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by Tony · 2 comments

Steve Martin

You could learn a lot from this wild and crazy guy.

I have been paying more attention lately to what something from one experience can teach me about another.

As I was reading Steve Martin’s autobiography about his career as a stand up comedian, the aptly named “Born Standing Up,” I had one of those freaky hyper aware meta moments.

As I am working to translate Steve Martin’s advice about the evolution of stand-up comedy into other arenas, he is describing how he translated the acts of singers and magicians to get his own comedic inspiration.

Needing a diversion after this mind-meltingly layered realization, I dug into some of my favorite articles of the past week. Unable to stop the random connections, these following articles proved helpful beyond just their subject matter.

I hope they will similarly inspire you :)

  • We had a nice supply of hotel points and airline miles from Meg’s years traveling for work, but those disappear quickly when traveling the globe. We have always toyed with the idea of travel hacking like Steve Kamb, but hearing how successful Traveling 9 to 5 was (1 RTW plane ticket for only $346!) really makes me consider doing it.
  • Since I have already praised Steve Kamb’s travel hacking skills, let me go full kiss-ass and say he has a great philosophy on drinking as well. At home or on the road, alcohol is everywhere and is definitely not the healthiest for you. But Steve’s philosophy is: “Do the best you can, be smart, and have some fun.” Well said.
  • LovePlayWork speaks directly to everything I want to be: Location independent, making enough money to maintain the lifestyle, and working with my spouse. Having your spouse be a business partner can get tricky though, which is why they highly recommend trips to the pub (together… alone is probably trouble) to maintain your marriage and business.
  • Traveling with children… I just don’t see how it can be done. But done it is… and quite well by Caz and Craig from YTravelBlog. Their 25 secrets for making it work are good advice for even us travelers without kids because, let’s be honest, we’re all just kids at heart.
  • I’m in love with the power my Kindle provides to access almost any book I want from anywhere and I am always on the hunt for something great to read. TravelsOfAdam comes to the rescue with an oldie, but a goodie: “Lonesome Traveler” by Jack Kerouac. Check this quote that Adam shared and then go buy the book RIGHT NOW… I’ll wait.

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. — Learning, for instance, to eat when he’s hungry and sleep when he’s sleepy.

  • We experienced so much in Umbria that it is hard to truly capture the experience in one article, but Jodi gives it her all. Read about the crazy adventure in food and wine that was Umbria and be mournful for my pants… as they have been stretched FAR beyond their limit.
  • Penelope Trunk expresses something that you can see over and over again through the lives of others (more reflecting on my part): “Attention To Problems Matters More Than Solutions To Problems.”

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

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Adam May 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

Interesting to read about Steve Martin! I read a book of his a few years ago (Shopgirl) and I liked the concept but it wasn’t anything special. Pretty sure it turned into a movie as well.

And thanks for sharing my site :)

Tony May 24, 2012 at 3:12 am

If you like Stand-Up comedy, then I highly recommend Born Standing Up. It’s his take on his rise to stardom, which he never talks about it public. Super shy guy if you can believe it. I have actually never liked his fiction stuff…

And we are loving all of your Berlin articles right now! Can’t wait to get there in July and experience it ourselves!

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