The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind!
If we haven’t connected over Facebook or Twitter or Medium, here’s what has transpired over the past 48 hours…
“When you begin to live your life like an interesting story, it has no other choice than to become one.”
One of my long-term goals/dreams was to give a TEDx talk. One day, I thought, after I do some more things, get a few more experiences/accomplishments/adventures under my belt, I’d apply to deliver a TEDx talk.
“Maybe I’ll be ready in a few years.”
And then in February, I was invited to give a TEDx talk at Lafayette College. And of course, I said yes.
“I guess I have to be ready now.”
Earlier this year, I publicly stated a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in 2013. I stole this practice from author, entrepreneur, and a personal hero of mine Chris Guillebeau, who has been exercising this for years. In his Annual Review, he reflects honestly on his year past and makes goals for the upcoming year.
I figured if I intended to become a great artist (which I do), then I had better learn to start stealing like one.
I was reluctant to do this. By publicly stating goals, I risked publicly failing at goals. And by standing up and expressing my intent to do some big, crazy, or weird things, I opened myself to criticism. Mostly internal criticism — writing down or verbally stating any sort of ambitious intent unleashes the dragons of doubt.
First, 1 quick announcement.
The past four days have been a whirlwind experience. I’m still trying to make sense of it, dissect how and why it happened, and process it intellectually. I’ve been trying to document it all in real time over social media. But in case we’re not connected on those channels, I wanted to let you know here.
On Thursday night, I decided to write an article and post it on a site called Medium. I entitled it Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months (link to Medium article).
[Actually, this was a rewrite of something I had written months ago on GiveLiveExplore. You may recall it as: These Things Traveling Taught.]
On Friday night, that article was shared by Tim Ferriss (one of my heroes) with his Facebook and Twitter followers. And from there, things went wild.
Happy Friday! I’d like to share a few quick odds & ends before the week’s end.
Do you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area?
Over the next few weeks I’ll be in the Bay Area, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the city. In a way, I’m “dating” San Francisco — I’ve been nomadic for almost a year and half and I’m itching to have a place to call home. SF is high on my list.
If you’re in the area and would like to meet up, shoot me an email.