Troy Erstling is the founder of Brain Gain which helps
young professionals find employment and internships with
startups in emerging economies. What started as a
group led to questions flying in from all over the world.
Questions like “How did you find a job in India?”, “How are you
working for a start-up?”, “I hate my job and I want to travel, what
should I do?!”. Seeing that there was a significant demand of
people just like himself who want to travel and work abroad, he was
inspired to start this service.
In this episode we first talk about how amazing and
serendipitous travel and living abroad can be. While talking to a
friend at a cafe in Bangalore India, another local friend overhears
them and hires them for sound recordings for cartoons in India.
Then we talk about how he made his way from the US to teaching
English in Korea when he noticed it was difficult to transition
into a new career. He then applied for an internship in India and
saw the value in this. So he has put together a company which helps
young talented professionals get internships in the developing
world. Although the pay may look lower, based on the local costs,
it could actually give a better quality of life. Also, the
responsibilities given can be much higher, essentially giving you
the experience of someone 10 years your senior. I wish this had
existed when I was young and I would highly recommend anyone
looking to start their career to look into this.
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?