Change of Scenery


I’m not about to share anything worthwhile. Tomorrow you’ll find out what I’ve been up to for the past year or so, I hope you join us for the webinar at noon. ExchangeDefender as a company has roughly another year of blueprint to execute and truth be told, it won’t need me for it. The business is very mature, not overly exposed to any particular product (we don’t make 90% of our money off one product with venture capital vultures circling our business like so many out there), the people that are in the VP roles have been here for at least 3 years (which is an eternity in the fast paced software business) and I trust just about all of them to run the core business lines and some have already been doing that for a while. I’m very proud of what we’ve built and where we are going and how many folks we’re going to help build their businesses. In a way, it’s the ultimate thanks for helping us build our business.

But this post is really more about me.

I have a billion different ideas on all the cool stuff to do next.

I also have a tremendous amount of resources and free time.

Unfortunately, none of it is easy. None of it will materially or significantly impact the bottom line, at least initially, which in general means I am not going to be very driven to do it. Not that I won’t be super excited about it – but if something blows up or if I find something else that can distract me for a few hours (“Hey Vlad, I have a guy who wants to get rid of his Ducati and I thought it would be cool to build a café racer”) I typically will. So if I stay in my Corse Rosa office at ExchangeDefender, I probably will not do the work at my fullest potential.

Ultimately, a lot of my ideas have a common theme/agenda but I need to draw them up and connect them and explain them in a really simple way (“We kill SPAM for a living”) type of a thing.

I need a change of scenery..

Here is where I ask for the free advice. Considering I typically offer free advice so help a brother out.


I’m considering going somewhere for a month and working in a bit of a mental vacuum ala Henry David Thoreau.. Except instead of going to some god forsaken cabin in the woods I want to be near a 4G network, Diet Coke and girls in thong bikinis. Mexico comes to mind but I don’t trust my entrepreneurial side not to start some sort of a drug distribution business with all of your credit cards and stolen identities.

Here is the problem / list of requirements:

1. I want to go somewhere relatively warm. Since it’s almost summer that won’t be hard to find.
2. I want a big city. Ideally, London.
3. The problem with going to UK or Australia is that we do huge amounts of business there and that would create an easy distraction.
4. I’d like something where I could bring my son along – so some sort of American school / camp for him to be around other kids would be great.
5. Considering Hawaii.. but it’s too far behind to stay in touch with the wifey.

Then there are logistical issues. I would need an Internet connection, not necessarily 4G, since I’ll be out for a month I’m sure I can find a place with an ethernet jack. I don’t want to be on the opposite side of the earth from my family.

If you’ve ever taken a break from your professional life of micromanaging your business to focus yourself on what you need to do next in your career… I would very much appreciate any advice or suggestions you may be willing to share.

7 Responses to Change of Scenery

  1. When my boy was 5 me and him went to the Greek Islands for 5 weeks – based on Kos but we explored many other of the hundreds of islands around there. It was tremendous, and I thoroughly recommend it.

  2. Jules says:

    Well, I have just been having a great time in Bahrain…
    4G connections here a plenty – an *amazing* race track…
    Plenty of cars to play with should you wish.

    I guess there is the whole eastern Arabia –
    There is Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia (Humm) UAE…

    Plenty of crazy things to see – and you might aswell get the biggest engine you can… Because you can burn petroleum here like there is no tomorrow…

    I have just had an amazing time here…
    (just sat on the plane waiting to leave :-(. )

    GP2 is here this weekend coming btw…

  3. Chas Barber says:

    Hawaii isn’t as far behind as you would think. The spirit of the Earth there beckons one to rise early. We lived on Oahu for almost two years, but for what you are describing you may find solace on any of the islands, or perhaps include a stay on all of them.

    We love it there, for sure. It has a very special soul feel that would certainly assist with life path blueprinting. There are some very spiritually connected Shaman there that I am sure you could learn from too if that was a route you were looking for.

    You should ask yourself how much of a difference in culture are you really looking for?

    Hawaii has quite a difference, but really it is a lot the same too. You won’t have to learn a new language either, but that could also be a fun element of a trip like this.

    Then there are the southern Americas….plenty of beautiful things there and closer in time zones. Unfortunately I have only been to Costa Rica myself, but it was super nice and I certainly enjoyed it.

    Would love to hear what you decide, so keep us posted! 🙂

  4. Vlad Mazek says:

    Whoa… So many emails and Facebook messages – amazing. Totally amazing.

    Thank you, very happy to live in a world with so many friends!


  5. Dennes says:

    “1. I want to go somewhere relatively warm. Since it’s almost summer that won’t be hard to find.
    2. I want a big city. Ideally, London.”

    Now that’s wat one would call a paradox..

  6. Vlad Mazek says:


    Did you see point #3? 🙂 And I think London gets plenty hot in the summer, doesn’t it?

  7. Herman Pool says:

    “Considering Hawaii.. but it’s too far behind to stay in touch with the wifey.”

    Take the wife. Problem solved. You have my e-mail to send paypal payments.

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