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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.

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.

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.


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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.
Get off your ass
Get off your ass and do something your future self will thank you for.
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Life is short, but its yours.
Life is short. Be responsible and respectful of others and treat yourself and others well, but don’t let anyone discourage
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Be the person you want to be remembered as.
“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.” — Jim Rohn Be
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The awesome power of asking yourself good questions.
“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will
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“If only” is a roadblock on the highway of life.
A few words about “IF ONLY”… “IF ONLY” … If only — IT was easier. If only — THEY were…
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Likability. Being liked and unliked.
Being liked. While some people are naturally more likable than others, it is a fact of life that no matter
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It’s your life. Live it to love it.
When you think about all the things you could do or all the places you could go or all the
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Appreciation and Gift Giving
Global manufacturers would like us to believe that holidays are the best time to show appreciation by buying more “stuff”
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