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I LIKE it. Very clean. Very succinct. In a world full of text, it is restful and direct.
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I deeply appreciate Ev's enthusiasm and honesty.
 
Why I don't keep doing what I was doing

Someone asked recently why I don't keep doing things when I'm done doing them. I thought I'd write a little about why here.

I really am willing to be homeless for something I believe in. I was willing to be homeless 3 years ago when I quit my job to be a location independent writer (and it worked, for three years!) and I'm willing to quit being a writer to help bring Bitcoin into this world.

The reason is enthusiasm. I can't fake it. I can't keep telling people to do something I don't believe in anymore. This is why I take old products off the market. This is why I delete old websites. This is why I stopped blogging when blogging wasn't the thing anymore. It wasn't that I wasn't into those things when I was doing them; I was. And when I wasn't, I pulled them off the market.

What I can promise you is this: I am genuine in my enthusiasm for Bitcoin right now. I believe it has the potential to change a lot of old systems that don't work anymore. It has the potential to make moving around the world easier. So next time I'm location independent, I won't have to pay tons of fees to pull out Pesos and Yen when I'm abroad. I'll just pay in Bitcoin.

Some argue that I should keep old products up in order to support my new research. If I did this, it would put me in the awkward situation of having to feign enthusiasm for what I did before, while also throwing myself head first into what comes next. 

Split attention is only half attention, and half is not enough to succeed at what is to come.

And yes, this means I'm jumping on a bus headed west tonight with $22 in overdraft left on my ING Direct card. 

When I wake up, I'll be in Denver. Not New York, Denver. 

Because when there's a gold rush, you have to head west. And Bitcoin is a gold rush if I've ever seen one. 

Where the road will take me, we'll find out when I get there.

For now, I'm a vagabond.
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My new book, The Flute Player, is available today in beautiful paperback and Kindle. 

http://asymmetrical.co/fp/
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"To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination—and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard."

—Bill Gates
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My friends +Joshua Fields Millburn  and +Ryan Nicodemus  released a new book today, Simplicity: Essays

 A sort of sequel to their first essay collection, Minimalism: Essential Essays, this new book is comprised mostly of essays that have previously been published elsewhere, but this in no way diminishes the value of the collection. If you've read the essays before, you'll love reading them again and in an order carefully curated by the authors (I certainly did), and if you haven't, then you're in for something very special. And even if you have previously read most of the essays in Simplicity, there's a good chance you've never read the book's three best essays, which were originally published on three separate sites around the web, none of which sites were Josh and Ryan's. Collectively titled "Conscious Freedom" and inspired by David Foster Wallace's speech "This Is Water," these three essays are lengthy and deep and pointed and worth the price of the book entirely on their own.

Other notable essays in the collection (that is to say, my favorites) include "What is Minimalism?", "If, Then", "The Power of a Hug and Five Other Lessons Learned on the Road", "Simplicity" and "The Worst Christmas Ever" (both previously unpublished), "30 More Life Lessons from 30 Years" (a sort sequel-within-a-sequel), and "Mistakes vs. Bad Decisions".

While Simplicity: Essays drops the "Essential" monicker of the book that came before it, it's no less a must-read.

http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Essays-ebook/dp/B009ECAVW2/
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I'm a writer, primarily of fiction. My novella, The Flute Player, will be released in March 2013 by Asymmetrical Press.
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