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You're walking through a long corridor. As you come to the end, the corridor opens out to a small Room, and in that Room stands a Doorman, showing you four Doors.   "I present to you four Doors", the Doorman begins.   The Doorman continues.   "You can choose which Door to go through — the First Door leads to a Room full of smart people. The Second Door leads to a Room full of rich people. The Third Door leads to a Room full of people with large crowds of supporters and online followings. The Fourth Door leads to a Room with people with a

Tim Ferriss runs one of the world's best podcasts, is a bestselling author, and was ahead of his time when he published the 4 Hour Work Week.   He is one of few icons of mine.   I consulted his blog a few years ago for guidance about writing a book. What I found disheartened me, shattered me.   Don't write the book first

The typical family has a breadwinner who goes out to hunt or to work.   And the nurturing partner who stays 'home' to protect and look after the young, to maintain order.   But, if the breadwinner spends too much time away, the housebound partner eventually tells them off.   "You're always working" they say, "you never have time for me".   The breadwinner might love and be consumed by winning bread, by work, but no matter how deep one's immersion is in their work, they cannot neglect their home. Because by doing this, they throw their beautiful unity off balance, and drive the homebound partner away.   In the

My mother took me to watch Harry Potter at the cinema for the first time. Though I enjoyed the film, I already knew what happened, having previously enjoyed the books.   When Harry and his friends are confronted by devil's snare, a three-headed dog, or a double-headed murderous villain, I don't despair or worry for them. I know how the story goes.   Though there are dips along the way, the story is just being written.   The same is true in life. The story is just being written.   That's not to say that there is not stress — as Sir Winston Churchill once said, 'you can't

Are we there yet? pesters the young child from the back seat.   Are. We. There. Yet?   But zoom out and we're all that young child, looking to arrive, looking to get somewhere. You can look through the telescope for the fine details but you'll miss the grander view if you do. If you look too hard, you'll see only a fraction of the total picture.   If you ask the wrong question, you will never find the right answer.   You will always be looking somewhere where the answer is not. Scrutinising things too closely under the microscope. As Alan Watts told us

Books carry a special place in our world — they move the culture forward.   There was a time when you needed permission and approval to write a book. It was not so long ago in fact. A publisher needed to agree to bring your idea into the world and stock it on shelves.   There were gatekeepers. There were people who got to decide. People other than you.   As Seth Godin says, that barrier has now disappeared. In 2021, you can write a book and put it online any time you like. Did you know that? You can put it on Amazon right now,

When I'm in the groove, ideas flow out of me faster than I can catch them and put them into print.   Things feel clear and I can do most anything.   I feel indestructible.   Every so often, the waters get murky. That's when the tap slows to a drip.   Things feel less clear. But worry not.   Never lack clarity on your lack of clarity.   It is nature's way of telling you that you have something to learn.   Something important.   Sit with it patiently. If you are willing to see a wide range of possibilities, eventually this lesson will open up and reveal itself to you.   But you have to be

There is no such thing as a truly independent individual achievement.   At the Academy Awards, an individual wins Best Actor or Actress — whether it's Leonardo Di Caprio, Matthew McConaughey or Meryl Streep, they always thank the people that helped get them there (and they always run out of time).   Then the music starts, trying to drown them out — symbolic of a culture where want one champion. It's our own version of the hunger games — 'there can only be one victor'. Only one name goes on the history books for Best Actor, Best Actress. The other names, the ones that got

The two year rule, stated simply, is that if you want your money back in two years, don't invest. It was stated by legendary investor Peter Lynch.   We, of course, take a broader view of investing. In addition to money, we also invest time, effort and energy.   If you want your returns in less than two years, you have too much short-term thinking. You lack the persistence required to succeed.   The same can be said of entrepreneurship, because every entrepreneurial or creative endeavour is an investment.   If you're not willing to stick with the drop-shipping store, Instagram page, podcast or blog for two years,

Most of us look for a map to follow. I suspect we have all been guilty of wanting to see the path laid out before us, with no hidden bends or unfinished roads.   But as it is with real-world expeditions, you need to go off road.   No great learning or solution can be laid out step-by-step-by-step. The Thousand Doors is the truth that your real future lies hidden, out of sight, and requires you to Open Doors.   There is no fool-proof process, no journey free from obstacles. If you're being creative and daring, there are very few relevant best practices.   Nothing worthwhile is straightforward.   Stop

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