Self-Directed Living

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6 Odd Ways to Be Productive While Traveling

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. It was only after four days that the feelings of responsibility and guilt began setting in. I was halfway around the world, settling into life in Southeast Asia. It was a completely new reality. The culture was intoxicating and I was ready to learn more about this exotic world. The purpose of the trip was simple: to travel, work, and live the Freedom Lifestyle to the fullest. As you might guess, this isn’t an easy task, but it’s doable. You’ve been there, we all have. You finally break away from the day-to-day routine and get an opportunity to ...

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27 Amazing Pieces of Advice from Everyday Remarkable Humans

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. Recently, I was feeling inspired to learn more from my friends and network. So I randomly posed a simple question on my personal Facebook page: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received for your life or career? The answers were remarkable, to say the least. When I was in college I learned something I’ll never forget: the fastest and most effective way to learn anything is to ask people questions and listen. If we can learn how to be more open-minded, we will have built a durable foundation for education and success. Being ...

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Want to Grow? How to Make Tiny Changes That Produce Enormous Results

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. An Odd Interim I was in 7th grade. I rode around everywhere on my GT Mach One BMX bike. I rarely ever did my homework. I didn’t pay attention in class. And I didn’t care to listen to anyone, especially if it was unsolicited advice. I hung out with a sixteen year old homeschooled kid that was obsessed with vampires and Marilyn Manson. Eventually, I became obsessed with those things too. He slept in until 4 PM every day, and we’d hang out after I got home from school. My other friends were kids that rebelled against ...

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Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. What do you see when you look at a successful human being? I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves. Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? It just doesn’t work that way. Backup plans are not for winners. A person with a backup plan is likely to use that backup plan. This automatically means they’ve settled for less than what they initially wanted. If you ...

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When Is The Right Time to Quit Your Job and Finally Become a Solopreneur

Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. If you’re ever dreamed of becoming a solopreneur, entrepreneur, or even full-time freelancer, this is the ultimate question: When is the right time to finally quit your job and make the leap? A lot of people out there tend to either oversimplify or complicate the answer. You can’t just say today, because it’s just not true. And you also can’t give yourself too many obstacles or requirements to meet, because then you’ll just never make the leap. You’ll just sit there like humpty dumpty on his brick wall. The truth is, there’s an answer that’s honest, ...

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How to Stop Being So Busy and Instantly Reduce Stress

In our world, asking someone how things are going usually gets a response like: I’ve been so busy, I don’t have time for anything. OR… I’m just so stressed, I’m juggling a thousand things at once. Do we value being busy so much as a society that we choose to live this way? Or do we just not know how to handle the many to-do’s in our lives? Ultimately, this all leads to stress. A lot of it. There’s so much stress in our society that we have organizations dedicated to helping people deal with it. And almost all of this ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Productivity: 15 Steps to Maximize Free Time and Eliminate Distractions (Updated)

Total Reading Time: 32 minutes. Most people spend their lives reacting to external noise. Check email, click on viral article, check Instagram, like sister’s cat photo—and then back to checking email. The entire lifestyle is a reactive one. Little do we realize that our entire experience ends up becoming a reaction to this noise, rather than cultivating a proactive lifestyle. If you want to bring about flow and embrace your creative genius, creating a proactive workflow is essential. Productivity is key to success. And—ultimately—what is it we all want more of in life? Freedom. The freedom to do what we ...

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The Self-Incarceration of a Generation: Two Choices That Shape Destiny

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. It seems like everyone has their own story. “I lost my dog when I was eight, so I can never love again.” “I had a learning disability in elementary school.” “I don’t have enough money to travel.” “I don’t have the right idea to start a business.” I’ve been miserable before. So I did what all of us does. I allowed myself to turn into a cold, lifeless, pulseless zombie. I trudged around and went through the motions. I stopped caring. Every time I questioned the misery or daydreamed about my desires I created a ...

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The Annual Review: Setting Yourself Up For Success

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes With every new year comes the feeling that you’re starting with a fresh, clean slate. It’s likely that you spent the holidays eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating with the people you care about most. If you did it really well, it probably looked something like this: It’s a great time of year to refresh and look back on the year you just completed. You might be asking yourself some questions like… What went well? What were your major accomplishments and/or magic moments? What didn’t go well? What old habits are still preventing you from a break ...

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Solopreneur Case Study: Premier Celebrity and MMA Photographer James Law

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes I first met James Law in May of 2010 at the top of a mountain. No, seriously. I was back in San Diego, visiting my old friends and college town. At the time I was working for 3M and had a great job coming out of school. I was living in Manhattan, had a company car, expense account — the works. That weekend we went out drinking on a Saturday night, SDSU style. A friend decided to wake everyone up at 9 AM on Sunday morning and told us we we should go for a ...

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