Dreaming: The art of progression

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A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
-Colin Powell

I am a person who day dreams a lot. I think of elaborate ideas and poof they float off into the sky. I enjoy this, a self context notion of one day, one of these ideas might change the world. Sure, I write some of down, others I let them stew over for a while in my internal ideas pot of a brain. Sometimes I turn up the heat on some and really think that I can do this idea, yet sometimes lack the direction or understanding in how to progress.

I think if you have ideas, jot them down on your phone, a napkin, anywhere that you can come back to them. I actually have a black book that I started on 1st November 2012 (I know this as I wrote it in the cover). This book is in remarkable condition after being being dragged places in my bag whilst at university and now sits proudly in my “office” (I literally have a collapsable table and I sit on a bed in my spare bedroom, but hey its as close to an office as I’m going to get) where I can access it and add anything I’ve written on my phone. There is no limit of craziness (unless illegal, you should go talk to someone if you have illegal ideas), I have ideas for TV shows, movies scripts, radio programs (I used to run a radio station, I know, check me out) to career development and drawings of inventions that one day I should really get around to actually you know inventing (well technically are they invented as I have already planned them but are not physically real? I don’t know that’s for another day).

So grab your pieces of paper, write down that crazy idea as you never know we could change the world one day!

 

30 days of writing challenge: the fruits of my labour

Among other things of interests I focus a lot of my time in generating ideas for novels and screenplays. 

I have most of them filed in notebooks and the back of my brain but alas I can never seem to develop them. 

A couple of weeks ago I began growing tomatoes on a windowsill (bare with me with this tangent). I saw from the initial seeds to saplings to the growth of stems and leaves the amount of care I have to make the plant grow and the repetition of watering and trimming to allow the fruits (are tomatoes fruit?) of my labour flourish and ready to share. 


I think this anecdote has helped liven my inner writer and to challenge myself to practice writing and to finish off the incomplete ideas I have stored. With this in mind I think documenting to a deadline with make myself accomplish my goals and perfect my craft. 

So here is to a month of writing and stories to accomplish a dream of seeing my stories on the big screen. 

Writing Space: Comfort for Work

“I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.”
—Isabel Allende

To conjure up a musing of ideas for writing, I find it best to work in the peace and tranquility of somewhere that can distract from the mundane. Now it does not seem to be the most conventional of methods, but alas distraction is my enemy and friend.

I find my best thoughts come out of that of a crazy ever changing environment. I’m still early in my blogging career and I know that the direction I take for my work will bring in new readers and alienate others. However my focus and interests are ever changing but in some I find peace that I have something to write about.

I have writing posts on trains, in hotel rooms, sitting on the couch but the generation of writing queues and ideas appear in the most likely of places. I find recording the idea on my iPhone and trying to find space to write a quick draft allows me to brain dump on the things that are going through my head. I am currently sitting on a large amount of drafts that will get published one day, but the time and space to research and grammar check on some are just not as impromptu as others and alas they are in a state of equilibrium.

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I would love to have a writing weekend away to see how the creativity of a new writing space will influence my output and thought patterns. Maybe I should fly to an exotic island and slum it in a shack with nothing but a notebook and a bottle of rum or maybe an igloo in the artic with the fear of getting eaten by a polar bear to pressure me into getting work done.

But here I am once again sitting on my couch, procrastinating over future plans and ideas in the comfort in knowing that my work space is out there and in here.

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London- 24 hours in the heart of the city. 

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson

London you beautiful heartbeat of the British isles, the place with so much electricity in the air I’m surprised anyone gets any sleep. Yet here I am on a drizzly Monday morning (no surprise with the rain) drinking a cup of coffee next to the Tate Modern thinking could this city get any better. 

Previously I have diminished the capital of my country with that of people who live there never seeing the rest of the country. A land lush with calm green countryside and accents that change every 20 miles. (Seriously it’s quite easy working out almost the town give or take a 10 mile radius where someone grew up by this). 

Anyway back to my story. 

So in celebration of myself turning a year older the missus and I packed our bags for the city although I am not from far away I needed a staycation. We decided to stay at the Hilton Bankside a lovely hotel with pool, gym, amazing bar and restaurant. The icing on the cake is it’s proximity to nearly everything in central London. It’s strange to stay somewhere where everything is walking distance and only a 5-10 minute walk to south bank and the Thames. 

From King’s cross station take the victoria line to green park and change onto the Victoria line to Southwark and it’s a 6 minute walk from there.

Places of interest near by include The Shard, Millennium bridge, St. Paul’s cathedral, Tower of London and the Sky Garden to name just a few. I would highly recommend avoiding the tubes on a sunny day and walk along the banks of the Thames either side. 

N.b. The Sky Garden is free to enter but it is recommended to buy tickets 3 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment on your trip. 


So a quick recap of the things I did in 24 hours in London. 

Arrive noon -grab a bite to eat at the numerous Pret a manager (falafel wraps are my go too, just thinking about one I might have to jump off at the next train station to hunt one out). 

Adventure around the bank of the Thames popping into the OXO building art galleries. 

Stop off for a drink at Doggetts pub near the Black Friars bridge. 


Head to the Sky Garden if you have tickets or try The Shard’s bar on the 35th floor as again free to enter and I believe no reservation is required. (This saves paying £25 to go up to the viewing gallery on the 50 something floor). 

Meander west towards Oxford street as you’ll be north of the river to do a spot of shopping. 


As dust is approaching try and book a theatre ticket (maybe I should have mentioned this early but oh well) to any west end shows or the opera or ballet the choice is yours. Around Leicester Square there are many theatre ticket shops that are selling discounted ticket to fill up the seats. So grab yourself a bargain. 

We then headed back to have another drink in The Distillery Bar located at the Hilton and moved on from there to the wonderful OXBO also part of the hotel. It had a nice atmosphere and I had the Calf’s liver (other options are available but I fancied something iron rich, as you know the UK in February lacks much needed Vitamin D etc). 

Sleep off the meal. 

We decided to miss the hotel breakfast and venture across the street to Leon and had the bacon and egg roll with coffee. (This is where the story began). After this we headed for some more culture in the Tate. 

Heading back before check we snuck in a quick swim in the oasis of basement swimming pools (not to be missed). 

Check was nice and easy and the staff from friendly and polite will hopefully back again to the little gem in London. 

Future Cities, How can they improve undersold infrastructure?

 

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

In a world where consumerism is at an all time high and advertisements are assaulted on everyones eyes from the time you wake to the time you sleep how will the future look when everything is instant and on tap.

The growth of civilisation and the need for food are becoming out of synch and without trying to sound scary the time in which to act and get this back into equilibrium needs to start sooner than later. With more and more people moving to cities for work and prosperity  the demand put on resources can create many burdens on old infrastructure that was designed for far fewer people. For example to feed a growing city food and water needs to be transported into it that causes pollution and wear on the roads.

But how can cities improve on existing infrastructure whilst coping with demand?

Now I confess I am not an expert by all means yet, but a few ideas have sparked interest in my mind over the past few months.

The following is what I believe can help.

  1. Tesla Solar Roofs

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Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Elon Musk.

The essence of what is achievable with solar technology excites me immensely. I love the idea of harnessing power from renewable energies (I wouldn’t class myself as much of a hippy as the next guy but come on this is awesome!) and the appeal of using this as a future building material that is non-invasive and visually appealing is a bonus. Although cost will be high at first (the cell phone was extortionate when that first came out) over time it will gradually come down in price and can you imagine walking past buildings in New York or London not even realising the buildings are power themselves and not relying on polluting gas burners to heat them or electricity from power plants running air conditioning units.

Aerofarm’s Vertical Farming

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Aerofarm’s idea of repurposing old warehouses is inspirational. Why transport vast quantities of food into a city when you can grow within. Not only does it reduce strain on transportation but fresh vegetables on your doorstep must be appealing.

Coupled within innervations on green walls (gardens build into walls) should make a huge difference in absorbing all the nasty pollution and generating much needed oxygen into the area.

So the next time you see a polluted city with trucks transporting all the food into the city, imagine what the future can hold with self sustaining cities.

 

Powerful mind, strong body

You can’t depend on your eyes, when you imagination is out of focus – Mark Twain

Focusing is something I’m rubbish at! I think this maybe the third draft of this post and so far I’ve gone for a walk, had a cigarette, a nap and started a puzzle. 

Some would say this procrastination coupled with my short attention span can be attributed to maybe an undiagnosed case of mild ADHD but that would be someone else’s opinion. The problem I have is the not switching off when I have a new obsession. The way I have to research and research a topic, joining forums and reading bloody everything on the topic till I become an expert. For example I can tell you pretty much everything about suppliers and purchasing BMW’s pre 1996.  A skill I will cover in a future post about investing in cars. 


So what has this got to do with focussing the mind and building strength in the body? Well about 6 months ago I began meditating in the morning for 10 minutes. My focus prior was all over the place and I am definitely not a morning person. I found that taking the time to exercise the mind helped clear the junk and close all the tabs in my subconscious browser. I mainly started this to understand the foundations of business and allow my mind to process the information I’ve read. 

I am one of those people who doesn’t like talking around the subject. To the point is best!

From exercising my mind I knew I had to exercise my body. I stick by the simple principle of doing any exercise for at least 30 minutes. Anything more is a bonus. 

So 10 minutes mind and 30 minutes body a day that’s it try it and build your focus time up. You’ll be surprised what happens. 

Preamble 


After what seems years of procrastination (seriously I’ve double checked) and notebooks after bloody notebooks of ideas and plans, my realisation of accumulating and never releasing this information to the world has created an internal conflict in my mind. 

So in this blog I am brain dumping ideas and information about the ways I am starting my side hustles and wealth management. The essence of this blog is to filter out all the mass amounts of confusing and conflicting information out there and explain what has gone well for me. 

Hopefully my approach will make sense and sometimes I might have a mad half hour so excuse the poor grammar and spelling mistakes, it is a pet peeve of mine but no one is perfect. 

Anyway if you have read this far, thank you and I hope you will enjoy this journey. 
Dan.