Sign in

Laurence McCahill
Photo by Nathan Getzin at Timberline Lodge, Alptitude USA 2018

Many of us spend our lives on what writer David Brooks calls the first mountain.

“The goals on that first mountain are the normal goals that our culture endorses – to be a success, to be well thought of, to get invited into the right social circles, and to experience…

10 Jedi mind tricks for getting out of your own way to make great things happen

It can feel uncomfortable, even scary, to start unleashing your ideas on the world.

Some of the challenges I regularly come across working closely with entrepreneurs and creators are:

  • Not knowing if the idea is any good or worth pursuing
  • Fear of failure (or in some cases success)
  • Judgement from…

It can feel uncomfortable, even scary, to start unleashing your ideas on the world.

Some of the challenges I regularly come across working closely with entrepreneurs and creators are:

  • Not knowing if the idea is any good or worth pursuing
  • Fear of failure (or in some cases success)
  • Judgement from…

“You aren’t a machine with broken parts. You are an animal whose needs are not being met.” Johann Hari, Lost Connections

When I started out in business I was a company of one.

For 5 years I found my own clients, did sales & marketing, managed my finances. …

If you’re struggling to find the perfect startup or product idea, stop.

Instead focus on creating content and sharing your ideas with the world.

That’s what we did. And more and more are adopting this approach.

We didn’t ‘launch’ The Happy Startup School, we shared our ideas, values and knowledge…

Stop Playing the Waiting Game: Start Before You’re Ready

There is no such thing as the perfect time

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

It goes something like this:

“When X happens I’ll pursue the work I really want to doing.”

With X being…

  • When I get through this project
  • When I finish this course
  • When I find the funding I need
  • When I save…

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

It goes something like this:

“When X happens I’ll pursue the work I really want to doing.”

With X being…

  • When I get through this project
  • When I finish this course
  • When I find the funding I need
  • When I save up enough money
  • When I’ve found a co-founder
  • When…

In the early days of running our first company I remember a business mentor asking us what our exit strategy was.

I had no idea.

“Death” was all I could offer.

I didn’t start a business with one eye on closing it.

Looking back now I believe I know why…

“We come complete with one true note we were destined to sing… And it doesn’t dictate your choice of job; what it dictates is how you do it.” — Caroline McHugh

When I made a living as a designer I felt like an imposter.

Probably because I’m not the best…

We loved our latest Fireside chat with researcher, podcaster and creativity coach Kendra Patterson last week.

She brought a refreshing honesty, warm energy and clarity of thought to the session. It appears others agreed!

Laurence McCahill

Designer, coach, entrepreneur. Co-founder The Happy Startup School.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store