What I’m Doing Right Now

 

Inspired by Derek Sivers nownownow project • Last update: 20.09.2017  •  View all archives


Living

Living in Sofia, Bulgaria for September 2017


Working

  • Focusing this month on book writing! >30k words down.
  • Working with The Vibe Project on a brand reinvention
  • Experimenting with The Curated Avenue behind the scenes
  • Celebrating new sales and reviews for STANDapart on Amazon!
  • Developing a new business for an adventure mentor 
  • Preparing the re-launch of Hungry (Oct 2017)
  • Pro-bono mentoring of a first-time entrepreneur 
  • Supporting the design of Amazon haberdashery products
  • Supporting Rackett's digital presence EP launch and tour
  • Available for freelance projects and consulting

Eating

Bulgarian Potato Pie

Bulgarian Potato Pie

Berry smoothies (not enough courage yet to add the spirulina)

Berry smoothies (not enough courage yet to add the spirulina)

Salmon goodness

Salmon goodness


Watching


Listening



Quoting

To escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
I am not the center of what I know not
— The Writing of the Disaster
The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
There is no answer, there never was an answer, there’ll never be an answer. That’s the answer.
— Gertrude Stein

Reading

A much bigger issue is founders working themselves into the ground and burning out, even to the point of self harm. More founders should step away and get offline for a week.
 
The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. 
It's amazing what you'll learn if you can keep your mouth shut. Most people want to talk. If I listen to people, they actually pay attention. And I ask questions. I don't try to tell them everything I know, because usually they know more than I do anyway.
You can learn quickly from the other students when you're in a classroom; you can get their view on things. Find out where they come from, what their backgrounds are, what they have to bring to the class. And the teacher can talk about his experiences rather than simply feeding you lecture notes on the computer.
 
Teachers can’t help but be seduced to make greater use of the technology, given these efforts by tech companies.
Every fall, for instance, Ms. Delzer holds a social media boot camp to teach her students how to run the class Instagram and Twitter accounts. She teaches them rules like “never share your password” and helps them understand how to maintain an upbeat online image.
“I am building my digital footprint every day.

 

Almost 25,000 people aged between 18 and 35 from 186 countries and territories took part in the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017. It showed that 55.9% of respondents believe their views are not being taken into account before important decisions are made.
Of all the issues affecting the world today, young people are most concerned about the impact of climate change and the general destruction of nature.
Just over 30% of survey respondents said they trusted the media, compared to almost 46% who said they didn’t.
When asked to name the most important criteria when considering job opportunities, salary came out on top, followed by a sense of purpose and career advancement.
Most young people (78.6%) believe that technology will create jobs rather than destroy them.
At a time of global uncertainty and movement towards isolationism, the vast majority of young people (86.5%) see themselves as simply ‘human’, as opposed to identifying with a particular country, religion or ethnicity.
 
“The gap between what the designer creates and what the people who use it actually touch has gotten really big,” Webb says. That’s a problem because designers are trained to base their work on empathy for the user and the user’s needs. When products and interfaces are persuasive, engaging, and maybe even psychologically manipulative, they haven’t been designed with empathy. They’ve been designed to be so user-friendly that they take advantage of the user’s weaknesses.
“The thing that generates the most money or that people use the most wins,” he says. “So who actually designed that?”
 
one of the most convincing realities I've seen in some time—and the devs build it for the express purpose of breaking it apart.
 
The goal of the virus is to spread as fast as it can and corrupt as many other cells as possible. How on earth did such a debauched zest become the highest calling for a whole generation of entrepreneurs?
Through systemic incentives, that’s how. And no incentive is currently stronger than that of THE POTENTIAL.
We need a new operating system for startups. The current one will keep producing the same extractive and monopolistic empires we’ve gotten so far. No, what we need is a new crop of companies that are institutionally comfortable with leaving money on the table. Leaving growth on the table. Leaving some conveniences and some progress on the board, in order to lead the world into a better direction.
 
Despite having way more responsibility than anyone else, top performers in the business world often find time to step away from their urgent work, slow down, and invest in activities that have a long-term payoff in greater knowledge, creativity, and energy. As a result, they may achieve less in a day at first, but drastically more over the course of their lives. I call this compound time because, like compound interest, a small investment now yields surprisingly large returns over time.