Who exactly is Johnny Molloy? And what the heck is a Floridian Digital Nomad?
Well, sit back and relax because this post will tell you all about it. Yeah!
First off, let’s start with Johnny…
As you may have gathered, (judging from the above book image with his name on it that also includes a picture of him on it) Johnny Molloy writes books. But don’t be misled. He doesn’t just write books. He prolifically writes books. Over 60 at the last count.
Johnny Molloy specializes in the outdoor field guide niche and is a true outdoorsman, spending an average of 120 nights in the great outdoors per year. He camps, he paddles, he hikes, he writes.
And it’s that last thing–writing–which allows him to live life on his terms. He is self-employed and has been for a very long time.
I’ve come across his books a number of times while looking for material for this blog (and also for my personal curiosity and thirst for Florida knowledge) and happily he has written extensively about Florida! Just check out some of these titles! (For Johnny’s full catalogue, including the 11 books on Florida, check out his Amazon author page.)
The most memorable book for me was Hiking The Florida Trail: 1,100 Miles, 78 Days, Two Pairs of Boots and One Heck of an Adventure. Mostly because it’s a book about my decade long dream to thru-hike the Florida Trail. Goodness, what an adventure that would be!
I remember the whole time reading it I was thinking that it is absolutely amazing that a man in the prime of his life gets to go and hike for 78 days. No worrying about arbitrary office deadlines, no waiting in morning traffic, not being chronically short on sleep, being able to go out and enjoy life!
So that brought me to the question.
Can Johnny Molloy Teach You How To Be A Floridian Digital Nomad?
Well, for starters…What is a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is a person that does not have to rely on a 9-5 job. A digital nomad can live anywhere they like, when they like, with whom they like. Their office is anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. This is a movement that has been building up over the last decade or so when people realized that they can build their own online microbusinesses and fund their travels and lifestyle without needing a traditional job.
And a Floridian Digital Nomad is pretty much the same thing as a Digital Nomad, they just love Florida a whole bunch.
So, think about that. That means more time to do the things you love…like explore Florida, Disney, Busch Gardens, hiking, canoeing, beaching. Pretty awesome, right?
Well, you could say that Johnny Molloy was doing this before it was even a thing.
In the 1980s, while Johnny attended university in Tennessee, he began to explore the outdoor world. He went on camping trips, hiking trips, and fell in love with great outdoors. He would tell friends all about his adventures, until one day, a friend suggested he write a book…and, well, the rest is history.
He turned his love of exploring the outdoors into being able to support himself full time through the passive income generated from book sales. He can do what he loves and has been doing it for over 20 years. I suppose that’s what happens when you write 60 books. It creates a reliable income even if none of the books even come close to touching the New York Times bestseller list.
Now, I do not know Johnny Molloy nor have I ever met him. I cannot say if he has other means of supporting himself, but I suspect the bulk of his earnings come from his writings. But the takeaway lesson here, that the digital nomad community talks about a lot, is creating something that will continue to generate income for you even when you are not working, like writing 60 books.
I’m not saying books has to be your vehicle to freedom. It can be a blog, an online ecommerce business, freelancing. Regardless of what you choose, I suggest you pick up one of Johnny’s books to get a feel for how he did it.
In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy Johnny’s writings and continue my own journey to finding that elusive passive income so I can live my Florida dreams. I even wrote a book about Busch Gardens that I am quite proud about! It’s not quite 60 books, but it’s a start!
Until next time,
P.S. Johnny Molloy’s official website can be found here: http://johnnymolloy.com/