In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell claims it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. I guess I’m a slow learner, as it’s taken me a mere 148,000 hours to realise the opposite. Namely, that I’m not an expert at something. After running 3 businesses in 5 countries over ~17 years, I’ve come … Continue reading A Founder, Not A CEO
My TEDx is done… Perhaps short for ‘Tom’s Exhausting Diary’, or 'Tom’s Extreme Dichotomy’, the latter encapsulating the hypocrisy felt giving a talk on simplicity whilst living an entirely complex life during the process. Plus ca change. Hopefully my outfit and, of course, the talk itself will help further explain how I feel and what … Continue reading TEDx – Behind the Schemes
A few months ago I was compelled to write an ‘open letter’ (http://bit.ly/1dkuwcA). I suggested I’d organise a ‘sleepathon’ in San Francisco in aid of the homeless. The response has been amazing – if we can get just a few more people to sign up, it looks this event will happen in September! If you’re … Continue reading San Francisco Sleepathon… is coming!
"This week's really busy". "Sorry I'm slammed at the moment". "We're manic"."It's crazy". I get about 100 emails every week with something that let's me know that me that the sender is really very busy. We've created a culture where it's necessary, cool even, to exclaim how busy we are. The amount we have to do … Continue reading I’m Busy, You’re Unimportant
Over the last month I’ve been living in a van in Silicon Valley, more on that here and here. I’ll post some adventures soon on Simpletom... but today I want to explore working like it’s the weekend. I get my best work done at the weekends. Not that I want to be working at the … Continue reading Work Like it’s the Weekend
One of the wonders of the modern world is opportunity. As an entrepreneur, I’m continually excited by what is possible. Aided by lightning fast connectivity, jet engines, computing technology and a plethora of beautifully indexed information available at our fingertips… the world is our oyster, lobster and winkles too. In a single week, an indefatigable … Continue reading Trapped in Escapism