In 2008 Ian sold his "entire life" on eBay to tackle his bucket list of lifetime goals. He now helps other people achieve their own goals, while living as a full-time house sitter and co-publishing a digital online magazine dedicated to house sitting, travel and roaming incomes.
In 2013, Ian was invited by TEDx Vienna to talk to 900+ people about “Living an Unlimited Life". In the same year, he was featured, along with his partner Vanessa Anderson, on a UK documentary “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild". The program followed the couple's lives as they shared their remote island lifestyle in Panama with a few million people!
Ian's real life experience and inspirational story has made him somewhat infamous in the area of goals. His progress continues to be followed by the media and more recently he has been featured in educational study books. He is also a blogger for Richard Branson's Virgin website and other online magazines.
Ian and Vanessa are currently house sitting in Central America, where they have just launched the new digital magazine "House Sitting - The ultimate lifestyle magazine". This magazine is available on FREE subscription and can be viewed as a full responsive app on Android and Apple devices, or as a simple Flipbook version.
Ian and Vanessa are also developing their own information for people interested in lifestyle change and leading happier, more fulfilling lives. They continue to kick start people as they embark on their own life challenges and helps them to aspire to and achieve their own goals and lifestyle transformation.
So, what on earth would make someone decide to put their whole life up for sale… on eBay?
When Ian decided that it was time to leave the past behind and move on to the next chapter of his life, that is exactly what he did. The results were surprising, entertaining and challenging. However, the auction was only the beginning of the adventure.
What does someone do when they have sold their life? Well, just about anything they like really! Armed with a "bucket list" of 100 lifetime goals, and a self-imposed time frame of 100 weeks, Ian embarked on what could truly be described as the journey of a lifetime – a global adventure spanning six continents, two years, and almost every emotion.
Ian's first book, "A Life Sold", documents his compelling story and tells the roller-coaster ride of life, as experienced by one traveler who is simply looking for a new start. The film rights to his story have recently been purchased by Walt Disney Pictures.
Here's what some of Ian's previous students have said:
“I appreciate your reminder that we can start anew and create the life we want at just about any point along the way. It is inspiring to hear the stories of people like you who have found the drive to go after what you want and need in a bold and unexpected way."
Monica W, Laramie, Wyoming, USA
“I want you to know you have inspired me immensely to do whatever I need to do to see the world."
Dennis S, London, Ontario, Canada