The greatest things in life cannot be pursued directly. They must happen incidentally.  The greatest rewards in life cannot be pursued - they must ensue.  I call this, ‘The Law of Ensuement’.    The Thousand Doors Theory   My central framework for journeys through life is understood as the Thousand Doors Theory. The theory suggests, we use the Thousand Doors System to reach the most remarkable places because the most remarkable places live in the unknown.    When we turn down one ‘door’ or one opportunity in life, we so often fail to recognise that it is the First of a Thousand Doors - the other nine-hundred and

This piece extends from Without-The-Box Thinking and unpacks a second-step, How to think through boxes. You are best served reading that piece first.     As I always say - “All advice is bad advice”. All that changes is the degree to which advice is bad. Because, no matter how wise or without-the-box the thinker you receive advice from, no one is you.    Therefore no one can ever give you advice that is absolutely perfect - they will always be giving you some form of box.     Even Without-The-Box Thinking is bad advice, for it is a box itself.    Welcome to the Matrix! The irony of Without-The-Box Thinking

They should be goals and not GOLLUMS. You don’t want to end up like the one formerly known as Smiegel, from The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein.    “Strong opinions, loosely held”   As Paul Saffo from the Institute for the Future is credited as saying. Well, the same should be said of our grand dreams and goals.    Strong goals, loosely held.    You see the principles of the Minimum Viable Lifestyle (MVL) and An Audience-of-None defend us against the traps of over-investing in grandiose dreams, if those dreams rely on external factors beyond our control.    These questions are interested in, What is the least

Why do we celebrate the “Fastest growing company”? Why are we excited by the “fastest growing economy”?   We talk about growth as if it were something that is always good. What a silly rule-of-thumb.  Is there an award for the fastest growing cancer?    Andre the Giant grew fast and large. And he was lost early.    Why ‘grow’ when we can be ‘better’ instead?   What if you GROW your audience but at the cost of quality? What if you GROW your business but distance yourself from the customer, and tank the culture?  What if you GROW your economy but life, in trying to keep up with rising costs, becomes

What was the best day of your life?   If you’re struggling to bring something to mind, don’t feel bad. I’m drawing blanks myself.    Maybe it was a retreat I did at school in 2011 that opened me up to self-awareness.    Maybe it was one of the days I spent in Nepal in 2018.    Or maybe it was when the St George Illawarra Dragons won the 2010 Grand Final, after so many years of near misses.    Actually, something is coming to mind.    It was my 21st birthday. 2nd October, 2015.    Originally I thought I didn’t want the hassle or attention of a big party. But I changed my

For corresponding podcast episodes check out #016-#018 of the With Joe Wehbe Podcast.  Youtube Episodes: #016 Maslow's Hierarchy, #017 The Comfort Ladder, #018 The Luxury Trap   My Dad gave me a nickname growing up… Princess   The Princess nickname referred to my cushioned upbringing and complete inability to get my hands dirty. To this day, I am not a hands-on guy, and I don’t do physical labour well.    So it’s pretty emasculating to compare myself to my grandfathers, who were both hard-working immigrants who DEFINITELY got their hands dirty.  Growing up I was ever-grateful that they paved the way for our family in Australia, not me,

Charity Wealth Success Career Work Happiness Depression Comfort Freedom God Investing   Take a second and ask - what do these words mean to you?   I find these words to be some of the most significant words, concepts and ideas in our culture, but equally, that people all have a very different idea of what each term means and refers to.  This becomes a problem when we are having a conversation and assume that our conversation partner uses the same definition we do.    It makes sense to 1) write your own glossary of these words, as well as 2) figure out the glossary of someone else you are in dialogue with.    Take note of the following

It was a Sunday afternoon in Sydney, I was sitting in a group of my closest friends and I was not saying a single word.    They were talking about life at their workplace - a big, global company, and concentrating on all the negatives.    Some crazy things had been going on. Conditions and pay had changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak globally, and there was a scandal in the news that implicated everyone in the company.    You see in this scandal, everyone in the company had cheated on a compliance test - everyone from management down to the juniors and grads.    I sat there

It was August 2010 and I was teetering with nervous excitement.    It was the opening night of our school play - an Oscar Wilde classic called The Importance of Being Ernest. I was playing a female character and cross-dressing for the role, starring as the dithering ‘Miss Prism’.    My dream at the time was to take the world by storm by writing stories, acting in them and making films. So on this night, I felt the penultimate excitement of my debut, the first time I was really performing live.    Before call time, I snuck out from the dressing room to the dark, empty

This is based off a Future Shapers talk I gave. See here.    Imagine it this way.    Pretend Natural Selection is the majority shareholder of a global business called Humanity. Well for however many millions or thousands of years, Natural Selection called all the shots.    And it was working well. The silent shareholder, the one who held only 10% voting rights could be just that - silent.    The silent business partner is called the Conscious Self. The part of Humanity that is more aware and fine-tuned.    Now these two business partners hit a bust up and have been at war ever since - that bust up

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