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At approximately 8:15pm on Saturday 6 February 2021, my grandmother Judy Slutzkin (nee Green) passed away at the age of 98. It’s 5:28am on Sunday morning and I can’t sleep, so I got up to write down my thoughts on her passing.

My heart was somehow both full and broken at the same time when it happened. It was full because not only was I, my wife, and my two sons there, but because I know that the last thing she heard was my younger son practising his barmitzvah, which is going to be on 19th of June. We had…


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Last week I saw the following tweet by the inspiring Kate Strong:

It got me thinking about what do we REALLY want (as compared to what we THINK we want). I had done some reading about how happiness is only ever a fleeting emotion, and it’s actually not something we can ever “have” on a permanent basis.

With the above in my head, I replied with the following:

I thought I’d take to Medium to expand on my reply because I rushed my tweet a little, and didn’t really go into what I meant. I think the thing…


tl;dr Genius = Vision + Talent + Drive

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Following on from my previous article about genius vs talent (which you can read here), I had another conversation with my work colleague. We discussed my article, and then also expanded on the theory behind defining genius.

If you didn’t read my other article, it discusses this quote by Arthur Schopenhauer’s:

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

I discussed changing the quote by just one word to the following:

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius sees a target no one else can see.”

I…


And why all successful companies need both types of people.

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A work colleague of mine recently told me a quote by philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

This quote has been bouncing around the internet for a while now, in fact, even US President Donald Trump tweeted it back in 2014:

When I heard this quote, I instantly connected to it and reflected on what it means in the startup world. …


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This is the third instalment in my book review series, following the two I wrote in 2018.

In my last review (which you can read here), I set myself a target of 40 books for 2019. The year always starts slowly due to the Australian summer holiday period, where I spent more time with the kids and less time with my books. My consumption was further stifled due to a family holiday I took from mid-April to early-May. Somehow I managed to not touch any of my books, in any form, over this 3.5 week period, so I have fallen…


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Back in May, I published a list of books I’d consumed to that point in 2018 (you can read that list here), as I wanted to have a record of which — and how many — books I managed to get through this year. As before, I have read and listened to books over the three mediums, so I have broken down the books by the device used.

Most of these are business books, as expected, and not all of them are recommended, but here’s what I managed to get through from May to December.

Audible Books

Pitch Anything by oren klaff


(Yes that word exists!)

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It’s pretty obvious when you stand back and think about it, but I didn’t think about it until recently. After doing a quick google search, I found this article by Cassie Witt from almost two years ago:

With the key line being:

A multipreneuer (sic) is an entrepreneur who is actively involved in several projects at once.

The key words here are “at once”. She goes on to discuss in more detail what makes a multipreneur, specifically “a person who has the inability to start and finish only one project at a time”.


Why the right environment can make all the difference

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One of the open plan working areas at CoWork Me

Having worked at two different coworking spaces in the past year, I’ve been able to compare what is offered, what is needed, and what works for me. Everyone is different, and everyone works in their own way, so these are just my thoughts for my circumstance. Hopefully, they will help you frame what you want out of your co-working space.

When Paul and I first started our journey back in July 2017, we immediately went into a coworking space. We picked the closest place to where we lived (who needs to catch public transport into the city when you can…


In other words: Happy Birthday to me! 🎉

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“A birthday cake with candles that spell out Happy Birthday” by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

I was introduced to that very technical and non-emotional way of expressing “happy birthday” by my partner Paul. And yes, I have now managed to make it 42 laps of the sun without dying, so that is a cause for celebration. This last lap, though, has been the most significant, so I’d like to share some thoughts on how to get the most out of your laps of the sun.

Stop and smell the roses

There’s nothing new here, but for me, I am spending more time thinking back to my childhood, when I was walking along the beach of Surfers Paradise with my grandfather…


Having just finished reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography Total Recall, I can not recommend this book enough to everyone from entrepreneurs, to people looking to improve their lives, to just males aged between 35–50 who grew up watching the movies that he made.

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This isn’t just another book glorifying a famous person’s life story, it’s a book about how to live your own life. It’s about setting a goal, visualising the outcome, working solidly towards that goal, and then repeating once you achieve that goal.

There are just so many things about Arnold that blew my mind I don’t even know…

Matt Slutzkin

Entering the entrepreneurial lifestyle at 41, de-stabilising everything stable in my life for the sake of my family's future!

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