My Guide to Living a Successful Life (Happiness, Purpose, Learning & More)

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Almost everyone agrees that the goal of life is to be happy, yet I went to school for 20+ years and we spent a cumulative ~20 hours discussing happiness, purpose, and the other foundational aspects of living a successful life.

While I’ll never understand why we don’t teach kids in school about the most important aspects of life, if you’re interested in learning about these topics then you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve spent much of the last decade learning about life philosophies and optimizing my own life. Now I’m working hard to share my learnings with others.

My Backstory:

You can read my full story here but in a nutshell: I graduated high school in 2010 as a depressed, lost, and low self-esteem kid.

Since then:

Having gone through a long journey to rebuild myself and my life, I’m excited to share my favorite resources that will help you on your journey.

Here are all of my favorite resources on living a great life!

My Most Important Lessons

My Two Favorite General Resources

If you’re looking to make major improvements in life, I strongly recommend these two resources.

Every time I go through a major life change I use these to reset and to recalibrate my path because they’re phenomenal guiding forces.

1. by Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is similar to a Tim Ferriss or a Tony Robbins in the sense that he’s a life hacker and philosopher. But why I like him more is that his content is focused around specific topics (i.e. 60 minutes on happiness, 60 minutes on purpose, 60 minutes on living a great year, etc.).

His content helped me to rebuild my life when I started nomading and I’m forever grateful to him.

His tagline is: “Isn’t it a bit odd that most schools go from science to math to history, but somehow miss the class on how to live.”

Tip: Start with the Optimal Living 101 Master Class. That’s where you’ll find the most important learnings!

2. The Alchemist (Book) by Paolo Coelho

The Alchemist is a fictional story and best-selling book (65 million copies sold to date).

The story is all about ignoring society and the voices of others, figuring out what you want to do with your life, and then chasing your goals with relentless focus.

It’s a great story about the journey of life!


How To Be Happy & Live A Happier Life (Guide)

Our Reality Is In Our Minds: Own and Control Your Happiness!

Why 2017 Was The Happiest Year of My Life & How To Make This Your Best Year

Nomading = Freedom = Happiness


How To Find Purpose & Meaning In Life (Ultimate Guide)

New Podcast Discussing My Journey of Finding Purpose In Life


The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Minimalist (and Why Minimalism Makes You Happier)

The Curse of Consumerism and Wanting More

Why I Love Staying in Shitty Hotels (Disconnecting Things From Happiness)

Decision Making

A College Dropout’s Process For Evaluating Life’s “Riskiest” Decisions


How To Financially Retire Before You Turn 30 (FIRE) – An Ultimate Guide

How Learning That More Money Won’t Make Me Happier Has Changed My Life

Money Should Be Viewed As A Tool For Freedom, Not More Things


The Ultimate Guide To The Psychology of Success


Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: One of Life’s Most Important Concepts

Be Action Oriented And Take Control Of Your Life

Why We All Need To Say “I Don’t Know” More Often

6 Mental Models To Learn From (Crocker’s Law, First Principles, Long-Term, Transfer Learning, Systems Mindset, Curiosity) by George Mack

Why High Agency Is One Of The Most Important Personality Traits

Embrace Your Weaknesses, They Have Counter Strengths


How To Live An Individualistic, Non-Conformist Life

Why I Stopped Taking Advice (And Maybe You Should Too)

What Happens When You Accidentally Fall Off Society’s Bell Curve

Why Being Rejected By The Herd Will Help You In Life

Designing Your Life

Book: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life


The Ultimate Guide To The Psychology of Success

Overcoming Challenges & Insecurities

How To Overcome Your Greatest Insecurities & Challenges: Story Of Winning A 10 Year Battle With Acne

The Six Key Lessons I Learned From Conquering Depression

Being Grateful For Negative Experiences Will Change Your Life

Learning & College

How To Teach Yourself New Things Using The Internet

Why College Is A Waste For Entrepreneurs & Why I’m Unlikely To Send My Kids

Why Skill & Apprentice Based Learning Is A Better Path Than College (Praxis)

The Death of College As The Best Way To Get A Job And Gain Credibility – Isaac Morehouse


Why Nomading Is One Of The Best Ways To Press The Reset Button In Life

How to Reliably Spot Compulsive Liars in Business and Life

Passion: The Unstoppable Force That Makes You SuperHuman

Why We Need To Stop Asking Each Other “What Do You Do?”

I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.