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The Absolute Biggest Mistake I've Made While Traveling

Leaving places where everything is right "just because."

I just arrived in Beijing. The air is cold and crisp, the pace is fast, people are wearing suits and carrying briefcases and the general vibe here is I'm on a mission.

I hate cold weather except in small doses, and I haven't spent more than two weeks in a cold-weather place during a cold time of the year since... I don't know when, it's been a long time. A few years.

I forgot how the cold makes people move fast, crisp, not dally, not lounge about... it's refreshing. I feel like I'm in New York a little before Christmastime, which (shitty cold weather aside) is one of my favorite times in one of my favorite places in the world.

But let's about traveling (and life) mistakes. The biggest mistake I've made, by far, is leaving a place where I'm very happy or productive or I've got a good workflow. Occasionally, everything is just right somewhere... and when everything is just right, I'd recommend you milk it for all it's worth.

Advertising isn't evil

On minimalift

I don’t see the big minimalist deal with advertising. Sure it can be obnoxious in certain forms of media, but no one’s forcing you to look or listen there. Ads don’t control you. If you find yourself in debt because you can’t control your frivolous spending, look inwards rather than lashing out a a third party. A minimalist is just a consumer who makes better purchasing decisions. Face it - unless you are wholly self-sufficient, you’re a consumer. Even if you are, you likely had to consume to get to where you are. Buy a big old farm and live off the fat of the land? Well done - did you make your own tools? Whoops, you’re a consumer. I looked up Maasai tribe to see if they used the monetary system, and turns out even they sell milk and livestock.

I work in advertising, and although I have very little to do with the creation of the ads, I do get to observe a fair amount. Here are some of the benefits I perceive of advertising and the industry surrounding it:

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