"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...
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
Read more.
Keeping yourself from things you want
Ask almost any person who’s single and they’ll likely tell you they love the idea that their soulmate is out
Read more.
Interview dating
When someone asks you questions and you answer them, that’s called an interview. Fine for trying to land a job,
Read more.
Living in fear
If you always have to wait for something to be cool before you support it, won’t like something until you
Read more.
Labels are limits
While labels can be targets to strive for, more often than not, labels are limits. People define the boundaries of
Read more.
Take a moment to appreciate
If your life is currently easier than it once was, take a moment to appreciate and dwell on that fact.
Read more.
Alternative facts
If it isn’t based on facts, or you have to distort the truth, spin information, cherry pick, or make up
Read more.
Repeat after me
Repeat after me: I am going to make it through this day. I’m going to make it through this week.
Read more.
When it’s good
The response you get to something isn’t always an accurate measure of its value. If you’re proud of work you’ve
Read more.
Zero plus one – this is how it’s done
You start at zero and you add one. And then you add another. This is how it’s done. Zero steps
Read more.

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.

*I only send emails when I have news worth sharing. Typically less than 3 times per month. Easily unsubscribe at any time.

Why I want your email address.