I sat at that desk for two years and tried to convince myself that I was in the right place. But, there was no denying that corporate life wasn’t right for me. I had a great job, a wonderful boss, interesting work, and fair pay. However, as a believer in lifestyle engineering — the idea that with the right systems, contacts, and work you can design the life you want — I knew that I needed to make a change.

So, I took on an audacious project: I’d go to the biggest events in the world every month for one year. I didn’t know how I’d pay for it or where I’d go, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Now, as author of The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure and founder of the Influencers Dinner, I make a commitment every year to travel. I’ve gone polar plunging in Antarctic waters (and nearly froze to death), gotten lost in Black Rock Desert during Burning Man and been crushed by a bull in Running of the Bulls.

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