I Can’t Itemize the Important Stuff


I’ve been blabbing on for weeks about how I’m going to share the “nuts and bolts” of what we are doing at the Tropical MBA. I am just talking a lot of junk.

Here’s the truth: I’m not even talking nuts and bolts with Sean.

How can I possibly talk nuts and bolts with you!

Sean and I barely talked about Adwords. SEO. Copywriting. Drupal. WordPress. Outsourcing. Blah blah. Asleep yet?

Don’t get me wrong. You need the nuts and bolts, but they are easy to get.

The hard part is pulling it all together. The hard part is building relationships. The hard part is believing in and seeing something that nobody else sees– and then taking a leap to go for it.

The hardest part was getting on that plane.

So what did Sean, myself, and Ian talk about? We talked about our aspirations. We talked about our principles. We talked about why we are willing to work this year. We discussed how we are going to make sure it counts, for everyone.

Adwords is easy. Pushing on, taking that leap, and growing a great business is freakin’ hard. One thing I’m sure of, Sean is up for it. That’s what this month has been about.

Other updates:

Our trip in Thailand has been so much freakin’ fun. Not only was everyone in great party spirits, but we were all stoked about the changes we are going through and the challenges on our plate. Starting this blog and the Lifestyle Business Podcast had such a huge impact on our time in Thailand as we got to meet all kinds of interesting people who really helped to make this trip an exceptional experience. Thanks to all of our new friends, @irishpolyglot, @manvsdebt, @codymckibb, @bizbackpacker, @saiiiir, @nomadicneil, among many others. This was my first every social media enhanced vacation and it was such an incredible experience.

During our time in Thailand, Ian and I recorded two podcasts in the same room. If you like audio content, you might like:

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Published on 02.01.10
  • Right on Dan, figuring out the nuts and bolts is absolutely not the hardest part. Finding a real customer need and a way to address it is far more important.

    I’m really glad I discovered this blog (thanks for the link, @IrishPolyglot!). I love the Philippines – married a filipina 10 years ago, have visited 6 times. As soon as I dig out of some real estate induced debt, I’ll be looking for ways to come and join you.

  • Dan

    Hey Mike, that is so freakin’ sweet! I’m currently in Manila, and I believe its such a great place to be doing business right now. Look forward to having you drop by sometime.

  • TMFproject

    Three dudes. Thailand. Beer. Buckets. Solid LIP business model.

    Loves it.

    Make that LOVES IT, with all caps. Because clearly that’s more in line with what my brain is thinking. :)

    Have Sean recite for you the lyrics to the “Hey Dude” theme song. He knows it by heart. Haha, suckaaaa.

  • Dan

    Haha, we LOVED IT! too so I had to get the heck out of there. Vacation is over, ahem, at least officially. I’ll get to Sean on this song.

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