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Who cares what other people think, what do you believe in?
Stop trying to IMPRESS others and learn to EXPRESS yourself
. Another great article from Glen at
So much time is wasted trying to impress others with our knowledge, sophisticated tastes, hobbies, etc. That pretense is… well pretentious. How about focusing your energies on expressing what you really love and believe in? I think we need more authenticity in the world.

NomadicMatt has a great article on how travelers try to impress with their stories. All Travelers are Created Equal. Another must read in my opinion! covers a related topic in The Courage to Be Wrong.

The Future is FREE!
Chris Anderson’s latest book Free: The Future at a Radical Price is offered for free on
While the topic of the book is not specific to my concept of being a Jet Set Citizen, I feel it is important because this is the future of  everything online. Anything that can be digitized will approach free over time: free music, free movies, free TV, free ebooks. It has huge implications for all of us who hope to make our living online. As competition intensifies and more people offer higher quality products at lower prices, we can all expect that most people making money from ebook sales now will have to move to higher value added products and services to earn an income. The key take away is that if you want to stand out,  offer amazing free products now. If your competitor is charging for a similar ebook, give it for free and shift to consulting, a membership program or publish a real book. Look what it did for Chris Guillebeau.

Here are some more links to check out:

Priced to Sell: Is Free the Future?
Malcolm Gladwell disagrees with Anderson in this NewYorker article.

Malcolm is Wrong
Seth Godin disagrees with Gladwell.
“Marketers struggle for attention and if you don’t have it, you lose. Free is a relatively cheap way to get attention.”
“Second, in a digital economy with lots of players and lower barriers to entry, it’s quite natural that the price will be lowered until it meets the incremental cost of making one more unit. If a brand can gain share by charging less, a rational player will.”

Carlos Miceli of Owl Sparks weighs in on the Free debate
“Free will win but I suspect only in the online world, which will require all profit-seekers (who will still exist) to stop looking at online shortcuts for attention, buzz, and money and will promote a move back to offline “real” business once again.”

Jonathan Fields also has a great article on this topic. Please read my comment there, as I discussed all my thoughts on the issue.

Get Rid of Your Stuff!
Going Global: Downsizing your Stuff and Right-Sizing your Life from
FoxNomad has a related article Overcoming 7 Major Obstacles To Traveling The World – #2: You Think It’s Too Expensive
I also got carried away with my comment at that site, so please read if you are interested in my opinion on “stuff.”

The Tricycle Diaries – an Idea Becomes Reality
Christian Skoda buys a motorcycle and has a side car welded on the side to travel around the Philippines on
Now this is just cool!

How to Turn Your Blog into a Business
Great post about promoting you services first on your blog from

Introduction to Social Media Marketing
Three videos for getting started with social media marketing using Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

50 Resources that will Improve your Writing Skills from

Awesome review of the Steve Martin Biography and the value of hard work from
“I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four were spent in wild success.”

Another great post from Seth Godin! The Confusion.
We frequently confuse internal biochemistry (caused by habits and genetics) with external events. If we didn’t, marketing wouldn’t work nearly as well.

Family of Four Starts Off on a World Adventure

Great post on how to use Google Gears to work offline with the Google Suite from
Also Lea Woodward from LocationIndependent has an amazing interview with Cath Duncan on Scroll down to
“How to Be Independent, Free & Flexible by Creating a Location Independent Lifestyle” to download the podcast.

What is Wrong with the World?
I have been debating including this last article because I don’t like to focus on complaining, but I think it is warranted.
There is a fantastic Youtube video called, United Breaks Guitars by the Canadian country band Sons of Maxwell. (It is the video at the top of this post.) If you haven’t heard the story yet, United airlines baggage handlers broke one of the band’s guitars, and after 9 months of phone calls, United refused to do anything about it. Then the band put up this video which now has almost 3.7 million views! United finally tried to make the situation right, but in my view it is much too little, too late. It is unfortunate that all the thousands of others that have been wronged by United, won’t be offered fair treatment.

As a guitar player, I know that cases are fairly rigid. It takes extreme belligerence to break a guitar the way United did. I completely sympathize with the band because I have had similar experiences with United Airlines myself. I have personally witnessed United baggage carriers throw fragile items like skis and musical instruments onto the luggage carrier and then load all the luggage on top. I even called other passengers over to point out the obvious malfeasance. I have had four bad customer experiences with United. I have repeatedly flown with them because they have always been the cheapest carrier, but no longer. I will now pay a premium and endure longer stopovers to avoid the harassment of United employees.

I understand that a company with such demoralized employees must have terrible management. However, I don’t feel that passengers should bear the force of that resentment. United most certainly deserves all the negative publicity that these videos bring. All those employees that cared so little about the passengers and luggage they had in their care, will be responsible for their employer’s demise. I know that there are also thousands of great United employees and it is unfortunate that they will also be harmed.

I don’t like to rant like this, but I am just so sick of the terrible service and attitude I get in stores, restaurants and businesses in America and Canada. So few people care about delivering quality experiences to customers. What is wrong with the world? If you can’t do your job with minimum standards of human decency and respect, then quit. Those people don’t deserve to be employed.

Sorry, negative thoughts out. Happy thoughts in! 🙂

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

4 Responses to Best Lifestyle Design, Personal Development and Travel Links

  1. Anil says:

    Hey John, appreciate the link and the insightful comment on my blog.
    .-= Anil´s last blog ..Overcoming 7 Major Obstacles To Traveling The World – #2: You Think It’s Too Expensive =-.

  2. VeRonda says:

    Authenticity is a wonderful thing and a content feeling. I think it comes with age, though. Unless your personality from the gate is just one of contentment and peace, you go through that thing of finding what all this stuff means.
    .-= VeRonda´s last blog ..Shouldn’t They Know By Now? =-.

  3. Hi John!

    I love the comment: I think we need more authenticity in the world.

    What a different place the world would be if we could just cut the crap and stop trying to impress everybody! I just put a question out on facebook asking if anyone really does have their life figured out or if they are just pretending… the response? Everyone commented that they had NO IDEA what they were doing!

    I always find it funny with the consulting I do because eventually all of my business owners confess that they have no idea how to run a business. They are so relieved when I tell them I hear that ALL THE TIME!

    I wish we all could be a bit more open about the fact that we don’t know what we are doing, (I sure don’t!) and focus more on sharing our passions and helping each other out along the way!
    .-= Brooke Ferguson´s last blog ..Interview with John Bardos, Jet Set Citizen =-.

  4. John says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    Yes, authenticity is a huge one for me. We all have fears and apprehensions. No one has all the answers. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I love being around authentic people regardless of their jobs or status. Authentic people are cool people!

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