Daiyaan Caan, an old friend and the recent founder of Bizz stopped by to discuss ambition and what I call the “Billionaire Bust-Up!” Bizz is among the first fully-online business schools, and is set to launch this fall. Daiyaan is a 24-year old digital entrepreneur who’s been very successful in the online dating advice market, working on a freelance basis for many of the well-know names in the industry. On today’s show, he discusses how global ambition can hijack someone’s 20’s with the promise of untold riches. Paul describes how his 30’s taught him the value of adequate money, rather than the binary outcomes tantalizing young tech entrepreneurs: Billions or Bankruptcy. Pete, Daiyaan and Paul also discuss the difference between global ambitions (Facebook, Uber) and more local, personal ambitions (teaching, parenthood, civic responsibilities). Is there a way for us to have dignity even if we don’t aspire to change the world?

  • I think that if you feel like the the journey is about making a sacrifice to get to a level of achievement (retirement or similar) then you’re doing it wrong.

    If you love what you’re doing and obsessed with what you do then it’s a sacrifice to do anything else.

    • Peter

      Hey Jason

      Thanks for commenting and supporting the podcast.

      I think in anything you do there are challenges and boring stuff. If you obsessed with what you do then the end goal gives that extra push/strength but I do feel it is little romantic to believe that no sacrifices being made.

      Most great actions have a payoff. Some wonderful opportunities mean you have to close the door to another.

      Hopefully we all know where we want to go and not too seduced with the grass is always greener.

      Thanks again

  • Onder

    I think because of the internet and social media bringing abundance to our lives. People generally no longer place importance on building meaningful relationships at a friendship or romantic level and generally look at them as opportunistic in nature.

    I’ve had many cases where i’ve been brushed aside just because I didn’t have anything to offer besides simply wanting to build a friendship and not asking for anything in return. People now look at each other as a value exchange, as in ‘You scratch my back and I scratch yours’.

    It’s the reason why we put so much pressure on ourselves to perform because we’re forced to align ourselves to the BS rules of modern society. It’s no surprises that the people with the most external value have the most friends and connections.

    It’s sad, but it is what it is.

    • Peter

      Hey Onder

      Our lead contributor on the comments page! Thanks for taking such an interest. Tell your friends! Appreciate it.

      “social media bringing abundance to our lives” how so? A real abundance or just too many choices and fake options?

      “we’re forced to align ourselves to the BS rules of modern society” What rules do you feel we are forced to align with?

      I feel people have always been attracted to people with value since the beginning of time. Ambitious people will always be attracted to success. Beauty to beauty, money to money (prob more so in days of class structure) etc etc.

      I think it is easy to look back on ‘the good old days’ but often the past was worth or at least just as bad. Just a different form of ‘bad’… however you define that.

      Thanks again for your thoughts and listening.

      • Onder

        Thank you for your response Peter.

        “A real abundance or just too many choices and fake options?”

        I would say perceived more than anything. But irrespective, the idea that you have choice which you can see and hear feels tangible. Because of this, people no longer feel compelled to want to nurture what they have and are more hedonistic and self-interested with their dealings with things and people. A prime example of this is current employment with employers replacing workers instead of building them up to become valued members of the company. The same can be said with interpersonal relationships.

        “I feel people have always been attracted to people with value since the beginning of time. Ambitious people will always be attracted to success. Beauty to beauty, money to money (prob more so in days of class structure) etc etc.”

        I agree, but I don’t think it should be the basis for friendships or relationships, going back to the point I made above. It’s like a famous person struggling to find decent friends because he know longer knows whether they’re interested in him or because of what others can gain from him. I seem to feel that’s what things have been reduced to by some people in society and only care about what you have to offer for their own benefit.

  • Onder

    Here’s a topic you might like to address in a future episode Paul/Peter.

    “Is marriage for the eligible man fair? or is it a money making opportunity for women?”

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/divorced-wives-win-ask-more-103913734.html?vp=1#fzKisDH

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