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Advanced Travel Planning, July-November 2011

I’ve been stuck in one place (mostly) for the past three months, working on two projects that required focus: writing a book manuscript on unconventional entrepreneurs, and preparing to host the World Domination Summit this coming weekend. During last year’s Annual Review, I knew these two projects would keep my feet to the ground for…

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The Need for Change

I talked with my seatmate Rachel on the flight to Singapore. She was 6G, I was 6H—Cathay Pacific Business Class. I was sitting up front thanks to my Platinum status and a big stash of Frequent Flyer Miles. Rachel was up front thanks to the global bank she worked for, which after a brief display…

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Rain Running

Every Sunday morning that I’m in town, I head out for a long run. Two weekends ago at the waterfront, the weather was glorious. The whole city of Portland took up jogging or cycling. Last weekend at the waterfront, the weather was more to our usual end-of-Spring form… rainy and gloomy. The whole city of…

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Most People Are Good

My friend Danielle has a five-year-old-son. One day he came home from kindergarten, and Danielle asked what he learned. “We learned not to talk to strangers,” he said. “Because strangers are bad.” “Really?” Danielle said. “Do you think strangers are bad?” Her son thought about it and wasn’t sure. “You can tell when you see…

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The Good Job

I visited a large company to give a talk about non-conformity and adventure. From all appearances, it was a well-run company doing good things. Many of the employees came up to me afterwards to chat, and I asked each of them, “How are things at _____?” Most of them said that things were good, and…

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Race to the Airport

You thought you had plenty of time, but something went wrong. Having spent too much time thinking about what to pack, you spent even more time reevaluating at the last minute. You overslept, or you forgot about the time zone change. The bus came late, or the traffic jammed up. Whatever it was, as you…

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9 Years, 7 Months, and 20 Days Ago

Over the course of several weeks, I remember following the news of the attacks on the United States and slowly processing how the world had changed. Out of that experience I took a serious look at my life, determined I was unsatisfied, and resolved to make some changes. Jolie and I had been in New…

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