"Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours." — Zero Dean


Hi. My name is Zero Dean

Nearly a decade ago, I took a calculated risk by ditching conformity in order to go after what I truly wanted — to be fully engaged with life. And thus began an intentional journey beyond my comfort zone. This would turn into not only the most challenging experience of my life, but the most rewarding as well.

In 2010 I began sharing lessons from my from my journey. And in December 2018, I published my first book: Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1.

I’m currently working on my second book while also touring the United States interviewing people for a video documentary series (and podcast). You can read about that at

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).

And then there’s the fact that I’ve got a pinterest account that somehow manages to get between 400,000 and 600,000 viewers per month.

My work...
Failure is feedback. It is not the end.
Failure is feedback. It is not the end. Life goes on. And so, too, should you. There is always another
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Don’t let what you can’t do stand in the way of what you can do.
Always remember that you may not be able to do everything, but you can always do something. Whenever you catch
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If you want to reach your full potential
Excerpt from: Likability. Being liked and unliked. If you want to self-actualize (reach your fullest potential), then you must learn
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Wearing a cape is optional
You don’t need superpowers to stand up for what you know is right, maintain your integrity, or be a source
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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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Life isn’t fair
No. Life isn’t fair. But how you deal with life being unfair is a choice. You can choose to play
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You may not always know what to do…
You may not always know what to do, but you can always choose the type of person you want to
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Find your own limits
“You won’t get very far…” “A person your age…” “You can expect to feel…” “Won’t you feel embarrassed…” Find your
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If your presence doesn’t add value, your absence won’t make a difference.
Excerpt from: Being “awesome” doesn’t mean simply existing. If your presence doesn’t add value, your absence won’t make a difference.
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Choose an authentic life that fits you
Excerpt from: Do your thing Choose an authentic life that fits you, not a poorly fitting imitation of someone else’s.
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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.

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