Now I’m not bragging, I am no Einstein or Stephen Hawking’s… the book’s only 80 pages.
However. I can tell you this.
If all Entrepreneurial, Marketing, Personal Development books are Long Island Ice Tea’s: exotic, served in tall glasses with plenty of ice, colorful straws, giving off an awe of hedonistic pleasure.
Anything You Want is a shot of the strongest Mexican Tequilla, served with Salt and Lime and Pigs Blood. No fucking about.
Both produce the same result. The Long Island Ice Tea books fanny about… The Tequila get’s straight to the point.
So after four shots of this book, it’s safe to say, I have now moved from bar to entrepreneurial dance floor and am doing ANYTHING I WANT. (albeit some dodgy dancing and thinking I am Michael Jackson reincarnated)
If I was the Ol’ Guvnor at every single University across the land. I would physically make every single student read this book BEFORE they start their redundant, outdated and “Why am I even here?” courses.
If you are a student wanting to be an entrepreneur then read this book.
If you are a student contemplating being an entrepreneur then read this blog post (I’ve tried to condense it)
Here are my favorite bits (I have paraphrased)
“If you think your life’s purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you’ll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you. If you think a revolution needs to feel like war, you’ll overlook the importance of simply serving people better. When you’re on to something great it won’t feel like a revolution.”
What really really really really fucks me off about Business school. Is when they talk about entrepreneurship, they ONLY talk about Branson, Musk and Steve Jobs (I have the utmost respect for all of these).
But not everyone wants to change the world. Not everyone wants’s to have a Tea Party on Mars.
We feel as students that our “Lifes purpose” should suddenly just kick in whilst we’re at University.
“Hello Mate, I’m Your Life’s Purpose”
“Why HELL-O!!, I’ve been expecting you, Please do come in… Tea or Coffee?”.
“No, No. I’ve just a Meal Deal on the way down… feeling rather ill”
“Just a quick one, I must be on the Road… Your Life’s Purpose is to… fill the blank”.
The point is, trying to find our life’s purpose is hard. It doesn’t just pull off the M23 and come knocking on your door with cakes and biscuits and a joyous tone.
However, what does pull off the M23, with cakes and biscuits is the grad scheme. The grad-scheme is so appealing as it fills the void of our insecurity, anxiety, pain and fear of finding our life’s purpose…
Imagine it though (ike a door-to-door salesman). It’s there to fuck you over!
Finding mine, yours or anyone else’s life purpose is really God Damn Hard.
I struggle massively. I often question:
Why am I even here?
What the fuck is this place?
I feel like an Alien with a stonking erection on my own planet.
I constantly worry ‘How’s everything going to turn out?’ ‘Will bad things happen to me?’ ‘Will good things happen to me?’
However, after reading Derek Siver’s I started to chill the hell out.
I began to “focus on the little day-to-day things that fascinate you…“Remember when you’re onto something great it won’t feel like a revolution”.
I don’t know where I am going. If I am going to be successful. I could end up as a David Bowie Tribute at Butlins. God knows.
Although, Jamie Oliver reassures me.
Jamie never just had it all together. He focused on the day-to-day thing that fascinated him: cooking.
Jamie’s revolution of getting kids eating healthy food, abolishing the total shit in school lunches (came much later). When Jamie was onto something great… I doubt in his eyes it felt like a revolution.
If you’re a student who wants to be an entrepreneur, then start with something you are utterly passionate about. And perhaps you’re feeling like me, worrying about how it’s all going to turn out? Scared it may not work. At least that makes two of us.
Lesson Two: Either “Hell Yeah or No”
If you’re not saying Hell Yeh to something say No. When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say Hell Yeah…. We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying Yes to less is the way out.
Now after a few Pig blood Tequila’s, everything is a “Hell Yeh”.
The next jaeger bomb. The Kebab. The After Party. The One Night Stand. It’s all a “HELL YEH, FUCKING RIGHT!”
Now in life, business and entrepreneurship. We need to put down Pig blood tequilas and start thinking through things properly.
A few things I’ve used the Hell Yeh or No too.
Instagram… its a Hell Yeh to everyone else, bar me.
For me it’s a Hell No. Takes up time. Feel like my body is running, on likes and comments.
By saying no to Instagram, I’ve left room to throw myself completely into that rare thing that makes me say Hell Yeah: Writing.
By sacking off Instagram. I am writing more. Becoming a better writer and getting my name out as a writer (not a fool to get into my Pantie’s and make Protein Powder sand castles).
Imagine if you sacked off the degree… how much time, energy and resources you’d have to focus on your HELL YEAH!
Equally. I fully understand that sacking off a degree is scary and arguably isn’t going to happen.
BUT we have this option when we leave the Gates of Mordor.
We can go HELL YEAH and do something we want to do.
Is the grad-scheme a “Hell Yeah or No?”. If it’s a Hell Yeah, go for it.
If there is the tiniest, weeniest, little bit of No floating about… then don’t do it. Why?
You free up time to focus on a HELL YEEEEH, your business, your idea, your passion.
The Side Effects of going Hell Yeah with your own idea
Constant Self Doubt.
Constant fear and thinking that you could and should have just settled for a normal job.
But that’s worth it to get ANYTHING YOU WANT.
Please share this to people who you think it can help… Part Two coming Wednesday