The Living Theory was built to help people come alive. To shake them and direct their attention towards the best things in life. To assist in breaking from things that hold us back, embracing possibility, and living a life that's envisioned.
In a simple sense, that's why it's called The Living Theory—a theory that life is better spent on our toes, living with purpose and excitement, rather than on our heels, seeking comfort and security above all else.
I encourage you to live deliberately. To not coast though life, but to see the world around you, question it, and live with courageous intention. I write about my questions, answers, and the thoughts and strategies that stem from them as I live, explore, and experience the world.
If you're new to The Living Theory, start with a few of my favorite posts:
- 10 Steps to Take Back Your Life
- The Art of Failure
- Why You Should Stop Watching So Much TV and Be More Like Bruce Dickinson
- An Interview with a Real Life Yesman
- How to Stop Time From Accelerating And Turn A Hundred Years Into A Thousand
If you have an interest in travel, you'll also want to download “GO. A Ridiculously Useful Guide to Cheap, Unconventional Travel.” It's free and I think it's the most eye-opening, useful thing I've ever written.
My name's Ethan Maurice. At the age of sixteen, a mosquito bite infected me with an uncommon zest for life.
I no longer subscribe to the cultural messaging that life's primary goal is to accumulate wealth and security. Playing it safe and jumping through all the hoops, a mosquito almost ended it all for me. We sit as many risks as we run and the greatest risk, I discovered, was to defer life—to try to get all of one's ducks in a row first—then live.
And so, I set out to live a life I envisioned.
I've had some wondrous adventures thus far, from pedaling a bicycle 4,450 miles across the United States, to working as a deckhand and piloting a cruise ship past the Statue of Liberty at sunrise, to getting caught in an August snowstorm atop the highest mountain in the continental United States in mere shorts and a rain jacket. I've raised over $100,000 for two charities that have greatly impacted me. I've lived in Hawaii, Mexico, and spent five months backpacking around New Zealand. Currently, I spend my summers as the innkeeper and bartender of a lodge a mile outside Yellowstone National Park, an old brothel where Ernest Hemingway once drank into the morning hours of Saturday nights.
I created The Living Theory to share the most worthwhile strategies, perspectives, and experiences I encounter along the way, in hopes that they can help you live a better life as well—awed with wonder, aimed with purpose, and ringing with life.
Read on: My Story