Invest in yourself

I have blogged a few times about the idea of not waiting to be picked by others and to choose yourself. Ensure that our future is in our control.

Once you have chosen yourself, however, you are going to need to invest in you.

Incomes are stagnant for some, but for most, they are falling in real terms. Jobs and job functions are being replaced by technology. There is more and more competition for work.

Many seek alternatives and become freelance, but then there are more and more people becoming freelance and therefore, more and more competition.

The solution is to read more, listen more, learn more, get a mentor, get a coach, and develop yourself. Learn, improve, adapt, and learn, improve, and adapt again, and again and….

Invest time in you and as much as you can.

We as individuals, more than ever, have to stand out, have to become the best versions of ourselves that we can.

Just doing ‘good enough’ is letting ourselves down.

We are our only asset and we need to nurture ourselves continually if we are going to be equipped for the world that is rapidly changing and achieve our dreams.

Desperate to fit in at the start-up circus

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There is an ever growing desperation to fit in, to be part of the crowd.

Let’s pivot, be authentic, investor ready, get that deck done and go out a find a VC, Angel, Crowd meal ticket to a short-cut.

No, don’t, please.

Speak plainly, speak from the heart, do not spend your life regurgitating other peoples words, have something to say yourself, be bold, speak out loud from the heart about what really, really, really matters to you. Show that genuine burning desire in all that you do.

Do not be scared about what others think or say, do not be frightened to say what is really on your mind, it will be more interesting, different and so what if it is a bit controversial, a bit risky. Risky is remarkable, safe is boring.

Don’t sit listening to platitudes, don’t sit listening to soulless people delivering words devoid of meaning. Don’t clap and nod in agreement, when deep down you know you’d rather chew your arm off than listen to any more of this painful process driven banality.

That does not mean being outrageously insulting and rude for the sake of it. That doesn’t mean that you shut yourself off. But if you speak genuinely based on your values and what matters deep in your heart, then the people who matter will appreciate it, the ones who don’t like it, well they are not part of your tribe and they do not matter. If you listen to your own intuition and listen to your inner voice, then you will break free from this life sucking circus that ‘entrepreneurship’ and ‘start-ups’ have become.

I hear many people say stuff, without passion, without care, and I see people sit there and listen, who equally do not care, but they are desperate to fit in, desperate to be part of the crowd.

Well, don’t fit in, break free of the crowd, set yourself free from jargon, soulless babble and speak your true mind and build your own audience of rebels, free spirits and people who have a passion.

Build something based on your values, build something sustainable, be patient and don’t sell out to others, no matter how tempting their money might be to short-cut success.

The people who peddle the jargon, who peddle the need for an investor, the people who offer bland ‘paint by numbers’ short-cuts to success are selling your dream to someone else or selling you their service.

Stand up, be brave, be bold and be different. Don’t jump on that start-up merry-go-round, stay away from the circus.