I live much of my life as a series of projects. There are some things I do every week regardless of all else, but probably a good 50% of my focus shifts depending on the season and the work.
Every year for the past seven, I’ve spent much of my summer producing WDS, an event I founded with a small team of hardworking people in 2011. When WDS season arrives, it takes much of my time in the 4-6 weeks leading up to the event, and then virtually all of my time during the big week.
We’ve just come to the end of that journey: this year's WDS ended 10 days ago, and I’ve been catching up on everything else since then.
I’m now preparing to launch a new journey in September, where I’ll visit 100 cities to talk with readers about side hustles—why you need one, and how you can start one without quitting your day job.
More info including confirmed cities for the first half of the tour is coming soon.. Maybe I'll come to a city near you?
*A few recent posts from my blog are below. I also produce a daily podcast (7 days/week, no breaks) called Side Hustle School.. It’s available on iTunes or any other podcast player.
Lessons in Life, Work, & Travel
This Week on Side Hustle School (Read More)
Side Hustle School is all about helping you create a new source of income without quitting your job. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long, and you can listen whenever you want.
If you missed it, catch up on a few recent episodes here:
Why Ideas Are Not Enough, Or How to Sell Out Like Iron Maiden (Read More)
“What if I’m not good at making ideas happen? I just like to have ideas!”
I’ve heard this question a surprising number of times. And believe me, I know it would be nice if you could just have ideas and then someone else goes out and “handles” them.
That’s not how it works for most of us, though—even people who are successful writers, entrepreneurs, or artists of all kinds. Ideas gain value not through brainstorming, but through the getting-it-done phase that all good work needs.
Buy One Wedding, Get a Honeymoon Free (Read More)
One time I went to Dubai for my honeymoon, except it wasn’t really my honeymoon. I was traveling with Stephanie, my longtime friend, travel hacking colleague, and frequent travel companion. Even though she's basically a member of my family, Stephanie and I aren’t partners in the romantic sense—which occasionally leads to humorous encounters when we travel.
For some reason, our hotel in Dubai had gotten the idea that it was our honeymoon. When they assigned us a luxury three-bedroom apartment as our room, we may have failed to correct their impression. We did, however, express our gratitude for the free champagne they also gave us.
An Early Recap of WDS 2017: 12 Photos That Tell Thousands of Words (Read More)
Last week I hosted WDS 2017, our seventh annual gathering of awesome people in Portland, Oregon.
This year we focused on the theme of “Building a Better World.” The intention is to encourage and empower everyone to take action that helps others. We can’t solve every problem in the world, but that doesn’t mean we should hold back from helping.
I’ll share some more thoughts soon. For now, I’m in catch-up mode for all of my other stuff—so here are a few photos!
You can also see 1,000+ more photos from the whole experience.
Don't let delayed gratification become an excuse for not living the life you want now. What do you want now?
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Your Life, Your Rules: The Journey Continues
I started writing The Art of Non-Conformity because I wanted to present alternative strategies for life, work, and travel.
More than eight years on, I’m still extremely excited to serve people interested in unconventional ideas. For everyone who's been reading for a while, you’re the reason I do this.
And if you’re new: WELCOME. You’re not alone out there. Don't stop believing! :)
To infinity and beyond,
P.S. Are we connected elsewhere? I post on my blog at least twice a week. You can also keep up with me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter.
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―Simone de Beauvoir
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