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Adventures in Somaliland

On my last trip, I made it to a country I’d been wondering about ever since beginning my quest more than five years ago: Somalia. Technically, I went to Somaliland, also known as the safe part of Somalia. Somalia itself is a mess, arguably the world’s most dangerous country, and with hardly a functioning government…

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2011 Annual Review: Looking Forward

Merry Christmas and Happy Everything! Wherever you are and whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you’re having a great holiday week. This is the final post of the 2011 Annual Review series. Looking back over the year, here’s what we’ve covered thus far: Overview of the Process 2011 Highlights and First Thoughts 2011 Business Lessons 2011…

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2011 Annual Review: Looking Back

Greetings, everyone. I’m finishing up my latest trip to Africa, and I hope you’re well wherever you are. Below is the first part of the 2011 Annual Review. Two notes on this year’s series: first, at the end of each post over the next few weeks, you’re invited to leave your own response. Second, we’re…

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2011 Annual Review: The Beginning

Every year since 2006, I’ve set aside an entire week in December to review the year that has almost passed and look ahead to the next one. I certainly haven’t got everything in my life figured out, but I can honestly say that this exercise has been the most helpful exercise in all that has…

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Life In the Tower, Somaliland Edition

Many thanks to everyone who has been reading or supporting the launch of The Tower, my new manifesto. If you missed it on Tuesday, you can pick up your free copy in a range of formats. I also want to thank my long-time friend and colleague Reese Spykerman, specialist in branding and magic, for her…

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“There’s plenty of time.” (But what if there’s not?)

I’ve been working on a new, non-profit writing project that I’ll share tomorrow. Here’s a preview of the concept—for more on the project itself, see the note at the end or check back tomorrow. *** A specter is haunting the internet. Everywhere you go, you hear about how you should slow down. First it was…

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