Simpletom is my peripatetic journey, looking for wealth and meaning in simplicity.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. I like fast cars, exotic holidays and steak. At least I think I thought I did.
With a post as often as I can manage, my aim is to give my readers a humorous, honest and mostly random coverage of my attempts to simplify and build new businesses.
I promise to try my best. I often fail. I often contradict myself. Sometimes I sound disgustingly earnest. Some days simplicity annoys the hell out of me.
Mostly, blogging is one of the greatest and most rewarding things I’ve done and it helps me better understand what I actually think, so I’m going to keep going, if you don’t mind.
My TEDx is a fairly good summary of where I’ve got to with it all. I’ll likely change my mind a few more times, if I’m lucky.
[Update aged 40: this is all still true, except now my sisters call me diamond-encrusted balls and my nieces call me ‘Uncool Tom’. I’m not sure why my sisters are still convinced of my trajectory, given I made mostly all the same mistakes all over again in my 30s.]
At 30, after two business degrees and a decade working as an ‘award-winning’ entrepreneur, I found myself questioning the very roots of a momentum that had propelled me from lazy student to business ‘success’. I felt a failure, in spite of my achievements. Despite being recognised as the ‘Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ and the pleasure associated with annoying my sisters, who’d renamed me ‘golden balls’ – I wasn’t happy. So I unwound and took to the road.
This blog follows my return journey – coming to remember what is most important in life.