How to launch a business around a day job

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    Are you trying to start an online business around a full-time job? Many people have tried to start and launch a business, but give up, not for lack of trying, but as a result of being too overwhelmed at knowing where to start. I am no stranger to this. I launched my business Not Just Retro around my day job and whilst I love my job, I also love my business but it used to play second, third even fourth fiddle to everything else in my life. Something had to change. I've recently found solutions to my challenge of growing a business around my day job and can't wait to share it with you. It has been a real game changer for me. Enter your email address below and in the next few weeks you will be receiving some goodies in your inbox.   Name: Email: We respect your email privacy … [Read more...]

Follow your dreams…

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Are you trying to grow an online business? Do you stay up late into the early hours of the morning, long past the family has gone to bed, so you can invest a couple of hours into  your business? Maybe you are an early worm, up before the the sun has even risen, writing out your business plan and doing market research?  Do you skip social engagements because dividing your time between your day job, your family and YOUR business is so time consuming that there are just no spare hours left in the day. I'm betting for the most part you love that you are taking the initiative to launch and grow your business, but let's be real here - sometimes it sucks. The fatigue, the social life sacrifice and the pressure on your finances can be hard - really tough. I know it is for me which is why I have printed this image and placed it above my desk, because sometimes we all need a little reminder.   Feel free to share this image … [Read more...]

Day 258: Magical homes built with bamboo

Day 258- magical homes built with bamboo

Imagine being a young child and  being asked by your mum to draw a picture of your dream home.  What would you draw?  Think about it for a moment - let your mind really wander into your childhood’s  imagination. Can you see it? What does it look like?  TED speaker Elora Hardy was asked that very same question by her mother when she was just nine years old. What was her answer?  A fairy mushroom home and guess what? Her mother built her that very home. That's kind of amazing right? Grown up Elora is now building "Magical houses, made of bamboo." In her TED talk Elora shows us some images of homes made out of bamboo.  They are pretty amazing. Before watching this talk, I read the transcript. I do this sometimes when I want a quick overview of the TALK before actually watching it. The images I conjured up in my mind did not compare to the reality of these homes. I was not imagining a six-storey home in Bali that looked so exquisite. All … [Read more...]

Day 254: Meditation can change your brain and make you happy

Day 254- Meditation can change your brain

Do you meditate? I don’t, but I want to. I have tried it before but my mind always ends up wandering off to something that happened that day or worse, my mind mentally checks out  my to-do list. This is around the point I usually stop meditating and bring out my to-do list and get lost in the busyness of my day. I’ve heard a few high profile successful people share stories on how their lives *significantly* changed with meditation, but I never really bought it. Not completely. Sure I thought that it probably made them more calmer in the moment but a part of me thought that the benefits of meditation were being hyped up a bit … maybe even a touch placebo.  Listening to Sarah Lazar's  TED presentation 'How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains'  made me rethink  how I look at meditation.  Sarah talks about how when she took yoga classes she really enjoyed the sessions, but wasn't really keen when her teacher started making claims … [Read more...]

The dress that went viral and why it matters

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A dress went viral today, well rather a tumblr post about the colour of a dress did. Is it blue and black or gold and white? Some people swear gold and white whilst others equally swear blue and black. Others simply don’t care. Ordinarily I would be the later but the thing is I am fascinated by perception and how two people could be looking at the exact same thing but see different things. Weird right? If we take this fleeting viral dress to a deeper level we can use it as a metaphor on being  tolerant of each other. Arguments are often brought to surface over disagreements with most parties firmly believing that they are right. Take this dress for example. Both sides believe they are right but rather than arguing about whose right or wrong cant we just accept that people experience things differently? Just something I am pondering over today..   What do you think? What colour is that dress? … [Read more...]

Day 178: How to become a minimalist

Feeling stuck? Are you looking to simplify your life and live with intent? TED speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus might have the answer for you in their TED talk "A rich life with less stuff" a TED talk about minimalism. The TED talk kicked off by Ryan sharing the backstory on what led him to be on that stage and his reason was one we can all relate to - Ryan had been on a pursuit for happiness, but this pursuit actually caused him misery. In his eyes he would not obtain that happiness unless he became rich but how do you define rich anyway? Is the amount of make you make each year? Is that the amount of stuff you can buy with that money? On the surface it seemed that Ryan was living the American Dream. He had everything that he was meant to want, flashy new cars, a large home, a six-figure income but he wasn't happy. Far from it, he was miserable but he noticed something. His best friend Joshua was happy and he … [Read more...]

Day 169: 70000 students Skype to the bottom of the ocean

Can you imagine spending a night underwater? How about a week? Fabien Cousteau doesn't have to imagine. In 2014 Fabien spent 31 days living in an underwater research lab and in doing so broke a world record and not just any world record Jacques Cousteau (Fabien's grandfather) world record from 1963. Jacques spent thirty days under water. What I love most about Fabien's underwater adventure is that whilst underwater he got to share the experience with 70,000 student! He had WIFI underwater (mind boggling sometimes I cant event get reception in the local grocery store) and would realtime skype with the students. How awesome is that! Sure trumps learning about the ocean from text books! For all the faults that people heap onto the "digital age" and education, there are ten-fold positive reasons why the current age we live in right now is one of the best times to be a student. Sure, some students may not be able to add up … [Read more...]

Day 170: A parable for Kenya

One of the things that I like the most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to parts of the world that I have never visited before. I get to hear stories that that I might not otherwise hear. Jason Lekuton shares one of those stories in his TED talk "A parable for Kenya." One of the things I like most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to different parts of the world. I get to hear stories they may not otherwise here. What do you think of Joseph's TED talk? Let me know in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 176: Know your five purpose in five questions

Do you know what your life purpose is? Yes? Awesome! No? Don't worry you are not alone. A staggering number of people don't know what their life purpose is.  TED speaker Adam Leipzig uses his time at TED to put a pretty bold statement out there. He claims that you can find out your life purpose in five minutes.  Is he mad or is Adam on to something? For Adam Leizpig, a trip to his college reunion revealed some, well heartbreaking, revelations. Whilst chatting to old classmates it was revealed by many of them that they felt that they had wasted half their life. "I don't know what my life is all about." Okay so it needs to be pointed out that this group of friends according to Adam were privileged, well off and in positions of power. On the surface it probably looked like they had it all, but the problem ran much deeper. Adam says that about 80% of his friends felt this. What about the other 20%? Adam says that the happier 20% … [Read more...]

Day 166: 4 tips for success (working hard is not one of them)

Today’s instalment of 365 Days of TED is about a recent TEDx talk I watched by Zain Asher about how working hard is by no means a guarantee for success. For many of us we have had the mantra of working hard for success drilled into us since school, so it’s refreshing to hear a different take on it. Zain breaks it down into four key points. Trust Your Struggle Zain belies that we need to learn to trust our struggle and have faith that everyhing is going to work out for the greater good. I’ll admit this can be a hard pill to swallow and it would be understandable if people weren’t 100% on board with this point, it’s a hard sell, but really, whats the alternative? Feeling sorry for ourselves when things go pear shape does us no good. You don’t have competitors Zain shared with us her philosophy on competitors. "I don’t believe in competing for what I want, I believe in creating what I want” That was probably my favourite quote … [Read more...]