Mistakes are great, we learn from them, we get valuable feedback from them and we can grow from them.

We don’t make enough of them though.

Not new ones anyway.

The mistakes we make are the same old ones, we make, weeks, months years ago…

They didn’t work then.. why would they work now?

They wouldn’t,

We’re just scared of trying something new.

The early bird can have the worm

“The early bird can have the worm, because worms are gross and mornings are stupid.”

‘You have to rise early to be successful’…

So I keep seeing, but is that all true?

Do you have to be part of the 5am club in order to achieve things?

There are some benefits of course, you can get more done, the rest of the world isn’t up yet, no distractions, You could essentially get a workout in, have breakfast and get the most important stuff done before 9am and have the rest of the day to do other stuff…

But if you anything like me then getting up at 5am is just plain useless,

In the book ‘The Power of When’ Dr Michael Breus Catergrizes humans into 4 main animal types (Dolphin, Lion, Bear and Wolf)

Dolphins and Lions are the early risers, whereas bears (Most of the population) their sleep and creative pattern falls more in line with the standard 9-5…

Then there are the wolves

‘Wolves have a medium sleep drive, they are nocturnal hunters.
There’s no way that a Woolf will wake up with a single alarm or go through the day without a few cups of coffee.

Wolves are moody pessimists, but they are also incredibly creative individuals.

They are impulsive and adventurous but tend to overdramatize from time to time and react with emotional intensity.

They prioritize pleasure before all, which is why they’d rather sleep than work in the morning.

They are most alert sometime around 7 p.m., and most productive late at night.

They have no idea why society is organized the way it is.’

(Summery copied for 12-minute blog)

The point is if your an early riser than enjoy your worms, if you’re more like a wolf, then make sure you utilise your most creative time in the evening and don’t waste it on the tv.

And the fall will be painful…

Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful. Robert Greene

There was this one time not so long ago when an old work colleague, Saw me reading,

He was like “ah I’ve never really got into that” (reading) and then spent the next hour’s car journey playing some candy crush game on his phone…

A couple of weeks later after mismanagement from the company messing up the rota we were threatened with disciplinary if we didn’t come in on the Saturday because they were short-staffed.

I refused but my colleague went in.

The difference, I could afford to get fired, Simply by putting into practice the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt over the years from what I’ve read.

Even if you don’t want to be like me and have multiple companies you can still learn skills that will make you a better (unsackable) employee.

Linchpin by Seth Godin – Would be a good place to start.

The world is unpredictable, shit happens but the skills you learn, You’ve got them till you die…

Use your time wisely

The answers will follow.

The answers will follow.

When you get stuck on something,
When you don’t know how to start or what to do next,
When you have no motivation…

Do something, anything…

I’ve written one of these short posts now for like 230(something) days in a row now,

Some days I have loads to write about, somedays I’m staring at a blank page with my mind just as blank.

I start typing anyway.

I was working on a little project and got stuck on it for days (I gave up on it 3 times) I didn’t know how to fix the problem, I kept hacking at it anyway…

Eventually, the answers followed…

This is the do something principle (The subtle art of not giving a fuck)

When you don’t feel like going to the gym, just drive to it anyway, then the battles already half won.

When you don’t know how to solve a problem, just try anything.
When you don’t know where to start, start anywhere

Try after try, bit by bit the answers will piece together.

Do something
The answers will follow

You get to choose which poison you’re going to take.

You get to choose which poison you’re going to take.

Thats all you can do there’s a consequence for the things you do and the things you don’t do…

Socrates an ancient philosopher

Was convicted of corrupting the youth of Athens and introducing strange gods,

Socrates had the option to flee but the consequences of fleeing would undo all of his teachings and go against his philosophy

Instead, he chose to accept his death sentence and use it for one last lesson for his students (The consequences of this was obviously death)

We hopefully won’t be faced with a death penalty for the things we do but sometimes not doing something and living with the consequences is worse than a death penalty

Pick Your Poison and deal with the consequences