My Quarter-Century Crisis (of Awesomeness)

 

My Crisis

As I’m writing this, I have about 30 more minutes during which I am still 24 years old.

I’ve come to understand that for my 25th birthday I’m supposed to go a little crazy, completely rearrange my life, change careers, take up new hobbies, end relationships, dramatically change my priorities and generally turn into a whirlwind of drastic activity, shocking friends and family with my sheer audacity and lack of respect for the rules.

Oops. Jumped the gun on that one.

But honestly, who decided we could only live to be 100 years old anyway? I don’t know about you, but I plan to be at least 250 years old, and I won’t even die at that point…I’ll just be mostly machine.

My Announcement

All age-related musings aside, I do happen to have a fairly significant announcement just in time for my 25th birthday. I don’t think it has anything to do with an imminent breakdown, but I’ll be sure to post some kiwis (the people, not the bird…though the mental image is funnier with the bird) outside my door just in case.

The announcement is that I have just completed a new ebook, and it’s monstrous.

No really. My first ebook on Personal Branding weighed in at a relatively tame 50 pages, while the second – How to Be Remarkable – more than doubled in huskiness, bringing home 127 pages worth of girth.

This new book again ups the ante about 200%, bearing over 250 pages of sheer intensity, insight and scintillating sexiness.

“Well that’s all fine and good,” you’re thinking, “but what is this titanic tome all about?”

A very good question my friend, and the answer is something that I’ve become very familiar with over the past 6 years that I’ve been running businesses, and even more so since I moved to LA and then left the country.

My new ebook is about networking, and how to do it awesomely.

My New Ebook

I’m not going to reveal all the little details about the ebook, evocatively titled ‘Networking Awesomely,’ here and now because that would take away from some of the delightful buildup and inevitable speculation. I will tell you this, however: in addition to my own advice on the subject, I’ve managed to secure networking advice and stories from some of my favorite bloggers, entrepreneurs and business-people.

I got an incredibly huge response from How to Be Remarkable (over 55,000 downloads and counting), and I am super-psyched by how it turned out, but I can honestly say I am even more proud of this new ebook, partially because of what it represents for me an the evolution of Exile Lifestyle.

My Evolution

Most of you probably know by now that in addition to running this blog, I also run a branding-focused design studio. It’s through this studio that I make money, enabling me to travel, party, rabble-rouse and generally live the life that I enjoy, which includes taking time out periodically to write ebooks and operate this blog.

Well what I’m trying out is a business model that I’m hoping to slowly phase in to how I do things. This business model revolves around creating online content (like the ebooks and blog posts I’ve already published), but with greater frequency and variety. It also involves a slow move away from doing primarily client work for a living and toward doing more work through Exile Lifestyle.

This new ebook, Networking Awesomely, is the first phase of this evolution in that I’ll be selling it rather than giving it away.

If I’m able to make enough money creating ebooks, then I’ll be able to spend more time doing so (and of course I will continue to produce free ebooks as well; the blog will always remain free, in case you were worried).

The Details

Networking Awesomely will go on sale next week on Wednesday, April 21 (that’s Thursday, April 22 for kiwis and ozzies) for $20.

I do, however, want to give a significant discount to some of my most loyal readers, so there will be a pre-sale going on during which people who are signed up to get my newsletter will be able to buy Networking Awesomely for 50% off (only $10) on Monday or Tuesday of that same week, so long as they promise to send me a quick review once they’ve had the chance to read it.

I would really love to hear your opinion, so if you’d like to get in on this sale and you aren’t already on the list, click here to join. Details on how to get your discount will arrive in the next issue of the newsletter very shortly!

Back to the Crisis

Business aside, since this is a day of reflection I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone out there who reads Exile Lifestyle. Since the very beginning I’ve been fortunate to have an ever-growing group of really remarkable people reading what I write and interacting with me, and this has inspired me more that you can possibly imagine.

Sometimes it gets lonely traveling to new places all the time, and there are moments when I think that perhaps I am a bit nutty for doing what I’m doing, but when I look over the emails and comments that I’ve received and the great responses to my work on social networks and other blogs from all over the world, I know that I’m where I need to be and that I’ve got the best support team I could ever ask for.

THANK YOU. I’m sincerely looking forward to meeting even more of you, and another year of rule-shattering, expectation-destroying, edge-tip-traipsing good times.

65 comments

  1. Exciting stuff – can’t wait to find out more about the eBook. I would like very much to network awesomely! ;-)

    Happy birthday and congratulations on a quarter of a century!

  2. Exciting stuff – can’t wait to find out more about the eBook. I would like very much to network awesomely! ;-)

    Happy birthday and congratulations on a quarter of a century!

  3. Hey Colin!
    Happy happy birthday man! I hope you have a blast and lots of success with your ebook. 55000 x $20 is a lot of money, I hope you’re going to sell that amount of copies! :)

    Keep weel and keep enjoying life!
    Cheers
    Diggy

  4. Hey Colin!
    Happy happy birthday man! I hope you have a blast and lots of success with your ebook. 55000 x $20 is a lot of money, I hope you’re going to sell that amount of copies! :)

    Keep weel and keep enjoying life!
    Cheers
    Diggy

  5. Happy birthday man! I’m glad to hear everything is going great, you sure know how to do the things you love. I’m really hoping to get that book soon, it sounds amazing!

    I must say you are a bit weird my friend. In your birthday, you are announcing a gift to us, yes indeed my friend that makes you remarkable.

    Anyway, can we trash the place and throw a huge party? I promise to clean later… XD

  6. Happy birthday man! I’m glad to hear everything is going great, you sure know how to do the things you love. I’m really hoping to get that book soon, it sounds amazing!

    I must say you are a bit weird my friend. In your birthday, you are announcing a gift to us, yes indeed my friend that makes you remarkable.

    Anyway, can we trash the place and throw a huge party? I promise to clean later… XD

  7. Congrats on the upcoming launch! Sounds like you’ve outdone yourself once again, and I hope you have a fantastic birthday down under.

  8. Congrats on the upcoming launch! Sounds like you’ve outdone yourself once again, and I hope you have a fantastic birthday down under.

  9. Happy Birthday, Colin!

    And, Congratulations on the new ebook – it does sound awesome. Are you going to do a post about how you wrote the ebook and expand on how you decided on the topic? I think it would be very interesting to read.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  10. Happy Birthday, Colin!

    And, Congratulations on the new ebook – it does sound awesome. Are you going to do a post about how you wrote the ebook and expand on how you decided on the topic? I think it would be very interesting to read.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  11. Boy, you are a bit nutty. Something tells me that’s why you have all these dedicated followers, fans and friends (and me! I’m creating my own category, you can’t stop me!)

    I’m so stoked to read the result of all the time and energy you put into this book! I’ve been stealing your network advice for years now without paying you…totally worth $20 to have it all in one place!

    Also, I missed having a joint birthday celebration this year. I will be celebrating you this weekend, as well as me, heading into yet another crazy fun filled, rules-shattering, world exploring year! Happy birthday!

  12. Boy, you are a bit nutty. Something tells me that’s why you have all these dedicated followers, fans and friends (and me! I’m creating my own category, you can’t stop me!)

    I’m so stoked to read the result of all the time and energy you put into this book! I’ve been stealing your network advice for years now without paying you…totally worth $20 to have it all in one place!

    Also, I missed having a joint birthday celebration this year. I will be celebrating you this weekend, as well as me, heading into yet another crazy fun filled, rules-shattering, world exploring year! Happy birthday!

  13. Colin,

    Happy Birthday! I hope 25 is every bit as amazing as you can only dream it to be! I just celebrated my 26th this past Saturday, and as an older (and probably not wiser) twenty-something, I must say that having the quarter-life crisis behind you when you reach this point in life is phenomenal. It’s a great feeling to understand who you are and spend your mid-twenties kicking ass doing whatever it is you are passionate about.

    I just discovered your blog and I very much have enjoyed your writing. I look forward to your new ebook and what you have to say about personal branding and your travels. As a branding nerd and lover of far-off destinations myself, I tend to geek out a little over it and I have a feeling that you’ll be quite the muse and inspiration for my blog as well!

    Best Wishes!

    C

  14. Colin,

    Happy Birthday! I hope 25 is every bit as amazing as you can only dream it to be! I just celebrated my 26th this past Saturday, and as an older (and probably not wiser) twenty-something, I must say that having the quarter-life crisis behind you when you reach this point in life is phenomenal. It’s a great feeling to understand who you are and spend your mid-twenties kicking ass doing whatever it is you are passionate about.

    I just discovered your blog and I very much have enjoyed your writing. I look forward to your new ebook and what you have to say about personal branding and your travels. As a branding nerd and lover of far-off destinations myself, I tend to geek out a little over it and I have a feeling that you’ll be quite the muse and inspiration for my blog as well!

    Best Wishes!

    C

  15. Happy birthday Colin. I think this business move is smart. I know you can make it work. It’s a great thing to hear from a fan’s point of view as well because we get to soak up all that knowledge you have in that noggin of yours.

    Best of luck to you

  16. Happy birthday Colin. I think this business move is smart. I know you can make it work. It’s a great thing to hear from a fan’s point of view as well because we get to soak up all that knowledge you have in that noggin of yours.

    Best of luck to you

  17. Hey Colin, congrats on making it another year, and I really look forward to reading your new book. Best of luck with the new direction for your business. I think it’s a wise one.

  18. Hey Colin, congrats on making it another year, and I really look forward to reading your new book. Best of luck with the new direction for your business. I think it’s a wise one.

  19. Happy birthday!
    I got you by nine measley years!

    Count me in!Networking is something I am decent at and would be happy to buy and help you with.

  20. Happy birthday!
    I got you by nine measley years!

    Count me in!Networking is something I am decent at and would be happy to buy and help you with.

  21. I am beyond excited to read this thing.

    And happy birthday. Have a fun one (like I really have to say that?)

  22. I am beyond excited to read this thing.

    And happy birthday. Have a fun one (like I really have to say that?)

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  24. happy birthday!! 25 is a good year. er, age.

    good luck in your (career) transition.. honored to be in the ranks of remarkable readers in your community. :) and who says what “nutty” or “normal” is, and if it’s nutty, that it’s such a bad thing? keep on keeping on!

  25. happy birthday!! 25 is a good year. er, age.

    good luck in your (career) transition.. honored to be in the ranks of remarkable readers in your community. :) and who says what “nutty” or “normal” is, and if it’s nutty, that it’s such a bad thing? keep on keeping on!

  26. “The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
    Alice Kingsley: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” -A in W

    Tim Ferris would be proud of the business move. Keep hustling.

  27. “The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
    Alice Kingsley: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” -A in W

    Tim Ferris would be proud of the business move. Keep hustling.

  28. Happy birthday! you’ve probably done more in your years than most will do in a lifetime, the other day I read a so-so blog post on minimalism and gen-y and then commented with a link to your most recent everything I own post and the author was a bit amazed, lol.

    Funny your eBook is just about to come out. This August I’ll be starting school at Arizona State University (moving to AZ) and I’ve live my whole life in Rhode Island, I know no one there and have just began really networking in this group. I’m debating starting a blog to chronicle the experi(ment)ence of going from knowing 0 people to hopefully becoming one of the most connected people there with one of the most successful startups in the school, so it’ll be an interesting journey. Yet not as awesome as yours yet.

    Enjoy NZ! Have you been to see the University of Auckland yet? I was very close to applying and hope to do some study abroad there eventually.

  29. Happy birthday! you’ve probably done more in your years than most will do in a lifetime, the other day I read a so-so blog post on minimalism and gen-y and then commented with a link to your most recent everything I own post and the author was a bit amazed, lol.

    Funny your eBook is just about to come out. This August I’ll be starting school at Arizona State University (moving to AZ) and I’ve live my whole life in Rhode Island, I know no one there and have just began really networking in this group. I’m debating starting a blog to chronicle the experi(ment)ence of going from knowing 0 people to hopefully becoming one of the most connected people there with one of the most successful startups in the school, so it’ll be an interesting journey. Yet not as awesome as yours yet.

    Enjoy NZ! Have you been to see the University of Auckland yet? I was very close to applying and hope to do some study abroad there eventually.

  30. @Andrew Hill …you’ve probably done more in your years than most will do in a lifetime… “True dat!”
    And I’m a day late, but Happy Birthday Colin. Keep doing it big!!!

  31. @Andrew Hill …you’ve probably done more in your years than most will do in a lifetime… “True dat!”
    And I’m a day late, but Happy Birthday Colin. Keep doing it big!!!

  32. Congrats Colin! Definitely got to check out the new book, really liked the one on personal branding.

    Have a good one!

  33. Congrats Colin! Definitely got to check out the new book, really liked the one on personal branding.

    Have a good one!

  34. Happy Birthday Colin! Spending a birthday in New Zealand must be rather nice – do anything fun? Congrats on the new ebook as well. I have to admit, I haven’t had a chance to read your others as I’ve been so busy lately, but I’ll have to make it a point to download them and read them before your big launch. Can’t wait to get started!

  35. Happy Birthday Colin! Spending a birthday in New Zealand must be rather nice – do anything fun? Congrats on the new ebook as well. I have to admit, I haven’t had a chance to read your others as I’ve been so busy lately, but I’ll have to make it a point to download them and read them before your big launch. Can’t wait to get started!

  36. @Luke: Thanks! Watch the blog; there will be more news VERY soon, and if you sign up for the newsletter, even sooner!

    @Jeffrey: Happy co-birthday, buddy!

    @Diggy: Thanks brother! If all goes well with the affiliate program, we’ll all be swimming in private volcano-powered caldera-hot-tubs full of money in the very near-future!

    @Alenjandro: Haha, well, as long as you promise to clean up, I suppose a little chandelier-swinging is in order!

    @Sean: Thanks Sean!

    @Karen: Yeah, I’ll be doing some posts on the ebook, though not all at once. The last thing I want this blog to turn into is one big sales pitch, so I’ll be spacing them out. Great idea for a post, though. Just jotted it down and I’ll put something together for it.

    @andi: Thanks chick! I’m humbled by the enthusiasm I’ve gotten from my readers about all of this, and all I can try to do in return is keep doing what I’m doing, but better! Hopefully this new business model will allow me to spend more time doing that! Too bad we couldn’t have our co-birthday this year…we’ll have to celebrate when we do the blogger tour, eh?

    @charlsie: Thrilled to have you aboard, and it’s always nice to meet another branding enthusiast. Good to know the birthdays just get better from here, too!

    @Carmen: Thanks Carmen!

    @Damien: Thanks brother! Can’t wait for you guys to see it..I’m really happy with how it turned out.

    @Karol: Thanks Karol!

    @Zachary: Thanks buddy! Hopefully it will all go well and I’ll be able to spend more time spilling as much of that knowledge onto e-pages as possible :)

    @Corbett: Thanks Corbett! I’m cautiously optimistic about the plan, the only real issue is how much time it will take to get it where I want it. I’ve got a lot of innovative readers, though, so I figure if I make it worth everyone’s while, we’ll be able to push this thing, all learn some and all make some money in the process.

    @Joel: Can’t wait for you to see it!

    @teevee: Great teevee! You’re in!

    @Nate: Thanks buddy! Had a great one!

    @Ross: Well damn, that sets the bar pretty high…guess I’d better crack some math books!

    @floreta: Thanks Floreta! I actually aim for nutty when I can…too much competition when it comes to normal :)

    @Andrew: Haha, I hope so! Thanks!

    @erik: I hope you’re right! Thanks!

    @Andrew Hill: That sounds awesome! I would so read that blog, and if the book helps you, I’d love to get some kind of testimonial to use on the sales page. Haven’t been up to the Uni in Auckland yet, though I think I may go talk to the business school there. Haven’t set a date yet, though.

    @Brian: I’ll make sure we don’t eat all the cake on this side before you get here!

    @Lis: Thanks Lis! Thanks again for the gift!

    @Daniel: Thanks Daniel!

    @Dan: Haha, amen to that. I figure we’ve got the technology, and so long as we don’t stop the tide of change (which is a possibility), we’ll be golden. As in golden years. Golden Girls? Okay, I’m going to stop.

    @Miika: Hey Miika! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new book! I’m really happy with it!

    @Richard: Thanks! Went out for a game of Laser Tag (Laser Strike, here) and then drinks with some friends. Tons of fun! No rush on the books, but I will be interested to hear what you think when you get around to them!

    @Andrew Elkins: Thanks buddy, me too!

  37. @Luke: Thanks! Watch the blog; there will be more news VERY soon, and if you sign up for the newsletter, even sooner!

    @Jeffrey: Happy co-birthday, buddy!

    @Diggy: Thanks brother! If all goes well with the affiliate program, we’ll all be swimming in private volcano-powered caldera-hot-tubs full of money in the very near-future!

    @Alenjandro: Haha, well, as long as you promise to clean up, I suppose a little chandelier-swinging is in order!

    @Sean: Thanks Sean!

    @Karen: Yeah, I’ll be doing some posts on the ebook, though not all at once. The last thing I want this blog to turn into is one big sales pitch, so I’ll be spacing them out. Great idea for a post, though. Just jotted it down and I’ll put something together for it.

    @andi: Thanks chick! I’m humbled by the enthusiasm I’ve gotten from my readers about all of this, and all I can try to do in return is keep doing what I’m doing, but better! Hopefully this new business model will allow me to spend more time doing that! Too bad we couldn’t have our co-birthday this year…we’ll have to celebrate when we do the blogger tour, eh?

    @charlsie: Thrilled to have you aboard, and it’s always nice to meet another branding enthusiast. Good to know the birthdays just get better from here, too!

    @Carmen: Thanks Carmen!

    @Damien: Thanks brother! Can’t wait for you guys to see it..I’m really happy with how it turned out.

    @Karol: Thanks Karol!

    @Zachary: Thanks buddy! Hopefully it will all go well and I’ll be able to spend more time spilling as much of that knowledge onto e-pages as possible :)

    @Corbett: Thanks Corbett! I’m cautiously optimistic about the plan, the only real issue is how much time it will take to get it where I want it. I’ve got a lot of innovative readers, though, so I figure if I make it worth everyone’s while, we’ll be able to push this thing, all learn some and all make some money in the process.

    @Joel: Can’t wait for you to see it!

    @teevee: Great teevee! You’re in!

    @Nate: Thanks buddy! Had a great one!

    @Ross: Well damn, that sets the bar pretty high…guess I’d better crack some math books!

    @floreta: Thanks Floreta! I actually aim for nutty when I can…too much competition when it comes to normal :)

    @Andrew: Haha, I hope so! Thanks!

    @erik: I hope you’re right! Thanks!

    @Andrew Hill: That sounds awesome! I would so read that blog, and if the book helps you, I’d love to get some kind of testimonial to use on the sales page. Haven’t been up to the Uni in Auckland yet, though I think I may go talk to the business school there. Haven’t set a date yet, though.

    @Brian: I’ll make sure we don’t eat all the cake on this side before you get here!

    @Lis: Thanks Lis! Thanks again for the gift!

    @Daniel: Thanks Daniel!

    @Dan: Haha, amen to that. I figure we’ve got the technology, and so long as we don’t stop the tide of change (which is a possibility), we’ll be golden. As in golden years. Golden Girls? Okay, I’m going to stop.

    @Miika: Hey Miika! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new book! I’m really happy with it!

    @Richard: Thanks! Went out for a game of Laser Tag (Laser Strike, here) and then drinks with some friends. Tons of fun! No rush on the books, but I will be interested to hear what you think when you get around to them!

    @Andrew Elkins: Thanks buddy, me too!

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