All posts filed under: life

Zen and Happiness


There is no need to start happiness after 20 years. You can be happy right now, even when you are not a Partner or don’t drive a Porsche. Things change to easily. You can get sick. You can get fired. You can burn out (if you follow all these items I guess likeliness is low). Until these bad things happen, just work as well as you can and have fun with doing it. No reason […]

First things first


I have a small check list of things I aim to do every day. This includes things like meditate, write, vlog, foam roll/stretch etc. The problem is I put off the majority of them until late at night and on most occasions end up skipping them in favour of going to bed. While I get to say I got some of the things done, I’m still treating them as an after thought to the rest […]

Move fast and break things

computing / life

I was thinking about the “Move fast and break things” approach to projects this morning. A few projects I’m currently working have been moving at a snails pace and the longer projects go on and the bigger they get before being launched fills me a certain kind of dread. I feel really comfortable launching with a few half baked features rather than everything in one big bang. When there are so many moving parts in […]



Two people want to share a cake. The reasonable person asks for half the cake, the unreasonable person asks for the whole cake. They compromise and split the difference – the unreasonable person gets three quarters of the cake and the reasonable person gets a quarter.

Battling Procrastination

life / work

It makes no sense to leave the Dark Woods in favor of the Dark Playground—they’re both dark. They both suck to be in, but the big difference is the Dark Woods leads to happiness and the Dark Playground leads only to more misery. But the Instant Gratification Monkey isn’t logical and to him, the Dark Playground seems like much more fun. An absolutely brilliant two part series on procrastination. My most hated enemy. Part 1: […]

When to speak up

business / life

“Rooting for your team to fail is as bad as it sounds. Even if you said early and often that this path was a stupid one, that this destination makes no sense–if you’re on the plane, if you’re in the meeting, if you decided to play the game–then once the journey starts, your job is to get us there, safe and sound.” I’m 100% guilty of this. I will bitch and moan like there’s no […]

Building a cathedral

life / quotes

Three stone masons in the middle ages were hard at work when a visitor came along and asked them what they were doing. The first stone mason was hard at work, sweat beading his brow. “I am cutting this stone”, he grumbled. The second stone mason, though less distraught, responded with a deep sigh, “I’m building a parapet”. The third stone mason, replied with a radiant face, “I am building a cathedral that will glorify […]

It’s never as bad as it seems


Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. There are only a handful of situations which are truly terrible. While I sit here and dred not making a shit tonne of money, there are people who have to worry about how they are going to shelter and feed their family, there are people facing certain death for their beliefs and views, there are people with absolutely nothing, with no hope and no prospect of ever […]

Going through the motions


Going through the motions is easy. It’s easy to go to the gym and move about a bit. It’s easy to turn up for work and put in the minimum neccessary. It’s easy to be busy and not really achieve anything. Day in, day out we go through the motions of life, blinded by the illusion of progress. But just because the wheels are turning it doesn’t mean we’re actually going anywhere. To get big […]

Right now


Right now, somewhere in the world, a child is being born into an uberly rich family. That child will grow up to inherit millions for absolutely no work. He’ll live the good life full of yachts and private jets. Right now, somewhere in the world, there is a party happening full of gorgeous wealthy people who need not lift a finger to attain the luxuries that they have. Their success is only a matter of […]

Prove It


The only way to accurately describe yourself or your group is to look at how you’ve spent your time in the past. Anytime someone says something about what they will do or be like in the future, your response should be simple: prove it. We spend the whole of our lives talking about the sort of person we are or the things we’re going to do, rarely do we let our actions speak for us.



When working towards an end goal, it’s easy to focus on nothing but the end. How much more do I have to do? How long do I have left? When all that really matters is what we do today. Reaching goals become a lot easier when we free ourselves from focusing on the long road ahead of us. Focus on today and today alone and the end result will take care of itself.

The daily practice


I don’t think in terms of “soon I’ll have this” or “soon I’ll have that.” I think in terms of “I got these points today, and I have these other points yet to win, before I go to sleep at the end of the day.” That’s all it takes to get things happening – Giles Bowkett – My Gamified Life An excellent way to think about The Daily Practice. I’ve been doing this for a […]

Successful people are successful

business / life

…always optimise for personal growth, for building your “success pool” that you can leverage to go from smaller successes to bigger successes. Steer away from choices that reduce this personal asset. Excellent article on what it take to be successful. When we were working on our startups, we always shoot for the stars. Every bet was an all or nothing one, where revenue and profits were problems for the future. A lot of those decisions […]

The only limit, is the one you set yourself


Once you train yourself to seek out the limit in all endeavors, you’ll get better and faster at correcting the inevitable oversteps, and hit that peak performance. This recent post from 37Signals reminds me a lot of the brilliant post by Derek Sivers on there being no speed limit. Kimo’s high expectations set a new pace for me. He taught me “the standard pace is for chumps” – that the system is designed so anyone […]