This guy pulled a power move and ditched his high paying Google job to travel and dedicate his time to discovery. His post does a really good job of explaining how he derives the greatest amount of happiness from discovering something new. Find your passion plan, it doesn't have to mirror his.
So along the same thematic lines of passion and discovery, here are just a few things out of the norm that I did over the last two weeks that helped me better shape my personal challenge to constantly break out of the routine:
Unbeknownst to me, this has regressed from a tech focused think tank into Percolate's (NYC startup) new hire requirement. Noah Brier, founder of Percolate, created this awesome community building exercise back in 2012 and I somehow stumbled upon it two years later via a trail of blogs > links > tweets > back to blogs. Not knowing what to expect, I woke up at 7am, biked across Kenmare St. until I hit West Broadway and met up with a group of strangers for an hour of coffee and talking at Ground Support. I met some really interesting people from Percolate and had a chance to bounce SinglePlatform ideas off of other sales personnel from a reputable SaaS company. Look out for future Likeminded meetups every third Friday of the month.
After attending the food + tech meetup a few weeks ago, I had to take action. Feastly co-founder Noah Karesh captured my interest with his story of searching for authentic Guatemalan food while traveling the country, only to discover an underground pop up kitchen. Feastly is doing its very best to bring communities back to the dinner table. The platform looks to pair eager diners and culinary adventurists with homemade chefs and home cooks. While I won't be draped in a dirty white tee slicing steak and lathering on cheese wiz like a true Philadelphian, if you come to my dinner table, you can expect a pretty casual meal with a few courses and healthy offerings. Considering my recent issues with my own digestive disease, I'm putting a strong emphasis on healthy and easy to digest options. Take a look at my meal offerings or reach out for a private meal with friends. I'm open to it! Here's my upcoming meal
Tried a Percinnamon
These things are mysterious. They have the hue of a bell pepper, the shape of a tomato, the texture of a mango and the skin of a pear. With the help of my friend Cara, we cut into it, watched it spill its juices and then carved it like an orange. Turns out, they taste like a pear. Surprisingly the internet is devoid of information about these oblong enigmas: THIS GOOGLE SEARCH
Started using Charlie, my personal assistant
Charlie doesn't wake me up in the morning or remind me to drink more water but he does help me prepare for who I'm going to be speaking or meeting with that day. I heard about Charlie from Product Hunt. The techie assistant's job is to help me know more about the person I'm speaking with than they know about me. As Tony Robbin's loves to say, "the meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck." Coming from the guy who takes an ice bath every morning at 5am, I'll follow his lead.
Took the meeting...
I read this great piece on 12 lessons from an attorney turned entrepreneur and the biggest takeaway for me was to always take the meeting. With our heads in the clouds (wifi that is) we often times hide behind our technologies rather than making that extra leap and effort to meet someone in person, even if it is just to hear their ideas. I met with a woman who was eager to get my feedback on a new app she's been working on that will help myself and others with dietary restrictions find suitable vendors in our area. After an informal feedback session, the conversation progressed to life, happiness, projects and aspirations. I shared some of my passions about financial freedom and experimentalism and she in turn told me about her desire to get into life and self-improvement coaching. I encouraged her to jump in, create that website that's been halted for some time, self promote a bit and begin to gather feedback from trusted sources. Take a look at what she's building and don't be afraid to reach out.