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
To do what no one has done before, you must by definition think as no one has done before. So, you must learn to think without the box. Everyone encourages you to ‘think outside the box’, as the famous saying goes. The only issue I have with Outside-The-Box Thinking is that this thinking still relies on ‘the Box’. It still relies on assumptions, assumptions tethered to the way things have always been. I prefer a different style of thinking; Without-The-Box. This involves asking Why is the box there to begin with? Who put it there, and why? Should it remain there? Welcome to