Blake Boles

June 2017 Letter

Hello Again,

Well, it has been another action packed month, full of new beginnings and exciting changes. I’m working hard to keep everything balanced and making sure I don’t neglect things that I’ve committed to. So in the spirit of learning and personal development, I have a lot of interesting articles to share, that may be of some interest to you.

How I Use Ambition Mapping To Navigate The Labyrinth Of Life - Zak Slayback

"When you’re playing with a magazine, you can throw the game down and walk away, but when you are playing in life, if you walk away, you stay the course with the path you are on."

Apple CEO Time Cook’s Secrets to Success and Happiness - FEE

“Measure your impact on humanity not in lights, but on the lives you touch. Not in popularity, but in the people you serve.”

The Essential Education: If You Had 10 Years To Learn Anything, What Would You Do? - Scott H. Young

"So in this I’d like to engage in a speculative fantasy. If you had ten years, with the ability to support yourself on a modest stipend, how would you give yourself the best self-education in the world?"

You Don’t Know What I’m Going Through (and vice-versa) - Jaquelle Crowe

"Compassion says: I see your life, but I know I don't have the whole story."

Top Investors Share What They Love (and Hate!) About Your Startup Pitches - Foundr

"For many entrepreneurs, there will come a time when they must stand up in a boardroom filled with investors, and convince them all that their startup pitch is so clever, their plan so tightly crafted, that it is worthy of a stack of cold, hard cash."

What It Means To Be Educated - Blake Boles

"We leave school, and few of us go back. We forget the bad experiences and glorify the good ones. And then, after 10 or 20 years of adult life, we decide that it’s time to send our own kids to school. But if we are to clearly assess the reality of school, we must see clearly. And to do this, it helps to listen to those who have worked on the inside."

Professional Side Projects VS Resume - Praxis

97 Actions You Should Take To Become The Person Companies Want To Hire - College Info Geek

Yes, It Is A Virtue To Reject Charity - Liberty.me

"Don’t craft your life around the idea that everyone or anyone is morally obligated to help you when you encounter misfortune."

12 Ways To Repurpose Your Content To Generate More Leads With Half The Work - Allie Decker (Foundr Magazine)

"Content is the present and future of marketing. It’s the spearhead of inbound marketing, and it’s a strategy that continues to beat out traditional marketing efforts in both efficiency and effectiveness."

I’m 17 - Kate Simonds TedTalk

“Think in years, work in months, and live in days,” as leadership expert Peter Voogd puts it.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to throw me a line.

Yours Faithfully,

Kate

Personal Eulogy

This challenge from Blake Boles online course The Way of Adventure, was to write a eulogy that would be delivered by your best friend at your funeral. The aim was to write the things that you'd like to be remembered by at your funeral, and look at where you want to head towards.

This task really made me think about the way I am currently perceived, and the things I want to change. This eulogy is for the Kate Campbell that I want to be when i’m older, and it’s the story of the person I’m striving to be. I may update this as I grow, but I’ll leave it here for now.

Eulogy for Kate Campbell, Age 82

Today we honour the memory of our dear and beloved friend Kate Campbell. Kate lived a long and happy life, and passed away peacefully in her sleep last Tuesday. Kate always saw the best in others, and brought out the best traits and qualities in those she loved.

Kate was loved by many, and the people whose lives she touched have gathered here to remember her beautiful spirit today.

Kate was energetic and bubbly, and saw the positives in even the most frustrating tasks. She was a mentor to many younger people over the years, and her guidance and advice has helped many fantastic people go on to lead fulfilled lives.

She was a firm believer in asking questions, and never shied away from pointing out the truth, no matter what. She was honest, gentle and kind, and a giver not a taker.

She was a student of life, and loved to learn new things everywhere she went. An avid traveller, Kate went on many international adventures with her family and friends, and even stopped by Antarctica!

She spent time working overseas on projects close to her heart, and read books nearly every where she went. I never saw her without a book in her bag, and I was constantly being dragged off to visit bookstores with her.

Kate leaves behind her husband Mark, her sister Margaret, her three children Victoria, Elizabeth and Edward, and her six beautiful grandchildren. They have all flown in today from all around Australia to be here today and celebrate Kate’s wonderful life.

Kate always put a high importance on family, and was both a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was always interested in what her family was doing, and always supported and believed in them.

Kate is now at peace, and has gone to heaven, I’m sure she’ll be enjoying catching up with her parent there. They had a very special relationship while they were alive, and she missed them dearly after their passing.

She lived a full life, and would want her passing to be a celebration of happy memories today. So please join me in a toast to the wonderful Kate, a woman who made everyones lives that little bit better, and lived every second of her life.

Last Updated: April 2017

Rejection Challenge

This task from Blake Boles online course The Way of Adventure, is based on the Rejection Therapy game. Blake points you in the direction of Jia Jiang who completed 100 days of rejection therapy and documented it on his website.

The goal of this game is to overcome the fear of rejection, and not attach yourself to the outcomes of your request. Rejection is a part of life, and in order to grow and develop, you'll need to be able to cope with negative responses to your requests.

Have a listen to the TED Talk Jia gave on his adventures last year. It gives you a fantastic understanding of the importance of being comfortable with rejection. Jia also wrote a book on his experiences called Rejection Proof which sounds really interesting, and I'm definitely adding it to my future reading pile. I'll definitely write about the book when i've finished reading it, and share what I learn with you here.

According to the Rejection Therapy game here are the main objectives of the activity.

THE FIVE OBJECTIVES OF REJECTION THERAPY ARE:

  1. To be more aware of how irrational social fears control and restrict our lives
  2. Smash the tyranny of fear and reap the treasures (treasures include wealth, relationships and self-confidence)
  3. Learn from, and even enjoy rejection
  4. To not be attached to outcomes, especially when it involves the free agency of other people
  5. Permit yourself to fail

Your challenge is to get rejected 10 times, just like Jia did.

Come up with 10+ small requests that you can make. Follow the rules of the original Rejection Therapy game for best effect:

  1. A rejection counts if you are out of your comfort zone
  2. A rejection counts if your request is denied. (if you end up receiving a “yes” instead of a “no”, that’s great!)
  3. At the time of rejection, the player, not the respondent, should be in a position of vulnerability.
  4. The player should be sensitive to the feelings of the person being asked.

Here are the 10 requests I plan on making, I'll update this page as I go with my results. They may not seem as exciting as Jia's as I'm certainly out of practice in this area, but hopefully this challenge will help me widen my comfort zone.

I'm not really going in with the goal of rejection, but with the aim of asking people I don't know for assistance. Once I'm comfortable with completing these requests, I may upgrade this challenge and ask some requests that are similar to Jia's.

  1. Ask someone for directions
  2. Ask someone for feedback on a piece of creative writing
  3. Ask for a larger discount at on a product or service
  4. Ask someone to talk about their weaknesses
  5. Write a letter to a prominent person, and ask for a response
  6. Submit a question to an author/speaker, and ask for a response
  7. Ask someone what they do for a living
  8. Ask someone for advice
  9. Ask someone for a personal story
  10. Ask someone to teach you a 5 minute lesson on their chosen topic

Results: Will be Updated as this Challenge is Completed

Go out and do something that makes your heart beat, just that little bit faster.

Kate

The Beginners Guide to Outsourcing on Fiverr

As part of Blake Boles’ online course The Way of Adventure, which I wrote about previously here, I had to outsource a task online. The recommended place to outsource your chosen task was Fiverr, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been on the platform before. 

Fiverr is an online marketplace of people selling their skills and services online for an affordable fee. On the site you can find anything from original jingles to hand-painted portraits. I was amazed by the array of jobs offered on the site, and it’s fascinating to see what people need and are prepared to pay for.

Well what did I end up getting...nearly the whole website! I actually ended up with about $100 worth of products in my basket because I saw so many interesting things, so I had to cull quite a lot. I decided on three unique products, all from different sellers. I got my name illustrated with a watercolour background, a cartoon face of me and a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter. The last one was really just because I'm a complete Harry Potter fanatic, I just had to buy it.

If you want to check out the letter, click here. I'm currently using my illustrated name as the header for my portfolio, so I'll see how it goes.

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After my outsourcing experience on Fiverr, I thought I’d share some simple steps for having an enjoyable purchasing venture.

So the first thing to do is work out what you need, or the service you require. If you're just looking for something cool it's not essential to enter Fiverr with a clear idea of what you want, as just browsing on the site will help you decide what you want. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, the website is very helpful in categorising products and services so you can easily find the relevant offers.

When you find the product or service you want, have a look at other sellers with similar offerings and compare their prices, results and customer feedback. After taking all of that into account, decide on a particular seller, and either order their products or service, or contact them for further information if required.

Now that you've ordered a product or service, you'll probably be messaged by the seller for more details, and be given an estimated date for delivery of your goods. When your order has been completed, you can asses if what you received is what you payed for. If yes, accept the work and leave feedback for the seller. If not, ask them to review their work or make changes to the product. The sellers are usually willing to discuss the completed task with you, and are generally happy to change something in your product. 

So there you go, you've now successfully competed your first purchase on Fiverr! I'd love to hear what you purchased, even if it was document editing!

Best Wishes,

Kate