Clear Thinking For Complex Ideas
Hey I’m David.
I’m a blue eyed, left handed vlogger, blogger, web pro, and traveler. I work online and tend to live abroad most of the time. I’m very interested in what it takes to have success over the complex layers of our lives.
On this site I want to document what I’m learning and doing as I go about building my online business, experiences living abroad, and generally what I’m up too. With a focus on always making everything I publish helpful so you can get a bit more out of life too. The topics may be varied a bit, but hey! It’s a blog so I’m just living my life and sharing my story 🙂
I’m a guy who went from working in a cubicle at PriceWaterHouseCoopers in 2010 to owning a small portfolio of websites and living in Thailand to having everything crash and burn (2013).
Resulting in me needing to become an English teacher to pay the bills to where I am now. Making an income online again from websites and freelance work. It’s important to me to show the frustrations and struggle as too many online make it seem all to easy.
In a weird way it is easy per say, that is when you get everything right things start to work. It’s only when you’re in the proverbial forest, flailing around that it seems like it’s hard. But I want to show you that it is possible to have success online. It’s also possible to for it to fail. I’ve been through both!
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Ever wonder why some people are doing better than you?
They have better everything. Better lives, better relationships, more travel, more money, more sex, fun and happiness. Ever really wonder what they are doing differently? You should because success is predictable and you can create it it for yourself. We tend to give too much to luck and circumstance. We rarely make the decision to live. But success is predictable so why not learn how to become that interesting and dynamic person who has choice in life? Every problem you currently have is only so because you don’t yet have the skills to overcome it. Let’s change that together.
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I got the name from a poem by Christopher Louge called “come to the edge.”
Come to the edge
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
and they came,
and he pushed,
and they flew
I take the meaning of this is that in order to soar, you need to LOOK FOR TROUBLE.
YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR THE EDGE
There have been a few behavioral studies on teenagers I found interesting. One extreme are those who never break any rules, the other extreme are the ones who break all the rules. I was the type to follow the rules as a boy so I can really relate.
The ones who follow all the rules don’t do well in life. Introverted, depressed, anxious and unable to make a move on their own. They become too timid, unable to even stand up for themselves.
The other group that breaks all the rules however is antisocial and criminal.
You want to be on the edge. Far enough away from safety and security to allowe you to develop into a healthy, curious person. But not so far gone you become a menace to society. When you get what you want, the first thing you’ll do is try to get beyond it.
Why? We’re creatures oriented to the future. You manifest into reality “what can be” by looking for the edge.
CLEAR THINKING FOR COMPLEX IDEAS?
I’m frustrated by messy thinking and information overload. I ‘m motivated by a desire to obtain precision and insight into the reality of how things and people work actually work so we can know what to pay attention to and what we can safely ignore.
My goal is to blend various topics that could perhaps seem to be unrelated as a way to bring clear thinking. Essentially, producing content that is truly helpful.
I’m originally from Connecticut but I’ve been traveling and living abroad full time for the last 5 years. Using Thailand as my home base.
I’m in my 30’s and have created multiple websites on various topics, written books and work online.
My background is surprisingly in finance and before that I was in the Air Force Reserve as a means to pay for school. As I’m from Connecticut *the insurance capitol of the world* (CT’s unofficial nickname) and went to school in the mid 2000’s before the internet was really what it is today. I prioritized income and a “good job” as the main metric of success.
As such, CT is state lacking in tech oriented and design career options with most of the business being focused on banking and insurance so I decided a degree in finance would be my best best to the American dream.
I achieved success and landed a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers (now branded as PWC) right out of school. This was a very valuable experience as it was the beginning of a reorientation for how I defined success for myself by being able to focus my current lifestyle on the pursuit of travel, knowledge and interesting life experiences.
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