Jan van der Aa is originally from the
Netherlands and has been working location independently since his
graduation from college in 2012. His work has allowed him to live
on 4 different continents and to visit over 85
countries. Besides his native Dutch, Jan also speaks English,
Mandarin, German, French, Portuguese, Cantonese and Spanish. This
allowed him to help found Language Boost, a language learning
method which helps learners get to an intermediate quickly.
In this episode we talk about how he started his language
translation company and how simply being bold allowed him to get
together this group of people to translate documents. He then talks
about what he learned by learning his own languages and
finally realizing that he himself is a good language
learner. From this he explains how he put together his startup as
well as the struggles behind it.
Can travel be more than just a fun thing to do? Could it also provide some benefit and learning experiences later in life? I have always thought this and this is why I have relentlessly travelled the world and now have been to over 80 countries. I have always thought that I was planting the seeds of wisdom while in faraway lands. Through experiences with foreign people, cultures, concepts, and ways of doing things I learned much more than anything I could've done while at home. I interview amazing guests, bestselling authors, scientists, successful business people, dating experts, travel junkies, polyglots (people who speak more than 3 languages), and anybody who I think is interesting for the growth of our listeners and I as people. I think by doing this we can plant the seeds of wisdom which will ultimately lead to our success in career, business, money, relationships, self-worth, and generally being a more well-rounded person. But it requires you to be active making this happen. What do you think?