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Simplified Thought: Using the Worst Case Scenario to Think in Black & White

Simplified Thought: Using the Worst Case Scenario to Think in Black & White

“Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out, because honestly, I wanna see you be brave” – Sara Bareilles I wanted to write a quick one on making decisions and simplifying thought, my way. I’m often labelled too; harsh, direct, brutal – some form of direct negative association with being a bit cut-throat. I believe this is because people are too caught up with emotion instead of logic. I’m one of those, that’s why I work on it. Personally, I think you’re thinking too much. And that’s coming from someone who struggles to switch off even to sleep. What’s the worst case scenario? One of the ways I make decisions quickly (unless it’s surrounding food or something, hehe) is to simply work out the worst case scenario of taking the action. And then find a solution and or result to that problem. So we’re not using metaphors the whole time, let’s use a few real life examples… Example 1: to go traveling or not So let’s get right into it, what are the worst things that can happen, followed by a solution. And when there’s no obvious or quick solution, I note down the result so that I can decide whether I actually care or not. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am career wise, I’ll have to quit. I have experience, I’ll get a new job. I might miss my family and friends. Stay in contact, make new friends and start a family. I might run out of money. I’ll get a job. I can’t find a job. I’ll be homeless. Not...
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...
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’s The Correct Amount of Thinking Time?

What’s The Correct Amount of Thinking Time?

First of all, it’s crazy to think back and actually use something I learned in primary school and apply it to a real life situation. No offense primary schools. Either way the point of this post is to work out what the correct amount of thinking time is for any given situation in life. I mean, much like the equations in school thinking time is altered by the conditions around a driver – is it wet? Icy? Dry? Gravelly? How fast are you going? What restrictions do you have? What are the options? These relative conditions will be deciding factors in your ultimate decision; they also alter how long your thinking time is. The point applies to business, relationships, socials, buying, selling, any act you can think of – thinking time is part of it, as are the relative conditions which alter the end decision. Sometimes you will over think, sometimes you will under think and often enough you will wonder whether the right decision was made. So the point of this post is: to simply talk about, and work out, whether there is a correct amount of thinking time needed. Why Is Thinking Time Important? Well this one’s easy, right? By not thinking about something for the right amount of time, you may end up making a poor decision. Using Some Examples The classic. When driving a car your thinking time is reduced the faster you’re driving mixed with the distance between your car and the one (or object) in front of you. In this instance, thinking is not so much a choice, but a necessity. Nonetheless each...

The Day I Decided To Change My Life

All I’m saying is, today is the day that I announce to myself, and to any other readers I may have that… …Today is the day I begin my journey, project133. At 11:33pm, 16th August 2012, I made this decision while reading SeanOgle.com – though it should be mentioned I’ve been following Tim Ferris for a long time. More to...

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