Today I was asked how I keep everything straight and make progress every day, in relation to business ventures.
The short answer is focusing on what matters.
1. I'm an absolute minimalist. I haven't owned a TV since 2013. I haven't owned a car since 2012. My current apartment's square footage is that of a standard sized college dorm room. It's so small, there is no oven. All of my clothes can fit into 1 suitcase, and 1 duffel bag. My possessions must bring purpose, in both the present and future. If at any time something stops providing purpose, it's gone.
2. I strive to be stoic. Poker teaches you the hard way that it's not good to mix emotion into an area which requires extreme logic and game theory, in order to succeed. This is also true in business, and (most) other areas of life. Stoicism isn't about hiding emotion--I still feel everything. Stoicism is about the choice to not display emotions; to not let emotions get the best of a situation. I believe that stoicism teaches you how to complain less.
If you have less, you'll have more time to focus on what matters.
If you complain less, you'll have more time to focus on what matters.
"You're not going to be able to convince enough people that this way of growing food is better. It's messing with the way farming works." - Agronomist, prior to Nebullam pitching, 2016
"You have to have professional engineering help, and to spend years on the product. You won't be able to just get it out there at such a minimal stage." - Engineering professor, ahead of KinoSol's first field-testing, 2015.
"None of you have put on an event before. Why don't you leave it professionals?" - Sponsor lead, prior to Young Entrepreneur Convention, 2015.
"You don't know the first thing about running a startup, Clayton. Why risk it?" - Myself, 2014.
Critics are endless. Not a single day has gone by in 3 years, where I've been 100% certain of what I'm doing.
If you are to reach your full potential, you need to do what others aren't willing to do.
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