Ash Bloom - Balancing the Mix
Ash Bloom has worn many hats as a jack of soft skills. He's been a coach, a copywriter and festival promoter to name a few. He has chosen a non-traditional work life, which is one reason that this interview contains lateral conversational lines.
Ash provides perspective on his meta-reasoning around core decisions made in each career chapter, with an overall theme of trying to maximise learning and authentic expression at all junctures.
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Pivotal Moment One: University and Early Business
· University experiences and further Finance study.
· Learning admin and customer service in early jobs and a family business.
· Numbers and Market Psychology: Poker and Trading Forex.
· The choice to move away from trading...
Pivotal Moment Two: Reflection, straddling Corporate & the accidental Startup
· Screwing up scale (hiring) and stepping away from the family business.
· Letting go of all work and study - exploring nature and the mind-body.
· Investigated moving into Corporate - security vs. flexibility.
· Worked at ATAR Notes (startup) - later integrating countless lessons.
· Worked in communications for crazy-cool American businessmen.
· Left Melbourne for the US on a whim...
Pivotal Moment Three: USA tech land, Fitzroy GSD and the freelance economy.
· Solo Travel: Explored exercise culture and California's tech scene.
· The impact of the Fitzroy GSD. Started a few little things.
· Started coaching people, spawned from helping many friends for free.
· Became an Uber driver, largely to learn more about the human story.
· Gradually discovering where I fit into the areas I care about working in.
· Moving to Tel Aviv in March 2016...
Pivotal Moment Four: The Dive
· Looking for technical marketing and product skills; biotech opportunities.
· Mixing study, work, adventure, training and business.
· Still focusing on the human story, and seeing where life goes.
What does Ash recommend you do if you want to walk a similar path?
· Be painstakingly honest with yourself and others.
· Build a more accurate map of reality through rich, diverse experiences.
· Question your beliefs and try to think from first principles.
· Hold the perspective that it's possible to be wrong about everything you believe at all times.
Ash’s 10 Minute Activities:
1. Ask your smartest friends to challenge something you hold a very strong belief in, being sure to entertain their perspective, experiences and research.
2. Ask your smartest friends: what's the most recent belief you've questioned and improved/updated? What made you do so?
3. Go find someone who is experienced around psychedelic substances, and ask them plenty of questions to investigate the potential risks and benefits for yourself.