The time I failed as a writer (but succeeded as an entrepreneur)

Being a writer is a funny thing. I suppose it all depends on who we are writing for. I suppose I am not making any sense at all as I try to collect my thoughts, so let me start at the beginning.

When writing is your passion, you often begin to write simply as an outlet for your random musings or creative ideas that are swimming around your head, where you write for no one but yourself. This can be quite lonely, speaking on the page only to yourself, so somewhere along the way, perhaps out of curiosity over what people will think, you may start to share some of what you have written with others, and if you’re brave enough, you may even elicit their feedback.

Over time, as your confidence builds in your writing abilities, you may perhaps begin to write with an audience in mind, hoping to win over the judges in a writing competition or the editor of a publication, or simply aspiring to entertain or bring about some positive benefit in your reader.

So in light of the possible journey many writers share, the question remains – how do you fail as a writer?

I believe I know how. Continue reading “The time I failed as a writer (but succeeded as an entrepreneur)”

Why McDonalds is the Best Business School in the World

A year ago today, unbeknown to even my closest friends, I excitedly (and secretly) submitted applications to work at McDonalds around my existing full time role. You may think of me as a bit crazy, and I am sure you may ask, “What would be exciting about working at McDonalds?”

It was after listening to a podcast episode at Rich Dad Education about the concept of “working to learn” rather than “working to earn”, and hearing a fascinating account of the experience of Pat Dennis, who at one stage had applied to become a McDonalds franchise owner. Continue reading “Why McDonalds is the Best Business School in the World”

Beyond The E-Myth: How to create a ‘business’, not a ‘job’ for yourself

A year ago, after learning that one common trait shared by highly successful entrepreneurs is learning through reading books, although I have always preferred reading fiction novels for leisure, I made the commitment in 2015 to read one non-fiction book per month.

Here I am, in December, having read 11 books so far, but struggling this past month with completing multiple books I had attempted to start reading.

With only 15 days left before the end of 2015, it so happened that a podcast I enjoy, Eventual Millionaire, had an episode where the host Jaime Masters, interviewed Michael E. Gerber about his latest book, “Beyond The E-Myth”, which he only released a few days ago.

I felt inspired hearing Michael, now aged 80, speak with passion about his vision to see our economies flourish by Continue reading “Beyond The E-Myth: How to create a ‘business’, not a ‘job’ for yourself”