Moataz Ahmed otherwise known as “motizzy” is a graphic designer, consultant and hand lettering artist.  He recently published Part 1 of his book titled, “Lazy Person’s Guide to Freedom” and we talked about his journey and book in this conversation.

The book was born out of years of taking action in his own life in his attempts to transform himself from a self-described “lazy person” to someone that was motivated and energized by many different projects.  

I found his guide a nice antidote to the “hustle-preneurship” advice we read so often.  It starts with a foundational framing of freedom as something that we choose rather than something where we give up our power to other people in exchange for stuff or money.  

We talk about:

  • How we naturally started freelancing by helping people
  • His embrace of the “gift mindset”
  • How he improved his will-power and motivation
  • How he thinks about freedom and justice
  • How freedom should also be about speaking out for other people’s freedom
  • Learning new languages and the benefit of cross-cultural insight for design work

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Just published! The Pathless Path is Paul's book about walking away from a "perfect" job with a promising future and starting over again. Through painstaking experiments, living in different countries, and a deep dive into the history of our work beliefs, Paul pieces together a set of ideas and principles that guide him from unfulfilled and burned out to what he calls "the pathless path" - a new story for thinking about work in our lives. Learn More & Buy The Book Here



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