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Site Update: February 2010

Greetings from home base in the great Portland, Oregon. Yesterday I ran 10 miles, a fact I was happy about until I went to a dinner party and met an ultrarunner who runs 80 miles a week. She also has two young children and a full-time job. I felt suitably shamed. Ultrarunners and any other…

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Clean Water for Ethiopia

Last week I mentioned two important facts about water and the world around us. Fact #1: The problem is serious. While the rest of us look at pictures of the iPad and debate what kind of healthcare reform America should have, one billion people in Africa and Asia don’t have clean water. Fact #2: Empowering…

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Art and Plumbing: The Indispensable Interview with Seth Godin

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of author and change agent Seth Godin. I’ve been reading his books since my years in West Africa (2002-2006), and he continues to produce excellent work almost every day on his great blog. I had the chance to speak to Seth’s “Alternative MBA” group last year, and when…

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What You Don’t Do Doesn’t Matter

Coming home from a recent trip, I thought about bringing flowers. Wouldn’t that be nice, I thought. I imagined the flower buying, the flower delivery, the credit in the relationship account produced by my thoughtful action. When I finally made it off the last flight and the train ride to the transit center, I was…

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Lessons Learned from the $100 Business Launch

Greetings from World Domination HQ in Portland, Oregon. After visiting the South Pacific recently, I’m happy to be home for several weeks before the next trip. *** This is the Sunday Store Update, where I share a quick update on the business side of AONC. Here’s this week’s important business lesson: never lie to people.…

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Before and After

In 2004 I went to Liberia for the first of five visits. It was a pretty crazy place at the time, having just ended an 14-year series of civil wars a few months before I arrived with a small assessment team. The streets were patrolled by U.N. tanks, the only electricity was provided by private…

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AONC Feature in Psychology Today

I was fortunate to be featured in a nice profile in this month’s issue of Psychology Today. You can view the PDF of the article here, or read an online version here. My thanks to Carlin Flora and the whole Psychology Today team for putting this together. I never know what’s going to happen when…

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Update on the $100 Biz Forum

OK, that didn’t last long. We launched the new $100 Business Forum at 10am EST yesterday, and by 1130am EST we had filled up all the spots in the inaugural group. The second group filled up shortly afterwards. It’s a new world record! (Well, maybe more of a personal record.) My apologies for those who…

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Launch of $100 Business Forum

Today is the launch of my first business project of 2010 and first community group ever. It’s called the $100 Business Forum, and it’s all about helping 150 people start small businesses on a small budget. –>Click here to sign up or learn more *** The premise is that you don’t need a lot of…

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Coming Tomorrow: How to Start a Very Small Business for $100

I made it home from the South Pacific this week after a great AONC reader meetup in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. My huge gratitude to everyone who came out to say hi! Whenever I get famous enough to warrant a Wikipedia page, I hope it will note the established fact that I officially have the…

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“I’ve Just Been So Busy Lately”

Sorry I was rude to you the other day, someone said. I’ve just been so busy. Guess what: we’re all busy! Every one of us. It’s not a very exclusive club. And here’s another reality check: because we’re all busy, no one really cares about how busy someone else is. One way or another, we…

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Life in Sudan: Interview with an Anonymous Aid Worker

Greetings, friends and readers. Today I have a personal interview with one of our group who reads AONC from the Sudan. Christine (not her real name) is from the U.S. and works in the international development field for a charity that operates throughout Sudan. She has spent more than a year in the country thus…

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$100 Business, Auckland Meetup, and the Missing Country

Greetings from Nadi, Fiji. It’s a nice place–more on it in a moment. This is the Sunday Store Update. I use this time to write about the small business side of my work. If you’re new to AONC (hello to everyone coming over from Psychology Today!), I’m glad you’re here. Here’s the news this week:…

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Beware of Life

From January to September 2009, 21,833 people died in my home state of Oregon. Just like that, each one of them left the world—here one day and gone the next. Several weeks ago, three hikers also died on our nearby Mount Hood in a tragic accident. After their deaths, there was the usual pontification about…

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