Smart and Simple MattersAre you familiar with suitcase entrepreneurs?

Natalie Sisson is … because she's an original suitcase entrepreneur, and a super successful one at that.

I've seen Natalie's name across the Interwebs for a while, but it wasn't until her podcast with Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist that I started paying close attention.

And she's absolutely worth paying close attention to.

I caught up with Natalie via Skype at her co-working location in Berlin for this episode of Smart and Simple Matters. She's been globe-trotting, rocking and rolling in business, and spreading her vision to see people have freedom in all parts of life.

It was both a personal pleasure and a treat to talk to her about the things you care about. I'm not going to impress you with her credentials here as you can get that from the show and all around the web.

But Natalie can talk powerfully about just about any topic under the sun, so we covered a lot of ground. Here's a slice of her philosophy as we started to get into what building freedom in business and adventure in life looks like:

If I really look at my path and how far I've come in the last few years, it's all been when I got really clear on why I'm doing what I'm doing. Because up until then I was really [thinking], ‘Well, what the heck am I doing?' And once I got it down to what is my purpose, what impact do I want to leave… everything just became crystal clear.

Pay full attention for this one and get ready to dig in for a lively and insightful conversation.

What You'll Learn

Once you adjust to a little background noise – no big whoop and part of the ambiance – you'll appreciate a ton from Natalie.

In this episode you'll learn about:

  • What “Tall Poppy Syndrome” is and why Natalie is motivated by it.
  • How the “experiences over stuff” mindset uniquely evolves in a suitcase entrepreneur.
  • Why you should aim for residual income streams instead of passive income generation.
  • The stats behind the similarities between you, me, and everyone else.
  • Why competition is essential in life, business, and becoming a world-class Ultimate Frisbee player.
  • Who Natalie's favorite guru is (and why he helps her believe in something big).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:


  • [03:58] Natalie's background and her seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:43] The spark that lit Natalie's suitcase entrepreneur existence
  • [15:15] What passive residual income looks like in Natalie's business
  • [22:01] The various uses of Evernote and curating
  • [28:05] Natalie and I split hairs about how much people have in common
  • [30:36] “Why”
  • [35:38] What it's like to compete in sports, business, and life

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