Ep. 2 - Another Project! & Proj. Ulysses Origin

Much has happened this week. Well, more so much in my mind. 

Guess, that's what happens when you journal everyday. It's essentially the toned-down socially accepted version of talking to yourself profusely. 

Talking to yourself is underrated. People should do it more often.

So whilst Project Ulysses has entered week 5, I'm concurrently building out my podcast project. 

I'm excited to note I got my first confirmation for my podcast guest. A venture capitalist. Getting this project off the ground has been a slow process. Lot's of internal debate on it. But I know I'll regret not having tried it. So just have to fight that resistance. The pitch went disgustingly in my opinion. I had a whole script. Value prop, target audience blah blah all lined up. Then at go time I just rambled on. Jesus Christ. Despite loving to talk with people, it still physically sickens me to reach out to people. It's the thing that makes me question my extroversion. Weird how I'd much rather talk to a stranger in a coffee shop than have to draft an email to someone. There's just more comfort with sitting face to face across someone than imagining someone's reaction to opening some email. 

Nevertheless, will have to do more of the those emails to build out the podcast. Godammit. 

So last week I had introduced Project Ulysses. For my love of long form writing I had a whole essay on the name, the origin story and everything. But... now that I realize. The short form is just as informative:

  • Reason for name? Ulysses = Odysseus = hero in Homer's Odyssey = project is about everyone going on their own odyssey + my own odyssey on learning about my own skills and strengths
  • My aim for this? To learn: Do I like coaching + Can I add value to self-development of others + what elements of this project will i like + dislike

There. Saved you 1200 words of reading. You're welcome. 

If you'd rather have my long forms please let me know! I very much do enjoy the dramatization and ramblings of my stories.

Oh right, and why I even decided to do Project Ulysses?

After starting my sabbatical approx. 2 months ago I caught up with friends who I couldn't see from living in a different city for my last job. During this period I was focused on training for my upcoming powerlifting competition. I had also spent months performing introspection on the personal data I've collected over the last 3 years and designing a path forward. 

A common comment made by my friends was "Dan you are so lucky. I wish I didn't have to do this". Then I would reply "It's not luck, it's a choice to be doing this and you can resign too". To this my friends would say "I wish, but I can't + insert excuse founded by fear". I also suggested making time to do some introspection. Of course came a barrage of excuses. Inaction with a side of BS excuse is like a McD****** Junior Chicken. Cheap and easy to get but with every purchase is slowly killing you faster than you realize.

But this got me thinking. I do agree that resigning is too big a leap for many. Everyone has different levels of risk tolerance after all. Though choosing to just live your life without much direction and letting things happen to you... it just didn't sound right. FYI I don't believe in that whole fate nonsense, the perfect job isn't going to fall on your lazy-ass lap while you pray faithfully. 

Then I thought about the one thing I knew I loved doing. Powerlifting. So what if I could bring elements of that into a project on introspective design for self-development (another obsession of mine)?

I knew people didn't like going to the gym (yeah.. fucking weird). But some force themselves to go to the gym 3 times per week. They're also looking for the best "return on time invested" kind of exercise too since they hate being there so much. 

If this wasn't true then the health industry would be much smaller because people should only squat for the first few years. 

But yeah..... so there it was! I could make introspection a workout! The idea was simple: Perform a set of introspective exercises 3x a week for 10-15minutes each. Minimize time commitment for max return? 

Well, I thought it would be easy for most... but everyone is definitely different. 

Next week I'll fill you in on losing 2 participants and some surprising thoughts to being unemployed. To find out, subscribe to my newsletter to get updated on the blog for future stories AND get 3 learnings I found valuable from the week.