Greetings from Burlington, Vermont. After today, I have a few days home in Portland, Oregon, then I’ll set out to visit the midwest and Great Lakes region starting next week. In this (very windblown) video update, I talk about social media and why if you’re trying to build a platform, you should talk about yourself…Read More
When you speak at a Carnegie Mellon University event with Fearless as the theme, you’ve got a couple things to consider. One: it’s TedX! It’s Carnegie Mellon! Yikes. Intimidating audience of extremely smart people with high expectations. But two: since the event is about overcoming fear, no one will be surprised when you admit to…Read More
I recorded this short video while on vacation at the Oregon coast a couple weeks ago. It’s all about strategy vs. tactics — and why changing the world is more important than which email program you use. If you can’t watch the video, here’s a summary — Every day I talk with people about building…Read More
Update: Click here for the 676,538 Frequent Flyer Miles video. Sorry for the wrong link in the email. *** This video update was recorded after my recent trip to San Diego. What a great place! Thanks to everyone who came out to welcome me. Note: my assistant makes a guest appearance early in the video,…Read More
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,…Read More
This three-minute video update was recorded live from my guesthouse outside of Thimphu, Bhutan. In the video I talk about frugality and the choice to spend $1,000 to come to Bhutan. Bhutan is in South Asia, between Tibet, India, and Nepal. To put it in perspective, I’ve included a map below. If you can’t view…Read More
This video update was recorded at sunrise in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong – but it’s actually about Saudi Arabia, the last stop of my recent global tour. It clocks in at 3 minutes and 55 seconds. If you can’t view the video, here is a quick summary — What can I say about Saudi Arabia…Read More
Today’s post arrives in 3-minute video form, recorded on location at the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you can’t watch the video, here’s a short summary: Lots of people have asked me about the goal of visiting every country. What criteria or standards do I use? This is a big discussion in the travel community…Read More
In this video update, I give my answer to a good question I recently received from a reader: how do you convince someone to change their mind? My answer is, “You don’t.” At least, not easily. Convincing someone to change their mind is like selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. It’s not impossible, but why try? I…Read More
Hi everyone, here’s a video update live from PDX International Airport before a recent flight to Los Angeles. Highlights include more news about Escape from Cubicle Nation, what Yoga Journal and Outside magazine have in common, and my middle seat (grrrr) on Alaska Airlines. In short, I believe I can learn from everyone. There are…Read More
Greetings from Georgetown, Guyana - the launch point for the second part of my trip.
For the past couple of days I've been staying in what TripAdvisor calls the worst hotel in all of Guyana. Is it really that bad? Check out the video.
Also, a note from the director (that's me): I recorded this video outside at 6:00 p.m., thinking that sunset would be half an hour later. It turns out that sunset in Guyana starts about 5:45. Who knew? Anyway, I had to rush to get this going. I did a second take afterwards, which was a bit more concise, but the sky was too dark. I know, I know - it's a work in progress.
See you next from Suriname, a 10-12 hour journey from here via ferry and a combination of buses. Thank you for the great feedback last week; I have read all the comments and wish I could be more responsive.
I'll hole up in the Dominican Republic at the end of this trip and get back up to speed. Have a great week!
Hi everyone, Greetings from Terminal 8 in JFK Airport – New York City, or so it appears to be outside the window. In about two hours I’m getting on a plane to fly down to Port au Prince, Haiti. Last night I slept (relatively speaking) on the floor outside the terminal here after arriving well…Read More
Thanks so much to everyone who is downloading, reading, and sharing feedback about my new manifesto, 279 Days to Overnight Success. Here’s a new video update where I discuss the motivations behind the document. Why did I publish this now? Why do we do anything? In my case, I want to a) help people create…Read More
I've joined the Mac world, and just as soon as I learn how to right-click, I'll be ready to get back to World Domination. It's amazing what a connection with Steve Jobs and $1,300 can get you at the Apple Store.
Here's the summary of the video: Not all real jobs suck, but many of them do -- so many, in fact, that I hear every day from people who are doing everything they can to escape.
As mentioned in the video, I get a LOT of email. I'll use the video updates to respond and answer questions. Remember, though: there are no experts. I'm calling it as I see it, and you should do the same.
What do you think? If you're working at a real job, do you love it or do you want out as fast as possible?