This past weekend I was on the DNX in Berlin – a conference by and for digital nomads. In addition to other bloggers I had a talk. The event was a great success. The participants were in a good mood, the feedback was positive. Then I went home and told for the second conference in October from. For I am full of doubts.
It began in March. Since I came back from South Africa, I feel little desire to travel. First, I hit me a couple of weeks in Berlin. Then I went to Leipzig and developed true home feelings. So much so that I even planning an article about my adopted home.
I enjoy the little things that are missing when traveling. Me to meet up with friends, to operate a team sport, and especially in-depth talks. Not only the leaching of chatter on the road.
For months, it is already clear that I would leave again in early June, to fly to the United States. I need to get out of my apartment and in July the World Domination Summit will take place in Portland instead – a conference that has already cost me $ advance 500th
I have to travel for the first time no real wish. Presumably, that will change as soon as I’m on the road. After all, it goes first to the beautiful San Francisco. But I had already rouse to book the flight.
The travel has lost its innocence for me. It no longer has much to do with what the ordinary tourists once or twice a year makes. Instead, I constantly haunted by the idea around in my head: What can I write? I get enough content for two articles a week? What can possibly be processed into an eBook? Even the thought of it much for me at the time.
And then came the DNX
With this history, I went on Saturday to DNX to Berlin. The first conference for digital nomads. For three years, where I held a lecture for the first time. It was the first place the second after graduation. It reveals itself in about that I had felt responsible mitzugeben the new German nomads something. My topic: digital products.
On this day, a lecture followed the next. The Who’s Who of the industry was on stage and encouraged the participants to live their dreams. I liked most lectures. Excellent I found the session by Conni (Planet Backpack). And Ben anti Uni did his job very well – he had the thankless task of the people in the evening at 19 clock wake again.
Each lecture was in itself really good. But overall I lacked substance. Ten hours inspiration and motivation – I do not need. For the target group of the event (entry level), it was perhaps the perfect place. The feedback on the event was very good. The people got what they wanted. Even late in the evening they were still as enthusiastic as in the morning at 9 clock.
In the days that followed, the industry seemed electrified. For Facebook, the event was celebrated. There is now a forum for digital nomads. This was followed by articles in which we went back to dreams, with titles such as Digital Nomads: I love you!
And I went home with a feeling of emptiness in me. What the more than 150 participants will want so much, I’ve been living for two years – and think it’s not quite as satisfying.
I want to tell anyone that he should live his dreams. I also want to say to anyone: “You can, too.” I know myself that this brings little encouragement. In conversations with friends I see every week at the time that inspiration can indeed shake up, but still leads to no concrete action. The first steps everyone must walk alone. Since I can not do anything, so I’d love that.
I can only help people who have already gone part of the way himself. Which I can give tips on how to blog better (hence my product Occupation: travel bloggers) how to sell eBooks (hence my lecture on digital products on the DNX), how to improve the ranking in search engines and more. Details.
If still feel inspired by my texts readers or friends, I take that with you. But I want to convince anyone. I am even not convinced.
As nice as this lifestyle is, I’m missing something. I notice especially when I’m at home. And no, it is not traveling, then I lack. Travel is only a pretext. I know what it hooked me. What I currently take the pleasure of digital nomadism. Only I do not want to write about it here (yet).
Can you doubt it?
The truth is: Every person questioned. There is no one who does not doubt. No matter how successful he is. Also, each of the ten digital nomads who were on Saturday on stage, has doubts. Maybe I did it more often than average, because I’m actually an introvert head man. Few admit it. Everyone hides behind its facade. This dishonesty in us humans takes me.
So yes, you may doubt.
A common advice is, not to be impressed by his doubts. Who always bends his doubts, never get something on the series. That was even part of my presentation. But one part that I had to cut for lack of time out.
But doubts have also something good. These are the phases in which I reflect and re-orienting myself. During this time, good lyrics, new ideas or just a new perspective on my life arise. What I liked even two months ago, today no longer has to be the ne plus ultra. Only when I doubting something, I can break out of my rut, the creeps in again. On closer consideration, I would even say that this phase me – so strenuous they are also – always the one to bring a little closer to who wants to be me.
Let’s see where my leads the current phase.