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World Domination Summit Is Sold Out

It’s actually been sold out for several weeks, but I’ve been laying low and letting it ride for a while. On the advice of my great team, however, I can do so no longer. Five months in advance, we are (beyond) filled to capacity with more than 450 attendees from all over the world, in…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Southeast Portland

If you don’t live in the U.S., you may wonder why the internet is so quiet today. Everyone else around the world, this is the day you get the internet to yourselves. Use it well, friends, because America will be back online and shopping tomorrow. I do have a sale going on at UnconventionalGuides.com until…

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Unconventional Guides Holiday Sale – Limited Time

Two years ago I started the business that now supports AONC in full, allowing us to operate the site without being beholden to advertisers or conducting donor drives. If you’re new here, I often use the “Weekend Update” space to talk about what’s happening in the business—but while I’ve been on the Unconventional Book Tour,…

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Running in St. Louis

I stepped outside my hotel room and put my headphones in. Taking the elevator down to the lobby, I looked out at blue sky and sunshine—much nicer than the previous day of cold rain. Then on the way outside, I did something that brought on instant embarrassment, pain, and déjà vu: I walked directly into…

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Non-Independence Day

I didn’t write an Independence Day post last week partly because I’ve been on the road. Burkina Faso is a fun enough place to visit, but there were no fireworks displays at night to celebrate America’s intent to withdraw from King George’s Britain. But the other reason is that I think of a celebration of…

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EBK Day 5 Update: Home Where the Light Is

We pulled into Portland’s Union Station this morning at 10:20 a.m. I have no plans for the rest of the week, and might even take a day off tomorrow. As promised, we closed down the order page for the Empire Building Kit right at the 24-hour point, and no additional sales will be made for…

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World Domination Postcard Project!

About 10% of our overall site traffic continues to arrive from links to a document I published in the summer of 2008. The document was called A Brief Guide to World Domination, and it seems that a few people liked it. We now have Spanish, French, and Chinese translations, all made by volunteer readers. Someone…

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“I’ve Just Been So Busy Lately”

Sorry I was rude to you the other day, someone said. I’ve just been so busy. Guess what: we’re all busy! Every one of us. It’s not a very exclusive club. And here’s another reality check: because we’re all busy, no one really cares about how busy someone else is. One way or another, we…

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Would You Buy Happiness for $14.03?

Happiness is either free or priceless – I guess it depends on your perspective. But if you’d like to learn about a great writer’s year-long quest to discover what really makes her happy, your cost is a mere $14.03. Or you can win a copy paid for by me. In case you haven’t heard, Gretchen…

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Merry Christmas from the Art of Non-Conformity

Dear Friends, Here’s wishing you well on the morning of December 24th. For those who celebrate (I do), I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas. Everyone else, I hope the holiday month is also treating you well. Things are great over here. I’m in Portland with my family, taking a few…

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Annual Review: 2009 Life Lessons

This is part of my end-of-year series while I’m away on vacation. Future posts will cover business lessons learned, a travel roundup, a list of every post from 2009, and the shape of things to come. Happy December! *** 2009 has been a truly amazing year for me personally and for AONC. It’s no exaggeration…

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Watch and See

In 2005, U.N. Secretary General Koffi Annan was struggling with a series of scandals and other challenges in his administration. I read this short quote in a magazine interview with him and wrote it down in my notebook: Question: Senator Coleman says you are ‘damaged goods.’ What do you say to him? Answer: Watch and…

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Video Update: What Happens When We Don’t Achieve an Important Goal?

This video update was recorded live after my recent half-marathon in Forest Grove, Oregon. A tired runner (me) and the sound of cowbells (for someone else who finished the race mid-video) is included at no extra charge. If you can’t watch the video, here’s a short longer-than-usual summary. If you’ve read along for a while,…

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