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A learn from SIMCITY

Can any of you remember Sim City?

It was a PC game where you spent hours in building up a city – ensuring that you had the best road infrastructure, rail network, schooling, housing, relationships, industry, factories, airports, and emergency services. These were then mapped and controlled by the ‘spend budget’ that you created. Things went really well until a ‘disaster’ happened – be that a typhoon, a flood, a dinosaur attack or an invasion of extraterrestrials. It didn’t matter how you ran the ‘budget’ you knew it was going to hurt and the imaginary newspapers told you that! Seemed like a harmless excursion.

Fast forward 20 or so years and we have COVID. It doesn’t matter what political colour you are, it doesn’t matter what infrastructure you have built – COVID hurts. Be it a loss of a loved one, a loss of a business or job, the collapse of a local economy, the anxiety that social distancing and isolation brings, the uncertainty about what 2021 holds for us or other as yet unknown – the message is clear.

We need to pull together as a community.

We need to do our ‘bit’ and we need to start to rebuild.

  • Cherish the ones we love,
  • Celebrate the small steps of achievement,
  • Encourage and support those in strife,
  • Let the pessimism (the wobble) co-exist with optimism.
  • Keep celebrating the small steps and party (metaphorically) on the big achievements.

Life will be tough, life will be different – but we need to pull together – period.

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Entrepreneur Video

The Power of Collaboration

I was amazed the other day when I checked my YouTube account. The video that Ian and I produced for our then business has amassed 69000 views. Not sure how that happened…

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The new future – it is over to us!

I saw a short video the other day – it was a future self meeting up with current self and having a conversation. This conversation was different from your healthy future science fiction, although it did feel like it. The discussion was around COVID 19 and how the impact of this virus has changed the way that we act, feel and complete our daily lives.

  • Never has our life/lives been more uprooted than what we are experiencing now.
  • Certainty has been replaced in general with significant doubt, stress and worry.
  • Our friends in the health profession are in crisis as they battle to save lives.
  • Many good deeds materialize.
  • Our thoughts turn to crave and celebrate some of the great things that we had before the virus.
  • Politicians strive to lead, some more effective than others.
  • A large percentage of the UK workforce is effectively now the public sector employees.
  • Our air has never been cleaner, and reports of environmental improvements are starting to surface.

One sure thing is that the new future is now more uncertain than it ever has been. It could be the future that we decide to create.

We have a massive opportunity in whatever we do, whatever we want to do – to shape our new future. This event must be the most significant reboot that has occurred in the history of our beautiful and undercelebrated planet.

It is now our time – our time to shape and make a difference to our individual and collective future.

When I completed my MBA a few years ago, I came across The Betterness Manifesto by Umair Haque. It resonated and talked about the new industrial age post-financial crisis in 2008. The messages resonate because we are invited into a new future. One future that allowed us to celebrate Wealth not purely by how big a bank balance we had – but one that asked us to think about our connection with society, doing environmental good,

The great Gandhi invited us to ‘be the change that you want to see in the world’.

The time is now as we need to stand up and create a new future. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make some change to ours, and others live in creating a new world that is open to even more possibility than we can dream of.

It is over to us.

We can opt for the easy option and remain pollutants, with stress, anxiety and unhappiness, or we can opt for change.

We can choose to create a new future devoid of the class gap, devoid of financial instability and deference, and celebrate life for what it is – which is a remarkable gift.

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The world now needs us to dream

We spend a lot of our time looking into problems and issues that may have arisen in our workplace or at home. Some of these are important or have significant consequences if operationally they are not dealt with efficiently.

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Marketing Sales Thoughts

Process, process, process (Update 2020)

I use a product called Tallyfy –  Tallyfy is a process management tool. It allows you to look at the processes that you use and break them down with a view to automating.

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Could a pain in the back just be another opportunity?

Over the past few months, I have been suffering from a pain in the back. Apparently this is something that will hit the majority of us at some point in our lives.

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Blog Thoughts

Energy Generator – but what do you listen too?

When I am walking, my pace is firmly determined by the speed of the music or narrative that I am enjoying.  Push the beat up, and I walk faster. Needing to concentrate on a crunch point of an audiobook slows me down as I take focus on the words and meanings.

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Blog Thoughts

Challenging your own bias and thought process.

Our own experiences and learnings carve out our understanding and acceptance of the world around us. As we experience happiness, we reinforce the things that happen around us at that time. As we experience pain, we build a coping strategy to help protect ourselves from this in the future.

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Gluten Intollerance

The challenge of being gluten intolerant

About 2 years ago, I recognised that not all was great. After several investigations, I discovered that I was gluten intolerant. Not a faddy thing that people seem to jump on, but something that meant that if I had gluten, my stomach is crampy for a couple of days after and my head is foggy. Starting on a gluten-free diet was tough, and not always achievable.I love to go out with friends where the normal tipple is beer (which contains barley and hence for me is not friendly), and eating at restaurants either in the UK or abroad was tough. Occasionally I slipped and if one of my favourite beers was on, then I would succumb but with that came the two days of recovery.

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Journey of an entrepreneur #1

I am sat at my kitchen table at 05:50 on a Sunday morning.

I have a calling – a calling not to Sunday worship, but a calling to get onto my laptop and start creating. Over the past few months, I have been planning out the next steps for my business (Wheresmylunch) and now have a plan. All will become apparent over the next few months as I start the transition to upscale this business, and ensure a firm segmentation of this is understood within what I am doing. It is going to be a busy time.