International Insights: David "Bam Bam" Bramlette

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Bam Bam (Dave Bramlette) is a former Special Forces Ranger and is a current daredevil. He travels all over the world so he can fly in the air. He's lived in Europe, skydived in Kenya, wind tunnels in Russia, Paragliding in Peru. That's just in the past year or so...

Bam Bam lives life on the edge. He has a raw and passionate way of living. He is both sides of the coin. He almost always lives in the moment, yet thinks long term. His view on travel and goals are worth taking notes on. Enjoy this fervent and informing interview.

 

Name: David "Bam Bam" Bramlette

Originally From: Chicago, USA

Currently In: Anywhere I lay my head haha

Occupation: Future student/Volunteer at breeding center in Galapagos Islands/No idea because it changes month to month

 

 

Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:

David "Bam Bam" Bramlette (BB) - Well, if I had to describe myself in certain words they would all have to be contradictory. How are you supposed to describe yourself as a human being? We’re walking contradictions. I have been a warrior and I've kept the peace. I am a creative and I am destructive.

I am reckless (or spontaneous depending on your outlook on life and I am careful, thoughtful, and practiced. I practically burn my money to have a good time, yet I have a good-sized nest egg waiting for me when I'm old and crushing beers in my rocking chair on the front porch somewhere unknown. I'm a lover, but never more than just for a few days at a time.

My point is how the fuck do you answer a question like that? YOU ARE NOT YOUR FUCKING KHAKIS. That's a fight club reference if you didn't catch it.

 

IF - What’s the coolest place or experience you’ve been that you didn’t get a picture of?

BB - Wow, you know that's a real hard question you know? On the one hand, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. But on the other hand, when you're in a moment, sometimes it just is totally inappropriate to pick up your cell phone and snap those pictures. It’s a very fine line. I'm a firm believer in enjoying the moment or maybe I'm just a little camera shy. But me personally, I fucking hate "posing" for shots.

I think shots should be authentic and correct for the moment. My favorite pictures have always been action shots. Whether it’s from a Go-Pro and I'm flying 1 meter off the deck in my wing-suit and I'm going 200 kph or I've got two forty ounce beers taped to my hand feeding one of them to my buddy who is wearing nothing by a candy string G-string. Both are good.

My favorite shots are never the - OK guys let's go stand by this crap because its what were supposes to do when we visit "X" place. Also, people take too many photos. And of course, they never get looked at. It’s like people can't just fucking Cahill and enjoy the moment. Look at this beautiful sunset - I'm going to watch it through my cell phone camera because otherwise I'd be too uncomfortable with myself and my own consciousness.

But to actually answer your question - I do not have any. I live completely in the moment. I mean I'm sure there were times in my life where I was like “fuck I wish I had captured that”, but I sure as hell can't think of any off the top of my head. The past is THE PAST, let that shit go, yo.

 

IF - What was the last gift you gave and to who?

BB - The last gift I gave was some nice shirts to a friend of mine. She was just hired for some big deal and it was the beginning of her getting her foot in the door. I had them shipped to her house as a surprise. But that all kind of just fell to the side, long distance is no bueno. I also like to buy flowers randomly for girls I'm interested in. Not sure if that makes me a player or whatever. But if I enjoy talking to her, I'll send her flowers. Because? Because why not?

People deserve nice random shit sometimes, Haha. I do what feels good for me. It’s all selfish really. I sometimes do nice shit for other people because it makes me feel good. Honestly, not really doing it out of the kindness of my heart. I think if people acted on what makes them feel GOOD, then people would be a lot happier.

Obviously, that doesn't include hurting other people. If you do bad shit, bad shit is going to happen to you. So, don't do bad shit. Simple principle. Killing isn't necessarily bad either. Some people just need a firing squad for the universal health of all of humanity.

 

IF - If you could unite the entire country with one mission for the next 5-10 years, what would it be?

BB - Dude, that one is soooooo easy. COLONIZE MARS. We need to become interplanetary species (and subsequently an interstellar species) in order to keep this gravy train going. If we keep going at this rate of burning fossil fuels and the on-going nuclear proliferation of weapons, its really only a matter of time until we ruin this planet and are all dead. I mean maybe that would be a good thing. Maybe were all just some fucking mold on bread that needs to be cut off so the rest of loaf is still good to eat.

Colonizing Mars is the first step to solving the population crisis that nobody seems to want to discuss and the drain on our natural resources. They say that there's more natural resources in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter than the Earth, like many times over. LET’S GO GET THAT SHIT. We need to get off this rock. Would you take all your money and invest it into ONE STOCK? No, YOU GOTTA DIVERSIFY YOUR PORTFOLIO. That's what we gotta do.

Diversify our portfolio as an interstellar species. Not to mention... Who doesn't want to see if there's other intelligent life out there??? You know, or we could just keep sucking down fossil fuels like our grand parents smoking cigarettes while they breast fed our parents. Remember! The experts said there was nothing harmful about cigarettes too!

 

IF - What do you think about when it’s most quiet in your day?

BB - Usually, I’m thinking about what is coming next. I’m never really dormant. Even when I’m in off mode, I’m usually planning/dreaming of something that has a higher chance of getting hurt or killed than your average normal human activity. We’re animals. Some of us are on the eternal hunt.

 

IF - What is the quote you try to live your life by?

BB - “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

I will put a bullet in my own head before I ever bow down or surrender to anybody. Let Trump burn down Congress and seize emergency powers. I have been praying my whole life to fight the good fight.

 

IF - Name your top 3 Bucket-list items:

1. Tour from California to the southern tip of Argentina, then back up the other side. Motorbike possibly.

2. Cross-country paragliding trip in central Asia

3. Become a free-flying wing tunnel god

 

IF - What’s the thought process when you make life-changing decisions?

BB - Thought process? hahaha. I guess I just pick a long-term goal and then do whatever I have to do to accomplish that. You make that long-term goal and then there are a hundred 25 meter targets in order to get the 600 meter target. Eventually, all those little things you did add up to something great. I can relate it to base jumping.

Everybody sees the proxy wing-suit videos on YouTube think those people are crazy, buuuuut it’s not quite like that. What you don’t see is how many skydives that pilot has, or how many times he’s flown that particular wing or how many times he’s flown that base jump, but much higher above the line to scout it. It’s all 25 meter targets so he’s well practiced when he shoots out to 600.

 

IF - If you could implant one simple idea into the brain of anyone that meets you, what is it?

BB - Don’t be a dick.

 

IF - You’re stranded on an island and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?

A: The Bible - the pages are thin so they probably make great kindling

B: Probably some survival guide haha.

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?

BB - Aw man. Probably Kenya. Skydive Diani December Boogie 2016. So many good times. Nothing but jumping and partying. Anything goes... Riding on top of buses and breaking my shoulder. Wrestling matches on top of the bus. Riding on mopeds with drunk Africans, great times with my friend who’s dead now. But that’s base jumping. We party hard because we know some of us won’t be here next year.

 

IF - What is one thing most people get wrong about you until they really know you?

BB - I think some people think I’m lazy and indifferent. But the truth is, I don’t get wrapped up in the bullshit that other people seem to cling on to. I don't value something based on what other people value. I care about what I chose to care about. And fuck the rest.

 

IF - Travel accessory you take everywhere you go:

BB - BASE rig or skydive rig or paraglider or speed wing or tunnel suit

 

IF - You win two 1st-Class tickets to anywhere in the world, where do you go and with who?

BB - SE Asia. Anybody who wants to come. Or sell the other ticket and party like a rock star

 

IF - What is the pivotal moment in your life that you’re most grateful for?

BB - This may surprise people, BUT joining the army. It was a really good move for me. The Rangers and SF [Special Forces] challenged me enough to keep me focused otherwise I probably would have been in trouble with the law or just been wandering aimlessly like a lost puppy. The army gave me a purpose, comradery, a steady paycheck, and a place to exercise the violence that is in me.

 

IF - You find a magic lamp, what are your first 2 wishes?

1. To have joined the Rangers about one year before 9/11 instead of when shit was winding down in 2008

2. Or that I was born 500 or 1000 years in the future when the space exploration age is beginning. I want to be on the equivalent of a Marco Polo or Columbus style expedition.... but to space.

 

IF - At age 75, what do you want to look back on that you’re most proud of?

BB - Will probably be dead

 

IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

BB - Dolphin. Those dudes are always having fun. And they have sex for pleasure. And they’re hanging with 200 of their best friends swimming around eating fish all day doing flippy-doos. Sign me up, yo.

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel app?

BB - Facebook

 

IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?

BB - Chose a path. Run with it. And if you decide you don’t want to do that anymore, get off that path and get on a new one. Rinse and repeat. Stagnation is death. Always change. Always evolve.

 

IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?

BB - Don’t things in advance unless you have to. For example, I’m in South America right now. I stopped buying plane tickets when I was here. I’m taking buses. Not only is it cheaper, but I’m not locked in to certain itineraries anymore. If I want to stay and surf I can do it. If I feel the urge to run, I can. I like to have the freedom to be able to move. Some of the buses here are really nice. Some are hell on earth.

 

IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?

BB - Overpopulation. By colonizing Mars.

International Insights: Kris Singleton

 Photo courtesy of Paul VanHelden

 Photo courtesy of Paul VanHelden

I've known Kris Singleton for over 10 years and am honored to call him friend. Kris has been schooling me in life for a long time. Kris is all about family and has had the opportunity to travel all over the world.

Kris is incredibly smart and surprises me with the insight he has on so many different subjects. Kris has been my sounding board to many projects and advice in general.

Kris can tell a story. If you ever have the fortunate opportunity to listen to him in person, you'll be in for a treat.

 

Name:  Kris E. Singleton, Sr.

Originally From: Nantucket, MA

Currently In: Tucson, AZ

Occupation: Senior Executive - Defense Contracting, Investor, Veteran

 

Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:

Kris Singleton - I began my career in the U.S. Army, working across several disciplines in tactical and strategic capacities.  After nearly a decade on Active Duty, I transitioned out of the military and began my path to Wealth, Health and Happiness.  I currently serve as a senior executive for a small Defense Contracting firm, own two small businesses and am in the early stages of building my personal real estate portfolio.

 

IF - What’s the most fun you’ve ever had?

Kris - The most fun I’ve ever had was spread across the three years I lived in Germany.  As a young enlisted man, I didn’t have many responsibilities that extended past the duty day, so my nights and weekends were full of cuisine of various cultures, impromptu international outings and a variety of alcoholic adventures.  I think the value of actually living abroad during the early adult years is immeasurable and I would encourage parents of young children to begin traveling them as early as possible.

 

IF - What’s the last movie you saw?

Kris - The Accountant.  Awesome!

 

IF - What’s the one activity or hobby would you do all the time if money didn’t exist?

Kris - Traveling (First Class of course) to any location with history, deluxe accommodations and fishing or golf.

 

IF - What do you think about when you’re in the shower?

Kris - My net worth, inspirational talks I’ll have with my son when he’s older, and Accounts Receivable.

 

IF - What’s your biggest life goal?

Kris - Build a Personal/Professional portfolio, that continually adds to my wealth, health and happiness, regardless of my location or attention, and is worth gifting to my son.

 

IF - Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:

1. Have something monumentally positive named after me, without asking for it.

2. Ride a bull.

3. Write a book that people not only read, but love!

 

IF - You win two plane tickets to go anywhere in the world, where do you go and who do you take?

Kris - I would take my son to Turkey.  I meant it when I said it’s important to travel your children early on.  I cannot think of many places with such a high concentration of cultural, religious, and natural treasures, that are not limited to just one demographic.  Plus the food is awesome!

 

IF - What’s something almost no one knows about you?

Kris - I am deathly allergic to cats!

 

IF - You’re stranded on an island and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?

Kris - A book on desert island survival and a book of crosswords (have to keep the mind sharp).

 

IF - Describe your perfect day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep:

Kris - I don’t share this one.  Not that it’s too personal; it’s still a work-in-progress and right now I’m enjoying it too much to share.

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?

Kris - Either Lane Belone’s first trip to ACK with me (3 hours in security at Heathrow, fake IDs, Jaegermeister girls, Lip Synch Battles, and Coronas on Nobadeer Beach) or Pat Consadine’s bachelor party (MA - CT - RI, a stripper named Diamond, Four Locos, Stoli Orange and blacking out only to win $2,000 from $10 in Roulette.) [IF: Indeed this was one of my favorite trips. Nonstop fun as a young fellow. Wouldn't trade those memories for anything...]

 

IF - What food dish would you travel for?

Kris - I would travel all the way to Boston, MA for some good Roti from Ali’s.

 

IF - Favorite travel accessory: 

KrisDowny Wrinkle Release.  It really works!

 

IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?

Kris - That was a good year…but, “I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, Oooh”. [IF: Classic song!]

 

IF - What was going on in your head when you chose your occupation?

Kris - I can figure that out.

 

IF - You find a magic lamp, what are your first 2 wishes?

1. More wishes…just kidding, we all remember Aladdin, it doesn’t work like that. To live in my current body, with absolute health and wellness, until the age of 100.

2. The power of mind control.

 

IF - What’s something funny that you almost peed your pants?

Kris - A colleague of mine, Mike LaVallee, told me a joke in D.C. last week about a golf ball and a sand wedge.  Call him and he’ll tell you, his number is….just kidding, Mike.

 

IF - When traveling, what do you miss the most from home?

Kris - Sleep.

 

IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Kris - A Triple Crown Thoroughbred. Good looking, young, fame and glory, massages every day and the stud fees. “You mean I get paid to…” [IF: Hahaha]

 

IF - What is your favorite travel app?

Kris - Expensify.

 

IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?

Kris - Drink more in bars.  The vast majority of meaningful and powerful connections I’ve made as a professional or as a man, have been forged or fortified atop the stools of a tavern.

 

IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?

Kris - Build in an extra day on both sides of the flights if you can.  It seems excessive (four days), but if you have a day off to pack and run around town to find those travel-sized toiletries, plus a day to get acclimated and maybe sightsee, you’ll feel much more prepared to do whatever you’re in town for.  Then, on the other end of the trip, give yourself a flex day to see that museum you missed, or fit in one more meeting, or just recover from Nelson’s heavy hand at The Occidental. The last day, when I get home, I usually tackle laundry/dry cleaning, catch up on all of the emails I pushed off for when I got home and try to get reacquainted with the time zone (sleep).

 

IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?

Kris - Safety for the common folk.  All the people that wish to do harm to one another should go to Antarctica and duke it out. Leave all the normal people out of it you whack jobs!

International Insights: Grant Cardone

Real Estate Investor, Author, and Sales Expert, Grant Cardone, shares his deepest motivations and the keys to overcoming obstacles in life.

International Insights: Scott Moore

Scott deep in the Nevada backcountry... 

Scott deep in the Nevada backcountry... 

Scott Moore is one of the most cultured, down to earth guys I know. He loves nature and has lived abroad. Scott enriches the lives of anyone he meets. We give him a huge thanks for serving our country. 

Today, Scott shares some of his level-headed approaches to life. Be sure to pull out your notebooks to take notes! I really like what he shares with his approach to life and travel. I've had the honor to meet up with Scott in many countries for quick visits and great conversations.

Scott shares his thoughts and stories on conservation, wildlife, and the value of public lands at: http://thesnowyrange.blogspot.com/

 

Name: Scott Moore

Originally From: Martinez, CA

Currently In: Washington, USA

Occupation: International Student, Real Estate Investor, Conservationist, Veteran

 

 

Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:

Scott Moore -  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined the military when I was seventeen. I served a total of nine years in two branches over a fourteen year period. I also enjoyed working as a counselor to struggling youth for three years, an EMT in a San Francisco emergency room, and worked for a non-profit organization focused on wilderness conservation in Nevada. Since leaving the military, I’ve sought out and utilized seller-financing opportunities to invest in low-cost rental properties, producing favorable rates of ROI. I recently returned to the US after studying for a year abroad in Europe. I hope to apply what I learn by helping others.

 

IF - What’s the quote you try to live your life by?

Scott - “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

IF - If you could unite the country with one mission for the next 5-10 years, what would it be?

Scott - Coming up with cost-effective solutions to the high cost of education.

 

IF - What do you think about when it’s most quiet in your day?

Scott - That sounds like a hiking moment for me. Therefore I’m not thinking of much, just taking in the present.

 

IF - Describe your perfect day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep

Scott - It would start with meditating for at least 10 minutes upon waking. Then a healthy breakfast, stretch, and a short hike or walk to get blood flowing and breath some fresh air. Balanced blocks focused on business, studies, reading, research, projects, exercise, green tea, and breaks. Breaking it up with some forms of kinesis like the gym or getting outside for a long hike in the hills is important. Listening to a mind-opening podcast is a plus. End with a good dinner, music, and relax with some HBO or reading some good fiction.

 

IF - Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:

1. Visit the Arctic

2. Watch my niece grow

3. The third one I’m not telling

 

IF - You’re stranded on an island, and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?

Scott - Meditations by Marcus Aurelius for the stoicism and the Tao Te Ching for the simplicity.

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?

Scott - Definitely cruising through the Norwegian fjords.

 

IF - Favorite travel accessory:

Scott - Lightweight polyester boxer-briefs and clean socks.

 

IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?

Scott  - Anything by Jimi Hendrix

 

IF - What is a travel ritual you do every time you go somewhere?

Scott - Give thanks

 

IF - What is the pivotal moment in your life that you’re most grateful for?

Scott - Enduring the death of both my parents at the same time I was transitioning out of the military with an injury during the start of the recession.

 

IF - What gets you most excited about life?

Scott - Besides “Chronos,” or sequential time, the Greeks have another word for time, “Kairos,” meaning significant and opportune moments in time. Those are what make it exciting.

 

IF - When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried and what was it about?

Scott - Betty White’s show, “Off Their Rockers” -it’s a bunch of older folks pulling practical jokes on people

 

IF - When traveling, what do you miss the most from home?

Scott - That’s the Achilles heel of travel. I definitely miss my family and friends, as well as the mountains, wildlife, and wide open spaces of the Reno/Tahoe area.

 

IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Scott - Maybe a golden eagle because being able to fly would be amazing. Or a wolf.

 

IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?

Scott - First and foremost, remember to be thankful. Also, the world is full of opportunities. Don’t be afraid to go for it and take calculated risks. Find the freedom within you to pursue the ones you choose while not letting fear be a saboteur. Think of it as entrepreneurial karma; the more you put towards a goal or effort, the more desirable outcomes are likely to occur. Even if your original goal may not manifest, new opportunities and outcomes will.

 

IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?

Scott - Travel light, literally and figuratively. Enter every new place and culture with an open mind. Make an effort to learn and understand a culture, learn the history, gain new perspectives, and allow previously held notions to cease when proven inaccurate. Enjoy the experience.

 

IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?

Scott - Ignorance and denial of experiment-proven, peer-reviewed scientific facts.

International Insights: Amin Emami

I'm so inspired by Amin and his motivation! Amin has overcome obstacles and is living life as it should be lived. He lives to serve people so that they may live the life they choose.

Amin is the CEO of multiple companies and a mentor to many. He finds the time to give back to others. His story will inspire you and uplift you.

Check out his website www.theaminemami.com. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Name: Amin Emami

Originally From: Tehran, Iran.

Currently In: Kansas

Occupation: Entrepreneur

 

Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:

Amin Emami - I am a Dreamer, a Visionary, and a Risk taker, I live with purpose and with purpose of changing the world in a better way, whatever I do I make sure it serves other in a good way. I’m very caring for others and of course myself. I like fast cars and luxurious things in life, but not at all materialistic. I enjoy lifelong education, I believe that the more we learn the more we earn in life. I also love the outdoors and nature in general. I love to travel the world, see all the beauty it has to offer with all sorts of different cultures and knowledge it gives.

 

IF - What’s the most fun you’ve ever had?

Amin - This is a hard one I usually have lots of fun in many occasions, but I always enjoy a great time Racing cars or Karting.

 

IF - What’s the last movie you saw?

Amin - Sully, what a great movie it was.

 

IF - What’s the one activity or hobby you do all the time if money didn’t exist?

Amin - Read

 

IF - What do you think about when you’re in the shower?

Amin - My new dreams I will accomplish

 

IF - What’s your biggest life goal?

Amin - To inspire and change the life of millions around the world

 

IF - Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:

1. Skydive

2. Get on top of mount Everest

3. Travel ice caves in north pole

 

IF - You win two plane tickets to go anywhere in the world, where do you go and who do you take?

Amin - Rome, my Fiancé

 

IF - What’s something almost no one knows about you?

Amin - Well if I tell you now then you will know lol.. but it’s okay I will share it with you.. I had a miracle happen to me once and it changed my life.

 

IF - You’re stranded on an island and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?

Amin - Think and Grow Rich, Survival secrets.. these because one keeps me in the right mindset and the other helps me survive

 

IF - Describe your perfect day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep:

Amin - Waking up with a smile on my face and just enjoying that I have another day to embrace life, and I love life as is I think positive all the time.

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?

Amin - Going to Istanbul

 

IF - What food dish would you travel for?

Amin - Any really, I love food and I love to travel so it would be a great way to make an excuse to go try new things.

 

IF - Favorite travel accessory:

Amin - Camera

 

IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?

Amin - What is Love by Haddaway 😊

 

IF - What was going on in your head when you chose your occupation?

Amin - I always knew that I needed to be the main guy, I knew that my ideas were usually more farfetched than others and in order for me to get them into becoming reality I had to take charge and control and the right actions to make them happen and that is really what an entrepreneur does most of the time.

 

IF - You find a magic lamp, what are your first 2 wishes?

1. Give me all knowledge known to man

2. Give me infinite health for rest of my life.

 

IF - What’s something funny that you almost peed your pants?

Amin - Its really when bad things happen to me in a funny way I love to laugh at myself at times. [IF: This is a great way to look at things when things don't happen the way you want them to...]

 

IF - When traveling, what do you miss the most from home?

Amin - My Fiancé and my cats

 

IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Amin - Lion, a lion is fierce a lion is caring a lion is a leader and a symbol of wealth.

 

IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?

Amin - Know your purpose in life and why, be hungry and never give up, always push forward and educate yourself with the right people around you.

 

IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?

Amin - Do your homework. Make sure to organize your plan before you go.

 

IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?

Amin - Poverty, I love to help the world create a better system for earning and keeping people from going into poverty.

International Insights: Jason Harrell (The Bartending Therapist)

Jason swinging at the End of the World in Banos, Ecuador

Jason swinging at the End of the World in Banos, Ecuador

Today we have a huge treat! We have Jason Harrell dropping some knowledge and sharing some insight about his life and travel. Jason is well established in the game of life and we should all take note and follow his lead.

Jason has authored the book "The Bartending Therapist" which you can find here. In his book, he talks about how you can unlock the greatness within, among many other gems.

Jason runs 3 businesses and has made the life of his dreams come true. Jason has traveled the world and made the planet his playground. Honored to have him join us today.

You can follow his Facebook Page and Instagram to get the latest from this globetrotter, entrepreneur, and author.

 

Name: Jason Harrell author of “The Bartending Therapist”

Originally From: North Carolina, USA

Currently From: Los Angeles, CA 

Occupation: Entrepreneur

 

Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself.

Jason Harrell - I grew up in a small town in NC and graduated from Appalachian State.  I spent 7 years as a sports anchor before moving to LA.  In LA, I worked as a bartender and in the entertainment industry.  I soon moved into the world of poker playing as a professional for 7 years and traveling the world on various poker circuits.  After I retired I founded my own company that allowed me to travel the world even more while working from my phone.  Today, I have 3 companies.  They are in the vacation rental industry, a social media marketing agency, and a social media content and production company.  The combination of these 3 has allowed me to create the life I envisioned that takes me around the world and earns me a living doing things I enjoy.

 

IF - What’s the most fun you’ve ever had?

Jason - Everyday seems to be better than the next, but my top experiences would be swinging on the edge of the world in Ecuador, hiking Macchu Picchu, covering the Super Bowl, and every speaking engagement I have done across the globe.

 

IF - What’s the last movie you saw?

Jason - John Wick 2

 

IF - What’s the one activity or hobby you do all the time if money didn’t exist?

Jason - Well, I already have and still do them and make money from them.  Sports Broadcasting was the first, poker the second, and now social media influencing.

 

IF - What do you think about when you’re in the shower?

Jason - I'm usually mapping out my schedule and trying to come up with new ideas to grow my companies or start new ones

 

IF - What’s your biggest life goal?

Jason - I'm living it, live each day to the fullest and do what makes me happy

 

IF - Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:

1. Go to the Maldives

2. Speak in front of more than 10k people

3. Write another best seller

 

IF - You win two plane tickets to go anywhere in the world, where do you go and who do you take?

Jason - Right now, I think it would be Tibet and I would take someone that is into that type of trip

 

IF - What’s something almost no one knows about you?

Jason - I'm very humble and not that arrogant

 

IF - You’re stranded on an island and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package?

Jason The One Thing and The Four Agreements

 

IF - Describe your perfect day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep:

Jason - I'm so busy that I don’t have time to eat or sleep, jumping on planes to speak at different events and not knowing where I'm going til I am on the plane

 

IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?

Jason - Riding the swing on the edge of the world in Ecuador

 

IF - What food dish would you travel for?

Jason - Any Dessert

 

IF - Favorite travel accessory:

Jason - My cell phone

 

IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?

Jason - Gin and Juice by Snoop [Always a classic!]

 

IF - What was going on in your head when you chose your occupation?

Jason - How can I create the path that allows me to live the life I want

 

IF - You find a magic lamp, what are your first 2 wishes?

1. Find someone who needs a wish and give it to them

2. See above

 

IF - What’s something funny that you almost peed your pants?

Jason - People that can't parallel park 

 

IF - When traveling, what do you miss the most from home?

Jason - LA life, many times, coming home is the best part because I feel like I chose the perfect city for me to live in

 

IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Jason - Wolf. They are loving to those close to them, but can walk the path alone

 

IF - What is your favorite travel app?

Jason - Google

 

IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?

Jason - You are the writer of your life’s story and its written in pen, make it something you would want to read over and over

 

IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?

Jason - Travel alone at least once and really put yourself in an uncomfortable situation for example, a country where your cell phone doesn’t work and you cant speak the language. You will learn a lot about yourself

 

IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?

Jason - Ignorance, it’s the root of all our issues

International Insights: Charles from Salzburg, Austria

Photo taken in the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, located in Salzburg, Austria. 

Photo taken in the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, located in Salzburg, Austria. 

International Insights is a quick column asking others advice during our travels throughout the world.

Name: Charles M.

Originally From: Vocklabruck, Austria

Occupation: Musician

Increase Freedom (IF) - What's the most fun you've ever had? 

Charles - Everyday is very good for me. Every day. Whether it's rainy or sunny, winter or summer, spring and autumn. I like every day, no matter what.

IF - What's the biggest goal you have?

Charles - I must say this correct. When I begin, 24 years ago, I began to play music, on the street. It was the best moment for me, playing street music. You have no directive, and you are free, absolutely free. I play what I want, when I want. And if somebody give me coins, this is okay. When I play, I'm always looking, if I see Asian people, I play from the cinema "Sound of Music" or French, I play French music, I play Russian, Greece, Brazil,  and American music. Music is my highest joy. I'm happy with music.

IF - What's the best advice you would give to your younger self?

Charles - There are crazy people, not so friendly people and there are interesting people, there are young and old people, man and woman etc. Don't worry about these people, enjoy life yourself. These are the best times of my life.

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, located in Salzburg, Austria.

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, located in Salzburg, Austria.