WHO AM I?

About Josh Linnes

Make your own choices. Live the life you want. Change the world.

Those are some of the principles I live by and use to help me build a life I actually enjoy. But I haven’t always been true to them.
Back when I was in my early twenties, I traveled the world looking for the best places to surf. I flew to Samoa, Costa Rica, Indonesia, New Zealand and Hawaii.
I was living the dream life and I wanted to keep it that way.
One of the ways I did that was by starting to invest in land at a young age. I bought my first a small farm in Costa Rica in 1995 when I was eighteen.

I fell in love with country, the landscape and eventually built a house so I could fly down two or three times a year to surf.
During this time I managed to make money the good old fashioned way: buying and selling real estate. I became a professional real estate investor and my investments in the U.S. and Costa Rica subsidized my lifestyle…
And more than likely I would’ve done this for ever…if I hadn’t eventually met a girl who I fell in love with. That’s when things started to change.

Drinking the Corporate Kool-Aid

To be fair to her, it was me who was actually changing.
See, I loved this woman and wanted to marry her and start a family. But I had one small problem: I thought you can’t surf and travel and be a father and husband.
That means I had to change the way I lived my life. I had to buckle down, get serious about being a real estate investor and go corporate.

As you can probably guess, this didn’t work out too well.

For starters, I got it in my head that I had to build a multi-billion dollar company when a good desk job would’ve done the trick.

But I hated desk jobs.

Besides, I was pretty ambitious, and I wasn’t interested in creating anything small.
Soon I started doing land deals in New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama and Tennessee. I was traveling all the time.
I even quit surfing because I thought I had to invest all my time in my real estate businesses.

I was making good money and had access to some extraordinary investors and learned from great minds. In the eyes of the world, I was successful.
Unfortunately, it was the worst two years of my life. I hated the suit. I hated getting fat. And I hated not surfing.
See, I wasn’t being true to myself because I’d drunk the Corporate America Kool-Aid. I craved adventure and escape, but had pinned myself down because I felt like I needed to be like everyone around me.

Boy, was I wrong.

The Moment of Truth

In the meantime I was still going down to Costa Rica where I had my house. I would check on my investments, do a little surfing and exploring and when it came time to leave I cringed.
I didn’t want to leave. I belonged there.
The crashing waves. The hills covered in lush palm trees. The lifestyle. I wanted to enjoy that when I worked and when I didn’t work.
Sadly, you can’t do that in America.
At about this time I started working on the Boca Chica Island project, visiting Costa Rica several times in one year.

That’s when I made the best decision in my life.

 

I threw in the corporate towel, rounded up my family and made adventure a priority.

We drove down to Costa Rica live, then moved to Panama for two years, then moved back Nosara, Costa Rica where we now live, all the time crawling through Central America, exploring that beautiful region of our world.

In all I’ve been in Nosara since 2009, and have been loving life.
On any given day you can find me looking for investment property…crossing a deep Panamanian river in my partner Park’s truck…riding my motorcycle up a secluded stretch of coast…or motoring a boat towards a 400 acre tree-covered island where I have Island real estate project in Panama.
And here’s the kicker: I get to surf  most every morning.
It’s probably an exaggeration to say I would’ve died if I stayed in Corporate America—but it’s certainly close.
The change definitely saved my sanity.
Now I live the life I want and make my own choices. I wouldn’t want it any other way. In fact, I hope I’m doing this until the day I die, which brings me to my next point.

This Is Really All about You

Although I saved this for last, it’s definitely not the least important thing I wanted to say. See, you are actually the reason I am here today.
It’s investors and buyers like you who support what I am doing.
From joining me on investment projects to purchasing property that I sell…you have helped my business succeed so I can live and work the way I want to.
So thank you for supporting me. Thank you for helping me accomplish both my business and life goals. And my hope, through the Nosara Real Estate Blog, is to give something back to you.
Listen: there’s a good chance if you’re reading this that you think a little bit like me—you like the business of investing in land, but you also love adventure…
And you want more freedom, too.
Maybe you’re not getting that adventure and freedom you need and you’ve been looking for how you can—even if it means for just one day.
Well, if that sounds like you, and you’d like to learn more about the lifestyle that I’ve discovered, then I hope you’ll dive into the site, grab a few free books, and touch base with me soon!