Joel is an extremely talented and successful logo designer and an immensely positive person. We have been following his work for quite a while and appreciating his retro-inspired mascot logo design projects and business advice shared on his social media.
He is not only a very business-oriented person to partner up with when you need unique graphic design, he is also living a one-of-a-kind lifestyle – living and running his business from a yacht, where he spends his time with his fiancé Eve and his little son Henry who stays in the school holidays.
The power of the Internet and social media allows him to work with people all around the world, while staying true to his principles and embracing the freedom he was always thriving for.
We want to dig deeper into his story and learn some interesting quirks about living at sea.
A little bit about Joel’s background from Joel himself:
“I am a person who grew up in a disadvantaged situation and I have used the principles I share in my upcoming video course, Remote Business Pro to turn that story around.
I acknowledge and support all individuals for their very real issues as I get that life serves up some doozies. However, I believe that in order to keep moving forward we all need to own our problems and navigate around them, no matter how unfair. I feel this largely needs to be done on our own, ofcourse reaching out for temporary help when things get too much is a great idea, we just need to keep the idea of standing on our own two feet as the ultimate goal.
I believe I have a unique point of view because on the surface, it would appear that I’ve had a pretty easy time of it. I am a white male, born in a first world country, I’m now even pretty well-off! The reality however is that my childhood was a place of zero stability. From generational poverty, verbal and other types of abuse, even other family members using illicit substances around me, I made poor initial choices once I became a young adult. The cause of those choices were essentially not knowing who was a positive influence and who wasn’t. As I began to mature I realized both my employment and relationship were extremely unhealthy. After trying all I could in both, I ended up without a job and divorced! Both of these happenings have the potential to rob anyone of progress in their life.
I do not say this to get sympathy, I am doing absolutely great in life inspite of a not so great start and some dumb choices on my part. My point is that no matter what is affecting you negatively, be it something somebody else has done to you or something you’ve bought on yourself, if you accept that only you have the responsibility to react productively to it, then you’ve halfway to overcoming it. The rest is using logic and being honest with yourself to see what you need to do to move forward and then doing exactly that.
I was careful how much I leaned on people. While other people are great support, the process of moving forward largely has to be done by yourself. We look at somebody trying to get off a drug as somebody who needs to consciously make better choices based on their own genuine will to change. While it’s an extreme example I feel it’s similar for people who want to escape normality or change the tide in their life. If you want to level up you have to accept responsibility. It’s my view you have to be committed to get there with a combination of a little help from others (if it’s there) but mostly your own strength. The trap is finding other people who share your problems (this is easy) and blending in with that group (way too easy). Those groups sympathize with the victim which is soothing short term but if it turns into a culture of ongoing celebration of victimhood it doesn’t help the individual move forward. The goal is that we all can shine as strong, diverse individuals.
The reward for the work involved in moving forward is that you’re left with a life that is a projection of your potential. I feel that is worth the effort.