This week’s Success Series interview is with Duco, a full-time traveller and extremely inspiring tribe member within the Breakaway Movement community.
After 2 years of living the vicious cycle of working in multiple unfulfilling jobs, just to save money to travel, to then return to work to save more money to travel etc. Duco realised he wanted more out of life. He desired a lifestyle which would allow him the freedom to go wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted to. Which led him to the path of investing in his own online business, marketing products.
Over the past year, this business opportunity has allowed Duco to quit his multiple jobs, and live in a van whilst travelling through amazing countries including Portugal and France. At the moment he is based in Bali, living with new friends from our online Breakaway Movement community and building a thriving, 80% automated business.
In this interview, Duco shares the importance of not letting anyone tell you what you can do in your life and to just go for what you want, and explains the top 3 skills needed to build a freedom lifestyle so you can choose to travel full-time, explore different parts of the globe, and spend your days surfing and connecting with other awesome souls (if you so choose)!
So, if you want to learn Duco’s secrets in how to build a successful online business, and hear more about his journey to where he is today, then read on…
FIRSTLY, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Duco, I’m 28 years old, living in Bali, and I’m full-time network marketer.
After I graduated from University with a Bachelors in Hospitality and Business Management, I felt a strong resistance to getting sucked into the boring ‘career’ mode. I wanted more in life! To surf and travel, live in different places, and experience as much that life has to offer as possible. I desired a free lifestyle to go where I want, when I want!
At the time, I was working as a Surf Coach with a couple of hospitality jobs on the side, just for the sake of making and saving money to travel and surf. After two years of doing that, I got stuck. I realised this was not a sustainable lifestyle for the longterm. I was done with being dependent on unfulfilling jobs. I needed something I could put my heart in to. I wanted to create from the heart and build an awesome future.
At the right time, The Breakaway Movement came to my path. The message and value of the community spoke directly to my heart and the business model got me super excited! After one week of joining the online community, I gave it a shot and invested in a trifecta (meaning, I began my business journey in the best way possible!)!
Now almost a year later, I’m living in Bali with friends from the online Breakaway Movement community and have a business that I love working on every single day.
WHAT IS YOUR WHY? (WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?)
I believe that we are all here to grow and learn, and to do so we need each other. Together we are all one.
And waking up each single day, knowing that I can help someone else, gets me going!
I feel a purpose for inspiring others with my knowledge and experience.
I also think I can cheer up the world with my goofy vibes, and embarrassing myself in front of others to make them laugh is classic!
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I wake up really early (6am), to kick off my morning routine! I then really take the time for myself with meditation, reading a book, yoga or surfing and breakie!
I work on my business 5 days a week for a few hours a day. Each work session is completely different; I have days where I get super creative, like: creating videos, photography, updating my website, mapping out a new strategy, or posting on social media.
And there are days where I’m chatting with leads, sitting on calls with business partners, learning something new, or doing research.
This is just to give you an idea, but really - every day is different. And I love that!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ONLINE MARKETING?
I just love everything that includes automation and people! The idea of surfing while ads are running in the background working for you, is just amazing!
If I look from a higher point of view, I’m mainly creating content and chatting with people about products that I really love. How dope is that?
IF YOU HAD ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WAS INTERESTED IN STARTING UP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can do in your life. If you really want something badly enough, go for it, have fun all the way and make it all happen!
WHAT HAS ONLINE MARKETING ALLOWED YOU TO DO?
Over the last year I have been living near the ocean in Portugal and France. Over there I lived in my van working from my laptop building my online business. It feels really good to be working on something and giving myself time off to enjoy a good surf or spend time on other things.
Right now I’m living on Bali, Indonesia and I would not be here if I wasn’t involved in this business.
Through the business I have pushed myself to take responsibility for everything I experience. It has pushed me to step up and to focus on myself rather than others.
Over the last year, I have grown so much and I can easily say that I have been through an epic transformation.
Also this biz has connected me with incredibly beautiful souls from all over the world, where I established deep connections that are very dear to me.
Online marketing gives me a feeling of fulfilment and purpose, and every day I know I get to change the life of someone else, and that's so epic!
HOW DO YOU HANDLE ADVERSITY AND DOUBT?
I now know that this is the area for opportunity and growth! I personally actually like to take a risk and dive into the unknown, it gets me excited!
The best way for me to go run through the obstacles is by observing them. reflecting on the situation, then asking myself: “If I do this, will this help me to get to where I want to go in life?” If the answer is “Yes”, I know it’s just a matter of getting uncomfortable and just doing it!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE TOP 3 SKILLS YOU NEED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL?
- Learn how to ask questions and be really curious. Telling isn’t selling, asking questions is! Knowledge is a powerful tool and it comes in handy with Online Marketing.
- Show up for yourself. Do what you say you will do! If you make a promise to someone or yourself, simply commit to it and show up! Prioritise what really matters. Each single day you make decisions. If you want to create success, then you’ve got to make the decision that will lead you to the results you want.
- Adopt the behaviours of those who have created the success you want to have. Everything you have in life is a reflection of the habits that you adopt. If you want to have the same results as someone with success, adopt their habits and make them a part of you.
Bonus skill: It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey. So have fun and enjoy the ride!
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
I have so much to tell my younger self! But the one thing that strikes me the most is; Don’t focus on what others think or say about you, you are unique and it’s okay to be different! Keep riding your lane, focus on what you want to create in life, and never stop dreaming, legend! You are very talented and you can create anything you want in life!
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE TO SOMEONE?
I bought my mom a present with all kinds of organic shampoos, soaps and teas. She loved it!
IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?
“The Water Kid Who Escaped Dry Land”
From a very young age I have been very connected to water. As a baby, when I cried, my mom would put me in a bath to calm me down. In primary school I would draw waves, palm trees and surfboards. I always knew I was a surfer and an ocean lover. And it’s funny how I come from a safe town in The Netherlands, far away from the beach, and I ended up being a digital nomad surfer. Water has so much impact on my life and it’s the most satisfying thing to me.
Now, who’s ready to get away from the vicious work cycle, and begin to show up for yourself to experience what life truly has to offer?
You will never feel fully ‘ready’ - so what are you waiting for? It’s time to be curious, focus on what you want to create in life, and just go for it. Oh, and have fun along the way, of course!
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