Archives May 2019

Curing Loneliness & Finding Community

I have spent many years of my life as quite a lonely guy.

This includes many moves when I was younger to different housing, right through to joining the Army when I was older, and then moving Interstate starting a new life.

I have spent many times of my life quite lonely and I always used to think it was just me! As life passed, I realised that this is not the case at all.

When I was lucky to be invited to speak at the Meetup Togetherfest 2018 in New York, they hit me with one stat that supported by Meetup is so successful:

  • “Nearly Three Quarters (72%) of Americans Feel Lonely”

Whilst I am not American, I bet the stats in Australia are identical.

Feeling lonely is not a good thing, especially as an Entrepreneur and my advice to you is that you need to make some great friends.

Running Meetups, starting Meetups, joining the Business Chambers and more have helped me conquer being lonely over the years. Having friends and a sense of community has driven my productivity and it’s a great thing.

Nothing wrong with admitting you are lonely or have no friends. I used to be like that! Take steps and make great friends.

Love your work, reach out anytime and god bless friends!

The RARE times you shall see me in a SUIT

Truth be known, I am not a suit fan. Everyone tells me how great I look in them (which is true since I lost the pounds), but I don’t like it.

I used to like suits when I was younger, but years of wearing them just wore me out. I love dressing like an Entrepreneur and it just works.

There are times however, where one must wear a SUIT or necessary business clothing. To me this includes:

  • Business Chambers
  • Paid Speaking Events where they require this
  • Special Events

The opposite also becomes true too. If I wear a Business Suit to WeWork or one of my Meetups, I would look like a COP or someone from Canberra.

My advice and thinking? Dress for the situation. You shall know what suits one at the right time.

Love your work and you rock friends!

Finding where GREAT people hang out

Truth be told, that I’m an introvert!

Many people are surprised, however some of those with the necessary training can pick my traits there. In being a proud introvert, “Business Networking” is something that used to terrify me for a long time.

I visited many different events and business environments, to find very few places where I felt comfortable (which led me to launching my own Meetup Community too).

One key learning of mine has been finding places where GREAT people hang out. For me, it’s been my own Meetups (of course) and NSW Business Chamber.

In fact, almost any Chamber is full of great people.

My advice and thinking? Go visit your local Chamber (which I’m a fan of) and get out there. I find that when you meet someone cool and connected, they know all the “HOT SPOTS”. If you be nice to them and ask them, who knows what you can find…

Love your work, find the great people, give to them first and you shall receive 😊

My first Selfie from my NEW Samsung Galaxy S10

It’s 11:31PM and I am in the process of setting up my new Samsung Galaxy S10 Phone.

It’s an incredible phone and to kick off this experience I took my first selfie. I am impressed by the quality in that it’s dark this late at night, yet it looks just wonderful!

Watch this space my friends, more to come here 😊

Love your work!