5 Hustles in 5 Months

5 Hustles in 5 Months

Posted by Luke on Feb 13, 2017

Here are a couple of things that frustrate the crap out of me in 2017: The way I have taken care of my body over the last decade My obsession with consuming content about personal development, business, and side-hustle, combined with a complete inability to stick with a project Late last year, I decided to quit alcohol, join a group fitness class with my wife, improve my eating habits and basically take care of that frustration. I’m 50 days in, lost a few kilos, and am feeling pretty good about addressing my fitness. If you’re looking for a story about achieving fitness goals (or starting to) this is not it. But if you: Talk about ideas instead of doing them Cringe when you hear the term ‘wantrepreneur’ (because you are one) Are sick of spinning the wheels and not going any where Then this article might be interesting for you. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs. – Derek Sivers   Stuck in a Loop I’m an A-type, ENFP, who likes the excitement of a potential idea, more than rolling the sleeves up and doing it. I’m a sayer, not a doer. Or as my Mum says: “You’re a gonna. As in you’re gonna do this and you’re gonna do that but you never do.” If procrastination and finding excuses as to why I can’t do things were a skill that could be marketed and sold, I’d be making squillions. I have the...

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My 2016 in Review

My 2016 in Review

Posted by Luke on Dec 30, 2016

You know that feeling you have when you put something off for a very long time? Something that if you got around to it you would be feeling a lot better, but you keep putting it off because it’s been built up to something so big now that you don’t even know where to start? I’m not talking about cleaning the house, or taking on a gym membership, although both of these fit the profile. I’m talking about writing, my need to write specifically, and how over time I’ve let it languish and sputter and dissolve. I feel like I’ve lost a part of me, and so here is an attempt to bring it back. Allow me to backpedal. I blogged before the term blogging was popularised. I maintained an OpenDiary for almost a decade before the site was taken down. I committed 10,000+ posts to an online dance music forum sharing all sorts of personal nuggets. I dipped in and out of blogging more conscientiously, with presences on Marshwah.com, WordsToLiveBi.com, before settling on this resting place of LukeMarshall.net. I crowdfunded and self-published a memoir four years ago, trying to share things about my mental health and sexuality in a way that shone light on issues dear to me, while also achieving some sort of catharsis. I share this not to big note myself, or to talk about one presence over another, but to share that it’s in my nature to share. A lot. So that nagging feeling that I hinted at above, the sensation that I should be writing more, originates from a long history of sharing, and that’s...

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When life gives you melons: a week in the wilderness as a digital job hunter

When life gives you melons: a week in the wilderness as a digital job hunter

Posted by Luke on Aug 15, 2016

“Well, good luck and let me know if you need anything.” I was having a final conversation with my manager. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The role I’d thrust myself into over the last six months hadn’t worked out the way I intended and we were parting ways. It was bittersweet. Throwing myself into a creative agency and figuring out the world of startups was a dream of mine but somewhere along the way it failed to meet each stakeholder’s expectations. It is now a week later. There are irons in the fire, and I’ve been hustling my arse off to get the right kind of work, add value, and find my place. In the last week I have: Reached out to at least 32 contacts Received 3 rejections Travelled to 14 meetings Had 3 interviews Popped in 5 job applications Received radio silence from at least half a dozen contacts (more on this later) Leaving a job with nothing to immediately move on to is risky, financially taxing, and not for the faint of heart. It also forces you to be creative, hit the pavement, and challenge yourself in ways you don’t expect. In this article, I’m going to detail my experiences and learnings from a week in the wilderness. PREP Positioning yourself I’m a digital generalist in the wilderness. My roles have been varied, and I’ve adapted to what has been required in every role I’ve had. This has seen me implement social campaigns. It’s seen me pitch multi-million dollar sales solutions to C-suites. It’s seen me get under the hood and look at analytics....

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