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Guest Post: Greatness and Humility

A few days ago, I wrote an open letter to a good friend of mine - "I Think Greatness is Something You Are, Not Something You Do" - I said to him, I'm not a great man, just a normal man working on great things. Greatness is something you do, not something you are.

To give you some background, my friend Brendon is just one of the most amazingly good people in the world. He takes care of everyone around him, his mind, body, and spirit are sharp. He's a black belt, an excellent programmer, a philosopher, a Shodan in Go (actually, even stronger than that - he's a Shodan under the Asian rankings, so probably even higher in America), a hard worker, extremely loyal, a clear and free thinker, widely read and knowledgeable, and again - an amazingly good guy. I've learned a lot from him (notably, he taught me how to play Go, sysadmin Linux, understand basketball at a very high level, improve at martial arts, improve my fitness, and other good stuff - we'd usually go drink green tea and play Go at Samurai Restaurant in Boston, go fight in the park, talk philosophy out at nightclubs, do stuff like that).

He wrote back to me about greatness and humility. I think this is a really beautiful piece, so I asked him if I could gently edit it and put it up. He graciously agreed. It's long, but go ahead and just start it and give it whatever time you have - there's a lot of amazing insight in here.

A Quick Favor Request - if you learn from this or it helps you, please send Brendon a quick email to mail@bobz.in - he was actually a little gun-shy about having such a personal piece put up with such raw power in it. He only agreed when I told him how many people it could help - so please, drop him a short line to say thanks if this teaches you as much as it did me.

Without further ado...

Location Independence

On Steven Dowd

To fund my travels, I am going to need to find ways to make money wherever I am. I plan to implement as many ideas as I can, and then focus on the more successful ones as time goes on. Some of them I will be able start doing now, while others are going to take more prep work. My hope is that I will be making money using the skills that I am going to need on my travels.

3D modeling for a site like Shapeways.

If you are not familiar with the site, at Shapeways you create a shop with 3D models that you have uploaded. Customers can then browse and purchase them in certain materials. You just set how much profit you want to make from your products, and Shapeways takes care of the printing and shipping. I've just found a guide for 3D modeling on Lifehacker, which looks like a good place to start. This is a skill I am interested in learning anyway, so even if I hardly make anything, it would be worth the experience.

Monetizing the blog.

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