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Video podcast coming (and other news)

Here’s the latest news…

BLOG & CONTENT CHANGES

In embracing the true spirit of the path less traveled, I will now be experimenting with different ways to deliver my content. If you’ve been opening and reading these emails lately (and only about 6% of you do), then you’ll notice I’ve been posting my tweets. While tweets are sometimes disregarded as a lesser form of content delivery, they don’t have to be. So I’ve been posting those on my blog. This is mainly an experiment. And it also allows me to post more often when I’m not focused on long-form writing.

One of the things about journeying along the path less traveled is that it means experimenting more and trying different things to get different results. And sometimes we do that and fall flat on our faces. But even when that happens, we learn something. So we’ll see how this turns out. One thing I can say is it’s nice to be sharing more, even if it’s only short-form content.

Since I’ve actually been tweeting daily (sometimes multiple times a day), I realize that having this content delivered to your mailbox on a daily basis may be annoying. So, in an effort to reduce the impact of that, I am now restricting delivery of my blog to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

If you don’t mind occasionally getting emails every day, then let me know (you can just reply to this message). I may switch it back. However, if receiving emails from me 3 times a week is too much for you and not something you can handle (or ignore), then it may be in your best interest to unsubscribe.

Next…

VIDEO PODCAST

I have a video podcast coming soon. The content will be related to things I talk about in my book as well as some things that go far beyond it. In staying true with the path less traveled, I’m aiming for it to be a bit unconventional in that I have no plans to blindly follow in the footsteps of what other people are doing or copy someone else’s blueprint for “success”.

My goal, above all else, will be to provide viewers with something of value. And to do it without getting in my own way (which I will talk about what that means in more detail in a video).

Where is it going to be? My Youtube channel to start. I might eventually make it available via official podcasting channels like iTunes.

That brings me to the next subject…

🔥 MY MONTHLY SIGNED-BOOK GIVEAWAY

This month’s contest will involve my youtube channel (and a couple other things).

Participants will be able to earn up to 10 points. Every point you earn will place your name into a random drawing that will be done at the end of this month. While everyone who participates will have a chance to win, your odds of winning will be increased for every point you earn.

HOW TO EARN POINTS:

You will earn 1 point for each of the following:

  • Subscribing to my youtube channel (1 point)
    • In the event you are already subscribed to my channel, then subscribe to the Funny Little Honey Farm channel. Why? Because Chris is a genuine and good guy just starting to get his channel off the ground. He needs 100 subscribers to get a custom youtube URL and you can help him do that. Once that’s done, if his content doesn’t interest you (and his voice doesn’t entice you enough to stay subscribed), you can unsubscribe. I’m just trying to help out a friend here. We’ve never met, but we’ve been in touch for years.
  • Liking one or more of my videos (1 point) (yes, there are a couple)
  • Liking one or more Funny Little Honey Farm videos (1 point)
  • Commenting on one my videos (1 point)
  • Following my Amazon author page (1 point)
  • Following me on twitter (1 point)
  • Following me on goodreads (1 point)
  • Following me on instagram (1 point)
  • In addition to these things, you can do any of the things mentioned below under “Reviews (and other stuff). Each item qualifies for a point.

Like I said, you can rack up to a maximum of 10 points. Each point will enter your name into the drawing. If you want to do more than 10 things, that’s up to you (and I will certainly appreciate it). But the max is 10.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR “POINTS” AND OFFICIALLY ENTER…

While I will receive notifications for a number of these actions, I am leaving it up to you to use the honor system. Once you perform one or more of these actions, just email me to let me know how many points you’ve earned and I will enter you into the drawing for a free signed copy of my book that I will ship to you anywhere in the world (which gets really expensive, by the way). What makes a giveaway “affordable”, it is the attention it brings to my channel or my book or something else. That’s the whole point of the points system here.

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING A BOOK?

Since it’s really difficult to get people to do anything, I would say if you actually do some of the steps above, your odds of winning are pretty good. If I had to guess (this is just a guess) based on how many people open these emails and how many are inclined to do anything, I’d say it could be as high as 25%. If you end up earning 10 points, it could be higher than that.

If I end up being off, I will let you know after this month’s contest. And if I’m really off and people really do step it up, I will probably give away two books this month to make up for it. So there’s that.

WANT TO EARN A FREE BOOK SOONER?

If you don’t want to wait for your chance to win a free signed copy of my book, there are other options that basically involve doing something that provides value in exchange for a book. If the value of what you provide meets or exceeds the value of my book and the cost to ship it to you, then I am happy to consider it. So contact me if it’s something you would like to discuss.

What are some things I will consider? Anything that generates actual interest in my book or significant real and engaged followers on social media. The last thing I want is fake followers. I want to attract people who might actually derive value from the content I provide.

NEXT…

The following is a repeat of something I put in my last update… unfortunately, the formatting of previous emails failed to make links look obvious. And few people actually go out of their way to do anything unless it’s incentivized (such as a contest) or it’s really easy (such as clicking a link). So here’s that information again with obvious links…

⭐ REVIEWS (AND OTHER STUFF)

AMAZON

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I look at before purchasing a book on Amazon is the reviews.  If you’ve managed to get yourself a copy of my book and found value in it, I’d absolutely love it if you could take a moment to leave a verified purchase review on Amazon. To do that, you will need to go to your purchase history, find it, and select “review this product” (or similar text).

Unfortunately, if you had the book “gifted” to me to be signed (or gifted to anyone else), you will not be able to leave a verified review. You can still leave a review if you choose to, but it won’t have that highly valued “verified purchase” designation next to it. You have to actually purchase the book for yourself to leave a verified review.

If you want to show even more support, you can also follow my Amazon author page.

GOODREADS

Another good resource for book readers (and writers) is Goodreads. If you’re not a member, consider signing up. It’s a cool place to keep track of what you’re reading (and what others are reading). If you are a member, it would be awesome if you would consider:

Basically, all this stuff makes my book slightly more visible to people. If you can think of something else that would be helpful, by all means, let me know! I would really love to get my book into the hands of people who could use it.

IN CONCLUSION…

I hope my update finds you well. Now that my book is out, things are just getting started, so I hope to have a lot more exciting information in the near future.

May the love you put into what you do always find its way back to you,
Zero Dean

Video podcast coming (and other news)

Book Update : Dec 13, 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!

BIG NEWS!

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 is now available on Amazon!

amazon.co.uk | amazon.es | amazon.de | amazon.fr | amazon.it | amazon.co.jp

READ BELOW for the latest news and how to get a SIGNED COPY at no additional cost.

 Please note: From January 1st on, if folks want a signed copy, I will be charging $10 to pay for time and shipping). 

If you would like a SIGNED COPY, here’s what to do:

    1. Order the book on Amazon (http://bit.ly/ZeroDeanBook)
    2. Choose “this is a gift” option
    3. Have the book delivered to ME (send me an email to request the shipping address)
    4. Use the “include a note” option to specify:
      • What you want your inscription to be (if applicable)
      • What you want me to draw (if applicable)
      • YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS

I will then:

    1. Receive the book
    2. Sign it
    3. Write an inscription (if applicable)
    4. Draw something (if applicable)
    5. Reseal the packaging
    6. Ship the book to the address you provide using media mail (cheaper)
      • If you are in the domestic US, I will pay shipping.
      • If you are outside the USA, I may require a small payment if it ends up costing me money to ship you my book. (If you are not comfortable with this, do not have your book shipped to me.)

If you have any additional instructions or details to provide or the “gift note” doesn’t provide enough space, please contact me.

If you want a rush delivery (priority mail or faster, then I will require payment for the difference to ship you the book).

Please understand, I’m happy to pay for shipping (until December 31st, 2018) as long as it doesn’t end up costing me more money to send you the book than the amount I actually make from selling the book (and it really isn’t much). Also note, I don’t actually receive any royalties from my book until at least 60 days after it’s paid for.

If you don’t want a signed copy, you can just order the book as you would any other book on Amazon.

See zerodean.com/book for the latest details.

Wishing everyone happy holidays!

Zero

Book Update : Dec 13, 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!

Q&A : 150425

Asker: Hey Zero! I have a question. How do you, as a writer, artist, etc… Build up the courage/motivation/ have the discipline to keep on a task and complete the important ones?

Well, discipline is simply choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST. So it’s a matter of making sure you know what you’re priorities are and what’s most important to you.

Based on your priorities, you can then make a list of things you need to do in order to accomplish your goals — whatever they may be.

And remind yourself throughout the day, is this the most important thing I could be doing right now to push me towards my goals? If it’s nowhere near the top of your list for things you can do in that moment, you may want to reconsider.

Because if you don’t work on things that move you towards your goal, then it’s unlikely you’ll ever attain it.

So just make sure you know what you want and are taking steps to get there.

Asker: I currently attend college…and I am finding that I lack the discipline/motivation to do some work. Basically, I find myself in a pickle (aka I am lazy)…I have a “I don’t care” attitude towards a decent amount of issues…

Here’s a harsh fact of life: The universe doesn’t care if you don’t care. The universe is neutral. The universe is content to let you drift through life, accomplishing nothing. It doesn’t matter what you’re “excuses” may be, you won’t get special treatment.

A wise person once said, “The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.”

There really isn’t any way around that. If you want “luck” or want opportunities in your life, you need to take action and do something. You need the be the person that takes responsibility of your life. You need to be the hero of your own life story. Because there isn’t anyone else out there who is going to do it for you.

Being “lazy” and not caring is a dead-end street. You know this, or you wouldn’t have written. And the fact is, everyone is lazy at one time or another — so it’s normal. But if you really want to change and push forward, you need to find some motivation to do it.

The thing about motivation is that no one can really motivate you but YOU. I can provide you with some ideas and tell you to go for it, but whatever it is that sustains you through the difficulties you encounter in life has to come from you.

Asker: …I would like to do great in my classes, but I just don’t quite have the drive to do so.

Well, you’re not going to do great in your classes until you make your classes a priority.

Everything in your life right now is a result of your priorities. If you change your priorities to reflect the things that are TRULY of most importance to you, then your whole life will change.

Many people resist that because they don’t want to work (hard). But if you want to do well, then you need to do the things necessary to do well. Read, study, do your homework. Put in the time.

If you don’t do those things, you will not do well _by choice_. You choose to do something else rather than focus on your studies. And for that, you will have to deal with the consequences.

So yeah, please, focus on your studies (more).

Asker: …I would like it if I could get into the professional gaming industry, or at the very least, be able to attend tournaments, build my talent/skill for [game], win, and move to higher places. Now, the real issues that comes with this is that in order to make a living, I would have to qualify for being a top player years down the road, in order to win tournaments and make a profit from it. Now, this goal isn’t extremely realistic unless I dedicate my life towards it…

No, it’s not “realistic” (and what I’m doing with my life isn’t realistic either), but it’s not impossible. But you said it yourself, “unless I dedicate my life towards it”. And THAT takes a huge amount of discipline and commitment. And I say, if you want it, go for it. But if you don’t already have discipline and commitment in your life, dedicating your life towards something doesn’t necessarily give you that discipline or commitment.

Discipline and commitment are something you should work on every day. They are skills you can develop. And those skills can then be used for a whole variety of things. They will help open up your life.

Asker: …If I want to refocus reality here, I could always learn programming/gain my degree in computer science and potentially work for Capcom…I personally am skilled when it comes to finding solutions to others computer issues, so this would fit a more realistic style, but gaining the motivation to raise my math knowledge for Computer Engineering, Network Administration, Software Programming, etc… is my problem in the end.

Whatever you want to do, you need to find something that someone will pay you for. If you want to chase your dreams — whatever they may be — those dreams need to provide a way for you to survive. But whatever you decide to pursue, the benefit of pursuing something that truly interests you is that it seems less like work and more like play.

So yes, find something you want to do that you also feel you are suited for — or can become suited for by developing your skills.

It sounds to me a little like you aren’t quite sure what you want to commit to, so that’s difficult. I get it. But in the meantime, exercising your ability to have discipline and show commitment to things will make you much more capable of handling the things that the rest of your life has to throw your way.

So if you can find the discipline to do better in your classes, do better in your classes.

But don’t fool yourself into thinking that playing games for 48 hours straight is discipline. It’s not the same thing.

Asker: It also doesn’t help that I have a redundant teacher/who is also not concise either with the problems that matter most.

No, that doesn’t help. But another fact of life is that life isn’t fair nor convenient at all times. Sometimes people or teachers suck. And that’s where it’s YOUR job to suck it up and make the most of what’s available. Even if that means having to do the best you can with a bad teacher. That’s your opportunity to learn from the experience and become a better, stronger person in the process.

Asker: but my attitude towards the matter at hand doesn’t help either. I can’t always rely on others, and if I can muster up the strength and can complete tasks/study on my own, I can do whatever I set my mind to.

Yup. Exactly right. You know this stuff.

Life is tough. No one can look out for your own best interest as much as you can. you might get hit by a bus tomorrow. You might not.

You can try to get away with doing the least amount possible in life, but you’ll only get as much as you give (or less). If you put in little effort, you’ll get back very little. If you put in more effort, you’ll get more out of it.

Discipline isn’t something you find as much as something you recognize you already have within you. It’s not something you can go and buy. Just like six pack abs… they are not in THE product. They are already in you. It’s you that has to do the work to reveal them.

The same thing with discipline. DO the work. Make a commitment. Believe you can do it. And do it.

I hope this helps a little.

Q&A : 150425