I’m so excited about this book. The basic idea has been one that infected me about five years ago and I haven’t been able to ignore it.
It’s simple. Instead of demanding elaborate justifications for doing some big, crazy, out of the norm thing, demand reasons why not. In other words, flip the burden of proof so that the status quo demands damn good reasons and that wild dream of yours is assumed to be a good idea until proven otherwise.
The project has been a blast to work on. The book is made up of 10 chapters written by 11 different people, all of whom stopped assuming their dream was too impractical and just went for it. It’s part personal story, part inspiration, part information, and part how-to.
Drop out of school? Move to a new city? Write a book? Quit your job? Start a business? Travel the world? Audition for American Idol? Have a bunch of kids? Fly first class? Climb a mountain?
This book is very personal for me because this question is the breakthrough that led me and my wife to move away from a place we didn’t realize how much we hated until we left to a place we love. People would ask us, “Why would you move to a city where you know no one? Why would you leave your roots?” Our answer became simple and immediate. “Why not?”
We realized that if we demanded perfection from any change we’d never make one. If you need a long list of guarantees before you make a move, you’ll probably never do it. Instead of demanding good reasons to move to a specific city, we started demanding good reasons to stay. When we scrutinized the status quo we realized it didn’t have much going for it. Why not leave?
I’m excited to get the eBook, paperback, and hardcover finished product on the shelves and in your hands. But I need your help!
There is a KickStarter campaign live now to raise the funds to pay for turning the draft into a beautiful book. We’ve got everything lined up and we want to do it right. I hope you’ll be a part of bringing this book to life!