Indie Nomad : Niall Doherty

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Indie Nomad: Niall Doherty’s Interview

I’m following Niall’s journey for around two years now and I’ve seen him create, write and build amazing things. Sometimes doing what I think is the impossible, like he’s doing right now with his course where in 3 months he’ll do his best to get you to 1000€ per month in income as a freelancer working online. Some of his students achieve results in just weeks and sometimes days. Really impressive! But that’s not the Niall I knew.

When I first discovered a video of Niall on youtube he was talking about some of the tracking methods he used (with a simple excel sheet) where he explained how he was able to achieve his goals and expand his knowledge while learning other languages at the same time. The file he showed in the video was in Portuguese and I obviously had to see more.

His content was really engaging and I felt like a stalker. In the first few days, I had subscribed to his mailing list because I needed to know more about all the great and sometimes unbelievable things he was doing. We’re talking about “a guy” that went all over the world without getting into a single plane (he wrote a book about that)! How impressive is that? And as if that’s not all he was also doing challenges (to himself and others) to reach $5k in one month (which he did), create an online course (which he did very successfully) and all that while sharing his challenges and “momentos” and also being available to his community. This is my interview with him and it is my pleasure to share it with you:

Niall in a Sailboat


IDB: Can you describe/outline your typical workday?


Niall: Up at 6:45 and at the gym by 7.

Exercise for 35-40 minutes.

Then I take a couple of hours for meditation, breakfast, email, reading, shower.

First work session from 9:30am to about 11:30am.

Break for lunch and nap.

Second work session from 2pm to about 6pm.

Get out of the house in the evening and do something social.

It’s never usually that smooth but that’s what I aim for most days.


What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage it?


Like most people, I fear wasting my life away and looking back with regret. I manage that by trying to keep things in perspective. For example, I have an item on my daily to-do list that says, “Remember: someday you will die.” I have to check that off every morning, and it keeps in mind that my time is limited and I need to make the most of it.


What has been your most satisfying moment in business (either present or past)?


Last July I launched an information product that earned me $5,000 in 24 hours. I’d worked hard on that for months so it felt really good to see it do well.


I’ve since evolved that product into an online course called 3M1K, which helps people get started working online, so they have the freedom to work from anywhere like I’ve been able to do for the past five years. Seeing people have great results from the course has been very satisfying, too.


What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time and how do you manage to balance that?


I love to read and usually get through a book a week. Last night I finished reading The Grapes Of Wrath which was amazing.


Other than that I regularly try to get out and spend time with friends and be social.


There are lots of other things I’d love to be doing but my tendency is to take on too many projects at the same time and become overwhelmed. So I’m careful about getting involved in too many pursuits and getting distracted from building my business, which is my primary focus right now.


What is it that truly makes you happy?


A sense of progress.

I like to look back every few months and see that I’ve made significant strides towards my goals.


What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?


I’m pretty strict about my schedule nowadays. I rarely deviate from my Monday-to-Friday work routine, and I try to get to bed early most nights so I can be up before 7 the next morning. As such, I miss out on lots of random coffee meet ups during the day, and late night adventures with friends.


Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most (or look up to)?


I admire what Ramit Sethi has built. He has a suite of high-quality products that really help people, and it sounds like he does very well financially. I also admire his no-bullshit approach to marketing.



What three pieces of advice would you give anyone who wants to become entrepreneurs?


1) Start young.

The vast majority of entrepreneurs who succeed early in life were the kids on the playground selling baseball cards or on the sidewalk selling lemonade. I think there’s a natural gestation period for becoming an entrepreneur, and for most people it’s 5-10 years. So the earlier you start, the earlier you take your punches and move beyond them.


2) Work hard.

Should go without saying. If you don’t have a good work ethic, you’re not going to do very well. Lots of people want to build a successful business putting in 4-hour workweeks, but they inevitably get left in the dust by competitors putting in 40-hour workweeks. The latter crowd is doing ten times more work. Even if they’re not as smart and make tons of mistakes, they’re still going to come out ahead.


3) Teach.

I’ve really noticed this from building my 3M1K course. In there I’m teaching people how to make money freelancing online, and in the process I’ve become a much better freelancer myself. Teaching other people exposes gaps in your thinking and knowledge and you’re motivated to fill those gaps quick so you don’t look like a fool to your students.

So as soon as you learn something new as an entrepreneur, turn around and try teach it to someone else via a quick article or video online. Not only will you force yourself to understand concepts more deeply, but you’ll help others as well.


If you had the chance to start all over again, what would you do differently, if anything at all?


I quit my day job almost six years ago and spent the first ~10 months of my entrepreneurial life chasing passive income. That proved to be a huge waste of time and energy. Passive income is possible, but trying to achieve right out of the gate is unwise. Much better to focus on active income (e.g. freelancing) initially. You get a much faster ROI while learning lots about marketing and how to deliver value.


If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask?


This one 🙂

How do you define success?


I like how John Wooden defined it: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

He didn’t consider the best basketball players he coached to be the most successful. Instead, it was the players who made the most of their natural talents, even if those natural talents didn’t amount to much.
So in Wooden’s eyes, a guy scoring 4 points per game might be more successful than a guy scoring 20, because that first guy might have maxed out his capacity while the latter might be coasting along, relying on exceptional natural talent rather than heart and hustle.
Give that first guy the same natural talent as the second and he would probably score 30 points per game.


Make sure you take a closer look at Niall’s journey and that you follow along on his blog, social media, and youtube channel.


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Indie Influencer: Pat Daley

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Indie Influencer: Pat Daley’s Interview 

Nine months ago, Pat Daley quit his full-time office job, sold 95% of his possessions, and proceeded to hitchhike across the US from Florida to California. He’s since worked on a farm for three months in Hawaii and then flew to Southeast Asia (where he’s currently located) to focus on entrepreneurial pursuits.

He filmed each day of his hitchhiking journey and posted the videos online. To his surprise, many people were inspired by his journey and the way he filmed it. He continues to produce travel-related content on YouTube while working on growing his freelance graphic design business.

You can Follow this entrepreneur’s journey: Pat Daley, on ,, and

How do you generate new ideas as an entrepreneur, and what would you do if you had to pivot your entire project/idea/business?

To generate new ideas best, I have to continually create and share my ideas with the world. This continuous creation and executing of ideas frees up space in my brain for more creativity. The more I create, the more ideas I have. I have found this process to be similar for a lot of other people. Although, I do know that approaches vary across the board, it’s just a matter of finding out what works best for you.

Since I’ve been living this non-traditional and creative lifestyle, the way I present ideas has evolved. I am constantly brainstorming on how to GIVE VALUE to the viewers of my videos in ways other than just for entertainment. Creating videos and uploading them to YouTube started out as simply a way to share my journey. Now it’s become a way to empower others to embark on an adventure of their own.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

Three things:

I define my own success. It is not defined for me by another person.

Entrepreneurs are continually forced INTO THE MOMENT to generate new ideas that will help their business become more prosperous. I found that being in a 9 to 5 for me almost rewarded non-present thinking and complacency.

Motivation comes easier to me now that I am working toward executing ideas of MY OWN. While sitting at my office job I would often question why I had no motivation. I’d look around the office at people working productively and wonder, “Is there something wrong with me? Why don’t I have the motivation that my coworkers seem to have toward accomplishing my boss’s goals?”


What book has inspired you the most? What books do you think are “must-reads” for entrepreneurs? What are some of your favorite books?

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts is a game-changer for anyone who wants to travel long-term. It is considered by many to be the bible of extended travel. This book shifted paradigms for me, opened my mind up to many new possibilities, and most importantly exposed the idea of travel to what it actually is: as simple as you want it to be and an expression of freedom.

The Flinch by Julien Smith. If you want a motivational kick in the ass, read this book. Julien smacks you out of complacency with his words, encourages you to question why you haven’t taken action and gives practical steps toward doing so. I find myself going back to read this when I struggle to take a leap of any kind – this book is the written equivalent of a cold shower.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. These books need no introduction, due to the great movies made after them. They both deal with the deep existential issues that plague most men. If you dig the movies, read the books and thank me later.

Can you share some personal ideals you think have helped you get where you are?

I am not anywhere close to fulfilling the idea of traditionally-defined success. My bank account is low, but I have large amounts of personal freedom. Here’s what got me to this point:

  1. Re-framing hard work as fun. Hard work is necessary, you must find a way to get joy out of it.
  2. A failure is another brick in your castle of experiences. The person with the bigger castle, i.e. the most experiences, is oftentimes the winner AND has better stories to share.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people, and consume content that helps you move toward your goals. The TV has got to go; it is pushing other people’s goals and ideas of success into your head constantly.

What three pieces of advice would you give anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur?

A mediocre life and a life to be proud of are both choices.

Move to Southeast Asia to start your entrepreneurial journey. The low cost of living will make it a lot easier to get started.

If you look around your office and wonder why people are working so hard, maybe it’s time to rethink what motivates you.


Keep an eye on Pat’s Journey here: