Jake Ducey is the best selling author of “Into The Wind” and “The Purpose Principles.” 

1. What is the most liberating thought you’ve ever had?

If I smile for no reason, I can make myself feel happy at any time. I don’t have to wait for a situation or person to make me smile. That changes everything.

2. What did it liberate you from?

Thinking I was at affect to situations and people — that happiness is contingent upon life and it’s happenings, and not upon your own actions or inactions.

3. What does it mean to live a good life?

When you don’t need tomorrow, the next paycheck, party, lover, or anything else to feel good about yourself.

4. What illusion have you suffered from the most?

That I am my body. What’s a body anyway? 70 trillion cells vibrating at a certain frequency of energy so that it appears solid. If you look under an electron microscope, the body it’s solid. It’s just pulsing vibration. My identity is way beyond the confines of my body and mind.

5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?

Stop partying so much. It’s a waste of time. Figure out who you are and what you want out of life instead. It will get you higher and be more fun.

6. What does love feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).

Like when you feel so much energy coursing through you that you’re on the verge of crying, screaming, laughing, and pooping your pants all at the same time.

7. What does your daily routine look like?

Wake up. Smoothie. Meditate. Coffee. Workout. Work/Write (if I feel like it or have to) and Relax. Cook my own dinner. Meditate. Sleep.

I used to be robotic about my routines. Now I just be sure I meditate, eat well, and exercise.

When I am on tour though it’s a different ball game. Wake up. Set up shop. Hustle my books. Speak. Hop back on the bus and go to the next city. Try to sleep.

8. What’s your favorite thing to look at?

The ocean in Encinitas, San Diego.

9. Describe your perfect weekend.

It’s perfect if I am outside. Preferably by the ocean. Definitely sweating every day from sprints or working out. Jumping in the ocean. Seeing my friends. Not working very much if at all.

10. What do you worry about the most?

How long my goals will take.

11. Why?

Because the mind only understands linear time. It doesn’t get that everything is perfect because it thinks about the future just as much or more than the present. When the future hasn’t happened yet, it worries about it. “Why hasn’t this happened yet?” … because it’s not the future yet dude, chill out and smile. The future will come but for now enjoy what you have.

12. What makes you cry?

When a 9-year-old I played soccer with at the Boys and Girls Club the other day said, “I am really having fun but I’m homeless and haven’t eaten in 2 days. I’m too hungry to keep playing. Can you feed me?”

13. What do you doodle on the sides of your papers?

Poetry. I don’t doodle.

14. What is the most serendipitous thing that has ever happened to you?

Pretty tough. I have a lot of those things. Meeting Jack Canfield was pretty crazy. The story of how we met is the foreword of my new book The Purpose Principles. Basically I wrote down on a piece of paper years before that I wanted him to endorse and mentor me. Then he MC’ed a huge event with 600 people. I bought a ticket in hopes of meeting him and I ended up eating dinner with him and him endorsing my books and mentoring me.

15. How did your biggest struggles become the pathways to your greatest success?

When I finished my first book “Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose,” as a 19-year-old I got denied by every publisher and agent under the sun. I had to self publish, painstakingly. I ended up selling 15,000 copies in a year and getting a contract with Penguin/Random-House for a second book as a 22-year-old. Through that initial disappointment I learned that the point of a goal isn’t what you get, the point of a goal is who you become. Who you are is what makes you happy. Not what you get.

16. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Look at an epic paining of my favorite quote with a giant sunflower across it, which covers my whole wall in my bedroom.

17. What do you wish you had more of in your life?

Land. A farm — 16-25 acres.

18. What do you find to be the most genuinely beautiful thing in the world?

People when they smile. It’s the one thing that is almost guaranteed to make another person witnessing it smile as well.

19. If you could be free of one thought or fear, what would it be?

Lack. Thinking there’s not enough. Scarcity. But without it then abundance could not exist. Ah, duality…

20. If you had the chance to tell every single person in the world just one thing, what would it be?

You are so much more amazing and powerful than you could ever imagine.

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