• 27 Jul

    The GOAT Needs Me To Step Up

    Blog Post

    It’s time I do what’s best for present me, so that I can best serve future you

    In short, I’ve not been myself for a little while

    Now I’m hardly the most ‘subtle’ person – but I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see, feel, and KNOW this

    I’ve built this small world, you’re a part of it whether a friend or follower or client or simply here for the infotainment

    Hence this post today

    You see, the word ‘authentic’ gets thrown around a lot but if I’m not going to walk my talk than what type of leader am I?

    The TRUTH is I’m floating, kinda-robotically, through my days…

    Trying to force creativity and productivity….

    And this is becoming progressively harder as each day I’m faced seemingly with another brutal event that makes me face truth I am struggling to come to peace with…

    Those of you that are in EWD or closer to me already know this; but my dad – aka the goat – is fighting (and he is fighting!) a losing battle

    The picture above is myself and the 🐐 enjoying a sunset recently – and as much as I don’t want to face reality – I know we don’t have as many of these left as I would of hoped to…

    He is (along with my mum) my hero and if you have followed me for even a short while you will know how much my family means to me

    – this wasn’t something we were expecting to deal with after the all clear in January –

    Anyways…

    Dexter has always told me that you’ll discover your friends and truths in life when the world is ON TOP OF YOU…

    (I learned this, the hard way, during my struggles with The Goose a few years back)

    But this time I’m going to trust my team and Dex and do what – I believe – is the right thing to do

    As Dex said to me:

    ‘You’ll never regret the time you spend with pops as you look back but it could be devastating if you don’t realize and act on it now’

    Hence I’m going to step away from the day to day for a short while

    I’m not going to force a smiley face anymore for the “sake of business” – It’s disengenuous and cheating you

    Ultimately you chose to follow me, and I owe it to you not to waste your time

    Yeah sure I can ‘limp’ along with recycled content, ‘engagement questions’ and nihilistic memes; but a new friend remarked the other day (after me telling them what I *actually* did) that they would ‘never of known that if you hadn’t told me’

    Which makes what I’m doing make even more sense

    Hence it now time to invest the time I have wisely NOW

    Yes I’m aware I may lose a few £££’s doing this but I’ll gain so much more

    And for transparency purposes so some fucker doesn’t try and ‘cancel’ me during a time like this:

    Of course will spend every waking moment my father can handle – and that he wants – with him

    Massaging his legs, watching sunsets, telling old stories, writing his book, watching ‘The Office’…

    …but he sleeps a lot

    And I need to stay sane for him – and future mum, sister, team, clients and y’all as well

    – you can’t pour from en empty cup eh –

    Hence time in between I’ll be online shooting zombies and digital fuckers…

    I’ll be tearing it about with DucatiBAE…

    Sometimes I’ll vanish off into the woods or the the seaside and just sit and think…

    But what I won’t be forcing information upon you that is incongruent and quite frankly pulled out of my arse

    So here is what you can expect from me and the team going forward.

    First from me;

    If you are in EWD you already know the plan; and if you want to get in touch privately outside of the DM’s email me with ‘EWD’ in the subject and I’ll get back to you

    I’ll only be checking my emails three times per week but it gives us a bridge to one another and keeps me away from social media day to day

    I will send a weekly UPDATE to everyone in my world sometime Thursday or Friday each week in CWD & on email

    Not sure what this update will be; but once a week I’d like to share something of use from my journey that, I hope, you will find interesting

    Usually I can knock this out in a simple setting, but for now I’ll say when the mood takes me/creativity hits?

    I’ll create

    Finally, on the days I’m feeling best self, I’ll pop in on here or wherever I fancy

    🙂

    Sometimes this will be a meme and other times a moment of clarity I want to share I think will be valuable

    But nothing will be scheduled

    (Equally if I don’t reply to a tag or DM please don’t be offended; I’ll do my best to get back to you soon as I can)

    Next from the team;

    Tega & Lianne-Carla have already stepped up and will continue to do so; they will be joining me every Thursday in EWD and will be taking over day to day duties in CWD

    CarlChrisEmmaZak & Greg will be supporting them in this endeavour

    (I am very lucky to have such amazing humans in my world)

    Dex has agreed to step up and pool from his extensive knowledge in the VC world; if you are in EWD or CWD you do have some very useful stuff to look forward to

    If its personal?

    Then please speak to my assistant Sarah as she will be helping keeping me on track during what’s likely to be a challenging few months

    (The above humans I trust implicitly and what has taken me the best part of 7 years of non-stop continues effort is safe in their hands)

    I’m closing I want you to know that this will be temporary

    Life goes on

    But I want to be present while his energy and spirits are high and while he is fighting like a mofo; I also have to do what I have to do to keep going myself

    I won’t apologize

    Neither will I ask for sympathy

    Myself and my family have loved sharing our lives with you but this one, this one is for us alone

    I’ll simply say I’ll be back consistently as MY FULL SELF soon, I just simply don’t know when that may be

    I’m hoping for many, many months but it’s better to plan for the worse and hope for the best; and this way I can be around whenever I’m needed and won’t ruin our – as in mine and yours – online ‘relationship’ with a less-than-Dan

    I just can’t churn out content when my hearts not in it; I’ve seen people do it too often and ruin what they have created

    I owe it to you to be honest

    This post might seem a bit overkill but this is going to be my ‘statement’ should anyone question where I have gone or what I am doing for the next period of my life

    – for once I am, I think, being smart –

    🙃

    Meantime I’ll step aside day to day and let the great team I surround myself help those of you in my worlds

    My legacy will be in how I lived not in what I say; I would hope each of you would do the same should life serve you up the same shitty circumstance

    I’ll still be here most days watching and reading your posts while everyone rests in the small hours, and I’ll be smiling when I see you all sharing wins and helping one another – while having a giggle doing it- which is all I’ve ever wanted tbh

    I’ll come back stronger than ever ready to step up and lead as never before

    But for now?

    I’m out

    The GOAT needs me to step up for the family
    so step up I will…

    Thank you for being a part of my world, I appreciate you more than you know

    See you soon

    Dan

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  • [post #3 of 4] The curious and unexpected benefits of 13 days social media isolation

    Clarity

    This is honestly perhaps the biggest thing I got from being away – for a bit – from not just social but everything

    I was forced to take stock of both a) what I have and b) what I have not

    For a long time for all I wanted was peace; I found myself going though all the fun things I had done in my past and – relatively less ‘fun’ in the last few years

    Old dan had LOADS of fun; it was a properly wild ride but a ride that was dangerous and likely would of brought about my early demise

    New dan was very much at peace and more family centric and very stable…but I’ve also realised he’s a bit boring

    Lockdown hasn’t helped; but I seem to of ‘misplaced’ some of the things that helped me get to where I am today

    Dex mentioned it on a post the other day; I built what I have now on 100’s of 1000’s of miles flown/trained/travelled as well as 100’s of meetings and events and talks and all sorts

    That’s something I haven’t done for a while and – on reflection – something I have missed

    But I wouldn’t of realised I had missed it if I hadn’t had the time to thing and process why I was feeling the way I was – that and why I was a touch ‘low energy’

    Completely removing yourself away from distractions and ‘quick hits of happiness’ like social media gives I think all of us need to do from time to time as it helps us just be alone with out thoughts and make conclusions without influence

    As well as the above, the lack of social made me examine what I wanted from life and realised if I’m going to attract the partner and new freedom of my dreams – much like I have the clients and business of my dreams – I was going to have to focus on new areas of my life and make positive changes in due course

    Many of us seek validation (it’s subconscious for ‘normal’ folks) and with lockdown many of the things I USED to thing were important are in fact quite a lot of bullshit

    It’s why if you’ve followed me personally you will of seen a few ‘pokey’ posts about the complete nonsense I see paraded online

    It’s such bollocks isn’t it?

    People with their Humblebrag posts – STFU – that isn’t how you live life; you’re just trying to appear a certain way to make people think a certain thing about you

    I say this fully owning the fact that I have done that myself!

    😀

    So it’s made me think – I have no answer yet – what I want my life to be like not only now but in the future

    All the goals I wanted to achieve in my early 30’s I’ve hit and surpassed

    Every single one

    So the time away from the social noise – although I don’t have them YET – has made me think I need new goals, new projects and new passions in my life

    I don’t know what they are yet; but that’s the fun of both entrepreneurship and life itself

    Goals are BRILLIANT and – I always will be – a goal focussed individual

    But if that’s ALL you focus on you miss out on the journey which is when you look back and reflect (as I did) you realised that was the best bit of all

    Not so much of a conclusion on this one, but one that I thought you would be interested I hear from someone who has been grinding away for many many years at this

    Oh and this pic? Just over 4 years old and was taken before I was guest at the playboy mansion and had dinner and drinks with Richard Branson

    Like I said, the journey was quite fun 🙂

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  • What goes on in our heads impacts EVERYTHING

    You can’t escape your own head.

    Believe me, I’ve tried.

    (It was called ‘Grey Goose’)

    The ONLY thing you can do is work with what you’ve got so that it fires you up instead of bringing you down and getting stuck in the cycle overwhelm, procrastination, limiting beliefs and self-sabotage.

    First thing I’ve gotta say is no fucker is immune to this.

    Not me

    Not you

    Not that motivational coach with the perfect life and a perma-smile

    Being a human – it’s hard work.

    Just because normal everyday existence of being a human isn’t punishment enough.

    Some of us decide to become entrepreneurs

    Lol

    Crazy hours. Check.

    Hard to connect with people not like us. Check

    Opening ourselves up to massive criticism. Check

    No guarantee of income. Check.

    Daily battles with value and self-worth. Check

    The list goes on.

    No wonder most of us are tapped in the head.

    Depression, ADHD, bipolar, suicidal feelings and more all effect a higher number of entrepreneurs than they do the general public.

    That’s a fact.

    If you’re going through things – know you are not alone.

    Even at the lighter end of the scale

    Stuff comes up.

    We hold ourselves back.

    We worry about what other people are going to think

    We self sabotage every time we get close to our goals

    And

    The greatest tool we have – our brains

    Is the one thing that truly works against us to stop us progressing.

    With that in mind – here’s a few of my top tips for taking control of your mindset

    #1 The power of the braindump

    As I say, what is in our heads is what holds us back.

    More often than not, we get so preoccupied with life and business that these thoughts start to fester away in the background without us giving all that much thought to them until they turn into massive monsters that blight up with procrastination, overwhelm, fear and more.

    The first thing you need to do to tackle mindset issues is to get them out of your head and know what you’re actually dealing with

    And

    Regularly keep your head clear of all the junk and crap it picks up along the way.

    You do this, with brain dum

    Some benefits of doing regular brain dumps?

    1. Ideas

    I’ve had some epic ideas because (for me) I actually am present with my own mind
    That and the looped music helps ‘distract’ my brain and my subconscious can do its own thang

    2. Problem solving

    Similar to above – I’ve been able to come up with:
    – copy hooks
    – solutions to business and personal problems
    – rationalise relationships (stick or twist)

    It’s been very useful

    3. Less rage/generally a bit nicer

    I’m simple less angry
    Don’t tend to go from 0-100 much
    As a rule calm
    – for anyone who has followed me for a while, this is novel eh –

    4. Less stressed/sleep better

    I go to bed kinda ‘empty headed’ now and as someone who’s mind NEVER SHUTS THE FUCK UP….sleep has been a bugger
    Less so now

    Here’s how it’s done…

    1. Do a FULL brain dump BEFORE you switch off, get that shit out of your head and LEAVE IT

    2. If you have a problem or something you need clarity on? Write it on a piece of paper to take with you – look at it at points

    3. Either NO phone or on airplay mode

    4. Have either a looped song, movie score or something like natural sounds (I like thunderstorms) on music

    5. Take a book – paper one – with you that inspires you or is of interest; something you WANT to read as opposed to HAVE to read

    6. Go buy a a pen and notepad, and a bottle of water (clarity dehydrated is nigh on impossible) and take em with you; any ideas that come up and

    WRITE THEM DOWN

    Not on your phone, go analogue

    Then either a) go to a location where you don’t speak to anyone (I have a special place socially distant…you have to climb a cliff to get to it lol) or get yo ass locked in a room

    #2 – Knowing when to go #ballsdeep & knowing when it’s time to pull back

    As I say – entrepreneurs are a special bunch

    We will give it all we’ve got and then some on top

    And what happens is we will keep going and going and going until we break.

    And when we start to break we keep pushing harder to punish ourselves and catch up.

    It takes some time to learn to recognise the signs.

    I have broken myself plenty of times in the past

    Me personally?

    I’ll see shifts in how I’m working, how I show up and the content that I put out.

    Over time I go from full on content machine to full on sillyness and everywhere in between.

    And by learning what makes Dan tick, I’ve come to see where I need to ease back, take a change of scene, mix some more fun stuff in my life if it’s gone a bit work heavy.

    This is something I can’t give you an exact image of because it loooks a little different for each of us.

    Here are a few signs to watch out for that give a hint it might be time to pull back and change things up before you burn out

    – You content gets massively serious and dry OR you can’t do serious content and it’s all fun stuff

    – You’ve stopped things like going to the gym and date nights because you’re constantly busy

    – Your sleep pattern has shifted and you’re suddenly crashing early or waking up in the middle of the night

    – You’ve been doing lots of videos, webinars and lives till now but you just can’t face hitting the button

    – You’re suddenly eating everything…or nothing

    As I say, how this shows up is individual.

    If those come up, evaluate what you’ve got going on and how you can mix things up before you take yourself down.

    And if you do go down – take a think back to how you were working and if any sign showed up so you can add them to your personal list of red flags

    #3 – Remind yourself you’re actually fucking awesome

    It’s EASY to crack on when life’s good; posts flow, deals seems to land with ease, shit goes your way

    Then life goes – ‘Hold my beer’ – and decides to fuck with you

    That’s when you want to say ‘fuck it’

    – quit making the calls
    – stop making the pitches
    – gives less fucks about yourself
    – ditch the diet and training
    – content no longer gets created

    And so on

    I know because I’ve been there in my past

    Staring in the mirror

    Looking at my reflection thinking wondering what’s the point of going on anymore

    THAT is the make/break point

    When every fucking fibre of you is saying ‘stop’ – especially when you have every right to

    When you take a step THEN?

    That’s when you reach a new level of resilience and tenacity that you didn’t think you had

    You find a gear that may not be the fastest or the most efficient but it’s has power and it grinds you through the shitty terrain and on to smoother roads

    I have consciously decided to spend a lot more time on my own without electronic devices, people or any form of stimulus and aggressively work on my thoughts

    Everything from triggers to limiting beliefs to self-sabotaging behaviours I have gone through each and every fucking and examined why I do the things I do and ask one simple question

    Does this serve me?

    For starters I have learned that you can ALWAYS find a positive even if it FEELS negative, and you will get what you focus on

    Now I mentally walk through and WRITE DOWN (this is key btw) all the positive things that have come from the encounter, issue, relationship – whatever it is

    And when I find myself on a little negative feedback loop?

    I have them on my notes on my phone and if I find something shitty bubbling up with regards to whatever situation it may be?

    I just read the corresponding note

    Another thing I have found is that pain IS temporary IF you take action; don’t get me wrong when life throws you a curveball you are allowed to feel crap and throw yourself a little pity party..

    But ONLY a little one and ONLY for a little while.

    After that? The KEY thing to getting over setbacks is ACTION

    Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t do shit, and as hard as it may be? What you need to be is DOING and NOT thinking in times like this. Brilliantly, the more action you take the better you tend to feel as time goes on

    #4 – Have A Support Network

    Think you can just go it alone?

    That we should have it all handled because hey, everyone else does

    On top of all that

    We beat ourselves up and we put ourselves down and we just don’t think we’re worth it.

    We don’t think that we are worthy of help.

    We don’t think that we deserve to be cared about.

    We don’t think that we deserve support

    because

    We think that’s our job and our job alone.

    So it can be so hard to ask for help, share the load, and delegate.

    We take on more and more and more

    Carrying a bigger weight on our shoulders

    and I’m telling you now

    if you carry that weight

    if you keep on adding more and more stuff without getting any help without having any support without having people to help you figure things out,

    It is going to break you.

    Some point somewhere along the line that way is just going to get too much and it’s going to absolutely crush you.

    The alternative is getting a support network in place

    Support inside your business and sport outside of business because both sides are just important

    and both areas are areas where you’re going to have things come up.

    You’re gonna have problems, you’re going to have issues

    If you try and do it alone You’re an idiot.

    Yet, it’s something that we have a habit of trying to do.

    We try to just deal with our problems

    We are the problem solvers after all

    We try to find the answer & a way forward figure it all out.

    Because if we don’t, who will?

    We convince ourselves that it’s not a big deal

    We can handle it

    That other people have got bigger problems

    And if we just keep on pushing will find a way

    So we push and we push and we push until we break down

    And none of that is necessary

    The thing is

    On top of thinking that we should be able to deal with everything.

    That we should be smart enough to do it alone.

    You NEED to have support in place to actually be provide practical help, smart guidance, emotional support and different ideas is key to seeing you through whatever comes up.

    Combine support with your own tool box of times and tricks to help you recognise what phase your mindset is in and the kind of action you need to take to get the most out of it and you can really power yourself forward

    Even during times when most other people would fall apart.

    As much as I’m a practical Get Shit Done & fuck anything that’s gonna try and stop me kind of person.

    Without the mindset part?

    Game over.

    There’s only so much a person can grind through whilst fighting their own head.

    I know there are a lot of people struggling right now in the mindset department.

    Even if business is operating just fine and works in lockdown, the whole isolation thing, fear for the future, missing family and trying to look after dependents takes its toll.

    But

    You got this.

    And we

    A.K.A. me and the Planet Dan Team

    We got you.

    And we’ll be doing as much as we can to bring you all the best of our knowledge and skills to keep you going, and getting the best results you can even through trying times.

    All we ask is you let us know when you find things useful and go take action on them.

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  • [Post #2 of 4] The curious and unexpected benefits of 13 days of social media isolation…

    I didn’t expect to be so TIRED

    Social media is – and has been – a huge part of my life for such a long time I couldn’t remember NOT posting/cracking on

    As I said yesterday I didn’t so much phase out as cut myself off completely with every app deleted and a cursory check of WhatsApp twice a day to see if there was anything I needed to be aware of

    – all was good as I said the team were fab –

    I went straight on a 5 day ‘bender’ of motorcycling and racing bikes (that’s me in the video in comment #1)

    My birthday was on the weds and then when I finally slowed down

    I just crashed

    I had zero energy and all I did for close to 5 days straight was lie here and play games

    (I’m a catch arent i)

    It was a sign that I needed to clearly slow down a but as my brain is NEVER off and when I gave it a chance it holy fuck it took it!

    Yes I had planned to play all the ‘DOOM’s but I didn’t expect that was all I could in fact physically do for a few day’s

    But this is the thing about lessons; they come when you least expect them

    The forced downtime gave me time to think and get clear on some things I wanted from life as well as some things I simply won’t tolerate anymore – plus some goals that’s maybe I didn’t think I wanted but now do

    The clarity isn’t quite there yet; I realise I’ve been distracting myself from what my subconscious has probably been trying to tell me for a long time but it’s all good – clarity comes when you least expect it!

    I’ve said it many times before;

    Your brain is smarter than you

    🙃

    So you need to take time OFF – time to time – so that when you are back ON you are able to do and perform and show up and be happy and all the things that make life worthwhile

    Hard work is always going to be the ‘backbone’ of success; I don’t believe anything good comes easy

    But equally you have to factor in time OFF and AWAY to be an effective entrepreneur and effective human full stop

    Rest doesn’t make you weak; in fact if you DONT rest you’re more likely to fuck yourself up during these shitty, wierd and random AF times

    So if you have been redlining for a while – which many of you have – give yourself permission to carve out some time for you to do NOTHING

    Fuck the hustle 24/7 crew they are bell ends

    Hustle and grind

    THEN

    Chill and unwind

    (You need both)

    Ultimately you can’t be on all the time, and if all you do is work what’s the fucking point in life?

    Stealing and making my own from ‘The Shining’:

    ‘All work and no play makes Dan a dull boy’

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  • [Post #1 of 4] The curious and unexpected benefits of 13 days of social media isolation…

    As I mentioned earlier I said that I would share some of my takeaways from my time

    Before I go on; I’ll state that I do love social media – it’s changed my life, almost mostly for the good

    It’s a wonderful tool that if used properly, is one of the most useful ones you can leverage (along with email IMO)

    Yes it can be used and yes it can take over your life if you let it (that’s something for a later post) but it’s is so brilliant if you’re smart with it

    Today is all about one simple thing

    Knowing that you are utterly replaceable*

    😃

    And what I mean by they little asterisk is if you surround yourself with the right people, in the right way who have the right skills; your business – and life – runs perfectly well without you…for a while

    It still needs YOU and YOUR magic, but it doesn’t need you – eventually – 24/7

    This was the longest I’ve had off in I’m going to say 8-9 years; the most I’ve had away from any groups is a few days if that

    This was 13 days and I deleted all the apps off my phone; if I was needed

    WhatsApp

    Didn’t have my WhatsApp?

    Then, by rationale, I wasn’t needed

    🙃

    I 100% couldn’t of done that without the people in this pic (isn’t it an amazing card/gift btw – there’s a mug too) and those people are in my life because I was me

    Tega put himself forward off the back of a post I put in here 6 years ago and Sarah replied to an email I blagged getting sent out at a soft play centre

    Everyone else simply appeared here, added value over time and then joined the fold when the time was right

    Most of them didn’t do what they do for the biz now when I met them but they have innate talents and values and skills that can’t be trained (loyalty, hard work, honesty, empathy to name a few) and were willing to dive in and see what happens

    Which leads me to the point of this post

    Being replaceable; of course no one can be me (not sure they would want to tbh) but I can’t do it alone – I’ve tried that and it failed

    Building a team is one of the best decisions you can make IF you want to ‘claw back’ your time and freedom as they do the things naturally that I can’t do

    Equally I can do things that they can do and everyone gets more time, more £ and more freedom

    Dumbest shit I see is people recruiting team members then moaning about the cost

    It’s not a cost

    It’s an investment in THEM and YOU

    I gave everyone free reign to do and post what they wanted and – if they chose to – to step up (which they did)

    As proud of them as I was before I left I’m even more so now

    That and it’s taken a lot of pressure of just shoulders; dad is still on the final journey and there’s gonna be times when I’m needed here or simply won’t be able to ‘dan’

    When that happens?

    I know everyone’s in safe hands

    Hope that’s given you some insights and maybe a nudge for those that are on the fence with growth of your teams; it’s a risk that’s always worth taking if you know how to do it right

    – fortunately I do –

    Next instalments are a bit ‘spicy’ but I’m not going to hold back as there were a few things that knocked me for 6 and took a few days to get clear on

    Get ready for the rollercoaster…

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  • 10 Jul

    Take A Moment Today

    Blog Post

    Please remember to be kind to you

    IF you can and WHEN you can, take WHATEVER moments you can to do a little something for you

    I promise you if you are constantly GOGOGOGOGO not only will you break eventually; but it gets harder and harder to get back up when you test – and push past – your limits

    ON is important as OFF – I’ve learned this the hard way… That and life, fuck the WORLD right now, is a hard place

    Take a moment today – my advice – and just do something small for you

    It makes all the difference… 

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  • Today I am rehabbing my dad, and I wanted to share a lesson from this

    MANY of you reading this have skills, talents and expertise that – due to time – you have forgotten

    Lately I’ve got back into doing into ‘hustle’ mode as thats what I built my entire business on

    Hard work repeated daily (as well as being enjoyable it gives me purpose)

    That – with a little bit of help with a rehab specialist – I’m helping dad get mobility back after the shitstorm of operations he had

    Sounds daft but I had ‘forgotten’ that I was a pretty fucking good and highly qualified PT with 14,000+ hours delivered ‘on the tools’

    I know what I’m doing and I’m smart enough to get help as well

    Right now, life might be confusing as fuck for you

    But take a moment to remember all the shit you are good at and see how you can apply that to your world right now

    You have skills that can change lives and the only thing stopping you putting that out there is you

    Crack on

    😘

    #skillstopaythebills

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  • 3 Jul

    Keep Goating

    Blog Post

    Yesterday I had a nice surprise

    When I was on the phone with my mentees, the goat – aka my dad – just ‘appeared’ in the hallway

    Not in a spectral force-ghost kinda way, mum said she was nipping out to get the shopping…

    …and she came home with my dad

    (I was hoping for snacks…but the goat probably better lol)

    Now because the world is a cynical and jaded place when it comes to many entrepreneurial things – nothing is sacred – I’ll cover exactly what HE said to me:

    1. ‘Can you make a few quid off me coming back’

    2. ‘You should sell a thing you do on the internet I can teach goaty sales and we can spend the money on the nurses who helped me’

    3. ‘Would your people from the internet want a book, I could write it called ‘the wisdom of goat…they can add it to yours’

    Bear in mind he has been in hospital for 3 weeks, had 6 pages of procedures done and – I know I joke but he shouldn’t even be here now

    (The doctors were genuinely surprised that he was there on the Monday after seeing him a week ago Friday)

    He does crack me up with his cheeky and shameless ways

    Lol

    (TBH I’m probably going to do all of the above with him while I can because he wants to do it…I’ll do anything he wants – no questions asked)

    So anyways I’ve learned a lot from my dad; but lately I’ve simply just been proud

    I don’t know how he got through what he did, I’m not gonna go into detail out of respect to him – but he wanted me to share this

    So I am

    If I can pass on ONE piece of advice form him to you, it’s this

    Don’t
    Give
    Up

    That’s it

    As long as you are still alive it’s your duty to keep fucking going – as best you can – for a as long as you can

    I’m sure in the quiet hours dad didn’t want to keep going

    But he’s a husband and a father and equally even at the age of 69 (#lol) he still wants to look after and provide – however he can – for his family

    Shit proper choked me up eh?

    So I’ll level with you; there has been multiple times both personally and professionally when I have wanted to give up

    One-hundred-fucking-per-cent

    But I didn’t

    Even when I was this *makes very small gap with fingers* close to saying:

    ‘FUCK IT’

    – I’m out –

    I keep going

    Not because I was told to, but because the goat and mum and my sister lead by example

    Everyone should of quit but no one did

    Now I don’t know if it’s because I’m smart or dumb or some mixture that seems to work

    No idea

    But even when I don’t want to I keep going, and as much as I learned anything from goat it’s exactly that and I do

    It’s that to you HAVE to keep going ESPECIALLY when you don’t want to

    Because as long as your heart beats in your chest, you can still change your life for the better

    And that’s that

    I’ll be back to more ‘entrepreneurialy’ things from tomorrow onwards; but you’ve been patient with me last few weeks

    – hence wanted to update you as to whats happening –

    We ain’t out the woods yet (gotta help build him up for chemo next, dusting off my PT boots 🤣) but I got him home and now it’s time for me to step up for him, my family AND you…

    …tomorrow 😉

    Lol

    Right, I’m off to go get the shopping for everyone seeing as mother didn’t yesterday the little liar that she is…🤣

    Y’all have any idea how hard it is to bring home the weekly shop on a 170mph crotch rocket?!?

    #firstworldproblems

    Speak soon & fighting the good fight

    D

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  • 29 Jun

    Check This Checklist

    Blog Post

    Why your free Facebook group (may) be shit, and what to do about it…a 20 point checklist

    Right, now – I get added to a lot of groups

    And thats cool, if it looks vaguely interesting ill stay and have a nose around – as a rule I am less than impressed

    Do I think I am the bee’s knees at FB groups?

    Well, Im pretty good – but one thing I AM – is very, very observant (and I’m a little be smarter than people give me credit for ha)

    So below is a little checklist I put together a while back about what you are doing wrong, and will help you focus on what you can do to fix it. I have spent a LONG time studying groups, tribes, social dynamics – Im quite a geek about this!

    The groups that work have common themes of do’s and donts – this is a brain dump of the list, and if you have ANY problems with your group – whack them up below, and ill try give you some pointers as best I can

    RIghty-o, here we go

    1. you’re not consistent
    2. you don’t show up daily
    3. your sole purpose of the group is to make $$$
    4. you lose interest
    5. you mass add people without messaging them first
    6. you haven’t spent long enough building influence online before you create a group
    7. you try and take from the group (sell shit) before you add value (give shit)
    8. you don’t put your hand in your pocket (i.e. you don’t do prizes, give aways, treat people) or give your time freely without expecting anything in return
    9. you don’t enforce rules – have a clear ‘this is how the group works’
    10. you don’t make people feel welcome; you allow cliques to take a hold
    11. you don’t encourage/foster people who add value
    12. you don’t call out people for not contributing or taking without giving
    13. the the theme of your group is boring
    14. you don’t treat people like people – no fun/personal stuff
    15. you change what the group stands for too often
    16. you promote too often
    17. you let anyone in – you don’t have any ‘filters’ for who can/cannot come in
    18. you don’t know what curation is, and what it means to the group as a whole
    19. you are rigid; you don’t adapt with the group and its needs
    20. its all about you, when the focus should be on the community

    NOw, if your group is humming – people are commenting -good shit is going down?

    Ignore the above

    BUT, if its died off, you are losing interest or its just not working – run it though the above

    have a question on FB groups or commutes as a whole?

    You know what to do….its called comment below btw

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