The first hour

Some genuine headlines from Business Insider magazine: “5 things successful people do before 8am” “12 things you didn’t know that successful people do before breakfast” “15 things successful people do on Monday mornings” Way to intimidate everyone, Business Insider! I’m not sure that I even do 12 things per day in total, let alone before breakfast – even though I cheat by getting up at 6am and not having breakfast until 11am. They do have a point, though: the first hour determines the quality of the rest of your day….

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Run the winners, kill the losers

Looooser!

Burnout wasn’t far away, and we eventually cut down. Now, if Mish had to explain each of our projects over a separate glass of wine she’d still end up sleeping on the bathroom floor with the room spinning around her, but we wouldn’t have to get her stomach pumped. We took things too far, but working on multiple simultaneous projects does have its advantages – which we’ve written about before. Recently, I’ve come to appreciate another benefit that I hadn’t considered before: you can’t sustain bad ideas beyond their natural…

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Starting from zero

We wanted to be a part of it...hence the name of this blog. Do you see?

As you'll know if you've followed our story (and spoiler alert if you haven't), it all worked out in the end. But perhaps because we suspect deep down that we were just fluky and what we did was totally irresponsible, we've been advising people to take it more cautiously ever since. We've written a lot about the merits of starting side-projects and building something of your own alongside your day job. Now though, I'm starting to suspect that by starting from zero we had it right all along… Why it's…

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10 things I now know about Barcelona

November and December are totally underrated times to visit You know how you look on TripAdvisor/Yelp/Foursquare (in ascending order of how cool you are) and you find a restaurant which the reviews say is awesome but “you have to wait like two hours for a table”? Barcelona is full of places like that. Except that in November, you can just saunter straight in at peak time and spread yourself out across three tables. Seriously: the place is empty of tourists (well, relatively), but the skies are still gloriously blue and…

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Monthly report: April

Rooftop pool at our Bangkok apartment: not too shabby.

April! Mathematics Awareness Month, the month in which the internet practically explodes with "hilarious" spoof announcements, and also the 233rd most popular name given to a baby girl in 2012 (just ahead of Josephine). That's all well and good, but what did April mean for us? Travel In the second week of April we travelled from Bangkok back to London, which was…surprisingly not as much of a shock as we'd expected after three months away. I kept up my track record of getting overly emotional on planes (hey, don't most…

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