I am always looking for inspiration and often I find it in the most unlikely of places. Such was the case when I stumbled across Sam Priestley’s Arbing Blog a few evenings ago.
At first glance it seemed worth a visit based on the title alone, but I soon realised that the site is much more than just arbitrage… the articles are informative and the experiences he shares provide valuable insight into the subject of success and failure – more failure than success, but that’s the point really and it hit home how you have to at least try to succeed, despite the fear of failure holding you back.
What struck me most was the ‘down to earth’ nature of the man. Despite the huge failings and setbacks, he dared to try new things, start new businesses, and focus on the life and opportunity ahead of him, rather than on the past failings he had endured.
Scattered among the words of wisdom are real examples of things he’s tried. I particularly thought the post about his foray into a financial startup was fascinating, providing a real insight into the trials, tribulations and huge cost such a move encountered. After reading that post I was hooked! This is a blog I have bookmarked and will visit often.
There’s something for everyone. If you are into turning bookie free bets into profit, Sam’s done it! If you want to start a business on Amazon, Sam’s been there. If you want to become a table tennis expert in 12 months, Sam’s your man and you can read all about how he took the notion of becoming an expert and translated that into an Amazon business selling of all things… table tennis bats!
There’s another aspect of Sam’s blog that really appealed to me. He gives back! He provides grant funding for small businesses to help them get started. Some of the ventures he has financed are a bit bizarre, but such is the nature of the man that he is willing to take a risk on them and I personally like that attitude.
His blog makes something like 27k a year – not sure how exactly, but its notably that he’s done so well – though not completely surprising given the content is down to earth and would definitely appeal to a wide ranging audience.
Like I said, the blog is not so much about Arbing, more about the man himself and his experiences.
Another of his forays that intrigued me was his experience as a Digital Nomad, running his business from cafes while travelling extensively from country to country with his girlfriend (now his wife). The idea really appeals to me – and its something I would have love to have done given the opportunity. I think what struck me the most was that he sold 95% of everything he had, almost completely liquidated himself, and turned his experience as a Digital Nomad into an opportunity to experience the world while operating his businesses from afar. And of course, the venture provided another opportunity – to blog about his exploits and further build his visitor base. That’s impressive in my mind!
His latest ventures include starting a GIN business, and this again is another chapter in his life that I hope works out well for him.
I think by and large that the whole blog is a down-to-earth approach to blogging based on life experience. Despite the glaring grammatical errors and odd spelling mistake (which Sam readily admits to), this just adds additional character to the whole visit.
Sam Priestley I am a fan! I love what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and wish you all the best. Love the ‘gotta at least try’ attitude and if more people adopted this approach to life I am certain the world would definitely be a far better place.
Well worth a visit to Sam’s blog, and a bookmark!