Self-Guided Education

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot Reader Note: Today's article is a continuation from last week's massive guide on How Formal Education Killed the Passionate Career (+ A Practical Guide for Students, Parents & Lifelong Learners). I wrote this...

What kind of future will you create

"Notice the sparks. Follow them. The next big thing may be the small thing right in front of you." - Darren Rowse

Rule #1: Put All the Crazy People in the Same Room (or River)

Last Friday morning Chelsea and I grabbed some fresh Portland coffee, walked down to the Willamette River, stripped down to a bikini and board shorts (I was in the shorts) and hopped in a couple inner tubes with about 618 other friendly folks. A few minutes later we broke the Guinness World Record for creating the longest human floating chain (old record was 542 in Viareggio, Italy in 2008). Hat tip to Tyler of Advanced Riskology for orchestrating the seemingly impossible feat. It was fitting that the first official event of the World Domination Summit involved hundreds of people sloshing around in a river for a few hours wearing next to nothing. Something tells me that little vulnerability exercise wasn't a coincidence. Also wasn't a bad way to meet a few new friends. And it set the perfect tone. For those of you unfamiliar, WDS is an annual gathering put on by Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non Conformity. The event's core theme is "How do we lead a remarkable life in a conventional world?" This year 3,000 people from 30+ countries descended on Portland, Oregon to share in that vision. Their stories were proof of what's possible.

painfully priceless business lessons

"Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade."

- Tony Robbins

What Can Happen in a Year?

Last Thursday marked a year since I made the decision to switch my old blog Reading For Your Success over to a new brand - Live Your Legend. It took months to finally decide to make the switch (thanks to the friendly arm twisting of my buddies Corbett and Leo). I think about that decision a lot. I can think of no more profound change related to my online business career. Nothing even comes close. Reading For Your Success experienced just about 0% growth for the first four years I ran it. Once I made the switch, our community doubled almost overnight (from 4k to nearly 8k in under two weeks). Since then it's more than doubled yet again. It's been an unreal ride and I'm grateful to have experienced it. With it came some hard-learned lessons I want to share, but first here are some of the specifics of what's gone on since our launch...

Josh Kaufman Personal MBA

"See the sad thing about a guy like you, is in about 50 years you’re gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you’re gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life. One, don't do that. And two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin’ education you coulda' got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the Public Library." - Matt Damon as Will in Good Will Hunting
**Important note: Today we're talking about one of my favorite topics: practical education. Be sure to read to the end for two free tools I created for you all to download and use. They go hand in hand with this post and video. Enjoy!

To Go to Business School or Not?

It's a question I used to ask myself a lot. And one I'm constantly asked by others. About seven years ago Josh Kaufman was faced with that very dilemma. He felt like he wanted (and perhaps needed) to get an MBA in order to move his career forward. The problem was he didn't want to spend two years and over $100k in debt to do it. He also doubted how practical such a solution would be. So instead, he went Good Will Hunting-style and proceeded to spend the next two months living at libraries and book stores. In those first two months he read over 200 business books. Since then he's gone through closer to 1,000. He then tested and cherry-picked the most fundamental and useful content. He also estimates he saved himself about $150,000.

2011 life lessons

“Making a mistake once is called learning. Making it twice means you're not learning."

~ William Brett Wilson

*Important Note: If you haven't gotten your copy yet, the totally free 2012 Goal Setting and Action Workbook is available for download. It's been downloaded over 5,000 times since last week and people seem to be getting a lot from it. Here's the link to the download page. I hope it helps. Enjoy! *****

As far as I'm concerned, life is about learning and helping...

The more you can do the former, the better prepared you are to accomplish the latter. We all learn things every day. The problem is we also forget the great majority of what we learn, sometimes just moments after learning it. In order to avoid that and give today a chance at building on yesterday, you have to have a process for learning things once (and for all). After all, the first time you learn something, it's experience, but the second time it's foolish. As a part of my weekly planning (one step in my goal setting process), I write down any lessons I learned from the past week, either from my own experiences or that of others. Below is the list of the top 2011 lessons from an initial list of hundreds.