Travel

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I travel to make sure life does not escape me

Today marks the beginning of another one of my 90 day travel blitzes, starting with New York City (I love this place).

While it’s strange to live out of a suitcase, it genuinely rejuvenates me. There is something about living with only a few items and seeing your environment change everyday as you experience new cultural undertones and meet completely new people.

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Squeeze more life out of time

There’s no mystery here. It’s simply a matter of the physics of time. There are only so many hours in a day and days in a year. Time is a standard metric for everyone (at least until time machines are invented).

But the greatest defining factor of productivity and fulfillment is how we spend the limited time we have. No, this is not a matter of living life in “top gear” 100% of the time; it’s a matter living life “engaged” as much as possible. Quite simply, this means maximizing time spent doing things that make you feel alive. It’s been said many times before: life is too short and too long to spend it doing too many things you don’t like to do.

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Ships weren’t built for harbors

Like a ship in a marina, many people live their professional lives in a cubicle, docked up, tuned out, and turned off. It’s not that the cubicle itself is bad — it’s that the culture of cubicle can eventually restrict our ability to act and think outside of our current role, position, and skill set.

Staying in a harbor — any metaphoric harbor — for too long can make the open seas appear too terrifying to consider. We should be sure that we’re challenging ourselves to sail out of our safe, comfortable, and predictable environments to test our current abilities, to develop new skills, and reveal our often hidden potential.

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Dear guilt: I quit!

Guilt is a powerful, but ugly emotion. Sure, it can contribute to decision-making some would equate with discipline, but personally, I believe there are far more productive paths to self-control.

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Welcome to my office

I created this image for a speech I gave early this year (2012) to describe my life in 2011. While running my two businesses and attending USC as a full-time student, the longest I was in any one city during 2011 was ten days. During one school semester I even traveled to 5 different countries.

And yet, it was still a very successful year both professionally and academically.

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