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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.

Thanks to celebrities like Elizabeth Gilbert, Tommy Chong, and others my work has been shared with an audience of millions. In 2015, in the span of just a couple months, my “Not everyone will understand your journey” quote was shared with over 30 million people on Facebook alone (sadly, without attribution). It has also been plagiarized a number of times — and by people you probably wouldn’t expect. So I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re familiar with some version of the quote, but my name doesn’t ring a bell. That’s the internet for you.

After 8 years of writing, I recently published my first book. It’s called, Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 and it consists of approximately 400 potentially life-changing lessons for men & women of all ages.

And believe me, I wouldn’t dare be so bold as to toss around words like “life-changing” if I hadn’t received feedback from multiple people claiming it truly was for them.


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I share lessons to help people find the courage, confidence, motivation, and self-discipline needed to overcome life’s challenges. Everything I share is based on real-life experiences and an ongoing journey along the path less traveled.

Because posts are written in response to life experiences, current ruminations, or lessons learned from my journey (2010 to present), there is no set schedule or agenda (other than to provide value).

No ads • No sponsors • No seminars • No “secrets to success” • No mystical motivation • No insincere enthusiasm • No superficial ego-boosting posts • No manipulative marketing tactics • No emphasis on materialism over happiness • No desire to imitate anyone or conform to the status quo • No insistent requests to subscribe to blog or follow on social media • No hidden agenda • No one to impress. • No hypocrisy — I live in congruence with the lessons I share. Love it or hate it. Content is written to be helpful and meaningful, not perfect or popular or designed for likes.
Step one: Think outside the box…
STEP ONE: Think outside the box. STEP TWO: Get rid of the box.
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The problem with the expression “Be yourself”
The problem with the expression “Be yourself” is that when it truly comes down to it, many people don’t know
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You don’t have to wait for acceptance or permission to do great things
If one is to fulfill their potential in life, it’s important to realize that nearly all new and original ideas, products, and
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The problem with problems.
The problem with problems: PROBLEMS ARE EASY. Easy to find, easy to create, and easy to spread. The world is
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How to find your inner voice in difficult times
How to find your inner voice in difficult times When facing a challenge, ask yourself: “What would a stronger, more
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Rejection is neither an indication of value or talent
Rejection is neither an indication of value or talent. Remember that. If you believe in what you have to offer,
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There are many things in this world that you are not responsible for…
There are many things in this world that you are not responsible for (and have no control over). Your health,
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You are responsible
Your health. Yes, you are responsible for it and there is something you can do about it. Your diet. Yes,
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