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About Johnny Ward

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Hey guys, I’m Johnny Ward, Generation Y, Irish guy who just knew that there was more to life than a 40+ hour work week, a bland social calendar and a 2 week break in the sun each year.  Now I work 10-20 hour weeks from my laptop anywhere on the planet, traveling through more than 100 countries across the globe, ticking things off my evergrowing bucket list faster than I can add them. I’m a huge advocate of lifestyle design, I’ve redesigned my lifestyle to allow me to follow my dreams, now I’m hoping I can help you follow yours…

MY BACKGROUND

I don’t come from a wealthy background, quite the opposite in fact. Born in Galway, I grew up in a single-mother-family in Northern Ireland. I lived in Ireland for 18 years, getting up to mischief along the way. Fled to England for 4 years of university to graduate with a degree in International Economics, which as a budding entrepreneur, I’d soon find redundant. I loved my childhood, but I always dreamt of the open road, so as soon as I was free, I was gone. That was 2006.

MY TRAVELS:

Having no wealthy benefactors, there was no way I could just ‘travel’ indefinitely. So I headed to the USA to work on a summer camp, then to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English. Another couple of years of budget backpacking left my travel fund depleted (read: gone), and with online business dreams rumbling around my brain, I headed to Australia to work and save. OneStep4Ward.com was born during those 12 months of lost hours spent in an office. Never again. I headed to Africa with a one-way ticket, and now more than 100 countries later I don’t need to ‘work’ for anyone anymore. I’m as free as I could have ever dreamt and I love it.

 

MY ETHOS:

If you’re not happy, a good salary isn’t progress, it’s financial prison. Life is meant to be lived, not sold to the highest bidder. Social conformity, the media, our education systems dictate that we should go to school, go to uni, go to a city, work in an office, save for a retirement that we’ll be too old to enjoy. Personally, I don’t want to do that. Not one bit. I wanna live now, today and you should want that too.

MY LIFE NOW:

I’d call myself a lifestyle designer. I run a number of websites, but I have no technical abilities at all (signing in and out of facebook can prove too stressful for me!). I outsource everything, I manage my staff from my laptop and I travel the world indefinitely. When I get too tired of traveling, I go back to my ‘home’ in Bangkok, Thailand where I have an apartment. Thailand’s in my heart, I love going back, throwing my dusty backpack on the floor and kicking back. Traveling’s got me know though, I’m lucky if I make it a month before wanderlust kicks in, and then I’m off again.

 

YOU GUYS:

If you’re reading this on your smart phone/laptop/ipad then you’re lucky than most people on the planet and you can live the life you want. Starting OneStep4Ward.com literally changed my life, so my advice? Start a blog, from there doors will open and before you know it you’ll be swimming with sharks, sky diving over volcanoes, jumping continents and hiring staff. It all depends on how much you want it. Signing up below is a good way to start:

Wanna travel the world indefinitely like me? Do something about it. Sign up here and learn more…

 

You don’t have to be rich, win the lottery or rob a bank. You can live the life you want to and you can start right now, and not wait for the retirement that may never come. Redesign your lifestyle, as I redesign mine and we can enjoy the ride together…

If you need to get in contact with me, feel free to email me on johnny ‘at’ onestep4ward ‘dot’ com

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~ If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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39 thoughts on “About Johnny Ward

  1. Nick @ Goats On The Road

    Hey Johnny,

    You’re the reason we started our travel blog 2.5 years ago and today, it’s completely sustaining our life of travel. Now we’re enjoying press trips, a steady income and a blog that we love to continue to build. After seeing your redesign, we even hired the same guy! (Scott’s awesome.)

    Anyway, I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time but never checked out this page, or at least, never read it right through. Very inspiring stuff. Love the way you worded everything here. You’re still an inspiration.

    Keep up the good work. I hope one day we can meet up somewhere on the road.

    Cheers,

    Nick.

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  2. Toby powell

    Hi Johnny,

    Sounds like you got it all figured out! What are you doing work wise that you can pull in a decent wage… I been a web designer for over 8 years and I’m still working on trying to make things happen! I live in BKK too, maybe when your back I can pick your brains over a pint?

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  3. Ivan Sedberry

    Thank you, I’ve just been searching for information approximately this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I have found out till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?

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  4. rati

    Hi….today i came acrosed ur web site..i liked ur web site…evn i want to start a blog lik dis…so if you could help me with following things den dat would be great:

    > how to start a blog

    ..which includes…from where can i get creative site designs…whom to contact…who vl help me to develop and structure my web site…

    > how much intitial money is require to start a interactive web side..where users can sign up and post there comments
    > how much mentainance/ hosting cost is requuired

    > please help me with the helpfull links
    > how to earn from my website

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  5. Lorna

    Wow, this is the most inspirational website I’ve come across… EVER! your lifestyle is what I want for myself, as I’m sure most people would! I did Cambodia this summer and actually just quit my job and (in 9 days) I’m going to travel across South America for almost 2 months, so I’m getting there :)

    watch this space for the next place I visit!

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  6. Barrie

    Hi – great site and posts. My travel blog has been going for the last 4 months or so while travelling through Africa. I’m happy with the content but I’m starting to think that the layout and design is a bit poor. Any tips or thoughts how to up my game? I’m not an HTML expert or anything…

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  7. Barrie

    Hi, great site and blogs posts. I’ve had travel my blog up and running for the last 4 months while travelling through Africa. I’m quite happy with the content but feel the design etc is basic. Any tips on how to revamp travel blogs relatively easily?

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  8. Alexandros Tsachouridis

    Hi dude,
    sitting in Bangladesh and going for the Sundarbans, soon. Waiting for the last permission. I think you know what can happen there… I mean, this country is one of the most intense countries that I ever traveled in my life!

    But the beauty is so obviously! It is good that you putting words to your thoughts. Many people just staying on their place, and they waiting to get picked up by some one… you and me knows that it will be not someone else, who will pick them up – to show them the world…

    It is always the inner drive and the own motivation.
    And it starts to grow, if you make the first steps…

    I did it 2011, so nice to met you – maybe our paths will cross one day.

    Alexandros
    http://www.bike4peace.eu

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  9. John Laing

    Mate, I’m a 46 year old guy who had a similar epiphany to yours back in 1991. Leaving Australia for the first time (from Darwin to Kupang in West Timor), I had the same kind of psychological orgasm as you. Now, twenty-something years later, I have manipulated my life to suit me (perhaps not as fully as you seem to have done, but certainly in a way that serves my desire for freedom AND financial security I guess). I gave up a career as a TV producer, went back to uni, and now teach English as a second language, not because I want to be a slave to the man, but because it affords me a fantastic lifestyle. I’ve volunteered too, been to almost every corner of the world, and live/love every minute of it. We are the masters of our own destinies. Master them. Good on you, mate. Johnny Laing.

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    1. Johnny Post author

      hey john, awesome mate! I loved Kupang, and it must have been even more remote 20 years ago! English teaching is a great way to redesign our lives, it gives us a level of freedom that normal jobs can never. Where are you based now?

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      1. John Laing

        I’m based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE at the moment. I’ve worked my way up the TESOL ladder, you might say. ;-)

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  10. Chris Kelly

    Johnny I couldn’t comment on your rants so I’m doing it here.

    They made me laugh out loud. You’ve got a knack for humorous writing, bravo sir.

    On flip flops: I’ve always gone for hiking style sandals, a bit grandaddy I know but sturdy mofos. So sturdy in fact when I was last in Beijing I tripped on the edge of said footwear and over a ridiculously high kerb. Instant duck egg on my ankle. Hopped onto the bus my friends and I were running for to be informed in a cheery tone that “this bus stops outside Beijing’s top bone hospital.” To which I replied “What a stroke of luck.”

    Good luck on your travels mate.

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    1. Johnny Post author

      Hmmm, odd about the comments but thanks for letting me know Chris! I feel your pain on the flipflop front bro, both figuratively and literally – i’m sporting many a scar due to similar mishaps!

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  11. Javier

    Happy for you, really, but I disagree on that everyone can do it just by wanting it, or daring to. A dream like this is banned for the majority of the world population indeed. To know English clearly facilitates the entire process. To have a bachelor degree also. To being born in certain countries is an advantage above others, for example in the case of the Working Holidays Visas, which are granted only for a few countries. Not to mention having family, kids, etc. About me, I’m one of VERY lucky ones also, but I think it is important to just make the point about is not THAT easy. In fact, it is easy only for the priviliged ones.

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    1. Johnny Post author

      true buddy, but i’m writing an english-speaking blog, so the assumption is that my readers can speak English :) If you can do that, then you can make money online, and therefore travel – it all depends on how much you want it.

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  12. Trueindian

    Really it’s simplification and clarification about yourself. I have never been seen before such kind of writing. I have realized at every word as well sentence. So also from me “Redesign your life” which is repeatedly you’ve told. Traveling is the only way to get out of depression. It’s very true that I am also a blogger. So I can understand your every pulse of mind. Thanks for sharing your views.

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  13. Mo

    I have the same dream since i was young.
    I’m going to thailand within a week first time on my own.
    If your in asia maybe we can meet and share stories

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  14. Adam

    What up Johnny!
    I left Ireland in 2009 and have been on the road since.. Love it, live your dream.

    Wish you all the best with your travels and keep up the good work with the website!

    Adam

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  15. wall-e

    Jesus…i never had the courage to do what you do, i could not have imagine living without monthly salary. Its always pleasure seing somebody manage to do what they like the most…you sure lucky one

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    1. Johnny Post author

      I understand it’s tough to give up a monthly salary, and for sure it was tough initially. But follow your passions and the money will follow, and I know make more in 2 months than I used to make in a year in Australia/England/Ireland. There’s a lot to be said for turning your back on making other ppl money!

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  16. andie

    much of thanks johnny for bringing a very enlighting words of encourage for a travel addict like me…

    it is very hard to achieve my dream to travel when I’m still stuck in 4 corners of being a corporate slave…

    dreams define our happiness!

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  17. chahu

    Johny i believe in one thing we are just a visitors of this planet so before i die i just need to see this beautiful planet . i really love u man

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