• How to Design a Life:

    Reimagine Work, Go on a Journey and Find a Mission


    The “American Dream” is flawed.


    Work tirelessly to go to college, graduate, and get a great job. Buy a nice, big house in the suburbs. Sit in traffic for two hours a day to get back and forth to your nice, big house, so that you’re so exhausted by the time you get home, you don’t have the energy for anything other than Netflix and chill. Drink wine and order pizza (or sushi, or Thai) because you’re stressed and too tired to cook. Fall asleep for 8 (more like 5-6) hours, and wake up and repeat five days a week.


    Spend Saturday recovering from the week and doing maintenance on your house, car, and clothes. Spend Sunday wondering where the weekend went. Do this 50 weeks a year, allow yourself two weeks of annual vacation, and repeat this cycle for 45 years. Then, when you’re 65, you can retire, and hopefully, be physically able to pursue all of your real interests: hobbies, travel, adventure.


    Hopefully, the Great Barrier Reef will still exist and Miami won’t be underwater by the time that day comes.


    This is not my dream: That’s why I designed a strategy to semi-retire and travel the world at 25, and become financially independent by age 30 so that I could live out of my wildest dreams while I was still young enough to enjoy them.


    What exactly are these dreams? Well, over the next five years, my big goals are to:

    1. Build a business.
    2. Live on virtually every continent.
    3. Customize a home.
    4. Become a polyglot.
    5. Advance my education dramatically.

    But if I'm being honest: there are dozens of subgoals within those, and five years is way too much time. If I buckled down, I could do it in half that time.


    Welcome to 10x thinking, where my goals for this year look like a 10-year plan. But that's the beauty of freedom: you have time and energy to pursue what you love most.


    What would you do if money were not a factor? Where would you live? What would your day-to-day look like? How would you spend your time? Your dreams don’t have to be anything close to mine – in fact, they shouldn’t be. They should be uniquely yours and so idiosyncratic, that comparing them to anyone else's would be ludicrous. But you should be dreaming, mapping and plotting to pursue your wildest fantasies. What would you do if you were not afraid to fail?


    If you’ve ever asked yourself…

    • Is work-sleep-repeat and drinking all weekend to forget the workweek all there is to life?
    • Will I ever get to do the things that I've always wanted -- like that trip around the world, or writing my memoir?
    • How can I work on my passions and myself when just working and living take so much out of me?

    …then this book is for you.


    I’m passionate about living life to the fullest. Don't wait until "someday" to do the things that you've always wanted. I believe that you can truly have it all – security, stability, adventure, novelty, family, passion, love, meaningful work, and purpose. I know this because I live in, and I've profiled dozens of other people who are also living their dream lives - even with kids, mortgages, and family obligations.


    This book is beyond being a how-to guide on investment strategies.


    It's a manifesto about not only seizing the day, but seizing your life and forging your own unique path of happiness, achievement, and fulfillment.


    It's an exercise in Thinking and Living Bigger.


    It's a roadmap for reinventing the way that you live and work.


    It's a plan for crafting your ideal life.





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