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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.

Since 2010, I’ve been sharing 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.

In December 2018, I published my first book: Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1. My book consists of approximately 400 potentially life-changing lessons for men & women of all ages.

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).

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Saved by criticism
“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —
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If you never risk failure…
If you never risk failure, you’ll inevitably be bested by others who do.  
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Seek potency not popularity
Popularity seekers cherish perception. Potency seekers cherish results. Related: Pick potent over popular
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Resisting the urge to run & hide
To express anything online these days is to open yourself up to criticism & abuse. It’s likely better to learn
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The results of your actions speak louder than words
The results of your actions speak louder than words. You can read a million motivational sayings to pump yourself up
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A sign that someone is being themselves
Do you know how you can tell when someone is likely being themselves? When they don’t always act according to
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“The problem is Millennials”
“This younger generation is the problem.” False. This generation didn’t build the world we live in, previous generations did. If
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“Irresponsible” poor people
If you think the majority of people who are poor are poor because they spend irresponsibility, you haven’t done the
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Find the fun (even when the path is hard)
Even if what you wish to accomplish is difficult, always try to find ways to enjoy what you’re working towards.
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Relations & relationships
Many of the strongest and most rewarding relationships are formed by people who don’t agree on everything. With a respectful
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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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