Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, world traveller and lifelong learner. Through his blog 'The Art of Non-Conformity' he tries to help people live unconventional lives, make their own choices and change the world. He lives in Portand, Oregon. "
" www.chrisguillebeau.com "
"What have you been up to?" // "Not much, just planning on changing everything about my life."
by @chrisguillebeau - 2 days ago
@KatieLeighHutt a year!
@lintropy that’s awesome. I hope it works out!
Stephen Hawking: “This is the most dangerous time for our planet” — https://t.co/b8QYWB8BQ1
Man Celebrates 60th Birthday by Running 525 Miles Across the Spanish Pyrenees - 6 days ago
To celebrate his sixtieth birthday, Andrew Townsend ran from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea – 525 miles across the Spanish Pyrenees climbing a total of 104,000 ft (4 Everests!) in 27 days. If that wasn’t enough, in 2015, he ran 8 marathons, in 8 countries, in only 8 days! Surprisingly, he spent most of his life behind a desk and didn’t start running until he was well into his 50’s proving once again that it’s never too late to get started.
It was day eleven. I had already run 227 miles and climbed 49,000 feet, but I still wasn’t even halfway there. It was just after 5:00am, but I was already up despite not having an alarm set as my aches and pains provided the necessary wake up call I needed. After a quick shower and with teeth brushed, I was ready for the next onerous task of the day – trying to find some clean running gear or perhaps I should say the least dirty!
Next up was the rucksack ritual – working out what I could discard to reduce the weight, followed by deciding I needed everything and re-packing it. Each day it felt like I had accumulate more things although I knew this wasn’t possible. After all, there were no shops.
If You Can’t Learn Math, Maybe It’s Not Your Fault - 7 days ago
My experience in higher education was unusual and erratic. I eventually earned a master’s degree in International Studies, but long before that I was a high-school dropout.
One thing I haven’t talked about much is that I’ve never been able to learn higher math: algebra, geometry, calculus, or anything of the sort. It’s not for lack of trying, or at least it wasn’t for a while. (I have zero interest in trying to learn it these days.)
No, I tried and I just couldn’t learn. I tried over and over and it never got any easier. Lots of people tried to help. I read books and went to study groups. But no matter what I did, it didn’t sink in.
Holiday Sale Starts Today! Save 40% Off Everything from Unconventional Guides - 9 days ago
We only have one sale all year at Unconventional Guides, and it begins now.
This year it's a big 30% 40% off everything in the Unconventional Guides store, the biggest savings it's been in... forever.
“You Just Have to Grab the Next Trapeze”: A Former Lawyer Reinvents Himself After Escaping to France - 12 days ago
It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how far along you are in your career—there's still time for change. Bill Crow felt like he was living someone else’s life. Even though it was a very successful lawyer's life, he still wasn’t happy. So he took a year off and moved his family to France. Disconnecting from his everyday world allowed him to discover what he really wanted to do next.
I went to law school because it led to the professional career expected of me by my engineer father. I had a lawyer’s dream job in my home office in Vancouver, Canada: I had my own law practice, negotiating contracts on the phone for international clients. Best of all, there was no overhead, and I was able to pocket every dollar I billed.
I loved almost everything about my job: the low hours, the freedom, the money, being able to spend time with my kids, the praise of my clients, the work-from-home dress code (PJs).
The only thing I didn't like about my job was the actual doing of it. Practicing law was like sticking needles in my eyes.
Get 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points ($1,000+ Value) from a Brand-New Offer - 15 days ago
Link: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
Link: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
Long, long ago, I wrote about my adventures in buying gift cards at Office Depot. It took a lot of schlepping back and forth, but I earned at least 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points from the effort. (I was then able to fly Business Class to South Africa and Switzerland from this points, so it was well worth it.)
As of this week, you can now earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points with a lot less effort. Chase has debuted an all-new card, the Ink Business Preferred, which offers the 80,000 points as a signup bonus.
Sign up to the Pan Macmillan newsletter for great extra content and free extracts.