21 Things to Remember If You Love a Travel Addict


Loving a travel addict can be challenging, frustrating, lonely, and exhilarating, all at the same time. You have to admire their sense of adventure, but their nomadic lifestyle can also keep you in a worried state.

If these sound like familiar sentiments, you’re not alone. Here are 21 things you need to understand when you love a travel addict:

1. They can’t sit still.

No matter how hard they try, travel addicts can’t sit still. In fact, if they were forced to stay in one place for an extended period of time, they would probably be terribly miserable.

2. They love change.

Travel addicts absolutely love new experiences and the change that comes with them. They’re always looking to try something new.

3. They aren’t poor at managing money.

Despite what you may believe, travel addicts aren’t wasters of money. Among the few things in the world that are truly worth their price tag, cultural travel experiences are among them.

4. They aren’t selfish.

While they may leave you for extended periods of time, it doesn’t mean they no longer love you. It’s their way of re-energizing.

5. They love and appreciate your support.

The fact that you let them travel without holding them back will not be lost on a travel addict. They absolutely love and appreciate the support they get from family and friends.

6. They are more likely to be successful.

Because they thrive outside of comfort zone and don’t mind change, travel addicts are more likely to be successful than the average person.

7. They are more aware.

Travel addicts are much more aware of their surroundings and appreciate the beauty to be found in nature.

8. They are very grateful.

At one time or another, every travel addict finds him or herself in a poor area or third-world country. This provides perspective and instills appreciation of the things they have.

9. They can relax.

People seem to think travel addicts are high-strung individuals who enjoy bouncing off the walls. But many enjoy relaxing; just not at home.

10. They know how to navigate airports.

Ever have a question about airport travel? Travel addicts are extremely proficient at moving quickly through security, baggage claim, registration and ticket purchases, etc.

11. They value reminders of home.

Just because travel addicts love to travel doesn’t mean they hate home. They almost always appreciate small gifts that remind them of home.

12. They can sleep anywhere.

You can tell a travel addict from a normal person by observing his or her sleep habits. A travel addict can sleep anywhere, any time.

13. They don’t get lost.

Travel addicts don’t get lost, they just get off the beaten track. Whenever they find themselves in a different place, they explore before rerouting.

14. They aren’t defined by possessions.

Physical possessions don’t mean much to travel addicts. They almost always prefer experiences ahead of objects.

15. They don’t judge you for not traveling.

As a byproduct of experiencing so many different people and cultures, travel addicts are not judgmental. They’ll let you make your own decisions.

16. They love money as gifts.

Because travel addicts don’t place much emphasis on material possessions, they almost always enjoy gifts in the form of money.

17. They love maps.

Whether it’s a digital GPS or a physical paper, travel addicts love to study maps and fantasize about new places.

18. They hate when people ask about settling down.

There’s nothing more annoying to a travel addict than when somebody asks them when they’re going to be ready to settle down. Traveling is a lifestyle to them, not a phase.

19. They are always looking forward to the next trip.

As soon as a travel addict returns home from a trip, they’re already thinking about the next one. They disdain long lapses between adventures.

20. They don’t mind companions.

There are times when travel addicts enjoy being alone, but more often than not, they don’t mind bringing a companion along for the fun.

21. They are master researchers.

Travel addicts can maneuver travel blogs, websites, books, and magazines like nobody else. They know how to find exactly what they’re looking for.

If you understand these 21 facts, you can relate to the travel addicts in your life better, and truly know where they come from.

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What I Learned from Not Hitting the New York Times Best Sellers List

The other day, my friend Darrell asked me on a webinar in front of hundreds of people how it felt to not hit The New York Times Best Sellers list with my latest book. I said, “Well, not good. But thanks for reminding me.”

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Anyone who’s paid attention to my recent launch knows I set a public goal of hitting that list. It was one of a handful of aspirations I had for the year. And I honestly thought I had it in the bag. I followed the rules: wrote the goal down, pictured it in my mind, and worked like mad to make it happen.

Then, it didn’t.

In spite of all my wishing and work, the dream just didn’t come true. That kind of disappointment is hard. But what I learned from the experience was invaluable.

When I launched The Art of Work in March, I ended selling more copies than planned. The book did about 15,000 preorders instead of the anticipated 10,000 (which some say is the magic number you need to hit the list, but nobody knows for sure). For some reason, though, the book didn’t make the NYT list.

It hit USA Today, Publisher’s weekly (two weeks in a row), and the Washington Post best sellers list. But no New York Times. Why not?

How best sellers lists work

First, it’s helpful to understand how these lists work. Most people have no idea. I certainly didn’t — until I began researching this subject. The best overview of the different lists and how they work can be found on Tim Ferriss’s blog.

Suffice it to say, they’re all different but have some similarities, and landing a spot on any one of them is difficult.

Here are some things you may not have known about the best sellers lists:

  1. There’s more than one best sellers list (The New York Times currently has over 30 different lists based on genre).
  2. Every list has their own criteria for what qualifies as a “best seller” (surprisingly, it’s usually not just how many books you sell).
  3. USA Today is the only list that calculates the rank of a book solely by sales figures. They also only have one list, which, some say, makes it a more objective list.
  4. The Wall Street Journal list is made up of mostly business hardcover and non-fiction books. You can sell a ton of books and not hit that list if it’s not the right genre or format.
  5. Some stores don’t report to Nielsen Bookscan, which accounts for roughly 75% of total book sales. In other words, the best sellers lists aren’t looking at all book sales.
  6. Best sellers lists are calculated weekly, so if a book sells a lot in its lifetime but never has a strong sales week, it won’t become a best seller.
  7. There’s no magic number. If reported sales are low one week, you could hit the list with a few thousand sales. Another week, you might miss it with over 10,000 sales. It’s all relative.
  8. Some retailers, like airports, delay their reporting for weeks or even months, which can skew the results and dilute sales numbers.
  9. All preorders count towards the first week of sales. However, if the book ships early, sales numbers can be spread out over a couple of weeks and dilute the book’s rank on a best sellers list.
  10. The New York Times does not disclose all factors they consider in determining whether or not a book will hit the list. So it’s impossible to predict or plan. You can sell just as many, or more, books as someone who makes the list and not know why they didn’t pick you.

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What’s broken about this system is that most people don’t understand what it means to be a “best seller.” Even the lists themselves don’t seem to understand that, since it’s not just a certain number of sales that lands you on one of these lists.

Yes, the best sellers lists are biased and basically a popularity contest. Then again, that’s their prerogative. The New York Times Best Sellers list, after all, belongs to The New York Times. So they can do whatever they want.

Nonetheless, this can be frustrating for writers who try to play by the rules and still don’t make it on a best sellers list. Perhaps the solution, then, is to not play the game in the first place.

To read more about this, check out “The NYT and WSJ Best Seller Lists Must Die.”

What I learned from not hitting the list

Was I disappointed my book didn’t hit the NYT list? Of course. That’s a huge accomplishment and I don’t disparage any author who’s done it. It’s hard. But after the initial disappointment, I dug deep and asked myself what I could learn from this. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. It’s better to attempt great things and fail than to never attempt them at all. Given the choice between trying and failing and not trying at all, I’ll choose something brave and try every time. I’d rather fail at something audacious than succeed at something safe.
  2. If you only set goals you know you can achieve, you’re not dreaming big enough. We’re not promised success in everything we attempt, but we can keep setting goals that are just a few steps away from delusion (for more on that, listen to this goal-setting interview I did with Michael Hyatt).
  3. Don’t measure your success by someone else’s standard. Measure it by your effort. In retrospect, I should’ve set a goal of total book sales (which is more in my control than what the NY Times decides to do). Giving someone else the key to your success is a sure-fire recipe for disappointment.
  4. No matter what, be grateful. After my book launch, I kept complaining to friends about how I didn’t hit the list. And you know what? None of them really cared. When they heard how I sold 15,000 books, they would say, “Dude! Congrats! That’s amazing!” It took some time, but I finally started agreeing.

The next time you attempt something audacious, I hope you’ll learn from my biggest mistake, which wasn’t trying to hit The New York Times list. It was forgetting to celebrate what I did achieve. That’s the trouble with large goals: they can sometimes blind you from what you’ve already done.

In your quest to do something big, don’t miss the joy that comes with the attempt. It’s really the most fun part: the journey, not the destination. As for me, I’ll keep chasing audacious dreams, because I don’t much care for the alternative: settling for the safety of the status quo.

And if that means I occasionally have to face disappointment, then so be it.

If you want to hear more about book launches, failure, and what I’ve learned from the past four years of trying things that didn’t always work, watch this video.

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When was the last time you failed at something big? What did you learn? Share in the comments.

Goins, Writer

Summertime is made for Decluttering Projects

photo of a messy officeNow that many academics have their summer schedules with lighter instruction loads, it seems like a popular time to think about organizational projects.

Organization and decluttering has been on my mind in particular the past several months for a couple of reasons. I began doing a major rehaul of my work office last December in preparation for a move sometime in 2016 to off-site offices while the library went through renovation. With 10 years in the same office, the clutter and backlog of files, papers and journals was daunting to say the least.

More recently, my focus on organization reached a new high as I accepted a new job as the Graduate Engineering Librarian at Kennesaw State University and had to totally empty and move all my stored knowledge and academic output off my university servers and out of my work office. Suffice it to say that work organization has now led to a heightened focus on organization/decluttering challenges within my home as well. I’ll begin with a few of my discoveries and foibles and end with some helpful resources and tips that might inspire some of you to tackle decluttering projects of your own.

Discovery Number One:   While a convenient way to have all my project work and ongoing research conversations organized, detailed foldering within a work email account is a disaster when your library decides to change email providers OR when you leave jobs and want to be sure your research knowledge is not lost.

Yes, I know. We have spent a lot of time here talking about GTD, Inbox Zero, etc… regardless, old habits die hard and I had quite the history of knowledge in my work email/online calendar.

My solution:   I used two different methods to rehome my email knowledge. First, where I already had similar topic notebooks in Evernote, I emailed items directly to the proper Evernote notebook via my Evernote email account. (The Evernote Knowledge base has all the details for this!)

For items that I didn’t want to lose access to, but were not ready to dedicate a whole Evernote notebook to, I created a new Outlook email account, and then, using Thunderbird as a transferring interface, I loaded both my Outlook accounts into Thunderbird and then it was a process of drag and drop emails from similar folders in one account to the other.

What I learned: While I found work around methods to preserve my knowledge base, what I already knew and was re-iterated to me throughout this process is the importance of NOT using email as your knowledge base, no matter how tempting it is!

Discovery Number Two:   Big Organizing Projects can be a great way to take a mind break from thought-intensive or stress-inducing work days. During those times (especially early afternoon, post lunch slumps), taking just a 20 minute block to time to tackle one small part of my office was a great way to get my blood flowing, and my mind clearing. And those organizing tasks that involved throwing items away (which many did!) could be really great for stress reduction… gleefully ripping paper or tossing stacks of outdated materials was really energizing.  It was also very satisfying to look at that single shelf, desk corner, drawer that has been organized or even emptied and see the task accomplished.

Discovery Number Three:  All those carefully saved files which you think has so much helpful information for your successor?  Chances are they aren’t interested in sorting through your piles of information or files.  You can try meeting with them, if that is an option, but chances are, they are just going to throw everything away that you leave… so you might want to save them the trouble and leave your next office occupant a clean slate to work from.

Discovery Number Four:  Starting with your own clean slate, whether it be a new job/office/email account or just a newly cleaned one, can be a wonderful opportunity to put better organizational procedures into place for yourself.  For me, I’m doing much better so far at keeping my inbox to a mimimum level.  Decluttering Projects are a great way to make a fresh start!



Here are some practical suggestions for Summer-time reorganization/decluttering projects you might wish to tackle:

  1. Invest some time into learning a nice notebook software like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote. Get key knowledge bases set up in these tools and use scanning, emailing, online clipping or manual input of your existing knowledge into these new online tools.
  2. Password Review: Go through all your various devices and online tools and make a list of all (yes ALL) your passwords. Explore some of the online password managers. PCMag did a nice review of the best ones.  Review the strength of your passwords, strengthen those which need it, then either use one of the password manager tools, or retool your passwords to be both strong and memorable for you.
  3. Combine a positive activity with a chore. Listen to music or an audio book when doing your mindless online sorting of emails or organizing your databases. Relieve stressful days with paper-ripping, trash tossing organization task breaks.
  4. As you go through your re-org, start two master lists: What is working? What Isn’t Working?   These insights can be very helpful as you develop and adopt new procedures and tools to improve your organizational habits for the long haul.


Some Additional Organizing Sites to Further Inspire You:

The 5 Best Organizing Websites To Help The Perpetually Messy

Organizing Home Life’s 31 Days of Home Management (with printable forms)

Home Storage Solutions 101: Do’s and Don’ts Guide to Donating and Decluttering

Lifehacker: Top 10 Office Decluttering Tricks

Be More With Less: Declutter Your World in 10 Days Challenge

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Links Roundup #29

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Free Technology for Teachers recently spotlighted the app Stay Focused for Chrome.  This tool allows the user to determine a maximum amount of time during the course of a day that can be spent on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. After the maximum time is exceeded, those sites can not be accessed on Chrome for 24 hours.

Julio Peironcely at www.nextscientist.com shares 7 Smart Ways to Use Evernote For Research as a PhD.  Julio has written about Evernote several times in the past and this latest post does a nice job of organizing all those previous posts together in order to show how Evernote can be a student’s one central go-to tool.  Nice job!

Since we are talking about Evernote, LifeHacker also had an interesting little post back in January describing a tagging system to use when organizing notes.  I always find it interesting to read about how others organize their tools.

While MIT Technology Review published this article last October, I just ran across the following:  Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” Noteworthy reading in and of itself, this never before published essay by the great Asimov discusses the roots of creativity and is a great source for creativity “sound bytes” for future blog posts or other academic writing.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the GTD series of posts by Robert Talbert in his Chronicle column Casting Out Nines, here is the first of the series.  So far he has published on March 9th and March 18th.  Hopefully more entries will be coming soon.  His second post on The Importance of Review delves more into how he is implementing GTD as a tool for organizing his responsibilities as a professor.  In particular, he focuses on the daily, weekly and quarterly review process.

I am, admittedly, somewhat behind on my own reading. Here’s another great post by my friend Bonnie Stachowiak at her Teaching in Higher Ed site.  She brings us a great list of 44 Social Media sharing tools for spreading our own PKM insights to our community.  It is only by sharing our insights with others that we can all continue to grow, and Bonnie always has some great guests and ideas to share.

Also in March, our friends at Office Blogs announced a new, more powerful Clipper Tool for OneNote. Check it out!  The new add-on helps weed out extraneous webpage clutter from the main article being clipped and expanded options for saving the clips to various notebooks and pages makes organization faster.  While I’m talking about Microsoft OneNote, if you haven’t checked out their new tools for educators, be sure to take a second look.  Microsoft is trying hard to capture this market.  OneNote for Teachers is a site with many tips for educators that continues to grow.


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058: Launching a Blockbuster Blog on a Budget: Interview with Ruth Soukup [Podcast]

When a new artist we’ve never heard of sweeps the top honors at an awards show, it’s easy to wonder where they came from. We want to know the secret to their overnight rise to stardom.


What we don’t see on the highlight reel is all the late nights spent begging to sing in dive bars, or the countless tattered notebooks filled with scribbled lyrics. We don’t hear them singing heartfelt solos in the shower as a roommate bangs on the door telling them to pipe down.

The truth is there is no such thing as overnight success. Or if there is, it never happens overnight.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Ruth Soukup and I talk about her five-year journey to building a blockbuster blog with over one million monthly visitors, and the fastest path to “overnight” success.

Listen in as Ruth and I dive into how tension births inspiration, and how proximity to a pain point makes us relatable to our audience.

Listen to the podcast

To listen to the show, click the player below (If you are reading this via email, please click here).

You can also listen via iTunes or on Stitcher.

Invest in relationships before revenue

A hero in any great story is imperfect. Their flaws are what make them human. Even Superman had a vulnerability to kryptonite. The humanity of our heroes makes them relatable and helps us to believe in ourselves.

The best heroes share the journey, reaching out to pull others up to their level. They don’t have all the answers or diagnose problems from a distance. Rather than pointing out the problem on a map, they are climbing the mountain with us.

One of the things I found most interesting about Ruth’s journey is her intentional focus on relationships. The pivotal moments on her path to monumental success all involved relationships.

During our conversation, Ruth shared she often attends conferences, but will fail to participate in any of the sessions because she is too busy talking with a new acquaintance or old friend.

Ruth’s strategy for success incorporates the discipline of showing up daily to create and embracing opportunities to foster relationships. She is motivated by a teacher’s heart and genuinely wants to help people make their life better. Ruth is a hero who lifts others up on her shoulders to reach the next rung on the ladder.

It is no coincidence when givers experience success in their endeavors. When we learn a new lesson and turn around to mentor others the wind is at our back.

Consistently giving our best effort to create excellent content in the service of others is the only possible “shortcut” to overnight success.

Show highlights

In this episode, Ruth and I discuss:

  • What goes on behind the scenes of a blockbuster blog
  • The hard truth behind secret sauce shortcuts to success
  • How to pick a passion and get started blogging for big results
  • Tips to blog on different topics while maintaining a common thread
  • Why great content often originates from a place of pain
  • How conflict plays a role in the creative process
  • The key ingredient “experts” fail to include in their message
  • What bloggers need to build a business in the margin of life
  • Navigating the tension of the startup phase and beyond
  • A crucial asset when family and friends don’t “get” it
  • Which investment will ensure the most return on resources
  • Tips for mastering SEO out of the gate
  • The importance of boundaries to preserve sanity
  • A perspective for finding clarity admits the chaos

Quotes and takeaways

  • “It doesn’t matter what I do if I don’t treat people the right way.”
  • “A certain intimacy comes with proximity to a problem.”
  • It takes years to become an overnight success.
  • Sharing the journey resonates with readers.
  • Sometimes you have to believe in your dream before anyone else will.
  • Relationships have the highest ROI.
  • Getting small wins builds momentum and confidence for the long haul.
  • “As long as you create great content wherever you go, you’ll have a solid base to fall back on.”


  • Living Well Spending Less blog
  • Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
  • How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
  • Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse
  • Elite Blogging Academy

Who are you investing in? How are you taking daily action to pursue your dream? Share in the comments

Goins, Writer

10 Things Children of Divorce Would Never Tell You


Children from divorced homes go through certain struggles only they can understand. We have been through a major breaking point where we saw the two people we care about leave us before we could get the best out of them. Now here are some things we bottle up and we cannot share with others.

1. We build walls around ourselves

We have been there before. We don’t want to see people leave the way our parents did. We want to be secure. We want to be safe. And so we build walls around ourselves to protect us from persons who could repeat that period of leaving us and finding a new direction.

2. We can be over attached to our items

Perhaps this is our only security. When our parents divorced, items were divided among the two of them. So we know how important items can be and we always want to have a hold on what we have got.

3. We prefer one parent over the other

As much as we do not want to have a preference between our parents there is always who meet our demands and we can relate better with. Although we are not really vocal about it, as you become intimate with us you will find out that we do prefer one parent over the other.

4. We are afraid of commitment

Although at some point we will have to see reason with committing ourselves to someone, yet commitment is something that marvels us. We do not want what happened to our parents to repeat itself with us.

5. We do not like cheaters

This feeling pops in if one of our parents was cheating on the other and this was what caused the divorce. We want to uphold the value of being responsible to the relationships we are into. We hate cheaters and do not want to be involved with them.

6. We are overly critical

We ask questions a lot. It is difficult to trust others and think anyone can be truly faithful. We give meanings too rather flimsy and lesser important things and translate them the way we want to.

7. We appreciate communication

We didn’t receive constant communication as our parents didn’t even have the best of communications between themselves. We love to receive the news first and be offered every detail of the matter. Any short sentences as “It is okay” or “I will be fine” puts us immediately on the spot. We value honesty and cherish openness as it signals to us that we are important in the relationship.

8. We are attached to our siblings

Nobody has been connected to our pain like them. Truthfully all our siblings can understand what we have been through and what we are still dealing with. We understand we need each others support to keep on going. Most importantly any reminders or reservations on our parents’ divorce we can discuss with them, and they will provide us with the support we need.

9. We want to be loved and accepted

We didn’t have the balance of affection of both parents at the same time. It was a bit here and there and so disjointed. We want something total and complete. We want to be spoken to and treated like every other kids. We want to show off our parents as being together and complete. Since this is not possible we try to gain it from someone who can truly care and reach out to us.

10. We are more concerned about the flaws

We ask ourselves, “is he/she stubborn?,” “ is he yielding?”. Before we enter into any friendship or relationship we want to be sure with what we are dealing with. This equips and makes us prepared on what we have to do in case of any failings from the other party.

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Attributes and Procedure of Getting CPD Accreditation Status

The term Common Professional Development (CPD) is a well organized approach to acquiring the pre determined specialized education, knowledge, practical training practice for pursuing a certain profession that is mandatory in many countries including the UK. CPD requisites can pertain to several professions such as medical, judicial, research and fellowship programs, logistics and transport etc. as per the regulations in an institution or governmental laws. For instance, according to the CPD rules in practice in England and Wales, a legal executive or solicitor executing full time legal practice in the country (working 32 hours or more in a week), needs to complete at least 16 hours of CPD every year that will earn them 16 CPD points.

Obtaining CPD Accreditation

There are several authorized organizations that offer CPD accreditation programs. Before you proceed to acquire your accreditation it is mandatory to complete your CPD program with minimum attendance fulfillment, participation in several activities as a registered college/university candidate etc. Completing this formality will bestow the recognition of an accredited CPD provider status. More or less the following procedures are adopted by all major organizations that offer independent CPD accreditation to a professional.

Application: The first step is to register and apply for an independent CPD provider accreditation status. While applying the candidate will have to submit proof of attending the CPD program, details, of participation in activities, hours completed etc.

Review: The institute awarding accreditation will take about a month of time to review the certificates and credential submitted to verify the authenticity of the documents before processing the application to the final stage where the accreditation awarded to the CPD provider.

Accreditation Awarding and Conditions: The final stage is the accreditation awarding when the candidate is assigned a particular date when he will receive the status of accredited independent CPD provider and gain the privilege of promoting himself in the professional domain to set a milestone in his career. He will then have the facility to approach potential clients or join any institute as an accredited member. To ensure that the accreditation remains valid for lifetime, keep updating it as and when there are any changes in the terms and conditions introduced in the regulations of the particular profession.

  • Gain better client prospects as an established accredited professional
  • Beat the competitors in the professional world and get exposure to premium career opportunities
  • Explore the new job opportunities for which you meet the criteria of accreditation requirements
  • Build a network of clientele with whom you can keep pursuing your profession with peak high progress

The CPD obligations are formulated in accordance with requirement of the essential and advanced skills and education to pursue any said profession with complete accuracy. Many organizations have strict codes for CPD fulfillment of the all the recruits. However the independent professionals not yet associated with any organization or enterprise, in their own interest can opt for taking CPD to ease out their way to getting hired and setting firm foot in the professional world.

Apprenticeships are also another route you can go down and with Gordan Franks Birmingham apprenticeships it is easier than ever before.