1,670,000 Frequent Flyer Miles

Late last fall, I was in need of a new source of Frequent Flyer Miles. I used to earn at least 200,000 miles a year from small business spending, but as I transitioned to full-time writing, the regular addition of miles fell to a couple of thousand a month.

A couple thousand miles a month adds up to a free domestic ticket every year, but most of the Awards tickets I use require redemptions of 90,000 miles or more, so that doesn't help much.

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Video Update: Expectations Management and the Worst Hotel in All of Guyana

Hey guys,

Greetings from Georgetown, Guyana - the launch point for the second part of my trip.

For the past couple of days I've been staying in what TripAdvisor calls the worst hotel in all of Guyana. Is it really that bad? Check out the video.

Also, a note from the director (that's me): I recorded this video outside at 6:00 p.m., thinking that sunset would be half an hour later. It turns out that sunset in Guyana starts about 5:45. Who knew? Anyway, I had to rush to get this going. I did a second take afterwards, which was a bit more concise, but the sky was too dark. I know, I know - it's a work in progress.

See you next from Suriname, a 10-12 hour journey from here via ferry and a combination of buses. Thank you for the great feedback last week; I have read all the comments and wish I could be more responsive.

I'll hole up in the Dominican Republic at the end of this trip and get back up to speed. Have a great week!

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The Heart of the Matter

heart-of-the-matter-freetown-sierra-leone Here I am in Haiti, a country I've been reading about for years but have never been to before. My accommodations are as basic as advertised, and that's just fine for a few days. If you ever find yourself in need of humility, come down here and spend the week with nuns and missionaries. That should do the trick.

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Video Update: Live from JFK Terminal 8

Hi everyone, Greetings from Terminal 8 in JFK Airport – New York City, or so it appears to be outside the window. In about two hours I’m getting on a plane to fly down to Port au Prince, Haiti. Last night I slept (relatively speaking) on the floor outside the terminal here after arriving well…

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26 People I Highly Respect

In 279 Days, I included links to many of the people I respect and have learned from since I started this site. I did this because I wanted to give credit where credit is due – and each of these folks deserve a lot of credit for helping me.

Here they are again, with a quick synopsis on why I think they are awesome. If you’re looking for people to learn from (I always am), I encourage you to check out their work.

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Video Update: Motivations and $32,000

Thanks so much to everyone who is downloading, reading, and sharing feedback about my new manifesto, 279 Days to Overnight Success.

Here's a new video update where I discuss the motivations behind the document. Why did I publish this now? Why do we do anything?

In my case, I want to a) help people create their own overnight success, and b) expand the network of people who are involved with AONC.

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Coming Wednesday, April 15: The Secret Formula for Overnight Success

overnight-success Friends and Readers, if you've been with me for a while, you may be wondering about the sequel to the World Domination manifesto.

Blame it on ADD, the book proposal that took 11 drafts, or my habit of flying around the world, but I now have good news -- it's nearly done.

The new manifesto is called 279 Days to Overnight Success, and will launch out to the world on Wednesday, April 15.

Who It's For and Why I Wrote It

279 Days is not a mass-market publication. It's free, but it won't help everyone. Instead, it's primarily for bloggers, writers, artists, and anyone interested in social media.

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Happy Easter from 97214

Rerouted-Stream Hello everyone, and Happy Easter from my corner of the world. To friends who celebrate Passover, my thoughts are with you as well.

There's no Sunday Store Update today, although the store itself is still there. I get notes every week from people who have started working for themselves or traveling the world thanks to my guides. I like that. More products are on the way, and I'll explain all the details when the time comes. Today, however, I'm thinking about other things.

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Packing List


A number of people have asked what I take with me for long overseas trips, and how I travel with no backpack or checked baggage. I'm getting ready to head out on the road again in about 10 days, so this is a good opportunity to review how it works for me.

The biggest secret: packing light is actually easier than bringing a ton of stuff.

The overriding philosophy of my packing list is to keep it as simple as possible. That's basic, I know, but very important. At least for me, travel stress is directly proportionate to the amount of stuff I carry around. I don't own a backpack and haven't willingly checked a bag on one of my extended adventures.

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Video Update: Do All Real Jobs Suck?

Hey guys,

I've joined the Mac world, and just as soon as I learn how to right-click, I'll be ready to get back to World Domination. It's amazing what a connection with Steve Jobs and $1,300 can get you at the Apple Store.

Here's the summary of the video: Not all real jobs suck, but many of them do -- so many, in fact, that I hear every day from people who are doing everything they can to escape.

As mentioned in the video, I get a LOT of email. I'll use the video updates to respond and answer questions. Remember, though: there are no experts. I'm calling it as I see it, and you should do the same.

What do you think? If you're working at a real job, do you love it or do you want out as fast as possible?


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Site Update: April 2009

This morning I ran 14-15 miles through Mount Tabor Park here in Portland (see photo). It was my longest run of the year so far, and I was definitely helped by the fact that the weather was perfect. *** Each month I look back at what’s happened with in the previous month. If you’ve…

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Unconventional Business Ideas

lemonade-stand-unconventional-business-ideas The AONC readership has expanded quite a bit recently, and I know that not everyone here cares about business. Even though I’ve made my living as an entrepreneur for more than 10 years, I’d like to let you in on a secret:

I don’t much care for business either… at least, not in the traditional sense.

What I care about instead is business that a) doesn’t feel like work and b) is centered around building real relationships.

Here are a few unconventional business ideas that reflect this philosophy. None of these ideas are truly original (most ideas aren’t), but I’ve tried to gather them together here before writing about them in more detail for future articles.

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