Live on a Tropical Island for Free – Semester 2 of the Tropical MBA Opens for Applications Next Week

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Semester 1 of the Tropical MBA has been a great success so far. Here at the blog we are gaining lots readers too, thanks so much for dropping by and signing up for the mailing list. :)

The website that Sean, the recipient of the first Tropical MBA, is working on generated $1500 in revenue this past month! There’s been a lot of “softer” impacts as well– Sean helps on a wide range of sites and has great insights about our business– but there is nothing like cold hard revenue as an indication if somebody is paying for themselves.

Guys like Sean know how to create value for a company, and working with him has been a real pleasure. His blog has been on fire to boot, I’m loving Location 180.

Semester 2 of the Tropical MBA is going to be structured a little differently. That isn’t because we don’t believe in our 1st round model, in fact, Sean and I have talked seriously about doing something on it later this summer.

This time, we’ve got a much different and very special opportunity.

We’ll be offering one traveler, online entrepreneur, writer, artist, or somebody who is looking for an adventure, FREE lodging on a tropical island, FREE home-cooked meals, and FREE internet access for 3 months.

That person will also have FREE access to a luxury condo in Manila for 1 week out of every month (things can be quiet on a tropical island!). If things work out and you don’t go crazy in the tropics, we’ll be open to extending the deal to 6 months.

In addition to all this free stuff there’s a lot of other opportunities you’ll find I’m sure (just ask @Seanogle).

In return we’ll be asking for a small daily donation of work and insight into our personal web projects (something like 2-3 hours of help a day). The rest of your time will be totally yours! This is an ideal opportunity for somebody who needs time. This daily donation will also be a great opportunity to learn hands-on how we are utilizing the web to grow global businesses from our laptops. I think working together is a great way to learn.

I understand that this isn’t a great deal for everyone, and it’s not meant to be. For most people, this isn’t the way to go. But my hope is that there is someone out there for whom this kind of time-freedom and environment can be a huge opportunity.

All this is made possible by one of my best new friends I’ve met here in the Philippines, Sean, the owner of Badladz Resort, and fellow lifestyle entrepreneur.

Aside from owning the resort (nowadays he only makes it down there every quarter or so), Sean works as a jet-set executive in the largest scuba dive supply company here in the Philippines. He pretty much knows everyone in the diving industry in this country, and he literally does run a global business from his laptop (Not just a tagline!). In fact I met Sean while we were both traveling and working on our 3G wireless FOBS in a cafe on the island of Negros. Good times! We call his cell phone “the Philippines remote control” because of all the things Sean can get accomplished with just a couple text messages.

Sean is also an experienced deep water diver and treasure hunter (yeah, they actually exist) and one of the projects the candidate will be working on is Sean’s new treasure hunting website. Sean is connected in the diving industries at the highest level– he’s even met with the President of the Philippines about diving related projects. You can see a little bit more about Sean by visiting his Youtube page. I’ve tried to convince him to start a TV program called “Ask a Pirate Anything.” :)

We have a lot of fun projects planned, most of them blogging and social media related. Not a lot of revenue generating stuff as of yet, so in that sense this is much more of a lifestyle opportunity from the perspective of the work the candidate will be doing– that said, there aren’t two guys in the Philippines who like to talk business more than Sean and myself, so if you are in to the hustle, you’ll have allies.

Below is a quick video I took while taking an 11K walk with Sean around the beautiful island of Mindoro here in the Philippines. This vista is par for the course on this great island.

By next week we’ll have the specifics of the deal hashed out and we’ll be presenting it to the public. If you have any friends who are looking for an opportunity to extend their travels, work on a creative project, launch a business, or take an adventure, please do us a favor and let them know about the Tropical MBA program.

If you have any specific issues you’d like us to address in the offer, please let me know in the comments below. Keeping things public will allow everyone to benefit from the answers.

Published on 05.03.10
  • http://www.brandsuperpower.com David Crandall

    I’m going to guess this is not for someone with a family. Ha!

    What I wouldn’t give to be in this person’s shoes though. So exciting!

  • http://reeceschofield.com Reece

    I’ve been following the blog for the past few months, and I can’t wait to apply! I’m headed to Thailand at the end of this month to test the waters. If all is well, I hope to be making a major move to Southeast Asia sometime soon.

  • http://www.seanogle.com Sean

    I can’t get over how incredible of an opportunity this is for the right person. I mean really, how many people will pay for you to live in a tropical paradise, all the while enabling you to spend the majority of your time on whatever projects you’d like. No one I’ve found.

    And don’t even get me started about the potential to get to know Dan. Guys a genius, and one hell of a cool guy to have beers with as well.

  • kathydobson

    I am following this closely too! Some very lucky person is going to get the opportunity of a lifetime…Wow

    This whole blog excites me. Full of adventure and life changing ideas that promote freedom…right up my alley.

    It might be happening for all you young 20-40 year olds (it’s amazing what your generation is doing with these ideas) but I have news for you…
    the same “bug” has bitten this Grandma of three.

    Craving adventure and freedom of mind, heart and soul….(personal and financial freedom is my goal)…

    This is the age of the Internet Entrepreneur!

    I’ll be following along closely…all developments! I am interested in everything you have to say ;)
    Kathy

  • http://www.thewaythatyouwander.com Nate

    Awesome! Can’t wait to apply. What an incredible opportunity.

  • http://www.webbizfinance.com/ Tyler WebCPA

    Such a sweet deal for a lucky person. You should have them keep a log telling us all about both what they learn and what life is like there.

  • Guest

    I am avid reader of both TopicalMBA and Sean’s blog for a while now. I’m extremely excited that this opportunity is coming around again since I couldn’t participate last time. I actually lived and traveled in Thailand alone for 2.5 months (a month ago now?) and I haven’t had enough. (Your blog was inspiration for that as well.) It also means I’m familiar with Thailand and it won’t take me any time to acclimate. There’s a lot of people that I’ve met, networked, and ate fried bugs with, who I want to scheme and great wonderful things with. (To think I could scheme with you sounds pretty kickass!) I’ve been planning to come back and actually launch an internet business in Thailand. I also have a number of photographic, blog, and other social media projects that I’d love to launch. (A lot of was actually spurred on by reading blogs of this nature–If they can follow their dream, there is no reason why I can’t. Actually, darnit, I should.) Of course I got some of my best ideas when I left.
    All in all, I’m pretty psyched that I can try for this amazing chance.

    Bring it on!

  • http://www.worthycauseapparel.com Richard Riley

    Wow. Absolutely amazing opportunity! Thank you so much for making something like this available. As others have stated before me, I can’t wait to apply. Sure, living on a tropical island would be epic, but the opportunity to network and connect with people that have been successful in creating a lifestyle such as this will be the real benefit! I’ll definitely be waiting for an update on this!

    Thanks again!

    Rich

  • Pablovex

    A great opportunity, and I’ll definitely be putting my name in the hat. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of dynamic and motivated applicants. Add me to that list!

    Cheers!

  • http://www.wilsonusman.com/ Wilson Usman

    This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I been waiting for something to come now. I don’t know why I just had a feeling lately that somebody was going to be doing something like it. I am excited and I will be watching for it. I am in! Definitely your number one applicant here Dan.

  • http://inconvenience.wordpress.com Yanina Wolfe

    I am avid reader of both TopicalMBA and Sean’s blog for a while now. I’m extremely excited that this opportunity is coming around again since I couldn’t participate last time. I actually lived and traveled in Thailand alone for 2.5 months (a month ago now?) and I haven’t had enough. (Your blog was inspiration for that as well.) It also means I’m familiar with Thailand and it won’t take me any time to acclimate. There’s a lot of people that I’ve met, networked, and ate fried bugs with, who I want to scheme and great wonderful things with. (To think I could scheme with you sounds pretty kickass!) I’ve been planning to come back and actually launch an internet business in Thailand. I also have a number of photographic, blog, and other social media projects that I’d love to launch. (A lot of was actually spurred on by reading blogs of this nature–If they can follow their dream, there is no reason why I can’t. Actually, darnit, I should.) Of course I got some of my best ideas when I left.
    All in all, I’m pretty psyched that I can try for this amazing chance.

    Bring it on!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Sounds like you are already on your way to living your dream Yanina. I wonder did you feel like you could have stayed longer in Thailand by started to do some freelance work, what made you go home?

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Haha, thanks Wilson. If you do come to the Philippines, I’m hoping you can bring me a carne asada burrito.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Cheers sir, I hope so too.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Rich, glad we are networking already! Its a pleasure for us to reach out for us we are really excited too. Its tough running businesses and having a lot of motivated enthusiastic people around is a must. That’s why I love this whole blogging thing :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Lucky! I hope it works out sweetly for someone, and keeping a more detailed log is a great idea and much more possible this time. The person will be “donating” a little time to both Sean and my projects, and my guess is that most of that person’s contribution to my projects will be right here at the Tropical MBA. I’m hoping to make it a much more useful and inspiring blog in the future.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks Nate :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Kathy, thanks for pumping up my ego a little! Might be the last thing I need! I think its awesome that freedom business and lifestyle design can really apply to anyone, I’ve gotten emails from a huge range of ages. One of the great parts of being an expat is that there is a lot more age variation in friendship groups, and I find there are so many huge benefits for the people involved. Sean, who is participating in this offer is an older dude and can teach me a lot about things like money management, and how to deal with the government here in the Philippines, and I can help him out with stuff like blogs. :)

    Hope to keep that interest!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    I’m hoping people see it as that…. its so unique I’m actually a little nervous if it will meet people’s expectations, it doesn’t fit into any standard way of thinking about business or travel opportunities… there is always that worry when you do something brand new (has anyone done anything like this?)

    Also, we all can agree I’m no genius but I love to hear it anyway. On the beer thing, not only am I fun to have beer with, its not hard to get me out and chatting! :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Ha, David, not unless your family is as crazy as you! I’m excited too.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Rockin’ Reece, already on your way eh? Hopin’ you are planning on seeing the Lifestyle Design posse over in BKK. Good times!

  • http://www.wilsonusman.com/ Wilson Usman

    haha for sure man we got a great little restaurant here “san marcos” that sell the best tacos!

  • fabden

    This is definitely an opportunity not to be missed for anyone who dreams of taking the lifestyle entrepreneur way of life seriously !!! I discovered your podcast a few weeks ago and it really brings a lot of value to my own entrepreneurial project. As I m planning to start to work remotely very soon, I ll surely send as well my application and hope for the best !!!

    Keep up the good work !

  • http://twitter.com/rosiehoyem Rosie Hoyem

    Dan, way to live the dream and also extend these opportunities out to others to do the same! Wicked cool in my book.

    I look forward to hearing more about the application challenge!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Rosie, I instantly like anyone who associates wicked and cool with me!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks I’m glad I can help you out, I’ve recently started listening to “This Week in Startups” podcast and I’m finding thats got a lot of good solid entrepreneurial info in it as well as great inspirational stuff too.

  • btlight

    Dan,
    Sounds like a pretty solid deal. I don’t think it’s far out there at all – it’s not for everybody, that’s for sure – but, then again, travelling around the world and making money while you’re doing it isn’t for everybody, either. Reading both your’s and Sean’s blog’s (plus a whole host of other blogs doing essentially the same as you guys), however, shows that it can be done. I’m new at this game, so I’m still trying to figure it out – at this point, I have to head home to Houston to re-plan my battle strategy for a month, but, sometimes you need to recall the troops and reassess, right?
    Either way, hell of an opportunity, and you can sign me up as well. Treasure hunting website, huh? Aargh, matey, thar be treasure hidden in them hills. Sweet, dude, don’t figure too many people get an opportunity to do that kind of stuff. I bet everybody dreams it -at least when we were kids – but not many people actually get to do it. Looking forward to hearing more details, and best of luck to both of you guys, and to whoever scores this gig.

    Keep up the good work,

    Brian

  • http://inconvenience.wordpress.com Yanina Wolfe

    Well the dreams are still dreams, but at least now they don’t seem so impossible. I think the process is still quite overwhelming and I’m not sure exactly where to begin. All paths in the jungle look the same until someone gives you a compass and explains on which side of trees moss grows.

    I actually returned back to NYC because of family. My brother was getting married. I also realized that I wasn’t just traveling for 5 months in Asia, but actually I have been sort of a vagabond since last May. I felt like I needed to stop for a little bit, at least stay in one city/country for more than a few months. 10-something months was travel was quite intense.

    I suppose I could have done some freelance work, but I think I was still doubting my capabilities at that point. As well as my potential.

    I have a lot of ideas, and not all of them are crazy, I’m just not always sure how to make them real.

    I guess I wanted to refuel and make sure I wasn’t just swept up in something but making a true and honest decision.

    So going “home” was a personal matter. It was for family, and it was for myself. It’s always good to take a step back, reflect, and wrestle one’s emotions into something better read.

    I guess this is oddly personal for a comment, but hey, I’m an honest gal.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks for sharing, I can totally understand how travel can just wipe you out and that pull to “recharge” emotionally is a big one I hear from a lot of people living these crazy lifestyles, especially the folks who are making the transition, I think that’s probably the hardest part because theres a lot of new emotional standards that need to be set and gotten used to.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Brian, I like that you are using war metaphors, probably means you are going to make it happen, or take the high ground, or whatever. Yar yes treasure hunting is big business here in the Philippines and its really fun information.

  • badladz

    The Philippines is a place where there are no rules….and everybody follows them ! Just the right atmosphere for a free spirited entrepreneur that wants to kick some A@# ! My resort started as a loose base for treasure hunters , explorers, innovators, and general freedom fighters and is always open to anyone with a gleam in their eye and a twinkle in their smile.
    We’ll see you there
    Sean

  • http://inconvenience.wordpress.com Yanina Wolfe

    That’s what makes them worth it. The hardship, the struggle. Testing your mettle is always a good way to know what you’re made of and what kind of transitions and lifestyles you can handle.

    Living out a suitcase for almost a year was not something I imagined, but it happened and I not only became stronger, more resourceful and more aware. I became aware of what was necessary and what was frivolous. Having less things allowed me to go to places where having less things was the norm.

    I loved learning how to make the mundane special.
    As well as how to make a full kitchen plus utensils out of bamboo.

    I think the recharge is necessary. It isn’t always necessary to go back to one’s country. Some stability and community (with a heaping portion of something spicy) and you’re good to go!

  • http://inconvenience.wordpress.com Yanina Wolfe

    I think there are plenty of us who want this brand-new, scary adventure. Embrace the nervousness!
    That’s why we are all so excited for this.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    :)

  • http://www.butlerbargain.com/ Butler Bargain

    Dear Dan,

    I am an avid fan of your blogs & podcasts. Your content inspires me and is truly unique. Please keep me posted on this opportunity!

    -Butler Bargain

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thank you sir! Must say your blog is sweet too.

  • http://www.butlerbargain.com/ Butler Bargain

    It is in a pre-launch right now, stay posted for my next iteration! By the way when is your eBook on the way? I am highly anticipating it. All the Best.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Will do, cool concept. Aiming for 3 weeks on the eBook. :)

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  • Clarissacares

    so im a creative freesprited singer in my 20s that would love an adventure like this…..i can do so much of anything and everything hands on. Im tech smart,music smart and adventurous. What do I do for a chance.

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