Before buying my own
Caribbean island, I had quite
an eventful few years.
"A Life Sold",
tells much of that story.
(Movie rights have recently
been purchased by
Walt Disney Pictures!)
is now on sale at
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and at other online retailers.
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A Life Sold
What ever happened to that guy who sold his whole life on eBay?
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Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Wider Vision Publishing
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches (21.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm)
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (500 g)
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US $ 14.99
UK £ 9.99
EU € 11.99
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Rear cover blurb
What on earth would make someone decide to put their whole life up for sale… on eBay?
When Ian Usher decided that it was time to leave the past behind and move on to the next chapter of his life, that is exactly what he did. The results were surprising, entertaining and challenging.
However, the auction was only the beginning of the adventure. What does someone do when they have sold their life? Well, just about anything they like really!
Armed with a list of 100 lifetime goals, and a self-imposed timeframe of 100 weeks, Ian embarked on what could truly be described as the journey of a lifetime – a global adventure spanning six continents, two years, and almost every emotion.
From the amazing highs of achievement, happiness and love, to the terrible lows of disappointment, loneliness and despair, come along and enjoy the rollercoaster ride of life, as experienced by one traveller who is simply looking for a new start.
The book tells the story of how, prompted by separation and ultimately my divorce from my wife of five years, partner for thirteen years, I decided to put my whole life up for sale on eBay! I didn't want any of the painful reminders of the past, or of the possible future that had been stripped from me. The whole experience was quite surreal, and resulted in a huge amount of worldwide press coverage, including many TV appearances, and a potential movie deal.
Asked many times in interviews what I would do once I sold my life, I eventually wrote a big list of all the things I had ever wanted to do, places I wanted to see, and experiences I wanted to have. This idea developed into "100 goals in 100 weeks", and led to the most incredible two-year odyssey.
I travelled the world on my "100goals100weeks" journey, and experienced life in ways I had never imagined. But as the journey unfolded it became less about the goals, and more about the people I met along the way, and the influence they had on my life. With no real idea where the journey was going to lead me, or whether I would find the answers to questions that I didn't even know how to articulate, I embraced the adventure.
The book "A LIFE SOLD" tells the story of this incredible adventure, as well as my more personal journey in search of answers and some measure of happiness. I am amazed at how it all ended. I think you will be too.
Ian Usher was born in 1963 in Darlington in the north-east of England. He grew up in the small northern market town of Barnard Castle, and went to college in Liverpool, gaining a teaching degree in Outdoor Education.
A varied and chaotic career followed, involving many jobs, locations and businesses. From 1992 to 1996 he ran Scarborough Jet Skiing in partnership with long-time best friend Bruce. It was on the beach during this time that he met his wife-to-be.
Laura and Ian married in 2000, and they moved together to Perth in Western Australia. The marriage ended five years later, and in 2008 Ian put his life up for sale on eBay!
Two years of travel followed, in which he tackled a list of 100 goals, aiming to achieve them all in a period of 100 weeks.
He currently lives in Whitehorse in Canada.
Some backgroud on Goal #100 - a book deal for the 100goals100weeks story!
During the "ALife4Sale" process, I was contacted by Publicity Representative Evan White, who is based in Los Angeles. Evan does publicity work for all sorts of odd, quirky, internet-based stories. He had heard about me from a friend, and we discussed publicity options for my forthcoming auction. (After all, what is the point of having an auction if nobody knows it is happening?)
Evan and I worked out an arrangement satisfactory to both of us, and over the next few months became quite good friends. One day Evan suggested that after the auction, when I came out to LA, we would go skydiving together, and he would show me what this city had to offer.
"Great," I said, "but I guess that depends on how the finances look, and where I am working at the time."
"Work?" said Evan. "No, no, no! You don't understand! This is your chance to never have to work again!"
"Well, I like your thinking Evan," I replied, "but I haven't got a clue what you're talking about! How would I do that?"
"Well, you have to come up with a follow-up project. Something internet-based, quirky, interesting, that follows on logically from what you are doing now, and most importantly, and this is where your income comes from, has a book deal in it!"
"Right. Sounds good. So what is it then?" I asked.
"I have no idea, that's up to you," said Evan.
"Hmm, okay, I will work on it."
This advice sat in the back of my mind for the next month or so. People continued to ask in interviews what I planned to do next, or where I intended to go, and I always answered that I did not know. One day, someone asked me on the "ALife4Sale" Forum if I had any sort of a "life-list", or set of goals. I did have an old list somewhere that I had written out. And not long after I went looking for that list, the 100goals100weeks idea came to me, almost fully formed.
As soon as I thought of it, I thought, "That's it!!" It perfectly filled Evan's criteria, and it would be incredibly exciting to do too. I knew immediately that this was what I would be doing next.
And so here I am, two years later, my journey at an end. In 100 weeks I completed 93 of my list of 100 goals. But the journey was so much more than just the goals! Sure, I had so many incredible experiences, saw alot of wonderful places and had quite a few fantastic adventures.
But the biggest part of the journey was the people that I met on the way, and the things I learned, both about myself, and about life in general.
I have tried to capture that whole incredible experience in words, and you can read about the whole adventure in
"A LIFE SOLD - What ever happened to that guy who sold his whole life on eBay?"
Reviews for "A LIFE SOLD" :-
"If you have ever wanted to do something and lacked the courage to do do so, then read this book. This book details the authors amazing journey of travel and self discovery along the way, by the end of the book my 'bucket list' had been re drawn and the will to succeed with it re-ignited.."
Birdie (Amazon.co.uk review)
Update April 2013
What is Caribbean island
life REALLY like?
Find out for only
£1.99 / $2.99
(Digital eBook version)
The pitfalls and pleasures
(mainly the pitfalls)
of Caribbean island life in
the beautiful archipelago of
Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Further info and links here
My step-daughter Maible,
aged 9, has spent the past
two winters here in Panama,
avoiding the bitter winter
cold of her Whitehorse
home in Canada.
She loves the place, and has
been inspired enough to
write an "Island Experiences"
book based on some of
our adventures down here.
I have been very proud to
help her publish it on Amazon.