Esther Jacobs is often called the ‘No excuses lady’ because she turns any obstacle into a stepping stone. At the start of this century, she was The Netherlands ‘ first digital nomad, long before this lifestyle became popular, even before the world was digital. She has visited more than 100 countries and hasn’t stayed in one place for more than 4 weeks in the past 15 years.
Esther has never worked for a boss and has set up many successful projects as an entrepreneur. She has given more than 1000 keynote presentations and two TEDx speeches, has raised €16 million for charities, is the author of more than 30 books, and has been interviewed by the international media 500 times.
Having been knighted by the Dutch Queen, to everybody’s surprise just a few years later her home country The Netherlands ‘fired’ her for traveling too much. Since then Esther has been advising governments, digital nomads, and other organizations on how to adapt ‘the system’ to the location independent lifestyle that is becoming more and more common. She recently purchased a plot of olive orchard with an old Trullo house in Puglia, South Italy and now produces her own olive oil.