Did Someone Say Coffee?

I'm launching our own speciality blend of coffee - but I need your help.


I have some exciting news. As part of my business, Mind Cafe, I’m working with an independent roastery in Brixton to launch my own speciality blend of coffee. To do so, though, I need to ask you for one small favour.

If you have a few moments to spare, please could you fill in this short form, letting me know which types of coffee you prefer, how you like it and what you look for in each roast?

That way, together with our team of expert coffee roasters, we’ll be able to bring a roast that best suits your preferences.

Thank you as always,


Motivation Monday: Get Through the Dip

Ever read 'The Dip' by Seth Godin?

If there’s one book that every creative or entrepreneur should keep close by, it’s The Dip by Seth Godin. Ironically, I’ve had a copy kept inside my glovebox for about a year now. I always have it handy for when I’m waiting around or need to kill some time, and the lessons contained within it are invaluable to us all.

In the book, Godin talks about an all-too-familiar phenomenon which he calls the dip. Dips invariably occur at one point or another as we climb the career ladder to success. What happens is this:

  1. We embark on a new venture, filled with ambition and passion.

  2. In the beginning, we see tremendous success. Our results soar. Sales boom. We’re packing on pound-after-pound of muscle. Everything is going swimmingly.

  3. That is, until, we reach a dip. A bump in the road. After getting used to the idea of floating on our cloud of boundless achievement, we falter, and our progress is halted.

That’s what usually happens, in some way or another. For Nike, after almost half-a-decade of success, millions of dollars in revenue and groundbreaking results across the board, they received a crippling lawsuit from Onitsuka that had the potential to wipe the shoe-sculpting giant out of the market entirely.

Nike reached a dip. We all reach a dip at some point or another. And what do many of us do when we reach that dip? We quit.

We quit because times are tough. We quit because we want more money. We quit because we’re afraid of failure, and so we jump ship rather than going down with it.

In his book, Godin tells us that we have two choices. That is, to quit, or to become exceptional. Those who make it through the dip become exceptional. Most don’t.

What happens, as a result, is that survivors of the dip become invaluable. They’re scarce, since most people quit, and we all know that scarcity creates value.

I’m in a dip at the moment. My publication, Mind Cafe, has been exceeding all expectations. Our stats have been reaching record heights on a day-to-day basis. That was, until we reached a dip.

It’s at this point that most people would quit. The sight of diminishing results is enough to make many turn and run away in fear, but not me. And not you, either.

See, if you wish to craft your passion into a career, into a lifestyle, you’ve got to get used to pushing past the dip. As Godin himself wrote,

“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can't deal with the stress of the moment.” 

Keep going. Prove how much you want it. Persist, and you’ll achieve.

It’s been a while, I know. Life gets in the way of these things sometimes, but I’m back. At least, I’ll be writing more often. Perhaps not every day - but most days.

Now that I’m editing and running my business full-time, it’s tricky to keep tabs on everything. But hey, no excuses - right?

Motivation Monday: At the best of times, Mondays leave us feeling tired, miserable and wanting little more than to stay inside our cosy beds. Motivation Monday is all about resisting the temptation to slack and keep up with our day-to-day efforts at becoming our best selves.

Self-Care Saturday: Have Some Fun

And don't feel bad about it, either.

For those of you that have been following The Daily Grind for a while, you’ll probably already be aware of the predicament I’ve found myself in during this past year and a half. My fiancé, battling courageously against brain cancer for eighteen months, gained her wings and left us peacefully just three weeks ago.

As saddening as the news has been for us all, it was to be expected. Charlotte’s family and I are all finding our own means of adjusting to the blow. It’s one of these methods in particular that I’d like to share with you today. My favourite way to cope with hard times is actually quite simple. I focus on having fun.

Since losing Charlotte, I’ve been incredibly busy. My publication, Mind Cafe, is growing at record speed. Alongside that, though, I’ve been travelling around the country to stay with friends, enjoying time spent sightseeing, catching up and partying.

What I’ve realised in my recent endeavours is that I’ve really been neglecting the importance of having fun. Being a caregiver, though a loving and affectionate act in itself, is incredibly difficult. After eighteen months of that, going out, dancing with friends and making plans to interrail in the spring has made the world of difference.

See, when we’re feeling low, our instincts tell us to curl up into a ball and hide from the world. This is rarely a good idea.

Instead, it helps to muster up every fibre of courage you have to get up and go out. Go for a walk. Visit a friend. See a movie. Anything - anything but suffering in solitude.

Sometimes, a change of scenery is the very thing we need to pull us out of a rut, and having fun is usually the best antidote to pain.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Despite my initial plans to push through the pain and continue with TDG, I needed some time off to convalesce and adjust to my new situation.

Since my publication partnered with Medium last week, things have been pretty hectic on the Mind Cafe front. Admittedly, I haven’t been taking the time to write content for you guys, but TDG is certainly something I’d like to start focusing on again.

If you’re still interested in reading my ramblings on a daily basis, let me know, and I’ll be sure to carry on.

- Adrian

Self-Care Saturday: It’s important to work hard, but it’s also important to look after ourselves. When we’re busy, our mental and physical health are usually the first things to fall to the bottom of our priority pile. For that reason, Self-Care Saturday is all about taking the time out indulge in a little self-love - about discovering new ways to take care of ourselves, even if that means we have to take a day off.

Self-Care Saturday: Say No

Go on, I dare you.

Life is full of obligations. We have to go to work. We have to look after our children. We have to do a lot of things.

More, though, there are a lot of things that we feel like we have to do. We might wish to stay in and have a quiet evening to ourselves, but we feel as though we should really head to the work social and make an appearance.

We might feel like we have to listen to all of our friend’s problems even though we have more than enough on our own plate.

In truth, though, we don’t have to do those things. We’re not bound by law. Nobody will get hurt if we decline. Sometimes, what we really need to do more than anything isn’t to work ourselves to the bone trying to fulfil other people’s needs, but to just say no.

Your wants are important, too. There’s only so much you can give before you burnout. Don’t get to that point. Whatever it is that you really just don’t want to do today, don’t do it.

Allow yourself some time off. We all need some time off every once in a while, so why should you have to be an exception to that rule?

Am I saying you should slack? Am I saying you should give up on your goals? Of course not. What I’m saying is that there’s no shame in declining offers in order to protect your health and wellbeing.

Say no to the things in life that only bring you down. Because, after all, if it doesn’t add to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life.

I’m sorry - I haven’t been that great at sending daily emails this week. If you’re new here, read this email. It explains why I’m slacking.

In short, I’m in a pretty sticky situation at the moment and haven’t had much time to write. I guess now I’m the one making excuses, aren’t I?

Thank you for being patient with me. I’ll be back on track soon, I promise.

- Adrian

Self-Care Saturday: It’s important to work hard, but it’s also important to look after ourselves. When we’re busy, our mental and physical health are usually the first things to fall to the bottom of our priority pile. For that reason, Self-Care Saturday is all about taking the time out indulge in a little self-love - about discovering new ways to take care of ourselves, even if that means we have to take a day off.

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

What's Your Excuse?

It’s easy to make excuses. I do it all the time.

We might eat a lot of junk food at the weekend, forget about our fitness regimen and blame it all on the fact that there just weren’t any healthy options. Perhaps we sleep in late, snooze our alarm and tell ourselves that it’s too late to go to the gym now.

Whatever the situation, there really is no excuse. Often, the issue is that we just failed to prepare.

In the case of binge-eating pizza from Friday to Sunday, can we blame convenience? Or are we to blame for failing to prepare?

And in the case of the gym, is it really our alarm’s fault? Or should we have slept earlier the night before?

Really, we don’t have an excuse. Just a few weeks ago I tried to make excuses. My fiancé was taken into hospital to live out her final stages of life with brain cancer. I stopped working. Stopped writing. Stopped living a normal life.

But then I realised, despite the circumstances, I was just making excuses. Nothing was stopping me from carrying on with those things in my spare time, and so I carried on.

If I can carry on, so can you. Your excuses are only going to harm one person: you. So stop lying to yourself, and start doing what you need to do.

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

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