March 2012

Start Something: How to Successfully Fund Your Passion Project on Kickstarter

This is a guest post from Brett Henley of I Am Convicted.

Brett has a very important message that I hope you’ll pay close attention to. It’s a story about the reality of the American prison system, and what we can do to begin changing it.

It’s hardly a popular topic. But it’s a message that desperately needs to be heard. Brett has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the book he’s currently writing. If you feel impacted by this work, take a look at the Kickstarter page and see how you can help.

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Build Your Own Ladder

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Joel Runyon of Impossible HQ.

  1. Graduate college
  2. Climb the corporate ladder.
  3. Get a 3% raise every year that barely keeps past with inflation.
  4. Wait 5 years for someone to tell you’re you’re qualified for a promotion
  5. Stay in line. Don’t cause trouble. Keep climbing and someone else will make sure that everything is okay.

10 years ago, this was still the formula for a good enough living. Unfortunately, things have changed.The old promises can’t be kept any longer.

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What to Do When You Fall Out of Love With Your Work

No matter how much I try not to, every so often I fall out of love with my work.

The thing that I love and cherish becomes a dreaded chore. I avoid it like a pile of dirty dishes glaring at me out of the corner of my eye as I stealthily slip by.

I’m not proud to admit this either. After all, this blog and Trailblazer is all about working on your own terms and waking up excited about what you get to do.

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Crafting Adventure (or Change is the Real Treasure)
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Annie Disano of Taking Tokyo

Why don’t we go on adventures anymore?

I mean it, world–we used to do things like climb Mount Everest, or put man on the Moon. Even the word “adventure” is desirable–it hints at a journey full of excitement, discovery, and little bits of risk. So why don’t we do it anymore?

We’re fighting a virtual age of apathy.

When does struggling for happiness turn into thriving without consequence?

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