Week-long trek in the Himalayas? Done

Catching a glimpse of Squirrel Monkeys in Costa Rica? Done

Shamelessly gorging on mouth watering Sukhothai noodles in Bangkok? Done

But only in your head.

Because those life dreams you had when you were deciding what you’d be when you grew up?  They remained just that. Dreams.

And in the meantime?  Your passport remains unstamped, your excuses keep you mediocre, and your Facebook status involves pictures of food, when it should declare ‘Tacos in Sydney, brb’.

Do Something Cool. The name was no accident.

It’s about actively choosing adventure.  To squeeze every last bit of excitement out of the fleeting moments you have on this Earth.  Because sometimes, you just have to take a little risk to live a little fuller.

And no, that doesn’t include a long weekend in Vermont only to rush back early because your Inbox is calling.

Because the last time we checked, you weren’t made to live in this prison.

The last time we checked, the daily commute wasn’t meant to rule your life.

And the last time we checked?  The Penida beach in Bali demanded you go there and experience it for yourself.

Steve Bloom knows a thing or two about living life adventurously.  He’s swam with sharks (and not been bitten), spent the night in a nomadic Tuareg camp in the Sahara, and ventured throughout South East Asia.

All whilst working a full time job.

And no, not for just 2 weeks like most corporate slaves.  These were bold, hold-onto-your-hats-things-are-getting-crazy, full-on escapades that lesser mortals spend their lives merely dreaming of.

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Some of us have a bucket list and get it done.

Some of us sit around and just dream about it.

Which side are you on?


About Me

Me – in a small four-seat plane about to fly over the jungle of Guatemala

Hi!  I’m Steve.  I believe that we have a limited amount of time to live so we should be making the most out of the time we have.  I like learning new things, traveling to new places, building positive habits and creating the best life possible.

Here are some things I’m known for.


I grew up in North Dakota and didn’t travel much until my early 20s.  One day I decided I needed to go out and see the world.  So I dropped everything and filled up a backpack with only a few shirts and pants to go on an extended trip through Southeast Asia.  The first city I saw abroad was Bangkok, Thailand which was a massive shock for someone who grew up where I did.

Throughout my time there, I rode on elephants, took a bus through landmine infested areas of Cambodia and got lost in Singapore.  I scuba dived off islands in Thailand and walked through some of the toughest areas of Vietnam.  I’ve even had a gun pulled on me a couple times – one time the gun was a fake and the other was real, we were too close to the person’s property and he wanted us to leave.

Since then, I’ve made travel a big part of my life.  I even wrote a book on the subject.  Every year, I see more and more of the world.

Pickup Artist

When I was young, I was terrible with women.  I didn’t know what I was doing and my efforts to attract them usually ended horribly.

In 2007, I became a pickup artist.  I studied everything I could find about social skills and personal development.  Later I joined a group of guys in Minneapolis who were also involved in it.  We went out together to bars and learned from each other about how to make our lives the best we can.  It was more than about picking up women, it was about bettering ourselves.

What I learned helped me overcome my fears and built confidence I never had before.  Pickup helped me become a better person and made me take risks later in life that have paid off tremendously.

In 2009 I met a wonderful woman named Rosie.  In 2011 I married her.  That means I’m no longer actively involved in pickup, but the lessons I learned from it have influenced my way of thinking and my life.

Random facts about me:

  • In 2013, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Education.  I have a teaching license in English.
  • When I was younger, I cut my expenses so much I was able to save up $10,000.
  • I worked as a criminal background investigator for three years.
  • I can speak and read French pretty well.
  • I’ve lifted weights consistently for the past seven years.
  • I taught English Literature at the Casablanca American School in Morocco.
  • One of my life goals is to learn everything.

If you want to contact me, send an email to steve@dosomethingcool.net.  You can email me with topic suggestions, comments or even if you just want to say hello.  I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Some of my favorite posts:

6 Ways to Travel Endlessly

Your Physical and Mental Limits are an Illusion

The Difference Between You and People Doing Awesome Things

17 Ways Travel Makes You a Better Person

4 Characteristics Interesting People Have

Why Experiences are Better Than Possessions

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  1. I love your site! You write so well, what you say has really helped, I look forward to each article. I just wanted to say that.

  2. Hi Steve

    It’s great to read your fantastic material on Pick The Brain. As a fellow
    contributor to that blog as well, I appreciate the effort it takes to create
    a magnificent blog article.

    So that’s why I’m currently accepting guest posts at my own blog called
    Motivational Memo, and why I would like to invite you to contribute an
    original blog article that will inspire my readers, whilst giving you
    increased exposure.

    Every week I’m featuring one personal development blogger to my growing
    audience, and if you are interested to know what to do please visit
    http://www.motivationalmemo.com/submit-an-article/ where you will find all
    the information that you need to position yourself to be featured at
    Motivational Memo in the near future.

    If for some reason I have approached you in the past, please forgive me for
    the oversight.

  3. Steve, it is great that you learn the secret to success. My company help others learn the same and help them start a business or grow a business. We are the only company that have a free Travel Referral & Rewards program that is help people afford to travel around the world. It is hosting onto our group travel website: http://www.YourFutureGroupTravel.com and this is a FREE signup program. I served 25 years in the USN and retired 3 years ago from service. Like you, I traveled to Thailand – Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket and Chiang Mai and other parts of Asian. I was truly amazed and try my best to travel to a different part of the world every other year. It is my mission to help other experience the world and not just Mexico and the Caribbean. LOL. Hopefully, we both can keep educating other to explore, learn and enjoy life a lot better doing the things we both love; Travel! Please contact me, so we can help others enjoy the “Good Life”.

  4. Hi Steve

    I am writing to thank you for following me on Twitter. We have recently started our tour and would really appreciate it if you could please write a small piece based upon the following Press Release:


    November 2014

    TOTALLY NEW – This hasn’t been done before

    A day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into this private home

    ….for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.

    Every day throughout the Year. A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at a private thatched cottage.

    Becky the tour guide drives a minibus to outstanding hidden villages that are inaccessible by public transport. The unspoilt villages that she has carefully selected are made up of thatched cottages, clipped lawns and dusty lanes, which perfectly illustrate what life was like in the 16th century. Having lived in the area for twenty five years, her local knowledge is invaluable to visitors.

    What gave Becky the idea for starting the tour was that every tourist yearns to see inside these cottages and to see how the English conduct their daily lives. . Suddenly she thought….“I live in a pretty thatched cottage and I’d love to show people what I experience every day”.

    Becky’s home is called ‘Secret Cottage’ and is quintessentially perfect for guests to explore and experience how the English live in the Cotswolds. Inside everything is old and quaint, there are three inglenook fireplaces which are open log fires used to heat the cottage, the winding stairs and floors are made from original elm planks and the heavily beamed listed cottage is nearly 500 years old!

    During the tour of villages, Becky periodically returns to Secret Cottage to serve morning coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and in the afternoon you can see the scones being baked in the Aga, which are essential for the traditional English Cotswold cream tea.

    All of the tourists are overwhelmed by the experience of being invited into a private home with many of them describing it as fairyland.

    Becky excels when it comes to deciding which route to take for the day, she’s brilliant at assessing what the different nationalities would like to see and consistently delivers a bespoke memorable tour that is guaranteed to please everybody with plenty of surprises.

    With only seven passenger seats in the Mercedes minibus, guests are guaranteed that their tour is personal and can choose when they’d like to stop and take their pictures.

    Already, TripAdvisor has Ranked Secret Cottage #1 of 18 ‘Best Attractions in Moreton-in-Marsh’ and #2 of 90 ‘Best Activities in the Cotswolds’

    Most tourists arrive by train at Moreton-in-Marsh railway station from Oxford or London-Paddington in time for the tour which starts at 10.15 and ends at 16.30. The cost is £85 which is inclusive of all food and drink served at Secret Cottage.

    We’ve recently been part of a television series with a whole episode dedicated to Secret Cottage, this was organised by Visit Britain, Virgin Atlantic and Cotswold Tourism.

    The Cotswolds are visited and appreciated all year round. Great day trip from LONDON-Paddington.

    For further details, please call Robin on +44 (0) 1608 674700, email becky@secretcottage.co.uk or visit the following website http://www.secretcottage.co.uk

    We look forward to hearing from you

    With kind regards

    Robin Simpson
    0044 (0)1608 674700

  5. Love your work Steve. Keep inspiring.

  6. Hey Steve, thanks for connecting on Twitter. Awesome blog – and keep on staying cool!

  7. Steve, thanks for adding me on Twitter – otherwise I might never have read this very compelling About page. You’re right, adventure is a conscious choice, and we must choose our dreams as a priority. Looking forward to more of your thoughts on fulfilling travel.

  8. Caitlin Kleinschmidt says:

    “Rosamund Zander is a miracle. Her generous voice will resonate with you, change you and help you create work that matters.” —Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

    Hi Steve,

    I noticed your great tweet about The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander and I’m excited to let you know that family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Zander has returned with a new book and a new vision for achieving true human fulfillment. Pathways to Possibility shows us that life is a story we tell ourselves, and that we have the power to change that story in ourselves and in our relationships with others—whether in a marriage, a classroom, or a business. Powerful and inspiring, this galvanizing book invites readers to enter a realm where limitless growth becomes possible and expands our notions of how much freedom and joy we can experience.

    I think you’ll find Pathways to Possibility just as profound and stimulating as the beloved The Art of Possibility, and I’d love to send you an early hardcover copy for your reading pleasure. Just let me know where you’d like it shipped!



  9. The articles you write are really so inspiring. Subscribed ! :)


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