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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

Don't thank me.   The magic comes from the people who are in the Room.   Not the person who Opens the Door.   One Thing.   The business books tell you to focus on one thing, and to become world class at it.   To the business books I say, my physiotherapist wanted me to do rehab for half and hour each day on my ankle.   The problem is, that's too much time to give to my ankle. I have a life to live.   In the same way, the focus of my life cannot be to develop myself into a product with high market value. I was not designed for the

"The only risk, is not taking any risks" - Scott McKeon   When you're in the Room choosing between a few Doors, there is only one option that is wrong. As each Door is really the first of a Thousand Doors that lie one after another, the only wrong decision is choosing no Door. The Door I'm opening now in my life is called The Constant Student Community. It is an online learning community to help people discover what they love doing — whether it's a traditional career, creative side project or full-blown startup. To be clear, this is a business I've co-founded and

It's 2:47pm on Sunday afternoon, 7th March 2021 and I'm about to miss the opportunity of a lifetime. I have computed a hypothetical journey into Transport NSW's Trip Planner; getting from St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney to Mystery Bay, which is a coastal area in NSW to visit my friend, by public transport. The journey that gets me there earliest begins 3 minutes from now and is detailed below. If you examine the itinerary carefully, there is a critical flaw somewhere. Let's see if you can find it.   Here's my journey to Mystery Bay:   2:50pm Walk 10 minutes from St. Mary's Cathedral to Castlereagh St

This is Warren Buffett and Charles T. Munger. If you've never seen or heard of them before, they're two of the most famous investors of all time, and their partnership has lasted 62 years. They were introduced at a dinner party by a mutual friend who thought they'd get along in 1959.   They form one of the most powerful partnerships of all time, and they show us the importance and impact that the right people can have on your life.   The Impact   I can't really comment on the impact Buffett has had on Munger, or vice versa. I'm not privy to their inner circles.

When I was in my late teens, I didn’t really understand that entrepreneurship could be a path for me. It just seemed like this thing Richard Branson (creator of Virgin) did. It didn’t seem accessible even though I read his book and learnt about his story.    I remember another moment when I was at university studying psychology. We did this unit on consumer psychology and I thought about how fascinating that would be as a career path, but I was in a bind. My dream had been, for however long, to be a filmmaker and not a psychologist.    I looked at these

I would be terrified to count my total Playstation-playing hours per year when I first left school. I always wanted to spend more time making short films in my left over time from studying but the temptation to go out and party, or sit on the Playstation for hours on end often got the better of me.    I saw the value in doing something more creative and productive with my time - but I rarely found the intentionality to do so.    A Football Team Can Only Have Eleven Players On The Field At Any One Time   There was only one game I used

We should all ask what we want to do with our lives. We should all ask who we want to be.    But we should not expect to find one single and simple answer to that question. I can’t think of anything worse.     Why should you be only one thing?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ng9OduLP6c The pressure you might feel to be just ‘one thing’ in your life and in your society is based on a very limited style of ‘Box Thinking’. We fell into, some time ago, a way of thinking about social roles that is not set in stone - but it feels like it is.    Instead of

I’m not in the habit of collecting enemies but if I did want to torture someone I wouldn’t trick them into a one, two or three-out-of-ten lifestyle.   I’d trick them into a Six-Out-of-Ten-Life    When life is rated one or two, it’s so painful or horrible that you will not put up with it for long. You’ll make a change, move into another lane, another job, and avoid.    But what do you do when the needle hovers somewhere near, or just above the middle? It’s that awkward spot where you ask, is this it? Is it worth aiming higher? Is it possible to be

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