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Postcard #19: Ivy in Des Moines

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Ivy in Des Moines, Iowa. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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How to Conduct Your Own Business Audit

Last week I headed out for the Sunday morning long run, and my legs decided not to cooperate. After four miles, it was time to pack it in. Bummer—so I tried again a few days ago. The same thing happened… almost. At mile four I was ready to quit. Through an act of God and…

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Four Burners and Balance: The Follow-Up

Thanks again for all your input on the four burners theory. That was fun. I should say first that all is well in my life—I’m not concerned about falling off the edge or anything. I sometimes say that I’m going to start a “maximalist” movement because I don’t believe in limits or shutting ourselves off…

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Postcard #18: S in Panmunjeom

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from S in Panmunjeom, South Korea. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Free Trip to Thailand: Travel Hacking Case Study

When I haven’t been contemplating the puzzle of how to do everything, I’ve been planning my final international trip of the year. Yes, it’s only July, but come September, I hit the road to meet readers in 63 cities for the Unconventional Book Tour. Therefore, next month’s trip is my final chance to get in…

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World Domination Now Available in Japanese

Greetings, friends and readers. A Brief Guide to World Domination is now available in Japanese. –>Download it here for free *** This new translation is courtesy of Etsuko Tsukagoshi and Masafumi Matsumoto. Etsuko (in San Diego) and Masafumi (in Japan and Australia) have been part of our community for a long time, and wanted to…

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The Four Burners Theory — Your Thoughts?

I did an interview for the nice people at The 99 Percent last month, and Jocelyn shared an idea that has stayed with me ever since. Here’s the idea — I like this quote from a David Sedaris article. Sort of an adapted ‘carpenter’s triangle’: “One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the…

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100 Days, 100 Updates, and a Note on the UBT

I made it home to Portland after walking around Almaty, Kazakhstan for several days. For some reason I didn’t have high hopes for Kazakhstan, but I actually enjoyed it… and no one really acts like Borat. *** This is the Sunday Store Update, where I share some brief news about the business side of AONC.…

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Postcard #17: Feng in Malaysia

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Feng in Malaysia. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Non-Independence Day

I didn’t write an Independence Day post last week partly because I’ve been on the road. Burkina Faso is a fun enough place to visit, but there were no fireworks displays at night to celebrate America’s intent to withdraw from King George’s Britain. But the other reason is that I think of a celebration of…

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Freelancing Update from Bamako

Greetings from Bamako, Mali—en route back to Europe after a week in West Africa. This trip has been intense, but it’s also been good. This time the temperature in West Africa was a more reasonable 90°F instead of the 250° it felt like in Equatorial Guinea last month. Roaming the region also felt familiar instead…

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Postcard #16: Saben and Lin in Vietnam

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Saben and Lin in Vietnam. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking

Greetings from Ouagoudougou, winner of the “most awesome city name” contest and also my current stop on the week-long West Africa tour. I came in via Lufthansa, Royal Air Maroc, and Ethiopian Airlines… but more on that in a moment. I wanted to write a lengthy post outlining a few principles of what I call…

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The Journey to Ithaca

Many of us are on quests, either real or representative. Since my quest is real, I like the metaphor of journeying. Going on a journey involves unexpected surprises, challenges, setbacks, and rewards. And I tend to think that any good journey is as much about the process as the destination. Kind of like how the…

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