this may not be an issue for you, but I can't stare at a screen for several hours without my eyes just going. And so, uh, for paper or the ink. That's really the only thing that works. And eating isn't at the stage where you can draw on it yet, so that's probably five years away. And, uh, it's just not feasible right now, so I may be saying something different five years from now, But right now paper is the best method, and paper is just great for keeping you focused on a Kindle. You can switch around to different books and just that physical touch. And, uh, writing things down by hand is is powerful and they've done scientific studies where it shows that even drawing something into computer, it's still not the same as writing something down on paper. So there's a lot of advantages. I highly recommend you go the route with paper if you can. And you can even bring a small printer with you. Just get a small, cheap printer and then plug it in when you need it. And you can print stuff out, Um, but really go for paper. And if you're thinking about well, how am I gonna where am I gonna store that paper? Just have one of your containers. Be your little library. Just don't bring more paper than you need to bring a little bit of blank paper to print on . And then bring all of that stuff that you've printed out all those books, whatever for your one learning project, and that's gonna help you stay focused on just that one thing 17. Power And Internet For Electronics: in this video, you're gonna learn how to get power and Internet set up for your all your Elektronik so that you can get your work done. You can learn you're not gonna have issues. So first thing is, where do you find WiFi? This is the most important thing, and it's getting more and more difficult. Um, most people have security on their WiFi at this point, so you're usually not gonna have a very good time just driving around trying to get on hop on somebody's WiFi, so that leaves you with mostly companies and then library. So McDonald's is really goods place because basically, every, uh, store they have every restaurant they have has WiFi at this point. So some other fast food they may they may not. Um, McDonald's isn't always the fastest, so sometimes you can get better results going with a smaller chain or a smaller restaurant because they won't have filters on their Internet in the same way that won't be speed throttling it in the same way. So if you want to download or upload larger files, especially if like you're doing anything with the video, it's important to find, uh, a good spot that you can get reliable Internet but also faster Internet. So if you're staying in a city for an extended period of time, it's good to have one place you can go to get faster Internet if you need it. Otherwise, just going to the closest McDonald's is usually your best bet. And usually McDonald's is going to be better than the local library library libraries. Generally, the more of a homeless population there is the worst, the Internet and the worst. The library is gonna because they're going to be in there using it all the time. So, like in San Francisco, it was It was not fun. Um, because there's such a big homeless population there. Laundromats can sometimes be good place. Get Internet supermarkets, especially on the West Coast, where they have more of a like they'll have more cafes and supermarkets, but it's spreading around. Another thing you can do is use a long range antennas, so if you don't want to have to get out of your van, it's gonna limit your options so a long range antenna can help you get Internet and then still be in your van at the same time. So you're gonna find, um, about how far you can park away from a restaurant, still get the WiFi and have it work. Sometimes it'll work in the front seat. Won't work in the back of the van. So a long range antenna can help you out with that. I didn't use a long range antenna. I didn't really need one. But that can be an option for you. Uh, if you're looking at probably 50 to 100 bucks to get that sort of thing set up and then just plug it in via USB remote access your main computer. This is really useful if you don't wanna, You don't have everything on your laptop, and you have a lot of other stuff on your desktop. Eso get remote desktop set up, test it, go to your local fast food chain or whatever, or on just before you leave. Get on your laptop, see if you can connect through the whatever filters they have. So just go. Your local McDonald's tested out. Make sure it works. Maybe go to another one. Check that out also so that you know you're going to be able to consistently get connected um, you're gonna have to sometimes do some adjustments with your firewall to get that set up or with your networking, uh, router, your wireless router. So makes you have that all all that stuff set up because it it'll take a little bit of testing and tweaking to get it working properly. Crashed Plane is a great backup service I've tried a lot of from Crashed Plane is the best for it hand. It can handle a lot of data of a lot of video projects, and crash plan just works really well. So even if you have terabytes of stuff, it's not gonna have a problem with that, Um, and it allows you to restore or download your files from anywhere, so you can even download them onto your phone. You can download him on your laptop, and a lot of other services don't have that where you can go and get individual files or get a collection of folders and files all once so crashed plane is good for that. It's not. It's not a really great piece software, but it's better than everything else that's out there. So it's good to have, and it's really cheap It's like 34 bucks a month. Dropbox and Google Drive are good. Those are gonna be your go to cloud storage. I like Dropbox better than Google drive normal files. But for office files, being able to edit and collaborating Google Drive is so important. So Dropbox is getting more of those capabilities. But Google Drive is really, really good. And if you're outsourcing things, you're collaborating with people. Google Drive is the way to go electricity. So how do you get your electricity set up? I already did talk about this in a previous video. Um, each set up is gonna be unique, and the parts that you have access to are gonna be unique and the parts that I use their several years old. So I wouldn't suggest getting the same thing I got because you're gonna get be able to get something that's better for less money. So first thing you need is an inverter, and that inverter could just get plugged into your cigarette lighter hole, and then that could be all you need. But, um, you want to get a deep cycle battery so that even when your van isn't running and still get electricity. If you're thinking well, I don't want to get do all of that, Then just get an inverter. And then while you're van while you're driving around, you can charge your laptop. And if you've got, like a a laptop with a good battery, then that could last you six or eight hours if you don't have a laptop with a good battery . If you need more power than that's when it becomes an issue on you want to get a deep cycle battery, that deep cycle battery will probably run you at least 100 bucks. Maybe a little bit more than that. Uh, you just get a plastic container to put it in, and then you mount that right behind your seat, and for me, it just fit very snugly behind the seat so I don't have to screw it into the ground or anything. Um, then what you do is you get some cables and you run those cables from the Marine battery. Deep cycle battery doesn't have to be a marine battery, but that's what they're usually called just a deep cycle, meaning you can run it down to 10 20% and then charge it back up and do that a few 100 times without having a die on you. Uh, other kind of batteries just don't like to be cycled like that. They like to stay between 90 and 100% full at all times. Otherwise, it's just not gonna last very long. So they have to be designed to go down. And even deep cycle batteries don't really like being drained that low. So if you really want a lot of power, you're gonna be talking about multiple batteries and any big RV that have a battery bank of 48 or more big deep cycle batteries. And these things are really heavy, too. So, um, you're gonna want to get some help setting this up if you don't have a background in electrical circuitry. And, um, I had a mentor who helped me with this. Who was electoral engineer. So that's how I got all this stuff set up. Um, you're gonna want a isolator. And the isolator just makes it so that when the van is turned off the deep cycle bat and you're draining the deep cycle batter, you've got your laptop plugged in. You want to prevent the deep cycle battery from then sucking down more electricity or power from the starter battery. So the way it works is your your motor runs and has thievy serpentine belt that runs that makes a bunch of different things turn. It turns the A C turns the heater, it turns the fan. It turns your alternator, and the alternator is creating current. And it's sending that current, too the starter battery. So then, when the so it's always keeping the battery charge and then when you turn it off and you try to turn it on, that starter battery gets your engine running again so that Starter Battery will then be linked to the Marine Deep cell battery. The two cables. And they'll tell you at the battery store what kind of cables you need or you can just do research online. It's going to depend on how big the battery is, how fast you want the current to go, how expensive that thickness or gauge of wire is. And once you do that, uh, once you have research, you figure out what cables you need. But basically the cables go from the starter battery to your deep cell battery and then your goat. The separate cables go from the deep cell battery to your invert yet your your inverter and that lets you plug in with a regular tour. Three. Plot, wrong plug. The thing is, you want to isolate that deep cell battery from the starter battery, so it's not sucking down power. And then when you try to start the van, it doesn't start because you suck down the power from this, from the starter to the deep cell in the deep, sell to the inverter of murder to your laptop, so it's just it's a chain and recharging that battery takes time. It takes gas. You'll be surprised how long it takes toe. Get that battery fully charged and it's it's there's you're not gonna have a meter that tells you how charged issue enough to buy a separate meter or just guess so. Um, either one of those options you, depending on how important it is for you to know exactly how much charge you have left. That's the way to go 18. Reflection And Introspection: in this video, we're gonna talk about reflection and introspection, and this is a good thing to do, whether you're on the road or not. But this is going to give you the opportunity to really spend some time with yourself and go deep and just see what comes out. So just see if you just keep on writing and you just write whatever comes into your head, see what comes out, and then you can go back on it later. And one of the most valuable things of reflection or just journaling is not necessarily so . You can go back to it later, but it's the process of number one structuring your ideas, getting them down on paper, but also just structuring them as you write them. And so if you're just free flowing, then that's something where you could right after you write it. You could go back and look for structure, but you're structuring your thoughts and you're seeing the structure of those thoughts that's important. Another thing is just getting out of a feeling of overwhelmed so your brain can only handle a few things at the same time. And when you have a lot of different things competing for your attention, a lot of different little problems that are bothering you, kind of nipping at your heels. You can get really overwhelming, and so your brain just doesn't have the ability to handle all that. And it's not just your brain. It's also, what sort of mental models do you have? What sort of framework do you have for dealing with problems for deciding? How important is this problem? Do you have categories? This is a small, medium, large problem. Is it something that urgent that I need a complete now? Later? Do you have a way of memorizing the basic two DUIs or problems that you have each day? Do you have a way of thinking about Well, is this something I can just let go and nothing really battle happen? Or I can ignore it Or I can I. I know how to deal with it in advance. So there's also patterns of mental structures you can have that allow you to deal with more problems. So people that are ATO highest levels of leadership in large organizations, businesses, whatever, or people that are just really good at thinking on their feet or very street smart. They have the ability to handle a lot of different small problems and not gotta not get bent out of shape. So it's a combination of first. Your brain just can't handle a lot of different novel things at the same time. Second, you can developmental frameworks to help you handle more stuff without getting overwhelmed . But the easiest thing to do and it's just a good habit is to write down what the current problems you have that you're dealing with. And that's gonna help you get out of that emotion of overwhelmed and then tackle one thing at a time. So it's really important to do it just for that reason, ways you can reflect you can write things down. Record audio video If you have an iPhone and certain other phones that built in software is gonna only let you record in a certain resolution. And sometimes it's a high resolution that takes up a lot of space, and another issue is if you the only way you're getting it off your phone is toe uploaded to the cloud and then have it syncs to your computer through a Dropbox or Google drive. That's gonna have issues where you're either gonna use all your data and go over or it's just gonna be too big and it's not gonna upload it all. So you may wanna have a system for getting video and audio off your phone using a USB connection, So make sure you bring that and make sure that you're not recording at a high resolution that you need to. You may also just want to get a camera. That's what I did. I just got a separate camera that I could record things with and then pop the SD card out and put it in my laptop and transfer things that way. There's also, uh, as D cards that have a WiFi connection so that you can just download them without ever taking it out of the camera downloaded through WiFi to your computer. So that's another thing can also draw drawings. Great. If you want to get some work some stuff out of your unconscious and gets in my idea of what's going on in your unconscious mind, Um, there's some cool stuff you can do there and then also just going on walks so you don't know always have to record what you're doing. The process of reflecting itself and just kind of masterminding your different things is valuable in and of itself for written journal. Good things to do or make it a habit have different areas of focus. So I talk about this a lot in my note taking course, because you've gotta have a model of what are the basic areas of life so that you can focus on them individually and organize your thoughts. Organized the work that you do when the improvements you make in the research you do and the things that you memorize and the things you want to store and look at later things. You want to take action on things. We want to collaborate with other people with etcetera, etcetera. So the basic areas of life are metta area, which is just how you organize all those different areas that's usually very small. Then you will have your business or profession. You're gonna have your personal life, you never your relationships and your of your health. Then after that, any other major projects or businesses you have, you have multiple big businesses. We have a major role, any area of life where you have a major role that isn't included. One of those main areas I just talked about that could be another thing. So major side project or hobby that you have, that could be another main focus area. Make sure that you have you. You plan out each day or each week you're looking at all those different and definitely each month, each quarter each year makes you're looking at those all those different areas you think about. Okay, how can I move forward in that area? How can I implement or keep a habit going in that area? Reading afterwards, highlighting it, annotating it. That's really useful. Eventually may want to take a picture of it scanned into your computer. Something like that drawing is also very important. So maybe six months or a year ago, I accidentally ordered a bunch of notebooks that didn't have lines on them. They were just completely blank white. And so I thought, Ah, this this sucks. What am I gonna do? But then I realized this is an opportunity, and I thought back to ah, Bill Gates and how he bought the most famous, most expensive ever document or book for over $30 million at auction a few years ago. And it was to Vinci's notebooks, and de Vinci's notebooks did not have a tunnel lines on them. They a lot of drawings and in them and that, and he even wrote in Mirror types of Was Right Toe Left any. Some people think he did it so that people couldn't read his notes. Other people thought he was doing it for another reason was just easier because he was left handed. But either way, doing more drawings, coming up with concepts and then turning into a visual diagram or concept map remind map stuff like that. Not having lines gives you more freedom to do that, and it encourages you to draw. So I won't encourage you even if you don't feel like an artist and you don't feel like you can draw doesn't matter. All that a drawing is it's just a skeleton. It's just so framework. That's enough so that when you look at it again, you can recreate that picture in your head or that concept in your head. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. It can be stick figures and just lying drawings it doesn't ever have to be anything more than that. And then audio and video journaling. So taking video journals is something even upload to YouTube. You might want update your friends and family once a month or once every week or two weeks with what you're doing. Take some video of where you are. Audio is also good. You can use audio to keep a journal and then put that into dragon, naturally speaking and have it converted to text. It's not gonna be perfect, but it's gonna be pretty good. And the thing with audio and video is it's faster to get it in because you can only type. You can only write maybe 20 words per minute. Maybe 30. Um, one way to write fasters. Just leave out all the vowels and typing. Most people are not gonna if you can touch type, you're at 60 80 maybe 100. Um, but with speaking, you could easily be at 100 50 or 200 words per minute. Uh, so your input is a lot faster, but the output is slower. So when you're listening to somebody or when you're reading, you're gonna be able to read faster than you can hear. And that's why, uh, using PLC media player, you can fast forward audio or video, usually at 1.5 or two X might even be doing that with this course. Right now, Um, that's gonna let you get the input faster. So at normal speed, it's not going to be as as quick. So there's there's pros and cons to it, but audio and video journaling can be a great thing to do, even if it's not. If you're not just choosing one or the other, you can write things down. You can draw you, do audio and video journaling, and it can all be part of your larger process of reflection and introspection. And then again, you don't have to record everything. So if you're somebody who's always recording everything that maybe this trip, the best thing for you to do is just not record anything at all. Maybe if you record once a day, then maybe you should move to once a week or once every other week, or maybe just not at all and see how that works. Or if you're always writing things down, try journaling on on audio or if you're shy and you don't like being in front of the camera , then maybe just journaling on video would be something that could help you really grow and get more comfortable and talking and being more spontaneous. So just think about how you could use a different medium to improve yourself. 19. Van As Base Camp: The next question is, where you going to spend your time. Are you going to spend your time inside your van most of the time Or you're gonna during the day Or you gonna be outside the man so some of you may think Well, I want to do on a couch surfing. I want to stay with a lot of people. I know people around the country, and it's gonna be a fun way to hang out with people, and that's fine. Ah, one of the downsides of that is you miss out on some introspection time that alone time that could be really valuable, really important. So there's somebody who spends a lot of time alone than this trip. Could be something where you go out and meet strangers and introduce yourself to new people , and that can be a growth experience for you. Stay with people on couch surfer. That's gonna help you grow, and that's gonna help you get over some of those fears. On the flip side, if you're somebody who's always spending time around other people, one of the fears you may have is being alone. Maybe you're not comfortable being alone. You're not sure what to do with yourself. You're not sure what thoughts you're gonna have Your not sure what's gonna come up. So if you're one of those types of people than then, make sure you're not just doing whatever you normally do, so whatever you normally do, this is an opportunity for you to get a different perspective and switch up your habits and see what happens. And take those risks and see if there's any latent fears there. Because a lot of those fears hideout in the things that you don't do very often and that you avoid. So look toe. Incorporate those things into your day to day in your plan for this trip. Now let's get into the practicalities. So problems was staying inside your van. Temperature control is gonna be the major issue. It's just gonna be hard to control your temperature, and it's going to take a little bit of time before you figure out. OK, how do I get it just right? Just how I like it, and part of it also is going to be just getting comfortable being a little bit more uncomfortable, not having perfect temperature and just getting used to it there. I mean, throughout human history and still today, in a lot of Third World countries, people are not in ideal temperature conditions most of the day, and they still get on with their lives and their productive, and they're happy. So another, uh, growth area for you is just gonna be getting comfortable not being in perfect conditions. And you don't need that. You may think you need it, but you really don't tilt. So having your van tilted when it's parked, that could be an issue. Using a beanbag should help fix that, or the right chair will help fix that, or just finding good places where you can get in shade and not be tilted electricity. That's another thing. If you don't have the electricity, that's going to be a problem. Internet. So Internet may be crucial. You may want to get away from it, so depends on what you're going for their, but getting Internet could be another issue with staying in the van is it's too hard or you're too far away. Good posture that's related to the tilt, making sure you have good posture moving around, so part of it is also just stretching, moving around, not staying in the same position for too long, being sure you're back is in the right position and then air quality, so it might not be great air quality in advance. So crack a window, open the doors, do whatever you need to do. Maybe, uh, I've tried having a small fan. It takes up a lot of batteries, so it it's usually not worth it to have a fan going indoor solutions. Best things to look for a cafe. Starbucks is the class example going to a library. We're going to a university or something like that. So those are the three main areas where you'll have. You can also go to a restaurant like a McDonald's or a fast food that you can usually sit down in there and stay as long as you want. So, uh, that's another option. Bookstores also work those air gonna be great places to get some work done, and then you can also combine that with a meal in a lot of situations. Outdoor solutions. So there's gonna be more dependent on the weather and the climate. Picnic tables air good. If you're out at a national park keep an eye out for picnic tables or a bench. Um, a problem with benches is you don't really have anything to write on or to put your laptop down on lawn chairs air. Good, um, having a collapsible chair and then, uh, opening up those side doors. Your van that can be great in and of itself because you can get the wind may be too hot, but if you open up those side doors, it will be just right, and you can also sit just right outside those two doors. You can even put a towel on top or something to create a little bit of shade for yourself. Eso You'll figure things out but outdoors. It's really great to get outdoors and, uh, just keep an eye out for good places. 20. Where To Park: where to park this video is going to be an interesting one because there's a lot of factors that go into it. You may be thinking, Well, I'll just park it in RV Park, but that's a pretty expensive. So I've never paid for parking and ever paid. Um, I mean, except for when I, uh, except for long term parking. But the first thing is dealing with police because there's going to be different rules and regulations in every town and city you go to, and it's not really worth looking them up. That rules are gonna be mostly the same where even if there there's rules, if they if they get sketched out, they're gonna bother you. They're gonna ask you questions. And so it's just important to know how to deal with the police when they, you know, knock on your van in the middle of the night or they ask you what you're doing there, why you have out of state plates and we're going where you're coming from. There's also border patrol checkpoints specially down south, like in the Texas Nevada Arizona region, and you're going to get stopped like everyone going through that area is gonna get stopped . You could be on an interstate. You could be on a small road. So you're going to get stopped, and it's important to know how to deal with the police. Talk to the police. Um, you shouldn't have any issues. Usually they're just going to tell you to get going or go somewhere else. Um, or they're gonna tell you can't park here sometimes. Ah, business owner will complain. Like I was parking outside of this one, um, fast food place because they had great Internet. And so after I parked there for a couple of days in a couple of nights in a row and during the day, also, they called the police and the police just, you know, asked me for my license and said I was parking there too long, and they just wanted me to go somewhere else, so it's usually not a big deal. Um, sometimes at border patrol, they're gonna want to see what's in the back. Your van, because they're gonna think you're smuggling people across the border or doing something else. Um, so they're gonna want to search you. Um, you can just let them search you. You can. Also, Usually you don't have to let them search you, uh, in what's they have probable cause. So once they have probable cause, they you don't have to let them search you, But they can. At border patrol, rules are different, so they have more leeway. And if they want to search you but you don't give permission, they can bring a canine unit to sniff around your van. And I had this happened to me once at a at a border patrol because I didn't want them, um, searching the van and the and you may be wondering, Well, how do you know? How do you know? Um, if you have to let them search your banner if you have to give them certain information that they're asking for like I was when I was in San Francisco, they asked me for my Social Security numbers, so you obviously don't have to give them that. But you may assume that you have to give them whatever information they ask for. And the only thing that you have toe do is, and you can use this to handle any situation. Is any question they ask you? You say, Do I have to answer that. Or do I have to answer that question? Um, and then they'll tell you. And if they're evasive than that usually means No, you don't need to tell them. For the most part, you just need to give them your license. And then you're, um, your registration, and then they don't really need anything more than that. And if they try to ask you more questions, you can just say I'm not gonna answer that. Or do I have to answer that? Just use that one question. Do I have to answer that? And then, um or if they say, okay, step out of the vehicle. You can say, Do I have to, um if they say, uh, why don't you open the side door? You can say, Do I have to? And, um, we're like, Mayer cried. Who are you making me do that? Something like that. But you all you have to do is you asked him. Am I legally required to do that? And then they have to tell you and ah, that's basically all you need to know. The other thing is that ah, you're gonna have You may have interactions with National Park Rangers and those air usually gonna go nicer. Um, they'll usually just tell you you can't be here. You can't be here after certain hours or something like that. And then they're just going to make you leave, uh, local versus state. Usually the state officers are going to be more intimidating a little bit more professional than local ones. Um, one thing to watch out for us that, uh, And if you're if you're into marketing and sales and interested in kind of how, um sales happen in persuasion happens, there's some interesting things that police due to get people to give them information or get them to allow searches and stuff that use some of those techniques. So, uh, they'll ask you questions the beginning that you have to ask. And then they'll ask you questions that you don't have to answer, and you'll just assume and kind of go along with it and keep on answering questions. Um, which is a basic example of what they'll dio just make sure that, um, if they if they're asking you questions that they want to search something that they want, you get out of vehicle, you can just ask them if you have to do it. And then if they and then that's really all there is to it. Um, parking, geography. So, uh, things are gonna be different in a city, a town national park, in a beach, in a city, there's going to be in the middle of the city. It's going to be really hard to find parking. The spots are going to be small. There's usually be restrictions. Restrictions are usually different on the weekends, especially Sunday usually went up to pay for parking on Sunday. There's also gonna be industrial areas. So the industrial areas air usually really good to find free parking big trucks. They're gonna be parking their RVs. They're gonna be parking there, so you'll get a sense. But, um, if there's water, if there's ports, especially that's gonna be an area where it's gonna be easy to find free parking, no time limits, no nothing. And those air good places to know of. If you just your kind of overwhelmed. You don't want to go around looking for parking, you just want to crash. And, uh, those are good places. The only thing to worry about is Sometimes they will bit sketchy. There could be criminal activity going on and stuff like that. So, uh, you may want to stay out of those areas, and then, at a certain point, the city is going to turn into more of a residential, suburban or town area so you can usually find good parking there. Also, in residential areas, you can find things like if there's a shrub wall, you may not want to be right in front of somebody's house. Um, it also depends on how density is if it's very dense. And there's different cars, people going moving in and out all the time, different cars than it's not gonna be a suspicious for you to just roll up in your van. Another thing for parking is backing in, so not having your license plate showing on the back. And if you're out of state, you're usually not required to have a license plate on the front of your car, and people in other states aren't going to know if your state requires it and you're not gonna probably gonna get stopped for that. So, um, that's one thing that you can do is just have your license plate on the back, and then you come back into a spot so that people just going by can't see that your out of state national parks they're used going to tell you if you can park overnight or not. Sometimes you can find certain parts of the park that are open. But it's usually not worth it to try to skirt the rules because it's so annoying to get woken up in the middle of the night and have to deal with, like them looking out like getting your record check looking up your license, asking a bunch of questions. It's just usually not worth it. Um Beach. Uh, sometimes it's hard getting parking at the beach. Usually it's limited a lot of times at parks and beaches. They won't allow people parking after dusk. Uh, and a lot of the rules. With parking, you can sometimes get away with something for one night, especially if you get there late and leave early. But if you start showing up for multiple nights, people are going to start paying more attention and you can run into issues. So it was just for one night. A lot of times you don't have to be as worried. But, um, you're eventually even if you think you're in the right, you're eventually gonna have some police or somebody knock on your van at the middle of the night. So just, uh, just expect that eventually it's gonna happen, and it's not that big of a deal. He just, um you just go with the flow. 10 or 15 minutes later, you'll be It would just be driving around, finding to a spot and you'll be good to go. And you can even ask them, like, where should I go? Where should like I just I'm driving here wherever. And I was really tired and I just had to go to sleep and then just ask them where you should go for the rest of the night and they'll tell you some spot. Ah, lot of people think that public is it's better to park on public property than private property. But there's some exceptions to that. One thing is that police are only really responsible for public property, and sometimes they'll also go around in large parking lots. So that's kind of where they patrol and anywhere where they don't patrol, they can't really bother you. So if you're on private property like a small parking lot, or like in a gas station or a someplace like that, or like a fast food restaurant, the police don't really have jurisdiction on that ground, so they can't bother you. So would be more of the business owner calling the police toe. Have them talk to you. And that's not actually not nearly as likely as the police just seen you on public property and then getting suspicious. And then, um, and then seeing what's up so commercial and industrial, especially industrial property. That's a It's a great place to Ah, you can't always tell whether it's public property, your industrial. But usually you're not gonna get bothered in those areas anywhere where a trucker is gonna park. That's usually a good area where you're not gonna have any issues. And then there's the issue of short versus long term parking. So for short term parking, your best bet is to get there late and leave early in the morning. That's when you're gonna have the Wiest issues. But usually you don't. It's not a big issue if you if you don't leave super early. It's just better. Like once. Once it gets dark, people aren't going to see you arrive. They're not gonna, um they're not gonna really care. They're not going to be looking out their window that people aren't moving around and going outside anymore. So, uh, it could be better to just arrive late and then leave once you wake up, go somewhere else. Um, it's important to know the culture of the area. So a lot of this stuff, it really depends on where you are in the country and even in a city where you are in that city. So if there's different cars coming in and out all the time, another great place like if you want to stay for a night as a hotel or a motel, they may have people checking, like if If they see this random, weird van for multiple days in a row, they may start getting suspicious. But if you show up late at a hotel, nobody's gonna ask any questions. Nobody's gonna care. They don't. They don't have a significant interest in modern Oring who's staying in their parking lot. That being said, if you're in a specific like tourist location where there's a ton of RVs always looking for parking, and there's a lot of competition for spots, and there's it's expensive to stay in RV Park. Then people are gonna be looking out for people like you, and they may crack down harder or just they may be paying more attention. So just know what location you're rain, because that's going to make a big difference. Craig in terms of long term parking Um, maybe thinking Well, if this is, is this a round trip like, am I going to go out somewhere and then come back home with the van or houses? All work? So what I do is I just leave the van. I just go out for a month, and then wherever I end up, that's where I leave the van, and I just find long term parking in that city near whatever airport I fly out of. Then I just fly back home. So what you do is you go on Craigslist. You look at least like a week before you're about to leave, maybe two weeks whenever you buy a plane ticket. It's good time, but you can also just before you even leave for your trip in the first place. Know where you're gonna end up and get Get some parking figured out and anywhere between 50 and 100 bucks is good for a month of parking. Long term, you should not be paying like, $10 a day. So, um, you should not be doing like airport parking and and then I'll go away from anywhere from a few months to a year. I'll be at home and then I'll go back. I'll just fly back out to the van and I'll be all good to go. Some people may. You can ask them. Can you start up the van every month or two? Where can you put the battery on a charge or something? Or little things like that. Um, but for the most part, your van is going to be fine, and it's gonna be exactly how you left it. But you want to do the Craigslist stuff in advance? Makes sure that, uh, I had one issue where I thought I had a parking spot and then two or three hours before my flight was about to leave the parking lot. It just didn't work out and I had to find in another. I ended up going to McDonalds and saying, Hey, uh, right next to this, this place where I was gonna park it and I said, Hey, there any chance I could park my van here? Uh, cause I need a fly back. And I was talking to this kid who was maybe this guy, maybe 1920 years old, and he asked his manager, and he's like, No, sorry. Like, I can't do that. And then he said, So what do you parking? Like, Why are you? And I told him like, Well, I had this other spot and I lost it. Um, and he said, Well, you know what? I have an apartment near here, and I don't have a car, but I have a parking spot for a car and I said, Really, you just And he's like and I said, You know, I can pay you and he said, Knots. It's no problem. Like you can just have it. So he told me the address I drove down there. I called a cab. Um, I parked the van there. I called a cab and I took the cab to the airport. and I managed to scrape by without really losing anything. And then I just got free parking for a few months. And then I got the truck towed to a long term parking location that I found on Craigslist. So, uh, just make sure you do in advance. You don't have that issue. Another important thing to do is Hideaki underneath the van somewhere. So just zip, tie it to the frame or some something underneath it, so that if you need to get a toad or somebody needs to get into it, there's a key there, and you don't have to mail something out or something else like that and make sure you have duplicate keys. Also, I locked myself out of my vanna once or twice, and it's really helpful to have that zip tie underneath. So, uh, make sure that you do that because it's better safe than sorry. Eventually, you're gonna lock yourself out of the van, and that really sucks. So, um, worst case scenario, you can just call the police and they'll have a little thing that they can put into the window and unlock your your car So it's not the end of the world. Also, if you have Triple A, they have that tool also. So I got, uh I got locked out once, and then I just culture boy, I was Was that Safeway? I was going to get some groceries, so I just called Triple A and then I went in, did my shopping. When I came out, the triple A guy was there and you just opened it. Open it up and I was good to go. So Triple A is another important thing. Make sure you have triple A because you're gonna wanna have it to get out of a jam, and you can even I mean, they'll tow you up to 100 miles. So, like if you have an older van, you don't want to go for a big like a mountain or something. You could even have tow truck just told you over the mountain, and I had to do that. I was in Slab City and my my truck died in Slab City. The the tire went flat and decide to get towed out of there, and that was a fun experience. Um, Slab City is one of the places in I'm blanking on the name of the book, But Slab City is a really cool place. And if you haven't heard about it before, check that out. Online season pictures of that, cause that's if you go out west, that's gonna be one of the places Southern California that that area, that's one of the places you're gonna want to visit, Uh 21. Introduction: This last main section is about how to meet people while you're on the road. So that's what we're gonna be getting into in these next three videos. And we're gonna start off talking about where you should go to meet people while you're on the road. So offline places. What location should you go? Then we're gonna be talking about how to meet people online. So, ahead of time, we're going to be talking about couchsurfing, Facebook, Airbnb and more. And then the final one is we're gonna talk about how to tell people about your van, how to tell people your story, how to get them comfortable with it. Most people are really aware of this whole banning culture. It's something that was a lot more popular 30 or 40 years ago with young people. But most people just aren't comfortable with it. So you have to have a way of telling your story so that people feel more comfortable with it, and they're just they're not freaked out or sketched out. So it may, once you get comfortable with it, you may get a sense of, um, other people are just going to feel the same way you feel, but it's not going to turn out that way. So you have to have a story and you have to know how to tell your story so that people feel comfortable with it. 22. Offline Places To Meet People: All right. So where do you meet people when you're on the road? We talked a little bit about this. You should be avoiding the interstates. You should be spending your time on those blue highways, those smaller highways, those state I ways. And that's where you're gonna come across A lot of these opportunities. Colleges and universities are great way to meet people. You can just go on campus, starts seeing events that are going on. You could even drop in on classes. You could see if there's any professors that are interested in a domain or a field that you have interest in. Uh, this is something you could even plan in advance. And we'll be talking about late about Facebook. But you can, uh, coordinate things through Facebook. Also, libraries and cafes are good point places where people congregate, hang out art galleries air also. Good. Um, it's not always easy to strike up a conversation in these situations, but libraries and galleries, especially those air, more social, and they have events scheduled throughout the week where you could go to one of those events. Cafes will sometimes have music. Uh, that's also what's good for bars and dance clubs is people are gonna come for music. So that's something that's usually gonna happen at night. And, uh, and then you can go meet people there. So parks, beaches and sports. That's another good way toe be around people generally, except for sports. People are there more, uh, they have their own plans. So it's not always easy to just strike up a conversation with people. Um, but even, I mean, even on interstates, like when I was first traveling and I was at a rest stop, I just start a conversation with somebody and I asked them, uh, like you can ask directions. You can ask, Do you know if there's anything good on this road or this highway? Just basic things like that. Just tell him that you're traveling through and you're wondering if there's any interesting cool places to check out things like that. Eso at any of thes. Any of these situations were in a cafe or a library, gallery, university, bar, whatever. You can just tell people. You know I'm a traveler. I'm coming through this area. I'm going to be around for a couple days. Is there anything I should check out, and it's a great way to start a conversation. And then if they don't want to talk to you, they can just tell, you know, I don't know of anything or and then it's not awkward. So music and other festivals thes air things that are also good to plan in advance. Especially festivals, um, religious events off your religious you can go to. You can figure out what church or synagogue or whatever is in your area that you wanna visit. And then if you go on the right day, then they'll probably have a service and then some sort of event afterwards. And in certain parts of the country, Um, in certain cultures, there's going to be more of a social aspect to these religious events. Other times there isn't gonna be as much during the summer, but also during the fall in spring, it really any season there's going to be certain events that only go on during that time of year, so know what time of year it is and be thinking about, Well, what kind of events are going to be going on in this part of the country in this climate during this time of the year and then keep an eye out for those things. And a lot of times this information is going to be on lines. You can do that. Also, entrepreneur in hacker houses, these air places You can visit your enough to do research because they're usually not well advertised. But the's can be very cool places to visit and hang out with some people. If you're an entrepreneur, or if your entrepreneurial minded it could be a great way to get out of the van for a day or two or a nighter to get a shower, um, sleep in a sleep in a bed and just hang out with some interesting people. This can also be something if you visit a university or college, is they'll have an entrepreneur club or they'll have a club that's dedicated toe whatever a student group that's dedicated to whatever you're interested in. So you figure out where those clubs meet when they meet, and then that can be a good way to meet people also, and sometimes you can even contact the president or the leader or somebody you can find them on. Facebook usually find who runs that group and then contact them in advance. So they know that you're coming and they can introduce you and things like that, so it's not as awkward when you show up. 23. The Best Websites For Meeting People: Now we're going to talk about how to find people to meet online, and we're gonna start off with the heavyweight, which is Couchsurfing and couchsurfing recently did a complete overhaul of their website. So it's now a lot more user friendly. You can sign up with your Facebook account and link up all your information that way. CouchSurfing runs based on a recommendation system a lot like, uh, eBay works. So people, once you stay with them or they stay with you or people just other people on couch surfer or couchsurfing bacon give you leave a review about you, and then other people can see that in generally, once you stay with somebody, they're gonna leave for review about you, and then you leave a review about them, and that's how it works. So you kind of exchange reviews. So if you if you're just getting started, your even if you have friends that don't use couch surfer, they can still vouch for you and post something on couch surfer. So it's important to have at least a couple reviews when you're getting started and or have some other sort of public thing that a person can check out. So maybe it's your Facebook account. Maybe you have a public blawg that you have a website, maybe have a twitter, maybe oven instagram. Whatever it is, give somebody a sense of your real person. You're also gonna be including pictures of yourself on couch surfer. So that's another way to where they can get to know you. But think about doing a public blawg where you kind of, uh, people can follow along on your journey. You take pictures, you write about the place you go. That's definitely an option. You just set up a really simple WordPress blawg and get it started. You could either use a free blawg or you could host it yourself and get a URL. All told, it's it's really not that expensive. So that's another way to kind of add to your credibility. Um, and then when you message people, you just tell them your story. You tell them what you're doing and then, um, you're gonna you're gonna eventually get offer. So if you if you reach out to 10 people, you can expect you're going to get at least one or two or three people that are open, you just want to make sure you're doing it far enough in advance because some people aren't going to get back to you for two or three days or they need to plan things out or they need to ask you questions. Uh, one of things I noted here is there's competition for hosting, and it's based on a number of things that's based on what city or market that you're in. So some markets, there's a lot of demand. There's a lot of people that want to stay with people in that city or a specific part of the city. So if there's a lot of demand, then the person is going to be thinking about Oh, well, who do I want to stay with whom I am or interested in who have more common interests with whom I going to get along with more so things like gender, race, relationship status, those can all get involved and into the mix, and people are going to be making decisions partially on all of those things. So, uh, just be aware of that. I mean, for most of you, that's not gonna come as a surprise, but it's not like going to a hotel where it's equal opportunity. Everybody, you know, there people are going to be making that these decisions, and they're going to be using all these different factors. And, um, that's just how it is. Another way to get reviews is to go to a local events because couch surfing people go and go toe local events in their home city and they hang out with each other. They'll go to a bar usually, and you can meet people there and then say, Hey, I'm about to go on a trip. Can you leave a review for me? Stuff like that And you just need, like 123 Reviews should be fine. Or if you just have other things to show people what you're doing, what you're up to and you fill out your profile, you should be fine. Facebook groups. So Facebook groups are great for finding other people who like to travel people in other cities, people with common interests to you and it may seem like, well, Facebook really isn't meant for that. But there's actually a lot of people that use this, um, especially in the entrepreneur world, especially in the Internet entrepreneur world people are always traveling from city to city . They don't want toe fork out the money for a hotel and they want to stay with somebody else who's also an entrepreneur who is also an interesting person and just kind of have some sort of social life while they're in town for a few days or maybe a week. And so it's actually pretty common, and all you have to do is just post on your profile. You also post in groups that you're in and just say, Hey, I'm coming to the city on this date to this state consume. But is anybody able to host me? And it works, So just try it out. Even if you've never seen somebody else to do it before, I can tell you it definitely works, so you just have to try it out. Um, you can also mention both on here and on face. CouchSurfing is what kind of skills do you have, So people like hearing stories, but they also like learning things, so it can also be kind of a skill swap. And if you have an interesting skill or profession or life experience, that can be a huge plus to somebody wanting to host you. So if you have a blawg, you can link to that. Have mutual friends on Facebook that can also help. So that's why on and I talk about this in my colds email networking, Cold call email cold calling courses is it's really important to have mutual friends with people when you want to connect to somebody that you don't know. And so that's why some people are very conservative on Facebook. They only want a friend, people that are like, really close friends. But it's important, especially with how Facebook has evolved, where you can have different lists of different kinds of friends. It's important toe friends somebody even if you don't know them at all. And you just want to get to know them. Or they seem like an interesting person or somebody that you just have a brief interaction with its very useful a friend them because those mutual friends really help. When you want to get in touch with somebody where there's no public email address, there's really no other way to contact them, and you want to get to know them, and maybe you just want to ask them for help her for advice on something. And I have done this so many times. And those mutual friends both on linked in but also on Facebook. They help so much because people get the sense of okay, You're part of my community, were part of the same circle. And so that's a really important thing to start doing and get into the habit of doing. You also don't have to ask people to host you. So this is also true on couch. Surfer is you don't just have toe ask people toe hosts. You can also just say, I'm coming in on these days. Does anybody know good stuff to do good places to go good place to stay, And then sometimes by asking for that advice people will offer if you need somewhere to stay like or if you just want to get coffee or something like that, so you don't always have to ask people. Can you host me? It can start off with, Oh, let's meet for coffee or let's get lunch or something like that, and then if they get more comfortable with you, then they'll offer you or you can tell them about the van and everything, and they'll say, Oh, you should, um, like I could You could stay overnight or you could just say, Hey, could I come take a shower and shave or something like that? And then they could say, Well, if you want toe couch to crash on, you can crash here, stuff like that. So, um, you don't always have to start right at the beginning saying, Hey, can you host me for this many days or whatever it can, It can start off more casual than that. And then, if they feel comfortable with you, they can offer more where you can ask for more once. Once the relationship has built a little bit, Airbnb is another option. So Airbnb is people charging money. Teoh stay at their home and basically running a little hotel out of their home, and it's much cheaper than a hotel. It's very cool. New technology. It's only been around it a couple of years, and it's good to just get a break from the van for a day, or if, uh, it's not just getting a break. But there's a lot of interesting people on Airbnb, so it's another kind of, um, it's another kind of social network, a little bit like like couch surfer, where you can stay with interesting people and some people, they're just It's just a business for them. But there's a lot of people where there's people that are up with new technology that are open to trying new things that air travelers, those of the kind of people that would be comfortable staying in somebody else's home, who's a stranger. So those are the kind of people that are using Airbnb. So those air gonna also be the type of people that would be somewhat similar to a couch surfing host. Er, so they're going to be an interesting person a lot of the time, and it's it's not a bad way to go. Then there's the case of specialized forms, So this is something for like if you ride a motorcycle, you go on a motorcycle form of you on a car or a truck forum or van forum. There's forms for specific types of vehicles or specific makes and models, so you find a form like that and then you talk about your project. You talk about your trip in your travels and you can just ask, uh, is anybody would Anybody will be willing to host me, and you could even ask for specific types of posters. So maybe you want to stay with somebody who has a farmer who has a ranch or something like that. You wanna learn, you want to get that experience so you could ask for that. And then people will say, Yeah, I could host you and I've had The only way I knew about this as an option was because I was just asking for advice about I wanted toe take my trip to the next level and go around the country just on my motorcycle. And so I was asking for advice, and a few people offered, uh, for me to visit them and they would host me. So show your map show you can create a Google map that shows your path and where you're stopping and different notes and annotations. So asked for advice, show your map, talk about what you're interested in, and motivations, even if it has nothing to do with what the form is about, because that's going to stick out and it's gonna resonate with certain people cause you're gonna be on the same wavelength. So just put yourself out there, share what's most important to you, what's interesting about you and put it out there. And then people are gonna respond. There's gonna be people that it just on the same wavelength. And that's how you make connections. So you have to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to get rejected. You can't expect that even the majority of people are going to be interested in you. It's just about finding that 1% that 5% that 10% that's on the same wavelength and and then be having the emotional strength to get past all that other rejection. Those people that just aren't a match and that's really important as part of this project and part of this journey is you need to get over that fear of rejection. You need to get over that fear of wasting a little bit of time. It's not just about the rejection. It's also about while I'm wasting a little bit of time, cause I know not all of these people are going to respond to me. Well, that's just something that you have Teoh deal with, and that's just a part of life. And it's and it's something that you eventually realize when you do this enough times you get so much more value out of those relationships than what you lose from wasting time or getting rejected that it's always worth it. So this is a really important experience for you to have to reach out to people, to put yourself out there, toe, ask for help to get rejected. But also find those people that are willing to help you that are interested in and really, um, the links that some people will go to help you out when you're a complete stranger and they have no reason to. It's really it's a powerful experience. So I really want you to have that. And it just takes being willing toe, put yourself out there and realize, even if you only get about 10 20% of people responding to you, that tells you as long as you're reaching out to 10 different individuals who seem like a somewhat of a good match, then you're basically guaranteed to get at least one person and usually two or three or even more and Sometimes some people will be like, Well, I can't host you, but I can have coffee or I can give you a tour. I'm hosting some other people and then you end up meeting other people that way, so you never know what's gonna happen. But you can count on at least 10% of people responding to you and usually more than that if you're doing a good job. But at minimum 10% finally meet up. This is another good way to find people that are on the same wavelength that have similar interests. So go on, meet up. Look for local events. There's a very wide range of interests you're gonna be able to find. No matter what you're interested, you're gonna be able to find people. It just all of these things take time because if you aren't already using the platform, it's going to take you some time to get used to this. So you're at the planning stages right now, you're just thinking about how you're going to do all this stuff. Don't wait to the last minute while you're thinking about while you're looking for your van while you're building your van while you're thinking about your trip, you should be going through and learning one of thes websites each week. You should be. It sometimes takes a weaker to toe. Request access to Facebook groups before you're going to get approved or accepted by one of the people. So let's say I get interested in new subjects. I'm gonna go on Facebook and I'm going to do a search for all the different groups on Facebook that are related to that. And I'm gonna get at amended request access toe all of those groups and sometimes it will be right away. Sometime times will be a few hours later, but the last approvals are going to trickle in a week or two after I first request access. And I've done that enough times where I know that's the general feel of things. That's the speed of how these things operate. So that's how things they're gonna work on. Couch surfer on. Meet up on Facebook. Basically, wherever you go, there's gonna be a speed and it's going to be a few days to a week and sometimes even up to two weeks. So you have to be patient. You have to plan in advance. Know that going through all of these things and really doing a good job is probably going to take you at least a month. That's you're going to be putting in several hours like 23 hours minimum on each of these platforms to really find what you're looking for. And if it's multiple cities, you're spending even more time. So this is a serious time commitment. The research time is worth it, but it's a serious commitment. And you gotta put in the time Teoh find the things that you're looking for because otherwise you're just not gonna find anything that's really good. And then you have wasted your time, so at least for one city or one place that you're planning on visiting, do all of this work for that one city and then you'll get a sense of, Well, maybe meet up isn't really from your Maybe Facebook isn't really for me. Or maybe couch surf arisen for me. But one of these other ones is so just go through that process. It's going to take a few hours for each website to really get a sense of what it's about to get people responding to you to get some feedback, to have some back and forth and to get something to actually happen. And eventually it'll move from that platform. Eventually, you want to get their email, you want to get their phone numbers, you can be in contact with them and then get into more details about where they live, what the plan is and like times of day when you're going to meet, give them, uh, give them updates of like where when you arrive in the city or stuff like that, or what's meet at this place to get dinner before you go back to their apartment or their house, just basic things like that. So, uh, that's the general way that all of these things go and you're gonna have a great experience meeting new people meeting strangers that are just want to help you and want to help somebody who's a fellow traveler, just a fellow human being. It's a really great experience, but you do have to be willing to put yourself out there and be willing to share who you are and and not get discouraged by a fair amount of most of people rejecting your for one reason or another not being able to help you out 24. How To Tell People You Live In A Van: in this video, we're going to talk about how to tell people that you live in a van. So when you're traveling, people aren't necessarily going to know what you're all about, what your story is. And so, at some point or another in the conversation, you're gonna want to tell them that you live in a van. You you're gonna want to tell him about your travels. And the question is, how do you do that? So when you're coming up with your story and you're thinking about what's important to tell thing about these questions, how did you get the idea in the first place? Why is it important to you to go on this journey? Where have you been? Where you going? Who have you met already? Who are you going to meet? What have you done? What are you going to dio? So these are some of the basic things that people are gonna want to know. They're gonna want to know what motivated it and then what you've done so far and what it's been like, What? The exciting things the highlights of your trip have been and what you've been doing on your trip and also what life has been like before you went on your journey. So was it a reaction to something? It was where there are other things going on your life that made you decide. I want to take a break. I want to try something new. I want to do something different. Another big thing for your story is to take pictures and toe have pictures so you can show people pictures of your van and also where you've gone, the people that you've met where you've, um, gone on adventures and stuff like that. So make sure that you're taking pictures and not just taking pictures of landscapes and other people. But make sure you're getting in your own pictures and make sure you're taking pictures. Your van inside your van. People are gonna want to see what the van looks like, what is inside the van, what it's all about. And they may be curious about how it works also. So by having pictures of that, if you want, eventually take somebody back to your van and there not they've never seen a camper van before. They've never been in one before. Um, part of what you realize is and notices that other people aren't going to be as comfortable with the van as you are with it. It's gonna become your home. And so it's It's going to take on a different meaning for you, but for other people, it can be this completely alien thing, and there could be some negative connotations to it. So, uh, 30 40 years ago, um, Banning was a big thing and lots of young people had vans and it was a part of, Ah, youth culture. But it's just not that way anymore. So, uh, you have to be aware of that, and you have tow. Think about what other people's experiences are and the other stories they've heard and how that's gonna influence what they think about you when you tell them this story. Another thing that's good is tohave videos, but just having a slide show a collection of pictures that's on your phone that's easy to show somebody that could be great. You can also bring a separate camera, but then it makes them more difficult cause you're carrying around another thing, and you want to get those off your camera onto your computer so they're backed up. Um, and then also, there's how you dress. So how you dress is also part of how you're presenting yourself to other people, and they're gonna pay attention, that kind of thing. So if you're dressing like you're homeless person or you just you're not washing your clothes, just stuff like that, which for most of you, that's that's probably not what you're planning on doing, but just important to know that your image and the basic things that you tell people when you first meet them, those air gonna have an influence on how they treat you on how they think about you. And for some people, it's gonna make a lot of sense going on a trip like this going on a journey for, like this other people it isn't. And so you'll see over time when you tell people different aspects of your journey in your story, what resonates with people, what makes sense to people, and then you can that can help shorten the amount of time you have to spend, telling people your story before you can just get into a normal relationship with them. Another idea is to create a blawg so this is something that will make you more trustworthy . If you're using couch surfer, Facebook or anything else, it's also a way for people to find. You can put up some pictures on there. You can use a free blawg you can use. Um, not a free blogging. I don't know what I was thinking when I, uh, use that grammar there, but, uh, it's better to have it not be a free bog because then you can point to you r l to it and people confined it. And it's not like Jos van blawg dot wordpress dot com. Um, makes you have pictures on your blawg you can use to YouTube to embed videos. And if you can get people commenting on it or social signals, share things on your blawg on your Facebook or Twitter and get things going like that, that's gonna add to it. So these air ways that you can think about how to tell your story when you're meeting people and you're telling them about your your travels in the journey Iran think about, well, what's going on at the more superficial level. What are you doing every day? What's the van? All about. But then, at the deeper level, why are you doing at what's motivating you? What was going on in your life beforehand or for you watching this right now? What's happening in your life right now where you feel like this would be a really good move for you and one of things we talked about in the previous section about what to do during all this free time and following your intuition and learning to trust yourself in getting over fears and stuff like that. That's going to resonate with a lot of people. So those are the kind of things you can talk about and then specifically about the van. Some people just get vibes about it, and you have to, um, you have to just know that that's, um, that's going to come up and make sure that you have a story so that people aren't creeped out by it, and they can feel comfortable where we send my comfortable coming to the van and can interacting with you and not feeling like there with this random like traveling homeless person. So you unless you want to be grouped into that category, you have to think about how you can tell your stories that people will get it and they can feel like, OK, that makes sense. That's something I would do or some one of my friends. I could see them doing that stuff like that. So that's all for this video? Um, the next section is the conclusion, so I'll be going over how to wrap this all tied all together so that you can start taking action on all this material and get your van set up and start pointing your journey. 25. Conclusion: here in the conclusion we're gonna talk about how to wrap up this course had a bring everything together that we've talked about. So first we talked about the basics of getting your van set up. What you're going to need tohave where the basic things for your hygiene exercise stuff like that. So step number one is getting your van. We also talked about how to meet people while you're on the road. And we talked about the websites that you're gonna be looking for and to meet other people and have people host you or just meet you and have people on the road that so you're not alone the entire time. However, some of you being alone is gonna be really powerful thing. And a lot of the a lot of top entrepreneurs people that are really successful. They spent a lot of their younger years and even into their adult life. They spend a lot of time alone, and that's part of what helped him learn very quickly and very immersed, get very immersed into things and not need a lot of other people in all all of that social support for them to function properly. so we're not properly but kind of optimized that one area of their life. So most entrepreneurs that do that they also suffer certain consequences from that. But being ableto be comfortable, being alone is very important. And people that aren't comfortable being alone usually have some, uh, I mean, for extended periods of time. Everybody kind of needs to be around other people. But just in terms of days or weeks, stuff like that, everybody should be able to manage that amount of time on their own. And if you can't, then there could be some deeper issues that you should look at. Um, but the reason why bring up meeting other people is because that's something that you want to have planned a few weeks in advance because it takes time. Um, that's the kind of thing where if you don't do it and it's the last minute, then you're gonna be rushing it, and it's not gonna work out as well. We also talked about What are you going to do while you're on the road? So is it going to be something where you're gonna plan out every single day? Are you gonna be working the entire time are you going to be learning are gonna find one learning project or find one person, some Rome role model and learn everything you can about them. Uh or you just gonna fall your intuition and kind of go wherever the wind takes you. I recommend you take that ladder approach at least for a significant part of your trip, because that's really important for learning to trust yourself. And a lot of those fears that you run up against come from this basic sense of you don't trust your own intuition. You don't trust your own feelings. And so there's constant anxiety and stress over there's something that feels right to do. And then there's other people telling you to do certain things and what you were brought up to think or brought up what you feel like or think you should do. And all these competing things that all goes away when you really, really, really start to trust that inner voice where that inter feeling of intuition that just makes that snap level decision of you know what's right, what to Dio and one of the top creative people. People like Steve Jobs had this sort of ability to just trust themselves and go with it. And I talked about this before, how much of an advantage it is to make most of your decisions very quickly and then invest a lot of time in those big decisions where a lot of people don't get put nearly enough time . So all of those things are very important. But what should be thinking about right now, back to the basics. So get the van. How are you going to get the Van Gogh on Craigslist right now and start looking around, get some ideas, save some pictures, save some of those pages to your computer, print them out, start getting some tangible things. Start building that vision. Start thinking about where would be some cool places to go, and then what are the basic things you need for inside the van? Get a bed, maybe get a being bad, get get an inverter So your novel, at least basic electricity, get some water, get a cooler, and then you can add more things if you want to. But get started with his few things as possible. You can even do a test run, so when I did my first test run. I was just going on a to three hour trip and then I came back and I was at the end of the summer. And then a few months later, I went out for real. So your first trip doesn't have to be okay. You're going across the country. It could just be a short weekend trip. It could just be a day or two, and that's all it has to be. It doesn't have to be a lot more. See if you can involve your mentor. See if you can involve other people in your life because this is something that you're gonna remember for the rest of your life. So this course is about facing those fears, and it's about how do you fear prove yourself? So think about what fears do you have in those different categories? Go back to the beginning where I talked more about that. If those aren't coming back clearly to you and think about how could I structure the trip so that I'm really facing those fears head on, and I'm going to do something that makes me feel a little bit of fear every single day so that I grow every single day and there's a certain amount of growth you can do by learning intellectual things, learning facts and figures, strategies, principles, modeling other people, mental frameworks, all of that stuff, which is really good. But there's also a type of learning where you're learning to have a new emotional reaction to a spit, specific situation or stimulus. So there's that stimulus, and then there's the reaction emotionally that you have. And that's a different type of learning because you're teaching yourself to have a different emotional reaction or just have less of that emotional reaction or just not have a Nimmo Schimmel reaction at all to that stimulus. So that's a different type of learning and all the facts and figures and strategies principles you learned. Unless you actually put yourself in those situations so that that stimulus response changes , then you're not gonna make a lot of progress, and you're going to be in the same place emotionally, so it's really important to get out, get yourself out there, start doing things, start doing new things, breaking old habits, putting yourself in new situations, sometimes putting yourself in situations where you're not sure How you gonna handle it? So you learn to think on your feet. You learn to trust yourself. You learn to follow your intuition, and all these things are going to just pay off in spades as you go through life after this journey is over. And it's not something that has to be a one time thing, either. This is something that I do regularly every six months to year. I'll go back out to my van and I'll spend a month there, and it's like a retreat for me. And when I come back, I'm just filled with, um, this sense of independence and freedom. And, uh, I feel like I can take on anything but also in appreciation for all the little things. And you just walk differently. You talk differently, you feel differently, and that's what I want. You get out of this course. So, uh, definitely let me know. Semi an email with your plans. Keep me updated. If you put out a blogger, you put up, have some pictures, send me an email. I'd love to know what you all are doing with this stuff, and I look forward to seeing, uh, we end up doing