Welcome to SteveMoraco.com
1. Every day should be an adventure.
Living is happiest if you choose to see it as an exciting and rewarding challenge, no matter who you are.
Would you be happy with what you’re planning to do today if it was the last day you ever got to live?
Your mindset creates the world you live in, so if you change the way you think, you can change the way you experience the world.
2. You’ll do awesome things if you have the tools to take your dreams seriously.
Figuring out what you want and why you want it is half the battle to create a world you’re excited to be a part of each day.
The other half of the battle is embracing your ignorance, discovering that you can learn anything, choosing to learn from failure, and re-framing obstacles as advantages.
I think we can help each other find the right tools and opportunities to change the world.
3. Communication is the most important skill.
The biggest problems are often result from our lack of practice understanding each other. We can practice understanding others just like we can practice communicating our ideas clearly.
Active listening, effective speaking and writing, and generally healthy communication are skills anyone can learn.
What would the world look like if we could share these ideas together?
These are the things I’m doing right now to help people live happier, do their best, and communicate more effectively.
I want to be able to refer people to a single place for everything I do.
So, on this page you’ll find:
- A simple link to contact me by email: Steve@SteveMoraco.com
- Three easy-to-remember ideas about why I do what I do.
- A list of my most important projects (which you’re reading now)
- A clear and actionable mission statement.
- Links to everything I do on the internet.
Study Abroad Book
My recently published book: The World’s Best School: Travel. The title essentially says it all.
The process of traveling refines every important life skill. Proactive self-development, clear and confident communication (whether in personal conversation, public speaking, or grant/scholarship applications), efficient emailing, seeking mentors, and effective bureaucracy navigation are necessary skills if you want to study abroad.
The textbook and online course teach all of this under the guise of a typical “how to travel” guide.
Waking up can be fun. Yeah. Rising early is notoriously difficult for beginning entrepreneurs to college students. Enjoying rising early is unheard of. If I want to inspire people to do great things with every day, there’s no better place to start than from the top. Those of you that have very consistent schedules may laugh, but anyone who has set their own schedule with creative work or college knows how easy it is to get your sleep schedule off track (or worse, never get on track).
Alarm takes the nightmare of waking up early each morning and breaks it down into a simple habit. The process of setting multiple consecutive alarms is reduced into a single double-tap gesture. Whether you’re going to work or going to play, waking up is easy and setting your alarm is even easier. Getting up on time never has to be anything less than the best part of your day ever again.
Photography is really really fun. If I had to be professional about it, I’d call it an “unending lifelong passion” or something like that. It’s how I live my life day to day. People know me by the camera in front of my face. I’ll never get tired of taking pictures, and eventually I’ll get around to editing and sharing them, too.
What would a world I love living in look like?
Not that the world we have isn’t amazing already.
I want to live in a world full of loving families, where each member is happy by choice and everyone knows they are worthwhile and valuable.
I want to live in a world full of collaborators who take their own dreams seriously, and have the tools to do meaningful, fulfilling work to create a world in which they want to live.
I want to live in a world full of good friends who understand the value of communication and go out of their way to listen to and understand each other.
If you want to learn more, click on each of these 3 beliefs. They will help make a world like the ones I described above.
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These qualities are a choice, not a discovery or pursuit.
I believe that people who are doing their best deserve to be happy. I believe that each person is valuable and worthy of education and opportunity. I want to encourage child-like curiosity, adult-like critical thinking, un-ironic enthusiasm and excitement. We should all get excited about the awesome world we live in and our profound ability to engineer a better one.
Those of us who have had our questions answered and our dreams encouraged can be responsible for helping everyone else receive education and opportunity. We have the tools to make the world we want to live in if we’re willing to figure out what that world is.
I believe that the world will be best if all people are doing their best and have the tools to realize their dreams.
The three best ways to succeed at your dreams are by cultivating curiosity for its own sake, learning from fast failures (most people fail slowly), and seeking helpful criticism.
I believe that learning and growth happens best when people are encouraged to fail fast and be naturally curious, and reassured that they are worthwhile even when they make mistakes. I believe that people who choose to enjoy the journey can fail and learn from it, regardless of if they ever reach the destination they imagined. I believe that people who know they are valuable and worthwhile can receive criticism effectively instead of taking it personally.
Discovering that you are wrong is one of life’s best gifts. Knowing what you don’t know is the first step in any learning process. You can’t get where you need to go by thinking you are already there. If you want to grow, first you must know you are wrong without worrying about if that makes you less valuable, then you must confidently go somewhere new and ask questions.
Purposeful, effective communication involves using simple words, listening actively and compassionately, and seeking to understand before criticizing.
I believe that clear communication is the key to the world we imagine. I believe the most complex things can be explained simply. I believe active listening is the most valuable skill a person or a nation can cultivate.
When we learn about new perspectives, we all face a choice between criticizing or understanding. Understanding is more difficult and more worthwhile than criticism. People who want to create the most opportunity for everyone should seek to understand and empathize before criticizing or teaching.
I want to stay in touch. If anything stood out to you from this message, I’d love to hear from you via email or Twitter.
If this sounded familiar, you’re in the right place.
If you’re interested in living the most fulfilling, productive, and meaningful life you possibly can, we’re on the same page.
Want to share ideas, tools, and techniques so we can all be more productive? How about swapping schedule ideas for a healthy work/life balance? Maybe you wish you knew how to make faster or more effective progress toward your vision for yourself and the world you want to live in? Want to encourage interesting conversations? Maybe you just wish you knew what you want to do with your life, and you’re not sure where to start. Welcome.
I would love the opportunity to (only if you’re interested) keep you updated on my most popular ideas and most important projects, ask you questions, and learn from you! I want to help you answer questions that are most important to you while we’re at it.
I want to have a blast solving the world’s most interesting problems together. I want to bring just a little more opportunity, joy, and wonder into the world.
If you do too, I would love your help.
There are three things you can do right now.
First, ask me anything you’re curious about.
This question is optional, but I encourage you to get curious anyway. I will definitely read it. Be honest and creative. Whether or not you feel like asking a question, you should still fill out your email and click the button.
Second, let me know where you’d like me to send emails.
(In case you’re wondering, you’re signing up for one email a month. Hate email? Me too. The FAQ is below. If I ever send you anything other than the best emails you’ve ever gotten, I want you to unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe any time, all the time.)
Oh! And you’ll find out the third thing you can do after you click the button.
As well as links to all my projects, facebook, twitter, blog posts, and more. Just put in your email and click the button.
Here’s why I want your email.
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I want to do whatever I can to help you fulfill your dreams. Wherever you are in life, this page was written for you. You belong here! I don’t want you to skip putting your email into that form for any reason other than already having done so.
I think it’s important that we stay up to date with each other’s most important efforts, so if you have a mailing list you’d like me to join, or any questions or comments or links you’d like to share, please let me know.
I do too. Seriously. I get hundreds of emails a day but never spend more than an hour on email per month, max. I’m not about to waste your time.
I’ll send you email we can both love reading. You can unsubscribe if I’m wrong after the first one. Get ready for the best 2 minutes you’ll spend on email all month.
I’ll include insights, tools, blog posts, project updates, questions, reading recommendations and links. Skim, open what interests you in a new tab, then archive or delete.
Can you? Of course! Definitely. There will be an unsubscribe link in every single email.
In fact, I actively want you to unsubscribe if you ever get an email you don’t like. It’d be awesome if you tell me why you leave, but the main idea is that no one should have to get emails they don’t absolutely love.
For more about me, put in your email and click! Before you know it you’ll find yourself on a landing page with links to Study Abroad Book and Alarm from the projects section of this page, a list of my other homes around the web (facebook, twitter, tumblr), a little more about me, and even my recent blog posts. Go on, then! What are you waiting for?