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The Life and Times of A Remarkable Misfit

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—“There are times when we sail so far off course, when our dreams are so far from reach that they
appear but balmy glimmers violently strewn on a distant horizon which we will never pierce. When
complacency and compliance, when safety and security have so entranced us, that gradual reform is no
longer possible. In these moments we have but one option – revolt.”

I can still remember when I wrote that down.

In many ways, it feels like yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a million miles behind me. But it was only four years ago. Exactly six months after I decided to leave an unremarkably average existence as a successful finance executive in Manhattan, and decided to start changing the world instead.
Since that moment, I have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to over 40 countries on this beautiful planet, I’ve spent the vast majority of my time launching projects that truly matter, I’ve remained successfully self employed, and I’ve worked in 9 African countries launching humanitarian projects that have raised millions of dollars to help communities in South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Malawi.

Today is my 30th Birthday.

And I can think of no better way to celebrate than by publishing The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit, a collection of essays about changing the world. I’ve written these essays at different times and for different reasons over the past couple of years while on my own path to living an intentional life, doing work that truly matters and changing the world.

You can download a very free copy

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Who is this manifesto for?

As I was reviewing many of these essays, I realized that I was really just writing letters to a younger version of myself. The guy trapped living the life he was supposed to live, while ignoring the life he was destined to live. If you feel like I did, like you simply don’t fit in the nice and neat life plans that the world has set out for you, the Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit might be for you.

What will you learn?

– The opportunity cost of not taking yourself seriously
– A list of 10 Essential Don’ts
– The anatomy of average people
– How arrogance, the Sistine Chapel, art & Steve Jobs are interrelated
– 16 Ways to Make Money & Lose Self-Respect
– The convergence between fear, courage and insanity
– Why guys in expensive suits knock down sand castles
– What decapitating Medusa has to do with changing the world
– Why making mistakes is so damn important
– The difference between, consuming, curating and creating

How can you help?

The only way ideas spread is if those who are moved by them share them, one at a time. I’ve made this manifesto freely available to all the remarkable misfits hell bent on changing the world.
If you’ve enjoyed it, been inspired by it or know someone who should read it, feel free to share it in your communities or vote it up on Reddit below. It would mean the whole wide world to me.
Also, please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Your fellow Misfit,
AJ

ps – Fair warning – If you’ve been with me for a long time, you will have probably read all of these essays at one time or another. I hope you still enjoy.

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