The Untold Truths: 8 Eggshells of Success.
We live in a cut-throat world.
A world that demands excellence of each and every one of us.
A world where ‘keeping up’ isn’t enough, and ‘sprinting ahead’ is no better.
A world where creating an iOS app is child’s play and building a space rocket is still only toddler talk.
We’re constantly striving, straining and screaming for more — because that’s what we want. That’s what we deserve. And when we don’t get it — we’ve failed.
Pretty overwhelming, right?
I’m here to help.
As the founder of a successful start-up @SphereTek, I know all about the trials and tribulations of modern life. And I’ve spent years perfecting a routine that is geared towards success — and has proven results.
Adopting these habits and lifestyles won’t just make you feel like you’re ‘keeping up’. You certainly won’t feel like you’re sprinting ahead, either.
You’ll be in a new friggin’ dimension.
Don’t believe me? If you never try, you’ll never know…
1. Eat the avocado pip.
You’re all currently waking up in the morning to the invigoration of a fresh kale ’n’ cucumber smoothie or a creamy honey-ginger macchiato. I commend you for that.
But that avocado on toast you’re currently gobbling down is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to breakfast nutrition.
Scientists have proven that the pip inside an avocado actually contains more nutrients than the entirety of the avocado’s actual flesh. And that, if properly consumed, the pip can contribute a 24% net increase to energy levels throughout the day.
What’s more — it’s awesomely tasty.
So next time you’re about to gouge out that little orb and chuck it into the trash without a second thought, try the following instead:
- First boil the pip in water for 5 minutes
- Remove and tap lightly with a spoon on the outside — this spreads the juices internally
- Cut the ball into 8–15 small segments
- Scatter onto bowl of yoghurt
- Tear up a fig and interlace chunks with pip
- Add generous sprinkling of soaked chia seeds
- Impale yoghurt with sprig of cinnamon
- Drizzle with Malawian wasp honey
- Cool down mixture with one rectangular ice cube, placed at peak
24% more energy? That’s 43 more emails, 15 more phone calls, 6 more meetings and 2 more Wham Bam Thank You Pams.
You’ll thank me later.
And if you don’t, you’ll be too busy making stuff happen.
2. Don’t apologise.
Why are you always apologising? You don’t owe anyone anything — apart from yourself, that is.
From saying ‘excuse me’ to the person you bump into on the subway to muttering ‘sorry’ when you forget your mother’s birthday — apologies achieve nothing other than mutual insecurity and a lot of wasted time.
When asked what his greatest regret was in a 2009 interview, Steve Jobs famously replied “Probably saying sorry too much. If I could go back and never say sorry to anyone, I would.”
Apologising is an archaism, an evolutionary glitch.
Let’s cut it out, people.
3. Start off the day with a meaningful word.
People say the first 30 seconds of a day are the most important.
I say the first 3 seconds are the most important.
That’s why, when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is think of a word that I want to live by for the next 14–15 hours. I then utter it to myself a few times out loud to reinforce the message and set a solid framework for the day (yes, I’ve freaked out my girlfriend more than once by doing this!)
Recent words that have worked for me:
“Sign” (the morning before a big @SphereTek meeting when an investor contract was on the cards — we signed)
“Ruthless” (when I needed to make a key logistical decision and ended up firing my co-founder)
“Palaeontology” (the morning when I had to make a speech to inspire 400 entrepreneurs at a conference — comparing ideas to fossils was the basis of my argument)
“Unconditional” (before a trip to see extended family)
These all worked for me, but everyone’s different and everyone responds to different words.
Just promise me you’ll give it a go.
4. Try something old.
Old, you say? What’s ‘old’?! You keep telling me to move forward, why now go back on that?
All in good time.
In our mission for success and fulfilment, us millennials are constantly looking to experience new things and broaden our horizons.
In doing so, however, we are at serious risk of losing our dearest possessions: our memories.
That’s why, every day, I spend an hour revisiting things from my past in the hope that they’ll reignite something in me I’d forgotten.
- Building lego
- Phoning my father
- Drinking small quantities of alcohol
- Playing World of Warcraft
I’m not telling you to live in the past (God no!) — but just try looking over your shoulder from time to time…you might find a few microscopic figures in the distance that are in need of some love.
After all, how do you expect to complete tasks when you still feel incomplete inside?
5. Make a graph of where you want to be.
The simplest trick in the book.
Whether you’re forecasting your happiness, predicting your success or plotting future fulfilment — nothing outlines aspiration like a graph.
The image above is one I made for my success this year, leading up to mid-November.
As you can see, I have made some tough projections for myself. Only time will tell whether or not I can make it to 150 in the next few months.
I’ll tell you one thing for sure: I won’t stop until I get there.
6. Turn off the lights.
Less obvious but no less pertinent — this simple act is something that I associate incredibly closely with success.
Ever been in a room you thought didn’t need to be lit? Ever sat in the bathroom under a bright ceiling light and thought “does that need to be on?” Ever wondered what the world would be like if there was no artificial brightness?
If you answered those three questions ‘Yes. No. Yes.’ — we’re on the same wavelength.
Because — no matter what your big idea is in life, no matter what good you think you can do — in the end, it all pales in comparison to maintaining the health of the earth and looking after its energy supplies.
A successful business isn’t going to run off solar panels, I’ll tell you that much for free.
And once you get into the rhythm of doing your ecological bit, you’ll also notice that operating with less light leads to enormously heightened creativity, awareness and confidence.
You’ll know what I mean when you’re sitting alone in a pitch-black toilet and have just come up with your first award-winning idea.
7. Print out all of your emails.
It’s no secret that our generation spends far too long looking at computer and smartphone screens.
In fact, studies estimate that by 2045, 1 in 3 of us will end up spending more time looking at smartphones than our own children.
A handy solution: printing emails.
Simultaneously removing the need for a screen and allowing you to bestow your full attention to each message you receive — this is by far the most effective way to remain connected, attentive and communicative…whilst never having to sacrifice time in the precious present.
And I don’t mean the occasional email. You should print every single one — no matter how irrelevant. It’ll take some self-discipline, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
In a couple of years someone will come bursting into your office and ask you, “Hey! Did you read that email I sent you the other day?”
You’ll look up from your desk, hold up a piece of paper and say, with bright and smiling eyes, “Yes, Mark, I did. My response is on your desk”.
Mark’s your son.
8. Laugh it off.
I truly believe it.
Without laughter — life becomes a meaningless, dark mess.
Without laughter — the day becomes a long, cold struggle.
Without laughter — we forget who we are, and who others are.
That’s why @SphereTek, we cultivate an environment that not only encourages laughter — it actively embeds it in the daily program.
At 3pm every day, we begin our mandatory 5-minute-long laughing session.
The results are immediate. People have had to leave the building after just 2 minutes because they were laughing too hard. I once choked on my avocado pip. We even had a noise complaint from our next door neighbours — needless to say they’ve since joined in…
It’s just a perfect way for my workers to relieve themselves of stress, build team spirit and water their heart’s joyseeds…all in a 5 minute fungasm.
So wherever you are, whoever you’re with, and whatever you’re doing: always be up for a giggle.
Over and out.
Those are my 8 eggshells of success. I implore every single one of you to open that kitchen drawer, brandish your teaspoons and get knocking. You won’t regret it.
And please, let me know how it goes.
Leander Connors - founder and CEO, SphereTek