1. Every day should be an adventure.
Living is happiest if you choose to see it as an exciting and rewarding challenge, no matter who you are.
Would you be happy with what you’re planning to do today if it was the last day you ever got to live?
Your mindset creates the world you live in. If you change the way you think, you can change the way you experience the world.
2. You’ll do awesome things if you have the tools to take your dreams seriously.
I think we can help each other find the right tools and opportunities to change the world.
Figuring out what you want and why you want it is half the battle to create a world you’re excited to be a part of each day.
The other half of the battle is embracing your ignorance, discovering that you can learn anything, choosing to learn from failure, and re-framing obstacles as advantages.
3. Communication is the most important skill.
The biggest problems are often result from our lack of practice understanding each other.
We can practice understanding others just like we can practice communicating our ideas clearly.
Active listening, effective speaking and writing, and generally healthy communication are skills anyone can learn.
What would the world look like if we could share these ideas together?
My mission: To actualize everyone.
I want to enable every individual to dream up worthwhile world-changing work, and then carry out that dream efficiently.
…by helping people who don’t know what they want to do to determine what their life’s work could be by helping them learn fast.
…by enabling dreamers to go big without fear or self judgement.
…by creating systems that let adventurers do meaningful work through clear communication and effective collaboration.
Definitions related to my “mission statement”
Mission: an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel. (lol)
Actualize: To make a reality of.
(how cool is that? To make a reality of people.)
Reality: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
I think these definitions and the ways they relate to the ideas above are fun to think about. I hope you do, too. Okay, let’s keep going.
Explore the things I’m doing right now to help people live happier, do their best, and communicate more effectively.
I want to be able to refer people to a single place for everything I do. So, on this page you’ll find:
- A simple link to contact me by email: [email protected]
- Three easy-to-remember ideas about why I do what I do.
- A list of my most important projects (which you’re reading now)
- A clear and actionable mission statement.
- Links to everything I do on the internet.
I offer a starter course for everything I’m good at completely free on my home page.If you haven’t seen it yet, click here
Study Abroad Book
My recently published book: The World’s Best School: Travel. The title essentially says it all.
The process of traveling refines every important life skill. Proactive self-development, clear and confident communication, effective coordination, project management, mentorship, and bureaucracy navigation are necessary skills that you learn automatically from travel.
The textbook and online course are tested, revised, and proven to teach all of this step-by-step under the guise of a typical “how to travel” guide.Visit StudyAbroadBook.com
The Adventures Of Jonas
It’s one of Jonas’s biggest life goals, and we made it happen in just a few months! I’m proud to have been a part of making this a physical thing!
Its a gorgeous 400 page visual narrative that will entertain, inspire, and occasionally frustrate you. Jonas makes you feel like a part of the adventure. You’ll love it.Check it out.Jonas’ New Webcomic On Tumblr
Photography & My Project 365
Photography is really really fun. If I had to be professional about it, I’d call it an “unending lifelong passion” or something like that. It’s how I live my life day to day. People know me by the camera in front of my face. I’ll never get tired of taking pictures.
My Project 365 this year is my effort to get around to finally sharing the best of the best!See my Project 365Follow my photo blog on Tumblr
The Continued Learning Blog
Launched on Jan 1. 2015, the CLB is a place for me to post ideas, tools, book notes, resources, and updates of all kinds. I also guest post various places around the internet.
Learning is for everyone, not just those in school. I want everyone to know that we all learn best when we’re having fun. Let’s discover more about the world around us with friends we love.
This blog is how I learn through teaching. Did you know that’s the best way to learn?See The BlogSee My Work On HuffPost
What would a world I love living in look like?
Not that the world we have isn’t amazing already.
I want to live in a world full of loving families, where each member is happy by choice and everyone knows they are worthwhile and valuable.
I want to live in a world full of collaborators who take their own dreams seriously, and have the tools to do meaningful, fulfilling work to create a world in which they want to live.
I want to live in a world full of good friends who understand the value of communication and go out of their way to listen to and understand each other.
If you want to learn more, click on each of these 3 beliefs. They will help make a world like the ones I described above.
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These qualities are a choice, not a discovery or pursuit.
I believe that people who are doing their best deserve to be happy. I believe that each person is valuable and worthy of education and opportunity. I want to encourage child-like curiosity, adult-like critical thinking, un-ironic enthusiasm. We should all get excited about the awesome world we live in and our profound ability to engineer a better one.
Those of us who have had our questions answered and our dreams encouraged can be responsible for helping everyone else receive education and opportunity. We have the tools to make the world we want to live in if we’re willing to figure out what that world is.
I believe that the world will be best if all people are doing their best and have the tools to realize their dreams.
The three best ways to succeed at your dreams are cultivating curiosity for its own sake, learning from fast failures (most people fail slowly), and seeking helpful criticism.
I believe that learning and growth happens best when people are encouraged to fail fast and be naturally curious, and reassured that they are worthwhile even when they make mistakes. I believe that people who choose to enjoy the journey can fail and learn from it, regardless of if they ever reach the destination they imagined. I believe that people who know they are valuable and worthwhile can receive criticism effectively instead of taking it personally.
Discovering that you are wrong is one of life’s best gifts. Knowing what you don’t know is the first step in any learning process. You can’t get where you need to go by thinking you are already there. If you want to grow, first you must know you are wrong without worrying about if that makes you less valuable, then you must confidently go somewhere new and ask questions.
Purposeful, effective communication involves using simple words, listening actively and compassionately, and seeking to understand before criticizing.
I believe that clear communication is the key to the world we imagine. I believe the most complex things can be explained simply. I believe active listening is the most valuable skill a person or a nation can cultivate.
When we learn about new perspectives, we all face a choice between criticizing or understanding. Understanding is more difficult and more worthwhile than criticism. People who want to create the most opportunity for everyone should seek to understand and empathize before criticizing or teaching.
I would love to hear what you thought of this page. If anything stood out to you from this message, I’d love to hear from you via email or Twitter.
If all this sounded familiar, you’re in the right place.
Now it’s your turn.
I want to have a blast solving the world’s most interesting problems together. I want to bring just a little more opportunity, joy, and wonder into the world.
If you do too, I would love your help. Wondering how? The best thing you can do (for both of us) is take an unusual and enthusiastic interest in the world around you.
Get curious. It’s a skill you need to practice to use well.
Ask me anything you’re curious about.
I encourage you to get curious on a regular basis because it might be the single most important thing you’ll ever do. I will definitely read it. Be honest and creative. Whether or not you feel like asking a question, you should try. You’ll get judgement from me, just love. Try to use the same email and name you’ve used on other parts of my website[sc:EmailCaptureStyles]
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