Glen was only 18 years old when he decided to change EVERYTHING around by leaving everything, everyone and moving to South Africa, he constantly inspiring people from his way of life through his Blog.
Glen is also an internet marketing pro with background in social media marketing.
On his Blog he says..
My message is here to inspire, but it is also based on being realistic. My own journey has showed me what is possible in this planet and I’m not going to let others hold me back from being who I want to be, and living the life I want to live. You can do exactly the same, and I would love it if you join me on the journey…
Hi Glen, It’s great to have you here on YHP
Give us some background information about yourself? What do you do?
Sure! I'm 20 years old and currently living in England. My passions revolve around travel and internet marketing so I have structured the last few years of my life to allow me to do both. I make a substantial income from the internet while working from home, and I'm about to embark on a journey that will take me through most of the countries in Europe and beyond.
My internet income is divided between my blogs (I have one on Personal Development and one on Internet Marketing) and my affiliate websites which means that I get a commission for promoting the products and services of other companies. It took me around 3 years to get to the stage I'm at now, but the hard work has definitely been worth it.
Glen, firstly, let’s talk about you leaving your friend, family and everything behind, I mean you travelled all the way to south Africa to start afresh, you were only 18, why south Africa? Where you were scared or just too excited? How did you decide you were going to drop it all and travel?
The only reason I 'chose' South Africa was because I was offered a very lucrative job there. At 18, I was making a name for myself as a Social Media expert and through my blog on the topic, a company in Cape Town noticed what I was up to. They offered me the position of Social Media Manager for some of the biggest companies in the world and it was an opportunity too big to miss.
When I researched the country, the only thing I could find were thousands of people telling me how dangerous it was. How they watched people get car jacked and mugged regularly so I was definitely a little scared of the place before arriving. At first I turned the job offer down because I thought it was a bit extreme to leave the UK and move to Africa, especially when I still had a year in college.
After thinking about it some more, and discussing the idea with family, I realised that college was not going to take me where I want to go and this was the best opportunity available to me at the time.
Describe/outline your typical day?
To be honest, I don't have a 'typical' day. I don't set an alarm so can wake up anywhere from 8am until noon, and my daily tasks always vary. Sometimes I might be working on a large project such as an eBook. Some days I might be writing articles for my websites or guest posts for others and some days I might even be working on building new sites.
Today, for example, I wrote four articles, responded to about 30 emails and 50 comments on my websites, and then checked my website stats. All tasks probably took up about 5 hours of my time but I could work 1-2 hours per day to get everything I need done in a week.
So, what is your main source of income?
My main source of income is my online properties, divided by blogging and affiliate marketing as mentioned earlier. If I launch a product on one of my blogs then they definitely bring in the most income for the month, but in terms of passive income, my affiliate sites definitely conquer there.
What has been your most valuable experience after leaving home to travel?
I think my most valuable lesson would be that you should always follow your passions, whatever they are. Every single time in life when I've followed exactly what I wanted to do and felt was right, things have gone my way. It has been a winning formula so far, so I'm not going to change that now. People get too caught up in trying to find their passion or their life purpose instead of looking at their current situation, seeing what the best option is, and giving it everything you can.
It's far better to walk down a path that will lead you down different directions, than not walking down a path at all.
Why did you decide to start up a site?
My first website was setup just because I was amazed that you could put things on the internet. This was 5 years ago and having your own website was definitely not as common back then. Since then, a common theme throughout all of my sites has been to help people in one form or another. I set-up marketing blogs to help people drive traffic to their websites; a DJ tutorial site to help people improve their mixing skills and finally a personal development website which helps people to transform their lives.
I run websites because I can help people, do what I love, and make money at the same time.
Do you have any plans of starting up a business or expanding Pluginid?
I recently relaunched my marketing blog, ViperChill, which I started way back in 2006 so that is taking up quite a bit of my time. I have also invested thousands of dollars in a unique games website with my business partner, Dirk. We're still waiting on the games (which are being built from scratch) to be completed before we started a large viral marketing campaign to help get that off the ground.
I'm going to be travelling a lot for the next 6 months so I won't be doing anything too drastic, but will continue to work hard on a few projects.
If you could invite three people living or dead to lunch, who would it be and why?
Great question, and I'm sure my answer to this will change regularly. Based on that, all I can share is who I would take to dinner right now.
The first person I would take with me would be Dean Martin. I have worked with Dean online for over 4 years and we've never actually met each other. We've both been through the ups and downs of financial struggles and now we're both getting our lives back on track and really thriving. He is a genuinely awesome dude with big dreams, and I know we would have a lot to talk about.
The second person would have to be Seth Godin. I watch every single video of this guy that I can find because his messages are just so much more relevant than what anyone else is saying. I watch interviewers give him very tough questions but he simply gives brilliant, actionable answers time and time again. I definitely think he could help with my business direction.
The final person I would love to eat with is Maxwell Maltz. He was a plastic surgeon in the 60's and is the author of my favourite book, Psycho Cybernetics. He shared so many tips in that book which have shaped my life today that I would love to sit down and thank him for it. Amazingly, every single one of his ideas back then are still relevant to this day so I would love to know what else he has to share. He passed away in 1975 so it would be especially great to spend time with him.
What would you do if there was no internet?
Cry! Well, I would cry if I had had it for as long as I have now and it disappeared. If I never knew about it, I'm pretty sure I would be a programmer or doing something else in IT. I definitely have a geeky side.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? I mean you did travel to another country by yourself to start afresh, i’m sure they were days you felt you made the wrong decision.
There was a day in South Africa where I had to deal with someone who I honestly thought was going to stab me. Telling anyone else or going to the police would have put them in danger, so I did what I had to do. I remember crying for a while and thinking "what am I doing here?" I also messaged a lot of my family that day to tell them how much I loved them just in case.
Thankfully, things turned out nothing like I expected that day but it definitely changed my perspective on things.
What’s your biggest distraction?
The exact thing that pays my bills, the internet. Thankfully, now that I have a Mac I use a handy tool called Self Control which blocks out websites I choose. Once I get started on something I'm fine, but getting started is the hard part with so many interesting things out there online.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I don't see myself anywhere specific, but I certainly know I won't be in the UK. Ideally I would like to be in a city where the 'connections' in the marketing world also hang out, which will probably take me to the states. I want to spend my days working from coffee shops and nights socialising with friends and family. I have no doubt that I will be a millionaire within the next two years, but I have no dreams to drive a flash car or live in a mansion. I want to help my family live the lives they want to live and support people in developing worlds through the income I can create.
What would you say to anyone looking to take risks or start up a business?
If it (the risk) interests you more than anything else in your life right now, do it. No matter what happens, it will open up doors for you that you never knew existed. As for starting a business, don't quit your job and jump right in as some people might recommend.
Instead, use all the spare hours you can each day to get things going. There's a huge time window from 7pm until midnight every single day that you can utilise to your advantage. If you think that's too difficult, then running a business is probably not for you. Once things start taking off, then you transition away from your full-time job or other commitments.
If you could start over again, what would you do differently and why?
I know this is boring and cliché, but absolutely nothing. If I did things differently, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I love where I am today.
Thank you very much for thinking of me to do an interview. I hope you and your audience enjoy my answers.