New Year of Reading, Travel, and Entrepreneurship
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New Year of Reading, Travel, and Entrepreneurship

By on June 9, 2016

Hello and welcome to LibMode!

This is my personal lifestyle design blog. I plan to write about various different topics that interest me. The three topics that I will heavily focus on are; reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship. If you are passionate about any of these topics — bookmark this blog, and check back often.

Last year was full of many new experiences, challenges, and adventures. I developed several great habits, co-founded a business, dropped a great paying job of three years, booked a one way flight to Europe and backpacked to seven different European cities over the span of 25 days, read over 60 books, started various different projects, and connected with several amazing people along the way. I’m passionate about a lot of things, but anything related to reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship take top priority.

Why these three? Well, to keep it simple… It’s incredibly stimulating and powerful to read, learn, and gain knowledge, traveling makes me feel alive, and entrepreneurship is full of many challenges and life lessons that tug at my very core, I enjoy all three of these tremendously. I can’t imagine my life without this balance. Anyway, without further ado…



I started to read books on and off four years ago. It all started when my good friend Shad recommend that I read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. I took his advice and read the book. The knowledge and positive impact I gained from this single book was invaluable! Over the course of several months I started to notice that I was unconsciously applying principles from that book in social interactions, and that’s when I truly recognized the power and importance of actively reading in every aspect of life, business, and relations. Since that day I’ve read over 110 books, and I’m quickly building up steam. One of my goals for 2016 is to read 120 books. I’ll be writing reviews, advice, and lessons from these very books here on LibMode throughout the year. I truly believe that knowledge can liberate you and bring you real happiness, balance, and peace. Onward…



Last summer I quit my job, booked a one way flight to Europe, and waited for the departure date… I’m very happy that I did. The experience was incredible in it’s own way. I faced many uncomfortable situations, ate various different foods, I met and connected with people from all corners of the globe, hung out and shared stories — holding conversations with complete strangers is easy because everyone’s stories are almost always engaging, interesting, and unique.  I ended up traveling to seven different cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Cologne, Prague, Ireland, and England. I opted to stay in Hostels which is definitely the way to go because you’ll meet other travelers on a daily basis.

It may be uncomfortable throwing yourself into a foreign land with foreign people, but by facing the uncomfortable you really start to grow as a person. Traveling is like being a kid again, everything is new and exciting, you don’t quite understand it all, but you are simply alive and truly experiencing one of the many fine paths that life has to offer…

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

With that being said… Traveling has given me a new zest for life, an understanding that whenever life gets dull, or boring — I always have it to fall back on.



Naturally I’m an entrepreneur… As a young child I was always up to something. I remember setting up a snow cone shack outside my house. I walked the neighborhood selling mom’s homemade cookies and candy several different times. My twin friends David, Daniel, and I once captured several small birds and tried to sell them to complete strangers (kids right?). I also learned how to build and setup computers.

All of these endeavors taught me several valuable lessons. I became fascinated with the internet at a young age, and learned everything I could about web development, marketing, and earning money online. I co-founded Captain Athletics last year with my nephew Anthony, and good friend Jason. Overall it has been a great learning experience with many ups and downs. I plan to share what I know and continue to learn over the years about entrepreneurship here on LibMode.


In conclusion

My core reason behind LibMode is to help liberate you in your journey to discover your passions, find balance, and improve your lifestyle through one, two, or all three of these modes:  reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship. I plan on fusing these three modes together in my life to create a sustainable lifestyle that can be replicated by others.

I want to show you the power of reading books and how knowledge can drastically improve all areas of your life.

I want to show you how to make money with a laptop and internet connection while you’re out traveling the world so that you can travel stress free for a longer period of time.

I want to show you entrepreneurs how to effectively use the internet to market, grow, and improve your business and relations.

I’m going to be using LibMode to achieve the above and improve my writing skills in the process. Please bear with me!


Cheers to the New Year!


** This post was originally published on January 4th 2016. **

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    January 6, 2016

    So cool to see this, Curt. I bought the audio book The Power of Habit after seeing your post on Instagram and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s been a huge year for me and I’ve grown so much (and changed so many habits, primarily thought habits), that it’s a lot of fun to begin to understand them more. Can’t wait to see what comes next for you, keep it up!

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      January 6, 2016

      Thank you, Autumn!
      It’s good to see you’re listening to the Power of Habit! I love that book. It boils down the process so well, and makes it very easy to understand how habits are formed. Glad to see you commenting. I’ll have another post up in two days.

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    Ryan Williams

    January 6, 2016

    Way to go Curtis! Can’t wait to read all your valuable life lessons. Keep it up bud !

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      January 6, 2016

      Thanks Ryan!
      I’ll do what I can. I appreciate the comment!

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    January 7, 2016

    This is fantastic Curtis! I really enjoyed reading about your adventures. Your sense of purpose, and the confidence you exude are inspiring. I love seeing people who dare to dream big, and boldly get started, without having to have it all figured out before they take the first step. In my experience, that is probably the worst stopping point for most people. I will definitely be following and sharing your blog. Keep living life balls to the wall, You are truly changing the world!

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      January 7, 2016

      Hey Becka!
      Thank you so much for the inspiring comment. I agree with you on the fist step (or fear of x) being the stopping point.

      For me, taking that first step was hard, but it has been very well worth it!
      I’m a big believer that if you try to figure “everything” out before taking those first steps you’ll never take them. No one truly knows what that next step will bring without taking it.

      It brings me back to kids again — I feel like they had it figured out. They take those first steps, fall down, get back up, and keep trying, eventually they are walking, and before you know it — they are running and jumping in a world full of infinite possibilities.

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    January 8, 2016

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It
    is the little changes that make the most significant changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    January 8, 2016

    This is great! I am just starting to read personal development books and am looking forward to your reviews. It’s always nice to have recommendations for excellent reading material. Good luck in all your endeavors for the future!

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      January 8, 2016

      Thanks Miriam!
      I’ll work on getting up a list of good recommended books here on LibMode sometime this week. I’ve been reading quite a few personal development / self help books. I’ve always enjoyed them, and find them very easy to read. I hope that you do too.

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    January 10, 2016

    Hey! Loving the idea behind this blog. I recently moved to Nottingham, England to pursue a masters degree and continue playing soccer (football here 👌🏻). I’ve traveled quite a bit in the past and have been continuing since I’ve been here. I am absolutely infatuated with seeing the world and learning what all the different cultures have to offer. I have no idea what’s next but I figure I need to work on my entrepreneurship if I plan to continue on this path. Looking forward to reading about your experiences and learning a thing or two from them. Keep it up!


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      January 10, 2016

      Hey Alysaa,
      That’s incredible. How are you liking England?
      I’ll be writing three blog posts a week. I’ll start writing about a few simple techniques that people can follow to earn money online in the next month or two. I hope to see you around. Thanks for commenting, and good luck in your journey!

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    January 10, 2016

    Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my visitors would appreciate your work. If you are even remotely
    interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

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    January 12, 2016

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not
    already 😉 Cheers!

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    Mauricio Campos

    January 24, 2016

    3 of my favorite things. I’m excited to read more!

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      January 29, 2016

      Hey Mauricio,
      It looks like we have at least three things in common. Welcome to the blog!

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    January 29, 2016

    I’ve got an ambitious reading goal this year as well. The followers on our blog and fb page really respond well when we post reading recommendations. It’s really good because they get value out of it plus it pushes us to read more too. Really nice blog you have here. Glad I came across it.

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      January 29, 2016

      Hey Bobby,
      That’s awesome to hear. I love the ambitious reading goal. Always good to see the feedback from your readers too. What is the name of your Facebook page? I would love to look it up.

      Thank you!

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    June 10, 2016

    Interesting, can’t wait to read more.


Curtis Blackmore

Hi my name is Curtis, and I'll be blogging about reading, traveling, and entrepreneurship. My core reason behind LibMode is to help liberate you in your journey to discover your passions, find balance, and improve your lifestyle through these three modes.

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