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The tower-a must read

January 3, 2012

One of the other random blog-quasi celebrities I follow is Chris Gullibeau, a 30 something guy who set a personal goal of visiting every single country in the world a few years ago. Now, he’s only 15 or so countries away from his target, and his descriptions of visiting places like Somaliland are fascinating.

I discovered Chris about 4-5 years ago when I stumbled upon a manifesto he’d written, A Brief Guide to World Domination. Despite the wacky title, this is a fantastic read, and it was one of the first pieces of writing that set me on the idea that maybe high school students can change the world, and even provided a few great ideas to help them to do it.

A few years later, Chris has continued to write insightful posts and books as he develops his business, pursues his world travel goals, works to build a life of meaning.

Just recently, he published his latest Manifesto, The Tower. Here, Chris lays out a call for each of us to set a goal for creating something meaningful with our lives.

Here are three quotes from the blog that resonated strongly with me:

Life is a series of purposeful choices that can produce great rewards from great effort. choose to craft your life around creative work that goes up like a tower and out to the world.

This is going to be a poster in my room:

if you’re not sure of the next step, start by helping people and creating things.

And finally,

The purpose of life is to create something meaningful that will endure after we’re gone.

to which I will add

The purpose of high school is to set you on this path toward meaningful creation. The best way to do that, is to create something meaningful in high school.

I wonder what would happen if every entering freshman were asked to read this piece and to create a plan for the tower they’ll build.

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