With increasing competitive and cutthroat corporate dealings, mounting deadlines and increasing work pressure, so many of us are stuck in the rat race and simply can’t get off.
Author, blogger, world traveler and digital nomad Daniel Prince has the answers.
Featured in Mirror UK, Guardian, Travel With Bender, TNT Magazine Australia and Sunday Times Perth among others, Daniel has been sharing his unique take on life, work, and productivity as well as personal and professional growth for companies and executives worldwide.
A financial and banking sector professional with over 17 years of experience, Daniel is extremely interested in working on overcoming the problems and contributing to the personal and professional development of others.
In his book, Choose Life, Daniel talks about how everyone has a choice and why quitting the corporate rat race was the best decision he took.
Here are Daniel’s insights on shared economies, entrepreneurial productivity and why it is essential to always choose life:
1. What is Choose Life all about?
Choose Life is about choosing a different life to the one we have somehow fallen into.
Are you stuck in a career you never wanted, have you painted yourself into a corner in an uninspiring job, just to pay the bills?
Are you yearning for freedom, to live a life on your own terms and spend time with your loved ones?
Millions feel this way, but don’t have the confidence to change their lives.
Choose Life helps you realize there is another way!
2. Is a shared economy viable for entrepreneurs?
Yes. In fact, The Sharing Economy has been built entirely by entrepreneurs.People who are looking for another choice.
Conventional businesses do not want the sharing economy to succeed, it upsets the status quo and interferes with their operations.
We need more entrepreneurs to make new businesses, bring more creative ideas to the market and connect even more people to each other.
3. What are the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs looking to be more productive in a shared economy?
Conventional wisdom already established businesses and Governments.All of these factors are challenges against the sharing economy, they would prefer the sharing economy failed as it takes control away from them.
4. What was the inspiration behind Choose Life? What are its themes and concerns?
I quit my 18-year career and my wife and I took our children out of school to travel the world, via the sharing economy.
I was inspired to write the book when people kept contacting us to ask us how we had done it and how they might be able to do the same.
5. Do you feel remote work, shared economy and digital nomads will shape the future of the world in a big way? Why/why not?
Here is an excerpt from my book- Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F Kennedy
How have I managed to change my mindset since leaving the corporate world? A complete 180 is the answer.
It’s been three years away from an office and corporate environment now and — although I still have pulled to be back in a business role — my overriding instinct is a total aversion to ever being part of that world again.
The best way I can sum up my view of the corporate world after three years of freedom is with the following analogy:
I now see sky scraping offices as nothing but glorified jails.
I see old-style CEO’s as prison wardens, HR managers as jailhouse sheriffs, and your direct manager as the guy walking up and down the corridor swinging the prison cell keys on his finger.
He has a nightstick and will use it, banging on the bars of your cubicle to make sure you have your head down and fingers moving across a keyboard.
I see a necktie as a noose that you are forced to tie for your own execution should the time come.
Those nice cuff links you have I see as handcuffs.
And, in my eyes, that hugely expensive pinstriped suit you just bought from Hugo Boss may as well be a government-issued orange jumpsuit.
I see home time as visiting hours, where you are temporarily allowed to spend precious little time with your loved ones, always left wanting more before being dragged back onto the chain gang of a packed train full of other poor souls destined for another day of the same old pointless grind.
I see vacations as a meager parole that lasts a maximum of 10-14 days that is only rewarded to you for good behavior.
After that, you’re straight back to the cell pal! We aren’t finished with you yet!
You’re in for life, remember?
Or at least until we don’t need you anymore.
I see that brand new 700 dollar smartphone you carry around as an electronic ankle bracelet that your jailors use to register any form of communication you might dare to make, and track your every movement.
I see KPI’s as tally’s on a jail cell wall and contracts assigning your own death warrant.
This doesn’t have to be your life sentence.Times are changing.Consider the new world of business.
The tech startups of Silicon Valley are not just a whim, their methods and models of business are spreading extremely quickly across the globe.
I have seen it with my own eyes. During our travels, I actively sought out office visits for the family and loved showing the kids a sneak peak of the world that waits for them.
We have been inside the belly of the beast, touring Googleplex and visiting tech companies such as Weebly and Zoosk in San Francisco.
We have visited the Lovehomeswap offices as a family and other tech startups such as City Pantry in London.
Having seen the unorthodox techniques in action, I was blown away and wanted to be a part of it.
I have recently launched an advisory business and act as a consultant, strategist and sales mentor to startup businesses who are eager to connect with some ‘old world’ knowledge to learn tools and tactics of how to grow their bottom lines.
Through this coaching and connectivity, I am seeing companies engaging with a young and smart workforce.
I have advised many 20-somethings in all areas of business and have been impressed with their level of engagement, hunger and ability to think outside the box.
I see young founders handing huge responsibility to their young workforce, forcing them to think fast, put projects together, run teams, identify markets, make huge judgement calls and help define the company strategy and key messages.
These young hungry professionals come to work in whatever they want to wear, they meet for morning yoga sessions on rooftops, bring pets to work, are fed team lunches and, have influential speakers invited in.
Startups are congregating in co-shared work spaces to help fuel the passion and feel of dynamism, companies are helping each other grow, even swapping staff if there is a naturally better fit in a different area.
I see people having fun, damn it!
It has made me feel overwhelmingly optimistic about the future hopes of the generation that will come of age and walk into these newly established businesses in 10-15 years time.
Namely, the generation that includes my own kids. I naturally have a huge interest in the opportunities that will be offered to them in the next decade or so.
If I can see and feel what is coming, what is changing and what will be needed, then I can help shape, guide and ready them for what lies ahead.
I can encourage them to start their own businesses in sectors or areas of business that still haven’t made the change, giving them greater autonomy and satisfaction from their work.
Or, I can help them identify good and wholesome companies where they can work.
I believe the new business horizon will play out steadily along these lines and we can eventually say goodbye to the old style corporates, for they will become a thing of the past, a distant memory.
Companies will have to change or they will find themselves unable to even dream of attracting the talent they once had queuing at their doors.
So, yes, in summary, my mindset has changed completely, but it would never have changed if I was still sat in that same chair doing that same thing day in, day out. I had to break away to see it, and thank goodness I did.
6. Please share your advice as a mentor for entrepreneurs in a shared economy.
Remember, connection is the key component to the Sharing Economy.
Therefore, whatever it is your building, make sure people can connect to each other in an easy and simple way.Connection is the key!
7. How can entrepreneurs boost their productivity? Are there any special hacks you would like to share from Choose Life?
After each chapter, there is a tools and tricks section that can help with productivity and save time with research etc.
Personally, I like to batch tasks and work offline if possible to avoid interruptions.
I also advise writing a to-do list each day, look at the most uncomfortable tasks on the list and do those things immediately.
The rest of the day will fall into place after that!
8. Has a shared economy changed the way business is done?
Yes, peer to peer connection is changing and will change everything.
Look at Cryptocurrency for an example, now we have the power to be able to move funds around the world to whoever we want without going through third parties such as the banking system.
9. Does remote work have a future in the present competitive corporate ecosystem? Why/Why not.
Yes, in fact, I would say it is critical.
How many jobs do you actually really need to be tied to your desk in an office to do?
In an office environment, there are so many needless interruptions and stimulation. If you can work remotely from your home or anywhere you choose, you will find you can achieve far more tasks in way less time!
The present corporate environment needs to change the way they are connecting and treating their employees, otherwise, they will find it very difficult to be able to attract staff in the future.
Remote work is just one of the tools they could employ to make this change.
Daniel has a new and original take on why making the move to remote work, and a shared economy matter.
He is also the author of a children’s publication “Zoe The Zookeeper” and a blogger on his own site http://princesoffthegrid.weebly.com/.
Inspired by Tim Ferriss’s The Four Hour Work-week, Daniel and his family are world travelers, completing 60 swaps in over 16 countries across 4 continents and still going strong.
Explore more about the need to break free, if you’re chained to your work desk, in his amazing book, Choose Life, which talks about how the modern day human is stuck like the eternally tormented King Sisyphus and how you can break this vicious cycle.
With tools, tricks and hacks for family travelling, world schooling and digital nomads, this book is a goldmine for those looking to understand the true potential of a shared economy for bringing back work-life integration.
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