When I Waked I Cried to Dream Again
Learning Everything Except the Art of Learning
This Is Not Your Practice Life

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My name is AJ

I used to be an unremarkably average financial executive in Manhattan, until I decided to start changing the world instead. I am a writer, designer, entrepreneur, humanitarian and nomad. I am now on a quest to travel around the world in 1,880 days, which you can follow along by subscribing.

The Pursuit of Everything is about living with intention, doing work that truly matters and changing the world. If that sounds interesting to you, you can read more here.

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The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit

a collection of essays about changing the world

“The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit” is a collection of essays about living with intention, doing work that matters and changing the world. If you’ve never quite fit in & you feel like there is more to life than working a job you hate, then this might be for you.

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When I Waked I Cried to Dream Again

Here’s something you may or may not know about me. The first company I ever started was in 2001. It was called Lancaster Acting Company. We were a professional Shakespearean theatre company. Our vision was to democratize Shakespeare. To bring Shakespeare “down” as it were, back to the groundlings, where I felt he could still […]

02

Learning Everything Except the Art of Learning

NYC Alley

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance. – Isaac Watts  Much is made of the tale of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the Sun. But very few know about his cousin, Perdix. When Perdix was a young boy, he showed great promise as a student of the mechanical arts. His mother, desiring only […]

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This Is Not Your Practice Life

Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time. So when the director yells cut, I’ll be fine, I’m forever young. – Shawn Carter, Forever Young 2009 AD. Who can go up to heaven? Only the gods dwell forever. Men number their days. But even if I fall I will win fame. And fame lasts […]

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Buttering to the Edges

Buttered Toast

A few months ago, Melissa and I decided to plant ourselves in the very misfit town of Asheville in North Carolina. As we nomad around the world in 1,880 days, the sceneries and seasons and cultures and people change, but one constant that we always maintain is our standing morning coffee date at the best café we can […]

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The Coincidence of Wants

On the second Sunday of every month in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, the city sets up what residents call el Mercado de Trueque or the Barter Market. The concept is simple. Residents come with what they would consider rubbish, and they trade it in for locally grown produce from regional farmers. The economy assembled here is an […]

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