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How Does It Feel to Visit Every Country?

I left Norway and began a slow journey home via the Pacific. I’m writing these notes from a Cathay Pacific flight to Tokyo, where I’ll transfer on to Los Angeles after staying one night. After the end of the world in Oslo, a lot of people have been asking: How does it feel to visit…

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Too Late: Notes from LHR T5

Greetings from LHR Terminal 5, where I’m getting ready to fly to my final country. Yeah. I know. I’ll share more about that over the weekend on Twitter, and of course next week on the blog. I’ve heard there’s a cake and a champagne toast in Oslo on Sunday night, and a lot of fun…

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The “Help Someone for Free” Experiment: Results & Observations

Greetings from the road to Anchorage, Alaska—or actually the sky, since it’s a long drive to Anchorage for most of us. Last week we had a real-time experiment where I invited readers to offer something for free. We received hundreds of submissions, many of them in the comments thread of the original post and many…

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How Can You Help Someone for Free? A Social Experiment

Dear Readers and Amazing People, Greetings from Austin, Texas. I had a fun time yesterday with many SXSW attendees and residents of this great city. Special thanks to BookPeople for hosting, to Betty Jean for coordinating a large amount of beer and cupcakes, and to everyone who showed up. Life is good and I’ll be…

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How Can You Help? What Can You Offer? Coming Soon…

How can you help people? What can you offer the world, or at least to someone you know? Think about this. Think about something specific. Think about something that can actually happen soon. Next week we’ll have a real-time experiment, live from Austin, Texas but available to anyone all over the world. See you then!…

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Paying Attention

“It was true: the entire ball game was what you gave attention to vs. what you willed yourself to not.” -David Foster Wallace There are many things on the typical daily list of tasks and appointments that can be ignored or mindlessly plodded through. For best results, don’t just make a to-do list; make a…

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A Challenging Question

In talking with Chris Brogan for his new podcast recently, he said something I’ve been thinking of ever since. It was a question that you ask yourself when evaluating new opportunities. This question didn’t actually come from Chris—I believe he said it was from one of his other podcast guests—but Chris is the one who…

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The Goal

1. To wake in the morning full of life and energy, awaiting the day with anticipation and purpose. To step out into the world ready to accomplish a significant task. To engage and initiate instead of merely responding. To take the active choice that you will make something happen. 2. To maintain harmony and goodwill…

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In Search of a Few Great Stories (Can You Help?)

ATTENTION: Do you know someone who has undertaken a quest, lifelong pursuit, or big adventure? If so, fill out this form! –>Quest Submission Form More details below. *** The best part of The $100 Startup was telling the stories of all kinds of people who started successful businesses without spending a lot of money. Happily,…

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The Calling

Bob Dylan spoke to Rolling Stone recently. I liked these parts: You’ve described what you do not as a career but as a calling. Everybody has a calling, don’t they? Some have a high calling, some have a low calling. Everybody is called but few are chosen. There’s a lot of distraction for people, so…

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5 Short Notes on Gratitude

1. When I wasn’t getting extorted or doing drugs in Yemen, I enjoyed touring around with my fixer. Several times, I noticed that when we passed a beggar on the street, he took a small amount of money from his pocket and gave it to them. Observing this behavior caused me to think. I’m supposed…

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The Free Lunch Movement

You may have heard that there is no such thing as a free lunch. This is untrue on every level, and also a terrible lie. Over and over throughout our short lives, all of us have been given something for nothing. We don’t deserve free lunch, yet it continues to arrive on a regular basis.…

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The $100 Investment

Have you ever withdrawn $100,000 in cash from the bank? Me neither… until last week. This post includes a video from last weekend’s World Domination Summit, and a brief explanation on why our team invested $100 in each WDS attendee. *** A number of people have asked me to share more about the surprise we…

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You Can Do That? Great. Go Ahead.

When I shared the story of a man who tightroped across Niagara Falls, someone said, “That’s easy! He had a safety harness.” Every day I hear from someone who thinks my quest to visit every country in the world is invalid because of some technical reason. When I talk about people who leave their jobs…

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