Chris WrayProfessional Maverick, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Minimalist
Originally these pages were just going to be an outlet for some of my creative work, and some place for me to voice my opinions on life the universe and everything. For the most part I’ve not changed the original content, but I’m increasingly being asked to describe what I do when I bump into new people. They will invariably want to know about one particular area of what I do, so the site has since expanded.
If I’m asked ‘what do you do ?’ in a work context, I could say, ‘I do lots of things’, but not everyone gets that answer. Understandably, people don’t always understand that I can do a lot of things, enjoy them all, and still earn a living from combining them. Rather than make people uncomfortable, I will generally say ‘I’m a consultant’, but it has become such a vague description, and not always an accurate one. So to clarify that, it depends who’s asked and in what situation.
Given that I seem to end up in all manner of business areas, I have picked up a few things over the years. Its quite heartbreaking to see other business go through the same growing pains as I’ve seen before and its troubling to see issues being repeated when I could simply spend a bit more of my time to help out. As a little personal project, my business partner and I asked a few small business owners if they’d like us to talk to them about reviewing their businesses activities, and offering a few words of advice on some of the more challenging areas they saw.
I’ve spent a big part of my life concentrating on the traditional career, doing the doing. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that I’ve spent a lot more time exploring my creative side. For me this has mostly been photography, but more recently I’ve taken to writing. I still have much to learn, but I get a great deal of satisfaction out of it.
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Leisure & Lifestyle
Music & Hi-FiI’m a teenager of the 80’s and my music taste hasn’t really shifted since then. I’m a lover of the retro hi-fi from that era and vinyl is my medium of choice.
LifestyleI’m lucky enough to ‘live the dream’ as my daughter tells me. I have a lot of time for my own personal projects, and I just love to travel. My plan this year is at least four holidays. I’ve seen quite a bit of the world through both leisure and business.
ReadingI’m an avid reader, mostly in the business, lifestyle and self-help sections, a lot of which is done on the kindle, but I can’t help browsing through the shelves of second-hand and charity shops.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m often asked, “What do you do ?” and given I do many things, people really do find my answer somewhat baffling. I’m passionate about many things, ranging from giving my clients value for money, and helping them solve their problems, to spending my time creatively writing and taking photographs. I like to get business ideas launched and see people and organisations succeed. I like good design, and wonderful service. I’m a believer in taking the old and turning it into new, and I’m really not good with material things, tending more toward the value in experiences. I like travel, and meeting interesting and engaging people.
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Excerpts from the Blog
This week I’ve mainly been…… Thinking about professionalism and respect. There’s very little of it here in Cambodia. It’s not a concept that has worked its way into the culture just yet. There are many reasons for this, education,...
Building Digital Rain I’ve had this Digital Rain idea in my head for a couple of months. A social business allowing technology and online entrepreneurs to build their businesses. I feel there’s so much missed opportunity out there for the sake of a website...
An open letter to my CEO. Entitlement, struggle, the right thing or the wrong thing to do ? A fascinating article I picked up when it was mentioned in the Fizzle.co podcast. The comments are as fascinating as the article. What is the real cause of a minimum wage job,...
Life is a beach Last year I can’t remember the number of times friends and acquaintances took the mickey over the number of holidays we took. My response is now fairly consistent. “They aren’t holidays they are a lifestyle.” Travel was...
“Money isn’t the point. A business should be about lifestyle, impact and meaning” – Corbett Bar
“Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it” – Roald Dahl
This week has been the second week of my Technology StartUp course. I confess I’m really enjoying teaching this subject. This week we were covering Product Creation, and how to build an MVP, a minimum viable product. We even used a couple of early Apple products...
Its OK to say no. “No thanks, that’s not what I want to do.” “No, that’s not on my priority list.” “No, I don’t have time for that, and I have other people and projects that deserve my time instead.” “No, I...