Make A Door

Make A Door

You can set goals. You can have visions. And you have dreams. That dosen’t mean they are gonna happen. In fact things will never transpire exactly as you want them to. What you can do is walk through a lot of doors. Sometimes you even gotta make a door

Sometimes you gotta make a door” – Vi – League of Legends

Oh, and check out Vi’s Theme Song.


Sometimes you gotta make a door – Vi – League of Legends

And for every door that you walk through reality will change to distort the original intended goal. And that is ok. It is about the journey. That’s the whole point of being human. To adapt the best you can to a changing environment and stop being so comfortable.

Change is coming and and it’s coming fast like a storm on the horizon 

Just start walking through every door marked with your dream (X). Start Embracing Uncertainty :)

Tai Lopez - The Door Principle - Embrace Uncertainty

Tai Lopez – The Door Principle – Embrace Uncertainty

This is also what Tai Lopez talks about so much. The Door Principle. If you haven’t seen him. check him out on London Real: Invest in yourself.

  1. Get a Mentor!
  2. Surrond yourself with the right people
  3. Do things today

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future!

Our Modern Future

Our Modern Future

The world is changing, more rapidly for every year. And there have been little to none design-thinking and visions behind how we shape this world of ours. That is, into a world we actually can, and want, to live in for a long time with prosperity.

Let’s Change That!

Sir Ken Robinson

We now live in the modern world. Our modern world. Like the many countless generations who came before us also did. The difference now is, that we have come to several limits in society and on Planet Earth, where we all face 3 complex challenges if we want to continue living on this planet in a modern way. I recently saw a short interview with Sir Ken Robinson where he sums them up in a great way and also summarise what skills we need to solve them.

It can be done. Anything is possible, if we want it.

The Challenges

Ken Robinson on our 3 big challenges

Ken Robinson on our 3 big challenges

I. Environmental

The world is at a turning point. There are many environmental challenges. One of the most important that can’t be fixed later is climate change. The global warming and the acidification of our oceans can be irreversible. This is what our world leaders will discuss in Paris in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Here we can’t fail. Johan Rockström explains why in this English pod: Sommar i P1.

II. Economic

We have never hade more resources at our fingertips on Planet Earth. In fact we are using up more of them than the planet can sustain. The problem here is we deciding how to distribute them using a story and game called money. It’s not very well designed game. In fact it’s a self emergent system built upon the human ability to feel greed. As the system of economy is played today we have a strong runaway leader problem. Where the ones who have the most, is getting even more and the rest of us is getting less.

Also money is really bad at deciding how we use our resources for the benefit of the entire human race. We need to redesign the economic game system. Todays rules and system is rigged. We can design better rules. Take it from one, who plays a lot of Economic Boardgames. It is a game, and we can fix it.

III. Cultural

This is perhaps our biggest challenge. Because it’s the one that fixes the other two. How do we work together and play nice to each other? And how do we tell stories in a way that will lead us into a flourishing and prosperous future? By changing our cultures here on Earth we can become a lot better at thinking about the other 2 in a better way. What stories are we currently telling about the future we want, and what could be better stories to tell? There are still powerful forces and stories in the world that would see the world burn for either personal power and gain or running a corrupted story towards another, not so desirable future. They are all stories that shapes our culture.

We just need to tell a better more compelling story.

What Skills Do We Need?

What skills are essential for humanity to thrive in a modern world? To solve this big 3 challenges, there some skills that we need to ge a lot better at, if we are to master them. Sir Ken has identified 4 of them and I think they are the 4 essential ones. We need to start practice them self so that we can teach them to other members of society. Both young and old. Because these challenges need to be solved soon. We can’t afford to wait them out in order to change the good old fashion way by letting the old generations die out and be replaced them with young fresh thinkers.

The brain is very plastic and we can all learn them I good way faster than we think. As long as there is a story and a “Why” on where we are going and what we need to learn.

Start practicing today and spread the word!

1 – Creativity

The process of having original ideas that have value. The fruit of applied imagination. Both in Arts, Science, Technology and Human interaction.

We need more ideas. We need more silly ideas. The more creative ideas we have the more chance we have of finding the really good ones. Go out and create more. Experiment and build upon what others have done. Get Creative. Practice Creativity.

2 – Compassion

It comes from imagination and seeing the world from someone else point of view. It’s applied empathy, the executive wing of empathy. To act on behalf on someone or prevent others from acting against them.
The cultural glue that keeps our communities together. It begins with self-understanding.

What are my beliefs and what do I hold sacred? Then we can start finding it in others. We need active compassion.

3 – Composure

The ability to be centred in yourself. Mindfulness. We need it to avoid spiritual deficit. And find our balance in the world. The spiritual part of being human. The internal energy that drives us and radiates to others.

What stories are we telling ourself and what stories are we tilling others? We need to train ourself to be more human, in the good way. Out best traits.

4 – Collaboration

To face common challenges together. We need less competition in the world and more collaboration to face and solve common challenges.

By finding common ground we set common goals and start pulling in the same direction towards a desirable future. Start practicing collaboration is all forms and shapes. Pulling together will always beet people pulling by them self in different directions. The future is a team sport. And the goal is a prosperous society and a flourishing Spaceship Earth.

Creativity - Compassion - Composure - Collaboration

Creativity – Compassion – Composure – Collaboration

Teachers & Mentors

We need great teachers and mentors who can help develop these 4 key skills. As a teacher and mentor you need to develop them in yourself first, before teaching them to others.

We need more great mentors who can guide us forward in life, both formal and informal. Guides who can open doors and point us in the right direction. We can all become these people.

Like Yoda to Luke & Tron to Beck & Morpheus to Neo.

Think about the stories we can tell about life on Spaceship Earth.
Go be someone’s Yoda!

I’m Captain Future!

The Old Fear Economy vs The New Connection Economy

As I write this I’m stuck on the London Express bus going into London from Stansted. We have been stuck in traffic for an hour now. The is bus sitting there right next to the pavement. We have ben talking to the bus driver about letting us of the bus. He says he can’t because there is camera in the bus watching him and he will lose his job if he do.

The irony in all this is the reason I’m here in London in the first place. I’m here to watch Seth Godin talk tomorrow at Imperial Collage. Seth is a big speaker of the effects of leaving the old industrial economy and entering the new connection economy. In this old economy fear has been used just like this. To keep workers in place to keep them from caring.

I get that the rule is there for our safety. So that we don’t get of in the middle of the road. So that the company can’t be hold accountable in case of an accident. In this case it would of course be totally risk free. Still it’s not a decision a mer grunt can make on his own. Fear and rules keep everyone in place.

Tomorrow I will take part with many others in acting out what we can do in this revolution in making a better society. We will be meeting Seth Godin together with many peers. Among them is Helena Roth who is the one who made me come here to London to see Seth in the first placed. She took another flight and is now waiting for me at our AirBnb home here in London.

A foggy trip into a beautiful London

Helena and I are also taking a big MOOC from MITx together called Transforming Business, Society and Self. An online course about the very same thing. It’s about a new way in acting together to create a better world. Read more about it here: Transforming Business, Society and Self.
I, for one, welcome this new Connection economy. Can I please get of the bus and walk now?

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future

At least I have Milk and cookies :)

Celebrate The Future

Celebrate The Future

The Future does not really exist. Nor does The Past.

They are both fantasies created in our minds. The Future is a probabilistic simulation we run in our minds in order to help shape the world we want to live in.

The Past unlike The Future has actually happened. The Past, as represented in our mind, is a mental simulation too. Our memories are not precise records of what actually happened. They are reconstructions of what happened, with the brain and your imagination filling in most of the blanks based on your emotional connection to that past event.

We need the future. It’s a thought-experiment that triggers our curiosity. It’s a vision that will point us in the right direction on our path in life. It will trigger innovation. It will give us hope. It’s a land of more and better science. It’s warmer place where we care for each other. With out it we would never had gone to the moon or invented internet. It’s a place of magic and fantasies. And yet we long to make it real.

That is why we celebrate the future. We do it with Science Fiction and Time Travel Stories.

We need the things that aren’t real. Our brain runs on fiction. That’s why we should celebrate the good and vanquish the bad.

Lets celebrate the future!

If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything - Marty McFly - Back To The Future

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything – Marty McFly – Back To The Future

Back To The Future Party!

We can celebrate the future in lots of different way. One of the ways that we can do this is to celebrate Back To The Future Day 21 October 2015. It is on this date that Marty McFly arrives in the future in Hill Valley. There already lots of parties planned for this that including the Marty McFly Welcome Party in the actual Hill Valley. Many cinemas the world over will celebrate this by showing 2 or 3 of the Back to future Movies on that night.

I have collects most of the links i find in my own Facebook event here:

Back To The Future October 21, 2015

Back To The Future October 21, 2015

This is so Awesome! I would have thought that only a couple of us here in Sweden would have thought this was cool. Now literal every city in Sweden are having a Back To The Future viewing party. I’m so psyched about this!!!

There is even a short film coming called Doc Brown Saves the World!

Also other ways to enjoy storytelling about the future is to watch Tomorrowland the movie that is out now on Blue Ray and Apple TV. And right now we are in the middle of the epic 6 episode final season of my favourite series Continuum.

And Play games that takes place in alternative futures to as a thought experiment. Like Forbidden Stars set in the Warhammer 40K universe that I got yesterday to play this October.

And it doesn’t stop by watching our favorite stories together. Plan more and better Meetups, parties, events and conferences where we meet and discuss what future we want to create together.

And do it today! Because remember the future only exist in our minds and if we don’t do it now it will never be done.

I challenge you all to dare dream up a better future and then take part in creating it! — Lord Sillion

I see you in the Future! At a celebration :)

/Lord Sillion
Future Philosopher

Dreamers need to stick together... Dare To Dream - Tomorrowland

Dreamers need to stick together…
Dare To Dream — Tomorrowland

Forbidden Stars represents a not so desirable future 40K years from now. Also this a thought experience of a kind.

Forbidden Stars represents a not so desirable future 40K years from now. Also this a thought experience of a kind.

Why we need Science Fiction - Star Trek FTW

Why we need Science Fiction – Star Trek FTW

We Are The World [Live Your Legend]

We Are The World [Live Your Legend]

We Are The World. We Are The Children

It’s as true today as it was 30 years ago. And it will be much truer in the future.

Our Planet Earth

The idea was the world is an emerging system that no one ever had any control over. Just adapt and try to play your little roles as good as you can or cower down and do what you are told. If there ever where architects that had a master plan when designing societies and the known world we will perhaps never know. What we do know, is that thanks to a brand new communications toy, we can now talk to each other all over the world instantaneously.

The question is, what do we have to talk about?

In my own personal experience I have seen a real shift this summer in conversation. For me it feels like we are on the verge on a tipping point. From my little node in the global network conversations, talking points are now far more concerning the future of life on Planet Earth.

Or maybe it’s just that hooked up with more interesting people and that my confirmation bias has tilted me to think so.

Still there are a lot of things going viral that weren’t there before. It started this summer with a fantastic pod with Johan Rockström in Swedish, that where so good that when asked to do it in English he did that too. And people has been sharing all kinds of links with Hans Rosling now in September.

It all boils down to World Climate Summit in Paris December 6th. Our Last chance to make right by all future generations to inherit Planet Earth. Join The Road To Paris 2015.

Also 21 of September is International Day of Peace. Which is close to our hearts here in Sweden as we have big UN Peace conference here in my hometown Varberg in October: Varberg Calling for Peace.

Scott Dinsmore & Live Your Legend!

This latest week has been even more intense for me. Last weekend Scott Dinsmore passed away in accident while on a hike on Kilimanjaro. He is the founder of the large Live Your Legend network all over the globe. And the community his risen up to share their condolences with his surviving wife and family. Like this one from Yazminh.  They are all in the Facebook group [Tribute to Scott Dinsmore, Founder of Live Your Legend]. And Chris Anderson decided to put Scotts now famous TEDx talk with over 2 and a half million views up on the main site.

I myself a host for Live Your Legend Local in Gothenburg and Varberg has been following Scott for 2 years now. I have eagerly awaited his Live Your Legend RAW update each week that sadly will stop coming now…

I’m so sad that you have left us Scott. You showed me a path that I didn’t think was possible.

We will continue to carry the torch for you Scott!

Scott truly embodied what is was to live a better life on Planet Earth. Let’s all honor his memory by doing the work we can’t NOT do.

Environment. Is. Everything. The fastest way to do the things you don’t think can be done is to hang around people already doing them. Choose your friends wisely and brainwash the impossible. – Scott Dinsmore

I have a longer Tribute to Scott and the Revolution coming up soon…


Scott Dinsmore and Chelsa Dinsmore on their around the world trip here in Turkey.

Un-Fuck The World [Set 17 Global Goals]

James Hanusa posted on Facebook that it’s time to Un-Fuck The World! And I signed up on that challenge! We can take the power back from all the greedy systems that using massive amounts of Earth’s resources, to no apparent use at all to further us as a species. We can become architects for all systems on Planet Earth.

Change Maker
I also stated a new MOOC called U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self. It’s for us Change Makers who wants to transform the world and ourself using a growth mindset. Many of us feel called now like never before. And we are spreading it on Social Media. We are more 30,000 talking this MOOC and using the hashtag #ULab.

U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self

U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self

Spread the Global Goals. Yesterday Stephen Hawking shared a really heart tearing video message about what we must do to save our home this year together by setting up  17 Global Goals that our leaders should follow.

We need Everyone to tell everyone!
The more people we talk to about it the more important it becomes.  And it truly feels the way now. Like we are on mission now. To do one thing that matters. If we don’t pull it together in 2015 we might as well through in the towel and jump ship. Jump the Spaceship Earth. Expect that we can’t just jump of Earth anytime soon and go live on Mars.

So lets just stick to Plan A. The only plan we have.
Do give ScottStephen and Rockström a listen and tell me what Plan A is for you?

Stephen Hawkin - The Global Goals

Stephen Hawking – The Global Goals

Hello Everyone. Stephen Hawking here.

2015 is the year world leaders signs up to the global goals.

They are an ambitious to-do list to eradicate poverty, save the environment and make the world a fairer place for everyone.
Where every woman and every man has the chance to live a healthy secure life full of opportunity and love.

The more people who know about them, the more likely our leaders are to stick to them.
So this is our attempt to let every person in the world to know what is at stake.
People can not hide from their rights if they do not know what the are.

I would be hugely grateful if you would share this video with your friends, family and fans and ask them to search for global goals online.
To save the world we need everyone to tell everyone.
I’m very aware of the preciousness of time. Help us seize the moment.

The time to act is now
Thank you
— Stephen Hawking

We are the world! It’s time to Un-Fuck it!

/Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

17 Global Goals

17 Global Goals

Johan Rockström - This is Our Earth

Johan Rockström – This is Our Earth

James Hanusa - Un-Fuck The World

James Hanusa – Un-Fuck The World

Derek Sivers – Purge the Vampires

Are you a Vampire? Or are you an Opportunist? If you are vampire you should be purged according to Derek Sivers. If you are an Opportunist you should look for other opportunist, to attract. Here are some great tips on how to do it. Together we will thrive in an unknowable future! 

Purge The Vampires & Thrive In An Unknowable Future!

I went to The Conference only to have the best part be some short and very thoughtful little talks from Derek Sivers, of a balcony just before every Keynote. I will give you the best part of them and my thoughts that followed. They may appear to be funny little anecdotes. The more you think about them you realise they are not. Watch the videos by clicking on the images of Derek. And then see if you agree with my reflections at the bottom of this post.

How to thrive in an unknowable future? - Derek Sivers

How to thrive in an unknowable future? – Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers –
How to thrive in an unknowable future?

How to thrive in an unknowable future?

Choose opportunity not loyalty
Have no loyalty to location, to company or even your past public statements
Be an absolute opportunist
Doing what ever is best for the future in your current situation. Unbound by your past.
Have loyalty only for your most important personal friendships.

How to thrive in an unknowable future?

Choose the plan with the most options
The best plan is the one that lets you change you plans.
For example renting a house is bying the option to move at any time without losing money in a down market.

How to thrive in an unknowable future?

Avoid planning
For maximum options don’t plan at all.
Since you have no idea how the situation or your mood may change in the future, just wait ’til the last moment to make each decision.

How to be useful to others?

This talk we only have the headlines left to ponder on, as the recording got purged by vampires. So instead I offer my Ninja-thoughts on how to add value to others. They all corresponds greatly to Daniel Priestley’s concept of being a Key Person of Influence.

How to be useful to others?

Get Famous
Being famous is a way of being the goto person of any given field or niche. The one that comes up first in conversations. The one that people listen to and hire. Famous people can set the agenda. Famous people can thus make sure that other people get useful value of their time and money.

Use Your Power Of Famedom To Inspire Others!

How to be useful to others?

Get Rich
Being rich gives you opportunities. Opportunities to choose where you invest your time, effort and money. Make sure to invest in others and their great ideas. And invest in yourself, like Tai Lopez says. Use your richness to enhance and invest in others, so that they too can become rich.

Get Wealthy And Invest Your Wealth In Yourself And Others!

How to be useful to others?

Have Strong Opinions
By having strong opinions and believing in them yourself, you can make sure that others take notice as well. Strong opinions are useful if they are informed options. Based on science and facts. Make sure that you spread your informed opinions, so that others that are spreading uniformed opinions are drowning out. Shout your opinions loud and clear in a gentle way. Enhance your opinions by discussing them with others. Not debating. We want to have a future where the best informed options are the strongest. Publish your options and let the world know of them.

Have Strong Informed Opinions!

How to be useful to others?

Be Expensive
To our human brains value are often measured in how expensive it is. By being Oversubscribed we can make many people to take notice and want what we have to offer. We want people lining up and pay extra for the superb value we offer. Offer superb value! Treat other as a VIP every time they pay extra for your value. We also want to give some of our value for free to the world. Send the signal that your value is expensive and it is expensive to get your value. By making others invest their time, money and energy into you, they build a stronger community together while lining up to get it. Don’t sell your value cheep.

Set A High Price On Your Value. It Is Worth It!


How to like people - Derek Sivers

How to like people – Derek Sivers

How to like people?

How to like people?

Assume it’s their last day on Earth.
Everybody talks about living like it’s your last day on Earth. Instead to appreciate someone, live like it’s their last day on Earth. Really listen to them. Learn from them. This might be your last chance.

How to like people?

Be who you’d you be when alone.
You could live in crowd pleasing only others. But that’s unsustainable.
You could live in isolation pleasing only yourself. But that’s also unsustainable.
Instead when in a crowd be the same person you’d be when alone.

How to like people?

Assume women and men are the same.
Men thinks women are so different from them and women think men are so different from them. But the differences among men and the difference among women are far greater the difference between men and women.

Assume men and women are the same

How to like people?

Always make new friends.
You are always changing, hopefully for the better. But old friends want you to stay as they knew you, as you where before.
When making new friends be your new ideal self, if only for a few hours.
New friends will encourage your new self.
Let go of people that don’t welcome and encourage your change.
So you could say that coming here to “The Conference“, is not just a way to make new friends but to replace your old ones.

How to like people?

Purge the vampires!
Get rid of people that drain you. That don’t make you feel good about yourself. They will make you hate all people….


Are You An Opportunist And A Friend? [My Reflections]

Are You An Opportunist? If you are then your most likely to thrive in an unknowable future. A future that is coming quicker and changing more rapidly for every year, month and week that goes by. We are now living in the great acceleration. I write a long celebration the opportunist that I call The Buccaneer Spirit.

We all need to be able to pivot on our ideas, lives and businesses. That siad we shouldn’t be with out loyalty. Only we have loyalty to our tribe that are with us in this changing world. The people who can adapt like us. Old structures and outdated models and thinking we should let go of like it’s yesterdays news.

Make Better Decisions
Make sure there that you keep an open mind. Don’t mistake opinion for facts. Try make designs based on science and not witchcraft. It’s hard and you emotions & cognitive biases will get in the way. That why you need friends to help you make better decisions.

Make Friends
Good friends are hard to come by. Old friends are not necessarily good friends. That’s why you should make new better friends if your old uncle don’t upgrade. And It’s easier than it ever was in the past. GO to events where you think you will find like-minded people. Treat them well.

Purge The Vampires
Vampires are people who drag you down. People who complain and spread their negative energy. You don’t want them around. You may think that they don’t affect you. They do. Modern science are showing that the quote from Jim Rohn is true:

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – Jim Rohn

Instead you must seek out mentors and peers that life you up and inspire you. By spending time with people who are doing great impossible deeds it will soon seem normal to your brain what they do. The less time you spend with vampires the less power they will have over you.

Instead find other Creative Ninjas like me and spend time with us.

/Lord Sillion
Opportunist Ninja Pirate

Purge The Vampires
Pivot The Pirates
Purify The Werewolves
Pursue The Ninjas


The Buccaneer Spirit

The Buccaneer Spirit

Are you an opportunist? Are you curios about your next endeavour? We live in an opportune world. That means that you and your tribe are responsible for what you hunt down. What path you take through life. No-one else is going make the choices for you. In the distant past fortune belonged to the hunters. But then came the farming revolution. In the near past, fortune was hard to come by if you weren’t born into it. Some small part of us who were still hunters where able to cast of the Yoke to get ahead. Especially in the golden age of piracy. Namely the Buccaneers. But now we can’t use questionable moral to get what we want anymore. We have to collaborate and be nice to get it, if we are going to have surviving chance on this planet.

We can still use the driving force behind what it is to be a hunter and a buccaneer, to become great entrepreneurs, heroes and adventurers. What I call the Buccaneer Spirit. We can use it to ignite a better narrative for our lives and how to make better life here on Planet Earth. Fortune Favours The Bold!

Opportunity Favours The Bold

“Opportunity favours the bold” — Richard Branson

This is how Richard Branson opens a great post about opportunity: My top 10 quotes on opportunity. In a way it triggered me to write this post about the concept of opportunity. This and 4 very “pirately” events that affected me, in the same week this summer. Both from the aspect of the mythical pirate and Buccaneer and the modern entrepreneur. I feel that this is closer to the hunter mentality rather the new farmer craze that we have seen in the last couple of thousand years. There are great entrepreneurs that possesses both the hunter mentality or the farmer mentality. The one Seth Godin puts forth here: Hunters & Farmers. We are all different. Some of us, has far more of the hunter essence. The opportunist essence. The one I call the Buccaneer Spirit.


“Opportunity favours the bold” — Richard Branson

I start of with my poem to the Buccaneer Spirit:

The Buccaneer Spirit

What is that drives the heart of man to go on a foolish endeavour? To risk everything for the gain of gold, fame and fortune? Why do some people hunt for more than that they currently have? And why will they do crazy things to get it? Is it …

The lust for adventure?
The lust for a golden prize?
The lust for togetherness?
The lust for violence?
The lust in pushing oneself?
To take away the pain of the past?
To lift the Yoke of old world?
The Ambition to get ahead?

The lust for fame & glory

Is it in all of us, or are we different and some people are just born as farmers?

What is an entrepreneur? Are we born to do it or can it be trained?

Can the Buccaneer Spirit be tamed or channeled? Or should it be suppressed and forgotten? Is it something the military has traditionally done? How can we do right by this energy in a modern world? Is it for Athletes and Warriors? Or for go-getting Entrepreneurs?

Can everyone plant their flag in the right way and make a stand?

What fights are worth fighting?
What rebellions are worth dying for?

For what future would you do anything, to see succeed?
Are you a buccaneer too?

Do you have the Buccaneer Spirit?

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead

— Lord Commander Sillion

It’s An Opportune World [Who Are Your Monsters?]

Mankind is the greatest opportunist and omnivore this planet has ever seen. This is no small feat. There are many spices that are extremely adaptable and has survived the eons of change on this planet. But none other than us has tamed the environment and actually gone into space and to the moon.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Of course some of us are far more opportunistic and adaptable than others. I’m especially thinking of the pirates and adventurers that sailed the Caribbean Sea and the Spanish main during the Golden age of piracy. Both mythical and real, they occupy a certain place in many of our hearts. Many of them had a very questionable moral by modern standards and did many hideous acts of cruelty. As where common in a different age.

Everyone is a monster to someone.
Since you are so convinced that I am yours, I will be it – Captain Flint

Still we romantices them and the myth of what they did simply because of the entrepreneurial spirit they possessed to actually succeed in their many endeavors. This goes not only for the pirates but for all adventures setting sails and casting out in a harsh unknown world on the seven seas. I call this the Buccaneer Spirit after the name Buccaneer.

We all have some monsters to slay, some dictator to topple, a revolution to fight. To find what is true to us, is now small task. Many of us are set on the wrong fight and challenge. What are your challenges in life? Your truth?

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead - Lord Commander Sillion

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead – Lord Commander Sillion

The Buccaneer Charm [Here Be Pirates]

My own enchantment with the buccaneers began as child when I first saw the movie The Crimson Pirate from 1952 starring Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat as swashbuckling acrobats. This movie together with Star Wars was the first moves my uncle had on VHS that me and my brother watch repeatedly during our childhood. I think it formed us many ways to live a life full of dreams and stories.

Be careful what stories we imbue our young with – Lord Commander Sillion

Here comes the four Buccaneer triggers I experienced in one week:

Pirates! and Merchants & Marauders

When Sid Meier’s Pirates! came out in 1990 on our Amiga, it became one of our most played games ever. We simply loved the narration and the freedom of the game. Now in modern times there has come out a fantastic boardgames version of Pirates called Merchants & Marauders designed by Christian Marcussen. And this summer there was an expansions for the game called Seas of Glory that I finally got to play during the weekend of WarCon – PeaceCon gaming convention in Varberg. So this is the first of 4 pirately triggers for this article. I just love this open sandbox feeling you get in this game. You feel like you are set on an adventure with an open goal. To craft your way into a glorious future. If you get the chance to play, do so. Maybe with me?


Playing Merchants & Marauders at Warcon

Götheborg and Fortress Varberg

This was also the week the rebuilt 18th century ship Götheborg visited the harbour of Varberg will full flavour. There is something special about standing next to a ship of this magnitude staring into a broadside of cannons. It does something to my pirate heart. Present of the harbour of Varberg is also the very large Fortress Varberg. It only adds to the flavour. One can suddenly understand the strategic importance of a large fortress with big cannons on a high wall that can reach much further than the ships at bay. Standing up there the big ships looks both big and small at same time.

Buccaneer Sillion in front of Götheborg

Buccaneer Sillion in front of Götheborg

Bilgewater & Gangplank of [League Of Legends]

This was also the week that the Bilgewater event launched in my favourite game League Of Legends. Full to the brims with pirately skins, maps, voiceovers and an awesome Theme-song very inspired with the Black Sails song. The main character Gangplank was already a favourite of mine and now he was improved to be even cooler and better. And the new Rouge Admiral Garren and Captain Fortune looks awesome.

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

The story is summarised in this cool song on YouTube: This is Bilgewater.

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

Black Sails [Blood Red]

The last trigger is of course my new favourite show: Black Sails. I have been holding of to see season 2 of it all spring for some unknown reason. Clearly it was no coincidence that this was the very week I would start see season 2. It is almost to good to be true. When writing this I have seen 8 episodes of season 2 so far and can without a doubt say that this some of the best story and writing I have ever seen. There is great dialog and great writing with lots of references to Marcus Aurelius stoic thoughts from his book Meditations. Awesome multidimensional characters all with different goals and agendas. A stunning setting and visuals in vividly live Nassau. You can feel the sweet all the way to the sofa of the heat. This was meant to see on a sweaty summer like this.

Black Sails so enhances the feeling in the rest of my triggers that it makes the whole narration for me. Many of the characters embody the driving force of the #BuccaneerSpirit.

Jack Rackham is the charming leader with good social skills and cunning.
Eleanor Guthrie is the driven entrepreneur who has to be very tough to make it in a mans world.
Charles Vane as the ruthless hunter that sheer no methods to get ahead.

Max is the provider of secrets and information with a grander plan.
Captain Flint is unstoppable force with true grit, who will stop at nothing reach his hidden goals and vision.
John Silver is the true opportunist that can’t not take the opportune road.

John Silver - The True Opportunist

John Silver – The True Opportunist

The Buccaneer Endeavor [Become An Opportunist]

“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life… if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught

Where does that leave us then, You and I? Are you a Hunter or Farmer? Or little of both? How can we use this to become better versions of ourselves? It’s all about finding the right narrative for our own journey. We human are nothing but suckers for our own and other’s stories. The better the stories the more excitement it ignite in us.

How can we ignite the Buccaneer Spirit in us?

Captain Flint promises his men that if they dig in and makes an extraordinary effort they will become princes of the new world. It’s the same for us entrepreneurs. The old industrial world is slowly being taken over by a new one. A world that you and I can help architect, build and flourish in. It’s gonna be hard work. It’s gonna require extraordinary skill. Some people will laugh at you. Some people will even hate your guts. This is the way it’s supposed to be. If no-one feels anything for what you doing, good or bad, you’re not hauling ass enough ;)

“Friends…brothers…the prize that you and I have been pursuing is L’Urca de Lima. The Hulk. A prize of almost unimaginable value. Now with this page securely in our possession, we can begin our hunt and we will succeed. No matter the cost. No matter the struggle. I will see that prize is yours. I’m not just gonna make you rich. I’m not just gonna make you strong. I’m gonna make you the princes of the New World!” — Captain Flint

I believe that anyone who is willing, can muster up with a new crew to cast away, set sails and go on an endeavour into this new world of opportunity. There are many of us who longer believes that the preservation of status quo as slaves under the old world of consumerism and capitalism, where we are to do as we are told no longer holds up. Sure there will be resistance from most of the slaves under the system that are so invested in the old system that they won’t and can’t unhook from it.

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. — Morpheus – The Matrix

Do you feel the itch? To do something more adventurous with your life? Are you stuck in your own Matrix? Do you want to rewrite our own Narrative? A chance to take the RED Pill Rum each day? ;)

Hunt Down Your Destiny [Cast Of Your Yoke]

It’s time to hunt down your own Destiny. Ships aren’t meant to sit in the harbour. There meant to sail the seven seas and take chances on great endeavours. Some say plant your flag and take a stand as a warrior. I say Raise Your Flag and become the Opportunity Hunter and Buccaneer. Sure fighting a rebellion on an island for hope is a worthy cause. Still there are an archipelago of undiscovered truths waiting to be discovered by mankind. Are you one of the frontier explorers on the this “Enterprise”? Are you ready cast of your Yoke?

“Where no man has gone before?”

So open your logbook and record your journey along the way.
Let’s hunt some opportunities in an opportune world!

Civilization needs its monsters. You think Whitehall wants piracy to flourish in the Bahamas? No, I don't think they want it, but I think they're aware of the cost associated with trying to fight it. And I think that that sound travels. You're an educated man, my lord, but I think it worth reminding you that in most cases a man trying to change the world fails for one simple and unavoidable reason... everyone else -- James McGraw [Captain Flint]

Civilization needs its monsters.
You think Whitehall wants piracy to flourish in the Bahamas? No, I don’t think they want it, but I think they’re aware of the cost associated with trying to fight it. And I think that that sound travels. You’re an educated man, my lord, but I think it worth reminding you that in most cases a man trying to change the world fails for one simple and unavoidable reason… everyone else — James McGraw [Captain Flint]

The Buccaneer Spirit Party [Hunters & Explorers]

My thoughts immediately go to a gathering of like-minded entrepreneurs. Do you love the spirit of the buccaneer as much as I do? Are you a frontier explorer? A Hunter and not a farmer?

Could we make a conference or a meetup next summer of sorts with the buccaneer and opportunist theme? We all know it’s good to pivot when stuck and “Dead in the Water”. This will be about helping each other to spot the right opportunities and pivot on old ideas. And set together an able crew for an entrepreneurial endeavour. The lift the gold-haze on being stuck on the hunt for the wrong prize. To sharpen ones buccaneer tools. You could even call it a “A Pivoteer meetup;)

Could we have it in Varberg on the fortress if and when the ship Götheborg returns? Maybe we could even book a dinner onboard the ship? Or in any other flouring harbour that is exited about the idea and what it represents? To make a visual stance in that we are doing something different. Something BOLD and adventurous. We are lifting the Yoke of the old economy and scaling the rails in the new world.

A Buccaneer Spirit Party for Entrepreneurs, Hunters and World Explorers.

/Lord Commander Sillion
Buccaneer and Free Sailing Thinker

Göteborg arriving in Varberg Harbour with cannons firing - Foto Varbergs Flygklubb

Göteborg arriving in Varberg Harbour with cannons firing – Foto Varbergs Flygklubb

The Full Bilgewater

The Full Bilgewater

Corsair Quinn & Rouge Admiral Garen

Corsair Quinn & Rouge Admiral Garen