"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...
Life is a journey
Life is a journey. It’s hard to accurately assess where you are when your present vantage point doesn’t allow you
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Following footsteps
Comparing your journey to someone else’s or trying to follow someone else’s footsteps to get to where they got –
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Appreciation and encouragement
If you’ve ever appreciated being encouraged, if you’ve ever been fond of hearing that you’re good at something that you
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Opportunities missed
Don’t be so focused on opportunities that you missed that you miss opportunities that exist.
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If your present life is hard
If your present life is hard, it’s ok – it isn’t something to beat yourself up about. Beating yourself up
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When you are feeling weak
When you are feeling weak, always take a moment to remind yourself that you are a survivor of every hardship
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Push yourself to do more
When you consistently push yourself to do more than you think you can, you will consistently do more than you
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Wrong plus wrong is still wrong
The poor judgement, bad behavior, or criminal activities of one person do not cancel out those of another. Wrong plus
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Controlling behavior
It’s laughable to desire control over another person’s life when you don’t even have full control over your own.
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Education beats ignorance
It’s better to be wrong, apologize, and learn from the experience than wrong and an asshole who doesn’t.
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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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