Patrick Farrell founder of Creative Collisions Group, grew up in Virginia and attended Virginia Tech where he earned a B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering.
Shortly after graduation, Patrick took a chance and moved to New York City, which was one of the best decisions he ever made. While living in New York, he spent 5 years working for an amazing startup which taught him many of the software skills that helped launch him into his current career today.
Although Patrick loved his job, once hearing about the location independent lifestyle he decided it was something he needed to try. So in May of 2016 Patrick quit his job, flew to Cartagena, Colombia and boarded the Nomad Cruise — fully embracing the location independent life. It is here that Patrick learned how to make videos, improve his photography skills, and grow his social media presence, which have collectively contributed to the creation and success of his company, Creative Collisions Group.
What are you working on right now?
A software program called Nomatyk Media Manager.
What is your current desktop wallpaper? and why?
A drone photo I took in early 2017 of the Cabo San Lucas coastline. I like to use my own photography and artwork and also it reminds me of warmer times while it is freezing in NYC.
What is one thing you do to get motivated?
Watch YouTube videos by other amazingly inspirational people.
What made you smile today?
Talking to a friend about coming to work for my company, possibly as my first official employee!
What is something you think everyone should try at least once in their life?
Living in NYC for at least a year and photography
What is one skill or hobby you’ve been meaning to learn but haven’t had time for?
Editing in Adobe Premiere and After Effects.
What’s your favorite part about coworking?
List 3 simple things in life that make you really happy:
What is the best thing that you have done, just because you were told you can’t?
Quit my job and travel around the world
If you had the opportunity to spend a week or month in another country to be your office of the week/month, where would you go?
I’ve already done this multiple times over the past year. I did Bali, Mexico, Hungary, and Croatia last year. I’d love to check out Hawaii this year and explore more of Asia.
What is the biggest item on your bucket list at the moment?
Building Creative Collisions Group
As a Digital Nomad/Entrepreneur, if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
A camera, a friend, and a tree. I’m a ginger after all, have to stay out of the sun!
What was your first job? Has it shaped where you are today?
A lifeguard. It shaped me because I realize that I didn’t get paid much, but I loved that job. I loved hanging out with my friends who were also my co-workers and I had a purpose, to keep people safe.
Any advice for your previous boss?
Focus more on people