This week I was writing over at the (In)courage summer book club, sharing the four-part story of how I became an early employee at Twitter, Inc. and wrote Twitter for Good.

Check out the four-part series below.

To get you started, here’s a teaser…

I went to Kenya to climb a mountain.

It was the end of 2006, and I had spent the previous nine months on a dreamed-of adventure: traveling the world, and writing about it. In nineteen countries, I did exactly what I wanted to do – and nothing more.

I trained for my first marathon on a two-week cruise across the Atlantic and skydived in South Africa. I trekked to the base camp of Mt. Everest. I spent months on Indian beaches, and fulfilled one long-held dream when I boarded the Transiberian Railroad in Mongolia, bound for Moscow. (It was dusty, though, and a day later I jumped off. I flew the rest of the way.) I read 100 books, and no one batted an eyelash. I lived for myself, and for no one else.

Kenya was the last stop on my tour and despite my poor experiences with altitude sickness on Everest I was dedicated to climbing Mt. Kenya. When the friend of a friend recommended a cheap guest house near the base of Mt. Kenya where I could stay the night before starting the trek, I gladly accepted. The fact that the guest house was owned by an orphanage (Tumaini Children’s Home) was immaterial; I just needed a place to sleep.

Read the rest of Part 1 here…

Read the entire four-part series in the links below:

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