“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” – Rolf Potts
“If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.” – Rolf Potts
Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding (hear the audio book sample here), one of my favorite books of all-time. It was one of just two books (the other was Walden) that I carried with me around the world from 2004-2005. Those adventures led directly to The 4-Hour Workweek.
World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel tactics, creating time wealth, “managing success,” and much more. It’s a fun romp through every imaginable topic, from business to poetry, and from Wall Street to psychedelics.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Build.org – If you’re an entrepreneur, check this out.
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Wall Street – Charlie Sheen talks about riding a motorcycle across China as his “retirement”
- BootsnAll.com – Community and support for travelers
- VirtualTourist.com – One of the sites that inspired my early travels
- Trippy.com – New travel site created by the founder of VirtualTourist.com (Here’s my profile)
- CouchSurfing.org – Find community and great stays on the road
- AirBnB.com – Great places to stay all over the world. Tired of hostels? This is a good choice.
- Learn more about The Beginners Mind
- The Freedom App – Get yourself off the Internets
- Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Writers Toolkit Roy Peters Clark
- To Show and To Tell by Phillip Lapate
- Screenplay by Syd Field
- Story by Robert McKee
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- Marco Polo Didn’t Go There by Rolf Potts
- Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog
- Con Air
- Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (Download Audiobook for Free)
Connect with Rolf Potts:
- Converting travel fantasies into realities and the time-wealth principle [2:30]
- Deconstructing and defining success, money, and freedom [12:00]
- The time-strapped billionaire paradox [14:10]
- Resources to fight the fears associated with world travel [25:09]
- How new collaborative consumption technologies affect the long-term travel experience [29:00]
- JP Morgan’s trip to Egypt, and what we can learn about business on the road [40:56]
- Vacations and their effect on creative output [42:55]
- When to leave the optimize-for-efficiency mindset behind [44:32]
- Can you replicate travel benefits with a “staycation”? [51:37]
- Exploring appreciation vs. achievement [54:08]
- Rolf Potts’ writing process + “Swoopers” and “Bashers” [59:54]
- The breakthrough for Potts in his writing: structure learned from screenwriting tomes [1:00]
- Vagabonding and the therapeutic use of psychedelics [7:00]
- The art of getting lost, and the benefits of getting lost [8:05]
- What it’s like to teach writing in Paris, and who is a good fit for the class [16:15]
- Thoughts on a mid-career Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) [22:13]
- “Success management” and her champions: Dave Chapelle and John Hughes? [35:26]
- Rapid-fire questions: Grizzly Man, Con Air, the love of poetry, and more [41:45]
- Joseph Campbell – Monomyth
- Flaneur and Psychogeography
- Pico Iyer
- Tim Cahill
- Dave Chapelle
- John Hughes
- Werner Herzog
- Heather Dobbins-Comb
- Stuart Dischell
- Michael Robbins
- Amy Nezhukumatatil
- Naomi Shihab Nye
- Major Jackson
- Donald Hall
Posted on: November 4, 2014.
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