Video: Living Around the World

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This is the first of a number of video blogs coming out over the next few weeks. This one is about living remotely around the world: how to make friends, build relationships, how hard it is to leave people behind, and my favorite country.

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    jay

    3 months ago

    Hey Mark, this video is great!!! It complements your written articles and audio podcasts really well — but this video has an added dose of some personal touch.

    One comment, which I hope you find helpful for your future video blogs… Being someone who has worked in video and graphics field, I highly recommend to avoid filming when the sun is strong (i.e., midday or noon-ish). The sun created really strong shadows on your face, especially around the eyes — and it became somewhat a challenge reading your eyes (especially when you smile). If you’re going to shoot outdoors, try it when the sun’s rays are softer like early in the morn or late in the afternoon (e.g., golden hours).

    Other than that, the entire thing is great! Your positive demeanor shines through the video. Keep it up!!!

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      Mark Manson

      3 months ago

      Thanks Jay. Will keep that in mind.

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        Reedik

        3 months ago

        Just wanted to say the same thing.

        Or get a reflector they use in photography and a stand to hold it with. These are pretty cheap and easy to use.
        Then just use it to fill the shadows you get in your face. Just put it at a slight angle otherwise it will blind you.

        There are tons of articles and videos around about that subject.

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          Rich Duncan

          3 months ago

          I think the tip is great, but everyone should remember that Mark is a minimalist, world traveler.

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    Jack

    3 months ago

    I really enjoyed it, it was cool to see what you actually look like :-)

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    PATROn of corona

    3 months ago

    This video is very helpful answered a lot of questions about the traveler lifestyle I always wondered about.

    And also, Videos are my favourite thing of yours, as I really felt like a friends was talking to me, just hanging out. I guess, as a visual person, that is lost for me when just having the audio lol

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    Ryan

    3 months ago

    Awesome vid. Looking forward to live this lifestyle too.

    From which brand is your shirt, actually? It looks really high quality.

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    whatevs

    3 months ago

    I need travel advice from buttoned down dudes who peer under their bowler caps and over their tweeds disapprovingly at dancing in the streets. I’m not latin and never will be.

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    Socialkenny PUA

    3 months ago

    What city or town is that in the backdrop?

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    Jsuave

    3 months ago

    Fantastic!! Now that you have Vlogs, I’d love to finally get a breakdown of your style. Maybe you could show a few of your outfits and explain what makes the outfit look good on you (Also could show outfits of other friends and why it looks good on them)? Direct fashion advice from mark with personal examples <3

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    jon

    3 months ago

    Dating foreign woman has always been appealing , is it better to meet foreign in the u.s or in there country?, Where did you meet your bird ? how do you know when girls is loyal and doesn’t just want a green card or your money?

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      Mark Manson

      3 months ago

      There are differences/advantages to each. I met my girlfriend while living in Brazil.

      If you know anything about the language/culture, then it’s much easier (and more convenient!) to meet them in the US. Especially if you live in a huge international city like NYC or Miami. Whenever I returned to the US, if I ever met any native Latina or Russian-speaker, it was more or less on from the get-go. When you’re in the country itself, you have to do a lot of screening and you run into a lot of language barriers and awkward social situations.

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    Rinell

    3 months ago

    I like you blog (and this video) as a Venezuelan girl living in the US married to an US/UK guy (one guy that is) I can share a lot of your views… I particularly loved “10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America”. Keep us “posted”.
    BTW that looks just like Caracas.

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    PATROn of corona

    3 months ago

    Since this is open for questions, I have one that is more of a dilemma:

    What is the healthy way to set a boundary?

    My natural tendency is, when people step on my boundaries, is to let it go, ignore it, which doesn’t mean accept it, but people then tend to push further and further.

    And if I try to be firm about it, people go defensive, and it never really goes well from there.

    Is there a healthy way to set boundaries that also works in keeping good relationships with those that did step on them?

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    Paul

    3 months ago

    Nice one for getting on camera, Mark – I found the video very interesting, especially your thoughts about relationships on the move.

    I would like to see some more video updates like this.

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    Olivherbst

    3 months ago

    Not bad, that video. But one small criticism: Things like “I really don´t know how to answer this…” or similar constructions make it seem as if you didn´t prepare for recording the video – or didn´t care to. Not cool.

    The rest of the video was pretty down to earth. Which is… cool.

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    PATROn of corona

    3 months ago

    Can you also make clearer the distinction between women who are neutral, and those who are “negative” in their response?

    Because, sometimes the neutral response is not encouraging, and I assume it is negative, but with a bit more showing of my personality, their interest peaks in.
    And, sometimes, I assumed some women were neutral, but it turns out they are responding negatively and the way to do it is to show boredom, which is normally neutral.

    I mean, when do you draw the line between when a woman is neutral and when she is responding negatively, and do you give it time, as for example, if she doesn’t get more favorable within 5 – 10 min, you move on?

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      Mark Manson

      3 months ago

      Look at her intentions. If she is actively seeking ways to break rapport with you or end the interaction, then it’s negative. If she’s indifferent to you and what’s happening, then it’s neutral.

      And then yeah, 5-10 minutes tops.

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