Aged 38, I had saved enough money not to need to work again. “I’m retired”, I’ve said provocatively in the last couple of years, whilst still remaining cherub-faced (in certain, low-lit locales). This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working, but now I’m able to work on what I want, regardless of the income or … Continue reading All I've Ever Learned About Money
Here's an article and a podcast I did recently for Forbes, now that I'm 'temporary-retired'... https://www.forbes.com/sites/michalbohanes/2018/07/23/founder-not-a-ceo-some-people-need-to-start-companies-not-run-them/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVNyPCaIqZo
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