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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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WDS 2011: “The Heart Attack of Awesome”

One year ago, I began planning last weekend with a small group of trusted friends. As the time drew closer, we transitioned from a planning team to an Action Team. Then, as the weekend really drew closer, we expanded to a much larger Action Team. When the big day finally arrived, more than 40 people…

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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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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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