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Ideas don't have to be groundbreakingly new. ⠀

Just mix and match a couple in your own mental kaleidoscope and you might innovate something revolutionary.⠀

I challenge you to create a better version of the umbrella. It's ridiculous that it breaks in the exact kind of stormy situation in which you need it. Make an unbreakable and collapseable umbrella, make a fortune.⠀

                                                     Happy inventing! 🤖👾👻 ⠀



Everyone needs help, but rarely do we think that the best way to help each other is to be constantly working on improving ourselves.⠀

It's kind of like when an airline tells you, in a case of lost cabin pressure, to put your own mask on first before helping others. ⠀

If we could detach ourselves from the initial, panicky and anxious, emotional response, we'd be able to make clear logical decisions about the most effective and efficient ways to help others. ⠀

Let me challenge you with a troubling scenario.⠀

Any loving parent would argue that helping their children first is the better course of action. But what if, because you spent so much time struggling to get oxygen, your body slowed and you just managed to cover your child and yourself before needing to take some deep breaths. ⠀

Now, there are other children without masks on, maybe a family is larger than usual and the parents haven't had the time to cover all of their kids yet, or maybe the children are travelling alone. ⠀

Because you prioritized your own child, you are now short of breath and unable to help them. ⠀

On a personal scale you were selfless, but on a global scale you were selfish.⠀



Set up systems. Automate & Outsource. We can create space and make time by being smart about the routines we choose for ourselves. Make them work for you. 🐜🐜🐜 



"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.


📷 @alessandraambrosio

📷 @alessandraambrosio

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keeffe 🌸🌹🌺

How many of us are busy? How many of us rush without really knowing why?⠀

It reminds me of a useful allegory from Derek Sivers. We can RELAX, AND get the same RESULT.⠀

Enter DEREK:⠀

"A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach.⠀

There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles.⠀
On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. It’s perfect for going full-speed.⠀

So a few times a week, I’d get on my bike and go as fast as I could. I mean really full-on, 100%, head-down, red-faced, sprinting.⠀

I’d finish exhausted, and look at the time. 43 minutes. Every time. Maybe a minute more on a really windy day. But basically always 43 minutes.⠀

After a few months, I noticed I was getting less enthusiastic about this bike ride. I think I had mentally linked it with being completely exhausted.⠀

So one day I decided I would do the same ride, but just chill. Take it easy, nice and slow. OK not super-slow, but dialing it back to about 50% of my usual effort.⠀

And ahhh.... What a fun ride. I was relaxed, and smiling, and looking around. Not red-faced. I was barely giving it any effort.⠀

I saw two dolphins in the water. A pelican flew right over me in Marina del Ray. When I looked up to say “wow!”, he shit in my mouth. I can still remember that taste of digested shellfish. I had to laugh at the novelty of it [...]"⠀

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📷 Derek Sivers

📷 Derek Sivers



"When you make a business you’re making a little world where you control the laws. 
It doesn't matter how things are done everywhere else. In your little world you can make it like it should be." - Derek Sivers

There is controversy over the belief that being an entrepreneur is freeing. Some believe they become slaves to their clients, while others, like Derek, see that it's up to you to become what you want to be. 

Taking the leap of faith into entrepreneurship definitely brings its own hardships and obligations, but ultimately you are their creator. 



"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success." - James Cameron  

There are many versions of this message conveyed in different ways. ⠀

But, to me, the importance lies in the words left unsaid. ⠀





Whenever you embark on any kind of creative project, remember to be as free and uncritical as possible.

Most ideas get shutdown within minutes of their conception either by our own self-critics or because we shared them with people who "wish us well" or "want us to be safe".

While generally well-intentioned, sharing your ideas at their most vulnerable stage of inception can do much more harm than good.⠀

@sarablakely , founder of Spanx, covers this well in her interview with @altucher .⠀



I'd add:⠀
If you believe you're overly self-critical, find a friend or someone who would only push you to see your idea through: i.e. Provide solely positive input.⠀

On the other hand, if you already believe in your idea, don't share it with anyone until you've invested yourself enough that negative emotions or feedback from your loved ones wouldn't affect your trajectory to success: i.e. Prep yourself for negative input.⠀


Remember, creativity is intelligence having FUN! So let loose! 👨‍🎤🕺👩‍🎤 ⠀