We’ve written quite a few articles on the mindset of working as an entrepreneur, self-starter, freelancer...in fact whatever you wanna be called really.
The name is not really that important to be honest, but your mindset and mentality is - after all without your mind working and feeling 100%, the chances are that your business will suffer, now or in the near future.
So when we heard about Deceler8 Me “the world's first decelerator” we were intrigued and had to find out a little more. Curious yourself? Then read on...
Happening on an island near Bali on the 27th - 31st October, Deceler8 Me, the world's first decelerator is a peer-driven learning retreat to decelerate with 11 -15 other hand-picked entrepreneurs.
But what does that all mean?
Well Deceler8 Me seems to be all about refocusing an entrepreneur's mind, refocusing their energy, and doing a whole load of chilling, chatting and enjoying, and as much you are slowing down on a personal level, it’s actually acting like an accelerator for your idea / business or entrepreneurial thinking.
Let’s face it, being stuck on a virtually deserted and beautiful island near Bali seems like a pretty good place for all of the above! After all a business park and meeting room just off the M1 doesn't quite have the same appeal does it - (no offence intended)!
So what are they looking for exactly? Well, in their words...
We look for quality people who are willing to openly share their insights, challenges and dreams and genuinely connect. No lectures. No pitching. No BS.
Our aim is to gather a highly diverse group in terms of entrepreneurial experience but consistent in the quality of what everyone brings in. That is, we'd rather be a smaller group than compromise on participant quality to ensure everyone's at eye level.
In the end, we simply ask ourselves the question: who do we want to hang out with for 5 days on an almost desert island? So personal fit is key.
The important thing is to consider the retreat as a starting point for building a deceleration practice that you can sustain when you return home to your accelerated environment. We'll stay connected as a peer group to help each other stay focused and collaborate beyond our shared time on the island. Becoming a true learning community that will grow over time as more people join the program.
You can expect some daily meditation practices in the morning before breakfast, reflective group conversations to share experiences before lunch, personal time in the afternoon for individual deceleration and some further sessions before dinner to go a little deeper on refocusing your energy. The evenings are free for socializing and simply spending some quality time together. The first day is mostly about arriving and getting to know everyone and the last day is for wrapping things up and getting back to Bali or wherever else you may want to decelerate further.
Besides the program fee, which includes accommodation on Gili Air and transfer from Bali, the biggest cost factor will be your flight. (Check out the costs via the deceler8 website, but the program fee ain't all that bad we reckon).
So that's it. Of course, we can't tell you if this decelerator will be the relaxation you need, and the program might not float your boat, but as an approach itself, we reckon it might just rock and the Startacus team sit in hope that some rich benefactor offers us the chance to go!
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