Adeo Ressi is a wild success. In 2009, he started Founder’s Institute, a startup incubator now operating in 165 countries (I recently used one of their tools, and I live in Sweden). Before that, he started a handful of other companies, all of which he successfully sold. Estimating from Wikipedia, he is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
For a period of time, Ressi worked with popular psychologist Jordan Peterson. At one point during that time, Ressi opened up to Peterson about how little he felt he had achieved in his life.
“How could you possibly be unhappy about that!?”…
When we search for a purpose in life, we usually turn inward. We visit the depths of our psyche and ask, “what is it that I was put on earth to do?”, then try to think our way to the “right” answer.
When we get stuck in our heads like this, we tend to overcomplicate things. We forget that part of us is like an organic computer running on inputs, algorithms, and outputs — and computers are programmable!
No doubt, we are more complicated than this in some ways. But a significant part of us still runs on “caveman software”.
Becoming a freelancer may have crossed your mind. You’d like to create something of your own and have the freedom and autonomy you can only get from self-reliance.
But how do you build a successful freelance career? And is it even possible for someone like you?
You’ve probably been fed this idea that you have to slave away at a job for years to become an “expert” before you can even think about going out on your own.
While that’s sometimes a smart way to do it (more on that later) — I’m here to tell you it’s not true.
Life is like a huge, non-refundable purchase. We’re all kind of stuck with it, and most of us don’t know what to do. Why doesn’t it come with a manual?
Instead of simply giving us the instructions, each of us must go out into the world and figure it out for ourselves. If we get it right, it can be grand. But life is complicated, and it’s not exactly obvious how to get there.
If we pay close attention, however, we can find patterns in all the data. By observing our own lives and the lives of those around us…
We met at a tech conference. I had designed the visual identity and was there to see the fruits of my labor. He had been invited as a panelist at one of the events. About 20 years my senior, he was still relatively young for a billionaire. He had made his fortune in tech for the hospitality industry.
At the time, I had just started working on the idea for my current startup. I thought I should get his contact info, so I asked the conference manager to introduce us.
Months later, I asked if he wanted to grab coffee…
Because I don’t consume any news, I’m usually clueless about the minutia of the world. I like it that way because it makes my life less stressful. When something big happens, other humans are quick to tell me about it (they seem to like worrying about things, these other humans).
I was halfway across the world when I first heard of COVID-19. An old German dude told me on a ski lift in Wyoming, USA.
“I only had a small salad for lunch today,” I hear my mother’s voice say proudly over the phone. It’s not the first time we have this conversation. My response is always the same: Why?
My mom is a typical middle-aged woman. Every day, she is fighting her body’s desire to enjoy food so she can avoid calories and lose weight. In my work as a health-tech entrepreneur, I have interviewed many others like her.
In fact, I was once stuck in the same mindset myself. I struggled with a binge-eating disorder and desperately tried to compensate by eating less…
I used to be the kind of person who starts many different projects and never finishes them. I would get really excited about something and immediately get to work, riding the initial enthusiasm. “This is it, this is the thing I will spend every waking hour on until it becomes successful,” I thought. I started picturing myself as my heroes, crushing my goals every day, and earning my place at their side.
But that was never what happened.
Instead, I would reach what marketing guru Seth Godin calls The Dip — the point when everything becomes muddled and hard, and…
“Once we have an experience, we are thereafter unable to see the world as we did before.”
At critical moments in our early lives, we are forced to confront the cold hard truths of existence and life. Examples include but are not limited to: Unfairness is a natural part of life. Something else must die in order for us to live. There is no meaning to our existence, except for the meaning we create ourselves.
When we are young, these truths are hard to accept. Some of us refuse to believe them. …
“Too much knowledge can make a person too old, too soon.”
– Old proverb
It’s amazing how much we can learn from other people. In fact, imitation is one of the primary ways in which humans learn. Just by reading a free article like this one, we can gain insights that can potentially change the trajectory of our lives.
Many of us are on a constant pursuit of these insights. And I think that’s a good thing. But there is something we are all missing in this knowledge-porn we engage in online. Like regular porn, there are side-effects. …