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The One-Year, Alternative Graduate School Program

What if learning wasn’t confined to a rigid program in a university? What if you could begin learning now, without going back to school? The One-Year, Alternative Graduate School Program was one of the more popular parts of the original AONC book, in the same chapter where I compared the value of my graduate school…

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Memorial Day Roundup

It’s a holiday in the U.S. today. If you’re not working, this is a great day to catch up. The chance to build something for yourself is greater than any holiday you could ever have. Are you building something? Are you making regular progress? A few things happening over here: *I went to Seattle for…

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What To Do When the Unconventional Opinion Is Wrong

When I’m not roaming the world, I live in Portland, Oregon, land of strong coffee and tall bikes. Portland is a fun little place, and it also happens to be one of the most progressive cities in America. You can buy marijuana at a food cart beginning at approximately age twelve. When George Bush (the…

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On the Road Again: “Oppan Startup Style” Trip to Korea

I’m very excited to head out to visit Seoul, Korea for most of this week. I’ve been to Korea before, including a brief trip to the north, but I’ve never given lectures or held public events before. This week I’ll be working with my local publisher and speaking at several events, filming for Korean TV,…

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You May Feel Inadequate, But…

I’m home and writing this week and next. From the research files –> “What advice would you give to someone else who wants to pursue a big dream but feels hesitant or uncertain?” “Do it. Just do it. You will feel inadequate. You will feel you can’t do it, but you owe it to yourself…

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Q&AA on Finding a Valuable Skill

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be touring India and then traveling elsewhere in the world. While I’m away, we’ll be publishing a new series of Questions and Attempted Answers (Q&AA) from readers. I’ll share my answer, and you’re invited to share an answer of your own as well. Today’s question comes from Jan, who…

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Q&AA: How to Plan for Your First Big Trip

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be touring India and then traveling elsewhere in the world. While I’m away, we’ll be publishing a new series of Questions and Attempted Answers (Q&AA) from readers. I’ll share my answer, and you’re invited to share an answer of your own as well. Today’s question comes from Carrie, who…

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Happy Thanksgiving from 97214

Happy Thanksgiving from World Domination HQ. Earlier this week I made it home from São Tomé via Lisbon and London. Due to a big snafu at JFK airport ten days ago, I wasn’t able to make it to Guinea Bissau on this trip. However, I do still have the elusive visa and will be making…

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Moonlight in Alaska

I’m off the grid this week on my first vacation since… forever. It’s a little disorienting, but I’m working on it. A few items of random interest: The $100 Startup continues to race up the charts, returning to the New York Times Bestseller List again this week. Thanks so much for your support! We’re planning…

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Professional Listening

If you’re trying to figure out what you’re good at, or trying to start a business for the first time, there’s a simple strategy that will help. Start by listening. Pay attention to what people ask you about. Chances are, there’s something you’re good at that other people want to learn. Gary Leff, profiled in…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Homeland

Greetings from my corner of the world in Portland, Oregon. It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a time when the internet shuts down and we all eat pie. Everyone else, feel free to enjoy the internet to yourself and eat pie along with us. Earlier this week I was in Cuba, my 174th country and…

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A Placeholder Post for Mr. Jobs

I was planning to launch an online class today (“Working From the Road”), but when I heard the news last night, I knew it was better to wait. For those who are interested, we’ll release the class tomorrow. Here at AONC, we never miss a scheduled post, so we’re putting this up today. *** Whenever…

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Save the Date! Announcing the 2012 World Domination Summit

Friends and readers, Three months ago, we brought together 500 people from a dozen countries for our inaugural World Domination Summit. You can see what it looked like in this brand-new video recap: (You can also see thousands of photos from the weekend over here. A few of them are below, in case you missed…

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How to Quickly Pay the Bills

I recently posed an open question to a few social networks and received hundreds of interesting responses. I’ll republish the best of them for everyone to see at some point, but first I thought I’d ask YOU. *** *** Ready? Here’s the question. Let’s say you were short on cash and had to make an…

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