My name is Troy Erstling. If I had to describe myself in three words it would be energetic, enthusiastic, and curious. Over the last 10 years I’ve lived in Argentina, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Brazil, and Mexico and scratched another 10+ countries off the list along the way. I started off as an English teacher in South Korea, then volunteered in India, then got a job with a startup, then started my own recruitment startup to help people find jobs abroad, automated it, then started to do sales consulting, coaching, writing, and doing whatever else my little heart desires.
Now, I’m sharing my journey and the lessons learned along the way for anyone interested 🙂
Timeline for context:
- 1989: Born in New Jersey
- 89-07: Normal suburban Jewish childhood
- 2007: Went to the University of Arizona
- 2010: Studied Abroad in Argentina
- 2011: Graduated from University of Arizona
- 2012: Moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English to 7 year old kindergarten students
- 2013: Moved to Bangalore, India for the IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise
- 2014: Started working with ZoomCar India as a Social Media and Community Manager
- 2015: Started BrainGain – a recruitment agency helping people work abroad
- 2016: Moved to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to scale BrainGain
- 2017: Move to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – BrainGain fails to scale due to tech issues – I moved on.
- 2017: I start writing. A lot. I document over 300 pages of the story of BrainGain.
- 2018: Started Sales Consulting and Coaching Businesses, begin publishing articles.
- Present day: Over 200 articles published, top Writer on Medium in Advice and Mental Health…and we’re just getting started 🙂 Splitting my time between the US and Brazil and wherever life takes me in between!
Other curious tidbits about me:
New Years 2015 I completed my first 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat. Since then I’ve been meditating on a daily basis and completed 4 more 10-day meditation retreats. A lot of what I write about comes from my insights off the cushion – trying to apply the lessons of meditation into my daily life.
Next – as any good introspective philosopher and psychonaut would do, I came into contact with plant medicines – Specifically Psilocybin mushrooms and Ayahuasca (DMT). This only further crystalized many of my learnings and insights from meditation, and have led to some of the most visceral and profound experiences of my life. While I don’t directly mention it, many of my articles are insights that were crystalized during an Ayahuasca experience.
I’m also an avid reader and I’ve read nearly every self-help and self improvement/personal development book out there. Again, many of the lessons I write about come directly from here. Books are the greatest teacher of all, and I’ve made it a habit over the last few years to read at least one book every month. I’ve also recently fallen in love with fiction. You can see what I’ve dabbled with on my Goodreads.
My passion when it comes to movement? The slackline. The sport where you tie a line in between two trees and walk across it while balancing. I’m slowly working my way up to highlines as well (in-between mountains!). While I don’t write much about it (yet), the slackline is an important part of the way I operate my mind and get into flow.
I love to get creative. I love to express myself in whatever way that I can. I love to be the weirdest version of myself and see how that expands my comfort zone.
My personal idols? Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Sacha Baron Cohen. Seth Macfarlane. Adam Sandler. Bruce Lee. Dhalai Lama. Alan Watts. The creatives and the philosophers.
If you’ve made it this far all I can say is thanks for reading, and I appreciate every reader that I receive. I write a lot about simple truths of life, insights of meditation you can apply off the cushion, how to be happier, more productive, and a little goofier along the way 🙂
Enjoy the articles here, may they provide you value on your journey of introspection and love!
Questions, thoughts? Feel free to email me and reach out directly!