Hack Your Life - Step by Step Guide to Unleashing a New You

A world explorer's secrets to designing, financing and surviving a life of rewarding travel, languages and relationships
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  • Lectures 121
  • Length 15 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Feeling stuck in life, and not knowing what to do next sucks. Especially if you are successful by society’s standards, but feel unfulfilled and unhappy on the inside.

If you yearn to travel the world, learn new languages, meet new people and go on amazing adventures, you have to learn how to set personally meaningful goals, and go after them with a laser like focus.

You need to learn how to plan your travel, manage your finances, deal with stress and anxiety when you put yourself in unusual situations, and do all this without going insane.

This course is your guide to accomplishing these personally meaningful goals, and not worry about what other people think. It took me 5 years in the school of hard knocks to learn all these lessons. But you don’t have to go through the same. I hope this course will help unleash a new you the moment you start applying the lessons I teach within.

What are the requirements?

  • A strong desire to start living a life that is meaningful to you
  • Dreams of traveling the world, learning new languages, and meeting new people
  • Discipline to follow through on the personally meaningful goals you will set for yourself

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Clarity on the top 3 goals to focus on and how to prioritize them
  • Step by step roadmap on how to break down these goals into achievable chunks
  • Financial planning and travel hacking to make the most of your travel budget
  • Rapid language learning hacks and the best resources available for it
  • Mindfulness practices and self care tips to deal with the stress of this new energetic lifestyle

What is the target audience?

  • People who feel overwhelmed, overworked, and not living up to their full potential
  • Aspiring world travelers and digital nomads
  • People who want to learn new languages (and not just for work)
  • People who want to live life on their own terms and not conform to society’s expectations

What are the requirements?

  • Dreams of where you want to go, what you want to do and who you want to be are helpful, but I will also help you develop these in the first few modules
  • No particular software, app, supplement or prior knowledge is assumed or required for this course.
  • No prior travel or language learning experience is assumed or required
  • You are not required to be interested in all areas of the course - you are completely free to hop around the sections to watch whatever speaks most to you in the order of your choice.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Captain your own life by understanding key mindset principles for leading a supercharged life… and putting them into practice
  • Travel the world for free or nearly free using time-tested travel hacking strategies
  • Speak languages in months instead of years by taking advantage of one key precept
  • Accomplish high productivity and achieve goals over the short- and long-term
  • Survive and thrive encounters with social bullies
  • Reduce the effects of stress, anxiety and strong emotions by employing mindfulness techniques
  • Imagine and give life to your personal roadmap to success

Who is the target audience?

  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to:
  • realize great accomplishments but can’t find the time, energy or money
  • access the secret mindset of successful people, but also actionable strategies for how to get there
  • GO places, SEE sights, and DO things you’ve only dreamed of up until now
  • You SHOULD NOT take this course if you are:
  • satisfied with your life the way it is and do not desire any changes
  • not ready to take advantage of the opportunity to grow into your full potential
  • not willing to put in the work to apply the concepts to your life. I can give you the map, but I can’t make you walk the road.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome and introduction to the course as a whole


A brief discussion of the major points that will be discussed in each module of the course


A description of how I went from always-overwhelmed and stressed and not sure what I wanted to laser-focused and (usually) calm and working toward my greatest and highest good.

Section 2: Knowing What You Want

A short video introduction to the first module


Here is your chance to introduce yourself to other students in the course and let me know how I can best help you reach your dreams and goals.


Introduction to the module as well as what a personal roadmap is and why you need one.


Shows the "creating a personal roadmap" document and describes it in detail in a line-by-line fashion.


My personal roadmap for 2015 - I go through it line by line to show you what an actual roadmap looks like after creation, and how I use it.

Bonus: Sam 's 2016 Roadmap
Bonus: Sam's 2017 Roadmap

Visualization exercise for what you want to get out of this course, what to do if you're not sure what you want, and an introduction to belly breathing


This exercise is intended to be interactive - follow along with the prompts and practice the foundational mindfulness skill of belly breathing


Figuring out what you love, and introduction to the muscle tension mindfulness exercise


Follow along with the prompts to practice the foundational mindfulness skill of muscle tension awareness


"What you Love" part 2, and an introduction to the "treasure hunt" mindfulness exercise


Follow along with the prompts to help make each day more meaningful


The importance of leaving some time in your day as unstructured, and how to best make use of it to rest and rejuvenate, and an introduction to the mindful date night


A description of the mindful date night - it might not be quite what you're thinking of


How to deal with the times when you have to do things you don't love, and an introduction to saying "NO"


I had to practice saying "NO" in the mirror numerous times... this is an example of that.


An introduction to foundational mindfulness practice of thought deflection and how to go about it


Follow along with the prompts to practice the foundational mindfulness skill of thought deflection


How to put the law of attraction to work for you and visualizing your ideal life


How to manage your finances in such a way as to make you happy


Follow along with the prompts to help determine what kinds of ways of spending money would make you happiest, and how to use that information


My actual 2014 budget explained in detail, as an example of how to keep a simple budget via spreadsheet


The wrap-up lecture of this module, also has the Action Guide attached for download and use

Section 3: Knowing What You're Good For

Short video welcome to the module


Introduction to the module and discussion of your uniqueness and how to capitalize on it


Introduction to the "voice of doom" that many of us carry around, telling us at length about all the things we can't possibly do/accomplish and how to shush that voice.


Follow along with the prompts to replace the "Voice of Doom" with a healthier response


Always do your best - and when you have done your best, don't judge yourself.


Adapt everything around you and in your life so that it makes the most sense to you, including this course and the information it contains


How to set yourself up for success when starting new projects, as well as a discussion of your ideal "challenge zone" and how to use it effectively.


Always leave a little extra time/energy for the problems or issues that will inevitably come up


Final lecture in this module, also includes the Action Guide as a download


I hope you are enjoying the course thus far, learning a ton, applying it to your life and seeing amazing results!

Section 4: Getting Stuff Done

Short video welcome to this first "nitty gritty" module of the course


General welcome to the module


A description and discussion of key elements of self-care, which underlies your ability to be productive


How to do the right things at the right times to be most productive throughout the day


A discussion of various time management concepts and tools, including the dry-erase board for to-do list, doing the big scary thing first, the pomodoro method, task batching, and a screenshare demonstrating how I manage time within gmail.


Demonstration of exactly how and why I use a dry-erase board for my to-do list


Demonstration of how I use the pomodoro method to achieve high productivity


How to structure and unstructure your days/times to stay at peak efficiency and still feel human at the end of the day


How to use (and not use) social media and smart phones related to productivity


I walk you through the 100% electronic method I use for personal organization, and also show you how I use google calendar


How to set yourself up for success when planning and executing big projects and achieving big goals


Key concepts for the long-term for avoiding burnout when practicing high productivity


Wrap-up lecture for the module, which includes the Action Guide for applying the concepts to your life to see results on your own terms

Section 5: Stress & Anxiety Management

Short video welcome to the module


Introduction to the module and concepts


How to figure out your stress type, and how to use that knowledge to respond in the most healthy way possible to stressors


The importance of laughing at yourself in maintaining psychological health, and how to practice it effectively


Keeping yourself in the "yellow zone" with respect to your challenges, where you are learning but not feeling overwhelmed or bored


How regular practice of gratitude, kindness and love can help you maintain your sanity and a more positive outlook on life


The importance of play and potential uses of unstructured time to keep yourself from getting too serious or down on yourself


Final lecture of this module, includes an Action Guide to allow you to apply the concepts to your life


A request for a favor now that you have made it almost halfway through the course and hopefully learned a ton of great material and applied it to your life

Section 6: Language Hacking

Short welcome video to the module


A description of language hacking and my focus when learning languages (communication/conversation)


The benefits of learning languages, and how much of a difference passion can make in your learning curve


The one key concept to apply to learn languages in months instead of years


An example of me early in my Chinese-learning, when I only knew two words/phrases, but used them constantly, all day long, to get better at the language and make interactions smoother


Despite all the sales pitches, there is no "best" program or method to learn a language. The real "best" way is whatever works for you, and it is much more important to get started than it is to pick the "right" method


I show various free resources that really can help you learn just about any language.


The key to making progress is showing up every single day, even if it's only for a few minutes


If you're bored when learning languages then you're doing something wrong. Boredom kills creativity and interest, and destroys your ability to learn.


One of the most powerful techniques for learning and memorizing vocabulary and other language concepts.


How I used the imaginative memory technique while studying Japanese Kanji (pictographs/logographs)


Language and culture are intertwined and are best learned in tandem to enrich your experience, make it more interesting and make it "stick" in your head.


The wrap-up lecture for this module contains the Action Guide to allow you to apply the material to your life and whatever language you are learning or planning to start learning.

Section 7: Emotion Hacking

Short video intro to the module


Intro to the module as well as a discussion of the foundational emotion-hacking concept I call "Mind the Gap"


How to manage fear


How to manage anger (with real life examples)


How to contain your worry into a manageable amount/state


Work honestly with your sadness


Come to grips with your inner cynic, and send him/her on a vacation


How to manage guilt that you lay on yourself, as well as that other people lay on you


How to leverage gratitude and self-love


Recognize and appreciate fleeting and lasting moments of hope & joy


Discussion of the importance of emotional health in your overall well-being


The final lecture in this module includes the Action Guide to allow you to apply the concepts to your life and reap the rewards

Section 8: Travel Hacking

Brief video welcome to the module


Description of travel hacking the perspectives it demands/provides/encourages


How to allow for and leverage flexibility in your travel plans to make sure you are experiencing what is most important to you and will bring you the most happiness


General recommendations for making the most of your travel, whether for 2 days or 2 years


Problems or concerns commonly experienced on the road, such as safety, homesickness and language barrier


Money and budgeting for travel, a word on making money while on the road and the app I use to keep a travel budget.


Foundational travel hacking concepts for scoring free and cheap travel


How to leverage the win-win-win of loyalty programs to score free and cheap travel

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Instructor Biography

I have lived in 8 countries over the last 5 years, and learned to speak 6 different languages. I am able to sustain this nomadic lifestyle through my location independent positions - one as a sales expert for a medical recruitment company, Trialfacts, and the other as a clinical professor for nurse practitioner students at Walden University.

I left my well paying, but energy-draining job as a nurse practitioner in the US to live this nomadic lifestyle, because it makes me happy. I may no longer be a nurse, but I am still a helper at heart. That is why I have created these Udemy courses.

If you dream of exploring the world, learning new languages, and meeting new people, I invite you to join one of my courses and take the first step toward making your dreams come true.

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