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Freelancers Needed… Long Work, No Pay, No Glory

Greetings, friends, readers, and small army. I went on vacation for a few days and am now ensconced back at home in the great city of PDX.

It's always fun to go on vacation as a self-employed person, because a) you still have to work, and b) no one thinks you do any work to begin with. So then when you go on vacation, they say, oh, must be nice that you don't have a job and can do that. Meanwhile on vacation I work six hours a day instead of ten. But it's all good ...

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EBK Day 3: “All Aboard the Empire Builder”

Last night J.D. Roth, Alexandra Levit, Adam Baker, and I spent time with the Chicago edition of the small army. Big thanks to everyone who came out to say hi! Thanks as well to everyone who has been supporting J.D.'s launch of Your Money: The Missing Manual. It really is a great resource, as long as you ignore the non-conformist guy profiled in Chapter One. J.D. works hard on everything he does, and I've learned a lot from him.

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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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Win a Free Copy of the Empire Building Kit

Greetings from Kiev, Ukraine, the first European country on my latest tour of the world. I don't speak Ukrainian or Russian, so in places like this I just walk around and look at things. It's not a bad way to travel, all things considered.

Two weeks from yesterday, I'll be launching the Empire Building Kit to an initial group of business-minded folks in our community. But today, I want to give away a free advance copy to two people ...

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Extreme Gratitude, Austin Edition

Greetings from the capital of the Internet this week, also known as Austin, Texas. It's a fun place with fun people. In case you're not familiar with this annual event, once a year everyone on the Internet moves down to Austin for an annual pilgrimage. Big companies give away free drinks at various parties. People talk on stages and bands play in what appears to be an unlimited number of bars ...

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Site Update: March 2010

Greetings from home base in the great Portland, Oregon. I've just returned from my first trip to Asia of 2010. The February trip was quite intense. First, I went to two faraway island groups: Papua New Guinea and the Maldives. I'm glad I made it, because they are both fairly time-consuming to get to. However, it's also true that flying to islands can sometimes present challenges ...

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8-Hour Flight Delay, Good vs. Great Work, etc.

Greetings again from Bangkok, where I'm approaching the end of my latest trip around various parts of the Asia-Pacific side of the world. Coming out of the Maldives the other night, I got stuck for eight hours. Eight hours! Here's the lesson from that experience: no eight-hour airport delay is ever announced as being eight hours. It's always two hours, then one hour, then another hour, and so on—giving you false hope while sitting on hard metal chairs all through the night ...

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Update from Manila about Everything

Greetings, friends and readers. A few days ago I went to SFO, then I went to HKG, and then at 11pm local time (after 20 hours of travel), I made it in to MNL — also known as Manila, the Philippines. From here I'm jumping off to Papua New Guinea, but hold on a minute. The last time I was in the Philippines, I was about eight years old. I lived here from 1984-1986 as part of my first big jump in cross-cultural life. I have vague memories of riding jeepneys, eating chicken and rice every night, and occasionally starting small fires in small trees. Twenty-something years later, and here I am again. I don't eat chicken or light trees on fire these days, but I'm still happy to ride around in jeepneys. Fun times! Even when I'm jet-lagged.

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Case Studies Needed for Empire Building Kit

Greetings, friends and readers. After an extended stay at home in Portland, I'm now preparing to head out again. Over the next two weeks I'll be simultaneously traveling through Asia and working on my most detailed business project of the year. It's called Empire Building Kit, and the goal is to help people build a sustainable business in less than one year by doing one thing every day.

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Site Update: February 2010

Greetings from home base in the great Portland, Oregon. Yesterday I ran 10 miles, a fact I was happy about until I went to a dinner party and met an ultrarunner who runs 80 miles a week. She also has two young children and a full-time job. I felt suitably shamed. Ultrarunners and any other endurance athletes out there, you have my respect ... but not my company for training runs.

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