EntrepreneurialDepression.com – The Next Chapter

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Moving On

Monving On

All my life I’ve wanted freedom.  Freedom to spend my time as I please with amazing people doing fun things.

The sabbatical was an amazing experience enriching my life in many ways and leading me to new friends.

Tambem Consulting is an amazing business allowing me to leverage my existing expertise in the SuccessFactors Learning Management System to coach junior consultants at partner companies.

Now is the next chapter.  The next project.  A way to change the world.

Entrepreneurial Depression is now online.  With Entrepreneurial Depression we will do two things

  • Help entrepreneurs stay in a healthy productive state without falling into depression and anxiety.
  • End the stigma of depression

Now that’s not asking for too much, right?!  :)

Many entrepreneurs experience some form of depression including anxiety, OCD, ADD and Bi-Polar Syndrome.  I have lived with these issues my entire life.  The complete story can be found here.

I encourage you to read the story, provide your own thoughts and suggestions, and refer your friends and family experiencing depression.

It’s time to change the world.

 

Now who wants to help?

Love and Community

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Kyle Loves Memphis

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.”

Millard Fuller, Founder Habitat for Humanity

Love and Community

“Community” is those people around you who as a group provide the love and support you need.  They are the first people to share good news and the first people to console bad news. People often forget the love part of community.  We have friends, family, colleagues, associates, online followers, and others that all share some interest or association.  Are these people “community” or are they “connections”?

Connections

We all have connections — at work, in school, in the neighborhood, online – facebook, twitter and other places.  We are connected to people having the same religion, working the same occupation, and sharing the same interests.

But is that “community”?

If you tweeted “I just lost my job” how many of those people would come over right away to console you?  You will find lots of help from friends, family and associates.  People you barely know will lend a helping hand.  But who is there to deal with the pain, with the suffering, and make sure you use those connections to get your next job?

Love

Ask yourself this  — “Are you loved?”

Followed by — “By who?”

The answer is always “YES” to the first question.  Sometimes the second is a bit more difficult especially if you’re going through a tough time.

Trust me there is always someone who will help.  And the first way they help is through compassion (another form of love) then through comfort (also love) and finally through assistance (love in motion). It may be a family member, a pastor, a friend, an old buddy from school you haven’t seen in a while, a trusted colleague at work, someone.  And yes, one of the people just listed might actually be the reason your going through a tought time.  Now is not the time to turn to that particular person!

Love and Community

The answer to the second questions is the key.  It is those people that first come to my that are your community.  Never forget that and never forget there’s always someone there to support you because there’s always, somewhere, somehow, in some way
love and community.

What do you think? 

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Preparing for the trip: Selling My Things

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Between August 2011 and October 2011 I parted ways with many of my things.  It’s a process I highly recommend everyone try!  To this day I continue to live with as few possessions as possible by renting furnished apartments, donating all clothes when no longer of use, and limiting purchases only to things I know I will use.  And yes I still buy some fun things too.  I like having nice things.  What I don’t like is wasting money, increasing pollution, and having attachments to things.

Is your stuff all that important or is it the experiences you have while using the stuff?  Is it the emotions shared with friends and family while surrounded by the stuff?

Here’s a spreadsheet I used to sell some of my things.  The items with prices were the main focus.  Everything else was included as part of a purchase, donated, or simply given to a friend.  You can see information on each Item in the first three columns followed by a selling price, price as sold, and who it was sold to (omitted for privacy).

Community and Social Class

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Here’s something I’ve been wondering lately. Is it a US and Brazil thing? Do Brazilians (perhaps Latinos in general) express more love and affection for each other? Do they accept people more readily and welcome them into their lives?

OR is it a money thing. Is it people who have less money that are more open, accepting, and loving?

I recently met a group of Brazilians living in the United States. By all Brazilians standards they are quite wealthy (salaries greater than $70k put you in the top 1% of Brazilians). And they’ve adapted to the Washington DC culture — happy hours and schmoozing.

I didn’t feel the same acceptance. Instead I felt judgement. I could see some of them (not all) asking themselves ‘who is this guy and why should I know him?’; the typical question every Washingtonian asks in social situations.

So what is it — social class or geography? What is the real factor in determining the following — hospitality, acceptance, and community/love?

Sabbatical: How Will I Pay For It?

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Sabbatical: Need Money?

The number ONE question everyone asks.

“What about the money?” and its close cousin.

“I don’t have the money”.

Humor me for a moment. Maybe you can get the money. Maybe you don’t need much money (depends what you do).
Here’s a few tips (A lot of tips) for making more, saving more, and getting stuff for free.

Make Money

  • Get Better
    • Read Books
    • Take Classes
    • Informal Learning
      • Speak with co-workers
      • Go to lunch with a mentor and with senior staff
      • Read productivity blogs (and implement suggestions)
      • Read career-specific blogs (and implement skills)
  • Performance Awards – if performance awards are available then perform better and work more
  • Ask for a raise
  • Take another job
    • Freelance similar work for other clients (make sure you speak with your supervisor and hr department first
    • Take on a different type of job using other skill sets
  • Freelance or work remotely while on sabbatical (Not the most desirable. Take careful consideration before continuing any form of work while on sabbatical)
  • Start a micro/lifestyle/muse business
  • Get creative
    • Ask for more money
    • Ask your friends for ideas
    • Crowdsource
      • Kickstarter.com
      • Indiegogo.com
    • Propose a three month break with a signing bonus to a new employer
      (very bold move – be prepared and confident to pull this off)
    • Propose a purpose that benefits your current employer — ask them to fund a portion or all of the trip as a corporate expense (what benefit are you bringing to the company as part of this trip?)

Save Money

Note: You don’t have to go right away. Save for three years then take a sabbatical. It might seem like a long time but what if you don’t save it all? How long will it take then? And consider this -- once you setup this program you can take a sabbatical every 3-7 years. :) 
  • Automatic Transfers
    • Setup an additional savings account – no debit card, separate it as much as possible from your main accounts, possibly even setup at a new bank
    • Transfer a fixed amount on each pay date — start with $50 (or more) and increase as you adjust to your budget

Reduce Expenses

  • Reduce current expenses
    • Call utility companies – ask for a reduction, ask what other plans they offer
    • Alternative energy suppliers – more of these are popping up nowadays
    • Review monthly expenses
      • What can you cut? (ex: monthly charge for online software that’s not used)
      • What can be modified (ex: cell phone plan)
    • Create a budget
    • Hire a financial planner to help guide you and to keep you accountable
    • Debt
  • Reduce home expenses while away
    • Sell or rent house/condo
    • Trade/swap home – see homeexchange.com
    • Sell car (perhaps loan to a friend at cost)
  • Sell Some Stuff
    • Sell Your Crap program
  • Other
    • Pre-pay expenses that will recur while away (enforces you actually doing it)
  • Free Stuff
    House sit
    House swap
    Work on a boat
    Work at a hostel
    People you meet on the road (“Yes it does happen” – tell my Sao Joao Del Reistory)

 

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Inspiring Book List

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Need a few ideas to get you going??  These are the books I read leading up to the big day.  Escape 101 in particular was instrumental in finally taking the big leap.

Escape 101, by Dan Clements and Tara Gignac.  (most critical and the last book I read that finally got me from “wanting it” to “doing it”.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Money is Worth a Fortune, by Tim Leffel
Siddhartha (Freedom and Journey)
Walden, Thoreau (Independence, Self-Reliance)
Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris (Independence, Freedom, Non-Attachment)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki (Self-Reliance)

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