The Dandy Project
The Dandy Project began life as a style and design blog.
When we look good, we feel better. Our confidence is stronger and our personality gets out… which in turn helps us go after and attract the things we want in life.
The Dandy Project has grown, and has diversified to include a wider range of topics, with the goal of helping people build a life they love.
More than style, design and fashion... The Dandy Project has evolved into a blog about lifestyle design, with actionable steps and recommended resources that can at least (I hope) point you in the right direction towards the life you desire.
Everyone wants to look (and feel) good, but achieving those goals means taking care of our physical, mental, and financial health as well.
I first read about this thing called “Lifestyle Design” in Tim Ferris’s breakthrough book “The 4-Hour Workweek”.
That was years ago and while I haven’t been able to achieve a 4-hour workweek myself (or anything close to it), I do believe we should be actively involved in “designing” the life we want.
Getting there is not going to happen by accident. It's NOT our destiny (at least, not by the traditional definition).
We can design our own destiny... or we can leave it up to chance.
DESTINY is defined as the “hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future”, and, it's often credited for where we end up in life.
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But I believe we decide our own fate. Successful people who were “destined for greatness” did not achieve their goals by chance.
What is Lifestyle Design?
If you search the web, you'll find several definitions of what lifestyle design is, but they all lead to the same goal. Lifestyle design is simply planning, and building your life around the things, people and places you love.
Most people put more planning into a 3-day long weekend than they do their entire lives, and while the ideal life may ultimately be unattainable, it’s a worthwhile goal. We only get one shot at this life (as far as we know).
At the very least, if you’re like me, you want to one day look back on it and say you gave it everything you had.
And, the ideal life means different things to different people. It might be finding and building a life with the right partner (and not messing it up on the first date),
It may be about living with more confidence, and looking your best,
Or, maybe it's making that million bucks (well, at the very least living earning a living that provides more freedom and independence). 😀
Whatever lifestyle design means to you, The Dandy Project's goal is to provide real, actionable tips, advice and suggestions to help you live a life with purpose and "on purpose"... not by chance.
My name is Jay. I’m a blogger, an online entrepreneur and most importantly, a husband and father with 2 beautiful daughters.
I’m also an amateur Sci-Fi geek, with a goal of one day to playing in a bar-band. 😀
Since The Dandy Project is dedicated to lifestyle design… this latest update focuses on entrepreneurship.
The most common desires mentioned when describing the ideal life, are more time, more freedom, and more money.
Achieving all of those at once can be a challenge, especially if your days are consumed by a job that can’t provide them. Entrepreneurship, while not for everyone, is one path to achieving a life you love.
Fortunately, our connected world makes it easier than ever. Starting an online business has been a big part of my story over the last few years.
I started researching online businesses several years ago, but became frustrated by the misinformation and deceitful intent of scammers.
I gave up at the time but came back to it a few years later.
With the economy falling out from beneath our feet (particularly in my industry as an industrial electrician) I started looking again. I was determined to not be a victim of things I had no control over.
So, I started my first website a few years ago, with zero knowledge and no direction. I was proud of it, but ultimately, had no idea what to do with it. I also didn’t understand how a blog could make money.
I Was Hooked
During the process, however, I got sucked into this online world and became obsessed with learning everything I could. I signed up for programs (some good and some bad), wasted money on scams, but over time it all just became part of the experience.
Eventually, I started another blog, and then another, and I learned how to make money online.
I also learned there are right ways to earn money online, and there are wrong ways.
In some cases, your choices are black and white, but quite often, they are grey.
Unfortunately, being new, naïve and blindly sucking up all the information I could like a sponge, I found myself crossing the line into those grey areas.
I won’t go into detail, but I will say, it was a learning experience… a lesson in what not to do, and an opportunity to start over.
It’s Not a Game
As a result of that experience, I like to remind those just starting out online, that there are real people on the other end of the words, images and videos you share. I know, that may seem obvious. But time and time again, the things people say and do online have unintended consequences.
The longer you spend online, the more surreal it becomes.
The internet is NOT a video game, although it often looks and feels that way. And, the strategic nature (and competitive spirit) of online marketing doesn’t help.
It’s A Big (and a small) World.
There are billions of people on this planet, but the web, social media, YouTube, etc. have made our world extremely small. Our community is no longer the one we outside our window. It’s global.
We’re all in this thing together.
I’m just as fascinated with the internet (and all of it’s opportunities and challenges) today, as I was when I first went online more than 20 years ago. Even more so. I hope that excitement shines through, and if this blog helps or inspires you in even the smallest way… I’ve achieved my goal.
I also believe the internet is the best way to secure your financial future. It’s a cliché, but working a 9-5 job with one company and raising a family is rare these days. Technology continues to bring us things like automation, 3D printing, and job specific artificial intelligence.
Society and business trends keep moving in the direction of outsourcing, and software automation. Employers are no longer limited to local job seekers. They can hire, contract, communicate and monitor talented people from all over the world.
Likewise, consumers are no longer dependent on local businesses. The dramatic rise of online shopping is changing commerce and leading to consequences we don’t yet fully understand.
On top of that, more and more people are realizing they no longer want to give the best hours (of the best years) of their life to companies that don’t appreciate them. People want to become entrepreneurs.
The Good News
Although technology is changing the employment landscape in challenging ways, it’s also giving us the ability to build a life of independence. It’s leveling the playing field, giving individuals a voice, as well as the tools and resources to create a business they can call their own. To escape the rat-race, and take control of their future.
Thanks for stopping by and please don’t hesitate to contact me or just say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on my Wealthy Affiliate profile.