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My Exile Lifestyle by [Wright, Colin]
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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler behind the blog ExileLifestyle.com, where he writes for an audience of nearly 2 million readers, on topics ranging from philosophy to publishing, long-term travel to all-in entrepreneurship. He also speaks and teaches workshops internationally, generally on work/lifestyle-balance, the business of being a creative person, branding, modern publishing, and how to do what you love for for a living.

At 24, Colin was running a successful branding studio in Los Angeles and living the 'American Dream,' when he decided that dream wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After scaling down his business and getting rid of everything he owned that wouldn't fit into a carry-on bag, he hit the road and began a lifestyle focused on new experiences and novel perspectives. For over four years, he's moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers.

Colin has been featured in an interviewed by hundreds of TV shows, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and other media around the world. He's written both fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and is probably one of the biggest book geeks you'll ever meet.

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  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 3 edition (June 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DUWHA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Don't let the title and description fool you. The book contains very little discussion on long term travel, serial entrepreneurship or minimalism. It's a collection of (very) short stories, frequently without continuity, of Colin partying and chasing women over four continents. Calling the book My International Playboy Lifestyle would be more honest. The tone is pretentious with the author being thoroughly persuaded about his awesomeness and all attempts at in-depth meditations shallow, despite the comments on "going philosophical". The book contains gems such as How-I-couldn't-sleep-out-my-hangover-because-of-a-windstorm-in-Iceland or How-I-forgot-a-condom-and-couldn't-nail-the-petite-Asian-looking-Argentinian-chick-in-Buenos-Aires (Second "date" with apparently no conversations due to the language barrier, and that's after telling us he's more of a Dagny Taggart than Marilyn Monroe type. Ayn Rand is turning in her grave).

The book's saving grace is the author's lively writing, that can't be denied, hence the two stars. In about ten years, when he grows up and drops the self-important tone, he might write a decent book. As for My Exile Lifestyle, save your money. It's only three dollars, but three wasted dollars, nonetheless.
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Colin has created a whirlwind tour of his life through his own eyes, and it is truly magnetic. This is the first book in a long time that I have read in one sitting, and it's not a short one.

First, let me get the negatives out of the way. The book isn't deep, instead skipping across different topics as they come to him. There is a slight organization by topic, but even that feels almost like an afterthought. There are typos, and the grammar sometimes threw me for a loop, having to read it a few times before I understood what he was saying. In all, it feels like he has been writing a journal for the last two years, and he published a few of the more impactful pages together with some exposition about the greater implications of his thoughts and experiences. It all merges into one massive short attention span theater that guides you through what has happened in his life and what is important to him now.

That said, it reads exceptionally well. I can't imagine the book being better if it were written any other way. The grammar gives it a relaxed conversational feel like he is talking to a good friend, and feels like it is written how he genuinely thinks. This is much better than typical over-sterilized memoirs engineered to make people look good. There is a slight level of pretentiousness throughout, but honestly, it's far less than I would expect from a 26 year old who has had so much success leading others through changing their lives.

Throughout the book, he intersperses advice from different points in his life, and each of them is poignant and direct. From personal branding to travel to relationships to experimenting with your own life to find out what is best for you, it's clear that he speaks from experience.
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At times I really enjoyed this this haphazard attempt at memoir / travel journal, a collection of blog posts, notes, brief observations, diary entries and other shallow reminiscing.
There is plenty of promise and no doubt Colin is leading a life that is interesting to many others. However I was constantly left wanting more than his snippets of stories that hook you in and leave you left hanging wanting to know more.
Efforts to proceed in a linear manner are are largely ignored, not for something more stylish but for ease of writing and and to save time editing.
Colin promises "...stories about the downside of living a `rockstar lifestyle' on the road, the difficulties of mini-relationships while traveling..." and its true that he touches on them, but there is little depth to the discussions, you just get sucked into the story and its suddenly case closed, no more to see. His caveat "It's an understatement to say that I'm incredibly uncomfortable sharing some of the details revealed in this book..." should be a bold warning, there is little depth and deep discussion with the reader.
I wanted to give this another star at least, however I was just so frustrated by the inability to tell the whole story.
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I'm adding a star for Colin's courage in pursuing an unorthodox lifestyle and his willingness to write about it. However, it may be too soon for him to have penned a book. I've never read his blog but this feels like a series of posts, emails, and Facebook commentary smashed into a virtual binding and sealed with a smidgen of snake oil. The intention, according to the introduction, is inspiration for would-be vagabonds and pioneers but the actual content swings wildly from a sort of self-defensive boasting, to dissertations on environments and situations that sound like ungraded English assignments, to MBA-esq evaluations of people and events, to sermonizing on his opinions under the guise of open-minded philosophy. Between the lines I felt potential, and a few sentences might be worth quoting, but on the whole I saw only ego (an excuse to sell one's image). At least, I must give credit, there are no smilies.
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