5 Crypto Friday – 08 Dec 2017

The world has gone crazy for Bitcoin this week, it’s everywhere. There are many millionaires all over the world from Bitcoin, I myself would be one if I hadn’t thrown away my computer back in 2012, damn!

So, with people buying in right now (at such a high price) I thought I’d devote this post to five things around Crypto in my life this week:

1.Quote I’ve been pondering  “Bitcoin is the most important invention in the history of the world since the Internet.” – Roger Ver

2.That’s right, crypto will be like the internet is to us now, an integral part of the world as we know it. Back in the days when I used WinAmp for music (Usenet to get the music) and ICQ for chatting, mainstream media didn’t even know how to pronounce the @ symbol or what use email would have, this video is a hilarious reminder: YouTube

3.There is no one I have learned more from regarding Bitcoin and blockchain than Andreas Antonopoulos. Thanks to Martyn, a friend and old colleague who pointed me to him earlier this year. When I started seeing Andreas’ tweets coming through one evening this week I was intrigued, then tears started forming in the corner of my eyes. There really are wonderful people out there, and yes they own Bitcoin. Gratitude is beautiful : https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/7hylea/andreas_antonopoulos_posted_this_response_to_a/

4. Crypto Kitties! If this one has passed you by, go to the link now and sign up: https://www.cryptokitties.co/ A game that’s actually slowing down the Eth network due to it’s popularity, enjoy.

5.I’ve had many people asking me how to get in on Bitcoin this week. I’ll write a future post dedicated to it, in the meantime I’ve been sharing various links to get started, this is a great one https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-buy-bitcoins/ Remember to not put in what you cannot afford to lose!

The surprising benefits of having a dog in your life

“I think it’s time to have a dog back in our lives” – my wife said…

….That was 18 months ago and a little over 18 months after our much loved Bob the dog (a Tibetan Terrier my wife rescued from the streets of Portugal) had passed away in her arms.

I’ve spent the majority of my life with no pets, though I’ve always loved animals. So by my late 20’s I decided I’d keep chickens (they do make great pets), unfortunately they became impractical as my lifestyle became more travel and working longer hours.

After that, it wasn’t until my 30’s when I realised that responsible and respectful dog owners are some of the most interesting and successful people I’d spent time with. I consistently saw that the majority of responsible dog owners naturally create positive impact in their lives as well as those around them.

Not only that, I discovered there are several key benefits to having a healthy relationship with dogs, ranging from living longer to being a clearer communicator. Here are my top 4:

1. You become a black belt in communication. Susan Garrett is a great person to learn from. I’ve really had to up my game on communication since having a dog, and this has improved my whole life, even though I’m constantly making mistakes, I’m still improving and having a dog has forced me to think about clarity.

2. You become a stronger parent and leader. 4 years before I became a dad, Bob the dog entered my life (he and my wife came as a pair). The culture shock of being a coach, mentor, partner and someone who Bob relied upon for play, walking and feeding was difficult to deal with in the beginning. I was used to being selfish and doing what I wanted on my own terms. By the time I became a dad I was pretty good at balancing the needs of a family member that depended on me as well as not forgetting my own.

3. Families who have dogs have children with stronger immune systems. Babies and toddlers who grow up in a home with a dog are much less likely to get common illnesses and suffer from allergies:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/babies-with-dogs-less-likely-to-develop-colds-ear-infections-as-infants/

4. Dogs build routine into your life, and routine is good for the mind, body and spirit. This results in reduced stress and increased happiness. David Agus tells us in his book “A short guide to a long life” (rule 49) to get a dog. A dog keeps you on a regular schedule, reduces stress and increases exercise outside.

Embracing a dogs companionship and love is a joy. I’m grateful for having a family dog (he’s called Bertie and is just over 1 years old). I’m grateful even though there are times I have to remind myself of that. Bertie ate my sons Lego Batman and Darth Vadar earlier this year (I had to find replacements sharpish!), and the garden plants have suffered somewhat from his puppyhood.

Bertie the dog at age 5 months

All in, I’ve not only become a better person, my kids have a stronger immune system and my wife and I might even live longer!

Go rescue a dog.

5 Share Friday – 01 Dec 2017

It’s 5 Share Friday again. You know the drill by now. It’s 5 things I’m sharing from this week that have a high chance of sparking interest in your life. This comes with a money back guarantee, though you’d need to give me money first (it’s very welcome btw).

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” M. Scott. Peck

2. I love writing , so after taking a new job which requires a long commute until I move house, I needed a solution to write on the go. I chose this Logitech keyboard

I’ve been using it for a few weeks and have to say it’s fantastic. If you use an iPad or iPhone for your work / writing then this is the keyboard for you. That’s my iPhone above, I use the Evernote app for drafting and research.

3. Where I work, I sit next to Richard, a friend and colleague I happened to work with many years ago. He always found the funniest things on the internet and not much has changed in that regard. He sent me this compelling and hilarious read. If you want to laugh out loud and have a smile on your face then click the link and read it, brilliant.

4. This week I received a fresh copy of The five minute journal (I’ve filled my last one up). Every morning for five minutes I jot down 3 things I’m grateful for, 3 things that would make the day great and finally a daily affirmation.  Before bed, I jot down 3 amazing things that happened that day and how I could have made the day even better. This five minute journal has a template on every page and it only takes five minutes. Using this for the last 12 months has significantly enhanced my life.

5. I’ve been studying ICO’s again as part of my quest for financial freedom (I added crypto currency into my life earlier this year). This month I’ve gone for some SPF tokens by supporting https://sportyfi.io/, it may all fall flat, it may go through the roof. What I do know is that you’ve gotta be in it to win it*

*This is not financial advice, I’m merely sharing how crazy I am.

I’m successful, you’re successful

More than ever people are talking about how to be successful. Successful people in the conventional sense (rich or famous or both) are constantly in the media giving advice and showing us how we can have what they have.

Often, we allow external forces such as this media exposure as well as family and friends to define success for us. A trap I fell into at a young age. I looked externally for validation, copying others to fit in and wanted to be liked.

Back then I was troubled, a child from a broken home. My brother and I did some things I’m not proud of and my childhood isn’t one I want for my children.

A feeling that haunted me was one of failure. At age 8 it all became too much for me. One morning I opened the second story window of the bedroom I shared with my twin brother, as I looked around and listened to make sure no one else was there I climbed out onto the ledge. I then sat down, dangling my legs in the cool air, staring at the concrete below me. I don’t remember wishing I was dead, I doubt I fully understood the concept of suicide, though I do remember thinking it was a way out, so I jumped.

I remember hearing shouting and being still. I was uncomfortable and in pain so I waited for whoevers voice I had heard to come and find me. It was a friend, he was calling by as he wanted to team up and have some fun. He saw the whole thing from across the street.

That friend thought it was cool and had no idea of the motivation behind my jump. Miraculously no bones were broken and I recovered quickly. When my mum asked why, I couldn’t tell her the truth, she wasn’t equipped to hear it and was already doing all she could to make sure we had a home, food and clothing. I didn’t want to burden her even more.

Moments of happiness for me were when I had music,  the Beatles were and still are a massive part of my life.

Fast forward to my twenties, I still felt disconnected. I was regretting an engineering career over science and medicine. My thinking was that if I’d chosen medicine I could have travelled the world and helped others. Instead I was in a small town and part of an industry quickly being outsourced to China.

That’s when I was introduced to Stephen Coveys book the 7 habits of highly effective people. Until then I’d had no real guidance or mentorship in my life. It turns out the principles and values detailed in his book were the missing link to my personal success.

“In the space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose. Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings. We may have limited choices but we can always choose. We can choose our thoughts, emotions, moods, our words, our actions; we can choose our values and live by principles. It is the choice of acting or being acted upon.” – Stephen Covey

A year later I began my real travels, helping people in other ways. From teaching engineering in Nigeria to tutoring on technology and the internet out of cafes in Asia and Australia.

I’m successful. I’m not famous and I’m not a millionaire. I do have great friends who I care for deeply, a wonderful wife and cracking children. I wasn’t even sure I’d ever be a dad yet here I am with 2 of them, thats success in my book. They have mentorship, a focus on play and a stable home.

Success is contextual, we’re all successful in our own way, even if it’s as simple as getting out of bed in the morning.

I’m successful, you’re successful too.