5 share Friday – 24 Nov 2017

4 more Fridays till Christmas! That means 4 more 5 Shares like the one below, you lucky people!

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “The future is here today, it’s just unevenly distributed”Andreas M. Antonopoulos.

2. It’s Black Friday! Marking the official beginning of the Christmas season (well, for shops at least). An American phenomenon until recent years, it’s now spread across much of the world. In the UK, Asda (owned by Walmart) no longer takes part due to the many fights and riots that happened a few years ago (click the link and watch on Youtube). A great history and description of the real Black Friday can be found here.

3. I’m reading The year of living Danishly,  a wonderful book that brings a smile with every page read. I’m travelling to Copenhagen a fair bit nowadays. This book is giving me great insight into Danish society (it’s a society and culture I’m falling in love with).

4. I’ve been looking for a reliable calendar app since starting my new role. As I use Readdle’s Spark for email (oh yes, it’s the best!) I thought I’d try their calendars5. It’s near perfection, I’ve had it for a month now and for those who have iOS devices wanting a reliable calendar with great UI this is the one. It’s on sale for Black Friday as luck would have it.

5. My 4 year old and I have been play fighting with our lightsabers. I hurt my back during one of the most epic battles ever. Since I’m working at home for a couple of days a week I needed a solution to help me. So while I do the research for a permanent setup, I created a stand up desk with the help of my sons lego building IKEA table. Who says stand up desks are expensive!

Have you filled your bucket today?

At home, we’ve been reading and demonstrating the morals of a story called ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ A children’s book encouraging positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by “filling buckets.” It’s great for adults too. Whether you have or don’t have children I recommend reading it, it’s helped me remember on a daily basis that giving is more important than receiving,

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank

Many of our western societies do not place high value on helping others, some never have. In the UK (where I live) and the United States of America (where I lived briefly and have visited often) both have a strong society and culture centered on self. Class systems have been a large part of this. In the UK, these were once defined by the family you were born into, later your vocation and work, now no one would blame you for not seeing classes at all, there are simply those in need and those not in need. In our society, in order for people to have, there needs to be people that don’t have.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

As a child growing up I was taught to marvel at the Victorian era. It gave us the industrial revolution, scientific breakthroughs and modern education. But, what if the industrial revolution and colonisation of much of the world had been carried out differently? Without slavery, child labour and war? I’d love to see education and parenting reflecting on this more, teaching our children to learn from our mistakes, rather than just focusing on the achievement of end goals.

Perhaps with this reflection would come a new revolution, one where we begin to value helping others more, where the antiquated (and in reality, not so modern) education actually becomes effective. Isn’t it amazing that as adults many businesses have to teach us how to work together, have empathy, communicate and actively listen?

Have you ever stopped to think about the culture you’re part of? What values you have? What are your principles?.

“When you see bad things happening, look around for people that are helping, there are always people helping” – Source: Tim O’Reilly / Tim Ferriss podcast

Imagine if we all looked for the people who are helping the world be a better place, and then joined them. That’s the society I’d love to be a part of.

5 Share – 17 Nov 2017

It’s the day before Saturday, that means the best is yet to come! That’s right, the best is 5 Share Friday, here again, only this time it’s in full blown Technicolor*

*Not really Technicolor

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ” – John F Kennedy

2. I wrote to Seth Godin and he replied that same day (I didn’t expect one). He finished his reply with the advice “..go make a ruckus Marcus”. So after looking up the word ruckus I’ve discovered Seth has talked about this a lot, it’s great advice – check his blog

3. I was introduced to Asana app by a friend and colleague and have been experimenting with it for a couple of weeks now. Its great for action and task lists. Go check it out.

4. Something I’ve been keen on ever since listening to Debbie Millman on the Tim Ferriss podcast is my Ten year plan for a remarkable life. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve had a few attempts over the last 6 months and finally after using this guide here I’m cracking it. This could be one of the most important things I do all year.

5. This week, I’ve been creating mind maps (I use Mindnode) and working on future blog posts. I’ve found that my creative flow for story writing is enhanced when listening to Bob Dylans essentials. I don’t know why, but he does sing poetry and his songs are stories themselves. Try it, your story juices will flow!

 

Be a story teller; live, love, learn and leave a legacy

We’re all a story, most of the time we believe we’re not interesting enough to tell people our own one. The truth is everyone’s story is interesting, a CEO, postman or gardener, these aren’t roles that define who people are, they are part of the journey that forms the story of their lives.

Life is actually a journey…

…after all it’s not the destination that’s the target (who wants to get to that destination?) it’s the journey, and we need to experience the journey to really live.

I see people limit themselves all the time, mostly without knowing it. I fight this myself everyday, where society has conditioned me to specialise, be really amazing at one thing, and that thing will define me (engineer, writer, designer, builder).

Actually, I’m interested in everything and I find specialism limits this interest and my ability to have that roller coaster journey, a story I want to live.

My own story…

…is one of suffering and joy, continuous learning and risk taking, and most recently parenting. I’ve written a book (unpublished), married an amazing woman, worked with some of the smartest people I could ever hope to meet and been held at gunpoint in the darkest depths of Nigeria.

The point is, create a story that’s interesting to be a part of, while leaving a positive dent in the universe. That’s my goal, how about yours?