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“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 (yes, that’s my real name). Since embarking on a journey along the path less traveled in 2010, I’ve been using real-life experiences as a foundation for learning and then sharing what I learn with others.

In the nine years that I’ve been sharing excerpts of lessons online, a number of them have gone viral – reaching a global audience in the tens of millions (often without attribution). Because of this, many of my most viral pieces have been plagiarized or mistakenly attributed to known authors like Paulo Coelho.

In 2015, for example, my “Not everyone will understand your journey” quote (above) was shared with an audience of 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. My book features approximately 400 lessons for men and women of all ages from all walks of life.


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.

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Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled™ ( 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. My webcomic where I share weird thoughts & awkward moments based on real-life experiences. Where I share my art & photography when I think of it. Otherwise, following me on Instagram is probably a more reliable way to see this stuff.

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