• EL095: The Stories that have shaped my life, with Julian Hosp


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    “My mom always told me that for very great things to come to you, you have to give and give and give and give and give.”– Julian Hosp

    Everything that has happened in Julian Hosp’s life has helped him to get to where he is today. Whether it was planting a peach tree at six years old, following his dreams and moving to the USA as a teenager, moving to Asia and overcoming the language barrier, or the long lasting effect that his strict basketball coach had on him. Julian has learned that there is always a way – proving this by his fulfilment of his dream to be financially free within 10 years – in only 5 years. In today’s show, Jacob chats to Julian about the events that have changed his life, gaining and using knowledge, and his book – ‘25 Stories I would tell my younger self’.


    “Knowing but not doing is the same as not knowing.”– Julian Hosp Play Podcast

    There are always going to be occasions which change your life, change the way you think and lessons that stay with you forever. Julian Hosp has used his past experiences to become financially free – just five years after setting himself the target of being able to live through his scalable businesses and not have to work any more.Today Julian chats to Jacob about the lessons taught to him by people in his life, why he wanted to move to the USA and about his book – ‘25 Stories I would tell my younger self’.

    If you prefer to watch the discussion in action, here is my recorded interview with Julian Hosp (please refresh your browser a few times if it isn’t loaded properly the first time):

    In this interview you’ll learn

    • 02’15” – Julian’s story and why he wanted to go to live in the USA
    • 06’30” – What Julian learned from moving to another country
    • 10’50” – What Julian’s mom taught him
    • 15’10” – What Julian learned from his basketball coach
    • 20’01” – Why Julian quite the US and moved back to Austria
    • 23’38” – How Julian trained his mind to study effectively
    • 27’90” – Julian’s career and how he has managed to stop work altogether
    • 30’02” – Julian’s favorite quote

     Written Podcast Transcription:

    Jacob:  Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick, the host of the Enchanting Lawyer podcast. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world who share their success stories with us and inspire us to do our job better.

    Actually today I’m — it’s almost 9:30 here in California and I’m recording this show with a very interesting and exciting entrepreneur. His name is Julian Hosp. He’s currently in Hong Kong.

    The interesting thing about Julian is that he actually … Today we’re going to talk about his life story and something very different than our previous episodes where we actually talk about some tangible business. Julian Hosp is an author, entrepreneur, and actually an amazing high-achiever.

    He was born in Austria. In his teens he played professional basketball in Austria and then went on to become a professional kite surfer, almost 10 years. And then he wrote his first book called Kite Surfing Tricktionary. He graduated from medical university. But after he saw the life in the medical field would be how it was, he decided to enter the business world instead. He decided the decision was one of the hardest one because his family, of course, didn’t make it easy for him to give up the medical profession.

    In 2012, Julian moved to Hong Kong together with his partner, Bettina, to expand his business ventures in Asia. Today, he’s not only a successful author, entrepreneur, but he’s become a sought after public speaker, coach, and social media strategist for individuals and companies. His life motto is there’s no work-life balance, it’s just hustle.

    He’s about to release a very, very interesting book 25 Stories I Would Tell My Younger Self and I’m very excited to have Julian here in the show. Julian, welcome. How are you doing today?

    Julian:  Hi Jacob. Hey, it’s a real pleasure to be on.

    Jacob:  Excellent! What time is it in Hong Kong right now?

    Julian:  Right now it’s perfect. It’s just lunchtime here. So, I know it’s evening there, here it’s lunchtime so it’s perfect time.

    Jacob:  I gave a little bit of intro for you. Like I said, you’re — a lot of our listeners are professionals. We go to work every day and we have kind of a routine. For me it’s very exciting to speak with you because you live the life of — well, many of us would like to do. You travel. We call people like you “the suitcase entrepreneurs.” Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your story?

    Again, you’re a professional. You used to be a doctor or trained to be a doctor, and you left everything and you started a very different path. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about all this and what made you do what you’re doing today?

    Julian:  Sure.

    Yeah, like you said in the intro, I grew up in Austria. I think like many entrepreneurs-to-be, I was always very stubborn, especially when I hit puberty. I was very strong-minded. Part of that was that I didn’t want to listen to anyone. I had this dream and idea that I always wanted to go to the US. I want to play basketball there and I wanted to do that.

    I think that was a very, very decisive time because when I was 15 I got ripped out of anything that I was familiar with. I suddenly had different friends, different family, had different school, had different parents because I had new host parents there. Had I known before I actually did that, how difficult that little time that was, I probably wouldn’t have done it but I did it. I think it prepared me for a lot of changes and dramatic changes later on in life.

    That kind laid the ground stone for why afterwards I had such really fierce changes in my life path. From doing medicine, being a professional surfer, suddenly quitting all that and starting your own business. I think the ground stone was laid in the US.

    To read the complete transcript from this podcast, click here.

    Show Notes


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