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4 Tactics For Becoming an Unconventional Tourist

The following is a guest post. My love of unconventional travel started when I was 12 years old. My dad had decided that, of all the ways to spend Christmas, we should go on a cycling tour around Cuba. And so we did it. We figured out how to...

I Hate Hair: Reasons Why Shaving Your Head Skyrockets Confidence

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world. Enter Aron James: Hair loss is something that happens to our grandfathers. It is the sign of the wisdom that comes with old age; a rite of...

How to Be a Solo-Female Hiker: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes shares how people are living differently right now in the real world. Enter Hayley Turner (a.k.a. Little Foot): I can still remember everything about that day, from waking up and walking 12 miles by noon, the dogs...

Do You Really “Find Yourself” When You Travel?

"I know this sounds cliché, but I have to ask—do you really 'find yourself' when you travel?" the girl asked me. Her young friend crouched next to my table, gently stroking the cats as they slept. Café Neko is a small coffee shop in Vienna that allows cats to wander...

When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world. Enter Jen: As a kid, I was told that I was lucky that I already knew what I wanted to do with my life. From age four, I knew I wanted to be...

The Digital Nomad’s Roadmap – A Complete Guide: Successfully Live, Work, and Travel Anywhere

So you wanna be a digital nomad. I’m not surprised: the future is bright for freelancers and location independent workers. Statistics show 40% of Americans will be contingent workers by 2020. That’s a lot of potential for digital nomads! Yet there’s no hands-on guide...

Limitations: Why the 9–5 Job Doesn’t Need To Stop You

Over the years I’ve had a number of conversations with people who talk about cool things they want to do, see, or make. A lot of these conversations end with “Well, I’d love to do it, but unfortunately I have XYZ,” and many times those XYZs are very valid limitations...

Stealing Second Base: From Side Gig to Self Employed Full Time

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world. Enter Katherine Stimson: “You can’t steal second base with one foot still on first.” In the spring of 2010, a Facebook ad posted by a total...

Dreams Are Like Pirate Treasure: Hard to Find, But Worth the Risk

All dreams start somewhere and typically, no matter the size of the overall dream, most dreams start small. Let’s say yours is to feel better at work every day. You focus on sitting up straight in week one. Week two finds you taking a 10-minute walk at lunchtime. Week...

There’s Only One Way To Tell If You’re Secretly A Genius

You might be a genius.

The only way to find out is to discover your ingenuity.

What is ingenuity?

Ingenuity is the quality of being clever, original and inventive.

You have that, to some level. Your flavor of ingenuity is going to be entirely different than the next guy.

Discover what makes you clever.

Being clever doesn’t mean that you’re better at everything than everyone else.

It just means that there’s something your good at, and you’re better at it than at least a few other people.

Has anyone ever asked you how to do something?

It may not come to you right away, because it happens so often, or it feels so natural that it just doesn’t occur to you that it’s not normal for you to be good at whatever it is.

Whether you want to believe it it or not, you have something that you’re clever at.

Write it down. Remember it.

Discover what makes you original.

No matter how cliché it is, you are unique.

Even if someone with all of your qualities and clever skills existed, you would still be unique because you would each be placed in a different environment. By nature, your paths will look completely different because you are living different lives.

Throughout history, originality shows itself to be a paradox.

On one hand, we’re sticking to all the same ideas, concepts and themes. On the other hand, we’re constantly finding new ways to improve and implement them.

You don’t have to come up with a brilliant idea to be original. You just have to be you.

What is it that makes you original?

The real point here is that you have a unique opportunity to make an impact on the world. Whether your originality is touching one life, or millions, is irrelevant.

You are original whether you want to be or not. There’s nobody else like you, in your position, in your life, with your opportunities.

Stop worrying about whether someone else has already done what you want to do. You’re going to do it differently, because you have a unique perspective.

What have you been putting off because you think everything has been invented?

When you let go of thinking that you can’t bring anything new or wonderful to the world because it’s been done already, remember that no one else can do it like you can.

Go be original on purpose.

Discover what makes you inventive.

Inventions are always solutions.

You can’t create solutions unless you have a problem. You can’t have a problem if you’re not living. You can’t really live without paying attention.

I’m betting you come up with inventions about a hundred times a day without even realizing it.

The problem is that you’re not paying attention to those inventions. You never consider that you could make any of them real solutions.

Start taking note of your inventions. “This would be so much easier if I had a flying car.”

Yes. Even the ones you could never dream of building yourself.

Because one of these days, you’ll write down something that sounds ridiculous. It will plant a seed. Over the following weeks and days, it will grow.

Then one day, you’ll wake up with a solution that you could actually build off of that invention.

You’ll wonder, when did I get so inventive?

The bottom line is that you’re already inventive. Start paying attention to your ideas.

So, feeling like a genius yet?

You won’t know the extent of your genius until you actually let yourself discover your ingenuity.

It’s time to explore that ingenuity of yours, and let it out.

– Anne
Captain of the Pirate Ninjas

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