Cool People, Cool Projects

One of the primary reasons for starting this blog was to help me connect with cool people doing cool things. Over the last 5 years, I’ve had an opportunity to interview or meet hundreds of very interesting people around the world. Here are some of the latest projects from a few people I know and respect. Niall Doherty Want a glimpse into what it’s like to travel around the world without flying? Check out Niall Doherty’s The Cargo Ship Diaries for tales of his global expContinue Reading

Is Your Business Socially Useless or Worse?

There are many things we can do with our careers. Some work can make the world better. These are socially good businesses. At the other end of the spectrum are socially destructive businesses that, regardless of profitability, bring net negative benefit to the world. In the middle, are socially useless businesses that are basically just a waste of human brainpower and effort. These are often zero sum games where someone only benefits from another’s loss. While it’s not always easy to cleContinue Reading

How to find Meaning and Purpose in your Life

Are you searching for more meaning and fulfillment in your life? You’re definitely not alone. There is only one way to really be satisfied and fulfilled. The answer is very simple, but it’s definitely not the easiest choice to make. What if you didn’t need money or attention? Derek Sivers recently wrote a post that I think hints at one of key issues of our time. If you stopped doing all these things you’re just doing for the money, or the attention, what’s leContinue Reading

4 Years of Location Independence

It’s been four years now since my wife and I sold our business, house, car and possessions and left Japan. It also marks 17 years of living abroad for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself in those years and hopefully I’ve also grown a little as well. Many people ask me why I left Canada and then Japan more than a decade later. I’m also often asked what were the key drivers of those major life changes. I’ll try to answer those questions here. Leaving Canada Leaving Canada back iContinue Reading

Success in the Zombie Apocalypse

Most people need a cataclysmic event in their life to really make meaningful changes. A death in the family, loss of a good job or a terminal illness are often required to start taking our lives seriously. It doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is a little courage and motivation to focus on what’s most important now. To find that inspiration, take a moment to imagine your role in the zombie apocalypse. Where Will You Be in the Zombie Apocalypse? When most of the world gives up Continue Reading

Peak Competition and What It Means for Your Future: Will we really stop trying to compete?

Everywhere you look the world is getting more competitive. Business, sports, consumer goods, online information, music; everything is much, much more competitive. With globalization and instant international communication, that competition is intensifying at an accelerating rate. What will happen to our economies and societies when we reach peak competition? Not Your Grandma’s World I think it’s worth stating that the world has changed a lot in the last century. Most people have a haContinue Reading

Do You Care About Human Trafficking?

Recently, I’ve been writing about the great opportunity and abundance those of us from wealthier countries enjoy. One key question that came out of those ideas was, If money were not a problem, what would you do with your time? Ben Randall of The Human, Earth Project is a perfect example of what I hope the answer to that question will be. What Would You Do if a Friend were Kidnapped? Several years ago Ben was teaching English in Northern Vietnam. He befriended many locals, including a Continue Reading

The Next Generation of the Entrepreneur Revolution

Social Entrepreneur Lee from Akha Ama Cafe in Chiang Mai The Internet has facilitated nothing short of a revolution in entrepreneurship. Business has gone from physical, real world spaces with high startup costs, to massive online opportunities which anyone with a laptop can start with a few dollars and Internet access. These truly are amazing times. While it’s great that there has been an explosion in the startup, digital nomad and lifestyle design communities, there is a conspicuouContinue Reading

Are New Year’s Resolutions Un-Buddhist?

I recently wrote how moving to a new country is a great way to reinvent your life. The start of the new year can also be a great opportunity for change and improvement. Getting better at life is something we should also be striving for, but I think western ideals of success and personal development are not always effective. Modern economies have brought us great abundance and opportunity, but we also seem to have much more anxiety and stress. I think we have a lot to learn from Buddhism whenContinue Reading

Stressed out? Regain the Magic of Christmas this Year

Christmas can be the best and worst time of year for many. On the positive side, we get to spend time with loved ones, eat great food, get a break from work and share in the excitement of the children around us. It can also be incredibly stressful shopping for presents, spending so much money, dealing with family tensions and let’s not even get into what the holidays can do to our waistlines. I have a Christmas challenge this year that promises to alleviate some of that stress and bringContinue Reading