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How I Lost $100,000 Pursuing MY DREAM

  • Published on Nov 8, 2018
  • Learn how I started traveling full-time at 19:
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    8 months and 10 days ago I started working on the best business idea I had ever come up with my life. I called it Explorio and it was supposed to become a travel reviews platform that rewards its users for writing travel reviews thus allowing them to fund their travels indefinitely.
    As passionate as I was about Explorio, we faced some obstacles on the way that we couldn't resolve and eventually had to close down the project, netting me a loss of over $100,000 and making me the only person who lost money on this venture.
    Most people seem to be ashamed to talk about their failures, but I think it's a total waste. That's why I wanted to make this video and share the biggest professional failure of mine ever since launching my first company 9 years ago.
    Hope it will inspire you to never give up reaching your dreams.
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    Huge thanks to everyone who worked on Explorio. We would never have gone this far without these people.
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  • Jacob Laukaitis
    Jacob Laukaitis  6 months ago +185

    Guys, thank you very much for joining the Premiere. I posted quite a few stories on my Instagram from it (you can find them here:, but I was incredibly happy to see that eventually we had 500 people watching real-time. That is absolutely insane! Hope this video will inspire you to never give up reaching for your dreams and will help you remember that you can be absolutely anything you want to be. Love you to the moon and back, Exploriors ❤️

    • Nitin Kumar
      Nitin Kumar 5 months ago

      plan for a big trip to India *@jacob* (2/3 months minimum).. it will not be costly at all.. I'll show you over 500 different cultures bruh..

    • Lisa Siembida
      Lisa Siembida 6 months ago

      Keep going Jacob! Your on the right track and the passion shows.
      (You and I should talk)

    • yeast Ø
      yeast Ø 6 months ago

      It was such an amazing idea. You have already impacted my life in various ways. You definitely will accomplish your dream.
      Thank you : D

    • Local Gopnik
      Local Gopnik 6 months ago

      Hope you can get some money and explore more

    • Daniel Dąbrowski
      Daniel Dąbrowski 6 months ago +1

      1. Where can I buy this t-shirt? I truly believe in Your plan and i would like to support You! Plus I would love to be a part of exploroirs society!:) I will be happy to overpay a little!😉
      2. You should be the president of the World!😉

  • Shubham Kumar
    Shubham Kumar Day ago

    Matt demon is that you?

  • Alma Perocho
    Alma Perocho Day ago

    i think you're the friend of nas daily, he met in north korea.

  • T L
    T L 4 days ago

    wow this guy is smart!

  • OmazingE30
    OmazingE30 12 days ago

    I lost 1,000,000.00 being lazy.

  • Kawthar 1D
    Kawthar 1D 15 days ago

    Man I’m in love with u and ur personality and ur life

  • Tomas Av.
    Tomas Av. 23 days ago


  • Helen Womack
    Helen Womack 23 days ago

    You inspire me daily your have helped me change my 'woe is me' mentality and helped me to understand that little changes are significant. Thank you for being honest and pure you're so wonderful

  • Caleb Hazard
    Caleb Hazard 26 days ago

    This video really touches my heart. It was exactly what I needed today! Thank you!!!

  • cristian cornejo
    cristian cornejo Month ago

    nah dude.. thank you...

  • Iavor Kamenov
    Iavor Kamenov Month ago

    Massive L

  • Jeje.
    Jeje. Month ago

    I never travel to another country just because I'm poor. Life's not fair

  • Hopes Here
    Hopes Here Month ago


  • Pertiwi ZhrMalobulu

    How's Jakarta or Jabodetabek challenges in the next your life....

  • Claudia
    Claudia Month ago

    You have to Crawl, Walk, then RUN! If you trip....fall? Then get up, regroup, recalibrate, and try again.

  • Bitzares
    Bitzares Month ago


  • Niel John Andres
    Niel John Andres Month ago

    Hope you’d go back fo the Philippines. Let me know.

  • vlad11bg
    vlad11bg Month ago +1

    Man, you are such an inspiration and love your positivity. Keep up the good work and I am sure you will be very successful.

  • Soto Gremble
    Soto Gremble Month ago

    Well, when you look at what it costs to travel, per day with transportation, per person, plus platform cost plus profit = how much you have to gross per day. I really dont see how it could ever work. Just do what you with one adder: you need to get paid by the people who benefit from your videos. Hotels, car rentals, tourist bureaus, etc. But get in line because there are lots of people ahead of you, many of whom can quantify to the penny exactly how much revenue they generate for that client through their reservation/booking app. Most businesses are already using them. Why would they listen to you? Next time id start with focusing on what value you can bring to the clients, why they should deal with you, and NOT how you and your friends can travel for free. You started at the wrong end. People care about what you can do for them. That needs to be your focus. You must answer that question quickly and make them believe Im glad it was only 100k! Make 50 videos of Bulgaria or wherever and show people where to stay, wgere to eat, what to do and how to do it. All you need is a cut every time someone shows up and uses you as a reference. Go back yearly andd refresh your content. Sunny beach isnf as interesting in the winter, snowboarding af their resorts can only be in the winter. Or, focus on a sport or outdoor activity. Do only skj resorts, only surfing spots, only horse ranches. Its a full time job/career (rick steves) not something you get others to do for you . . . They have to poaid andd theres not enough to gok around. Just my opinion.

  • Brian Velez
    Brian Velez 2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, and I’m so happy that you came out okay from that tragic accident. 🙌🏼 You will go far and make a difference in this world. You have the drive and reach to achieve all. You are a true inspiration.

  • Brandy L
    Brandy L 2 months ago

    You have a incredible story and have lived one heck of a life. I hope to run across you on our travels someday. As a women with 2 left feet I'll buy you a beer for a few pointers that will help me not get laughed off the dance floor lol.

  • Aswïn Tramp
    Aswïn Tramp 2 months ago

    I would have funded you for exploreo if i had the money... ❤

  • The Anti-Hero
    The Anti-Hero 2 months ago

    wallah i love you man you made me inspired

    DARSHAN MECH 2 months ago +3


  • YusNur Channel
    YusNur Channel 2 months ago

    You are such an inspiration to everyone! Thank you😊😊👍🙏🙏
    1mil likes from me 👍👍👍👍

  • Frozis
    Frozis 2 months ago

    11:44 Neolife parker :D My moms gave it to me too

  • TM Adventures
    TM Adventures 2 months ago

    Your cool man, follow your dreams no matter what obstacles you may encounter 🙏🏼🇹🇭🇬🇧

  • Mladen Hristov
    Mladen Hristov 2 months ago

    You're amazing! Every your video i watched, I found that life is more and more interesting ang I should love it! Thanks for teaching me to love the life because it's one! Ilove travel ing, too and i want to visit different countries and explore different cultures! I love your passion about life and your experience in photography and cinematography! I love your style and your character! Thanks! ❤️

  • Симеон Михайлов

    I rarely comment anything on youtube (I'm a typical consumer), but the perspective of investing into lessons is absolutely matching my point of view. Great video, mate. The whole life is a series of lessons. But the most valuable are usually most expensive. Keep it up and it will happen!
    P.S. Great videos of Bulgaria you guys made :)

  • health suraksha
    health suraksha 2 months ago

    How positive you are

  • maryo jaintia
    maryo jaintia 2 months ago

    Thank you we got lots of inspiration n motivation from you God bless you always

  • rainie bxtch
    rainie bxtch 2 months ago

    I wish you can visit Philippines one day too 😊

  • just Bfree
    just Bfree 2 months ago

    You sound 120% just like those schemers on the American television taking fake pictures with yachts and Ferraris pretending to be rich and trying to convince everybody else they should listen to their advice, but their packages or seminars, and then all these people are dumb enough to give them their money and then that person actually does become rich and then they can fake it even more and then they just fool more and more people until eventually they are put in prison and will owe money the rest of their lives in lawsuits. RU-clip is becoming a hunting ground for schemers. These bs motivational speakers are a dime a dozen in the United States. Meanwhile they don't have a clue what they are doing other than focusing on figuring out how to get people to give them money.

  • Thư Phạm
    Thư Phạm 2 months ago

    Awesome lessons thank you bro

  • Jennifer MacKinnon
    Jennifer MacKinnon 2 months ago

    And obviously from the look of the parents' house there IS money. Most young people dont have that advantage. Well Ivanka Trump, I guess lol. Her hard work, studies, dedication got her a job in the WH.....Haha....see my point?

  • Jennifer MacKinnon
    Jennifer MacKinnon 2 months ago

    So where do you get all this money, to lose or invest? Rich family? Cuz you dont make it from RU-clip. These stories from RU-cliprs are always so vague where their money comes from.....and they give hope to ordinary people who think they can do something similar but in reality have no chance as they dont come from money.

  • human human
    human human 2 months ago

    Best wishes from India

  • Spiritual Entity
    Spiritual Entity 2 months ago

    You are a great inspiration for a kid like me seems like I've just started my life just 17yrs old right now
    Depressed,miserable,tired with everything that's going on in my life as I've never accomplished anything in my life so far just failures and that too took a toll on me and made me hopeless and depressed thanks Jacob I needed this !

  • Jonathan Abonce
    Jonathan Abonce 2 months ago

    Hello, Jacob name of the song at 6:30? It has such a chill vibe.

  • sarah maunder
    sarah maunder 2 months ago

    Incredible story and inspiring. Iv been stuck in a rut for longer than 5 years and since watching your videos iv been googling cheap flights, found something called workaway which you can have free accomodation and food in return for a few hours of work. Its amazed me because i want to travel and want to work with animals, i realised i can do that with workaway and im excited.
    Im amazed at how much money you managed to make too. Im 27 and iv never had over £1200 in the bank (and that money is without rent being taken out).
    Your videos are inspiring me to work hard, play hard, save hard and minimalise and most importantly trying to not lose hope.
    I just want to say thank you for that

  • Zac Jones
    Zac Jones 2 months ago +1

    How often are you compared to Jason Bourne?

  • 소덩사랑
    소덩사랑 3 months ago

    oh my god...

  • Best TV
    Best TV 3 months ago

    This is intresting..i'm from Malaysia. I'm glad that you're pursuing your dreams. Hopefully more success and happiness are with you along your passion.

  • elli neo
    elli neo 3 months ago

    You are incredible, amazing, awesome, outstanding person Jacob Laukaitis. You are inspiring me literally.

  • Eternity
    Eternity 3 months ago

    Dude i haven't ever had 100 000 dollars in my life and i still can live with that :-D

  • Karolina Jačunskaitė
    Karolina Jačunskaitė 3 months ago

    Tu įkvepiantis žmogus, linkiu neperdegti ir tikiu, kad tu vienas tų žmonių, kurie gali pakeisti pasaulį :)

  • Sabina
    Sabina 3 months ago

    Helping to make this world more emphatic is the REAL LIFE PURPOSE and THE PROPER THING TO DO!

  • Lakshmi Shajahan
    Lakshmi Shajahan 3 months ago

    You should visit Kerala! Most beautiful place in India!

  • Francisco Espinosa
    Francisco Espinosa 3 months ago

    Jacob, I have to say that I am amazed by you, you are truly inspiring, thank you!

  • Kris Orquiola
    Kris Orquiola 3 months ago

    I am an #explorior! Thanks Jacob!

  • rahfresh1
    rahfresh1 3 months ago

    Now it’s time to start your own family 🙌🏽🙌🏽

  • Luis Palma
    Luis Palma 4 months ago

    You made my cry!!!
    All the best mate!!!!!!

  • Eividas Sereikis
    Eividas Sereikis 4 months ago

    Hey Jakob!! Realy inspired story! I would like to support You through patreon platform. Is it possible?

  • Maria Pitsini
    Maria Pitsini 4 months ago

    i am a traveler in pause right now for my MA in the UK... but i know i want to keep traveling after this for sure... i admit today that one of my greatset weaknesses is my negativity towards challenges in life... when sth comes up i seem to get fucking scared and disapointed and hide in my shell... but at least i know what it is! at a moment like this your video about the accident came up and i finished a large part of the assignment i was trying to focus on. you made me smile, laugh about my cowardness and be grateful ! thank you! from my heart! i wsih you the best! thank you!!! love and respect, an explorior

  • Asangle Disong
    Asangle Disong 4 months ago

    Thank you so very much for sharing

  • Meiying Chen
    Meiying Chen 4 months ago

    You’re an explorior . So am I !

  • Robert DominicanRepublic

    Very resilient fella. Unfortunately, having lived and worked in 12 different countries
    on 4 different continents I can tell you, not all people in the world are the same and
    (although a very positive message on how to overcome life's adversities) please do not believe otherwise.

  • Patrick Kristinne
    Patrick Kristinne 4 months ago

    No matter what it is, failures is just a lesson. More important is, u learn how to deal with it, continue pursuing your dreams. #WEAREEXPLORIORS

  • akhil joy
    akhil joy 4 months ago

    If one door closes there will be 100 other doors will be open..#becurious #WeAreExploriors

  • samGCTV
    samGCTV 4 months ago

    What is the relationship between cryptocurrency and explorio??

  • Lilith Arabella
    Lilith Arabella 4 months ago

    i came to this channel for cool travel vlogs, and i have left with life lessons and courage in myself. i adore this, thankyou

  • Aftyn Watkins
    Aftyn Watkins 5 months ago

    Wow. This is intense. Really hit home. I have to do what I need to do to change the world.

  • arshpreet sall
    arshpreet sall 5 months ago

    This is the true courage you have!! so positive, so pure, you will grow more and conquer more in your life we all wish you the best to fulfill your dream as you inspire us, motivate us, get us back on track.....i appreciate you the most... thankyou for becoming a role model to me.

  • Agne L
    Agne L 5 months ago

    Very inspiring.. Saunuolis!

  • Klaudia Wiszowata
    Klaudia Wiszowata 5 months ago

    Very smart, thank you for your attitude. It will save this video for any worse day and share it with the ones who needs it. Very positive, I love it :)
    That is true, we are all the same people no matter what. It is good not to forget that.
    Light & love to you. All the best :)

  • Gayatri Deshpande
    Gayatri Deshpande 5 months ago


  • reima rusma
    reima rusma 5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing! You extremely got the silver lining!!!

  • Jason Walker
    Jason Walker 5 months ago

    Jacob is incredible. I love his work, vision, perspective and persistence.

  • Nishant Sachdev
    Nishant Sachdev 5 months ago

    Love from India Brother! You're a really positive soul! May you achieve multiples of the amount you lost

  • Super Gee
    Super Gee 5 months ago

    This made me cry. Thanks

  • Anna Bolshakova
    Anna Bolshakova 5 months ago

    Jacob what’s great. You inspire me

  • Ecko Lmtd
    Ecko Lmtd 5 months ago

    ty dude,
    "never give up for your dreams"

  • Suprab Rajbhandari
    Suprab Rajbhandari 5 months ago

    I love your positivity man. I wish to travel like you which is my passion

  • E K
    E K 5 months ago

    Am full of tears now.. Can't thank you enough really from the bottom of my heart ♥ you and from now on its becoming more.. From Bangladesh 🇧🇩

  • Bah Felishaa
    Bah Felishaa 5 months ago

    Omg you made me cry😭😭 keep inspiring Jacob😘❤

  • Mixster
    Mixster 5 months ago

    So mutch respect!! If you start selling your shirts im defently intrested!!

  • bruce wayne
    bruce wayne 5 months ago

    How do you got the money to travel after the huge loss?

    WWE RAW 5 months ago

    You are a fabulous speaker ..
    Really lagend person.

  • Arthur Kerr-Sheppard
    Arthur Kerr-Sheppard 5 months ago

    Well done, you have learnt and will continue to do so. I'm still learning at 68, as well as making mistakes along the way.

  • Travellers Relish
    Travellers Relish 6 months ago

    Wow, I can't begin to tell you how inspirational this is. It's deep within. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Out With John
    Out With John 6 months ago

    This is a great motivational speech, it would be nice if you could come and visit Croatia so I could give you a tour.

  • ED
    ED 6 months ago

    What country are you from

  • The Gaming Creeper
    The Gaming Creeper 6 months ago

    One day ,I will be a exploring like you.

  • Din Rubens
    Din Rubens 6 months ago

    I love you man

  • Ankur Kapila
    Ankur Kapila 6 months ago

    My site is let me know if i can be of any help

  • Ankur Kapila
    Ankur Kapila 6 months ago

    Its OK sweetheart

  • bhupi sayan
    bhupi sayan 6 months ago

    ......Keep the faith 🙏🙏🙏

  • Katie Johnson
    Katie Johnson 6 months ago

    I remember when you had the scooter accident. You r so lucky to be alive and I am so happy you are in our lives through video. I never knew what you were up to behind the scenes and now that I do I can not say how proud I am of you. You truly live your life with passion and you exemplify the no excuses way of life. Thanks for sharing. You have no idea how helpful this reminder is to myself and others. God Bless.

  • Izzati zatty
    Izzati zatty 6 months ago

    I just found out about your channel and man you really did inspire me in those videos, your reactions were so genuine and you're so humble. Your words touch my heart and thank you so much for the things you've done. I hope that you'll always be healthy and happy wherever you go :)

  • Shubham Vedpathak
    Shubham Vedpathak 6 months ago +3

    As I am currently 25 years old but I feel like those 25 years of my life are total waste, I feel I've completely let myself down for not being more courageous in my own decisions and always being scared of failure. Today I feel like I haven't achieved anything at all. I am not happy with my life. There are so many things that I wanted do with my life, so many places that I want see with my own eyes, so many things I want to experience and on the other hand time just running away with a blink of an eye, but I wanna say Thank You for making this video, it was very helpful, your videos have always helped. Thank You. I hope we meet one day and I get to travel with you one day.

    • sarah maunder
      sarah maunder 2 months ago

      I feel the same and im 27. Hopefully life will change!

  • Matti Lanoo
    Matti Lanoo 6 months ago

    wholesome dude, wholesome video

  • Super Malario
    Super Malario 6 months ago

    i got 900$ for the hole month.

  • Gabija Mic
    Gabija Mic 6 months ago

    Kaip močiutė man kažkada sakė:”Suklydau daug kartų, bet nepasidaviau, nes žinojau, kad suklysiu dar”

  • Lance Reef
    Lance Reef 6 months ago

    Omg Malaysia, my home country. I'm so proud!!!!

  • Rajdeep Chakraborty
    Rajdeep Chakraborty 6 months ago

    Great motivational experience and explanations.

    KOREA UTARA 6 months ago

    Standing Applause ....

  • Kranthi Kumar
    Kranthi Kumar 6 months ago

    Ur awesome bro... U have started for a great cause and certainly u will suceed

  • Calvin Warwick
    Calvin Warwick 6 months ago

    Hey, If you want to come to explore Africa, I'm cycling from South Africa through Botswana to Namibia next year June if you or anyone wants to join?

  • heri herwanto
    heri herwanto 6 months ago

    Best support for you brother :)

  • Nolan Picardo
    Nolan Picardo 6 months ago

    Stay safe Jacob! We love you!