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James Goin

“People will tell you every day, in as many ways as they can manage, that the “ideal life situation” of having work that has a purpose, having “success” (whatever that means), and adventure are all mutually-exclusive. Those people are not only wrong, they’re terrified. The people that believe that these things can be inclusive and integrated into a meaningful, wonderful, adventurous life are working to dispel a myth around mediocrity and are re-defining what it means to be successful in an age where pensions, retirement, and sedentary life have lost their meaning.”


Brighton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Professional title:

Cloud Services Engineer @ Acquia, Inc. Rock climber.

What do you do?

I support systems and people while seeking adventure and challenge.


I want to travel and experience more of the world around me. I’ve spent long periods of time alone in stagnant places and I feel like I could offer a lot more to people and the world at-large if I saw more of it. I seek adventure and simplicity.

What should we read?

“Everything That Remains” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (aka “The Minimalists”). “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy” by Christopher Hayes (Anchor @ MSNBC). “A People’s History of the United States of America” by Howard Zinn. “Without Their Consent” by Alexis Ohanian (Founder @ Reddit, Breadpig, Hipmunk, others). Seth Godin’s blog: The Minimalists: