orn with a desire to learn, grow and achieve. I truly believe that we all have the power to shape our own future and that is exactly what I intend to do.
Growing up I wanted to be a professional footballer. Very unique, I know. Following that I wanted to be Lawyer because I enjoyed a good debate, an Accountant because I enjoyed Maths, an Economist because I enjoyed Economics.
There's a pattern here, I swear I can see it.
The truth is I've never struggled to find things I enjoy and I've never struggled to be good at things I enjoy doing. As a matter of fact, I've been great at a lot of things, like almost everyone reading this.
What's the point of this then?
Well for me, being great isn't good enough. I've been looking for something that I can truly become world class as at since I was a young boy.
What I can tell you is, I haven't found it yet. What I have found though is the understanding that whatever I put my mind to, I know with enough effort I can be great at doing that. Like everyone else can. It just requires the time and effort.
Well what does "work smarter, not harder" really mean?
I've always lived by this. Does it make me lazy? In some people's opinions, probably yes, but they are the type of people that if they won the lottery, they would be saying, "if only I could have won more. "
In the only opinion that matters, mine, it doesn't make me lazy. It means I value my time.
Working smarter, allows you to spend more time and energy on the problems that really matter. It allows you to have better time management. It allows you to learn more, do more, see more and be more.
So how do you work smarter?
Of course it is easier said than done. The quote wouldn't be famous if it was easy. You can search google and find 10,000 different "ways" to work smarter not harder. The most honest answer is, only you can figure out the answer.
What I do,
1. I automate as much of my work as I can.
2. I have a "to do" list and a "not to do" list.
3. Do Less. Fewer goals, less multitasking = better results
4. Learning Loop, when you're at work, be consciously learning all the time, not sleep walking through your day. It saves a lot of time in the long run.
5. Be passionate about what you do, know what you are passionate about and what motivates you. Obviously not every job is sleek and filled with sex appeal. However, take me for instance, I thrive on achievement and competence passion. I love achieving things and I love being good a things. Luckily they tend to go hand in hand.
Design is more than just graphics and layout. It's how a user/customer travels through your website. How your website affects them and what do they get out of it?
When I think about the design of a website. I'm thinking about the story the user will follow. Building a beautiful EFFECTIVE website always starts with the story.
The protagonist of the story: how are you going to solve your user's problem? Honourable mention going out to: why are you better than your competition?
1. SImplicity in design and reasoning
2. Are you solving your user/customer's problem?
3. Why are you better than your competition?
4. Simple method of contacting you/ purchasing from you