AONC Book Resources
Hey! You made it over from the book—thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it, and you can find more free resources here.
1. Introduction to Travel Hacking
As outlined in the book, my system of “travel hacking” refers to how I’ve been able to visit 150+ countries on a limited budget. I use Round-the-World tickets and Frequent Flyer Miles to get around. You can also get an airline status match, a duplicate passport, or read the Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking.
The Unconventional Guides store includes a product called Frequent Flyer Master if you really want to rock out the miles, but you can also learn a lot just by reading the free articles.
2. “Ideal Day” Exercise
Check out this video from Pam Slim on envisioning your ideal day. (If it asks for a password, use “escapenow”.)
As discussed in the book, our ideal life can’t be all about us. We have to find a way to create connections with others and contribute something meaningful to the world. But it’s also good to understand what motivates us, how we engage, and how we decompress.
3. Introduction to “Very Small Businesses.”
If you want to start a small business, you don’t need an MBA, venture capital, a wealthy relative, or a 65-page business plan. You need a product or service and a group of people willing to exchange money for it.
If you’re interested in building a career online, check out the free 279 Days to Overnight Success manifesto.
These posts may also help:
- The Writer’s Guide to Money and Passion
- “If They Hadn’t Been Pushed…”
- Product Launch 101
- The Case for the $100 Business
- Building Influence to Gain Authority
4. The Strength of Weak Ties
This theory, developed in 1973 by sociologist Mark Granovetter, explains why more people find employment through personal connections (friends of friends) than by responding to an advertisement or with a blind search. It was a social network theory before online social networks actually existed.
Fast forward a few decades, and the theory also explains the success of AONC along with many other blogs. Having been updated (in somewhat related ways) by Kevin Kelly and Chris Anderson, I use this model in what I call the “Small Army” approach of building a community over time.
Another way to put it is: I’m very grateful to everyone who reads AONC and helps to spread the message along. Thank you.
5. Awesome People in the Book
These awesome people were included in the book. You can connect with them here:
- Sloane Barrent: Web I Twitter
- Sean Ogle: Web I Twitter
- Tim DeChristopher: Web I Twitter
- Susan V. Lewis: Web I Twitter
- Allan Bacon: Web I Twitter
- Hugh MacLeod: Web I Twitter
- David Bruno: Web I Twitter
- Adam and Courtney Baker: Web I Twitter
- J.D. Roth: Web I Twitter
- Crystal Williams: Web I Twitter
- Dwight Turner: Web I Twitter
- Jeanne and Vince Dee: Web I Twitter
- Cody McKibben: Web I Twitter
- Gary Arndt: Web I Twitter
- Leo Babauta: Web I Twitter