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Travel Hacking in Early 2013

Every year when the calendar rolls around to January 1, it’s time for me to get back out on the road. I love travel and I love doing events—I’ve been in eight cities in the past ten days—but I also have to get back to work on requalifying my elite status with all my favorite…

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Changing the System

I’m back on the road, talking with interesting people every night. Many of them ask questions about “changing the system.” Everyone agrees it’s broken and frustration is expressed all around. But what is this system, why isn’t it working, and how can we change it? When we talk about “the system” we are talking about…

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Tuvalu to California

A few weeks ago, your humble correspondent was sitting on a modest balcony in a guest house in Tuvalu, a tiny nation in the South Pacific that is now known as country #192 in his mind. The island itself was somewhat depressing, at least for a modern traveler. He walked the entire island—and then back…

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There’s No Such Place as Far Away

This month I’ve been talking to people from all over the world, beginning the outlining and research for a new book. It’s a long process and I have a long way to go. Nevertheless, a few observations are slowly coming through. Observation #1: Discontent is the fuel for transformation. Whether you talk to someone who…

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Around Here: On the Road Again, WDS 2013, Energy, Writing

I. Home again and gone again It’s been nice to be home for another two week stretch. I ran Mount Tabor (pictured) several times, I did some overdue work on planning the year, and I began outlining a book. And now I’m excited about going back on tour. Next week I hit the road for…

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A Tale of 9 Startups

Jon was inspired by a blog post that told him to quit his job and start a business. He dutifully did so, firing off a farewell message to his boss and former colleagues. Having heard about becoming “location independent,” he bought a backpack and went off to the world. What was it about that business…

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FYI: Final World Domination Summit Tickets Available on Wednesday

Our little gathering in Portland has grown far beyond our initial expectations (and indeed, even our hopes and dreams). The deadline to be part of this summer’s version is… next Wednesday, January 16. I sent out the note below to the waiting list earlier today, and I’m including it here to avoid getting complaints from…

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A Year in the Life of You

I came back from Tuvalu and my gym was packed with dozens of people I had never seen before—an influx of New Year’s Resolutions. “How many of them will still be here in February?” I wondered. Whether you’re pro- or anti-resolution, there’s nothing inherently special about a new calendar year. If you don’t like the…

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2012 Annual Review: Looking Forward

I did it. I made it to Tuvalu, the penultimate country! It took a while to get here, but that’s to be expected. Someone said they spent 20 minutes reading the Tuvalu Wikipedia page the other day. I said I was surprised it took 20 minutes—that’s the same amount of time it took me to…

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