“Before you start, ask yourself: what is my purpose? Why do I want to follow this path? If your goals are clear, it does not matter how many obstacles you will have. You will keep going and overcome them because you have a real purpose. Another crucial part to success is having the right support and community around you. Trying to achieve success is extremely hard and there are a lot of sacrifices you have to make. Unfortunately most people just see the glamour of what you are doing and will not understand that although you are traveling to exotic places or surrounded by amazing people, you have to work hard to get where you are. Not everyone will understand this and you may lose a few friends along the way. This is why finding people who truly understand your struggles — the ups and downs — can be vital to your success.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Debbie Arcangeles, who is the founder and host of The Offbeat Life — a podcast where she helps individuals create freedom lifestyles and become location independent. She is an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and is an advocate of creating genuine relationships that can allow everyone to succeed and grow. Debbie started The Offbeat Life podcast in order to highlight the incredible individuals that she has met during her travels, and to inspire others to live their lives in their own terms. Since starting the podcast she has helped her audience transition into a life they truly love and has created a community where they can grow and thrive together.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
Hey everyone, my name is Debbie. I was born in the Philippines, so I know what it’s like to not always have access to the best things in life. But all of that changed when I was 8 years old and my family and I immigrated to the United States.
I was raised to understand that you should never take anything for granted. Like many immigrant families, stability was a priority. Stability in jobs, and lifestyle, was expected and going outside the norm was not encouraged.
But I’m a stubborn person. So of course I did not listen and made my passions my priority instead. And I have not regretted a single moment.
From an art teacher, photojournalist, promotional marketer, therapist for children with autism to now the host of The Offbeat Life podcast — I have tried it all.
There were some successes and even more failures, but I can honestly say — I have found my true purpose because I took the leap to follow my passions and interest in order to find what I am meant to do.
I initially started The Offbeat Life podcast because I wanted to have a freedom lifestyle and be location independent.
During my travels I’ve met so many people who are able to live these incredible lifestyles and I wanted to inspire myself and others to take the leap.
I didn’t really have any experience creating a podcast and am not a technical person, but I knew it was the right platform to spread my message. So, I contacted these fellow travelers and 90% said yes to being interviewed. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, I travel the world, talk to the most inspiring people, help others live their dreams and get paid to do it!
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you in the course of your career?
The most interesting thing that has happened to me during my career was when I finally saw that my show was impacting people’s lives.
I invited one of my listeners to lunch and she mentioned that listening to one specific episode helped her realize that her dreams were actually attainable.
She wanted to be a remote writer, so I introduced her to a past guest Meagan Drillinger whom she admired.
This meeting inspired the new Mentorship segment of my show and my listener has since taken the steps to become a writer.
It also allowed my guest and me to impact someone’s life- going beyond sharing an inspiring story to actively helping someone reach their full potential!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My main motivation before I even succeeded in creating The Offbeat Life podcast was to help other people live the life they truly want.
To this day, the highlight of my podcasting career has been the first time I received an email from a listener who told me that the podcast has helped her and her husband transition to a location independent lifestyle.
Knowing that what I do and what I am passionate about is helping other people is truly a blessing that I hope everyone can experience.
Every day I use my success and platform to inspire others and to connect them with people who can help them get to the next level.
If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
Having tried many different careers in my life, I have learned that having a purpose is crucial to success.
So before you start, ask yourself: what is my purpose? Why do I want to follow this path?
If your goals are clear, it does not matter how many obstacles you will have. You will keep going and overcome them because you have a real purpose.
Another crucial part to success is having the right support and community around you. Trying to achieve success is extremely hard and there are a lot of sacrifices you have to make.
Unfortunately most people just see the glamour of what you are doing and will not understand that although you are traveling to exotic places or surrounded by amazing people, you have to work hard to get where you are.
Not everyone will understand this and you may lose a few friends along the way. This is why finding people who truly understand your struggles — the ups and downs — can be vital to your success.
Is there a particular person that made a profound difference in your life to whom you are grateful? Can you share a story?
For me, it has not been one particular person, but a community of people who have helped me grow and succeed. Without the support of these individuals I would not be here talking to you.
From my life partner Aaron who constantly encourages me even when I wanted to give up — to the friends I have made through social media who are my constant support — especially Esther Julee and Jacob Fu of Local Adventurer who are both absolute geniuses and have taken me under their wings to help me grow, and Jennifer O’Brien, the founder of The Travel Women, who is such a positive light and energy even when the going gets tough.
Most importantly my podcast guests who were gracious enough to share their incredible journey and to my audience who have been inspiring me to continue to improve my content in order to create a more positive impact in other people’s lives.
I truly believe that the community I have created and am a part of has been the most crucial part of my success and I hope to serve them as much as they have served me.
So what are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I am extremely excited about creating a new segment on my show where I invite my listeners to be a part of an episode where they can be mentored by a past guest and myself.
Through this new segment, we are going beyond sharing success stories to actively helping my audience create the life they truly live.
My listeners will be asking the questions and my guest and I will be answering in order to help them get to the next level to achieve their dreams!
What are your “Top Five Ideas About How Influencers Can Monetize Their Brand”. (Please share a story or example for each.)
Here are my 5 tips on how to monetize your brand as an influencer
1) Create packages. Create packages that will allow you to create income from different sources. Offer your clients the option of marketing their products in a variety of your platforms– website, social media, podcast, email marketing etc.
2) Create Content beyond your platform. Offer quality content for brands that can be used in their own platform. For example: videos, images, articles for their website that does not appear in your network.
3) Be a consultant. Create a game plan for brands and small businesses that will allow them to grow and reach the right audience.
4) Become a mentor. There is nothing better than helping people achieve their dreams and to get paid while you are changing people’s lives is an added bonus.
5) Paid Guest Posts. As you grow, you will be receiving a lot of inquiries from people who want to be a part of your brand. A great and creative way to monetize this is to charge for guest posts on your website, videos, podcast etc. However, be careful of who you accept because at the end of the day, their message has to align with your brand.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂
Tim Ferriss. The 4-hour Workweek has been a beacon of hope for so many of us who always thought that an alternative lifestyle was impossible. To see him put them into words and to realize that it can be possible has been such a gift.
Originally published at medium.com