29 minutes | Jul 2nd 2015

Surviving 20 Years on the Road

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Ric Shreves describes himself as the world's 'oldest digital nomad'. We couldn't possibly comment on the veracity of that claim but we can vouch for one thing – Ric knows a lot about living a life away from home. An American who left for Asia over 20 years ago, he's dabbled in a few careers since working in music and law back in the US. After leaving the world of law behind he moved online and built his first website in 1995 before starting to build sites professionally for others in the late nineties. He moved to Hong Kong to run his first web design company, Dots & Loops, before taking a job as Creative Director at an internet solutions provider in Bangkok after the dotcom crash. In 2003 he set up water&stone, a web development company. He's now a published author, he's lived in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, and he's also an instructor for TurnPoint's WordPress SiteBuilder and the Digital Masterclass courses. In this podcast you'll hear: How he runs his own agency from Asia The most important skillset for a digital nomad How living abroad affects your relationships with friends and family back home. I think this lifestyle suits people with confidence, common sense and a serious work ethic. If you're risk averse then you’re doomed. If you don’t have a work ethic you'll sit by the pool and not get any work done. Soft skills are crucial, if you lack the hard skills you can acquire them. Like TurnPoint Radio? Don’t miss out the next episode. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Stitcher Like this podcast? Sign up here for our biweekly dose of inspiration, articles and learning opportunities relating to the changing nature of work.
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