Sheep

Sheep

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

Entrepreneurs cannot be sheep by definition.  Without some form of differentiation, they cannot survive. They would quickly die out with the rest of the copycats and sheep.    

Asking yourself the tough questions about why your business should be a business before launching is critical.  

The opposite guarantees sheepdom .

Don't be a sheep. Don't follow the herd.  Look inward.  Explore what makes YOU tick.  Then take action. 🤓💪 

System

System

"Failing to create habits is not about laziness. It’s about not having the right systems." - Ramit Sethi

Routines can bring with them productivity and efficiency.  Changing our behaviour over time to replace all bad habits with positive ones can completely alter the quality of our lives.  

But, in order to free up that amount of space for routines of our choosing, we need to create the best kinds of systems. Creative, automated ones that inspire and keep us on track.

What is something you're doing that you could easily outsource or automate thanks to software?  If you find something, don't ask.  Just automate.  Avoid decision fatigue and 2x your results!💾🎨

Extraordinary

Extraordinary

"Everyday ask yourself: "What have I done to help someone today?" "What has anyone done to help me today?" and "What have I learnt?" - Charles Poiliquin

The journey to an extraordinary life takes extraordinary focus.

Keeping yourself close to your progress will keep you on the right track as you wonder what it is you should be focusing on.

What gets measured gets managed.

Explore

Explore

“It doesn't matter where you start. Only that you begin.” - Robin Sharma

Explore & Experiment

The only way to find the best way is to risk failure.  Exploring the uncomfortable and experimenting with all possible hypotheses is a surefire way of finding what you're looking for.

Approach business as you would a mountain. Try new routes, but always be climbing! 🕵️👩‍💻🚀

Doubt

Doubt

 “Waste No More Time Arguing What A Good Man Should Be. Be One.” 

These words, written by Marcus Aurelius nearly two millennia ago, cut to the core of what it means to live a good life - it isn’t what we say that defines our character, it’s what we do. 

Today, in a society obsessed with content, outrage, and drama, it’s easy to get lost in the echo chamber of the debate of what’s “better.”

We can have endless discussions about what’s right and wrong.

Only one guarantees an impact. 

Dare

Dare

"Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things—the people on the edge see them first." Kurt Vonnegut

Entering a saturated space is no excuse for lacking creativity. Dare to fail. Leave the comfort zone and start getting comfortable on the edge.

Why I Dropped Out...

Why I Dropped Out...

I never wanted to go to college.

What?! Why?! Those are the best years of your life! Be grateful of the opportunity! Education is important! You need a degree!

Seeing all the families that wanted nothing more than their children go to university made me feel like I needed to go too. 

I forgot about my thoughts.

I ended up in a small town in Scotland, of all places, attending the University of St. Andrews.

I had a great time. I made some great friends.  And, I was about as passionate for my studies as a sugar-crazed 5-year-old eating broccoli. 

Rebellion is Freedom

Rebellion is Freedom

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

There are all sorts of pressures at work to keep you where you are.

There are societal & cultural pressures which are the easiest (even if not always easy) to overcome.  Yet, they hold back a vast majority of the population.

Then there are the closer, friend & familial pressures, which in certain cultures, can be extremely pronounced and restricting. These pressures hold back those who don't care about society's opinion, but care deeply for those of their friends or family (parents in particular).  

Lastly, there is our own, self-imposed pressure.   The inner-critic, the pessimist, our projected ego. This can be the strongest and most detrimental pressure of them all.  It's the same one that causes people to take their own lives, and sometimes the lives of others.  

HOWEVER, all of these pressures feed off two things: one bio-chemical and one metaphysical; which may be why they’re so hard to understand and control.