Part two of the THDC update is probably more important than what I learned. It’s all about what the club members have been up to.
This is a very difficult post to write, as I could go on for ever about how great the projects are that people are working on. I’m not totally sure that I would do justice to the achievements, so I’ll go for simple list and some observations.
I can’t claim that THDC is in any way responsible for the success of these ventures – that is entirely down to the individuals concerned, but I’d like to think that each person has been helped in some way.
What’s amazed me the most about the group is the diversity in both location and type. We have businesses from photography to food and copywriting to composting. They’re based in the UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Malaysia and Cambodia.
It’s a diverse bunch and the collective experience which the members bring probably couldn’t be bought from a consultancy at any price.
So what have THDCers started?
Lindy has finally quit the job she didn’t like and has started not one but two businesses. English Without Prejudice is a conversational English Class based in her home of Kuala Lumpur, and Lindy Siu Inc is already working on communications and marketing for clients.
Gretchen was already free from corporate life, but has set up her site which combines her passion for great design with the experience of creating business strategy from the corporate world
Oliver became an Amazon #1 ranked Kindle Author with his first book 44 Steps to Natural Health and Fitness. Doubly amazing when you consider it’s not even written in his first Language.
Sonya also quit her job, and moved from Australia to Cambodia. Urban Forage runs street food tasting tours, a great blog and is planning it’s first “Beaches and Islands” retreat.
Karen is another to have escaped the world of working for the man. Her unique style has seen her land copy writing clients all over the internet, and her newly launched Untamed Writing site has even more queueing up.
Thad is still working in engineering, but has rediscovered his passion for writing. Learn. Write. Repeat. always brings a new perspective to subjects you wouldn’t expect, but I for one am really looking forward to seeing some of Thad’s fiction work get out into the wild. Hint hint.
Donna is a mainstay of THDC. She has words of encouragement for all, no matter what her personal circumstances. We’ve encouraged her to close down A Zenful Life for the time being whilst she devotes all of her her energy to battling a serious illness which she was diagnosed with at Christmas. Wish her well on facebook if you have time.
Richard is the final THDCer to turn his back on corporate work. He has more ideas for Black Pixel Photography than the rest of us put together, but I for one can vouch for the brilliance of his photography workshop. If you live anywhere nearby and want to improve your pictures, you couldn’t invest your money in any better way.
Nathan has now finished selling most of his stuff on eBay, and is preparing to bring that minimalist style to the world through Koko and Roy. Patty is still running Minimal Switch and is working on a new top secret project with her $100.
So this is clearly a long list, but I’m very proud of what every one of us has achieved. I say us deliberately there, because I’ve changed significantly over the past 6 months and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of this great team. More on my personal journey next week in part 3.
Here’s to the next 6 months of THDC and sharing our stories at WDS 2013.