John Lim is a 24-year-old entrepreneur and full-time remote worker. He founded his company, Ansel, with a mission to help positive-impact companies grow its brand through marketing and advertisement strategy. Prior to Ansel, John moved to South Korea to teach English and “figure things out.” From there, he applied to and was accepted to travel with Remote Year. From 2017-2018, John has been (and continues to be) a “digital nomad.” By the end of Summer 2018, he was able to pay off over $40,000 in college debt from Swarthmore College. John strives to show young entrepreneurs that it is more than possible to succeed professionally while traveling. Homebase right now is Europe, primarily Prague, and plans to continue exploring. Follow John on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/
Make sure I get to bed feeling like I had lived a full day.
Excitement. On Sunday, I travel to the UK to see some close friends I haven’t seen in a few years.
My mom was just traveling in Prague with me, but left a few hours ago. Really setting my intention on getting back into the zone after having such an amazing week exploring Europe with her.
Continuing to help positive impact brands change the world through my company Ansel.
On negative thoughts: when you’re going downhill, your first instinct may be to pump the brakes, don’t. It’s the speed that carries you back to the top of the next one.
My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)
My picture of the day is one of my mom in Vienna. I’ve been taking her on trips every few months or so over the past year. It’s my way of trying to repay her for everything that she sacrificed for me and my sisters. This was right after we got a chance to walk through the art history museum there.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
For me, this is something that changes often because I’m always traveling. What I’ll say about traveling is this: the cultural differences I’ve experienced escaping my bubble at home never fails to inspire new ideas while also helping me to relate and understand to other people better. I believe that to be my strongest asset as an entrepreneur and I don’t think that skillset gets emphasized enough.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
At the moment, my favorite breakfast meal is a three egg omelette with cheese and some sort of fatty meat with a black coffee.
I’d say my favorite restaurant right now is a Korean barbecue place in Prague. It’s called Yuniku and it’s a place that I frequently visit when I miss my culture’s food.
6:00 AM –I’m still asleep usually. I’ve never bought into the idea that you have to wake up early to be productive.
10:00 AM – at this point, I’m usually finishing up breakfast and lining up what I have to accomplish that day. Shortly after that, I check in with my team members and clients to make sure that we’re all pulling in the same direction that day.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
My favorite lunch is usually some sort of light salad with a bit of protein – either chicken or seafood. Food comas are a real thing and I noticed I lose a lot of motivation after having heavy lunches.
7:00 PM – At this point, I’m usually having dinner with a friend. Having a remote team can be lonely, so meeting with people and getting a chance to separate myself from work is really crucial for me to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
11:00 PM – Having been in the European time zone most recently, I will frequently have meetings scheduled for this time. If not, I’m listening to podcasts or watching some sort of show on Netflix. I recently just watched the newest black mirror interactive episode called Bandersnatch – definitely recommend if you’ve got 1.5 hours to kill.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I love black coffee with coconut oil in the mornings, if I have it too late it usually disturbs my sleep schedule. The coconut oil helps curb my appetite and the fats in it give me a bit of energy for the day. Besides that, I make sure to drink as much water as possible.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Definitely slack. It’s how I communicate with clients and team members.
I used to travel with 50 amazing people in my Remote Year program. We traveled to 12 countries in 12 months together. I love looking at their accounts; it makes me happy to see them doing well. (shameless plug; follow me @wheresjohngone to see some of my adventures around the world)
What should everyone try at least once?
Self-employment. It’s amazing to feel the true benefits of your passion and energy. It can Be nerve racking as well, but that’s also what makes the pay off that much sweeter. We spend most of our waking hours working, so we might as well be working on something we love.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I really enjoy wandering around new cities without using Yelp, Foursquare, Google Maps, etc. There’s something to be said about finding a place you love by chance.