I’m in Asia again, working and traveling is something I love to do. While I’m on the road I never change much about my lifestyle.
I was never a big fan of being typical ‘tourist’. That you have to see all the highlights or do certain things.
As you probably know by now is that I love food & coffee. And this plays a big part in my day as well when I’m abroad. Via Foursquare (app for iOS & Android) I find the best restaurants and coffee bars to work from.
Besides that, I’m training for the Amsterdam marathon again (in October) which means I’m running a lot. The 24km in Bangkok last Sunday was, well… a challenge!
In between these activities I wander around, I simply watch what comes next.
For example yesterday I found a great bookstore, a place where I get always great inspiration from. I skimmed through a book with the title ’Ikigai’
It caught my eye because I’m familiar with the Japanese term that stands for: a reason for being or in other words: a reason to get out of bed.
Below an image that represents the term more in dept
You can use the same chart for building a product or business.
Someone (forgot who) on Twitter called it the entrepreneurial north star, he is damn right.
Especially the overlap of number 3 (paid for) and 4 (needs) are super important.
So why did you get out of bed this morning?
Some interesting links
Turns out, asking a virtual assistant to buy toothpaste wasn’t the “killer feature” Amazon and Google expected it to be. Only 2% of the 50 million voice assistant devices sold been used to purchase something. Oops.
Luckily there are other useful apps like: Away Mode Something that I’ll install next time I’ll be gone 😉
My colleague writes about how we finally figured out how to give each other proper updates on what’s been done, every single day.
Last week I listened to a podcast from Basecamp Founder Jason Fried. This episode has a lot of great insights, one of the more eye-opening ideas is that the company has no goals.
With our product: Promo we are slowly shifting away from being a goal driven company. We are setting up systems instead.
What is your approach? If you are interested to learn more about the differences then I would highly recommend this blog Habits vs. Goals (and of course the podcast)