Weekly Updates - Ready for Adversity

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Nobody wants bad things to happen - but just because you wish for peace, doesn’t mean that you’re going to get peace. Preparing for adversity isn’t a bad idea.

It easy to get caught up in your own thoughts, and your own ideas. Overthinking is common and you see it everywhere. You might be overly optimistic or as easily overly pessimistic. Like all things, you need to figure out where you stand and work with who you are.

Be wary of being too comfortable. Prepare for different scenarios and equip yourself with the ability to adapt. There are only so many things that you can fully control. Learn to work with the world around you.

Weekly Updates - Now or Later

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Do you work for what’s right in front of you or do you work towards the future? How do you balance between the two?

Goals are a strange but necessary thing. They exist because we all need something to work towards, but they can be completely arbitrary. But they are needed.

The difficult part about setting goals is figuring out when they need to end (open goals never work). It makes sense to set goals to move things forward (revenue goals for a quarter), but staying on track on what matters to you means setting long term goals as well (revenue % coming from a specific sector).

Both short and long term goals are important, but how do you figure out which one takes precedence (when push comes to shove)? Is this something worth figuring out, or is it more important to be able to step back every now and then and figuring out whether you’re on track?

Weekly Updates = Stop Exaggerating

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The next time you catch yourself telling a story and extending the truth, ask yourself why. Why did you have to make things seem more exciting than they already were? Would it not have been worth telling if you didn’t bend the truth a little?

It can be dangerous to tell little lies - it portrays you as somebody that you aren’t. People normally do this to get an extra laugh, or to sell in a particular point, but is it worth it? What happens when lies lead to more lies and that leads to more lies? at some point your life just becomes a constant tracking of all the lies you’ve ever told (or you become the person that lies).

There is no shame in being boring, and there’s no shame in not doing as well as others around you. In business there’s a tendency for people to say ‘things are going alright’ (and quickly change the subject) than telling the truth. The unfortunate part is that because you said things were alright, nobody is going to actively try to help you. You’re lying to save some embarrassment, but you may have lost a chance to connect and even find the help you desperately need.

Maybe there are other reasons you find yourself lying - but spend the time to figure out why and whether it’s actually worth it.

Weekly Updates - Taking a Break

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We’ve been away and we haven’t posted. Partly because we’ve been busy, partly because we’ve just plain let things slip. But although we haven’t been writing, we haven’t been spending a lot of time thinking about what to write, and why we write.

While most companies use a blog to improve their search rankings, we feel no need to do the same. The medium is for us, more internal than anything else. We’re not looking to get more clients with this blog, we want to use it to make sure our culture and ethos remain true to the day we started.

For most small companies, the only metric that matters is revenue. We look at things a little differently. Taking a break is a good example of this.

We take breaks not because we have to, but because we see the value in it. There’s a massive difference between taking a break (but staying connected) and taking a break (and switching everything off). We don’t stop thinking about things (it’s impossible to do so), but it’s highly encouraged.

Taking proper breaks (and not mandatory breaks), we believe, makes the time you spend working (when you actually work) much more efficient and effective. Doing other things (watching movies, fishing or even just eating interesting things) may lead to interesting connections - inspiration can come from anywhere.

Proper breaks lead to real breakthroughs.

Weekly Updates - "I Don't Care"

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People are often scared to say ‘I don’t know’ - even more are scared to say ‘I don’t care’.

Why do we need to care so much? We do we sometimes pretend to care about things we don’t care about? If it’s important to be who we are, isn’t it only natural that you can about somethings and care not at all about others?

Take for instance the Oscars (or the Superbowl) - talk among friend’s might be all about big events (or the hottest show on Netflix), but if we’re not interested, we’re just not interested. So what’s the point in pretending that you do care?

Just because SOMEBODY cares, doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Sure you can think about it, but if it’s not a big priority, you can’t be blamed for caring less (doesn’t mean you have to be an asshole about it).

Imagine if we spent less time worrying about appeasing somebody (they might not even care that you don’t care), we would have so much more time pursuing the things that actually matter to us.

Weekly Updates - Never Do Anything Out Of Habit

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For entrepreneurs, the one thing you love to hear is ‘We’ve always done things this way’. It essentially means that some process/item hasn’t been looked at closely for a long time and can potentially be disrupted. It also happens to frustrate every good boss in the workplace.

The funny thing is, this should apply to everything, including our habits. Why do we do certain things, is there room for improvement? One thing in particular we (and many other do) is set multiple alarms in the morning (if one fails, we have a backup). The problem is that subconsciously we know there’s a back up, so we wait for the backup before actually getting up (which leads to the question, why set early/false alarms in the first place?). It’s something we might do for years without thinking about it. But if we visit it and decide to change it, we might get an extra 15 mins of sleep every day for the rest of our lives.

We need to be careful about what we do, and take the time to figure out these little details. We never know what one might discover if we looked internally at ourselves as hard as we did at work or at other people.