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This Magic Journey

I. Everything begins with a crazy idea, and this particular crazy idea comes to you in stages. You don’t decide to visit every country in the world when you haven’t been out of your own neighborhood. First you go to a dozen countries in Africa, then a dozen more in Europe, and before you know…

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The DIY Book Tour

Over the past few years, I’ve hosted more than 100 events with readers in eight countries. There is no “author school” where one learns to do these things—it’s very much been a make-it-up-as-I-go process. I’ve also received a lot of questions from other authors, aspiring authors, musicians, artists, and other readers who like the idea…

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A Party for the End of the World

Location: Oslo, Norway Date: April 7, 2013 Dear Friends, We’re having a party to celebrate the end of the world next year. It might be cold, but it will definitely be fun. Will you save the date? You can now get a ticket for the party or a whole tour. Your correspondent, Chris Guillebeau ***…

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Unnecessary Traffic Lights

Have you ever pulled up to a stoplight and waited… and waited… while there was no other traffic in sight? Three minutes later, the light finally changes, and you pull away… with no other traffic in sight? A couple of years ago, this happened to me late at night while I was traveling in the…

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What Happened at the World Domination Summit

I’ve been having a hard time writing up my experience at the second-annual World Domination Summit last weekend. I feel exhausted, but mostly in a good way. Our team did a fantastic job, with more than 80 volunteers working together to put on an epic weekend adventure, complete with block parties, dunk tanks, keynote sessions,…

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World Domination Summit 2012: Early Photo Recap

For the past five days, I’ve been immersed in a weekend adventure with 1,000 of our closest friends from more than 20 countries. They’ll be able to tell the story better than I can, so at some point soon I’ll do a roundup of their posts. (Attendees: link your posts to this one or tag…

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10 Days to World Domination (The Sequel)

There are 1,000 gift bags taking up every available space in my garage—and also in the foyer, on the stairs, and in various other nooks and crannies around the house. The photo above is approximately 5% of them, and doesn’t include countless other boxes, hammock stands, furniture, piles of wood (long story), and various items…

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Conversations: Turning Pro, Bravery, and the Get-To World

This week I’ve been reading Turning Pro, a new call-to-arms by Steven Pressfield. Here’s an interesting section on making a choice: Sometimes, when we’re terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career. Its shape is similar, its contours feel tantalizingly the…

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The $100 Startup Is Live!

Greetings from midtown Manhattan, where a large amount of coffee is about to be consumed in a corner room at the Doubletree hotel. Today is the day. After three years of research and writing, it’s finally here. The $100 Startup is going out to the world! Hundreds of people from all over the world have…

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The Feeling of the Entire Day Unfolding Around You

In JFK I got on the 16-hour Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong. It was 3pm in the New York afternoon, and 3am in HKG—exactly halfway around the world. The Boeing 777 took off, I had lunch, and I took a short nap. I always set my watch to the destination time when boarding a…

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Weekend Adventure

This weekend I went on an adventure that involved running 13.1 miles in an unusual, remarkable location. I’ll share more on the experience next week, but for now, here’s a preview.

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Qualifications

Sometimes people ask about my qualifications. It’s a fair question with a simple answer: I have none. There’s absolutely no reason I should be doing pretty much anything I’m doing these days. I was a high school dropout and a juvenile delinquent. I learned to drive by stealing cars, but since I was a slow…

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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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Paying the Bills: Your Responses

As expected, I received a flood of responses to Monday’s question on paying the bills. In addition to hundreds of site comments (I posted at least half that came through, but it’s tough to keep up from the road), we also had hundreds of additional suggestions come in through Facebook and Google+. You guys are…

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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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