The First Step Is To Think: Questions and Insight To Get You Started

(photo by Marco Beinbrech)

I never read much until my third year of University when I sat in on a presentation by Andrew Hewitt, author of The Power of Focus for College Students and then 24-year-old millionaire, at the University of Victoria. Although I was heading into the Entrepreneurhsip program, my ideas of career direction and opportunity were rather inside-the-box, status-quo and undiscovered. What does being “rich” mean? Why do people work 9-5 jobs? Why do we try to attend the best schools, get the highest grades, and land the highest paying jobs? Most people don’t take two seconds to re-think the default answers to these questions, and I didn’t either. I’d like to give Andrew credit for kick-starting my brain in a new direction as he shared ideas about how we can become programed to think in certain ways about money, careers and life; ways that can inhibit our growth, exploration, and understanding. Andrew credited the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki for getting him started on his journey of awakening, so I figured that it was a good place to start. My mind has been expanding in new directions ever since.

After recently re-reading the book. I wanted to share my favorite insights and some pieces of wisdom that may really stand out for you (not all excerpts are exact quotes):

Every human has a weak and needy part of their soul which can be bought and a strong part filled with resolve that can never be bought. Which is stronger?

Most of the time life doesn’t talk to you; it sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying “wake up,” there’s something I want you to learn.

Be an observer, not a reactor of your emotions.

Do not let fear and desire control your thinking; ignorance of money causes this. Don’t let money rule your life.

Learn to use your emotions to think, not think with your emotions

A “job” is a short term solution to a long term problem.

Learn, don’t earn.

Be good at learning, selling and marketing. Be a good teacher and Student.

People are so afraid of losing that they lose.

Let losing inspire you to win. 90% of people play not to lose; they don’t play to win.

Don’t let the chicken littles of the World who shout doom and gloom affect you. Learn and make your own decisions. Don’t be afraid to lose; doubt and inaction are more expensive.

Which thought was your favorite? Which made you take a step back and think?

Now 24 years old, I may not be a millionaire, but I’m on the road to being my “rich.” Have you ever thought about what “rich” means to you?


Update: What I Learned At Summify Before Twitter Swooped Down and Snatched Up My Team.

In June 2011, I joined two Romanian hackers and ex Google interns, on their quest to build the next layer of the social internet: relevancy and content curation. Summify is your social news summary. Plunk in your Facebook, Twitter, and Google Readers accounts and POOF! The algorithms go to work and pump out your personalized social news summary, showcasing your top five to ten stories of each day or every few hours, via the web or on your mobile. Hands down, Summify is the easiest way to stay ontop of your news feeds. What’s the best part? After reading your Summary that’s it, you’re done! Relax and enjoy your life offline.

I’m the Community Guy in our amazing team, now five strong. My job as Community Builder is to connect with users, support them, and champion their engagement with Summify. I’m living the dream. Working in an early stage startup with a team of incredibly intelligent computer hackers who have great spirit and a squad of heavyhitting investors and advisors to back them up.

It’s an exciting time at Summify. We recently launched 1.1 of our iPhone app and were announced as a finalist to Launch@Grow: allowing us to pitch Summify at the 2011 Grow Conference Launch Party in Vancouver, BC.

Stay tuned to get more insights into start-up life and our adventures. Eager? Check out the company blog.

Filthee Feet 10 Year Anniversary

In celebration of 10 years with my crew, we hosted the Filthee Feet 10 Year Anniversary on July 1-3, 2011. Famous Circle organized the event and we enjoyed getting down with our friends from across the country and even, Japan! All most all of the original crew members came out to chill together and it was a great time, looking back on our accomplishments over the years and kicking back with the people we love vibing with.

The O’Mighty crew swept the event, taking both the 4on4 and 1on1 titles. Congratulations to Reflex of the O’Mighty/Soul Felons crews. He will receive the honour of representing Canada at the largest hip hop festival in the World: The Notorious IBE in Holland (September 2011).

Copyright © Robin Campbell 2014