What gets you out of bed every morning?

It’s 5something in the morning at the moment and I’ve decided to get up and write to you all.. Am I crazy, a little weird, a little too much time on my hands OR Am I passionate about what I do, about the network, about the work I do… I would like to think it is the later. I think everyone needs to ask themselves once in a while, does what I’m currently doing get me out of bed in the morning pumped and ready to go, or would you rather stay hidden under the covers for as long as possible?

We tend to get caught up in the daily grind of things. Why is this though? Why aren’t we all out there every day living the lives and doing the things we really want to be doing? I believe that a lot of this passion and drive to do the things we really love and enjoy is washed out of us throughout our schooling years. I’m sure most of you agree, the common theme at school was; head down, bum up, get good grades on all subjects especially math, english and science, be a good student and once you work your but off to graduate you choose a course at university and that’s your career. Hey presto, you are set.

I don’t think we should work this way, we should be exposed to more opportunity for exploring what it is we really enjoy doing! It’s not too late though. As much as we have been told to get a good job and stick to it, you have two choices if you are in it:

1. Continue what you are doing everyday, try to enjoy it, make an ok living and enjoy whatever free time you get.

2. Make a plan, make a decision and ACT on it. Start the process of moving towards a hobbie, job, career that you actually see yourself enjoying and wanting to get out of bed because you want to be there everyday.

Without being to philosophical, life is short, there is only one of them (as far as I know so far)… Make a decision to do what is it is that you are passionate about! Do something that has you jumping to get out of bed every morning!

Happy Tuesday, make it a good one.

I am now a Virgin Pioneer Member!

I have recently signed up to get involved in a online community run by the Virgin Media Group called Virgin Pioneers. It is for young people into media/tv/business looking to:

1. Learn new things

2. Share knowledge, ideas and thoughts

3. Connect with like minded peeps around the world

Check out the short clip!


First Mentoring Session for 2012

I kicked my 2012 off with a breakfast mentoring session this morning. By boss, a highly successful entrepreneur gave me a 12 month personal mentoring program with him as my Christmas present for 2011…. The best gift in my eyes. I thought given I touched on Mentors late in 2011 that I would keep everyone up-dated on the real deal and any tips that may be useful.

We started with working out what I personally want to achieve from him working with me over the 12 months which was:

– Direction on my career and business development

– Sales skills

– Speaking skills

– Marketing skills

– Day-to-day skills of running a business

If I can enhance my skills and learn from his advice in the above areas I will be a very happy man!

The main points of advice that come out of the first session today were:

1. D  +  V  +  A =  S

Being  – Dreams + Vision + Action = Success – it’s that simple (but is it really?!)

2. Stop procrastination, spending hours on the internet every night searching for things to do, passions to follow, skills to gain and just GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING. This one was a hard hitter as it is a big problem of mine at the minute. It’s kind of like Richard Branson’s (which my boss just so happens to get the pleasure of his company on occasion as a future astronaut on Virgin Galactic) line, SCREW IT, LET’s DO IT!

3. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Listen to people who have done what you want to do and listen for the mistakes they have made in the past. Then its easy, just don’t make them.

Stay posted, as I will be keeping updates on each mentoring session for 2012.