Don’t Join the Popularity Contest: Make It Happen Yourself

Many times a day, I hear from someone who asks for help promoting a cause. They have something they're working on and want to share it with me—totally fine. I generally like to help as many people as possible. Being helpful relates to feeling happy, at least for me, and it's also a nice thing to do. Some of these requests, however, come in the form of “vote for me and spread the word” pitches—and these I feel less comfortable with.

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Free Trip to Anywhere

Next week we're finally going to launch the preboarding phase of my first major business project in nearly a year, the Travel Hacking Cartel. On Monday I'll tell you more about it, and on Tuesday we'll offer a $1, 14-day trial to the first 1,000 people who manage to sign up. (After the preboarding phase, it will be available on a referral basis from existing members.)

But first! Let's have some fun and give away a free trip.

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Win an $873 Gift Package from Unconventional Guides

Greetings, friends and readers. Book tour is just under one month away. I'm freaking out at the prospect of visiting 63 cities, but we'll deal with that later. More news about the Unconventional Guides is expansion is below. If you just care about the contest, click this link when you're logged into Facebook –

--> Contest! Win big prizes! Click to enter.

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Weekend Update, “Got a Few Contest Entries” Edition

Greetings, friends and readers. Welcome to the Sunday Store Update, where I share some brief news about the business side of AONC. If you're new here, we're in the middle of an important “Empire Building Kit” launch. The launch is Wednesday, April 7th, live from the 46-hour Empire Builder train going from Chicago to Portland. Good times. (I hope.) Today's news is that the recent EBK contest is over—we've chosen two winners!

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Would You Buy Happiness for $14.03?

Happiness is either free or priceless – I guess it depends on your perspective. But if you'd like to learn about a great writer's year-long quest to discover what really makes her happy, your cost is a mere $14.03. Or you can win a copy paid for by me. In case you haven't heard, Gretchen Rubin's new book, The Happiness Project, is out today. It's currently #40 on and killing it ... well, as much as a book on happiness can kill something.

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