A friend of mine, who's a mechanical engineer, plans to become an iOS developer. He was looking for "the best college" that would prepare him for the career switch. When I told him he could learn all the necessary skills online, he looked at me like I had two heads. Some may still think that attending a college is the only way to become successful. In this rapidly changing world, this couldn't be further from the truth. More often than not, all we get from conventional education is overpriced, stale content. Online teaching platforms provide up-to-date classes for a [...]
Death from overwork is so common in Japan, they even have a word for it: "karoshi." If you keep overworking yourself, you'll get into trouble with health. You might end up spending the extra money you earned on hospital bills. "Mens sana in corpore sano" - an ancient, Latin phrase, that means "a healthy mind in a healthy body." If we keep our body fit, it's going to also improve our mind. It's just as simple as that. So, decline all the after-5:00 pm meetings. Tell your workaholic colleagues that you have an overlapping appointment - with your personal [...]
I had to spend almost two decades in the corporate world to realize that I never wanted anything but work for myself. Luckily, all those long years of apprenticeship were not useless. (Well, except for the last ten or so, when I worked with the most unprofessional "managers" ever.) Bottom line: I gained enough expertise and capital to start my own business.
Since I quit the rat race, I read more. Instead of wasting my time on commuting, useless meetings, office politics, and coffee-corner chats, I listen to podcasts and watch courses. As a result, I’m more up-to-date on technology now than when I worked full-time in the field.
I hated my job, and I've never felt accomplished by working for somebody else. Almost all the creative people had left the company. The place had become a toxic environment filled with brown-nosers trying to get into management roles at any price. It was a cold, grey day in December 2016 when I was told that I have to switch teams and do some meaningless work from now on. This was the straw that broke the camel's back. I drove home. It was Friday noon, but I decided to take the rest of the day off. I went out for a [...]
Maybe it's the jetlag to blame. I just had a revelation and wanted to have it written down before I forget... I believe I've discovered why are we here; what's the reason for our existence on this planet; I've got the answer to the big question: WHAT'S THE MEANING OF LIFE? So, let me share the answer with you. The meaning of life is to BECOME A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF! We have to evolve; we need to upgrade ourselves to v2.0 (3.0, 4.0 you name it). What I try to avoid is getting stuck: stuck in an unfulfilling [...]
So, are you tired of the rat race? You feel that it's time for a change, and you want to work on your own ideas - instead of making others rich? I know, leaving your comfort zone is hard. But trust me: your real life begins after leaving the cubicle. Every one of us deserves to live a fulfilling life. Being drop-fed by your employer and doing meaningless work won't make you happy in the long term. I took the leap in 2016 and never looked back. What followed were the best two years of my life. Finally, I could spend [...]
Here’s my simple recipe for becoming an entrepreneur – or rather figuring out if you’re cut out for it. Start and finish at least one side-project Working on something on your own shows whether you’re motivated and committed enough to start something more significant. That’s how I started about 15 years ago. […]
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present. The result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. – The 14th Dalai Lama
The year of freedom. Started my own business. My best summer ever. 800 km+ (~500 miles) biking and hiking. Completed 4 courses. Finished a client project. "Do what you love, and money will follow" - confirmed! Woohoo! Are you struggling at work? Do you feel stuck? Are you fed up with being told what to do? Make 2018 your year! Start a side-business. The 9-to-5 job is dying - let's celebrate! :)