"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.

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. You can read about it on my book information page or check it out on Amazon.

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 hard enough already
Life is hard enough already without blaming yourself for things that are beyond your control. And even when things are
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Pssst! Hey. You. Yes, you. I have one tiny request. Don’t worry. It’s easy! I want you to… SMILE! (Seriously!
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Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument
Whenever you’re caught in a shouting match, it’s not only considered ok to stop shouting, it’s one of the smartest
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Dear Self, I am working on being a better person
Dear Self, I am working on being a better person. Please let me be the type of person who I
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The biggest theme park in the world.
Earth is simply the world’s biggest theme park and everyone you know is there. Enjoy it. It’s just a way
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Depression. You’re having a bad time. Not a bad life.
Authors note: At the time I wrote this, it was actually directed towards a friend who was going through a
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It’s all there for you if you want it.
Sometimes work sucks, relationships suck and we find ourselves feeling down as a result of thinking about all the things
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Who are you going to be this year?
I’ve seen a lot of posts on social networks this morning basically saying “Good riddance to the last year!” and
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Ways to Make This Year Especially Awesome
Originally written for New Year’s Eve 2010, this list applies today — and every day — as much as it
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The ripple effect of kindness.
I was touched by this video which makes a point of showing obvious ways in which acts of kindness can
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