Derek Loudermilk is a Professional Adventurer, World Record Holder and has the badge of honor for being fired from nearly every 9 to 5 job he’s had. The realization that he was a bad employee motivated him to pursue a digital nomad life that required minimalist living while traveling the world and figuring out a way to make money around his areas of expertise.
Derek has a very diverse set of skills. He earned a Masters Degree in Microbiology and while completing his degree he discovered a virus in the boiling acid hot springs of Yellowstone National Park that may represent one of the most ancient forms of life. In basic terms, he discovered a new species.
“Be comfortable with the uncomfortable.”
He’s also raced bicycles professionally while living in Spain and he’s a constant world traveler. His newest area of expertise is also being a new Dad with a 5 month old but this addition to the family isn’t slowing down his pursuit of traveling and adventure.
Derek has figured out how to build his profession and income around his unique set of skills that has enabled him to be an entrepreneur exploring his passionate pursuits, build his online companies and continue to be a Professional Adventurer.
In this episode we discuss…
Getting fired from his first job in less than 5 weeks.
Him visiting 27 different countries and living in Indonesia, Australia, Spain and Croatia.
His quest to live in every continent for longer than 3 months.
Replacing jobs with artificial intelligence.
The impact of reading The 4 Hour Work Week.
Write the book ‘Conductors: Orchestrate the Next Big Thing’ that was picked up by a major publisher.
Coaching professional athletes.
The joy of nerding out and going deep into running with Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run.
Interviewing another Professional Adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite with Expedition 1000 to go on 25 trips of 1000 miles using non-motorized transportation.
Living on the cheap to have a long runway to try new businesses.
Setting a world record for climbing Bali’s 3 highest peaks in less than 15 hours.
Twitter and Instagram: @DerekLoudermilk
Derek’s book ‘Conductors: Orchestrate the Next Big Thing’
Thank you to Kelli Law for introducing us over Twitter @Kelli_J_Law
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