“Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours.” — Zero Dean
My name is Zero Dean. You may not have heard of my name before now, but you’ll probably remember it. I use real-life experiences as a foundation for learning and sharing life’s lessons dealing with kindness, courage, confidence, discipline, success, setbacks, failure, integrity, comfort, and more.
Since I started sharing my work online in 2010, the lessons I’ve shared have reached an audience in the millions. In 2015, my “Not everyone will understand your journey” quote was shared with over 30 MILLION people on Facebook alone.
In December 2018, I published my first book. It’s called Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 and you can find it on Amazon sites worldwide. It includes the above quote and approximately 400 other potentially life-changing lessons for men & women of all ages.
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What are you supposed to do when you realize the life you have no longer fits the life you want? I don’t know. Because what works best for one person doesn’t necessarily work best for another. I can, however, tell you what I did.
I quit my job, terminated my lease, and sold everything that wouldn’t fit in my car. And this was only the beginning. A short time later, I began a multi-faceted project incorporating five of the things I was most passionate about: Writing, photography, travel, adventure, and connecting with people.
This project would lead me to become the protagonist in a real-life choose-your-own-adventure where the internet would tell me where to go and what to do when I got there. I spent nearly 2 years criss-crossing the United States on an epic road trip covering over 60,000 miles.
It was supposed to be fun. And some of it was. But it was also far more challenging than I ever expected in ways that I could never have anticipated. It changed my life, my relationships, and my view of the world. In short, it changed everything.
When my cross country travels finally came to an end, my journey along the path less traveled continued. And it did so in ways I didn’t expect. Because, when it comes down to it, life is a journey. And when you take the path less traveled, you are far less likely to know what you’ll get than you will by following the footsteps of others. But one thing you can almost be certain of, the challenges you face beyond your comfort zone will trigger personal growth beyond anything a person typically experiences living in the confines of comfort.
It is from my journey along the path less traveled that I use real-life experiences as a foundation for learning and sharing life’s lessons. I am not here to glorify the path less traveled, I’m simply here to share what I’ve learned from it.
About my blogs:
Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled™ (zerosophy.com): This is where I write about integrity, non-conformity, fear management, kindness, authenticity, and pushing beyond one’s comfort zone as a means for personal growth.
ZeroTalking.com: This blog is for entertainment purposes where I share the weird thoughts & awkward moments I have along with other (often humorous) real-life experiences.
ZeroDean.Photography: This is my photography services site.