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.
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?
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:
- Re-framing hard work as fun. Hard work is necessary, you must find a way to get joy out of it.
- 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.
- 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.
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