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Hey folks 👋 this week, I wanted to share some thoughts on what I believe are some of the top traits we all need to navigate the crazy journey of life.

I’ve seen, on many occasions, how people believe they've ticked all the boxes that society has told them to do, yet, find themselves at a loss as to why they don't have all the things they feel should automatically now be theirs.

So, this is a bit of a philosophical thought for the week, but one I hope might spark some reflection and maybe even inspiration to think differently about success (whatever form that may take for you).


Also, not forgetting the usual dose of weird, wonderful and what I hope is helpful content from the rest of planet earth in my curated roundup.
The big thought

I'm often asked how I come up with and execute all the ideas I have for my blog, newsletter, podcast and basically the brand I’ve built over the last half a decade-ish.

To my surprise, many people seem to believe that I’m some kind of well-educated and connected person with some sort of secret advantage that allows me to do these things. Or, perhaps, this is what they tell themselves to feel better about not doing their own thing.

Yet, in reality, the truth is not quite so sexy.

If you think you can’t create your own side project or can't make that career change because you need some kind of formal education or access to secret networks, then I have some home truths for you.

There is nothing extraordinary about me.

🧠 I’m not the smartest – academia has never been my strong point.

📣 I’m not the loudest – I’m a natural introvert so networking can be an odd experience for me.

👤 I don’t have bulletproof confidence, I’m just like everyone else.

💨 I’m not the fastest to capitalise on opportunities.

But, I do have two things and these two things are what I believe are the most important traits we all need to do anything in life.



Will and Discipline 

I may not always have the skills but I have the will to learn and grow.

I have built the discipline to keep doing what needs to be done to achieve my aspirations, no matter what they are. I know that everyone else can do this if they're clear on the rules of the Game Of Life.


The Navy Seal commander Jocko Willink said the now famous phrase “Discipline equals freedom” and I wholeheartedly believe that.

You don’t have to be the smartest or the loudest but you can always be the hardest worker in the room. Like you, I'm just another human doing the best I can.

But, relying on qualifications, connections or any other advantages (whether fair or unfair) is not enough to operate through the world we navigate for the rest of our existence.

No matter where you are now, you can build something of your own. It doesn’t need to make you rich, build a massive network or allow you to ditch the 9-5.

So, from one complex human to another – believe in the enormity of the possible.

Will and discipline could take you further than you imagine, and these are the things that have personally allowed me to build the multiple careers I have today and that of many other people I know too.

 
 
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Content that has caught my attention and might interest you too.


🤔 After a long time of being the uncrowned champion of learning technology today (albeit, incredibly unfiltered too). YouTube has officially stepped into the world of EdTech.

In a pilot programme, YT has launched an ad-free player for a selection of its biggest education creators to work with. I assume the idea being if all goes well, we'll see this scaled in the commercial market.

This makes a lot of sense to me as YouTube is most likely more used than any in-house piece of learning tech today. Let's watch this space to see how this goes.



💡In last week's newsletter, I share my updated onboarding toolkit with all of you (it's free to download btw). As coincidence (or perhaps fate) has it, I stumbled across this curated list from 360 learning with 32 onboarding templates and checklists for new starter experiences.

Enjoy all of these here.



👏 I came across this one on another doom-scrolling adventure as I was wandering back from work.

It's called "Your Career Is Just One-Eight of Your Life" and it asks some deep, yet, essential questions about the things we really want. I've shared this with quite a few people already and continue to find myself looking over the 5 bits of meaningful career advice.

 
One more thing...

Just released and coming soon!

I thought I'd share a round-up of stuff I've recently been sharing on the blog and socials, plus some stuff to come.

Even I struggle to keep up with all the things I'm dropping everywhere so this is a good reminder for me too.

➡️ My recently released Ultimate Onboarding Toolkit is available for free now.


➡️ The 'Resources For L&D Teams' has had a makeover on STT.com and includes a new Performance Engineer Cheatsheet For Consulting Questions, amongst other stuff.


➡️ For those based in the UK or travelling to the UK for the upcoming Learning Tech Forum in London. I'll be delivering a workshop at the conference on "Being Smarter With Tech To Boost Performance In A Hybrid World". It's a paid-for event, but if you're there, come see me on stage from 13:15- 14:15 on October 13th.


➡️ I published my first new audio thoughts aka podcast episode over the last few days. I kinda fell out of love with the whole podcast thing for the last 7/8 months but I've been flirted with it a bit, again. Here's the latest episode on Data vs Opinions which you can get on the platform of your choice.


➡️ Lastly, I've got loads more explainer videos dropping over at my YouTube channel aka the visual thoughts library. Drop by for more content like this.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” 

Anais Nin
 

That's it for this week. Please do share your thoughts with me on these pieces or anything I share on the Twitterverse and LinkedIn. Chat to you soon and stay healthy people!

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