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Spirit & culture.

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More 'Oregon hippy commune' than Wall Street.

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  • As an aid toward being more effective and enjoying a better work:life balance… in under- rather than over-working and with frequent time-out periods of inactivity, I've absolutely no interest in 'spinning nine plates and eyeing-up a tenth'.
  • Favouring 'relaxed and laid-back' rather than buttoned-down uptight, I'm always 'joggers and t-shirt/hoody' (literally) casual (I no longer even own a shirt/tie or similar formal clothing).
  • No fan of 'travel & meetings', for many years (long before remote-working became in vogue) I've provided my services remotely.
  • I 'Nah—not for me, don't want it' reject much/most of what's offered to me… if I don't like the task or the person, I'll decline the gig.
  • The continuing acquisition of 'prestige, power, and wealth' is of absolutely no interest to me.

In considering money as largely being a consequence of what I do, rather than reason for doing it… for that on which I choose to work and where I'd otherwise be unaffordable I will, as I've always done, provide my services at reduced/no-cost.

Additionally, for many-many years fees for my advice and support work have been 'you decide… pay what you consider appropriate—based on how you value what you receive, and what you can afford'.

In addition to proactively waiving a fee where appropriate, I've often received more than I'd have been happy with—and immediately proffered/returned the surplus.

Where practicable (read: 'almost always'), I carry this ethos into my venture projects and set pricing for the product/service of the enterprise in a similar manner—always lower than it could and should be, and in appropriate circumstances additionally offering 'pay what you can afford'.

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