Ever want to retreat somewhere hot and just THINK?

No stimuli, just thinking. Daydreaming.

Fully offline. No inputs.

You, a pen and a notepad. Re-treating yourself.



'Building blocks'

There is so much I have learned from the property industry. The thought that crossed my mind recently is the importance of realistic planning.

For some dreamers, the word 'realistic' is triggering. It shouldn't be. Making a vision become reality is the goal. You SHOULD be realistic. Being realistic is asking “How do we make this thing REAL... in REAL life?”

Creating a building from nothing is very hard. It starts with a vision.. one day there is nothing but empty space and sometime later, you have a building that holds people and businesses. Without careful, realistic planning, this vision would not have become real.

You must must must think of all eventualities when planning. This is not “negative”, this is smart. You have to plan and have contingencies in place because invariably, something will go wrong. Again, this is not thinking “negatively”, this is simply planning for real-world circumstances. Be ok with it! Things not going your way is not the end of the world, especially if you have foreseen it and planned for it.

Set budgets and bring in the people that will do their utmost to make the vision reality. Keep the team motivated and following your north star. Be adaptable. As new information surfaces, prepare to be nimble.

Stick to a schedule, but expect it will probably take 2x as long and 3x the cost quoted!

Being prepared is smart. Being aware is being equipped. Try not to confuse being prepared with being negative.


'Hide and Seek'

What you seek, is seeking you too. So stop hiding!

You might not be doing it intentionally but hiding in plain sight doesn't help either.

Make it easy to be found to those who are seeking what you can offer...

(note to self.)


'optimise for joy'

So what if you've been working on it for years. What are you actually loyal to, the time you have spent so far or the amount of joy you're getting from doing the work?

Optimise for joy, cut the bullshit.


“read me.”

People say we read less... but how many tweets, captions, WhatsApps, DMs, emails, and articles do we all read each day on our phones?

We not reading less, we're reading less important things.


Start. Stop.

It's ok to start things with enthusiasm and stop when it dwindles. Its ok to start and stop. After all, when we stop doing something, we start doing something else. Following your curiosity may open up doors you never knew existed and take you down paths you never imagined, but just because you started on one path it doesn't mean you have to stay on that one path.

Just like writing blogs, I started writing a few years ago and immediately put myself on a schedule, once a week at a certain time on a certain day. While this was good discipline, I could not force the thoughts that would create a blog I wanted to share. Now I'm back because I felt an itch to share. From now on I'm following that itch, that urge, wherever it takes me. I'll never know what doors or paths reveal themselves but the key is to keep moving, even if you momentarily pause to choose a direction.