Travel, Lifestyle Design and Personal Development Links

Best Lifestyle Design Links

Best Lifestyle Design Links (Photo from George Eastman House)

Here is a a selection of the top links I found last week. I hope you enjoy the posts as much as I did.

All the Things you Don’t Need.
Great motivational article from Chris Guillebeau on The Art of Non-Conformity (
You don’t need experience, a mentor, paperwork, or to pay for information. To start a business you don’t need to outsource, a new computer or business cards. And you don’t need permission. You only need passion, vision, a task and commitment.

A Flip Mino, a Twitter account and a little social media knowledge will not make anyone a marketer.
From Edward Boches on Creativity_Unbound (
Great Marketers use Social Media, Social Media doesn’t make great marketers.

How Much of a Life are You Actually Living?
Good article on the importance of being present in every thing we do from Glen Allsopp on

Lifehacks VS. Lifestyle Design
Important distinction from Adrian Koh on
Lifehacking is a bottom up approach to improving productivity. Lifestyle design is a top down belief in which “life should be lived consciously and deliberately, and not left to chance.

Functionally Dysfunctional
Wake up call from Craig Harper on
“Everybody has problems and issues and if you wait for personal perfection before you start to help others, you’ll never help one person.”

Cool Money: 12 Beautiful Bills
By Brynn Mannino on
Cool images of money from around the world with a little history on the images.

So You Want to Be an Author.
Great information for writers by the author of Where Am I Wearing, Kelsey Timmerman on (Matador Network).
He talks about what it takes to be an author and get a book published.

Why I Chose to Self Publish
Good post for future authors by Zoe Winters on
Getting a book published is extremely difficult and it still only gives you a small chance of earning a living. Statistically, self-publishing makes more sense.

What Can Travel Teach You about the American Dream.
By Debra Corbeil ( on (Matador Network).

Rethinking the American Dream
Great article in in Vanity Fair magazine discussing the history of the idea of “the American Dream.”
“Freedom from want, not freedom to want.”

7 Habits 0f Highly Effective People
Detailed Summary of the Classic Book on
It is a good reminder if you have read the book and a good introduction if you haven’t. Virtually every personal development book in the last decade is based on these ideas.
Habit 1: Be Proactive – Design your own life.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – What do you want in Life?
Habit 3: Put First Things First – Do the most worthy things in your life first.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win: Solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – Listen with the intent to understand, not reply.
Habit 6: Synergize – Value differences in people. “Two heads are better than one.”
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Renew yourself in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, spritual.

Get a Job or Continue with a Start up Business?
Jun Loayza of contemplates diverting attention from his start up, to get a great job and start earning some money again.

What is this Location Independence Stuff?
Freelance entrepreneur, Cody Mckibben talks about relocating to Thailand as part of

Top 10 Thinking Traps Exposed — How to Foolproof Your Mind, Part 1
Great article on thinking rationally and avoiding bad decisions by Luciano Passuello on
1. Anchoring Trap – Starting points can heavily bias your thinking.
2. The Status Quo Trap – The status quo has an advantage over every other alternative.
3. The Sunk Cost Trap – Sunk costs shouldn’t influence your decisions.
4. The Confirmation Trap – Looking for information to support your view.
5. The Incomplete Information Trap – We jump to conclusions.

Live the Juggle Life (PDF download).
Summary of the book ‘Juggle! Rethink Work Reclaim your Life’ by Ian Sanders on
Sample chapter of ‘Juggle! Rethink Work Reclaim your Life’
“Mixing work, play, business and family, roles and projects. “
“It’s about being multi-dimensional, in letting our passions inform and shape our work identities.”
“The best plan is a non-plan.”

Some people STILL don’t get it! ‘Work’ is a mindset not a place you go.
Good article from the author mentioned above, Ian Sanders on his blog.

How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself
Tim Ferris (The 4-Hour Workweek) has a great video analyzing traffic on his blog and he answers some questions about his work.

Is This the Way to the 4-hour Workweek
Funny video mocking personal outsourcing from The Onion on

Please let me know if you enjoy these collections of links or not. I will stop them if they are not worthwhile.

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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.

6 Responses to Travel, Lifestyle Design and Personal Development Links

  1. Dave and Deb says:

    Aww, I was reading your links thinking to myself how great they all are and then I saw my name. Thank you for including me in this list! You find excellent sites. I downloaded chris guillebeau’s 279 Days because of your suggestion a few weeks ago. I am going to bookmark this page and take my time discovering the sites you have suggested. Cheers.

  2. Nate says:

    Great list of stuff right there! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Alan says:

    Wow–great list. I watched the Tim Ferriss video last week and was really impressed with how thorough his blogging strategy was. Chris Guillebeau has also been on a roll recently with his posts. Thanks for introducing me to a few more people!

  4. awwwwwsome links.

    the tim ferriss vid is crazy cool.

    good to see my good friend glen at pluginid featuring 🙂

    hopefully i’ll make the list soon 😉


    keep well and in touch
    alex – unleashreality

  5. Daniel says:

    Thanks for turning me on to Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity. That website is amazing; digging reading your take on things alongside his. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the list. Am considering picking up the Four-hour Work Week. Hmmmm. Waffling!

  6. Hi John,

    Thank you so much for including me on this fantastic list! I’m really flattered to be featured alongside the other greats. Thanks so much for sharing this list. There’re many that I’ve not read and I’ll be sure to check them out.



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