what will the world look like for future entrepreurs?
Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer
Maybe the future isn’t about the next great toys we can build. Maybe it’s about enhancing the human interface to achieve more, do more, and be more in the world.
I love exploring the future.
And I love to think about what’s in store for the generations to come.
As a child, I was one of those kids that watched the Jetson’s and imagined a world that we lived in that would be just like that.
Dropping your kids off in your flying car…
Having a robot around the house that does work for you like taking out the dog and the trash.
A city in the sky…
Bound by no limitations.
Where innovation and technology were at the epicenter of our being.
And I’m not saying that’s NOT our world now.
In fact, for many, it has already arrived.
For men like Adeo Ressi, longtime Silicon Valley Founder (of multiple ventures) and Founder/CEO of Founder Institute, an Idea Stage Accelerator Program, that world is very much already at his front door.
But what fascinated me most about this intriguing conversation was not the business chatter, of which could have gone on for hours, but rather the deep dialogue about mankind.
As many of you know by now with my own story, my entrepreneurial dreams came to a crashing halt with my health crisis.
What if the future of the startup world first starts with us…?
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I had built a multi-million startup with no funding, no fancy incubator or accelerator programs, no mentors, nada…
And within months of my diagnosis, it was all gone.
It was work that even Thanos from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) would have been proud of.
Steve Jobs died at the age of just 56.
Can you imagine what two or three more decades of Steve Jobs would have meant for the world.
One could argue he was just getting started.
And there’s a very real part of me that sees the same happening to Elon Musk, literally as we speak.
News of heavy drinking and sleep pills don’t quiet that speculation.
We are living in an old model.
We are operating in the past while trying to build tomorrow.
Because in order to DO more, we must first BE more.
But what the hell does that even mean?
I’m sure you’re all expecting a work smarter, not harder, manifesto…
But I assure you that’s not my battle cry.
Because there’s a world in which we get an OS upgrade to remove the bugs.
One where we’re not trying to save AI on a floppy disk.
“Because in order to do more, we must first be more”
When was the last time you were just fully in tune and aware of who you are & what you wanted in the world?
No uncertainty, no questioning, no fear, no stress…
You just had a calming peace, drowned out all the noise and could just BE in that moment?
Because that kind of stillness brings clarity.
And, as my amazing wife always says, clarity unfolds, it doesn’t strike.
Meaning, most of us are running around trying to will our way to clarity.
Instead of being calculated to allow clarity to manifest itself.
And this is critical.
Because too many young people are just throwing themselves at every thing or opportunity that comes their way.
That’s what I did.
I felt I had to leap at everything that was going to move my company forward.
Red eye here…
Issue to fix there?
I’ll hop on the phone or in my car to be there.
“No” is a four letter word to a young entrepreneur…
And it should be your default response.
To further accentuate that problem, we’ve become so Digitally Dependant that it’s almost impossible to see anyone NOT on their phones.
Recent research has shown the average adult now looks at their phone every 6.5 minutes!
That is bloody madness.
What’s even more terrifying is the studies they’ve done on how that sort of behavior is literally rewiring our brains so that we lack the ability to connect with the real world around us.
When it’s what’s around us that holds nearly all the answers to our next great achievements.
Warren Buffett has a net worth of $89.6 Billion.
Do you know how he spends his mornings?
Thinking & reading.
And not the frantic News Feed reading.
The in-depth, what is my next move, thinking.
Because too many of us are swinging the axe when we should be spending most of our time sharpening the blade.
That’s not working smarter, that’s called being calculated.
But social media has told us we have to be everywhere and do everything!
Look at all the Influencers, they are everywhere!
And what about every successful founder that has said there’s no such thing as work/life balance?
Were they wrong?
I would argue no…and yes.
Building a startup takes a shit ton of time and effort.
But MOST of it is wasted time and effort.
I work with students & clients every single day.
And the #1 breakthrough I make with them is to KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING.
Because we are killing ourselves with noise.
Many of them are either playing keep up or they’re 10 steps ahead of where they need to be thinking.
What is the ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do today to move closer to your goals?
And if you haven’t established that, you’re truly making life as an entrepreneur harder than it should be.
We are wasting far more time than we are spending it fruitfully.
I’m doing LESS while simultaneously doing MORE than I ever have.
I know that was a really confusing statement.
But here’s the deal…
The average American spends 17,600 hours in their car every single year.
That’s 293 hours annually or just under six hours per week.
So, in order to NOT commit that kind of time atrocity, I WILL NOT meet outside of my Wednesday afternoon window.
And that’s assuming I’ll even meet to begin with.
I say this all the time but my brain is sore from being picked and I don’t like coffee.
So, getting a sit down with me is like penetrating a steel vault.
And that’s not because I think I’m special.
It’s because I’m trying to BE special.
And in order to achieve that, I need my efforts focused on where that can happen.
Not in a coffee shop giving free advice or giving myself the false illusion I’m doing something productive by merely talking about it with someone else.
Because we often trick our very complex brains into mis-identifying actual achievement with talking about achievement.
So indeed we are our own worst enemy in that case.
Further, my phone is on Do Not Disturb throughout my work day.
If you don’t have a scheduled call with me you shouldn’t be calling me anyways.
Plus, it takes the brain 15 minutes just to refocus after a distraction and even then you can only reclaim ~80% of your previous efficacy.
That’s a proposition that puts me behind schedule.
And guess what, despite belief to the contrary, I’ve yet to miss a SINGLE important thing by doing this.
My family is on my Favorites in my phone so their calls will still come through in the event of a fire…
And any truly important business matter is not coming in via random call anyways.
Next, and this is going to be REALLY tough for many of you.
I use technology to combat my technology.
All of my screens are set to not display blue light after certain hours.
And MOST of my apps are inaccesible before and after hours.
Meaning, I don’t have to FORCE myself to stop.
I can exert my willpower and energy elsewhere.
Arianna Huffington talks about this at large in her book, Thrive.
She says something to the affect of imagine a world where we paid as close attention to our own energy as we do the level of power on our silly smart phones.
Because we just expect ourselves to go, go, go, go, go all the freaking time.
Meanwhile, we have charging stations scattered throughout our lives to replenish our phones and devices.
But why does this all matter, you ask?
Is this just a blog about staying off your phone and being more selective about your time?
It’s not, by the way.
And it’s so much bigger than that.
Because I believe in order to transcend our current time and place as creatures.
We have to create room for it.
You don’t just uplevel your business by chance.
So how are you going to uplevel yourself by running into the ground and just hoping that caffeine hit keeps you going?
That’s a flawed model.
In any business we would call it unsustainable or not scalable.
And yet we somehow we’re the exception?
I don’t understand that logic.
And it took a fall flat-on-my-ass scenario for me to realize it and create the framework I have now.
Recently, I finished an intensive, three month long, program called RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy).
It’s a form of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) designed to rewire your brain and eliminate negative thought patterns.
We all have them, it’s just a matter of degree of severity which makes it difficult sometimes to identify.
I am truly a different person than I was 90 days ago…
By every measurable standard.
Because I created the room for enhancement in my life.
And that investment is going to have the biggest ROI of my life…
I’ve had close associates reach out and say “dude, you are on fire lately.”
Yea, I am…
Because I’m working on me.
And eliminating all that NOISE in my life gave me the space to do it.
Simultaneously, I have ZERO nonsense in my diet.
I challenge you to come watch me eat (only on a Wednesday, though).
There’s no silly business going on in my kitchen.
Because I believe the next big frontier is optimizing the human experience.
What if I pop out of bed and am ready to rock & roll every morning versus dragging myself painfully to my desk?
Or what if I blast right through my 2-4 lull in the afternoon where my blood sugar dips and my energy feels depleted?
That’s two more hours of productivity every single day.
Add that to the time I’m saving not doing shit that just doesn’t matter and you’d have to get up at 3:00 AM to outdo me on a daily basis.
All of this stuff is a non-negotiable.
My 15 minutes of mediation is a non-negotiable.
I’m at my best when my monkey mind beckons to my will.
And this beautiful, highly ADD, brain in my head is capable of finding a solution to any problem thrown my way…
Just not when I’m deathly tired, overworked, sitting in hours of traffic, over-caffeinated, spiritually depleted, & poorly nourished.
The revolution is coming.
For me, it’s already here.
Healthy entrepreneurs solving REAL problems in the world.
Because we have people still living in the streets.
Children dying because there’s no clean water to drink.
We’re polluting our own skies & water supplies.
We’ve yet to see the depths of our ocean.
And we’re still burying our trash in dirt like a dog trying to hide a silly bone.
We make these cool tools and apps!
That’s what we do.
But maybe with some clarity in our lives.
Maybe with some perspective.
Maybe watching Mother Nature be a total beast at what she does.
We can take note of how to harness this science that’s all around us to create a sustainable world for the generations to come.
And it’s never been more pivotal or important than it is right now.
I’m a firm believer that people solve problems…
Not the person you elect to sit in a fancy house in Washington.
But entrepreneurs like you and me.
Someone with an idea to revolutionize the way we do things.
And it starts with healing ourselves so that we can dream again.
Getting our mind right.
Not putting junk in our bodies and expecting to run a mental marathon.
Getting spiritually connected on a level that provides the clarity we need to see our purpose in this crazy world.
And protecting the only asset that matters in any of this…you.
So, what does the world look like for future entrepreneurs?
Well, I think that’s entirely up to the decisions we make today.
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