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WDS 2016 Begins Next Week in Portland (And You Can Still Join In!)

Link: Join Us in Portland for WDS Connect!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you're probably familiar with WDS, also known as the modestly titled World Domination Summit. For the past five years, I've been fortunate to produce this awesome summer gathering in Portland, Oregon with the help of a small-but-mighty team in Portland, Oregon. Since we began, more than 10,000 people have participated in WDS from all over the world.

Last year we celebrated our five-year anniversary and decided to try something new for 2016. Over the years we've learned that two big reasons people come to WDS are to meet people with shared interests and experience some of what the great city of Portland has to offer. Since we can only hold a limited number of people in the main theatre during the big weekend, we've come up with something new: WDS Connect.

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This Summer: Hack Your Book, Learn the Science of Happiness, & Become a Financial Badass

Link: WDS 2016 Academy Registration Is Now Open to Everyone!

Every year since 2011, I've produced and hosted an global gathering known modestly as the World Domination Summit (WDS). More than 10,000 people have participated in WDS main stage events, and starting in 2014 we expanded to feature half-day workshops known as Academies.

Registration for Academies is now open to the general public, and this year we have something special: an all-new experience called WDS Connect.

When you register for WDS Connect, you'll get access to hundreds of meetups and special sessions that aren't open to the general public. You'll also get access to one complimentary Academy of your choice.

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Get the “Born for This” Audiobook FREE with Your Audible 30-Day Trial

Link: Free “Born for This” Audiobook with Audible Trial

Hey, everyone!

I had an amazing time on the road over the past couple of months, speaking to audiences almost every night (I don’t take many breaks...) about how to find the work you were meant to do.

Personally I love print books, and I also read some Kindle titles on my iPad—but I also know that there’s a large group of people who enjoy listening to books. With that in mind, we recently released the audio version of Born for This. It clocks in at just over 8 hours, long enough to enjoy on a flight to Europe.

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Ebook Version of The Happiness of Pursuit is Just $1.99!

TheHappinessofPursuit-ebook-FACEBOOK- Link: The Happiness of Pursuit on Kindle for $1.99

This just in from my publisher: the Amazon Kindle version of The Happiness of Pursuit is on sale for $1.99 during this week only.

The book price is set by publishers, not by authors, so I don’t control when it’s on sale. But I do know that it’s never been offered for anything less than $12.99, so $1.99 is quite a discount.

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Life & Adventures on Book Tour: Part II

26079465894_f2c0f36718_z Greetings from Denver! Weeks II and III of the Born for This tour are coming to an end, and it’s been a great experience overall.

For the most part, it’s been a non-stop experience. At one point I did 14 days in a row with only one day off from events or travel or both (usually both, since I typically do an event in the evening and then travel to the next city the following day).

Oddly enough, I only felt tired on the rare days of rest or during periods of lesser intensity. Maybe the lesson is: when you’re going non-stop, don’t stop. 😃

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Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World: Nominations Wanted!

I tend to ask a lot of questions. Why jump off the bridge just because everyone else does? What are "the rules" and who made them?

If your life is a movie and you’re the director, why did you add this scene to it?

Today, I have a question for you that might be even easier than those: Can you introduce me to an awesome person who's doing something really special?

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Fun Project: The 2016-2017 “Get to Work Book” Is Now Out!

IMG_8127_copy Link: The Get to Work Book

Here's a fun project that a wish I’d made it myself. But even though I didn’t, some very good friends of mine did. It's like a journal or a planner, but better—and here's how the creator describes it:

GET TO WORK BOOK® is a daily planner + goal setting workbook designed to help you make progress on your big goals by taking things one day at a time. While (sadly) it can't do your work for you, every inch of it was thoughtfully designed to help you get to work.

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There’s Always a New Trick to Learn

"The great thing about a world record is that it gives meaning to a mundane task.

I don’t worry too much about people emulating me because people who have the get-up-and-go to do something like this usually have the common sense to know when something's going wrong.! It's a good time to be an inventor. If people want to learn to do something, they can easily get the information where before it was quite hard.

There’s always a new trick to learn. There’s always something you can do bigger and better."

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“I’m not optimistic because our problems are small…”

Why build a clock that lasts for 10,000 years? Because the future is always getting shorter and shorter.

“Everybody was doing things faster and faster. I needed to slow down, stretch out, and think on a different time scale.

Any engineer wants to build something that lasts. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to build. From the beginning I wanted to make a little model of the clock, and then make a bigger one and a bigger one. I finally realized the clock couldn’t go in a building—it had to be in a mountain.

I’m very optimistic about the future. I’m not optimistic because our problems are small … I’m optimistic because our capacity to deal with problems is great."

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Life and Adventures on Book Tour: Part I

Greetings from Orange County, California! I started my tour earlier this week and have been to “only” four cities so far, but the pace will pick up a lot starting next Wednesday.

In this new series, I’ll share a few highlights from my stops. I'll also write some general notes about the process of touring itself. Lots of people have asked about the behind-the-scenes process of putting together a major cross-country tour, and I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned.

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A New Journey Begins: “Born for This” Is Now Available!

Link: BornforThisBook.com

More than eight years ago (whoa) I started writing this blog, The Art of Non-Conformity. I wanted to chronicle my adventures around the world and support other people with big dreams.

But the journey actually begin more than ten years before that, when I first started working for myself. I wasn’t a good employee, having been fired from just about every job that I didn’t walk away from after a few weeks. My motivations at the time weren’t very high-level: I simply wanted to earn money to support my lifestyle.

As the years went by, I learned more about entrepreneurship as a way to change the world. I spent a few years living on a hospital ship deployed to West Africa. I started a quest to visit every country on the planet. And as I wrote, and then as I began hosting events and supporting offline communities, I gradually grew into the work I felt born to do. So I wrote a book about how you can find or create the same for yourself.

Born for This, just released today and available wherever books are sold, provides the answer.

You’ll learn how to:
  • Hack the job of your dreams within a company or organization by making it work for you
  • Find your ideal work and your ideal working conditions
  • Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and “beat the house” every time
  • Start a profitable “side hustle” and earn extra cash on top of your primary stream of income
  • Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur
  • Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers

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Introducing WDS Connect: Join Us in Portland this August!

If you’ve read the blog for a while, you probably know about WDS, also known as the World Domination Summit (modestly titled). For the past five years a small team and I have produced this summer gathering in Portland, Oregon, with thousands of interesting people who attend from all over the world.

Last year was our five-year anniversary, and we decided to try something new for 2016. The main-stage weekend (now called “360”) has limited attendance of 1,000 people and is already sold out.

However, we’re also creating an all-new experience for everyone else who wasn’t able to get that ticket. This new experience is called WDS Connect.... and you can now sign up to join us!

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One Week from Today: “Born for This” Goes Into the World!

cgoperabook - 7 One day I’ll drink less coffee... but it won’t be anytime soon.

Over the past few weeks I’ve had my passport locked in a drawer, and I haven’t allowed myself to purchase any plane tickets that cross an ocean. Am I tired of seeing the world? Nope. I’ll actually be on the road to 30 cities starting very soon, but they’re all in the U.S. and Canada.

In exactly seven days, my new book Born for This will launch into the world.

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The Impact of Age on Happiness, Especially In Times of Crisis

New research reveals that situational happiness or sadness may relate partly to age.

"Long ago, when I was 30 and he was 66, the late Donald Richie, the greatest writer I have known, told me: 'Midlife crisis begins sometime in your 40s, when you look at your life and think, Is this all? And it ends about 10 years later, when you look at your life again and think, Actually, this is pretty good.'

In my 50s, thinking back, his words strike me as exactly right. To no one’s surprise as much as my own, I have begun to feel again the sense of adventure that I recall from my 20s and 30s. I wake up thinking about the day ahead rather than the five decades past. Gratitude has returned."

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