22 years ago, a close friend called me to ask if I wanted to go to a local trade show with him. I didn’t have anything better to do, so I went. I came home from the trade show with a 12 foot boat. I was 18, and I had almost no money, but I could pay for the boat in installments. The boat didn’t come with a motor or any accessories, but I figured I’d find a way to afford them.
Love the personal stories. Indeed it got me thinking about the consequential events of my own life, how it’s often happenstance. So true that while useful in some ways, imagination and goals are overrated for what we often assume they can do for us. Lots of food for thought 💭
Excellent essay and love the way you wrote and mentioned how most of our major life milestones come through randomness. I see many similarities for e.g: How I met my spouse and how I met my 2 best friends back in old days and how I met many online friends and mentors since I started writing on Twitter including you 🙌
Randomness played a huge part in my life and career stories & then I saw the proof of how small bets can help me to live life on my own terms and help me to make a good lifestyle based on my preferences!
I currently have many online bets in parallel and many offline bets in real estate back home in India and it feels so good that I’m not fully dependent on just one big bet. We shouldn’t ignore randomness instead we should allow more randomness!
Thanks for sharing a piece of your life (as Louie and Chris did in the other issues). My inspiration generator at the moment is ChatGpt: I like the fact that it gives me ideas that would never have come from my mind. Hey, 18-year-old boat owner Daniel is super cool :)
Excellent post, Daniel! This sentiment rings true, and it's beautifully captured in a quote I admire:
'Life's most profound opportunities often arrive with a very gentle knock; and few people are actively listening to them and opening the door to welcome them."
Incredible thinking! From 20 to 30 I obsessed over my goals. I achieved a few, made some money, did what I thought I wanted. But it didn't make me happy. And it made my business more difficult to run. Then I read The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer and I realised that's how I need to live my life. Which has interesting parallels to what you're suggesting in this post - that life is incredibly random and we don't control any of the variables.
So true, Daniel! I love your insights about finding inspiration. As someone new to building a business (after a lot of time being in many businesses), qualifying and then discarding ideas feels like one of the most important things to do to find the next step. Thanks!
Excellent piece. Congratulations on your growing family. The little one is very adorable.
My idea generator is usually exposing myself to random situation. In the physical world - starting random activities with kids, striking a conversation with a random Home Depot associate, try out a new route to the same place I have been many times, striking a conversation with the Uber driver.
In the digital world - I’m still adapting myself to the endless twitter and LinkedIn feeds :)
Great perspective Daniel. For me my idea generator is connecting with, learning about and writing about the stories of various founders via Founderoo.co
I'm flooded with different perspectives, journeys and ideas, and I make a ton of connections as a result.
Embracing randomness is a terrific mindset to adopt if you believe it can help you increase your exposure to luck. And luck is often understated in successes, both personal and professional. The personal history you shared sure highlight this.