“Going deep”

Whenever we’re with friends or new acquaintances and the conversation is getting a little bit stale/whiney/gossipy/surface level, I have a habit of bringing out my secret weapon: a list of questions I’ve collated from various websites and resources, which are intended to both reactivate the chat and “go deep” at the same time. I don’t even bother with segues like “Hmmm, well, speaking of death…”: I just pull out my phone and shriek, “Hey! I have a bunch of questions that are really fun to answer – Tim Ferriss uses…

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On being different

“Robbie, where do you want your ashes to be scattered when you die?” “Well I’ll be dead by that point, so it doesn’t matter. You choose.” “You must have somewhere you’d like them to be scattered? A favourite place? Somewhere meaningful?” “OK. Bangkok.” “Oooh! Why Bangkok? Because you love it there?” “Yeah, I do. But I’ll be dead, so I don’t really care. If you’re still alive, though, you’ll get a nice holiday out of it.” “But also because you love it there too, right? I don’t want you to…

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Before you go off to do that…

Last week we officially launched a new business. We created the website, got the business cards designed, opened the bank account, and began the hiring process for our first member of staff. Importantly, though, we didn’t do ANY of this until we’d actually been running the business for more than half a year already. In fact, for well over six months we also had no logo, no marketing materials, no formal agreement with our business partner, no documentation, and no plans for how to scale. We didn’t even have a…

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Europe… in or out?

  “So… in or out?” It’s the British equivalent of “What the f**k do we do about Trump?” – the conversation starter of choice at dinner tables around the country. Later this year, there’ll be a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU, or if it should scarper – leaving Merkel et al. with no one around to discuss the weather or debate imperial vs metric. Most people assume that Rob and I would prefer to stay firmly “in”, because we’re digital nomads and we spend a…

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Skills? Pah!

Last year, during a week that will one day become semi-affectionately referred to as The Bonkers Week In Which We Did Everything But SleepTM, a lot went on. While dealing with the purchase of a new investment property, we juggled client calls, project deadlines and a visit from my parents alongside the general day-to-day running of our businesses. Most exhaustingly of all, Rob went on a hiring frenzy: 15 Skype interviews over two days with candidates for three new roles within two of our companies. Given the complexities of the…

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