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I had a great conversation with Tomas Laurinavicius, who is a Lithuanian designer, blogger, entrepreneur & digital nomad.   Also the Founder and editor-in-chief at Despreneur and co-author of Mobile Design Book, this 23 year old is gaining momentum fast!

He is a designer and entrepreneur from Lithuania, and founder of Despreneur, an online magazine, geared to help designers develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  And get this…he’s only 24 years old.

I’ll tell you what I was doing at 24 years old.  Graduating from college and struggling through shit pay at the bottom of the corporate ladder!  And this guy opted for the alternative route of educating himself, and playing in it adventurously.

What inspired me about Tomas is his resilience on not allowing his environment to dictate his future.  He wasn’t feeling very inspired in his town in Lithuania, so he found alternative ways to find mentors and discovery communities of people that can help him on his journey.  He is humble to learn, and always shares what he learns, which has now led him to create his ecourse on Udemy.


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Episode 13 | Special Guest Tomas Laurinavicius

In this episode:

  • Tomas’ entrance into the world of design as a teenager
  • Moving from a freelancer mindset to an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Positioning yourself around others you strive to be like, and learning everything you can from them
  • How to create a productive environment for yourself for productivity
  • Advice on starting a blog to share your unique message with the world

Memorable Podcast Snippets:

“I started to design my own lifestyle and started to believe more in this freedom and unconventional lifestyle, so I think from the very beginning, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. So, I started with blogging and then design, and writing. I started creating start-ups and most of them failed, so I sold some of them, and started writing a book.

And I really wanted to travel and I was basically trying to consume all the time, but also trying to create and I think this is where the distractions went away, because I didn’t have time for tv, getting out, or getting drunk every night.

So, keeping myself distracted with the right things, like creating consuming books and being around certain people that I wanted to become like, all influenced me to become a maker instead of a consumer.”



“I don’t believe that you are just born an entrepreneur, creative or talented. I just believe in consistent work and that showing up every day can bring you anywhere you want.”



“There has to be a transition. So you cannot just start, and you wake up one day and decide, holy shit, I’m going to be an entrepreneur today.

It’s scary, and basically it won’t happen right away, you’re going to fail more times than you know. I started freelancing and it helped me understand the big picture of the industry and what you need to do to earn money and to provide value.

The first thing is to help people and then if you help them and they see the value in your work, they give you money, so it’s as simple as that. But, it’s not for simple people.”


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Resources listed on the show:

Learn more and get in touch with Tomas:

Tomas’ articles on design and entrepreneurship on Medium

Tomas’ “How to Create an Ebook Launch” article

Despreneur website

Despreneur Facebook

Despreneur Twitter

Freelance Web Design Business Course (80% off)

Willpower book 

Mobile Design Book

Tomas’ Twitter

Tomas’ Instagram


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