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Persist and Resist.

Two words I’ve been thinking a lot. If we boil it all down, these are the two things that matter the most. These words come in many forms (grittiness seems to be the hot one these days), and ring especially true for anyone attempting something new or different.

Persist - you just have to keep going. If you believe what you’re doing is right, you have to keep going (not just for entrepreneurs, but anyone attempting something new/different in their lives). It doesn’t get easier, it might change over time. It doesn’t matter. If it matters to you, you have to keep working on it.

Resist - the temptation is real. The cushy, easy job is always available. But you have to remember why you’re pursuing the path you’re currently on. Doing the ‘typical’ job isn’t good enough. Taking the easy way out and never taking a risk just doesn’t cut it.

Persist and Resist. That’s all there is to it.

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In praise of mediocrity.

Perfection is overrated. Didn’t really realise until the article how badly it had infiltrated our hobbies. The time reserved for ourselves, for us to escape has become a place filled with fear and embarrassment.

People understand that hobbies are just that, hobbies. You’re not a professional, and nobody else is expecting perfection. So why do we worry about it so much? Why is being bad at something so bad?

It’s a strange world we live in right now.

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Downtime. The different between laying on the couch watching the same show for the 87th time, and reading a new book is monumental. It doesn’t matter if the book is any good, it broadens your mind. Downtime doesn’t mean you sit and become a vegetable (sure, there are times when it’s the only thing that you want to do and even makes sense to do), but it shouldn’t be the only option.

Downtime is for learning, embracing and perfecting a craft. It’s for moments when you need to get away from the core of your existence (really just a fancy way to say work). As long as you’re learning, you’re doing something right.

When too many days of doing nothing start piling on, it’s hard to snap back into the right frame of mind. Don’t let it overwhelm and take over you.

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Fate vs Timing. I don’t believe in fate, I don’t believe that things are destined to be (one way or another). However, I do believe in timing. Some things don’t work purely because of timing (not right now, we’re not ready yet, come back to us in a few months) - it’s not because your ideas are bad, it’s simply because the timing wasn’t aligned.

In the same sense, I don’t think things should be too forced. If something isn’t ready yet, it doesn’t mean that you force it to fit, it means you try again a little further down the line. You don’t have to take ‘NO’s personally, you just have to understand where they’re coming from, and why.

Good things don’t necessarily come easily, they shouldn’t be impossibly difficult either. In fact, if things don’t work out, just move on - you never know, it might result in a better opportunity/fit anyway.

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Was fortunate enough to listen to Jessica Orkin speak at the CreativeMornings Summit - absolutely fascinating and definitely makes you think. Had a great (one-sided) discussion on the Asian perspective - there’s a lot that we can learn on both sides. However, there’s one thing that really sticks out - a sense of belonging.

At various points in everybody’s lives, we question what we’re doing with our lives - why do we do what we do, is there a point to it all? Recognising that there is more to life than a paycheque or family or even the weekend is tough. Finding a place of belonging is even harder (and when you think about it this way, begins to explain how people ‘fall’ for cults or scientology).

These ideas of belonging are constantly evolving (people change, priorities shift). It’s the overall belief that’s important, that you have to hold dearly - they have a massive impact on who you surround yourself with, who you work with and how your idea of purpose will be shaped.

The trickiness of estimating time

 Photo by  Srikanta H. U  on  Unsplash

Photo by Srikanta H. U on Unsplash

Time is constant - it keeps moving at a consistent pace no matter what you do. So why is it so difficult to estimate it?

I've realised that I can control only what I can control. I can't control what you might do or how you might react. It explains how I can accurately dedicate 15 minutes to reading a book, or 1 hour to tackling a social media plan, but I can't predict exactly how long it will take someone else to do the same thing - I can only estimate (and usually I'm wrong).

It's tricky for sure, best I can do is overestimate and stay optimistic.