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The Bite of Life

Stacey interviews Daniel Prince, who is known for his podcast Once BITten.
By Heidi van Heerden - Images by Jenny Paglinawan


Can you guess what his podcast is about?

Other than that, what sets Daniel apart from every other dad with four children?

Not only does he have a wonderful family, but he also wants to spend enough time with his family while living a self-sustaining life. So how does he get there?

The 4-Hour Workweek came to mind as suggested by a friend. Daniel also dreamt of escaping the corporate world at the ripe old age of 75, and had he not read this book four times, Daniel would not have led this fascinating life!

Since we’ve all dreamed of doing something similar to house swapping, Daniel Prince tried it and his geographical boundaries disappeared. He could house swap and therefore live for free all across the world.

Daniel avoided Facebook but settled for writing a blog about various things, for example, self-directed education and world schooling.

Through encouragement from friends, Daniel soon realized that he needed to write a book about his experiences. He thought if just one person read it, he could change one person’s life. Therefore it was appropriately named, Choose Life: The Tools, Tricks, and Hacks of Long-Term Family Travellers, Worldschoolers and Digital Nomads.

Daniel Prince is probably the first person ever to announce that a millennial may have a good idea by disrupting the system, and we wonder if this is caused by Daniel disrupting the system himself.

Another new term mentioned in this podcast is the act of trusting a child to learn the things that motivate and inspire them. It’s a “leap of faith,” as Daniel mentioned, and quite frankly, not many people can afford to do this.

The truths in this wonderful discussion are compliments to self-directed learning.

In this all-encompassing chat, Stacey and Daniel analyze the act of teaching the same book for the last 20 years and the detrimental effects on teachers and students.

Grades, tests, exams, cheating the system, and university degrees are required and, in some cases, not contributing to raising a successful entrepreneur. So what do we do?

The age-old question about being born an entrepreneur or being made into an entrepreneur is asked. Listen to this discussion to tell us the real answer. Pro-tip; there is no wrong one!

No great invention has ever taken flight by listening to the warnings of others, in fact, most great designs took flight while being scrutinized. It’s probably true that the tallest trees catch the most winds.

Lateral thinking and creativity are important, yet there is no room for it in the government’s workforce.

How can students develop a sense of direction if they are constantly being told what to do?

Our lives are about a lot more than doing what is expected of us from a social standpoint, and it will become so much more than the previous generation has ever dreamed about. If we are aware of this, should we not discover a path unique to us?

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