Stupid decisions

wpid-2014-11-30-18.18.34.jpg.jpegSo here I am writing a blog post sat in a car which has broken down. What makes it worse is that it is my own  fault I am sat here. I stupidly filled my car up with diesel instead of petrol.

But before I pile on the blame, let me offer you all an excuse. Firstly I drive a lot of different cars, every couple of weeks I swap cars as I drive hire cars all the time. The picture above is the label inside the petrol cap. This is the first time I have ever fuelled this car so I did a good check to make sure. There was nothing on the key ring, just this sticker inside the cap.

I looked at it and saw a P in a circle with a line through it. To me that reads No Petrol. So I thought this must be diesel. Big mistake. I am now waiting for the AA to come and tow me back home where they will drain and refuel the tank. Continue reading “Stupid decisions”

Forget instant results…it’s all about the journey.

With all the personal connectivity we have these days it’s impossible to keep up with the posts, tweets, private messages, friend requests, connection requests, emails, sms, phone calls and letters. We all exist in an age of communication overload.

Because the world has become instant, it is easy to get offended if someone doesn’t reply to your SMS, call you back or email. I am guilty of this myself, getting frustrated when people don’t respond fast enough, but more so, I am just as guilty of not getting back to people. Sometimes there is just too much going on to keep up. Anyone else get that feeling sometimes?

I think history will look back on this time as the Instant Age. Just like our communication, our expectations have become more immediate, requiring instant gratification and immediate results.

Instant messages, instant emails, same-day delivery we even have instant meals. Our society has come to value and demand things faster and in some cases does not appreciate things which take time. I was in a fast-food restaurant recently and I was feeling dissatisfied after waiting 3 minutes, when did things get so instant?

In times gone if someone wanted a new item of furniture or to make a significant purchase, it would be expected that they would save for it. Today, we buy it on credit with convenient monthly payments. In it is the same in achievement, many people who have built successful careers have worked hard for many years, struggled and battled through to achieve success. Reality TV series like X Factor and Britain’s got Talent are all offering instant success further perpetuating the instant results, quick fix culture we seem to be developing.

There are good and bad aspects of the progression and development of a quick fix culture. The downsides are that we diminish the value of a journey. It can be good for us to work and struggle to reach or obtain something can build inner character and help us value achievement.

Saving is a discipline which will prove fruitful in your life, if you can master it. Instant results and instant fixes can short cut us to our destination but at the same time can bypass the necessary things we need to learn to make that destination a home, rather than just a two-week holiday.

Jayson DeMers in his article ” 7 Reasons You Won’t Ever Be Succesful” says….

Tasks that you can complete in a day or two, and that have immediate payoff are AWESOME. Addictive, even.

But every successful entrepreneur knows that in order to build something strong and sustainable, you have to invest time now; and the results often don’t manifest themselves for years.

If you can’t deal with that, you simply aren’t thinking long-term enough. If you can only think about short-term rewards like what your next paycheck will look like because of work you did this week, it’s time to re-evaluate your goals.

I strongly recommend you read his very interesting and insightful article.

2 reasons why the Journey is important.

  • The person you are at the beginning and the person at the arrival point are completely different. Your journey grows you and prepares you for arrival.
  • Easy come, easy go. What we come by easily, we tend not to value as highly.

A famous speaker was once asked “How did you become an overnight success?” the speaker replied graciously “I had been working to become an overnight success for 30 years”.

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.

Most long-lasting businesses, projects or achievements take time. The journey is the training course for your successes to have longevity. Enjoyable or painful, make the most of your journey.

What I have learned about debt

financial-debtHaving been through the mill of having the shackles of debt. I thought I would write-up my experiences of debt so that it will give you some pointers about when to use it and how to handle it. My experience with debt on the whole has been unpleasant, when I started my first business, I didn’t understand money or debt very well.

I have made all the mistakes, borrowing to get a new car, borrowing for luxuries and borrowing to fund a lifestyle. I have made most of the debt mistakes and borne most of the consequences.

Here is what I have learned…

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“Ain’t no thing like me, except me!” – Guardians of the Galaxy

I love the new Guardians of the Galaxy film. It’s Sci-fi, it’s funny and it’s a throw back to the 80’s.

Rocket is an interesting character. Small, furry and almost pet-like. It just goes to show you cannot judge a book by its cover as he is an engineering mastermind. In one scene be hatches and escape plan from Prison which is nothing short of genius.

At the same time as being a genius engineer he also is totally insecure about being a Racoon or whatever he is.

Back to reality now, equally it is true that we should never underestimate people because of how we perceive them. Racoon or otherwise. Someone who looks like a nobody could be the next world changer.

It’s also possible that the sharp suit, signs of success and confidence cover someone who is has nothing to offer. So many people pretend and copy other people when if they would just be themselves they may have a chance of getting on in life. Be who you are and do what you are good at.

So remember “Ain’t no thing like me, except me!”