About Ben – The Founder of the Laptop Lifestyle

The last day that I worked for an employer was Friday, 17th October 2008. I remember walking into the office on the morning of our company wide redundancy and being told that we were no longer needed. That's it. Game over. Security... Gone. Monthly salary... Goodbye.

I had a choice that day. I could have easily got another job and continued on the route to my "Bright" future that accountancy offered.

Or I could try something different. I could try to make a full time living from the internet. I chose the latter and am so grateful that I did. Since that day I have never worked for an employer and have instead lived life on my terms and have been able to live and work the hours that I choose and from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.

I have been lucky enough to experience different cultures, spend more time with my loved ones and wake up when I want to wake up.

Some of my hobbies:

  • Fitness: Badminton, squash and home workouts
  • Exploring: Travelling and experiencing new things
  • Contributing: Helping people
  • Relaxing: Spending time with family, reading and watching tv

Some of my favourite things:

  • Food: Plant based diet, against animal cruelty and against climate change
  • Books: The Go Giver by Bob Burg, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  • Quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford
  • TV: Netflix, YouTube documentaries and self development
  • Events: I love running and attending events
  • Helping: The feeling you get when you know that you helped that person leave their job and follow their dreams to live a laptop lifestyle.

Some other things about me:

  • Coffee or Tea: Coffee with almond milk or occasionally ceylon tea with lemon 🙂
  • For Charity: Ran the London marathon for the disabled, cycled from London to Paris for Cancer Research and gave food parcels out to those less fortunate in London for Christmas for Tony Robbins Basket Brigade (picture above)
  • Random Advice: Eat healthy, exercise regularly, count your blessings and aim to have the genuine desire to help other people
  • People describe me as: Fun and friendly
  • My reason for being here: Growth and contribution. I love helping people and trying to make the world a better place. That's what we are here for, right? 🙂

Some places that I've been to

  • Seen and donated to slums in India
  • Visited around half of the states in the USA
  • Roadtripped around Australia
  • Was the barman on a slow boat into Laos
  • Eurorailed round Europe
  • Taught English in China
  • Went on Safari and Whale watched in Sri Lanka
  • Celebrated my 30th in Las Vegas!
  • Caribbean Cruised
  • Got kidnapped in Thailand
  • Learned about tragedy in Cambodia
  • Sang Karaoke very badly off the coast of Vietnam
  • Saw true poverty in Africa
  • Had an ice cold beer in Costa Rica
  • Saw a boat squeeze through the panama canal