Month: July 2017

4 Hour Work Week Thoughts

I recently finished reading the 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris.  Read this with an open mind…  A catchy title and promise of the entrepreneur lifestyle which is great, but also some fundamental principles in success strategies..

Reduce waste so you can focus on the important tasks that generate value and success.

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect is a concept that is based around the idea that incremental positive habits or steps will lead to other incremental positive habits.  In isolation they do not look like much but when put back to back and allowed to grow as a combined entity, the results can be astounding.

Try implementing positive habits into your life and watch what happens over the long term!

“The Compound Effect” – Darren Hardy is a great book to read!

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Freedom To Elevate Your Life – Part 2

Use experts to help make informed decisions and take action towards your goals. Sometimes it just takes someone with a little more experience than you to add that insight which helps you take action.

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Freedom To Elevate Your Life

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour” – Henry David Thoreau

We really are a unique species, Human Beings, that have the capacity to bring about fundamental change in our lives through self awareness and conscious action towards our goals.

Recognise those activities which are not moving you forward and eliminate or reduce, and look to those activities which will help you achieve your goals and add them into your daily life… Awareness, Action, Results… Simple…!

Engineer An Animated Life

Hello Freedom Engineers!
On the weekend I attended an amazing exhibition* from the studio Aardman Animations (the people who created Wallace and Gromit and other animated movies like Chicken Run).  Apart from being a fantastic exhibition, I had a chance to make my own animated film (3 seconds!) using modelling clay and I was reflecting on how simple animated movies are in design.  Basically a series of snapshots with small movements or some minor changes to the position of the characters or their features. These small changes when viewed back to back over time produce brilliant animated movies.
If we look at our lives as an animated movie, we can make just very small changes in our lives that will produce an amazing result.
Are you looking to produce some amazing results?  Just make some small changes that will add up over time to a great and successful life.

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*Aardman Animations (Founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton)
ACMI Wallace and Gromit Exhibition –




Focussing on Focus!

Hello Freedom Engineers!!

Some big wins this week when I dedicated some specific time blocks to FOCUS on tasks to avoid being a victim of Multi-tasking….

Are you looking to free yourself from scatterbrain??  Maybe you should follow my strategy…

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Engineering Financial Freedom

Hello Freedom Engineers!

Fresh off a week of small practical steps I’ve taken to Engineer a way out of debt, I share some lessons and insights into how you can create a life of financial freedom.

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Engineering a way over the wall

In this episode I discuss the importance of keeping your curtain up, getting out of your comfort zone and scaling the wall to freedom.

Straight forward!

Goals and Inspiration

Hello Freedom Engineers!

I’m into goal setting at the moment, something I haven’t traditionally done, but am finding it super helpful in building momentum and creating that positive mindset. Also inspired by other people who “get” the idea of going after your dream….