28 January 2018

Wasted potential

You have many talents within you that, with cultivation, could see you lead a life filled of joy, meaning, triumph, and love.

You spend your time looking for reassurance rather than taking brave leaps. Uploading selfies instead of your art. Moaning instead of creating. Making noise instead of listening. And perhaps the most upsetting of all: you pay attention to the opinion’s of others, the news, and politics rather than concentrating on self-mastery.

The world wants and needs what you have to offer. But not nearly as much as you need it. I emplore you to leave your mark.

by Nino Rosella
27 January 2018

A problem, solved

I can count on one hand the amount of times an app has made me exclaim out loud with joy. One of those times was today. 

The deadline for self-assessment tax is in a couple of days and I found myself in desperate need of some assistance. I saw an advert on the Tube for Quickbooks accounting software and duly signed up (responding to an advertisement in itself is a rare thing for me to do). 

With a couple of clicks, the input of some basic information and about 15 minutes of my time I had completed my entire tax assessment for the year. Incredible. 

What once took great expense, specialist knowledge, and hours of your time can now be completed painlessly by any idiot like myself. 

This is the secret to perennial work. Make something that’s actually useful. Something that solves a real problem that lots of people have. Genius. 

by Nino Rosella
26 January 2018

When your past catches up with you...

…you can do one of two things: 

  1. Use it as the cause of a great deal of anxiety. Dwell on it. Be evasive.

  2. Realise there’s no going back, accept the facts for what they are, and work to find a solution.

The key thing is that both are a choice. Which choice you make will determine your future. 

by Nino Rosella
25 January 2018

Improving discipline through practice

It’s discipline that gets shit done. Not willpower, and certainly not motivation.

Discipline is hard to cultivate, but luckily there’s a proven path to achieving it: practice.

You have to practice discipline day-in, day-out. It can’t be willed or wished. It has to happen through choice and brute force.

It’s why I blog every single day whether I feel like it or not (especially when I don’t feel like it). I also set my alarm to go off early - even on the weekends. And I just spent the evening in the pub with a load of pissed people whilst sipping on Diet Coke.

There’s also immense satisfaction to be had from doing the right thing. You should give it a go. It feels great.

by Nino Rosella
24 January 2018

Take the first step

Sometimes we’re like a rabbit caught in the headlights. We have a bright new idea, a new direction we want to head in, or … But lots of us choke at the very first stage. 

I’ve done this so many times. There’s a million different paths that we can go down, the todo list is off the page, and don’t even get me started on that evil little voice inside your head that starts making you consider what other people might think. It’s overwhelming, and oftentimes we give up before even starting. 

But please don’t. Please fight the urge to stop before you’ve even begun. The trick is to take action. I’m not talking about Tony Robbins-style massive action. Something small will suffice. Find one thing that you can do that will take you one step closer to where you want to me. Maybe that’s picking up the phone and making a single phone call. Perhaps it’s drawing up a design and showing it to a close friend. Or maybe it’s updating your CV and applying for just one job. Just do the smallest possible thing to spur your into action. Breaking the problem down like this will make it much more digestible, and hence, easier to stick with it. 

The world needs you to go forth and fulfil your dreams and desires. More important, you need to. As do I. 

by Nino Rosella
23 January 2018

A podium and a prison

“A podium and a prison is each a place, one high and the other low, but in either place your freedom of choice can be maintained if you so wish.” - Epictetus, Discourses, 2.6.25

Just a friendly reminder that above all else, we have dominion over our thoughts. And that means our reactions, our choices, our happiness and our sadness.

by Nino Rosella
22 January 2018

Mind Expansion

Yesterday I listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast with clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, which I can say is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. 

Touching on topics ranging from post-modernism, A.I, evolutionary biology, religion etc. I probably understood around 30% of what was said - at best. 

But this is how learning happens. When you have to stretch your mind and try challenging things. When you have to pause, clear your head, then come back to it. Of course, it helps having amazing teachers, such as Rogan and Peterson. 

You can’t grow without stretching yourself. We should all try it more often. 

by Nino Rosella
21 January 2018

Seeking out the small wins

Yesterday, I blocked up a hole in the bathroom wall of my flat that was responsible for a naughty, cold draught that I could feel at night when trying to sleep. The fix was to take a load of carrier bags that were being stored in the kitchen, stuff them into the hole, and then use some duct tape to keep them in place. The result is that I can now sleep warm and sound, and it has cheered me up no end. It took me five minutes. 

I don’t have a dishwasher in my flat, so the washing up needs to be done by hand. We can all agree that this job can be a pain-in-the-arse, so more often than not my flatmates and I let it build-up next to the sink. Thing is, dirty piles of washing up really, really irritate me, to the extent that I often can’t focus on other tasks when I know there’s a pile of it. So, I regularly take the time to do all the washing up. “The time” again being about five minutes. The result is peace of mind. 

Taking stock of my situation right now I can identify five or six more small actions that will produce incommensurate gains. I plan on taking them*. What about you? 

*We have to be careful not to turn these “small win” actions into a form of procrastination. 

by Nino Rosella
20 January 2018

What's that about a good credit score?

The world in which we live is full of societal constructs that aim to keep us suppressed and trapped. Take, for instance, a credit score. 

We have it smashed into us from our early twenties that we absolutely must have a good credit score. To have a bad one is almost something shameful and you’re somehow an irresponsible adult. But what is a good credit score actually for? To be able to get into more debt. It’s a trap. 

We’re told from a young age that we can - and must - specialise in one thing for the rest of our lives and that if we don’t we’ll be tossed aside from society as a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. Yet, this is another societal construct that was invented at the same time as the industrial revolution. Industry needed compliant workers that were good to just do one thing for the rest of their lives. Never mind that people like Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Nicola Tesla, Raphael, and the ilk were versed in a multitude of disciplines. 

How many other things in life do we just blindly accept? Things that we can change with effort that could in turn change the world? This is how innovations happen. This is also how revolutions happen. 

by Nino Rosella
19 January 2018

I didn’t realise how cold it was today

Although this post has now been typed-up so you can see it on your screen - I originally wrote it by hand with an actual pen on an actual piece of paper.

I took my phone to Apple for some repairs (I rarely write my posts at home on a laptop) and so I was without a device for a few hours.

Holy shit, I didn’t realise how dependent I am on my phone. I must have reached into my pocket for it about 50 times over the course of two hours. That’s fucking madness. I literally felt naked without it for a while.

I was reduced to walking around Central London and actually having to engage with my surroundings. I couldn’t listen to any podcasts or music, so I heard things that I just haven’t heard it ages. I had no social media to check, so I actually took a look at my surroundings (what a pretty city) rather than through the lens of the camera to make my Instagram look as though I’m leading an interesting life. I had no means to tell the time so I actually had to make conversation with another human being.

I genuinely didn’t realise how cold it was today until I gave myself a chance to notice.

I’m making this sound like a terrible ordeal, but it was so liberating. I felt present in a way that I haven’t in ages. Walking around and fully taking in the sights and sounds and smells was ...

I feel guilty that I’ve let a device take over my life to such an extent for such a long period of time.

From now on I vow to drastically cut the use of my phone back. In fact, I’m planning on purposely leaving the house without it a few times a week. It’s therapeutic.

Who’s gonna join me?

by Nino Rosella