You can get away without paying..

You can get away without paying..

Continuing the series of my lessons in my adventure to design my life.

This last week and a bit has been quite interesting. I feel like a lot of things have moved different ways. So here it goes, my few lessons.

Lesson 1. Creativity

Creativity comes at its strongest when you are restricted in some way, when you need to find options and/or when you give yourself the mindspace (no pun intended 🙂 ) to think. It also comes when least expected and rarely works if summoned. It cannot be forced. Actually, the least is actively engaged, the more powerful it is. At least for me.

Lesson 2. Leave yourself idle time daily

Goes hand in hand with lesson 1. I should leave myself at least 10 mins every day of not doing anything. Not even checking my phone. Because that is powerful. That is when my brain sifts through everything and nothing. That is when I come up with the craziest ideas. This is for anyone who was wondering where I get some stupid ideas from.

Lesson 3. Be careful with networking

Networking is great, going to different meetups is interesting, meeting people to tell them what you think can always be surprising. But. There is such thing as too much networking! Especially when you also need to get some things done. So, sometimes it can a be trap. Even one that you deliberately leave yourself to fall into just to avoid to do the “real” hands-on work. Plus, there are lots of time-wasters.

Lesson 4. There is no such thing as office work

When you work on your own project which involves a lot of validation, you won’t spend that much time in a chair. Actually, if you do, then you might be doing something wrong. Still learning.

Lesson 5. Don’t work in isolation

Set up a list of people willing to help with anything and who believe in your project. Consult them as much as possible, even with the risk of becoming annoying.

Lesson 6. Want something, just ask

It’s amazing what we put up with or live without sometimes just because we assume we can’t have. Asking sometimes will give you the most surprising results, like actually receiving 😀 . I asked for some documents in a restaurant and I received their recipes…

Lesson 7. You can get away without paying

This is more of a confession. I stole a bruschetta dish from Vapiano hahaha. I’m probably on their “most wanted” list now. I forgot to pay because I got distracted on my way out talking to the cashier about their allergy matrix. Funny thing is there was only one way out, through their gates and she forgot to ask me to pay, too. Might be something to explore for the future 😀 .

Lesson 8. Be careful with the privacy toggle when registering domains

You enable sharing your contact details when you register a domain, you get cold-called by companies every 5 mins. Big mistake!

Lesson 9. Listen to my own advice 🙂

I am good at writing all of the above, very inconsistent at following them

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Weekly Life Lessons

Weekly Life Lessons

I think I will start posting little tips and tricks I learn every week along the way, either in my ventures or just simple day-to-day things.

I shouldn’t be shy to talk to people you don’t know. Put on a friendly face, be bold and say “hi”. You never know what they can teach you or how much their experience will make a difference to you and whatever you are doing. In the last week, I received advice of all sorts coming from people I’ve met 5 minutes before.

People who believe in me will follow me. Anyone who identifies with my cause, passion, hobbies, etc seem to be the most supportive and helpful.

Having people do stuff for you for free is hard. No one wants to really help if they don’t get something in return for their time or effort. Also, the minute you start even hinting towards the fact that you are selling them something, they close down.

Public advertising has killed our sense to hear anything/anyone out. We are so fed up with sales talk that we shut everything out, even to the expense of what might matter (see charity, ethical causes, people in need, etc)

Kicking scooters are such a find. They are the middle ground in between a bike and walking. I can use the sidewalk and move faster to my destination. Thinking of getting one haha

Do whatever you wish, even though it seems like it will rain. This is a deep one, but even though the sky is grey and it seems like the announced storms will come, don’t sit at home and waste your weekend. If you want to see a sandy beach, see one! Now, going a step further and becoming philosophical, don’t wait for the perfect outside conditions to get yourself going. By the way, the sun did come out mid-day and we had a nice, clear-sky day at the beach.

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