Find your tribe

This post is part of a series detailing my experience with Damn Early Days (more on that here) and what I’ve learnt attempting to wake up really damn early every day.

Don’t underestimate the power of surrounding yourself with the right people. As businessman John Rohn put it so eloquently, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” That is to say, your success is not only a function of your own mindset or abilities but also those who you surround yourself with.

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The hardest part of waking up really damn early

This post is part of a series detailing my experience with Damn Early Days (more on that here) and what I’ve learnt attempting to wake up really damn early every day.

Many people would cringe at the thought of waking up at 5:00 am for no reason other than to work on personal projects. And they’d have good reason to. Waking up before the sun rises is unpleasant on most days, and downright painful on others, especially in the winter months when the sun is still hidden beneath the horizon until well after 7:30 am. But what I’ve learnt through Damn Early Days is that the hardest part of waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t the act of forcing yourself out of bed.

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Intention

This post is part of a series detailing my experience with Damn Early Days (more on that here) and what I’ve learnt attempting to wake up really damn early every day.

When I first started Damn Early Days, I made the mistake of not knowing what I was going to do with my extra time each morning. I would wake up, have breakfast, and then start to wonder what it was I was doing up so early. I didn’t have a plan, an intention for how I was going to spend my time. So, instead of working on something productive, I often found myself cruising YouTube or getting lost in an endless Facebook feed.  Continue reading

Self-sabotage and the art of self-forgiveness

This post is part of a series detailing my experience with Damn Early Days (more on that here) and what I’ve learnt attempting to wake up really damn early every day.

We learn by doing. You can read as many recipe books as you want, but you’ll never learn how to bake a pie until you get in the kitchen and start making mistakes. Along that same vein, my first round of DEDs was a masterclass in self-forgiveness and non-judgement. Continue reading

The summer that wasn’t (or was it?)

As students flock back to campus, the days get shorter, the temperature drops, and leaves change colour.

The transition from summer to autumn is hurried and unjustified for many. Unlike spring, the poster child for growth, new beginnings, and the rebirth of ourselves and our surroundings, autumn signifies aging, even death. It reminds us that time is passing and that we are impermanent. Continue reading