The Art of Self-Directed Learning launches!

I’m proud to announce my newest book: The Art of Self-Directed Learning: 23 Tips for Giving Yourself an Unconventional Education.

The Art of Self-Directed Learning

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If you’re feeling super helpful, please leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

My big thanks go out to my Kickstarter backers, book superhero team, and readers everywhere.


Commencement Speech for Graduating Homeschoolers

Here’s the video of a commencement speech I gave at the California Homeschool Network’s Family Expo conference in June 2014. The full text is below.

Update: This article is now on the Huffington Post!

My name is Blake Boles, and I’m honored to speak for this fine group of young adult homeschoolers today. Thank you to the California Homeschool Network for inviting me. Thank you to the parents who successfully fed, sheltered, nurtured, challenged, and supported these graduates who are now ready to launch into the world—if they haven’t already. And thank you, graduates, for waking up before 11am, changing out of sweatpants, closing Minecraft, and making other deep sacrifices to be here.

The Economics of My Life

When answering the question “What do you do?”, I seem to pique people’s curiosity.

They’re curious about how I make time for work, travel, writing, and adventure. They’re curious about how, exactly, I make money. And more than anything else, they want to know why I chose this fairly alternative life path.

The first two questions are straightforward, and I share my answers below. The third question, however, has required a lot more contemplation. It wasn’t until I discovered an obscure essay by the famed economist John Maynard Keynes that I found an answer worth sharing.

Roadtrip to California

I just finished moving back to the west coast—here are a few photos of the journey and the people who helped me make it.


All of my worldly possessions (minus snowboard and climbing gear, which are already out west). Will they fit in my car??

My New Book is Now on Kickstarter!

Today I launched the Kickstarter campaign for my new book, The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Check it out!

This book is different from my previous ones (Better Than College and College Without High School): it’s a compilation of 23 stories and insights about giving yourself an unconventional education in a conventional world. Each chapter is accompanied by an original illustration, and it’s a book for all ages.

Two big ways you can help me bring The Art of Self-Directed Learning to life are:

The campaign is only 13 days long, so we have no time to waste.

Thank you for your help!