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“There’s plenty of time.” (But what if there’s not?)

I’ve been working on a new, non-profit writing project that I’ll share tomorrow. Here’s a preview of the concept—for more on the project itself, see the note at the end or check back tomorrow. *** A specter is haunting the internet. Everywhere you go, you hear about how you should slow down. First it was…

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173 Down, 20 To Go: The Plan for the Final 20 Countries

I started AONC in 2008 when I had been to only 65 countries. Thanks to consistent effort, dedicated travel hacking, and significant amounts of coffee, I’ve now been to 173. In fact, we’re now down to the final twenty countries. Only twenty! Of course, twenty countries is no small endeavor, especially when there are no…

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The Quest

At first, you weren’t sure you had it in you. Fear, doubt, naysayers, and what-ifs threatened to hold you back. You left anyway, determined to see it out. The people around you talked about consequences and the risk of uncertainty. Wouldn’t it be safer not to go? Wouldn’t you be better off homebound, shut off…

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How to Write 300,000 Words In 1 Year

For the past three years, I’ve written at least 300,000 words for publication. It’s not that difficult, and you can do it too—it mostly requires an ability to focus. If you don’t have this ability at first, fear not: it’s a learned process. Why Write? Someone once said, “I hate writing, but I love having…

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World Domination Summit: Wave 1 Sold Out

*World Domination, July 2012 Edition* As mentioned on Monday, today’s the day—early this morning, we opened up #WDS2012 registration for 400 people. All tickets were taken in the first 13 minutes. Some of the transactions went into pending mode and it took a bit longer for the dust to settle, but we were completely sold…

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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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The “Hell Yeah” Roundup: Your Turn

A lot of people mentioned that they liked the “hell yeah” test for making decisions mentioned here and condensed as follows: We all have to make decisions about opportunities. When you think about any opportunity, if it’s not a “hell yeah,” don’t do it. I’ve modified this a bit in my own life to be:…

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Preview of World Domination Summit

When I heard the news that the rapture would take place two Saturdays ago, my first thought was… wait… how is that possible, since World Domination still has two weeks to go? We need more time before the planet implodes! *** Yesterday and today, the first attendees have been arriving in town for the inaugural…

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Not Realistic

Realistic is the adjective of cynics. Wherever you encounter skeptics, naysayers, and charlatans, you will always encounter this word. I’m not saying it’s a bad word, that there’s no logic to it, or that it’s completely irrelevant. I’m just saying… who cares whether something is realistic or not? You might as well leave this word…

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The Unconventional Strategy in Action

Most of the time, the obvious way around an obstacle isn’t the only way. Looking for another option is called the unconventional strategy—when you have the same goal as anyone else, but you find a different way to achieve it. It works in education, career, personal finance, social causes, politics, relationships, etc. Oh, and it…

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Who You Are and What They Say

If you are confident, they will say you are arrogant. If you are deliberate, they will say you are too sure of yourself. If you have a sense of purpose, they will say you are self-absorbed. If you know who you are, they will ask, “Who are you, anyway?” If you believe in kindness and…

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The Agenda, Part V: Build a Legacy

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Agenda series so far. Here’s Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. Part V, live from my second home at Portland International Airport, brings it all together. *** Ultimately, what we want to do is live a remarkable life in a conventional world. As part of this process,…

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The Agenda, Part III: The Need for Contribution

Welcome to Part III of The Agenda. Here is Part I (Ask Why) and here is Part II (The Individual as Hero). *** I was depressed like everyone else after 9/11. Having just been in NYC the week before made it especially poignant—I remembered walking around a lower Manhattan that would never be the same…

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The Agenda, Part II: The Individual As Hero

Welcome to Part II of The Agenda. Part I is here. *** I don’t follow professional or amateur sports, but every two years, I love watching the Olympics. I enjoy the stories, the years of training without reward, all in pursuit of a big dream. To give it all in pursuit of such a dream—I…

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