When Life Beats Out Business: A Reflection on #WDS2014

July 22, 2014

It always takes a few days to process the World Domination Summit. After being embedded in a community where strangers ask about your superpower and unconventional choices warrant a high five, it’s a bit of a shock to return to the Real World. But while WDS is inspiring and life-changing, the Real World is where […]

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A New Way to See the Person Next to You

August 1, 2013

After the World Domination Summit, one of the things I heard myself and other attendees saying again and again was how great it was to be surrounded by people who want to live remarkable lives. People who want to live differently. Who have great stories to tell. Who see the world through a lens that’s […]

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When Absolutely Freakin’ Amazing Becomes Normal

July 8, 2013

When you return home from an event like the World Domination Summit, you feel full. Full of ideas. Full of inspiration. Full of optimism. And full of bits and pieces you want to digest and cobble together and most importantly, act on while they all still make sense inside your cluttered head. Let’s hit pause […]

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The Greatest Gift the Internet Gives Us (and What’s So Great About WDS)

July 4, 2013

It’s nearly that time of year again, when thousands of entrepreneurs, digital thinkers and other creative go-getters descend upon Portland for Chris Guillebeau’s annual World Domination Summit. I’m en route as we speak, excited for an event I’m betting will be even better than last year’s. Many of the attendees at this conference have huge […]

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How Would You Invest $100 in a Meaningful Way?

July 23, 2012

On the last evening of the World Domination Summit, Chris Guillebeau gave everyone in the audience $100 to invest in a meaningful project or person. Yes, all 1,000 attendees walked away with $100. It’s a cool idea on many levels: it’s great promo for Chris’ new book, The $100 Startup, and it directly supports the […]

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How Bartering Can Help Your Business

September 26, 2011

When you start your own business, money doesn’t exactly grow on the tree in your backyard. Every dollar you spend is one less dollar you have to pay your rent, which means you think hard about spending those dollars. My business has a low overhead because a lot of the tools I use are free. […]

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Where Informational EBooks Fit Into Self-Publishing

September 15, 2011

I have a confession to make. After my recent post about how I’m considering releasing my next project — a how-to- guide on taking a career break to travel — on my own rather than aiming for traditional publishing, a few of you wrote me notes about bookstores where the book might fit, how I’ll […]

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An Overlooked Benefit to Making a Low Salary

September 6, 2011

It’s no secret (most) journalists don’t make a ton of money. While that’s been difficult to swallow as I’ve gotten older and friends in other professions have moved up the income ladder, I recently recognized a benefit to what I’d previously seen solely as a disadvantage. The less you make at your day job, the […]

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To Meet Your Goals, Surround Yourself with Go-Getters

August 31, 2011

Last night as I was leaving the gym, I listened to a new voicemail from a friend. “You inspired me,” he said. “I quit my job!” My jaw dropped. Eyes widened. I’m all about living for your dreams and I love that my most recent Leap has inspired others to do the same but… He […]

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How to Tell Between Good Fear & Bad Fear

August 25, 2011

We all know what fear feels like. It’s a ball in the pit of your stomach, a nausea-inducing throb in the gut. But how do you know whether you should listen to that fear because it’s a sign that you’re making the wrong decision — or whether you should tell it to take a hike? […]

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