When you go away for at least 60 days, incredible insights start to happen.

This 8-minute video from Aracaju, Brazil, in January 2018. 

I’m tossing four challenges at you.

  1. Read a good book every two weeks,
  2. Get up slightly earlier than necessary. 
  3. Get away from your country of origin. 
  4. Travel somewhere for an extended period (at least two months).

I’m still here in Brazil. If you’ve been following me lately, you can see that I have been posting a whole bunch of spontaneous videos, and this is one of my journal entries, and I just got a piece of insight today that I’d like to share with you via video.

When you go away for at least 60 days, incredible insights start to happen. Get away from social media, from the TV, from your own culture, when you start hanging out in a different country. — Dan Trepanier

This month I’m here pretty much on my own. My partner comes and delivers a little bit of food for me. And nobody around speaks a word of English, so I have nobody to talk to. I swim in the pool. I get up at five in the morning, and I go swimming in the ocean and walk for five miles.

I come back, and it’s still only seven o’clock in the morning. And then I’ve got some reading to do. I’m on my fourth book, and I feel guilty like I should be working, I should be doing something else. But I realize that when I’m reading these books, I’m working on myself. 

I’m working on my own personal and professional development, even though I think I’m pretty good in that area.

You never stop learning, you never stop growing, you never stop living, you never stop loving, you never stop challenging yourself. And as I read these books, I use Kindle, and I madly create notes.

I can’t wait to get back to Toronto to start fleshing out those books.

In addition to encouraging people to get up at five in the morning and do a particular routine, I am going to be starting a book club. Not an Oprah type.

I’m reading a book right now in essentialism; that’s pretty amazing. I’m going to start a book called The Shift, by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I’ve already read it once before, but I want to reread it.

Reading books, prolifically, is incredibly powerful. I’m talking about professional development, self-help type books. Not necessarily novels. Although if you want to read stories, then go for it.

I encourage you to read books. I encourage you to write in your journal often. I encourage you to develop the habit of getting up at five a.m.

I encourage you to get away from your country of origin and go travel somewhere for an extended period (at least two months). 

Figure out a way to do it where it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. In this particular case, I’m quite fortunate in that I can stay at my partner’s parents’ beach house. I have to pay for some things, but it’s not like I’m staying in a fancy hotel somewhere.

I decided the other day that I was going to do this every year. This year I’m away for two months. Next year I want to be away for four months. Two months here, two months somewhere else. I’m thinking of either Thailand or Costa Rica.

The only caveat is that I do need to have a degree of high-speed internet that’s pretty reliable because I do need to stay connected. I need to also continue working and producing videos.

This time around here, I’m not serving a whole lot of clients. It’s more about me and my personal development and enjoying Brazilian culture, so on and so forth.

The next time I’m here, I’m going to be working in a way where I’m doing webinars for people and with people.

And I’m even contemplating a way to bring a group of people here to Brazil. Can you imagine if 10, 15 of us came here and rented this space for three weeks, a month, and did some work? How powerful would that be?

I know I have a 30′ sailboat in Toronto and have decided to host clients on that boat. It’s a creative space where we go through a self-awareness and skill development process. That means focusing my practice a little bit more on Toronto during summer months while inviting you and other people to come and experience, being on a sailboat as a metaphor for charting a course for yourself in your life.

Getting away and being in that creative space and challenging yourself, and so forth. There’s a whole philosophy behind that approach that’s pretty powerful.

And so this video is a journal entry. I’m sharing my thoughts with you. It’s a free-flowing new format that I think it’s powerful. And in sharing, I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.

I encourage you to grab your phone, if that’s what you use, and start producing a video with your hopes, your dreams, your aspirations, and your challenges and post them somewhere publicly.

For me, this video journal entry is an enormous challenge, because I’m going to post on Facebook, and thousands of people will watch. I don’t say that out of ego like, oh, look at me, thousands of people will see this. I suppose it to mean that by posting it and making it public, you’ve now gotta follow through with it.

Everything I’ve just told you can’t be bullshit. I now have to do it. And so that holds me accountable. So if I say to you that I’m getting up at five o’clock in the morning, I have to follow through.

If I say that next year I’m going to be gone for four months, working, earning money, serving clients, doing things in two different tropical climates, I’ve got to do it. Now, I might change my mind and decide to stay here for four months. But four months it is!

I’m done with cold, nasty-ass winters in Toronto. More power to you who live in Toronto. My Brazil experience has been life-altering for me in terms of my first year of really getting away for more than a week from a cold Toronto climate. I love Toronto, I genuinely love Toronto, but I can’t stand cold weather. Can’t stand it.

….my ramble….

Love you guys. Send me a message. Keep in touch.

Dan Trepanier

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