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Joe Balcom

Hi, I’m Joe Balcom

Welcome to my online home. I write weekly essays, and I’m building an online school of the future called Unparalleled Live.

Each week, I write an exclusive email called Unparalleled Weekly. Every Monday morning, you will receive a collection of the five coolest things I explored from the week before that will help you expand your comfort zone, challenge your assumptions, and discover new and exciting experiences.

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    This website is where you’ll find all of my work, from weekly blog posts to new projects.

    I write from an abundance of deep reading and a wide range of amazing experiences:

    You might not know it from reading that list, but I am also the son of two parents with lifelong, and at times debilitating mental illnesses. Through all of their difficulties, they have empowered and inspired me to be the best I can be. I dedicate everything I do to them.

    Everyone has a unique story to tell, from which we can all learn important lessons. I have taken it on as my duty to tell mine through extreme vulnerability (something I still struggle with), and help others gather the courage to tell theirs in the process.

    The purpose of this blog is to share the story of how to live the unparalleled life: living life on your own terms, independent of external and mental constraints. In my journey to achieve this ideal, I focus on three core themes: meaningful work, adventure travel, and optimizing your mind.

    Here are some of my most popular essays:

    For all of my writing in one spot, you can find every essay here.

    The Future of Work

    I’m on a mission to teach thousands of people to build their career online. The height of human potential resides not in settling for the default path of meaningless, time-consuming desk jobs, but in the pursuit of resonant and fulfilling work. Through developing unique knowledge, cultivating valuable relationships, and rethinking the most deeply held assumptions on how to make a living, everyone can create a wellspring of meaning and fulfillment in their lives.

    To that end, I am building the online school of the future called Unparalleled Live. In 4 weeks of intense learning, you will have the mindset and the tools necessary to spread your ideas to the world, form deep connections among your ideas and peers, and create a prosperous future online. With a supportive community of like-minded seekers, creators, adventurers, and explorers, you will have everything you need to say no to the status quo, take the risk you’ve been holding off, and truly live an unparalleled life.

    The first Unparalleled Live cohort begins October 21st, 2020

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    My Travels

    Photos from my adventures across the American continent, Spain, Italy, Bermuda, and Costa Rica. All taken just with a smartphone. You can find more on my Adventures page, which I’ll be updating periodically.

    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin

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