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    • Work where you want, Live how you want, Be what you want to be The Untemplater Manifesto Six Real-World Untemplater Case Studies
    • Please feel free to share this free manifesto under the terms of the creative commons attribution 3.0 license. © 2009–2010 untemplater.com. Photography © N. Cody McKibben. Design & layout by Cody McKibben.
    • Table of Contents Introduction to the Untemplate Lifestyle 04 Jun Loayza Untemplating Entrepreneurship 06 Monica OʼBrienUntemplating Career 14 Cody McKibben Untemplating Travel 18 Adam Baker Untemplating Family 26 Andrew Norcross Untemplating the Tools 34 Carlos Miceli Untemplating the Mind 38 The Untemplater Team 45
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Introduction to the Untemplate Lifestyle Take a deep breath, look around you, and ask yourself this question, “Am I doing the same thing as everyone around me?” If
you
are,
then
chances
are
that
you
are
on
the
path
to
the
comfortable,
stable
 “American
dream.”
You’ll
spend
your
20’s
in
a
small
cubicle
grinding
long
hours
to
 impress
your
boss,
steadily
and
surely
climb
the
corporate
ladder,
and
retire
a
wealthy,
 65
year
old
man
(or
woman),
Dinally
able
to
enjoy
life’s
riches:
time
with
family,
 travel,
and
the
opportunity
to
pursue
your
passions
as
a
full‐time
gig.
 Is this the life you want to lead? Cause
the
house
always
wins.
Play
long
enough,
 you
never
change
the
stakes.
The
house
takes
you.
 Unless,
when
that
perfect
hand
comes
along,
you
 bet
and
you
bet
big,
then
you
take
the
house.
 - Danny Ocean, Oceanʼs Eleven
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 There
are
many
blogs
and
books
meant
to
teach
and
inspire
you
to
leave
your
corporate
 existence
in
order
to
pursue
a
venture
that
you’re
“passionate”
about.
Most
of
these
 sites
mean
well
and
are
inspirational,
but
they’re
written
by
gurus
who’ve
already
 “made
it”
and
aren’t
in
touch
with
your
reality,
or
they’re
written
by
pure
theorists— people
who
haven’t
actually
put
their
lessons
to
action—they
talk
the
talk
but
don’t
 walk
the
walk. Untemplater,
on
the
other
hand,
is
composed
of
real
people
who
are
in
the
 trenches,
working
hard
to
live
the
life
that
we
want
to
live.
It’s
not
easy,
nor
is
it
 glamorous.
Below
are
six
real
case
studies
from
twentysomethings
who’ve
 done
it.
You’ll
see
our
pain,
struggles,
successes,
and
failures
as
we
create
an
existence
 that
we
are
proud
of
and
enjoy
24
hours
a
day,
365
days
a
year.
 …work
where
you
want
 to
work,
live
how
you
 We
are
MBAs;
we
are
husbands,
wives,
and
fathers;
we
are
scrappy
entrepreneurs,
 want
to
live,
and
be
who
 authors,
and
freelancers.
We
live
all
over
the
globe,
and
we
have
come
together
to
 you
want
to
be
in
2010 show
you
how
we’ve
successfully
broken
the
template
lifestyle
so
that
you
can
do
it
 as
well.
 This
Manifesto
is
meant
to
inspire.
Below
you
will
>ind
the
stories
of
six
different
 individuals
each
pursuing
the
untemplate
lifestyle—each
a
founding
member
of
 the
Untemplater
team—describing
in
detail
the
‘breaking
point’
that
made
us
want
to
 build
our
own,
unconventional
lives,
and
what
we’ve
accomplished
in
a
short
 amount
of
time.
 Remember
this
one
thing:
if
we’ve
been
able
to
do
it,
then
you
can
do
it
as
well.
Join
 us
at
Untemplater
and
learn
how
you
can
work
where
you
want
to
work,
live
how
 you
want
to
live,
and
be
who
you
want
to
be
in
2010.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Jun Loayza Untemplating Entrepreneurship Tick
tock…
tick
tock…
it
was
5:00pm
and
I
had
another
hour
of
grueling
grunt
work
to
 get
through
before
I
could
catch
the
train
home.
I
was
a
Dinancial
consultant
at
a
top
50
 consulting
Dirm
making
$55,000
my
Dirst
year
after
graduating
college.
In
my
friends’
 eyes,
I
was
leading
a
successful
life
and
on
my
way
to
getting
my
MBA,
working
my
 way
up
the
corporate
ladder,
and
retiring
at
age
65
a
wealthy
and
successful
man. But
something
just
didn’t
feel
right.
It
wasn’t
the
60‐hour
workweeks,
nor
was
it
the
fact
 that
I
could
only
hang
out
with
my
friends
and
girlfriend
on
the
weekends;
it
was
the
fact
 that
I
was
just
another
drone
following
the
template
lifestyle.
If
I
stayed
on
my
 current
path,
I
would
die
an
ordinary
person
who
followed
the
average
“American
 Dream.”

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The breaking point… On
a
cloudy
morning
in
November
2007,
I
dragged
myself
into
work
and
sat
in
my
four‐ walled
prison.
My
Managing
Director
walked
in
an
hour
after
me
and
dropped
a
 towering
stack
of
printed
excel
sheets
on
my
desk:
“Hey
Jun,
I’m
in
a
real
time
crunch
 and
I
need
you
to
QA
these
excel
sheets
for
me
by
end
of
day.
Thanks!” Do
you
know
what
“QA”
means?
It
meant
that
I
had
to
take
out
my
calculator,
whip
out
 …I
was
just
another
 my
red
pen,
and
individually
check
each
excel
equation
by
hand
to
make
sure
they
were
 all
correct! drone
following
the
 template
lifestyle It
was
salt
on
an
open
wound.
I
stormed
into
the
bathroom,
looked
in
the
mirror
and
 asked
myself
this
question:
“Would
I
be
happy
living
the
life
of
my
current
Managing
 Director?” The
answer
was
clearly
“No.” That day I made the decision to leave my corporate haven and pursue my own startup venture full-time.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The transition was anything but smooth… Sometimes
it
seems
so
easy
doesn’t
it?
If
Mark
Zuckerberg
could
build
Facebook
from
 his
college
dorm
room,
surely
I
could
build
my
startup
into
a
large
empire
and
make
 millions.
 Little
did
I
know
that
one
of
the
prerequisites
for
entrepreneurship
was
sacri>ice: One
of
the
 prerequisites
for
 1. I
moved
back
home
with
my
mom
and
brother
to
save
on
costs
like
food
and
rent entrepreneurship
is
 sacrifice. 2. I
stopped
investing
in
a
401K,
lived
off
the
money
in
my
savings
account,
and
 only
paid
the
minimum
monthly
payments
on
my
student
loans 3. I
told
my
girlfriend
that
we
had
to
signiDicantly
cut
back
on
movies,
dinner,
and
 that
we
had
to
postpone
the
vacation
we
were
planning Entrepreneurship is not glamorous.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Untemplate the entrepreneur A
signiDicant
portion
of
the
untemplate
lifestyle
is
leaving
what
you
HAVE
to
do
for
 what
you
WANT
to
do.
In
my
case,
I
broke
my
template
by
having
the
courage
 to
leave
my
corporate
job
and
pursue
my
startup
dream. But
this
is
just
the
beginning. A
significant
portion
 Untemplater
is
not
just
about
breaking
the
corporate
lifestyle;
more
importantly,
it’s
 of
the
untemplate
 about
breaking
every
template
lifestyle,
including
that
of
the
entrepreneur.
 lifestyle
is
leaving
 what
you
have
to
do
 The
Template
Entrepreneur: for
what
you
want
 to
do. 1. There
is
no
work/life
balance 2. You
must
use
social
media
to
market
your
internet
startup 3. Seek
funding
to
get
your
startup
off
the
ground My
team
and
I
have
successfully
broken
each
of
the
3
points
of
the
Template
 Entrepreneur.
Untemplater
will
show
you
how
my
team
has
done
it
so
that
you
too
can
 break
out
of
the
template‐entrepreneur
lifestyle.

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 I am you… You
can
accomplish
everything
that
I
have
done
and
I
will
show
you
how
to
do
it. I
have
built
a
social
media‐marketing
agency
from
$0
in
revenue
to
over
$120,000
in
 revenue
in
fewer
than
6
months.
 You
can
accomplish
 everything
that
I
 have
done
and
I
will
 I’m
the
founder
of
an
internet
startup
that
has
received
angel
funding,
employs
over
10
 show
you
how
to
 people,
and
supports
an
ofDice
in
San
Francisco.
 do
it. I
gathered
a
team
of
incredibly
motivated,
successful,
and
ambitious
bloggers
towards
a
 uniDied
goal
to
teach
others
how
to
break
the
template
lifestyle.
 I
do
all
of
this
and
am
still
able
to
maintain
an
incredibly
happy
relationship
with
 my
girlfriend
Kim
Ear,
which
is
proof
that
you
are
able
to
separate
your
work
and
life
as
 an
entrepreneur.

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Break the Template Lifestyle in 2010 1. How do I run multiple startups at the same time? I
often
get
asked
this
question.
A
startup
takes
an
immense
amount
of
time
and
energy,
 so
how
in
the
world
do
I
build
multiple
startups
and
not
lose
my
mind
in
the
process? The
answer
is
simple:
Systems
and
Operations.
 The
secret
to
my
 The
secret
to
my
intense
lifestyle
as
an
entrepreneur
is
my
ability
to
create
systems
and
 intense
lifestyle
as
 operations
for
my
companies
that
allow
me
to
focus
on
the
critically
important.
 an
entrepreneur
is
 Untemplater
will
in
part
focus
on
the
type
of
systems
that
I
have
created
and
go
into
 my
ability
to
create
 excruciating
detail
about
the
development,
execution,
and
maintenance
of
these
 systems
and
 operations
for
my
 systems. companies
that
allow
 me
to
focus
on
the
 2. How am I able to maintain a happy relationship with my girlfriend as an critically
important. entrepreneur? Three
close
friends
of
mine
are
hardcore
entrepreneurs
whose
girlfriends
left
them
 because
my
friends
did
not
devote
enough
time
to
their
girlfriends.
My
friends
fell
 victim
to
the
template‐entrepreneur
lifestyle
and
have
suffered
a
girlfriendless
startup
 lifestyle.
 Untemplater
will
show
you
how
to
Digure
out
if
your
girlfriend
or
boyfriend
is
the
one
 for
you,
and
if
it
turns
out
that
she
or
he
is
the
one
for
you,
then
Untemplater
will
show
 you
how
to
maintain
a
happy
relationship
even
with
a
busy
startup
lifestyle.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 3. The concrete, personally-tested methods to succeed or fail with a startup All
advice
that
we
give
on
Untemplater
comes
from
actual
experience.
You
will
Dind
no
 theories
or
untested
advice
here.
We
will
cover
the
following
topics
in
excruciating
 detail
so
that
you
can
have
a
chance
at
building
a
successful
startup: 1. How
to
test
if
your
startup
idea
is
viable All
advice
that
we
 2. How
to
build
your
team give
on
Untemplater
 comes
from
actual
 3. Do
you
need
a
business
model
from
the
very
beginning? experience.
 4. How
to
drive
traf>ic
to
your
site 5. How
to
get
funding 6. How
and
when
should
you
incorporate
your
company 7. And
much
more…
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The Untemplater philosophy My
fun
comes
from
building
companies
and
watching
them
successfully
grow.
I
get
a
 rush
every
time
I
build
a
new
system
and
successfully
implement
it,
cutting
my
work
 hours
and
improving
my
effectiveness.
I
love
training
my
virtual
assistant
to
do
a
new
 job
that
I
previously
had
to
do.
 Sounds
kind
of
nerdy
doesn’t
it? But
to
be
honest,
I
wouldn’t
be
happy
any
other
way.
I
don’t
need
to
live
the
location
 …work
where
you
want
 independent
lifestyle
right
now,
nor
do
I
need
to
get
an
MBA.
I’ve
realized
that
to
lead
 to
work,
live
how
you
 the
Untemplater
lifestyle,
you
need
to
learn
how
to
say
“No”
to
the
things
that
can
 want
to
live,
and
be
who
 wait
for
later,
and
focus
right
now
on
the
actions
that
will
provide
you
with
the
greatest
 you
want
to
be
in
2010 personal
ROI.
 Join us this 2010 and break your template! Jun currently lives in Los Angeles, California – Find him at JunLoayza.com and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Monica OʼBrien Untemplating Career My
journey
on
the
untemplated
path
started
in
college.
In
the
middle
of
my
sophomore
 year,
I
decided
I
couldn’t
be
a
physics
major
anymore. You
see,
I
wasn’t
a
quitter.
And
for
some
reason,
I
always
felt
that
if
I
quit
physics,
I
 would
be
giving
up
on
something
I
had
started. But
it
was
time
to
make
changes.
I
needed
to
stop
doing
what
I
thought
others
 wanted.
I
needed
to
stop
doing
things
just
because
I
could
and
they
would
seem
 impressive,
and
start
doing
things
I
actually
wanted.
It
was
my
life—I
needed
to
 start
taking
myself
and
my
dreams
seriously. This
is
supposed
to
be
the
part
where
I
tell
you
I
changed
majors
and
found
the
job
of
 my
dreams.
It
turns
out
that
it’s
very
dif3icult
to
complete
a
degree
in
4
years
when
you
 switch
majors
after
two,
and
I
would
run
out
of
scholarship
money
after
4
years. I
still
didn’t
know
what
I
wanted
to
do
with
my
life
anyway.
So
I
did
the
most
logical
 thing
at
the
time—I
went
through
the
degree
catalog
and
found
the
majors
I
could
Dinish
 in
my
remaining
two
years
of
school,
and
then
picked
the
one
that
would
pay
the
most
 after
college.
I
Digured
if
I
could
just
get
a
job
that
paid
a
lot
of
money,
I
would
have
 the
time
and
resources
to
explore
my
interests
later.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Two
years
later
I
graduated
with
a
degree
in
computer
science,
and
started
working
in
 the
tech
department
at
a
Fortune
500
company
in
the
Chicagoland
area.
Not
 surprisingly,
I
hated
my
job—but
every
evening,
I
worked
to
Dind
a
new
career.
I
 explored
photography
and
considered
becoming
a
wedding
photographer;
I
worked
on
 art
projects
and
researched
how
to
sell
art
online;
I
considered
fashion
design
and
 contemplated
going
back
to
school
for
it. Finally,
I
realized
I
had
a
passion
for
business
development.
I
wasn’t
a
particularly
 great
artist,
but
I
knew
that
if
I
had
great
art
I
could
Digure
out
how
to
sell
it.
I
started
 experimenting
online
with
a
number
of
my
own
blog
projects.
I
also
learned
as
much
 as
I
could
about
selling
products
on
eBay
and
Amazon.
It
was
clear
to
me
that
I
someday
 wanted
to
start
my
own
company,
and
it
was
also
clear
that
I
didn’t
know
a
thing
 about
business
in
order
to
do
so. It
was
my
life—I
needed
 to
start
taking
myself
 Having
never
taken
a
business
class
in
college,
I
realized
I
wanted
to
immerse
myself
in
 and
my
dreams
seriously. the
theory.
I
found
an
MBA
program
and
started
putting
together
my
application.
It
was
 only
right
before
I
turned
in
my
application
that
I
realized
the
school
I
had
chosen
was
 one
of
the
top
5
schools
in
the
country,
and
you
usually
needed
5
years
of
 professional
experience
to
get
accepted.
I
was
only
22
years
old,
with
less
than
a
year
 of
professional
experience. I
was
accepted
to
the
school
and
started
my
MBA
with
a
concentration
in
marketing
 part‐time.
Meanwhile,
I
also
started
my
blog
and
established
a
name
for
myself
in
the
 digital
world
by
writing
about
my
experiences
and
what
I
was
learning.
I
was
extremely
 vocal
about
wanting
to
leave
the
corporate
world
and
start
my
own
company.
I
 concluded
that
the
best
way
to
do
this
was
to
>ind
a
job
at
a
startup,
where
I
could
 learn
how
to
build
a
company
from
others.
Within
4
months
of
blogging,
I
was
offered
a
 position
at
a
startup
with
a
well‐known
A‐list
blogger
named
Penelope
Trunk.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 I
spent
about
6
months
at
the
startup,
learning
and
absorbing
everything
I
could.
The
 focus
of
my
job
was
still
in
tech
though,
and
I
wanted
to
make
a
career
change
into
 marketing.
The
founders
of
the
startup
also
wanted
me
to
choose
between
Dinishing
my
 MBA
and
committing
to
eating,
sleeping,
and
breathing
the
startup.
It
was
a
difDicult
 decision,
and
despite
my
yearning
to
start
a
company,
I
picked

>inishing
my
 education
over
continuing
with
the
hands‐on
experience
of
a
startup. Once
I
quit
my
job
at
the
startup,
I
was
able
to
focus
once
again
on
my
studies
and
my
 I
picked

finishing
my
 goals
of
transitioning
from
a
tech
career
to
a
marketing
career.
I
started
networking
 education
over
continuing
 with
other
marketing
professionals
in
Chicago
and
began
consulting
small
companies
 with
the
hands-on
 on
how
to
use
digital
media
to
promote
their
businesses. experience
of
a
startup. In
2009,
I
decided
to
fulDill
another
lifelong
dream—I
wanted
to
write
a
book.
I
 found
a
market
for
the
knowledge
I
had
acquired
over
3
long
years
in
small
businesses,
 like
private
practices,
hair
salons,
and
restaurants.
I
decided
to
write
a
book
aimed
at
 small
businesses
who
wanted
to
use
social
media
and
digital
marketing
to
 promote
themselves.
Rather
than
get
a
traditional
book
contract,
I
opted
to
start
my
 own
publishing
company
and
bring
the
product
to
market
myself.
The
book
was
 published
in
November
2009
and
continues
to
show
strong
sales
as
it
builds
momentum
 in
its
Dirst
year.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 I
also
graduated
with
my
MBA
in
December
2009,
and
am
planning
to
take
a
job
at
a
 word
of
mouth
agency
in
the
new
year. Everyone
will
have
their
own
de3inition
of
the
untemplated
life.
Some
will
say
that
it
 means
to
quit
your
job
and
take
the
entrepreneurial
path.
For
others,
it’s
to
build
your
 career
online.
Some
might
say
it’s
to
get
a
formal
education
in
a
Dield
you
enjoy. Self-knowledge
is
key,
 For
me,
it’s
been
a
mix
of
everything.
I’ve
gotten
a
traditional
education,
and
I’ve
also
 and
most
of
the
time,
 used
blogging
and
social
media
to
learn,
grow,
network,
and
secure
jobs.
I’ve
tried
 you
just
need
to
 the
corporate
lifestyle,
the
entrepreneurial
lifestyle,
and
the
freelance/consulting
 follow
your
heart. lifestyle,
and
found
that
there
are
upsides
and
downsides
to
all
three.
My
hope
for
 Untemplater
is
that
we
can
help
all
types
of
people
Dind
their
paths
in
life,
no
matter
 what
that
path
is.
Self­knowledge
is
key,
and
most
of
the
time,
you
just
need
to
 follow
your
heart. Monica currently lives in Chicago, Illinois – Find her at MonicaObrien.com and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Cody McKibben Untemplating Travel Going Through the Motions When
I
applied
to
university,
I
had
no
idea
what
I
wanted
to
study.
I
went
because
it
 was
just
what
you
do
after
high
school—the
next
step
in
the
ladder.
Neither
my
dad
 nor
my
mom
graduated
from
a
four‐year
university—because
they'd
become
young
 parents
instead—so
you
can
bet,
I
was
going
to
go
straight
to
college
and
get
my
degree!
 I
worked
through
college
to
pay
for
rent,
food,
and
living
expenses,
and
my
dad,
bless
 him,
paid
for
a
large
portion
of
tuition
and
books,
but
the
instant
I
went
beyond
the
 four‐year
limit,
I
had
to
pay
my
own
way. College
taught
me
plenty
of
valuable
lessons—as
did
paying
my
own
way.
I'm
deDinitely
 thankful
to
have
parents
who
were
willing
and
able
to
help
me
get
my
education,
but
the
 expectations
(and
consequences)
that
I
was
subject
to
demonstrate
the
prevailing
 middle­class
Western
mindset—the
paradigm
template
lifestyle—that
most
 of
us
are
plugged
into
starting
at
birth.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 College to Career Trial & Error In
retrospect,
if
I
could
go
back
I
would
have
taken
a
year
break
to
backpack
around
 the
world
at
that
point,
or
even
just
to
experiment
at
a
junior
college
to
discover
what
 I
was
truly
passionate
about
before
going
to
university.
But
I
played
the
game.
I
 thought
maybe
I'd
like
to
be
a
social
studies
professor
and
wanted
to
gain
a
deeper
 If
I
could
go
back
I
 understanding
of
different
belief
systems
around
the
world,
so
I
graduated
with
a
 would
have
taken
a
 degree
in
Humanities
&
Religious
Studies
and
a
minor
in
History. year
break
to
 backpack
around
the
 world
at
that
point,
 After
college,
like
many
graduates,
I
promptly
put
my
degree
to
absolutely
no
use!
 or
even
just
to
 Instead,
a
part‐time
student
job
I
had
been
doing
with
the
College
of
Business
at
my
 experiment
at
a
junior
 university
magically
turned
into
a
full‐time
staff
position.
This,
again,
was
really
the
 college
to
discover
 easy,
boring
path
for
me
to
take,
and
although
the
majority
of
my
job
duties
were
to
 what
I
was
truly
 passionate
about. simply
be
there
from
9‐to‐5
to
manage
the
Dean's
ofDice
every
day,
maintain
his
calendar,
 and
push
papers,
I
was
exceptionally
fortunate
because
working
with
the
business
 professors
is
what
turned
me
on
to
my
true
passion—entrepreneurship—and
 being
assistant
to
the
Dean
of
the
College
of
Business
came
with
some
great
beneDits.
 Serendipitously,
I
was
able
to
meet
and
learn
from
CEOs
of
Fortune
500
companies,
 a
Federal
Reserve
president,
and
people
like
Warren
Buffett—the
most
skilled
 money‐manager
and
richest
man
in
the
world,
and
one
of
my
heroes.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 How Connecting with Like-Minded People Empowered Me to Take Control of My Own Destiny I
learned
a
tremendous
amount
from
the
Dean
and
the
College's
experienced
professors,
 and
as
my
interest
in
business
grew,
I'd
travel
to
Stanford's
Graduate
School
of
 Business
in
my
off‐time
for
Global
Entrepreneurship
Week
and
conferences
with
 innovative
green
and
social
entrepreneurs.
Two
books
changed
my
life:
the
Dirst
one
 being
Tom
Peters'
short
but
impactful
Brand
You,
which
opened
my
eyes
to
the
 emerging
"free
agent
nation"
where
even
as
employees,
we
need
to
build
and
 …even
as
employees,
 maintain
a
great
reputation
and
brand
ourselves
to
stay
competitive
in
a
crap
 we
need
to
build
and
 economy
where
job
security
no
longer
exists. maintain
a
great
 reputation
and
brand
 ourselves
to
stay
 In
2006,
partly
prompted
by
Peters'
message
about
personal
branding,
I
started
 publishing
my
own
whacky
thoughts
online
at
ThrillingHeroics.com.
Starting
a
blog
 competitive… was
probably
the
best
decision
of
my
life—I
immediately
started
connecting
with
 people
around
the
globe.
People
like
Ramit
Sethi—a
role
model
for
me,
as
a
Stanford
 grad,
co­founder
of
a
successful
tech
startup,
and
hugely
successful
personal
Dinance
 blogger,
just
a
few
years
older
than
me—Pamela
Slim,
who
at
the
time
ran
a
great
blog
 and
consulting
company
around
EscapeFromCubicleNation.com,
and
now
a
 successful
author
with
a
book
out
by
the
same
title,
and
Rajesh
Setty—a
student
of
 Tom
Peters
and
Seth
Godin
and
serial
entrepreneur
who
is
involved
as
a
founder
or
 executive
for
about
8
Silicon
Valley
companies
at
any
given
time.
Raj
become
 somewhat
of
a
mentor
to
me,
inspiring
me
with
his
book,
blog,
and
personal
 encouragement,
and
sending
tons
of
clients
my
way
when
I
initially
started
up
my
own
 small
side
business.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 How Breaking the Rules Lets Me Live the Lifestyle of My Dreams The
second
book
that
radically
changed
the
way
I
look
at
life
was
Timothy
Ferriss'
 The
4­Hour
Workweek.
When
I
read
Tim
Ferriss’
lifestyle
design
bible,
I
learned
that
 all
the
rules
of
traditional
business
had
changed.
Working
40‐
to
60‐hour
weeks
 It
doesn’t
cost
as
 and
waiting
until
retirement
to
do
what
you
really
want
to
do—what
Ferriss
calls
the
 much
as
you
might
 “deferred
life
plan”—isn’t
the
only
option. think
to
live
your
ideal
 lifestyle
or
set
about
 on
on
a
jet
set
travel
 It
doesn’t
cost
as
much
as
you
might
think
to
live
your
ideal
lifestyle
or
set
about
on
a
 journey
around
the
 jet
set
travel
journey
around
the
world,
and
it
really
isn’t
all
about
money
anyways!
 world,
and
it
really
 Ferriss
pointed
out
that
we
don’t
really
want
to
be
millionaires,
we
want
to
 isn’t
all
about
money
 experience
what
we
think
only
millions
can
buy. anyways!
 Tim
noted
that
Southeast
Asia
and
parts
of
South
America
are
some
of
the
world's
best
 remaining
paradise
destinations
where
Americans
can
easily
stretch
their
dollar.
By
 bending
the
traditional
rules
we
think
apply
to
the
world,
and
by
leveraging
geo­ arbitrage
for
example—earning
your
pay
in
a
strong
currency
like
dollars,
Euros,
or
 British
Pounds,
while
you
live
somewhere
with
a
low
cost‐of‐living—extended
travel
 and
living
abroad
can
actually
present
some
massive
advantages.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 So
rather
than
waiting
for
retirement
and
dreaming
about
my
ideal
lifestyle,
I
decided
to
 create
my
own
Untemplater
lifestyle
where
I
could
work
and
travel
at
the
same
time.
I
 spent
a
year
and
a
half
building
a
business
that
I
could
run
remotely
from
anywhere
on
the
 rather
than
waiting
 globe—making
my
business
"location­independent"
and
becoming
a
digital
nomad
 for
retirement
and
 freelancer.
And
then
I
went
for
it!
I
left
for
Thailand
in
November
2008
with
a
one­way
 dreaming
about
my
 ticket
and
no
plans
to
return
for
at
least
a
year. ideal
lifestyle,
I
 decided
to
create
my
 own
Untemplater
 Creating
a
business
I
could
operate
from
anywhere
has
given
me
the
freedom
to
choose
 lifestyle
where
I
 could
work
and
 where
I
live,
when
I
work,
and
it
has
enabled
me
to
travel
and
free
up
more
time
to
 travel
at
the
same
 put
into
relationships,
writing,
volunteering,
and
other
side
projects
that
don't
 time. necessarily
have
to
contribute
to
my
income.
Living
this
lifestyle
teaches
you
that
traveling
 is
easier
than
you
think:
with
a
little
resourcefulness,
you’ll
be
amazed
what
sort
of
great
 experiences
you
can
have
for
free
or
very
cheap!
You
will
see
some
incredible
things
that
 will
change
the
way
you
think
about
the
world.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 10 Random Thoughts for Creating Your Own Untemplater Lifestyle This Year: 1. Most
people
are
content
to
live
a
comfortable
lifestyle,
doing
something
they're
 not
all
that
passionate
about
in
order
to
pay
the
bills
and
do
what
they
like
on
 the
weekends.
But,
ask
yourself
if
that's
really
what
you
want.
Or
do
 you
want
more?
The
Untemplater
lifestyle
means
prioritizing
your
passion
 The
Untemplater
 over
money,
over
status,
even
over
creature
comforts.
 lifestyle
means
 prioritizing
your
 passion
over
money,
 2. Realize
that
nobody
else
is
going
to
come
along
and
magically
Dix
all
your
 over
status,
even
 problems
and
pay
all
your
bills
for
you.
That
is
a
destructive
Disney
fantasy
that
 over
creature
 isn't
real.
In
the
new
economy,
"job
security"
is
an
oxymoron.
You've
got
to
 comforts.
 establish
a
personal
brand
and
maintain
your
reputation
online
even
if
you
 just
want
to
remain
employable.
 3. Remember
what
Tim
Ferriss
says
in
The
4­Hour
Workweek:
we
don't
really
want
 to
be
millionaires.
Instead
we
want
to
experience
things
we
think
only
 millions
can
buy.
But
money
isn't
the
only
currency,
and
by
bending
the
rules
of
 your
reality,
it
can
frequently
be
easier,
cheaper,
or
even
free
to
accomplish
the
 things
you
want.

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 4. Stop
playing
the
game,
stop
trying
to
keep
up
with
the
Joneses.
Embrace
 minimalism,
detach
your
value
from
the
things
you
own,
and
ignore
others'
 expectations.
When
you
accumulate
stuff
just
for
the
sake
of
having
possessions,
 they
begin
to
own
you.
More
likely
than
not,
you
can
invest
more
time
and
 money
into
the
experiences
you
want
to
have—time
with
friends
and
family,
 philanthropy,
travel—and
live
a
much
more
ful>illed
life.
 5. Just
because
everyone
seems
to
do
things
one
way
doesn't
mean
you
have
to.
 And
just
because
a
majority
of
people
seem
to
use
a
certain
set
of
tools
to
get
the
 job
done
doesn't
necessarily
mean
they're
the
right
tools
for
you.
Seek
 unconventional
solutions
that
will
make
the
life
you
want
possible.
 Stop
playing
the
 game,
stop
trying
to
 6. If
you
still
want
to
discover
what
kind
of
work
you're
truly
passionate
about
 keep
up
with
the
 and
excites
you
when
you
get
out
of
bed
in
the
morning,
take
a
weekend
retreat
 Joneses. to
somewhere
nearby
where
you
can
get
away
from
your
normal
routine,
 consider
a
media
hiatus
(don't
read
the
paper,
watch
the
news
on
TV,
or
read
 your
favorite
blogs
online
for
at
least
a
few
days)
and
do
some
self­talk
and
 search
in
yourself
for
what
you
really
care
about.
How
can
you
provide
real
 value
to
the
world
in
a
way
that
will
return
to
you
and
allow
you
to
earn
a
 living? 7. With
the
increasing
availability
of
free
and
cheap
wiDi
internet
access
all
around
 the
globe,
it’s
becoming
increasingly
possible
for
anyone
to
work
from
 home,
the
coffee
shop,
or
anywhere.
Leverage
the
different
purchasing
power
of
 currencies
around
the
world,
and
you
can
vagabond
your
way
around
the
globe
 while
you
do
freelance
work
from
your
laptop!

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 8. Social
media
makes
it
much
easier
for
anyone
with
enough
motivation
to
share
 their
ideas
with
a
global
audience
and
build
a
successful
business
online
 these
days.
 9. If
you
choose
to
build
an
Untemplater
lifestyle
free
of
dependence
on
any
one
 location,
if
you
live
abroad
or
go
on
extended
travel,
just
by
immersing
 yourself
in
the
unfamiliar,
you'll
experience
an
increased
rate
of
learning,
 creativity
and
resourcefulness
that
will
serve
to
reinforce
your
 abilities
as
a
producer,
rather
than
a
passive
consumer—sharing
and
adding
 something
to
the
world,
whether
that's
in
the
form
of
a
business
or
something
 else.
 Your
time
here
on
this
 earth
is
a
finite
 resource,
precious
 10.Even
though
everybody
seems
to
do
it,
there
is
no
law
that
says
you
have
to
 play
by
the
rules
or
follow
the
crowd.
Your
time
here
on
this
earth
is
a
>inite
 short—how
will
you
 choose
to
spend
it?
 resource,
precious
short—how
will
you
choose
to
spend
it?
 I'm
excited
to
launch
Untemplater
with
my
great
co‐founders,
and
hope
to
provide
 guidance
to
all
of
you
who
are
seeking
more
from
life.
If
I
can
build
a
vast,
strong
 professional
network,
sell
my
services
online,
and
afford
an
adventurous,
exciting
life
 abroad,
you
can
too.
My
personal
mission
in
life
is
to
encourage
others
to
pursue
 freedom—the
freedom
to
live
and
work
anywhere,
and
to
live
life
beyond
borders
 and
limitations.
If
I
can
do
it,
you
can
build
an
Untemplater
lifestyle
and
reach
your
 dreams
too! Cody currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand – Find him at ThrillingHeroics.com and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Adam Baker Untemplating Family I was good at Math and Science. I had high standardized test scores. My
path
was
clear…

Honors
Engineering. What
else
was
there?
That
was
the
path.
No
one
in
particular
forced
me
into
it.
My
 parents
didn’t
push
me
into
it.
My
high
school
counselor
didn’t
push
me
into
it
(or
do
 anything
now
that
I
think
back). Don’t
get
me
wrong,
somebody,
or
rather
something
was
pushing
me.
I
just
couldn’t
 pinpoint
the
source
of
it. It
just
seemed
like
that
was
what
I
was
supposed
to
be
doing.
This
was
my
next
 step.
Why?
Not
because
I
chose
it,
but
because
it
was
the
accepted
path
on
my
 current
life
template.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Well,
that
lasted
3
semesters.
Which
I’d
like
to
point
out
is
one
more
than
the
minimum
 required
to
fail
out
(they
let
you
go
at
least
2
semesters
by
default).
So,
I
had
that
going
 for
me. I
returned
home
and
got
to
work.
I
picked
up
a
job
opening
the
local
McDonalds
in
the
 morning
and
closing
the
local
pizza
parlor
at
night.
After
only
a
month,
I
was
 promoted
to
shift
manager
at
both
locations,
but
that
didn’t
change
anything.
I
was
 working
shit
jobs. I
was
blinded
by
the
 script
that
society
had
 And
why?
Why
did
I
come
home
and
immediately
dive
into
80+
hours
of
work?
Why
not
 written
for
my
life.
It
 join
the
Peace
Corps,
join
the
Army,
live
in
a
self­sustaining
community,
hitchhike
 wasn’t
a
custom
script.
 to
Alaska? It
was
a
copy
of
a
copy
 of
a
copy. Sure
I
needed
to
pay
to
live,
but
there
are
thousands
of
options
to
do
that.
At
19
 years
old,
McDonalds
was
my
plan
B. The
sad
truth
was
I
couldn’t
see
any
other
options.
There
were
no
plan
C,
D,
E,
or
F’s.
 I
was
blinded
by
the
script
that
society
had
written
for
my
life.
It
wasn’t
a
custom
 script.
It
was
a
copy
of
a
copy
of
a
copy.
It’s
the
same
one
that’s
passed
down
to
every
 middle‐class,
white,
Midwestern
kid
in
school
(and
many
other
demographics,
although
 I
can’t
speak
for
them!)
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Modeling the success of giants… Flash
forward
a
couple
years.
Managing
fast
food
led
to
playing
poker.
Playing
poker
led
 to
running
local
poker
tournaments
for
hundreds
of
people.
Running
poker
rooms
led
to
 real
estate
(well,
the
police
dictated
that
one,
but
that’s
another
story). Things
certainly
weren’t
perfect,
but
I
was
starting
to
get
a
glimpse
into
plans
C,
D,
E,
 and
F. I
started
reading
personal
development
books
(the
exact
same
ones
I
made
fun
of
 There
was
a
common
 only
a
couple
years
previous).
I
started
studying
success
stories
and
business
 bond
between
nearly
 biographies. every
story
I
read.
 They
were
finding
ways
 I
noticed
that
almost
without
exception,
the
people
whose
stories
I
was
reading
had
 to
break
the
template
 screwed
up
lives.
They
came
from
horrible
childhoods
in
some
cases.
Almost
all
of
 life
had
dealt
them. them
failed
out
of
traditional
education.
They
started
in
their
parent’s
garages
or
 some
desolate
third
world
country.
 They
worked
day
in
and
day
out
for
years,
without
reward.
But
there
was
a
reason
 they
were
sacriDicing.
There
was
a
common
bond
between
nearly
every
story
I
read. They were finding ways to break the template life had dealt them. They
weren’t
simply
playing
the
cards
they
were
dealt.
They
were
changing
the
game
 mid
hand.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Debt, Marriage, & Kids: The lure of the template life. Reading
these
stories
was
one
thing.
But
making
the
jump
to
apply
them
to
my
life
was
 another.
I
wasn’t
quite
ready. I
had
just
gotten
engaged
to
my
high
school
sweetheart. Courtney
was
in
the
last
few
years
of
putting
herself
through
college
through
a
mixture
 of
part‐time
jobs
and
massive
student
loans.
I
brought
several
thousand
dollars
in
 credit
card
debt
from
my
last
few
irresponsible
years. And life started happening. Quick. It
just
seemed
like
 Our
wedding
was
only
7
months
away
from
the
engagement.
Courtney
had
a
year
left
in
 each
life
event
we
went
 college
and
I
started
a
real
estate
company. through
had
a
‘next
 3
months
after
marriage,
we
were
pregnant.
5
months
after
that,
Courtney
graduated
 logical
step’.
It
was
 college
and
starting
working.
At
that
time,
I
myself
was
working
80+
hours
again
in
the
 real
estate
business
and
had
just
Dinanced
an
8‐unit
apartment
building
with
no
money
 like
we
were
playing
a
 down
(it
sounded
cool
at
the
time). board
game. Engaged, Married, Pregnant, Finishing college, Starting a business… Student
loans,
credit
cards,
jewelry
loans,
car
loans,
and
money
borrowed
from
 family.
We
weren’t
behind,
but
we
had
a
nice
little
collection
of
burdens
that
were
 growing. In
fact,
the
only
thing
that
was
missing
was
the
white
picket
fence
and
the
mortgage.
 And
don’t
let
me
fool
you…
we
were
house
shopping. Again…

why?
We
hadn’t
really
chosen
this
path.
It
just
seemed
like
each
life
event
 we
went
through
had
a
‘next
logical
step’.
It
was
like
we
were
playing
a
board
game.
 We
were
rolling
the
dice
and
trying
to
advance
around
the
path
just
as
quickly
as
we
 could.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 But then it happened… I’m
convinced
childbirth
is
God’s
way
of
smacking
people
across
the
face.
At
least
 that’s
what
it
felt
like
in
our
situation.
We
had
started
to
clean
up
our
>inances
a
little
 throughout
the
pregnancy,
but
bringing
her
home
from
the
hospital
took
it
to
a
whole
 new
level. We
Dinally
made
the
connection
that
we
were
fortunate
to
be
granted
an
enormous
 We
were
paying
 amount
of
freedom
in
life,
but
that
we
were
giving
big
chunks
of
it
back. chunks
of
our
 freedom
by
trying
to
 We
were
paying
chunks
of
our
freedom
in
debt
payments.
We
were
paying
chunks
 follow
a
path
that
 of
our
freedom
by
trying
to
follow
a
path
that
we
hadn’t
chosen
(at
least
consciously). we
hadn’t
chosen. So
we
decided
right
then
and
there
to
take
back
control
over
our
life.
We
weren’t
 sure
we
were
making
the
right
decision
(whatever
that
means),
but
we
were
sure
we
 wanted
to
test
out
some
other
paths. We
decided
that
over
the
next
year
we
were
going
to
aggressively
attack
our
debt,
sell
 everything
we
owned,
and
spend
a
couple
years
living
and
traveling
overseas. We knew it wouldnʼt be easy, but we were eager to start living intentionally.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The first step: Dominating our finances. We
realized
that
the
Dirst
and
most
tangible
obstacle
was
our
mess
of
a
>inancial
life.
 We
weren’t
behind
on
payments
or
getting
foreclosed
on.
But
we
certainly
were
on
that
 path
if
we
didn’t
change
something. Over
the
next
year,
we
struggled
to
adopt
frugality,
budgeting,
and
life
without
 constant
credit.
We
had
lots
of
learning
to
do…
some
strategies
worked
great
and
 others
failed
horribly.
But
we
kept
up
the
intensity
until
we
slowly
installed
new
habits. We
realized
that
the
 first
and
most
 We
slashed
our
lifestyle
and
sold
everything
we
could
(including
our
small
business
 tangible
obstacle
 and
rental
property).
The
more
small
wins
we
began
to
have
the
more
momentum
it
 was
our
mess
of
a
 financial
life.
 seemed
like
we
were
building. Finally,
at
the
beginning
of
2009,
we
had
paid
off
everything
but
our
student
loans
in
 full.
We
had
cut
up
and
canceled
all
of
our
credit
cards
and
closed
all
of
our
old
loan
 accounts.
Most
importantly
(for
us)
we
had
also
managed
to
save
over
$15,000
for
 our
trip
on
one
income. We
hadn’t
fully
funded
retirement.
Neither
of
us
had
signed
a
multi‐million
dollar
 contract.
But,
we
had
taken
the
>irst
step,
and
over
18
months
had
completely
turned
 around
our
>inancial
life.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Our overseas adventure… Our
next
big
step
was
learning
how
to
travel.
That
kind
of
sounds
funny,
but
people
 who
have
done
it
can
relate
I
presume. Our
Dirst
destination
was
Cairns,
Australia.
We
had
planned
to
Dind
an
apartment
get
a
 couple
touristy
jobs
on
the
beach
and
just
relax.
Well…

It
didn’t
turn
out
that
way. We
learned
quickly
that
not
knowing
a
single
soul
in
the
entire
country
was
 probably
going
to
be
our
biggest
hurdle.
Over
the
next
month,
we
worked
our
way
down
 Australia’s
eastern
coast,
meeting
new
friends
and
learning
a
little
bit
with
each
stop. After
learning
of
a
shortage
of
teachers
in
New
Zealand
(Courtney’s
a
teacher),
we
 decided
one
night
to
hop
on
a
plane
and
head
to
Auckland,
NZ.
Once
again
we
weren’t
 sure
what
the
right
decision
was.
We
were
just
going
with
the
>low. We
were
driving
the
 bus.
We
were
the
 There
was
one
thing
for
sure,
though.
We
were
driving
the
bus.
We
were
the
ones
in
 ones
in
control. control
(for
better
or
worse). After
a
month
or
so
in
Auckland,
Courtney
found
an
elementary
school
willing
to
 sponsor
her
for
the
remaining
part
of
the
year.
It
made
a
lot
of
sense
both
culturally
and
 Dinancially,
so
we
took
the
offer
(and
work
permit). We
leased
a
tiny,
one‐bedroom
apartment
in
the
heart
of
Auckland
city
and
for
the
Dirst
 time
got
a
small
taste
of
downtown
city
living.
Courtney
took
the
train
and
a
20‐ minute
walk
to
school
each
day,
while
I
stayed
home
with
Milligan
and
tried
to
get
some
 writing
done
here
and
there. As
the
end
of
the
school
year
approached
(in
December),
Courtney
had
the
opportunity
 to
make
a
year
commitment
and
stay
and
teach.
We
elected
against
committing
for
a
full
 year
and
instead
decided
do
a
bit
more
travel. Currently,
we
are
wrapping
up
a
two
week
driving
tour
of
the
South
Island
of
New
 Zealand,
before
we
spend
a
week
in
Melbourne,
and
two
months
in
Thailand.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Our future… We
have
no
idea
what
the
future
holds,
which
isn’t
necessarily
something
we
 dislike. There
are
always
going
to
be
ups
and
downs
and
we’ve
had
our
fair
share.
Had
we
 stuck
to
the
template
lifestyle
we
had
in
Indiana,
we’d
be
farther
“ahead”
according
to
 a
lot
of
traditional
deDinitions. we
are
having
a
 blast,
learning
a
ton,
 Once
again,
I
can’t
tell
you
what
we
did
right
or
wrong.
There’s
a
Dine
balance
between
 and
growing
more
 active
lifestyle
design
and
recklessness! than
we
had
thought
 we
could. All
I
can
tell
you
is
that
we
are
having
a
blast,
learning
a
ton,
and
growing
more
 than
we
had
thought
we
could. For now, weʼll take that. For us, thatʼs what breaking the template is all about. Baker is currently traveling through New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand – Find him at ManVsDebt.com and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Andrew Norcross Untemplating the Tools Better Late Than Never At
the
age
of
17,
I
got
a
jump
on
my
peers
and
got
a
foot
into
the
corporate
world.
I
was
 able
to
turn
a
high
school
internship
into
a
full­time
entry
level
position
at
a
well­ known
>inancial
>irm
at
the
age
of
18.
Putting
college
on
the
back‐burner,
I
worked
 my
ass
off
and
climbed
up.
Within
10
years,
I
had
a
vice­president
title
(with
the
 salary
to
match),
an
ofDice
with
a
window,
my
own
assistant,
and
managed
quite
a
large
 sum
of
money
with
a
high
level
of
responsibility
and
prestige.
 And I couldnʼt have cared less. Prestige
doesn’t
ful>ill
the
soul.
Neither
does
money.
Following
your
dreams
 does.
I
tried
to
maintain
a
bit
of
individuality,
but
the
tattoos
underneath
the
suit
 didn’t
do
much
to
help
me
stand
out
in
a
way
I
felt
comfortable.
The
green
spikes
and
 mohawks
from
my
teenage
years
had
turned
into
a
clean‐cut
image
and
demeanor.
The
 decision
on
where
to
place
new
tattoos
involved
how
they’d
appear
at
work.
All
of
a
 sudden,
‘Norcross’
had
a
Mr.
attached
to
the
front
of
it,
and
people
began
calling
me
‘sir’
 without
a
hint
of
irony.
 And I slowly became miserable. After
the
market
crash
in
late
2008
and
early
2009,
I
lost
it.
Watching
folks
who
had
 toiled
away
at
their
jobs
for
20,
30,
even
40
years
freaking
out
because
they
now
had
to
 postpone
their
retirement
gave
me
a
moment
of
clarity.
My
job
and
my
lifestyle
 owned
me.
And
if
I
didn’t
do
something
about
it
soon,
I’d
be
stuck.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 How My Dreams Became My Lifestyle Since
I
was
a
kid,
computers
and
technology
is
what
I
did
for
‘enjoyment’.
What
 began
as
a
hobby
and
being
helpful
to
friends
and
family
began
to
turn
into
a
realistic
 career.
By
this
time,
however,
I
was
married,
had
a
1­year­old
son,
and
a
mountain
of
 debt
from
my
wife’s
law
school
education.
I
had
responsibilities.
So
my
dreams
took
a
 backseat.
I
tinkered
at
night
and
on
the
weekends,
but
that
was
about
it. So
in
June
2009,
after
talking
a
lot
with
my
wife
and
some
close
friends,
I
decided
I
was
 Prestige
doesn’t
 going
to
do
it.
I
was
going
to
follow
my
dreams.
So
I
gave
my
boss
a
5‐month
 fulfill
the
soul.
 notice
and
began
the
process
of
breaking
my
corporate
mindset
and
 Neither
does
 money.
Following
 untemplating
my
life,
building
a
freelance
design
&
development
business,
 your
dreams
does.
 while
at
the
same
time
returning
to
school
to
Dinish
that
bachelor’s
degree
I
never
got
 around
to
Dinishing.
Clients
came
in
quicker
than
I
ever
imagined
they
would.
What
I
 thought
would
take
6–9
months
happened
in
6
weeks.
I
worked
over
100
hours
a
week.
 I
slept
an
average
of
4
hours
a
night.
I
nearly
disappeared
from
public. And it was worth it On
December
18th
2009,
I
left
my
job,
the
safety
of
the
ofDice
and
started
MY
life.
 The
one
I
chose
for
myself.
At
the
age
of
29,
I
Dinally
started
living
my
own
life
on
my
 terms.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 How Social Media Broke the Mold I
had
long
been
active
on
sites
like
Twitter
and
BrazenCareerist.com.
While
I
had
been
 blogging
for
years,
it
was
sporadic
at
best.
I
had
more
fun
building
and
designing
 blogs
than
I
ever
did
writing
them.
And
as
I
connected
with
more
and
more
people
in
 the
social
media
space,
I
realized
that
my
skill
for
assisting
folks
with
technology
was
 a
real
gift.
Like
most
folks,
I
learned
by
trial
and
error.
I
have
always
had
a
cynical
look
 on
the
world
of
marketing
and
advertising
(going
back
to
my
punk­rock
roots),
but
I
 couldn’t
deny
the
real
connections
I
had
been
making
in
social
media.
Not
to
mention
 client
leads
and
word­of­mouth
recommendations
that
I
began
receiving.
Seemingly
 from
nowhere,
I
was
becoming
an
authority,
and
expert
even.
Quite
the
jump
from
the
 I
left
my
job,
the
 ‘geek’
I
had
always
classiDied
myself
as. safety
of
the
office
 and
started
MY
life.
 The
one
I
chose
 How to Use the Tools to Break the Template for
myself. Lifestyle I’ll
be
the
Dirst
to
admit,
I’m
a
gadget
geek
and
a
computer
nerd.
I
had
a
computer
in
 my
home
the
day
I
was
born,
and
began
writing
simple
dBase+
and
QBasic
code
at
the
 age
of
9.
So
I’m
naturally
inclined
to
use
technology
to
make
a
task
easier.
So
do
it!
 Don’t
just
run
out
and
buy
a
Mac
because
the
commercials
say
they’re
easier.
Sit
down,
 >igure
out
what
you
need
your
technology
to
do,
then
Dind
out
the
best
way
to
do
it.
 After
all,
technology
is
simply
a
tool,
a
means
to
an
end.
And
yes,
get
out
there
and
 begin
to
connect
with
like­minded
folks.
Don’t
just
turn
your
Twitter
steam
into
 another
place
to
spit
out
your
newest
blog
post,
but
really
connect.
Reply
to
people.
 Comment
on
posts
you
Dind
interesting.
Have
a
personality,
not
just
a
username.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Whatʼs Next? I
have
no
idea.
And
that’s
a
good
thing.
I’m
expected
to
graduate
in
late
2011
with
a
 degree
in
IT
Management,
and
my
freelance
business
could
get
to
the
point
that
I
 Sit
down,
figure
out
 never
return
to
an
of>ice.
Only
time
will
tell.
But
in
the
meantime,
I
get
to
be
a
better
 what
you
need
your
 father,
husband,
and
friend.
I
get
to
be
content
with
the
work
I
am
doing.
And
I
get
to
 technology
to
do,
 be
the
tattooed
nerd
in
jeans
and
a
t­shirt
that
I
always
knew
I
was. then
find
out
the
 best
way
to
do
it.
 Norcross lives in St. Petersburg, FL — Find him at andrewnorcross.com and restlesslikeme.com, and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Carlos Miceli Untemplating the Mind The Untemplate Lifestyle Has Never Been More Realistic What
an
opportunity
that
we
have
ahead
of
us.
I’m
not
sure
everyone’s
aware
of
the
 amazing
time
that
we
are
living
in. Technology
and
globalization
are
giving
us
access
to
an
impressive
amount
of
tools
 and
people
that
only
10
years
ago
were
unimaginable.
Really,
what
will
escape
from
 the
realm
of
possibility
for
all
of
us
in
the
21st
century,
in
2010?
Combine
the
tools
of
 communication,
productivity
and
automation
with
people’s
desire
to
improve
their
 lives
and
form
strong
relationships,
and
the
opportunities
are
endless. The
untemplate
lifestyle
is
knocking
on
your
door.
It’s
here.
And
the
reason
why
you
 should
answer
its
call,
it’s
because
the
possibilities
justify
it.

    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Just
to
be
clear,
this
is
not
a
dreamy
lifestyle. It’s
not
an
unrealistic
lifestyle. Technology
and
 It’s
not
a
lifestyle
without
any
money. globalization
are
giving
 us
access
to
an
 impressive
amount
of
 It’s
not
the
lifestyle
for
the
immature. tools
and
people
that
 only
10
years
ago
 were
unimaginable. And
I
can
assure
you
that
it
is
deDinitely
not
an
easy
lifestyle. It’s
the
lifestyle
for
people
that
are
tired
of
society’s
rules
and
barriers,
that
can
see
 that
there’s
something
better
in
the
future,
and
that
are
willing
to
work
hard
 enough
to
achieve
it.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The End Of Standard Requirements And My Personal Untemplater Story To
be
serious
about
this
path
you
have
to
realize,
among
other
things,
that
there
are
no
 longer
any
“have
to’s.”
There
is
no
clear
decision,
no
safe
choice,
no
stable
life.
The
 biggest
consequence
of
all
this
innovation
and
globalization
is
a
fast
paced
change,
and
 the
most
important
thing
about
it
is
that
there’s
no
way
to
escape
it.
So
if
you
think
 that
you
have
to
have
a
college
degree
or
that
you
have
to
have
a
corporate
job
in
 order
to
have
a
safe
life,
you
are
in
for
a
big
surprise.
The
only
thing
you
need
to
 …you
have
to
 have
is
independency
of
ideals.
Since
everyone
can
be
affected
by
changes
happening
 realize,
among
 in
any
place
on
Earth,
you
might
as
well
take
your
life
in
your
own
hands
and
enjoy
 other
things,
 while
you
are
at
it. that
there
are
 no
longer
any
 That
is
what
I
realized
not
too
long
ago. “have
to’s.” When
you
consider
where
I
come
from
(Buenos
Aires,
Argentina),
understanding
that
 I
could
live
life
by
my
own
set
of
rules
was
not
simple.
We
are
way
behind
the
US
in
 entrepreneurial
spirit,
dreams
of
professional
freedom
and
de>iance
of
the
status
 quo.
But
thanks
to
the
internet,
I
was
able
to
Dind
information
that
taught
me
more
than
 college
ever
did,
and
connected
with
amazing
people
that
inspired
me
more
than
 my
family
ever
could. Only
a
year
ago
I
was
studying
Marketing
at
the
best
university
in
the
country
and
 was
the
youngest
Sales
Executive
in
B2B
at
one
of
the
Top
5
Argentinean
companies.
I
 was
constantly
pampered,
offered
a
great
corporate
future
and
a
dreamy
paycheck.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 And I was miserable. So,
I
had
to
change
something,
and
just
a
couple
of
months
ago,
I
did.
I
left
my
job,
 went
into
the
startup
and
freelance
world,
and
in
June
2010
I’m
going
to
move
to
 Perth,
Australia
to
study. Needless
to
say,
my
life
has
never
been
better.
Hey,
we
have
to
walk
the
talk,
right? Loving The Uncertainty Is The Only Way To Smile Funny
thing
about
 Now,
let
me
explain
to
you
something
very
important,
maybe
the
key
element
of
every
 untemplaters:
they
 untemplater:
you
have
to
live
one
day
at
the
time.
You
have
to
trust
that
as
long
as
you
 are
all
happy. bust
your
ass
going
after
what
you
believe
in,
things
will
fall
in
place.
The
moment
 you
start
getting
worried
because
you
can’t
see
your
future
clearly
is
the
moment
where
 the
claws
of
fear
and
boredom
will
get
a
hold
of
you
again.
In
reality,
no
one
can
see
 the
future
clearly,
but
some
think
they
can.
Nobody
knows
what
will
happen,
but
the
 only
difference
is
that
untemplaters
realize
it,
accept
it,
and
make
the
best
out
of
their
 time
while
believing
in
themselves
and
their
vision.
 Funny
thing
about
untemplaters:
they
are
all
happy.
I
am
not
kidding.
When
you
meet
 them,
you
can
tell
that
they
enjoy
their
lives,
they
like
what
they
do
and
grow
doing
 it.
You
shake
their
hand,
look
them
in
the
eyes,
and
it’s
an
immediate
spiritual
 connection
that
only
happens
between
two
people
that
have
decided
to
be
different,
 to
be
better.
There’s
no
denying
that
glow.
Believe
me,
once
you
embrace
the
lifestyle,
 you’ll
see
it
too.
It’s
just
beautiful.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The Endless Dot Connection I
always
quote
Steve
Jobs
when
trying
to
explain
my
decisions:
“You
can’t
connect
the
 dots
looking
forward.
You
can
only
connect
them
looking
backwards.”
There’s
always
 some
dot,
some
activity,
person
or
moment
in
your
life
that,
had
it
not
happened,
you
 wouldn’t
be
where
you
are
today. The
path
is
easier
 It’s
because
I
hated
my
job
and
university
that
I
looked
for
intellectual
growth
on
the
 than
ever,
you
just
 internet.
It’s
because
of
that
that
I
started
blogging,
which
led
me
to
connect
with
all
 have
to
walk
it. these
amazing
people
who
I’m
launching
Untemplater
with.
I
don’t
need
to
tell
you
 that
dot
connecting
can
go
very
far
in
your
past,
but
it
doesn’t
stop
being
truth. Now,
the
real
reason
I
like
this
quote
so
much
is
because
nowadays
the
dots
are
 endless.
Think
about
it:
how
many
dots
can
stumble
into
your
life
if
you
embrace
 globalization,
technology
and
your
dreams?
The
path
is
easier
than
ever,
you
 just
have
to
walk
it.
But
when
the
whole
world
is
your
market
and
your
home,
walking
 it
is
absolutely
thrilling.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 In The End, Itʼs All You. But We Can Help! Untemplater
is
not
for
everyone.
You
have
to
face
your
own
fears.
You
have
to
 WANT
to
have
a
better
and
more
interesting
life.
Otherwise,
all
our
advice
will
 remain
in
the
written
word,
and
for
you
to
accomplish
your
goals,
you
have
to
turn
 the
words
into
action.
But,
if
you
actually
do
have
that
little
voice
whispering
to
you
 every
time
you
go
to
the
ofDice
telling
you
that
there
has
to
be
something
more
(which
 I’m
betting
that
you
do),
then
we
want
you
to
join
us.
We
have
all
been
there
and
want
 to
help
you
break
out
of
the
template
as
well.
You
have
no
idea
how
good
it
feels. One
last
thing:
I
don’t
like
cute
dreamy
visions
of
the
world,
optimism
for
optimism’s
 Untemplater
is
not
 sake.
I’m
a
very
realistic
person.
I
have
a
thing
for
philosophy
and
psychology,
not
a
 for
everyone.
You
 thing
for
fantasy
and
utopia.
I
say
this
because
we
are
serious
about
our
proposal.
We
 have
to
face
your
 want
you
to
break
the
template
lifestyle
in
a
realistic
way.
We
want
you
to
 own
fears.
You
have
 have
the
time
and
money
you
want
to
achieve
your
objectives,
and
the
appropriate
 to
want
to
have
a
 mentality
to
enjoy
it.
It’s
easy
to
say
things
like
“follow
your
passion”,
but
we
will
go
far
 better
and
more
 beyond
that,
we
will
tackle
all
the
little
things
that
make
goals
come
true. interesting
life. I
am
very
passionate
about
Untemplater,
not
only
because
of
the
amazing
people
 behind
it,
but
because
I
can’t
tell
you
how
sad
it
is
to
realize
that
few
people
are
 smiling
their
way
through
life
like
we
do.
We
need
more
company. In 2010, we need your company. Now, whereʼs that smile?! Carlos currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Find him at OwlSparks.com and on Twitter
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Donʼt Stop There. Take Action! We
hope
the
stories
of
these
six
remarkable
lives
entertained
and
inspired
you.
 We’re
a
small
group
of
unconventional
folks
who
hope
to
build
a
thriving
community
 for
anyone
who
ever
sought
more
out
of
life—and
we
hope
to
help
you
learn
how
to
 sidestep
the
traditional
life
to
Dind
the
career,
relationships,
and
lifestyle
that
makes
 you
come
alive! For concrete, actionable steps to live an unconventional lifestyle, join us at Untemplater.com to work where you want to work, live how you want to live, and be who you want to be in 2010.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 The Untemplater Team Adam Baker Baker
is
a
husband
to
Courtney,
Dada
to
Milligan,
and
kick­ass
blogger
over
at
Man
Vs.
 Debt.
The
Baker
family
philosophy
is
simple:

Sell
your
crap.
Pay
off
your
debt.
Do
what
 you
love.
They
are
currently
trying
to
do
just
that
somewhere
in
between
New
Zealand
and
 Thailand. Andrew Norcross Norcross
is
a
Wordpress
ninja,
freelance
web
developer,
IT
consultant,
student,
husband,
 father,
and
overall
regular
geek­for­hire.
He
currently
lives
in
St.
Petersburg,
Florida,
with
 his
kick­ass
wife
and
rock
and
roll
son.
Find
him
at
AndrewNorcross.com. Carlos Miceli Carlos
is
an
Argentinean
blogger,
freelancer
and
entrepreneur
with
a
thing
for
philosophy,
 psychology
and
social
media.
He
got
tired
of
settling
with
the
best
Buenos
Aires
had
to
 offer
and
is
now
pursuing
the
best
the
world
has
to
offer.
In
2010
he’ll
move
to
Perth,
 Australia,
looking
for
a
deeper
learning
experience
than
just
what
a
classroom
brings.
 Read
his
continuous
efforts
to
upset
the
established
order
at
OwlSparks. Cody McKibben Cody
is
a
nomadic
entrepreneur,
lifestyle
designer,
and
traveler
who
writes
at
Thrilling
 Heroics.
He
provides
non­proTits
and
innovative
social
entrepreneurs
with
web
 development
and
social
media
consulting
services,
and
also
serves
as
Advisor,
Donor
&
 Volunteer
for
In
Search
Of
Sanuk.
    • Work where you want, Live how you want, and Be what you want to be in 2010 Jun Loayza Jun
is
the
Co­Founder
and
CMO
of
Viralogy
and
the
President
of
 SocialMediaMarketing.com.
When
he's
not
building
his
startup
companies,
you
can
Tind
 Jun
doing
cardio
at
the
gym,
optimizing
his
Tinances,
or
spending
time
with
his
girlfriend
 Kim
Ear.
Find
him
at
JunLoayza.com. Monica OʼBrien Monica
is
a
Marketing
Consultant
specializing
in
marketing
strategy
and
consumer
 insights
at
the
juncture
of
new
media
and
traditional
marketing.
She
is
author
of
 MonicaObrien.com
and
the
recent
book
Social
Pollination. Dariane Nabor Dariane
is
our
incredibly
helpful
intern.
She
is
currently
an
undergraduate
student
at
 UCLA,
expecting
to
graduate
in
2010
with
a
B.A.
in
Sociology.

Born
and
raised
in
Delano,
a
 town
in
California’s
central
valley,
she’s
also
the
founder/editor
of
The
Popcorn
Kids,
and
 a
Independent
Consultant
for
Scentsy,
Inc
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