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There's Actually a Lot to Learn From the 1,285-Slide Presentation People Are Mocking

Aug 18 2014 - 1:15pm

My expectations were low when I read about 30-year-old entrepreneur Ryan Allis creating a 1,285-page slideshow that dispensed the wisdom he learned from his 20s. After all, some of what I've read in the media wasn't too favorable. For example, the search title for this Business Insider piece [1] is "Ryan Allis's Life Lessons Are Inane," while ValleyWag described it as [2] "It's what The Secret sounds like after you lock yourself in a conference room with a week's supply of Soylent and a whiteboard."

So I opened the slideshow with dread, and after reading the entire thing, I thought, this extremely successful guy (who sold his company iContact [3] for $170 million) took the time out of his busy day to create a slideshow in order to share what he's learned with the world for free — how nice of him. Allis told us that it took him about 12 weeks of work to put this together over the course of 12 years.

In the first few slides, Allis says his motivation to create this slideshow is his mother, Pauline, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2012. "I wanted to document all the amazing knowledge she gave me in her 60 years," Allis says. "She inspired so many to love everybody, follow their bliss, and dream big." I found this whole project to be a really nice gesture and a touching tribute, so I'm a bit taken aback by all the snark.

I know some will find it overwhelming to go through over 1,000 slides, so I've rounded up some of my favorites and ones I think people will find the most useful. However, you should really read it in full here [4] when you find the time!

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It's Important to Write Down Your Goals

Write them down and frame them up in your room to let it sink in.
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This Simple Venn Diagram Will Help You Figure Out Your Purpose

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This Is What Finding Your Purpose Is All About

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Make a Vision Board to Better Visualize Your Dreams

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This Is Ryan Allis's Vision Board

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Bucket Lists Are Also Important

Bucket lists make your dreams become a reality. (Check out ours [18] here!)

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Be Picky With the People You Spend Time With

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Here's What You Should Do to Be Happy at Your Job

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Keep Learning

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This Is a Really Great List

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This Is Why Finding a Mentor Is So Important

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We Often Forget About the Importance of a Mentor

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A Great Way to Get a Response From a Potential Mentor

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The Key Is to Be Kind and Genuine When Making Connections

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This Is Why You Should Embrace Struggle

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You Can Choose to Be Happy

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Good Habits Are Important

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The Three Key Lessons About Money

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The Secret to Better Relationships

Allis also mentions that you should always be playful, give neck massages, and never stop buying flowers.

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Don't Ignore Your Instincts

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Don't miss out on great travel experiences [127].

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These slides are just the tip of the iceberg; check out the whole presentation here [134].

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http://www.savvysugar.com/smart-living/Best-Life-Lessons-From-Ryan-Allis-35501431