One Year Lived – A Story and a Challenge

Get out there. Meet people. See places. Eat street food. Take a class or teach one. Inform yourself about the world and inform the world about you. Choose your own adventure.

Skeptical. That was my original approach to this enthralling book by Adam Shepard. Adam’s first book, Scratch Beginnings, was featured widely in the national media and thenceforth chosen on the curriculum or as a common read at over ninety colleges and universities across the United States. His newest book, One Year Lived, recounts the year he spent out in the world: seventeen countries, four continents, and one haunting encounter with a savage bull.

You may think you know what it’s about at first glance. Overprivileged kid has head filled with idealistic claptrap, wants to “find himself” on a year long adventure around the world…

But no.

From the second sentence or so, I was utterly charmed and drawn into Adam’s story. Because it’s not about a quest to find himself, it’s about a quest to see what happens when you commit to something huge, and then follow through on it.

Perhaps you find out things you didn’t even intend to find out.

And how does this relate to your business?

You are made up of the particles of people you encounter. The richness of your experience and breadth of your connections will inform every last bit of your business, if you’re doing it right.

By seeking adventure, seeking to do difficult, crazy things, you get better at doing the every day things. Better at delighting people, knowing people, serving people. By simply meeting more people.

Adam graciously allowed us to offer this book for free, for readers of this blog. To get your free copy of the e-book, simply comment here and let me know where in the world you’d choose to visit first.

Read the book, enjoy, and plan your own life-changing adventure.

Then come back and please tell us all about it!

Author’s Bio: Rosemary O’Neill is an insightful spirit who works for social strata — a top ten company to work for on the Internet . Check out the Social Strata blog. You can find Rosemary on Google+ and on Twitter as @rhogroupee

More information (and a picture of the mullet that Adam grew on the trip) are available at