100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer
By Jens O. Meiert
This is the book that the most boring person would write when it found a life and had too much time at his hands. Meet Jens, a hectic, neurotic self-proclaimed adventurer, and his very individual account of one hundred different activities he’s tried over the last three years (2010-2013). From crocheting to security guard certifications to rafting, everything had a lesson, and these lessons are shared in this book. Expect the German answer to Winston Wolfe to explain how to live a life, in his own words.
Behind the Scenes
The idea for the book came when I noticed that not only had I tried a ton of different activities (I’ve been meticulously maintaining a very comprehensive list), but that I had truly learned a lot of things in the process. So I figured I might get those things on paper, and be it as a reminder for myself.
I’m not just sharing lessons alongside heart-wrenching stories and gorgeous pictures and extra-tough grades but also how everything came about and how I got a bit loco in my head—and how one generally can become a bit of an “everyday adventurer.”
I wrote one half of the book on Google shuttle buses and the other half in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And everything else was what kept me in irons then in Quito, Ecuador.
I had three awesome helpers. Sarah M. Tyrrell, my editor, Julia W. Tang, cover design inspiration and reviewer, and J. Felix Desroches, also reviewer. ♥
I wrote 20 more chapters just to kick 20 out after I read the first draft. I wanted to have some choice. Alas, the 20 chapters that didn’t make it already form a skeleton manuscript for part 2! But I’m not Hollywood, and we’re not going to talk about a sequel just yet.
Writing the book using Google Docs and publishing it through Kindle Direct Publishing has been quite an experiment. And an experience. I’ve shared thoughts and tips in an extra post.
About the Author
Per "The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks" (not yet available on Amazon):
Jens is an established expert web developer who has contributed to technical standards of the Web (W3C), and laid the foundations for large-scale international websites that reach millions of users every day (GMX, Google). He has written a German book about designing with CSS ("Webdesign mit CSS", O'Reilly, 2005/2007), developed frameworks and quality management systems for Google (2008-2013), and somehow got nominated "Web Developer of the Year" by .net magazine (2011).
Jens is an everyday adventurer, described in another book ("100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer"), who has traveled to 6 continents, 70 countries, and more than 400 cities. He has made it his priority to try whatever is new to him, whatever activity or lesson he has the chance to, and completed almost 200 of these in the last 3 years alone. In 2013, Jens quit his job and left his city to go backpack the world, which he's still doing now, 18 months later.
Jens is a social philosopher who has over the last few years studied more than 300 works around the topics of philosophy, psychology, social sciences, public policy, economics, and more. He's an active supporter of and contributor to initiatives that place emphasis on freedom, trust, and rights, and he's focusing his own efforts on breaking through the probably-not-so-accidental apathy we observe in our world today.
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