Episode 105: Off the Beaten Trail – Part 2

Living Unconventionally Podcast Britany Felix
“Five years from now, when you look back, are you going to be filled with regret if you didn’t write the book?”

Today I am continuing my conversation with Jake Hielbrunn; an amazing young man who, after realizing his unhappiness was causing physical ailments, decided to leave college to take a 4-month solo backpacking trip through Central America.

“I realized I was just living based on other peoples’ expectations and not my own.” – Jake Heilbrunn

The day after he got back from that trip he started writing what would become a 300-page memoir. In today’s episode he explains what the writing and self-publishing process was like for him. He also provides some resources for self-publishing a book and talks about what he’ll do different for the next one he writes.

“It sounds really cool but it’s very easy to hit Amazon’s Bestseller list.” – Jake Heilbrunn

Now, Jake speaks at middle and high schools about mental health issues young people face and hopes to inspire others to go after a life that makes them happy. He loves this work and hopes to continue to grow his speaking engagements.

“I always focused on how it would help other people […] It made it a lot easier to put myself out there.” – Jake Heilbrunn



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 Mentioned in this Episode:

→ Jake’s Memoir: Off the Beaten Trail

→ Jake’s Workshop in San Diego (December 18, 2016)

→ Headspace

→ Kickstarter

→ Mind Mapping

→ Jane Friedman


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