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A Business/Charity Experiment from Anchorage

Greetings, friends and readers. Today I'm in Anchorage, Alaska for the 43rd stop of the Unconventional Book Tour. I'll be at the University of Alaska at noon, and Metro Music and Books at 7pm tonight. (We'll be moving to a beer-and-pizza place afterwards, which I'm told is mandatory when in Alaska.) Today I have a couple of notes on commercial projects ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Southeast Portland

If you don't live in the U.S., you may wonder why the internet is so quiet today. Everyone else around the world, this is the day you get the internet to yourselves. Use it well, friends, because America will be back online and shopping tomorrow.

I do have a sale going on at UnconventionalGuides.com until Monday if you're interested (use discount code "PUMPKIN"). It's pretty much the only sale of the year over there, so it doesn't need much hype.

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Unconventional Guides Holiday Sale – Limited Time

Two years ago I started the business that now supports AONC in full, allowing us to operate the site without being beholden to advertisers or conducting donor drives.

If you're new here, I often use the “Weekend Update” space to talk about what's happening in the business—but while I've been on the Unconventional Book Tour, I haven't really promoted the business at all.

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The Unconventional Strategy in Action

Most of the time, the obvious way around an obstacle isn't the only way. Looking for another option is called the unconventional strategy—when you have the same goal as anyone else, but you find a different way to achieve it. It works in education, career, personal finance, social causes, politics, relationships, etc. Oh, and it can even work in sports and contests too.

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Killing Time

I did a media call for a journalist on the subject of “time management” recently. When I heard the topic, I was worried: one, I don't think I'm that great at time management ... and two, I'm not even sure such a thing exists. You can't manage time; it exists independently of any choice you make. I tend to think more about managing energy and managing projects—as for time itself, that's another story altogether.

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Who You Are and What They Say

If you are confident, they will say you are arrogant.

If you are deliberate, they will say you are too sure of yourself.

If you have a sense of purpose, they will say you are self-absorbed.

If you know who you are, they will ask, “Who are you, anyway?”

If you believe in kindness and compassion, they will say you are naïve.

If you are a dreamer, they will say “join the real world.”

If you are a rebel, they will try to shut you down.

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Unconventional Book Tour Mini-Documentary

For everyone all over the world who isn't able to come out to the Unconventional Book Tour, this 4-minute movie gives you an idea of what it's about.

This mini-documentary was filmed and produced in Durham, North Carolina by Crystal Street at StorytellingTraveler.com. Crystal spent a lot of time on this project as a volunteer—check out some of her other great work on her site, or subscribe to her newsletter to stay connected with her.

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How to Get Paid for What You Love

I'm no consultant, but from time to time (as in, several times a day) people ask for my opinion about building some kind of online business. I'm happy to give $0.02 for whatever it's worth, and I'm sure there are times when it's not worth more than that.

How can you do something you love and make a good living from it? Much of my Unconventional Guides business is devoted to answering this question in one way or another. And as discussed before, often when we ask for advice, we don't really want advice—we want someone to say “That's great! Go for it!”

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Update on the World Domination Summit… You’re Coming, Right?

Last week I went down to the Portland Art Museum again, and this time I took along the World Domination Action Team with me.

I normally do most of my project planning on my own, but for a project of this scale, I knew I needed to get some help—so this project is co-led with J.D., Tsilli, Robert, Tammy, Sean, Tyler, and Jolie. (I'll introduce them more later.)

You may recall that we're hosting a global gathering next June in Portland. Eight months away, we're well over halfway sold out, with 240 people registered from 15 countries. It's like the United Nations, but right here in Portland and so much more fun.

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Starting Over

The question comes up a lot: "If you were starting over with this project, what would you do differently?"

In my case, I probably wouldn't put the domain on chrisguillebeau.com. If you have chrisg.com, that works—but Chris Garrett got to that one first, and for some reason, a lot of people have a hard time with Guillebeau. Oh well.

I would try to have a better understanding of my readers from the beginning, instead of waiting 6-12 months to figure it out. And I would have an agenda and a clear message of what kind of change I was trying to create.

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AONC Readers in the AONC Book

Greetings from the Atlanta airport, where I’m preparing this post before heading home after a 13-stop leg of the Unconventional Book Tour. In writing the AONC book, I wanted to highlight the stories of other people who have forged their own unconventional lives. Everyone mentioned below was included in the book, already in its fourth…

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