Competition in Life, and Why It’s Not All That It’s Cracked Up to Be

As a consumer, competition is usually great – it spurs innovation and leads to more efficient pricing.  In this post, however, I am going to focus on competition in life, and why it can actually be sub-optimal.

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Reasons to Start a Start-Up

There are a whole load of reasons why people might want to start a start-up.  It is important to know what reason yours is, because some of these reasons only make sense in certain contexts, and some of them will actually lead you astray.

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[II] Working Out Why I Hated My Job

In Chapter 1, I discussed some of the early beginnings of how I had tried to plan my life and my career.  I had just secured a good job but was struggling to keep pushing myself, and life as an engineer in the oil & gas industry was rapidly becoming increasingly unappealing.  But there was light at the end of the tunnel – I was switching jobs within the company (in order to develop project management skills to complement the technical knowledge I had learned) so I was optimistic that things would get better.

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The Ingredients of a Successful Start-Up

Since entering the entrepreneurship ecosystem in London, I have been fortunate enough to meet some incredible founders and hear inspiring stories.  What you quickly realise, however, is that every business has a different story and that there is no “one formula for success”.  Furthermore, a lot of the reasons why some of these businesses became successful were actually out of the hands of the founders. Continue reading