Passive Airbnb turns 2 this week
Funny how time flies so quickly as you get older. I bought Passive Airbnb exactly 2 years ago.
I didn’t have a clue on blogging. No one read my blog for 6 months and I was on the verge of giving up.
And I’m glad I didn’t.
No one was constantly blogging about the process of starting a business on Airbnb. The people at the very top that are already making 6 or 7-figures wanted to keep it a secret.
The idea that you can start a profitable 6-figure business on Airbnb without owning a single property has given thousands of readers at Passive Airbnb a chance to experience true freedom.
And let’s take a minute to define what freedom means to everyone. And depending on your life stage, the word freedom is contextual to your environment.
For me, I started my Airbnb journey as a way to build a new identity. I didn’t think I had the courage to start something on my own…
I had a plan for life until I was fired from my last tech job. My plan was probably similar to yours.
Go to college, graduate, get a nice job, climb the corporate ladder, meet a nice girl, get married, have kids, get a mortgage, and retire at 65.
I don’t want to get too philosophical, but I always wondered if that was a different way of life.
You get one life and it’s just too sad to follow a plan that you inherited from your environment, culture, and family. And building an Airbnb business has allowed me to live a lifestyle that is based on my own terms.
I’ve been traveling for the last 4 months in Europe. I have the ability to get up and go to a different country if I’m not enjoying myself. That is my definition of the word freedom.
Today is special for me because Passive Airbnb turns 2 this week.
I get to share the journey that made Passive Airbnb what it is. And I’d like to share a few lessons that I’ve learned along the way.
Lesson #1: “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” — Jerzy Gregorek
Think about trying to learn a new language now vs. when you were 5 years old. Or trying to start exercising at 45 vs. 25.
In high school, I always had a little extra “weight.”
I was overweight because I chose to make the easy choices. And I finally realized I had to lose weight (hard choices) in college after breaking up with my girlfriend of 2 years.
And I regret not making that decision sooner because it would have been much easier to lose 10 than 20 pounds.
That’s why I always believe if you put in the hard work now, you’ll make life so much easier.
The reality is that you and I are both getting older, every day. The question is, what is your life going to look like in 3 or 5 years?
Are you making the hard choices, right now?
Lesson #2: Life is not a Disney movie and no one’s coming to save you.
I once overheard some teenage girls at a cafe say something like “A man is not a financial plan.”
I thought that was a great insight and especially true for me because my mother had always wanted me to marry into a “rich” or a“well-to-do” family (Asian mindsets).
When I finally realized that nobody was going to give you a “break” from the sky, some secret code to earn more money, or start a profitable Airbnb business, that’s when I had this deep realization: Oh shit…on one’s coming. It’s all up to me.
At first, it was scary.
Then it became comforting because, with each small win, I got more confident and knew I could earn more and more.
Lesson #3: Invest in yourself and ask for help.
I spent many stupid hours trying to do things on my own out of pure pride. I’ve always thought, “If he can do it, I can do it.”
The truth is, YES — you can definitely do it on your own. It’ll just take you a lot longer.
If I had asked someone for help earlier, then I could have saved hours, weeks, even months of research and mistakes.
Now, I have no shame in asking people for help or taking an e-course on the subject that I’m trying to learn more about.
I also realized that people WANT to help you if they can.
Quick question: when was the last time you invested in yourself? Asked for help? If the answer is never, then think about all the things you’re trying to do on your own.
Here’s the reaction of two groups of people when I launched Passive Airbnb Premium Course.
ORDINARY PEOPLE: “How will this help me? How do I know this will work for my exact situation? Can I really build a business on Airbnb?”
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE: “I’m going to invest in this course/book/coach because I know if I learn even one insight — just one — I’ll be able to apply it for the rest of my life.”
The most important lesson
The greatest accomplishment at Passive Airbnb is YOU.
So to celebrate PassiveAirbnb’s 2-year anniversary, I’m celebrating you! You are the reason why Passive Airbnb is successful.
I’m going to share 3 books that have been instrumental in my business, spiritual, and personal growth.
- The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho. It was this book that gave me the confidence that I needed to quit Corporate America and forge my own way.
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! This book shows me how important it is to stay curious. Because of curiosity, I was able to see my life as more of an experiment. The important lesson was that I gave myself permission to fail in any experiment.
- 4HR Work Week by Tim Ferriss. If I didn’t learn how to implement processes into my workflow, then I’d be running like a chicken with my head chopped off.