Slightly over 6 months ago (on April 15 2012), I arrived in Montreal alone, broke, and homeless.
Now I am living in my own house, I have friends and a social life, and I'm still broke.
Here is what I’ve learned this past half-year about the realities of leaving your parents’ house and living on your own for the first time.
Note: Most of this advice gears towards living with very little money. If you want a job, it will be even easier.
Quick mini-post all you violin and music lovers will enjoy.
All this reading about Tynan's violin hobby reminded me of an AMAZING and really modern song by a few guys I now consider to be rockstars. Worth hearing ;)
When was the last time you saw that gorgeous girl walk by and didn’t say a word to her. Or when you had a great idea for an adventure that could improve your life, but decided against it because it was “too risky” (aka scary)?
What if you could make it so you never had to endure that again? Never had to ask yourself “what if?” before going back to a life that’s not as awesome as you know it could be.
What if you could have the courage to get what you really wanted?
In the end, these things are broken down into 7 Success Skills.
The Main Lesson:
Failure is mandatory, plan accordingly. To learn in the real world, you must fail. You must test your hypothesis and often find that it was wrong (and something else was right). So give yourself the ability to learn (and fail) continuously without getting distracted by things like running out of food. This will lead to a successful hypothesis which can then lead to money through passion.
“Experimentation takes time. It takes money. And it takes room to fall and to fail.”
I watched the cars zoom by, trying to forget the cold in my bare hand.
As a part of an experiment, I was testing to see if I was more likely to be picked up if I removed my hat and gloves.
The answer: Yes
A bald guy in a van drove by, and made a forward motion with his eyes, looking behind me and then back at me.
A note to self, that turned out to be a near universal truth to all young entrepreneurs.
No, I am not ahead of the game.
I do not have ample time.
Nothing is guaranteed.
Books can be great teachers, or they can just be mental masturbation. It's fun to read a self improvement book, but if your forgetting what you read and not actually improving yourself, you've missed the point.
To get rid of forgetting what you read and engaging in mental masturbation, I've started trying to condense each major part of the book into a 1-2 page summary of the key bits.
Then I summarize all those into a 1-2 page summery of the whole book.
This is awesomely useful because, not only can I come back and essentially re-read the book in 5 minutes, but I can share this with friends and mentors. It's a great gift because you're giving them knowledge you think they should have (like when you recommend they read a book), and you are also saving them hours of reading time.
I don't know how weed works or changes your perceptions (I have a basic scientific understanding, but not depth).
However, I know that it changes my perceptions and increases my tendency and ability to think deeply.
I philosophize much better when I am high. And, when I'm not with other people in the room, I turn to writing it down (which means I can share it with the world, instead of a small group of immediately reachable people who might not get value from my philosophies).
This means that I come to realizations that could change my life (this has happened at least once, with the realization that perception is reality, and I think more often).
Hey nomads, I just stumbled across this awesome little maker gadget. It's just an Altoids can, two AA, and some hardware. So
Perfect for charging our stuff on the go. I'll be buying one later when I get back on the road.
When Julius Cesar was little more than a rebel against the Roman Republic, he faced near certain ruin against Pompey's great international armies.
The night before the final battle, outnumbered more than 2 to 1, Cesar ordered his army: "Pull down your own ramparts and fill in the ditch, so that if we fail to win we shall have nothing. And the enemy shall see that we lack a camp, and that necessity compels us to make our quarters in theirs."
The took the battle with no hope of retreat. The only two options were win or die.