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The Happiness of Pursuit: Accepting Your Journey For What It Is

The Happiness of Pursuit: Accepting Your Journey For What It Is

“The more we focus on our own personal happiness, the more it eludes us. In fact, it’s only when we’re otherwise engaged, you know; focused, absorbed, inspired, communicating, discovering, learning, dancing for heavens’ sake – that we experience happiness as a by-product, a side effect. Oh no, we should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of pursuit.” – Hector and The Search For Happiness I’m not chasing happiness. That doesn’t make sense. Happiness supposedly comes from within. Whilst I agree, I also think circumstance and context do factor in. For example, I’m someone who likes the coast and sun. So in cold hidden away cities I may not be as happy with my pursuit. That said, this doesn’t make me unhappy, at all, not everything is going to take you to the peak of ecstasy. For that you go to nightclubs and talk to that dodgy looking guy with big pupils and enough sweat to fill a pool… I joke, I joke. Trying to get your head around being unhappy, sad or depressed is not easy! I’ve struggled with balancing my emotions for a very long time, on and off – maybe I’m just normal? Even now as I sit on this plane thinking… why the hell did I just rush through Hong Kong to get to Australia, I’m not pursuing Australia, I’m traveling. I tunnel-visioned myself all the way there, rather than slowing down, opening my eyes and taking time to appreciate the opportunity. I rushed through it as if getting to Australia quicker would somehow make me happier. Sometimes...
Sorry, Good Grades Won’t Do: A Shocking Educational Truth

Sorry, Good Grades Won’t Do: A Shocking Educational Truth

Today, I learned of a rather sickening situation. Something that further encouraged my lust for moving away from London, especially by the time I have children and they need educating! I was talking with a close friends’ younger brother, he’s 12. He was telling me about school; what’s new, what he’s doing well and what he feels about certain subjects. We quickly moved onto why I thought History and Geography are quite important, though empathised with his frustration as I too despised the lessons back when I was his age. They were dull and I very rarely felt I was learning anything I could use – pretty much the main argument about the UKs educational system. During this conversation I explained to him why both History and Geography were important. He agreed, understood and thought about it differently and said – “Well, why don’t they teach it like that in school?”. Well said young man, well said… What growing child is going to be interested in learning about the population in Delhi, India? Want to teach kids about Geography? Grab their attention in the first lesson with a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef – and how once a year approximately 26,000 turtles flock to Raine Island each year to lay eggs, whilst the birds come to lay their eggs, whilst the sharks come to feed on the turtles, whilst the turtles eggs hatch, whilst the birds hunt the new-born turtles to feed their new-borns, whilst all coral surrounding the Island release just one egg at exactly the same time spreading across the ocean in order to keep the...
What’s Really Important? Not What You Think!

What’s Really Important? Not What You Think!

As many of you know I decided a short while ago that I’d be taking a long trip away from the UK. It’s time to get away and try some new stuff or ‘Stop making excuses and get the f**k out there!‘, meet some new people and test out this traveling-working lifestyle. In light of all this I’ve moved out of my flat. I’d been there over a year and it was my first home away from family – it was strange leaving that’s for sure. It’s an odd time for me. Mixed emotions. Ambivalent if you will… There’s a lot happening at work at the moment – restructuring the team, expanding and generally growing with my business. At the same time I’m planning my move, selling all my possessions and generally packing away my life. For anyone that’s yet to do it, trying to cram everything you own into a single bag is not a great feeling at first. Certainly when you realise it doesn’t all fit – as much as you’d like to believe it might; it doesn’t *unhappy face*. Clearing Stuff Out When preparing for a move out, if you’re in a situation like mine where you don’t have a family home to leave all your things (damn you parents) you’ll really need to de-clutter and decide; what’s important? And what isn’t? You must be ruthless. If you use an item less than once a month, you probably don’t “need” it. Here’s a list of all the things I noted down I had to get rid of, and, what happened to them… Lots of Clothes &...
The Online Identity Crisis: SEO, Marketer, Leader, Counsellor? What!?

The Online Identity Crisis: SEO, Marketer, Leader, Counsellor? What!?

What’s with all this bullshit pressure that surrounds the digital industry to choose a niche and stick to it? I think sometimes people, including myself, are so caught up in trying to achieve they forget why they’re trying to achieve. One message that’s been pouring out of digital gurus for a long time is to choose a niche and stick with it, specialise in it, be it, do it, live it. As much as I agree, it’s become a bit of a “thing” and is actually creating a barrier for many new-to-the-game first timers. This is a terribly high wall to climb. Why is this creating a barrier? Put simply, it’s being drilled into so many people’s minds that if they do not choose something and stick with it – they will not succeed. Not true. Then, struggling to choose a niche that isn’t saturated they give up before they’ve even begun! One might say these are the people that were never going to succeed – but at what point did we lose sight of the importance of trying? Why is this causing pressure? People like me who run blogs, or as above, feel pressured into deciding what they want to blog about. Even now, after half-arsedly running my blog for a couple of years I still don’t really know what it’s about! This frustrated me for a while. Why do you think I don’t blog more regular? I’m always procrastinating about the fucking topic. So what do you do about it? Stop caring. Boom. Simple. Just stop caring… if you’re someone who has something valuable to say, your...
Clearing Out, Assessing a Purchase & Wasting Talent

Clearing Out, Assessing a Purchase & Wasting Talent

About a month ago after realising my life really is now changing and the possibility, nay probability, of my pending move away was driving ever closer. I decided it was time to create a bit of spare cash and focus my funds, time and effort into things I actually care about. Eh? What’errr don’t you care about? If you’re into online marketing, SEO and the world that comes with it – you’ll be no stranger to trying your best to spot gaps in the market, hunt down bargain domains and make some money. In this industry one can get so caught up in the excitement of starting something; what with all the freedom that comes with having your own business. Everyone is trying to ‘get on it’! With that… come wasted money, wasted time, and wasted talent. Robert De Niro said in A Bronx Tale (1993, awesome film) – “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” What I didn’t realise, consistently failed at and didn’t rectify quick enough was – properly assessing a purchase. I’d get far too excited about something, move in too quickly and end up with a domain name I’d do nothing with. At a time when finding a quality domain name is actually quite difficult, you feel the need to buy on the spot. Or not allow yourself enough thinking time. My portfolio of domains over the years has been ridiculous. With some of the silliest domains you’ve ever seen… 3dwomen.co.uk… yes it’s true *pulls ashamed face* is worth nothing. Yet some awesome domain name finds, especially for my company… binaryoptions.co.uk for example is...
What If Money Was No Object? What Do I Desire?

What If Money Was No Object? What Do I Desire?

I just had to add this to my site. It needed to be done. An old friend posted it today on Facebook and I was so happy when I watched it… shouting at my computer screen… “Yes!…It’s trueeeee, why don’t more people understand!?” …and similar things. Let’s dissect a little… What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Why the fuck did nobody ask me this when I was a child? Or in school? Why is the world so messed up that not one person in the thousands that I’ve met couldn’t ask me this? I urge anyone who does have someone younger or older even, who looks up to them for guidance, to ask these questions. If they don’t know the answer, that’s fine. I still don’t really. But to be asked a question that is without such restriction… that is a beautiful thing. I can only imagine that sadly, many of the people who do know the answer are confident it’s a pipe dream, and won’t ever pursue the life they want. “Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.” Is this really the way it is? Has the world become so much of a struggle that the common man can’t be himself, and must be forced into a lifestyle they despise, just in order to stay alive? Is it really this way though? Or is this just the way the minority have tailored, bent and manipulated...

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