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Pain = Learning + Unpleasant Experience.  Unpleasant experiences always teach and motivate us more powerfully than pleasure, albeit in narrow areas. People will more aggressively avoid something painful than they will pursue something which gives them pleasure.  We see this in marketing - It is easier to sell someone something that helps them avoid pain than something that gives them pleasure.  No one’s desire to buy a luxury sports car, mansion, or first class plane ticket is an emergency.  But you would pay anything to a doctor to save your life if going into cardiac arrest, you’ll pay almost anything to a lawyer who can

We need sharing that is done more intentionally.    Connectors Some people are connectors. Connectors see two great things and bring them together.  Connectors think of you when they read, listen to, or see something that you would love, that you would get use from. They introduce you to special people, special opportuntiies, and special things. Our world lacks connection. Our world needs more connectors… and, what’s important to know, connection is a positive sum game. The rising tide lifts all boats.   If you don’t have a connector in your life you’re missing out. If you’re not acting as a connector yourself, you, and those around you,

Take a notepad with you everywhere you go. You just don’t know when someone around you will say something that knocks your socks off, or blows a section of your mind open - BOOM!! -like dynamite. The best way to live is as a constant student. I’ll repeat that. The best way to live is as a constant student. When we fall out of love with learning, with improving, we sacrifice compounding returns and we close our mind. When we close our mind, we risk getting left behind, simple as that. I’m a voracious note-taker. On conversations, on books I read, on every single idea.

If the thing we dream about or want to try doesn’t carry excessive danger or risk, then I’ve learned the best thing to do is to start terribly, fail and learn fast.  Done is better than perfect, and anything is better than analysis paralysis.  And, my worst times came when I was stuck doing nothing.  I think that in life we will find the next stepping stone much easier if we continually do good things and meet new and open-minded people.    Remember the principle of the thousand doors.    So one of my simplest mantras, which I repeat over and over to myself:    Start terribly, fail and

I’d like to speak to the experience of the Hello Stranger Launch and the active role that the universe plays in  setting our journey.  Hello Stranger was a podcast project initiated by Andrew Riis, and launched 18th June 2020. I hardly knew Andrew - we got connected by chance, and only communicated when I saw him post about finding a virtual assistant in a Sydney Startups group.  After learning of the huge overlap between Hello Stranger and the thoughts I’d had about my own podcasting with everyday people, we connected and he invited me to be part of the launch.  An AirBnB in

People rush to say ‘make sure you don’t give away your idea’ or, ‘how can you prevent people from stealing it’? Obviously this makes sense. In an economy and style of living stimulated by competitive forces, this protection and secrecy approach becomes essential practice. It’s why every starry-eyed entrepreneur who walks into an investor pitch is talking about their high-end vision, but why the investors’ first question always is, ‘do you have a patent on this?’.  This is our system — to attract capital, inventors and creators need to provide investors with stability. But the investment game is not perfect, and neither is our formula for

Everyone should hear the parable of the Mexican Fisherman and the Banker before they die.   Here is the parable as told in Tim Ferriss' book, The 4-Hour Work Week.    An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it. The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more

The thing about an iceberg is that 90% of it is under water. Though without knowledge of icebergs, you wouldn’t even realise that so much lies beneath the surface. All your photographs, recounts and recollections will show is the 10% above the water, the part which you assume to be the whole. This is what I call The Iceberg Effect or The Iceberg Problem; the simple reality that for any individual, group or problem, most people will process information, make judgments and react prematurely based on the 10% of the information they see above the surface. The 10% above the

Widely considered the most important idea I've discussed, it was the first set of podcast episodes. You can check out Episodes #001 - #003 where I discuss this concept in more detail. Links to the Youtube videos below:  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   On January 4th 2018, I was terrified.    I was taking my first trip back to Nepal- the place where I’d gotten horrifically unwell just two years earlier. I felt obligated to go back, given I was a Co-Director of From the Ground Up, a nonprofit started by Nick Abraham that was working in the community of Ghumarchowk, Nepal. So, young

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