This week’s Success Series interview is with Brooklynn, a full-time freedom traveller, day dreamer and motivational leader within the Breakaway Movement community.
Brooklynn reached the top tier of our company within 6 months of starting her online business - and now truly lives her life by design each and every day. Throughout this interview, Brooklynn shares why you will never be "ready", how bravery is the first step in succeeding within this industry and how day dreaming can help you handle adversity and doubt.
So, if you want to know Brooklynns’s secrets for becoming your own boss and growing a successful online marketing business so you too can travel the world full-time, then read on…
FIRSTLY, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Brooklynn, and I'm one of our Breakaway Movement leaders. I joined our crew back before we were even called that, and there were only a handful of us organising "mastermind" calls every week! It absolutely blows my mind to see how we've grown. And I feel really proud.
I found the Breakaway Movement while I was living in Hawai'i, working multiple jobs to get by, and quite honestly feeling burnt out. I realised I was being silly, working so much and so hard just to afford living on an island I wasn't actually enjoying because I was working so much! There was no free time for me to live the life I wanted and dreamed about.
Just before I found this opportunity, I had my line in the sand moment. I was driving home from work one night, very late. The commute took me almost an hour. I was crying and talking to the Universe as I drove, drawing the realisation that nothing was going to change unless I was the one to step up and change it. That night I booked a one way ticket to Greece for just a few weeks out, the next morning I gave my notice at work and with my landlords. I started to sell my belongings. I knew I needed to just go, to risk it and figure it out as I went. I had to have full trust that when I jumped, the Universe would catch me. Fortune favours the brave, as they say!
Well, it did. Because just before my flight left the USA, I found the Breakaway Movement. I had no real money to my name, no experience working online or being my own boss, but I knew it was a job that could be remote for me. I could release the tethers and confines I'd grown to call a comfort zone. I wouldn't have any excuses to hold me back. It was a risk, but what was a little more risk slapped onto the one I was already taking? I started my business days before moving across the world.
It was the best decision I have ever made. I was able to island hop, then country hop. To live on a sailboat in the Mediterranean. Hike with wild reindeer. Get a hand tapped tattoo ceremony in South East Asia, and road trip through deep grizzly bear country in Canada. And I haven't stopped since. These days I'm lucky to split "home base" between the Hawaiian Islands and Bali Indonesia. The freedom to experience and explore this great big world was exactly why I started working online in the first place -- And I would never change a thing.
WHAT IS YOUR WHY? (WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?)
My why is my freedom. The world is so vast, experiences are so plentiful.
I wanted to live life by my own design, I wanted to be able to wake up and actually live every day on purpose.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Honestly, there is nothing typical about my days!
For the last year and a half I have averaged international flights every 3-6 weeks! Between time changes, culture changes, and cuisine changes -- a true "typical" day for me is one that looks nothing like the one that came before! And I love it! Wherever I'm at in the world I try to hold a strong morning routine, because it's when I feel most productive. Between caring for my own health + exercise, a healthy breakfast, and then logging onto work, I'm usually "finished" with my day by noon, and can then play and adventure as much as I want to.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ONLINE MARKETING?
Location freedom + independence.
I was sick of relying on an employer for a pay-check. I'd rather be my own boss and fully reap the rewards of hard work versus only catching a fraction of the profits from my workdays.
IF YOU HAD ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WAS INTERESTED IN STARTING UP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
You'll never be "Ready". Ready is an illusion.
Waiting until you're ready could mean you waste six months of time, but in those six months if you had just started - you could already be at the top.
This is exactly what happened for me, I was the furthest thing from ready; without any money or any experience or any plan for my future. But I wanted that change so badly, so I went for it. It only took me 6 months to hit the top tier of our company, and become an integral and distinguished leader in our community.
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WHAT HAS ONLINE MARKETING ALLOWED YOU TO DO?
Travel the world full time, connect with incredible people all over the world, and access my creative side!
HOW DO YOU HANDLE ADVERSITY AND DOUBT?
I stick to the belief that "Your Thoughts become THINGS". The more attention I give my doubt, the more "validity" it will have, and the realer it will become. If you don't like the things you think about - change them.
My biggest hack for this? Day dreaming.
Truly, your mind should be playing your dreams like a movie reel in every free moment of your day. See your dreams so often that they become your reality.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE TOP 3 SKILLS YOU NEED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL?
I think bravery is the first step. You have to be willing to change, and change can often be paired with trial and error.
So second, would be the ability to fail and still get back up. No one gets it right 100% of the time. It's how you learn from your failure that will propel you forward.
And lastly, teachability. Be like a sponge. This isn't your middle school homework that you want to blow through or brush off as "passing". Passing won't get you very far. So, enjoy the lessons. Enjoy learning again. Actually APPLY yourself.
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Start sooner, with everything. Planning is such a small factor in the actual outcome of success. Action is greater than planning any day of the week.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE TO SOMEONE?
Hand picked sage, that I bundled and dried during one of my travel destinations in the mountains. I sent it off to a friend so that she can burn it and sage her home.
IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?
"The Life On Purpose Project" -- This is already my personal brand and LLC's name! But I truly think it encompasses all that I stand for and work on. So I know it would make a great book title too!
Now, who’s ready to be their own boss and live their own life by design?
You will never feel fully ‘ready’ - so what are you waiting for? It’s time to be brave, fail forward and take advantage of what online marketing will allow you to achieve!
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