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DE 008: The rockstar who lost everything and is making it back as a destination entrepreneur

DE 008: The rockstar who lost everything and is making it back as a destination entrepreneur

Sometimes, success does not equal happiness.  In this episode we explore what happens when the career and life you always thought you wanted, is something you realize is not for you.  Edmund Lowman’s story of being a guitarist in a wildly successful rock band, only to find out it was making him miserable, is a great example of this.  In the process of figuring out his life, Edmund lost all of his money and got fired from his first real job, but he is now making a big time comeback as a destination entrepreneur in Asia.

Edmund playing Guitar with Red Jump Suit Aparatus

Edmund playing guitar with the Red Jump Suit Apparatus


  • How to evaluate whether you are currently happy in your life
  • What Germany taught Edmund about business and discipline
  • Setting up a factory in China and getting your first clients
  • The importance of being able to communicate with your local team in their language
  • The value of making ‘to-do’ lists in increasing productivity and ensuring you aren’t blowing all of your time on Facebook
  • Where to get advice for starting a business in Thailand and China
  • Why the Chamber of Commerce in the country you are interested in starting a business is a good place to reach out to
  • The value that local business partners can provide you, particularly when there are local ownership restrictions.
  • How to select a trustworthy local partner
  • “Mai pen rai”, the Thai saying for ‘don’t worry about it’ and why this means you need patience
Playing at a club

Playing at a club

Edmund’s 5 tips for success:

1. Always do something you love.  Be brutally honest about cutting out aspects of your life that drag on your energy.

2. Make time for yourself to meditate or relax everyday so that you can reflect on the things that are important.

3. Evaluate who you have around you and whether they are a good influence.  Ask yourself if they are people who help you become a better person.

4. Have a plan and be persistent in executing that plan.  Expect that things will go wrong and know that it is darkest immediately before it is dawn.

5. Finally, fear is a choice.  Starting a business can be really scary, and if you succumb to the thoughts running through your head about all the things that could go wrong, you are going to be in big trouble. Ignore fear, and choose to be positive.  It will make a big difference.


Edmumd entertaining guests at his hostel in Krabi, Thailand

Edmund entertaining guests at his hostel in Krabi, Thailand



Click here to download the transcript for Destination Entrepreneurs Episode 8


  1. Hi Hugh, great interview you have here. I personally met Edmund in his coolest hostel last April this year because we are fans of TRJA and meeting him is an honor. This is one of the highlights in our honeymoon backpacking trip. Thanks for the tips Edmund!

  2. Great, Edmund’s life inspired me.
    I don’t know before that he have business in Thailand. wow !!

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