Rat Race: Societal Pressure


There are always moments in our life where we reflect on what it is we want to achieve, what our goals are and how we are we doing in terms of reaching them. There is nothing wrong with asking these questions from time to time but ensure that you write the answers down, and date it, so that you can check your progress. Depending on how you are doing with your goals, set some targets to achieve for the next check point, as it’s makes a big difference to physically see these accomplishments being achieved.

Whatever your goals are be true to yourself and don’t give way to what I call ‘societal pressure’. This is all around us constantly whether on TV, print or more importantly through friends and family, so very difficult to ignore, but don’t forget your goals, your passion and you purpose.

If you have no goals, its hard to find purpose and with no purpose, its hard to find passion!

We all like different things and want different things from our lives, whether it’s the career, the car, the helping hand, the volunteer, the worker, the cook, the actor, the actress, the star, the medic, the designer, the gardener, it’s an endless world of opportunities so don’t be afraid to set your goals high and get what you want from this journey.

I’ve spent many years in 9-5 rat race and see that churn of robots climbing the stairs, those senseless faces, ear phones diluting the world around them, and heads buried into gadgets, that stop us appreciating what is in front of us! How different would this world be if we all did what we loved? And why can’t we? 

We all know people that love and hate the same job so surely it’s right for some but not others? If you could put everyone in the job they loved, wouldn’t the world be a happier place? Everyone doing what they enjoy…a sea of smiles and an army of ants enjoying their role in this society.

I don’t understand economics, I never studies psychology, and I was pretty bad at maths, BUT I’m taking a calculated guess that there are enough people in this world to do the jobs that need to be done and enjoy them, whilst others complete the jobs that don’t need to be done but with passion. 

Find your purpose and follow it with passion!


Where to start?

Every week a situation arises and I don’t know where to start, whether its a project at work or looking at old travelling material, but there is a very easy and obvious solution…..the beginning!

As ridiculous as it sounds…its true, sometimes we fill our mind with so much stuff and try and tackle everything at once but we cant, so write it down step by step and start at the beginning. Not only will you work through it systematically but you’ll also gain great pleasure by physically ‘ticking it off’ and seeing yourself getting closer to your end goal.

As some of you may know i’ve started a youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/bradrichardfrankel) for a number reasons, one to talk about my life but most importantly to document my travels. With over 50hrs worth off footage, thousands of photos and around 30 countries visited, it seemed silly not too. I didn’t know where to start with so many different mediums but I’m going to start with blogging and photos, and as time progresses (more on youtube) we’ll have some cool video’s to upload, but first I need to work out how to use Final Cut Pro. 

My round the world trip started in May 2007 and after planning my escape for over a year, the only thing that kept me sane at work were the savings I put into my account each month. Whatever your goal is, big or small, you need to plan it effectively and make sure you do something each day to achieve it. These things take time and you need to be patient, but with the end goal in mind, step by step you’ll get there….

The goodbye at the airport was an emotional one, everyone almost holding it together but as the first one shed a tear that was it, everyone was at it, tears all over the place and then we both had those horrible headaches, after you’ve been crying, for the plane journey…so we were off to a good start. Then, after customs and baggage we were looking forward to riding the magnetic train into the city but no-one would let us buy a ticket, they just looked at us and shook their heads. We thought our denominations were too big but it wasn’t until everyone turned us down that we knew something was wrong and realised that we had changed our money into Yen instead of Yuan, which is the difference of about 500 miles across the East China Sea. After finally buying our train tickets, in Chinese Yuan, we made it into Shanghai city centre to find our hostel but wasn’t sure how much we should pay for the taxi, it seemed a little high and when he drove off with the car boot still up we knew we’d been ‘done’. It turned out to be 10x the price, which he achieved by saying the decimal place was in the wrong place, so we we’re off to a good start but they say things happen in 3’s and with the crying, the currency and the cab I think our bad fortune had passed…


Goodbyes at the airport…before the tears!



Finally bought our train tickets!


The Magnetic train into Shanghai!


The food in China was awesome…I love my meat but I could have been a vegetarian out there as it all tasted sooooo good!


View across the Huangpu River on a misty night!


So crazy to see modern buildings being built using bamboo scaffolding!




Our new friends…little did we know that Asker and Jonas would keep appearing 😉


We then showed China how to breakdance…except….we cant breakdance…but they thought we could and loved it!



Xiaolongbao (dumplings) in Shanghai were probably my favourite dish!

Dream Big, Start Small, Act NOW!

Dream Big, Start Small, Act NOW!

Its so easy to get lost in the big picture of what we’re trying to achieve. We look at a particular task and sometimes don’t know where to start but its so easy and something I say to myself at least 3 times a day: “start at the beginning” – It sounds so obvious, its stupid, but its so true.

1. Think of what you are trying to achieve,
2. Think about the steps that you need to take to make it happen,
3. Write them down in a structured format, and

Physically seeing this plan is a great start already as you know what you need to do and can systematically work through your plan, and most importantly….SEE THE PROGRESS.

I met with a friend I haven’t seen for a long time today and after sharing a few ideas, and helping each other, both came away with a completely different attitude to how we started our day. We both know what we need to do and know how we are going to get there but sometimes you just need that little push in the right direction and reinforcement to gain confidence and belief in your goals!

#motivation #inspiration #goals