No Boss And It Feels Great

Hello Freedom Engineers!

Today I’m feeling great because it’s day one of not having a boss.  Last week I clocked my last hour working for someone else…

I have been working hard putting in place the action steps required to focus 100% on my own business, following my vision of creating a life of freedom and success and today that milestone is real…

Have I got it all figured out?  No way, not even close… but… I have 100% confidence in my ability to figure things out and the pain of living a life of regret has far more pull than worrying about knowing it all at this point…

I encourage you all to focus on your vision, your goals and take the necessary steps to put your destiny 100% in your hands.

See you next episode..

Discipline Equals Freedom

“Do I have a weakness? I am nothing but weakness. I am not naturally strong, or fast, or flexible.  I am certainly not the smartest person in the world.

I get emotional over stupid things. I eat the wrong foods. I don’t sleep enough. I procrastinate and I waste time. I care too much about meaningless things and not enough about important things.  My ego is too big.  My mind is too small, often trapped inside itself.

Now all that being said, I have a saying: A person’s strength is often their biggest weakness. But, their weaknesses can become strengths. Me? I am weak, in all those ways, I am weak.


I don’t accept that.

I don’t accept that I am what I am and that “that” is what I am doomed to be. NO. I do not accept that.

I’m fighting.  I’m always fighting. I’m struggling and I’m scraping and kicking and clawing at those weaknesses-to change them. To stop them. Some days I win. But some days I don’t. But each and every day: I get back up and I move forward.

With my fists clenched.

Toward the battle. Toward the struggle. And I fight with everything I’ve got: To overcome those weaknesses and those shortfalls and those flaws as I strive to be just a little bit better today

than I was yesterday…..”**

*From Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink.

What a great insight… to hear that someone as strong, courageous and disciplined as a former Navy Seal would share the same challenges as us!  What are you thinking??  What are you saying to yourself? Remember, each and everyday is a new day to focus on creating a better version of yourself.  To reach for your dreams, to create a life of passion and purpose.


Have Patience

So often I’m impatient because I want to see the benefits of new habits, new processes in my life… I’ve been implementing the getting things done methodology and have started to see benefits already, but I am reminding myself to give it some time to really benefit from the full implementation of processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness into my life. As confucius said “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”….

This is so true… After only a couple of weeks, I am now wiser to how these practices can help in my life…. but I know through time and patience I will gain greater understanding by actually doing the recommended things in the methodology…

Stand And Face Uncertainty

When you turn and face your fears, uncertainties and challenges instead of running away when they come after you… somehow, things work out better….

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#30 Move Forward With Conviction

“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” – Henry David Thoreau


Stay In The Game

In the game of life, success is often dependent on how long you persevered.  If you want to win, you’ve got to stay in the game. You’ll definitely fail if you quit. Keep pursuing your dreams and goals. Consistent action will eventually lead to results…

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…!

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 good habits

If you want to build a life of success and freedom, it’s very important to build a solid routine of good habits and discipline.   In this episode I discuss what I am doing in my morning routine which is making a difference to my life..