"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...
The unique you is beautiful
Your quirks. Your interest in unusual things. The small things that bring you joy. The odd things you do because
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Don’t squander your potential…
  “Don’t squander your potential living a life that amounts to far less than the one you are capable of
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Social Media casinos
The moment you begin liking or commenting on people’s posts on social media as an agreed-upon exchange of ‘value’ is
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Authenticity vs conformity
The act of trying to be normal is a form of approval-seeking. It’s a sign of being so concerned with
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It’s one person, not everyone
Reminder: One person’s preferences are not representative of everyone’s preferences. One person’s opinion is not representative of everyone’s opinion. One
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Be mindful of how your habits make you feel
Be mindful of how you feel while or after you do things regularly. The things you do that are good
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Optimism vs Pessimism
The number of opportunities in your life expand or contract based on how you think and the actions you take
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“For good reasons”
If you’re convinced that the awful things you’re doing are justified because you’re doing them “for good reasons”, you’re not
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Hurt people hurt people
I woke up to a 1 star book review from someone who states they didn’t read it, but were offended
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Normal is weirder than most people think
So many people put up a facade to appear “normal” when the fact is, true normal is a lot weirder
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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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