Update + Knowledge Megabomb
So, after about 4 straight months of nomad life, I returned to my hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. After only a few weeks, I was already looking to dip out again. Due to family events and commitments, I ended up staying home for about 2 months until I headed back north to Canada in early September. This time around I decided to do it road trip style & stop by Pittsburgh to check it off my list.
Earlier this year, I visited Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City for the first time. I spent most of my time in Toronto & despite the cold shitty weather, I managed to fall in love with the city. I knew I wanted to come back, especially to experience some nicer weather.
I booked 2.5 weeks at my first Airbnb for my return to Toronto on September 5th. I didn’t know exactly how long I wanted to stay and just like everything else in my life, I left it to be determined. Ultimately, I ended up extending my stay another week, then another 2 weeks, then another week again. My 2.5 weeks quickly grew to about 6 weeks.
During my time in Toronto, I realized it had become the closest thing to "a home" I’ve had in the last couple of years. I joined a coworking space downtown and quickly became a part of the community. My network grew and I found myself attending more events, socials, and parties than I have in years. I was busier than ever and I felt energized, excited, and motivated. Currently, I have a few different projects in the works. I’m also exploring some new ideas & I’m looking forward to sharing them with you soon :)
This is where I’m going to Segway into a Knowledge Megabomb. Prepare yourself. While I was in Toronto, I fully solidified my thoughts on the importance of your environment. This right here is some damn good stuff so listen up. Your environment is massively important & it can be broken down into two categories:
Micro Environment: These are the people you surround yourself with.
You’ve probably heard something like “surround yourself with the right people.” I’m tellin' ya’ll… This. is. so. damn. true. Get yourself around likeminded people & you will absolutely understand the meaning behind this. If you keep yourself around people who are not interested in what you’re interested in, don’t have similar aspirations, or constantly bring you down, it’ll be that much harder for you to achieve your goals. You have to surround yourself with people who have similar aspirations, will challenge you positively, make you think outside the box and bring you outside your comfort zone. These are the people who will bring out the best in you and they will help you get to where you want to go.
SIDE NOTE: GET THE F*CK OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Final thought on your micro environment: “You never want to be the smartest person in the room.” This is another common phrase that is so true. If you’re the smartest person in your circle, you have immediately hit your ceiling.
Macro Environment: This is the city or town you live in.
Different cities have different messages, vibes, or energies. Paul Graham talks about the messages cities radiate here. I am a strong believer in this. Think about it: different cities have different politics, different industries, different demographics, etc. Some cities are older than others, some have access to certain resources more than others. All these factors come together to create a “vibe” or “message.” If you don’t feel connected with your macro environment, just like with your micro environment, it’ll be that much harder for you to achieve your goals.
Ultimately, if your environment is not conducive to the things you want to achieve in life, you’re going to have a much harder time achieving them.
Ok, end of Knowledge Megabomb!
Although being nomadic has been amazing, as I’ve expressed in previous posts, it can also be tough. Right now, I am ready to have a place of my own. I would love to move to Toronto, but getting there is a little tricky as a US citizen. As of today, I haven’t made a concrete decision as to where I’m going to live, but Brooklyn is looking like a strong contender. I’m hoping to have my own space by early December.
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