My Fire Speech


With the announcement of those who will be speaking at 10X Growth Con 2018, it got me thinking. If someone asked me to get up on stage and share what had inspired me to get up at 3 am and tackle the things that scared me, what would I say? What would I tell them about the beginning of my slippery slope into madness and hunger for success?

I imagined, I visualized it, and I wrote it down. It is done. it is a speech for those who want more. It is a speech for the hungry.

Now to think about delivery. Even though I film and upload you tube videos regularly now, I’m terrified of standing up and speaking in front of real, live people. Even standing up in a room sharing some results makes me stutter, sweat, and I inevitably feel the blood rush to my face (which is only exacerbated by knowing I’ve gone red). But isn’t this all the more reason to write it? To tackle yet another terrifying and necessary part of life and dominate it?

The prospect excites me to no end! I love my speech. It embodies me and what I’m about. It reflects my soul. I haven’t figured out where and when I will deliver this speech, but I’m amped at the prospect, and for the opportunity! Until then…

Stay hungry,





Growth Spurt #2: Deep Work

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Review of the Week: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (on Audiobook)

Another audiobook this week! It was not narrated by the author, which was disappointing, but luckily the narrator (Jeff Bottoms), was easy enough to listen to, and kept me engaged… moving on…

Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, focuses on the benefits of focusing solely on the task at hand. This will seem obvious to most of you, but it was more than that, they looked right into the research behind it. Brain function, studies of various lengths and modes of deep work, and how deep work can be worked into daily life. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a decent amount of research to back up a theory and push back against my skepticism and I was encouraged by what I heard!

These days we are constantly “plugged in”, we’re contactable at all times, with demands for our time and attention. Facebook wants you to wish someone a happy birthday, twitter wants you to check out a tweet that is trending, you boss wants an update on your work… the list goes on. The book discusses how these distractions deplete our mental capacity over the course of a day, and sap us of our ability to give our best effort in our work, even after the distractions are removed.

Now, not all of us can afford to withdraw from society and its distractions for months at a time, and emerge with the next heart-moving . Fortunately, the author has provided several options that (I think) can be adopted, depending on what will work best for you, what time you may have free, and how much your career and goals will benefit from deep work.

My final rating: 9/10!

Check out the full review on youtube.


Interesting Blog of the Week really struck a chord with me this week.

“Companies have strategic plans, why not you?”

I could NOT agree more! If you don’t know the underlying purpose to everything you do (in other words, your mission statement), and you don’t have a plan of attack outlined, how exactly do you expect to achieve it?!

Personally, I have my own mission statement which underlies my goals and my daily movements, and I remind myself of this statement on a daily basis when I write down my goals and visualise my achievements. I see this as my own brand, business, and my driver.

Have a look!

Quote of the Week

“At the centre of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and what you want” – Lao Tzu

Have a fantastic week this wee! Crush it,




Growth Spurt #1: Mind Gym, Grant Cardone, and Self-Awareness

Hello! A very nerdy welcome to the very first weekly digest from Nerd 4 Thought!

I’m still toying with names, but Growth Spurt seems fine for now – any other suggestions?

Let’s get straight into it!

Book Reviews of the Week: “Mind Gym”, and “Be Obssesed or Be Average” by Grant Cardone



Mind Gym aims to teach you how to identify your bad mental habits and change them. It suggests that by doing this that you will be able to get more done, deal with challenges, be more influential, and generally enjoy your life more… sign me up!

Pity it didn’t live up to the pedestal I had begun to put it on in my head. While I found that there were many valid points, and agreed with the bad mental habits they identify, I found that the book only really scratched the surface, and I felt like I was reading the world’s longest introduction. I felt my motivation waning, cut my losses and reverted back to an old favourite which never fails to help me get my mindset back on track… Be Obssessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone.


If you have not read this book (or listened to it), I highly suggest you do so immediately. Unless of course you are happy being average. If you think you fall into this category, I challenge you to dig deep and really evaluate this. Do you actually have everything you ever dreamed of? Or is there room for more?

Watch my full review here

Talk of the week

I absolutely LOVED this talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, on grit, perserverance, and the growth mindset.

 Quote of the week

“By becoming self-aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life” – Deepak Chopra


Have a fantastic week this week, crush it,