Since late 2009, Greg and Fiona teamed up to re-educate, re-skill and re-invent themselves as the Laptop Lifestyle Experts, having leveraged the internet to set up their own successful online business.
They built a lifestyle business so they could explore, have adventures and travel the world on their terms.
It’s this lifestyle which permits them the time to give back, change people’s lives, and to champion other corporate workers to question the status quo and open their eyes to the abundant opportunities that exist online.
In The Beginning . . .
Greg's parents dictated he should ‘get a trade', but the impressionable 17 year old wasn't keen to get his hands dirty, so started working life as a bank teller, then quickly moved into the world of shipping to extend his horizons. When the internet was “born” for public use in 1991 he developed a fascination for databases and information systems, after singlehandedly ‘wiping out' an entire shipping database. This ‘small mistake' prompted him to study computer programming at university when he was 29, which lead to web development roles in large corporations.
Straight out of school, Fiona escaped the shackles of a working class upbringing, having won a Government Scholarship to fund her study of Accountancy at University. At the time she (wrongly) believed numbers must be her strength following poor school report cards for English, writing, and creativity. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 at the age of 21, she married Greg, (her only boyfriend) the same year, and quickly learned to promote herself to land plum finance roles in New Zealand and London, England – travelling the world together in between times!
Travel Broadens The Mind
Like many Kiwi’s they “flew the coop” in 1990 – Greg had read too many National Geographic magazines and Fiona was inspired by the Bolivian pairing in a children’s card game, Old Maid – so the travel bug was born. Fast forward to today, having circled the world countless times and spent almost two years traveling together, they have a huge passion for exploring and discovery, crave pure adventure, and get a big kick out of experiencing other cultures.
But . . . the Scott’s world fell apart in 2009 at the end of a three month round-the-world sabbatical, which was reward for nine solid years of corporate dedication. One phone call, received in Bangkok, changed everything.
Fiona was laid off.
What' worse is: Greg had resigned his job to get three months off to travel together.
Their backs were against the wall.
But, every cloud has a silver lining.
Greg & Fiona quickly realised the wonderful opportunity that faced them – they had the breath taking chance to escape the corporate rat race – to quit the stress, long hours, commuting and working hard to make more money for the boss.
They realised that, before their sabbatical, they’d been so exhausted that just getting out of bed to enjoy weekends was problematic. They had little time or motivation to exercise and prepare proper meals, which led to weight gain, low self-esteem, and drinking too much. They’d been stuck in a stressful work situation, where it was tricky to distinguish the wood from the trees and accept it was impacting their health and happiness.
There Is A Way Forward
So they chose to combine their expertise, and leverage the internet to build a lifestyle business which would allow them to keep exploring, having adventures and loving life once again.
That decision was easy to make – making it happen and become reality wasn’t so easy.
Learning From The Young?
In 2010 they met Stuart Ross, a 29 year old digital entrepreneur, who was already making seven figures online so was able to share the proven formula that was working for him.
He took them under his wing and guided them through the mire of information in the world of affiliate marketing.
It was like being pulled out of quick sand – they learned to focus and started making progress and getting results straight away.
Follow One Course Until Successful – was the motto they embodied that year.
By 2011 they’d learned a lot, and had made many mistakes, but had developed a passion to give back by helping others. They felt they had a responsibility to help people like them to learn from their experiences and wanted to provide honest, expert guidance which anyone with no experience could follow. As a result they wrote Living A Laptop Lifestyle, which was published in early 2012.
“This amazing book shows you how to quickly tap into the technology at your fingertips, increase your income, simplify your life, and achieve all your goals.”
And their mentor, Stuart Ross said:
“Greg and Fiona Scott’s excellent book shares unique insights into their journey from being made redundant to making money online and living the laptop lifestyle: working with a laptop where they want, when they want, and how often they want. I would highly recommend it!”
It was a Finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and the 2013 International Book Awards in the category for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
In the process of making themselves unemployable, Greg and Fiona learned to manage their time carefully, to engineer having the much touted time freedom most people desire. They were talking about living a laptop lifestyle at an event Stuart organised in 2012, when they met Jay Kubassek. Jay is a self-made millionaire specialising in direct sales, but he also touts a unique and totally unconventional methodology for success, which the Scott’s adopted.
Sensing The Scott’s personal professional values were closely aligned, understanding their desire to give back, and knowing they had their time freedom sussed, Stuart and Jay sought them out to coach at the Gold Digital Marketing level in the newly launched Digital Experts Academy (DEA).
DEA is an entrepreneurship incubator that helps aspiring entrepreneurs round the world become financially self-sufficient in the new digital economy, by providing cutting edge training, solutions, and strategies in the areas of marketing, leadership and entrepreneurial skill-sets. Currently, the pre-requisite for enrolment in DEA is first applying for the Affiliate Marketing training offered by sister company, Six Figure Mentors http://sixfigurementors.co.uk. Greg and Fiona quickly realised SFM/DEA was the vehicle which would allow them to change lives on a broader scale than they ever imagined.
Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
They backed themselves to win sales competitions without ever having any sales training. They turned a catastrophe into a success by embracing their passion for travel and adventure to build a lifestyle business that supports it. Most importantly, they discovered an inner pleasure in giving back by making it their mission to open people’s eyes to the fact they don’t have to work in a 9-5 job for the rest of their lives.
Life is a big game – it's not about the experience it's how you REACT to the experience.
The Scott’s have provided funding to many philanthropic organizations including:
Peace One Day, Guide Dogs, Wildlife Trust London, Save The Kiwi, RSPCA, and Invisible Children.
Their most cherished experiences are:
- Having stamps from all seven continents stamped in their passports
- Driven an Aston Martin Vantage at 174 mph (277 kmph)
- Completed 2 Olympic bobsleigh runs – 1 in Lillehammer and 1 in St Mortiz
- Skied downhill at 88.2 kmph in Les Arcs, French Alpes
- Rescued by alpine helicopter in the Milford Track, New Zealand
- Seen an Aurora Australis in New Zealand and an Aurora Borealis in Canada
- First people in the world to cross the Antarctic Circle on 1st Jan 2008
- Glided in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, Tanzania
- Survived a charge by a Cape Buffalo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- White water rafted across the borders of Chile and Argentina
- Swum with piranha, anaconda and caiman in Peru
- Slept in the turret of a fort with a colony of bats, Kuchaman, Rajasthan
- Attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London
- Mushed a team of sled dogs for a week in the Yukon, Canada
When they’re not gallivanting around the world, Greg and Fiona love skiing, scuba diving, hiking, cycling, dining out and socializing with friends. When they are home, they live in central London, within easy reach of five main airports.