Hey there, I'm Cody.
I think a lot, and in my spare time, I do things. At least, that's the simplistic version anyway. On this site, you'll find some of my ideas, some of my pictures, and the occasional book or two.
I've been building companies since middle school. I was one of those kids who skipped college to build a business. During the past decade, I've built quite a few of them and have developed an inalienable sense to keep building more.
At some point though, I realized I spent too much time building things and not enough time sharing how I built them.
Here, my work covers a variety of topics. If it had a core though, a theme if you will – it'd be about achieving our goals, doing more with less and learning how to change the world with some big ideas.
The articles I write are well-researched and backed up by my own experiences. You'll also get an in-depth perspective on the problems and challenges I face in running multi-million dollar enterprises.
Some of the ways we can do that are by looking at the process that leads to success. So naturally my writing tends to focus on answering some of these questions:
- How can I optimize my life and work environment?
- How can I systemize my personal life and my business?
- How can I make my business more efficient?
- How can I create a successful company?
My focus for many years has been in optimizing my daily routine to achieve consistent perfection in the habits I do and the work I perform. Naturally, I've overcome a host of challenges while running successful, and unsuccessful companies – all of which I share on this here site.
small minds discuss people. average minds discuss events; Great minds discuss ideas.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
So what's the story behind all this? Why am I the right person to talk to you about these ideas?
Well, let me tell you.
My parents left me when I was young, forcing me to grow up quite quickly. I started my first online business at just 15, partly in foster care.
This forced me at an early age to be ambitious and do what many considered the impossible. By the time I was 18, my business was generating almost a million in annual revenue. Then I was defrauded and lost everything.
It was one of those times where I didn't listen to my gut feeling.
After that, I was alone and had no clear direction in life. Unable to get a job, I did the only thing I knew how to do; start another company.
Young and naive, I had so much to learn but I pushed on through the highs and lows while I struggled to "make it".
This new company was profitable in just three months of hard work. In fact, it became even more successful than my previous company.
In that 10-year ordeal, I taught myself pretty much every aspect of growing a company: marketing, sales, managing, customer relations… the whole nine yards really.
The more involved I was, the greater my ambitions became. However, despite my success – I found myself unhappy.
I was working 12 hour days for weeks and months on end, rarely giving myself a break.
My dedication towards success had blindsided me from the reality of my very existence.
My concern wasn't so much with the number of hours I was working, but with my efficiency during those hours. Using a system of delegation and checklists, I could go on to do bigger and better things. So, I set out to learn more about productivity, health, and mindfulness.
I started reading all things productivity, business, and personal development. From Getting Things Done by David Allen to Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. My area of knowledge on a range of topics became expansive. I also pushed myself outside my comfort zone to do things I never thought I could do, like travel the world and take photographs and even fly airplanes.
Today, I know how to strike a balance between personal development, work and the occasional time off. I maintain a relentless drive not only to create more successful ventures but also to expand my own awareness by constantly optimizing my routines and business systems.
What I share on this blog is a collection of those experiences and workflows with not only managing a multi-national company but in working to become a better person each and every day.
I'm still young, and have many years left on my journey. However, I'm happy to share the experiences, experiments, research, and discoveries that have emerged to put me here and caused you to read this very page. My hope is that you'll either be inspired, motivated or simply find the resources you need to define your own adventure.