“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Managed to get hold of a friend of mine who’s a lifestyle entrepreneur and an avid traveller. He’ll share with us what it takes to create a lifestyle he has an the various challenges it encompasses. Just found out he was featured on TODAY papers about his travel adventures as well!
1) Hey Lucaz! Share with us who you are and what is it that you do for a living?
Hey Ranford! My background is about five years ago, I was a student who embarked on my entrepreneurial journey at twenty-four and became financially free at twenty-six when I graduated from University. I began to travel the world and live full-time.
Currently, I’m still expanding my business in a travel and lifestyle network marketing company.
2) Let’s call the pink elephant out of the room. You’re representing a MLM/Network Marketing Company. How did you get over the stigma of this business model and continue to do what you do?
Well, it wasn’t easy at first. A lot of people, especially my friends, advised me to get out of it. Some made fun of me, laughed at me and ridiculed me. I wanted to prove them wrong even though I didn’t really understand much about the industry back then.
After some time, I finally understood the concept of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)/Network Marketing and it’s brilliant! This is one of the most misunderstood industries in the world because we only hear negative stories and most of us were never educated about it.
It also took me awhile to finally embrace the fact that this industry is not for everyone. The reason is because everything we were taught in school for the first twenty years of our life since young; from primary school all the way to university, is the complete opposite of the education taught in Network Marketing.
I didn’t want the false façade of a beautiful life that was traditionally taught in school.
“Finish school, get your degree, get a good job, have a nice house, nice car, live happily ever after…”
Except most people miss out one thing; the fact that it’s a trap. You’ll have to keep working every month to pay the bills and mortgage, sacrificing your time and freedom to keep up with this façade of a “beautiful life”.
I continue to be passionate about Network Marketing because it educates us to pursue something that we all want, something we cannot put a price tag on – Freedom.
In order to achieve it, we are forced to help one another and pull each other up. This culture is different from the corporate world where politics and backstabbing is prevalent as one needs to move up the ladder.
This industry also forces us to grow as a person to pursue personal development. The journey towards becoming a better person, better leader, and better communicator is the ultimate reward in Network Marketing.
3) What are some of the obstacles you’ve faced when you first started and how did you manage to overcome them?
It was definitely rejections.
Being a student with no experience, credibility, a network, guidance and business knowledge was tough in the beginning.
However, I believe this shortfall served me well because I find myself listening more and was more willing to learn.
A lot of people come into this industry thinking they know how it should be done and talk more than they actually do. Having this disadvantage turned out to be an advantage for me in the end as I became a better listener and a keen learner.
4) What does it take to be a successful Network Marketer?
Most people come into this industry having the mindset of trying to sell or “convert people”. That’s why most of them fail.
The key to success in Network Marketing is focusing your time and effort to finding motivated individuals rather than to motivate or sell to people who are uninterested.
Another aspect is definitely leadership. Like what John C Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership”. A leader is someone who inspires others through their action instead of their words.
Development of personal and team leadership is very important as well.
5) Tell us more about your travel lifestyle!
I travel about ten times a year! Some highlights of my trips include travelling to the exotic Fiji islands, fulfilling my mother’s dream of going to the Niagara Falls and an adventure I never thought I would, hiking scenic Norway!
A peak life experience for me was to take my parents on a one hour helicopter ride, flying across a majestic natural wonder and land right into the middle of the Grand Canyon!
I use to have this fear of solo travel as I’m terrible with directions and tend to lose my stuff easily. Last year September, I decided to conquer it in the most drastic way possible, embarking on a remarkable travel journey, visiting the Seven Wonders of the World in one single trip!
6) You’re living the life many can only dream about. Share with us more on what it takes to create such a lifestyle?
You have to first prioritise on finding the right vehicle that has leverage, something that makes you money even while you are on vacation. I learned a long time ago that working hard will not make you successful. Working hard four hours every day digging holes and working hard four hours every day building a business is still the same four hours of hard work.
But the rewards we get from working hard digging holes is a backache. You have to work hard and work smart; spending your time, energy and effort to become good at something worth getting good at.
7) How do you handle naysayers and people who put you down?
If people were to discourage you or talk bad about you, there are only two things you can do. Prove them wrong, or prove they were right. How I’ll handle naysayers is that I’ll shine so bright that it’ll outshine all their negativity.
8) For aspiring travel and lifestyle entrepreneurs out there, what advice do you have for them?
Who you associate with is the most important tip people usually overlook. One of your top priorities should be to get rid of negative people in your life and work your way into hanging out with people who have the same goals as you. Work towards that and encourage one another.
Second, focus on things you can control such as personal growth. Business will go up and down. A lot of things are beyond your control. Keep your personal development progressive.
Lastly, keep in mind that the ultimate reward is the journey, not the destination.
Embrace all the ups and downs, struggles and the victories, the good and bad people you meet etc… Once you’ve reached your destination and achieved your goal, you’ll have your whole life to enjoy it. However, you can only enjoy the journey once. Love it, embrace it and have fun!
9) What are some of your travel plans for 2017 and what’s the main goal you intend to achieve this year?
I’m cutting down on travelling as I intend to put more time and focus more on helping people and my team achieve their goals of financial freedom so that we can have more friends join us when we travel! I’m also putting in more effort to build my social media presence. So less travel and more work this year!
10) In your own words, what does it mean to “Love the Life You Live and Live the Life You Love”?
Be grateful, be humble and live your life extraordinarily. Ignore the expectations people and society has on you.
Rejections. All of us face them. From this interview, Lucaz shared it’s how you manage it that matters.
Multi-level Marketing/Network Marketing is a very controversial business model. At the end of the day, you have to be clear on what some of the life goals you intend to achieve and work hard to attain them, disregarding what others have to say.
Jim Rohn said “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with”. Keep a close inner circle and progressive personal development path. I think this is what it takes to be successful in life.
Thanks Lucaz for sharing your knowledge and experience with us today. I wish you and your team success and I sure look forward to the day I can travel as extensively as you do 😀
You can follow Lucaz on his Instagram @lucazlee to check out his latest adventures.
All the best and have fun! 😀
Founder of Revo Group
Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Regional Marketing Director, and Regional Trainer
Lucaz is a determined and driven individual who believes in the constant pursuit of personal progress. He enjoys teaching and sharing his entrepreneurial journey; his experiences, mistakes, challenges and the lessons learned along the way to inspire and help others achieve success.
He’s also the founder of Revo Group, an organisation of entrepreneurs working together, helping people to travel more, live more and become more.
His mission is to inspire people to retire young, boldly pursue their inner greatness and live an extraordinary life.