My 2016 Annual Review

This is my second Annual Review for What My Bro Said.

I must admit, doing this annual report last year has allowed me to be more purposeful in my reflection and understanding of my wants and aspirations.

At the same time, it’s allowed me to constructively work towards my aspirations. And I’m joyous to have reached most of my goals all the while making substantial progress in every area of my life.

In this report, I will share what I was working towards in 2016 and how I fared.

I will share my successes and failures of the past year. However, I will be a lot less critical of myself than I was yesteryear.

I will also share my plans for the future to build upon what already works and dedicate special focus to areas that need further improvement.

I will answer 3 questions:

• What I was working toward in 2016?

• What went well this year?

• What am I working toward in 2017?

1. What I was working toward in 2016?

Goal: Academic excellence (i.e. a 1st in my degree)
Result: a very strong 2:1 (68%)

In my final year of University, I wanted to get a strong first in my degree. This was a very tough task because I hadn’t performed as well in my second year.

I graduated from university with a strong 2:1 (68%), narrowly missing my desired first.

Still, I managed to pick up a few strong first’s in other modules, most notably my dissertation project.

My project yielded interesting, promising results and I took up a position as a Research Assistant over the Summer to carry out an extension on a larger sample size.

Goal: My first ebook
Result: My first ebook + my very first 50,000 word novel + weekly blog post

Writing was a big focus for me in 2016.

I accomplished this and so much more.

It’s a huge personal accomplishment that I managed to maintain a blog writing habit for over a year (and counting!)

Indeed, I wrote a blog post that was initially meant to be an ebook. I felt you’d enjoy it more this way.

But I also wrote my very first 50k word novel; a novel I had been writing on/off since I was 17.

Aim: Growing our community here on What My Bro Said
Result: Difficult to say

Have I succeeded at this?

Depends.

Given everything that I’ve spoken about here on the blog about goal-setting theory and building systems to carry you towards your goals, it is important to note two things.

Firstly, I built a system to blog on a weekly basis. Secondly though, I didn’t have a tangible goal to reach. I just wanted to use my system to see how well this blog would grow organically.

But I realise I didn’t put enough effort in to get my word out to as many social media channels as possible etc.

I must admit, I don’t like that part of blog writing. In general, I’m not a big fan of social media (although keeping in touch with people from afar is the best thing about it.)

Aim: Playing the drums more
Result: n/a

In late December, I reviewed everything I had done in 2015. I looked through my iPhone notes, photos, and emails for clues that would jog my memory. I searched for recurring themes in my life.

I still have this feeling that I’d happily start playing again. I love playing on the drums. But I’ve come to realised there are many, many obstacles.

Aim: Cooking a new dish every week
Result: yes and no

As part of my journey to living a better life, I intended to cook a special meal once a week to improve my cooking skills.

And though I did this week in, week out for the first few weeks, I stopped.

But then I started again.

And stopped again.

But I feel that overall I pushed myself to cook different things and because of this, I did. I’m almost certain I wouldn’t have cooked eclectic dishes had I not set out to do so in the first place.

Aim: Improve fitness
Result: yes and no

I wanted to re-build myself physically after being sidelined with a knee injury for nearly 6months.

I did this but in a different way than I had previously imagined.

In 2015, I was aggressive in my training regime. I’d constantly push myself in the gym and on the bike and this took its toll.

In 2016, I focused on the health side of sport. I swam and cycled for health and restorative purposes, but also with a vision to build myself up over time.

I think this approach will help me in the long run.

2. What went well this year?

Reading

I read 15 books in 2016! (Check out my Instagram to see what I read)

Personally, this is a huge accomplishment for me.

I realise that others are reading 40+ books a year (I’m open to suggestions on how I can read more!).

And I’m super keen to learn from them, how they do it.

Because I realise what got me here (i.e. reading 15 books) won’t necessarily get me there (e.g. to read 30 books).

But ultimately – I’m in the competition that has the Me of Today in one corner and the Me of Tomorrow in the other.

Writing

For all of 2016, I wrote a blog post every Monday here on WMBS.

I also wrote an ebook-turned-blogpost.

And finished a 50,000 word novel I had been writing since I was 17.

Research Assistant

I became a R.A based on merit. This fed my personal and professional growth in many different ways.

I graduated!

This past July, I graduated from university 🙂

Travelling

The culmination of my university years sparked off a journey of self-discovery.

I travelled to 10 cities after my university exams were over.

June – Glasgow, Warsaw, Krakow, Marseille, Paris

August – Milan, Verona, Venice,

September – Warsaw, London,

October – Paris,

November – Hong Kong.

Never before had I travelled so much and I am very pleased by that.

I’d learnt so much about myself and the world and can’t recommend travelling enough.

It shapes you in immeasurable ways.

President of the Psychology Society + Student Rep second year running

At University, I wanted to make the most of my third and final year.

I asked professors, recent uni graduates, and searched far and wide for the answer.

This book helped immensely.

I am convinced that I made the most out of my final year.

I was elected as Student Rep for a second year running and became the President of the very first Psychology Society at my uni.

As President, I was able to improve the many things that I felt was lacking in my own uni experience. I was able to build a social network with various professors in the department and build strong relationships with them.

I was also able to bring together likeminded people and create a group of friends who would meet on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.

But it was also a period of tremendous personal and character growth. I solidified myself in the role of a leader but also, I feel, as an instigator of winds of change.

At the end of the year the society won a “Best New Society” award.

A period spent in immersion culminated in an award.

I got accepted into a full-time, two-year graduate programme

I was pleased to have found my first job still in 2016.

I’ve only just started but it’s a totally different ball game to what I’ve become accustomed to over the past years.

3. What am I working towards in 2017?

Cycle to Paris

This was something I was working towards back in 2014 but I got sidelined by a knee injury.

I still want to do this.

This will help me with my diet and fitness and overall health.

I need to prepare diligently, consistently, bit by bit.

Once I cycle to Paris, it will be the culmination of a period spent in immersion.

Purposeful reading of quality books

I would like reading books to continue being a big part of my life for me.

I’m not setting myself a target to reach as I did in 2016, but I plan to continue using the system I had developed for myself and see how far it takes me.

Also, I have asked people I respect to recommend me two titles each.

I have done this to achieve a breadth and depth of reading of quality books.

Travel

I am abundantly aware that my travelling escapades won’t match the magnitude of this year’s adventures.

With only 25 days of work, one can only do so much.

But this will help me become more organised in my travels.

I’ve already got a few ideas…

Concerts

I love music and as a drummer I particularly enjoy rock.

I’ve listened to many bands over the years but I’ve never gone and seen them live.

I’ve already booked tickets to see the bands I used to listen to and I’ve done so in a way that will also feed into my travelling aspiration for next year (e.g. I’m going to Berlin for an Aerosmith concert).

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I enumerate these things while being conscious that I can update these as I go along.

Roll on 2017!

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I’ve Completed my New Year’s Resolution (And Here’s How)

What a way to end 2016.

I’ve completed a year-long goal of reading 15 books in 2016. 

It was one of my main New Year’s Resolutions.

This was my way of trying to get myself to read more books.

And I did it.

Every time I finished a book, I posted a photo of the book cover on my Instagram.

That’s all I’ve been using Instagram for, really.

And once I finished my 15th and final book for the year, I started adding hashtags.

I added #reading, which has been added by around 10,000,000 (10mln) people.

Then I added this hashtag –> #newyearsresolutioncompleted.

It was added by only 30 people.

How did I do it?

Aside from making resolutions that are actionable and attainable, you have to be motivated.

I got motivated.

What motivated me?

Well, I wanted to read more books. I felt this was important to my own self-development.

But I was also aware that  92% of people fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.

And I wanted to be part of the small 8% of people that get stuff done.

Secondly, I focused on carrying out my plan of reading 15 books in 2016.

And I used psychology to do it.

Basically, there’s a concept in psychology that helps people build good habits.

This concept is called Implementation Intentions.

They are little plans of action that make sure you put in the work to achieve your goal.

They follow an ‘If-Then’ format.

Example.

If I wake up, then I will do push-ups to failure.

Using this little trick, I built a system that would help me achieve my long-term of reading 15 books this year.

And my system was this:

Always read on the train (to and fro university, work, whatever)

Always read when in transit (Eurostar, plane, whatever)

That’s it.

Behavioural Economics in Real Life

Do it London

The London HIV Prevention Programme has launched a campaign that is designed to increase awareness about HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Moreover, it promotes HIV testing and encourages the practice of safe sex. The initiative offers sexual promotion advice and free condoms.

The behavioral economics principle used in this campaign is message framing. Prospect theory proposes that framing messages can have a huge influence on the preferences and choices of people (Tversky and Kahneman, 1982). Moreover, people tend to be risk-averse when messages are framed as gains, and risk seeking when messages are framed as losses. In fact, it was found that gain-framed messages encourage preventative health behaviors more so than loss-framed messages (Gallagher and Updegraff, 2012). 

5p carrier bags

The British government implemented a policy to put a 5p charge on every new plastic carrier bag used in supermarkets in England. The policy encourages shoppers to re-use their plastic bags in the effort to curb usage, which severely affects the habitats of wildlife and massively contributes to carbon emissions. The 5p charge has been successful across other countries of the UK. For instance, Wales saw a 71% drop in bag usage after having implemented the policy in 2011. The government estimates that the campaign will greatly reduce the carbon footprint, equivalent to taking 35,000 cars of the road. Over the next 10 years, it is expected that the 5p charge will raise £730 for charitable causes.

The effectiveness of this campaign is attributed in part to the Incentives aspect of the MINDSPACE principles (Dolan et al., 2010). For instance, supermarkets like Sainsbury’s offer extra points to loyalty cardholders for reusing their plastic bags. Also, Sainsbury’s incentivizes this re-usage by trading in old bags for new ones free of charge.

John Lewis Christmas Advertisement

John Lewis has launched a Man on the Moon campaign to raise money for older people for Christmas. In partnership with the UK’s largest charity working with older people Age UK, the advertisement aims to raise awareness for the problem loneliness among elderly people and features a fundraising appeal. When certain John Lewis products are bought, 25% of the proceeds go to this charity. These products include cards or mugs.

The effectiveness of the charity campaign lies in the MINDSPACE principle called Messenger (Dolan et al 2010). This principle upholds that we are heavily influenced by who communicates information. The John Lewis brand is widely recognizable across the UK. By endorsing Age UK’s message of raising awareness for charity, the John Lewis brand will allow for the message to gain more traction and reach a much wider audience. It will also inevitably influence people to donate to charity this Christmas and to reach out to their elderly family members.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is an annual subscription programme, which offers a plethora of services, ranging from unlimited access to movies to a one-day delivery for eligible items. The membership costs £79 per year for adults and £39 for students. Amazon offers a 30-day free trial to new customers, allowing them to experience the broad array of services that having a membership entails. Once the 30-day free trial expires, the membership automatically renews itself and upgrades to an annual plan. However, customers have the liberty of opting out whenever they please.

The membership programme uses a MINDSPACE principle called Defaults (Dolan et al 2010). When a new customer opts in for the 30-day free trial, it is more likely that the customer will stick with the service and become a permanent member. This occurs due to the fact that decisions are psychologically effortful and humans are cognitively lazy. The decision to actively opt out of the service requires cognitive effort. For this reason, many customers remain opted in. 

Transport for London (TFL) London Cycle Hire Scheme

In this scheme, people can hire bicycles to travel and dock them at any docking station across the city. It is a very cost-efficient strategy for travelling around the city. The first 30 minutes of any cycle hire is free, and it costs £2 to gain 24-hour access to a bike. TFL also provides information on how to discover the “hidden gem cycle routes” in London, promotes bike rides around the city, and offers free of charge personal cycle training. The scheme has the intention of promoting exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, bicycling as an alternative means of travelling to cars, and reducing congestion in public transport.

The scheme uses a MINDSPACE principle called Norms (Dolan et al., 2010). On the TFL website, it is emphasized that “thousands of people” use the cycle hire service. It is a means of telegraphing to the user that using cycle hires is a socially accepted rule of behavior. By the same token, it sub-communicates that it is socially contagious to hire cycles.

Stoptober

Stoptober is a Public Health England campaign that encourages cigarette smokers to abstain from smoking for the entire month of October. Starting from October 1st, smokers will have the chance to quit smoking for good by participating in this 28-day event. The enticing message of the campaign proposes that people that quit smoking for 28 days are 5x more likely to quit smoking altogether. The campaign offers support in the form of information and advice to help smokers complete the challenge.

The campaign uses MINDSPACE principles such as Commitment and Ego (Dolan et al 2010). People will use commitment devices be consistent with their public promises and achieve their goals. Therefore, by publicly taking part in Stoptober, participants will inform other participants of their promises and will want to act in accordance with them. Regarding the principle Ego, people want to project a favorable image of themselves to the world and will act in accordance with this image. Also, they want to act consistently with how they view themselves – their self-image.

 

 

 

A Christmas Present For You

Last Christmas, I wanted to share this with you.

But for some reason, I didn’t and vowed to share it with you this Christmas.

My bro has been an important person in my life. I’ve learnt so much from him and continue to. I’m sure my younger siblings feel the same way.

Ever since I was a small kid, he’d give me advice.

And even when we were apart, divided by hundreds and hundreds of kilometres, living in different countries – he’d still be there even though he wasn’t.

On Christmas in 2011, he sent me and my siblings an email which impacted me then as much as it does as I re-read it today.

In its most purest form – here is what my bro said:

This christmas i’m going to gift you with something much more valuable than any material possession: some well-intentioned advice.

I’ve lately began to wonder whether certain advice should be reserved for different stages of life; that at every stage of life certain secrets should be revealed to you.

That if you’re told too early, they lose their power or prevent you from enjoying those parts of life. Some of that may be true but i think it’s mostly an excuse to simply not bother.

One unintended consequence of this could well be that I f*** you all up psychologically.

If so, apologies.

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

This is important and there’s a lot of wisdom in here.

The world as you know it is the result of a very small group of influential people.

This is why history is lauded as a subject.

Your lives have been shaped by people you’ve never heard of in the most amazing ways. Most obvious examples would be why you’re Catholic and why you believe in God or why you celebrate Christmas.

It’s because the Roman empire as it expanded adopted the various religions of the regions they conquered. At some point, they simply adopted the religion that was emerging from the Judeo-Arabian belt. You can look this up in  detail. It’s quite interesting.

Another example – Poland is a post-war ruin because of the Russians and Stalin’s communism.

But if you read more about communism, you’ll notice that there are interesting reasons and social pressures that made socialism an attractive alternative to the taking advantage of normal people by the aristocrats.

The world wasn’t so materialistic as it is today.

Today’s consumerism is the result of the second World War.

Marx came up with the idea that to keep the economy going, people need to buy s***.

And if people buy s***, other people will make s***.

And that’s the pattern we’ve been running for nearly 100 years.

So you see dear siblings, many of the choices in life have been predetermined before you’re even aware of them (and some people never become aware).

Be very weary of dreams and ambitions that have been pre-packaged.

Paths to happiness that are expressed in media.

A lot of it is bulls***.

True happiness is really not that hard to achieve.

The real difficulty is washing off the crap that is thrown at us to divert our attention from the important things.

It’s important that you spend some time reflecting on your lives as you see them now, wash away the external rubbish and look inwardly. Find what is important to you, question why, and take that journey with yourself.

Epicurous (philosopher) said that there a number of ways to be happy (he figured this out centuries ago). One of them was reflective thought. You can lookup the other ways. Think of these as easter eggs that you can discover as extra reading.

Know what is important to you and keep it that way. Otherwise you’ll fall for whatever is trendy e.g. fashion, then maybe being social and getting drunk, and then maybe you’ll find a girlfriend or boyfriend and neglect the rest, or maybe you’ll neglect the girlfriend or boyfriend for a career.

You don’t have to pick one. Be good at all these things 😉

Much easier said than done. But having meaningful relationships is paramount and having a sense of achievement is also.

“Things are not important.”

You merely need to satisfy your immediate needs and all other additional material possessions will not bring you any more happiness. You might not believe this yet because you haven’t met you’re baseline yet.

But don’t assume that more things will mean more happiness. Initially a few things will make a big difference and then any extra will make ZERO difference.

Money is a tool to get you where you want to go. Remember that Mexican story from 4 hour work week. Financial security is good. Expensive louis vuitton bags are bad.

“Now is the age to discover”

Now is the age for you to discover. You need exposure. You need to learn about all sorts of different things in life before you can truly decide and pick what you like.

Otherwise you’re just liking the things that have been picked for you by other people.

Explore.

Explore interests, explore places, explore people.

Get to know as many people as you can, from different walks of life. You’ll learn so much.

Being social is great if you’re around the right people and having the skills to interact with anyone is indispensable.

Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people.

There are lots of rubbish people but there are also very sincere and interesting folk.

And keep close ties with them. Obviously they can’t all be your best friend but always check-in with them. It’s good to have people who you know and they know you around.

“Education is the key”

And part of education is learning with and around people. I learnt just as much working in a new environment as i did at uni. Completely different skills and things i learnt but equally valuable.

Do well in school because that’s the key if you want to participate in society nowadays. Don’t let that ever be you’re failing. Don’t let doors close before they open because you haven’t met the grade requirements.

You might not realise it now because you’re told to learn but when the learning stops you’ll wish it would continue. And you’ll wish you took it more seriously.

I’m learning now, and I read so much to keep learning because the world and life is fascinating. And by being intelligent and educated, you get to make the most of it.

Because you’ll have good jobs and all the skills to navigate this complicated place called Earth.

Read about stuff you don’t even care about now. One day it’ll come in handy or you’ll remember it in a different context and realise that it’s interesting now.

I hate people who say “why am i learning this, how is this ever going be useful to me later?” It’s useful. and if you know it, you’ll know how to use it.

Conclusion

I’m not sure if i’ve missed anything out. I’m sure i have but those seem to be the most important things. They’re vague enough to be guidelines but without being restrictive i.e. telling you exactly what to do.

I trust you’re smart enough to use this well and not misread it.

And i hope it touches you in the way I mean it to. If you have any questions, you can always ask.

You have everything you need to be happy already. And discovering that for yourself (like they say, the truth cannot be told it has to be discovered) will be helpful to you.

As i once told my friend:

The book of your life is nothing but blank pages without any loose structure about how to live it limiting it you. Once you see it this way, you are free to paint the pages as you wish.

Here’s the advice that i gave to him when he was frustrated with uni still while his other friends were already working.

I know dude but here’s my advice: don’t wish it to be over. Whatever it is that you’re living now is your life. It’s what you’ll look back on in later years. Make the most of it. Being aware that you’re writing your own history has helped me to try and ‘write it’ in a way that I’ll be happy with when I’m old. Hopefully. For some reason people always aspire to the next thing and almost wish the present away. I think thats a destructive perspective to have.

 

Own It

Remember that rap battle in 8 Mile?

When Eminem went toe to toe with Papa Doc (“this guy is a gangsta? His real name is Clarence”) ?

Eminem was the underdog in the rap battle and if he were to stand any chance of winning, he had to strip Clarence of all his ammo. And he did that by owning who he was and where he was from.

In his rap, Eminem said “I know everything he’s got to say against me.”

He mentioned how he’s a bum and that he lives in a trailer with his mom.

He owned where he was from.

And because Eminem had owned where he was from, Clarence had no ammo to try and diminish his rap opponent.

In a sense, Eminem had diminished himself.

But at the same time, he garnered the support and admiration of the crowd.

All because he owned who he was, what he was about, and where he was from.

In short – he owned it.

Orangina

You’ve probably never heard of the story about the Orangina juice drink and you’ll be surprised to learn how this ties in with Eminem owning everything about himself.

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Orangina

When Orangina first hit the market, people were quick to notice how residue accumulated at the bottom of the bottle.

People began to shy away from the product, not knowing what that residue exactly was (plus, it didn’t look too appetising).

The makers of Orangina had their backs against the wall with the whole residue issue.

They knew that if they didn’t accept the residue as an integral part of their product, they’d perish.

So what did the marketing/advertising team do to save Orangina?

They had to own it.

They owned the fact that there was a residue at the bottom of every bottle.

And because people didn’t like the residue, they actually made it a thing to “shake it to wake it”(they also claimed this would make the drink taste better.)

The “shake it to wake it” ad campaign was a hit and the beginning of a new trend that saw the residue problem become a thing of the past.

The Post-it Note

Sometimes things don’t quite work out as we hoped.

This automatically sounds like a bad thing but it doesn’t have to be.

And the 3M – the creators of the Post-it Note – showed us exactly that.

Because the Post-it Note, in the words of Scott Belsky in Making Ideas Happen:

“(…) [was] the result of a batch of poorly developed adhesive. The adhesive, concocted in 3M’s labs, was so weak and unreliable that it sparked the idea for a temporary adhesive-one whose weakness was, in fact, its greatest features.”

3M was able to turn a bad situation in a super profitable enterprise and introduced a revolutionary and now indispensable piece of stationary.

3M owned the fact that they had produced an inferior batch of adhesive and instead of throwing it away and wasting money, they rolled with it and owned it.

Behold, the Post-it Note.

“Oops! I dropped the lemon tart”

Another way of owning something is when you make a mistake.

And I’ve got the perfect story to illustrate this point.
Massimo Bottura, chef patron of the world renowned three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana restaurant, tells the story of how a new recipe was brought to life because of a mistake that was made just before serving the last two lemon tarts.
Massimo and the sous chef were just about to start serving the last two lemon tarts when the sous chef dropped one of them in away that half was on the counter, and the other half was on the plate.
The sous chef turned pale and gazed in horror at what had happened.
Massimo on the other hand was intrigued by the beauty of this ‘broken’ lemon tart.
“I thought to myself – it’s beautiful,” Massimo recounts, as he tells the story, “Let’s rebuild that first broken lemon tart with the same precision, with the other.”
Puzzled, the sous chef trusted in Massimo’s vision and they intentionally dropped the lemon tart that was intact onto the plate to ensure that the ‘broken’ look was on purpose.
This is how the “Oops! I dropped a lemon tart” was born.

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Massimo, similarly to 3M with the Post-it Notes, was able to turn a horrible situation into something great – an intriguing new recipe.

Closing thoughts

Sometimes, if you want to succeed at something – you have to come clean.

About who you are and what you’re about.

And instead of downplaying a weakness, leverage it as a strength and use it to your advantage.

You have to own it and own up.

Because if you don’t, it’s game over.

But if you do – who knows where it will take you.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it for you.

Savour Obscurity While It Lasts

Wow we really want things to come to us quickly.

Fast cars, grand houses and grand fortunes.

 

And our journey can be frustrating.

We are impulsive creatures and we don’t like playing the long game.

If we had it our own way, we’d want instant resounding success and all the fame and money that goes hand in hand with instant resounding success.

But what if you achieved all that success?

What would you do?

What would the next thing be?

I guess you’d do nothing but go through peak experiences and make the most out of life and sample all the best that life has in every area of life.

But isn’t that sort of like completing the game? The game of life.

It’s like you’re at 95% and it will be much tougher to get those last 5%.

Like in GTA, you’d have to do side missions, look for hidden packages, all of which are really just a supplement to the overarching theme of the game.

You probably actually had way more fun when you started the game, intent on building your empire, going through all those missions and getting rich by hook or by crook.

So is it all about the journey rather than the destination?

As Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, said:

 

“Dopamine is not about pleasure. It’s about the anticipation of pleasure. It’s about the pursuit of happiness rather than happiness itself.”

There’s something special about “obscurity”

And in Hugh MacLeod’s book Ignore Everybody, Hugh actually mentions how artists (musicians, painters, writers etc) might produce their best work before “they’ve made it”:

The funny thing is, when you hear the “rock stars” talk about their climb to the top, the part they invariably speak most fondly is not the part with all the fame, money, and parties.

It’s the part before they made it, back when they were living in a basement without electricity and “eating dog food”, back when they were doing their breakthrough work.

When it’s just you, a dream, and a few cans of dog food, there’s only one person to worry about. But when the dream turns into a reality, there’s all sorts of other people suddenly needing to be taken care of, in order to keep the engine running.

Publishers, investors, managers, journalists, retailers, suppliers, groupies, employees, accountants, family members…and the paying customers. They all have a stake in your act, and they all want a piece of the action.

Of course, one reason the rock starts can speak of their basement-an-dog-food era so fondly is because it eventually came to an end; it didn’t last forever.

And with all the world tours and parties, this era of creating their seminal work soon became a distant memory.

So quite naturally, they miss it. But if they were still “eating dog food” after a few decades, I doubt they’d be waxing so lyrically.

The message is savour obscurity while it lasts.

It’s the pursuit of happiness that’s the best thing about life.

So don’t wish away the now. Enjoy the phase of life you are currently in.

Because you’ll make it. It will all turn out well in the end.

Only for you to realise that it was all well and good all along.

What My Bro Said