“I Didn’t Know How to Do Laundry” Wiser Next Week Intro

laundry fire, personal development,
A fitting analogy for my adjustment to college.

When I was in college, I had to take many classes unrelated to my field of study like so many of my peers. In the boredom I felt in so many of those classes, I read business and personal development books. Names like Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey & Dale Carnegie come to mind. I took notes along the way and by the time I finished college, I had a sizable collection of these notes.

So I bundled and organized them together, added some of my own thoughts and Wiser Next Week was born.

I remember talking about learning by doing, rather then just reading about the achievements of others. I’ve tried to live by that in the 18 months that have past since the first publishing. I’ve been a TEFL teaching in Thailand, took up Muay Thai, tried my hand at Latin Dance, done impromptu field research, guest lectured at a University and have definite plans to be a farmer in Peru since then.

In Chinese, there is a saying,

“讀萬卷書

不如行千里路.”

This means, instead of reading ten thousand books, why don’t you walk a thousand miles. This is my inspiration to travel every nation (or as many as possible) in my pursuit of my non traditional MBA/global degree by learning as much as possible and recording these life lessons learned only by travel.

In the end, I think the achievement of dreams, personal growth & aspirations out there through travel and adventure will lead to a more fulfilling life. Living and experiencing the “now” is how I’ll make my life a great memory in the future.

Instead of being holed up in an office, Wiser Next Week would be there for me to reference back to and interpret based on the situation.

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” -Bruce Lee Kingston Lim

Making the move away from Corporate America and jumping into the vast unknown has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life at the time of this writing. I’ve learned more by doing rather then years sitting in a classroom (or standing in an office).

Anyways, below is the first chapter of Wiser Next Week.

23 thoughts on ““I Didn’t Know How to Do Laundry” Wiser Next Week Intro

  1. I absolutely loved this post!!!!!!! I got out of the corporate world because of health reasons and I cannot explain it. I felt reborn. I started rediscovering myself and everything that made me happy. It’s been a fabulous journey and I hope yours continues on an upward trajectory! People don’t understand what it’s like to leave the comfort of a job in the corporate world. Guaranteed Salary, benefits, increases, bonuses, medical insurance. It’s a massive decision ! Well done!

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    1. It is a very big decision Tracy, because when you get into entrepreneurship/freelance, there is no guarantee of success. That scares a lot of people because it’s beyond the realm of what we learned in school

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      1. Absolutely!!! We’re groomed to go work for corporates and not necessarily given the skills to start our thing. We are limiting kids. I know my brother had a hard time doing corporate. His personality was too out of the box to sit there through the monotony and red tape. Not everyone is cut out for corporate and kids should learn that that’s ok

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