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.
If you often feel exhausted and low on energy, some simple steps might help you. Listen to Sean D'Souza's podcast episodes on energy management and what we can do to restore our batteries. Sean has been my mentor and good friend who's helped me quit the 9-to-5 rat race.
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
I had the honor to talk with Sean D'Souza about my transition from the corporate world into entrepreneurship. The leap may seem physical, but it's mostly mental. In your head you don't know if it's the right time to jump into being an entrepreneur. What about the mortgage, the family and the bills? And how do you deal with the fear? How do you stay steadfast to your vision? And what about focus? These are the questions that spin in your head over and over again. This episode isn't an answer to your question. No one can answer the questions, [...]