Wisdom for the Modern Architect
by Global Architect
A newsletter for business-oriented architects to feed their curious minds.
Carefully curated by Aitor Arteta.
🕑 5 Minute Read
Welcome to a new episode of the Wisdom for the Modern Architect series, where I share a dose of ideas, research conclusions, principles, models, books, podcasts, tools, and other random stuff with you, personally curated by myself.
Let’s get started.
📍 Message of the week
Nowadays, being a hard-working architect is not enough.
Working as an “Employee”, you only create value for others.
If you want freedom, you’d better be a “Business Owner”, and own your assets.
📰 Story of the week
So you're an architect who knows how to put in the work.
You're up early, grinding away until late.
Because that's what you've been told is the path to success.
You're really good at what you do. Your designs are exceptional.
But let's face it, you're stuck in a loop.
You work a ton of hours, but at the end of the day, you're not seeing the rewards.
Your paycheck or salary comes in, and it's gone before you know it.
It’s hard, I get it.
It's like you're in a race, but you're running in place.
You’re putting in all the effort but not moving forward.
Bills pile up, and there's hardly anything left for yourself.
And why does this keep happening?
It's not because you're not talented or hardworking.
You've done what society told you to do:
Get an education, find a job, and work your butt off.
This is how you can get out of the rat-race loop:
🦸♂️ Influencer of the week
Influencers are natural people, like you and me, who make an extraordinary job, and have the ability to inspire and lead with example.
In this episode:
Havard is not just an engineer or designer.
He operates in 'Business Owner' and 'Investor' quadrants.
He's leveraging his skills and technology to build something bigger than himself.
As architects who are open to shifting your mindset, you should pay attention to what Havard's doing.
📘 Book of the week
Reading books is like sucking other minds that have already been in your place.
Why should you reinvent the wheel when someone else is showing you the way?
The book I recommend you to read:
You might be clueless when it comes to running a successful business.
Then this book is definitely for you.
Kiyosaki lays out four main ways to earn income:
- Business Owner
Right now, you're probably stuck in the 'Employee' quadrant, trading time for money.
This book guides you on how to move into the 'Business Owner' quadrant, where your money works for you.
Seriously, go get this book.
📝 Posts of the week
Top-notch architects are always learning.
These publications give you direct access to my experiences, where I share my views.
Much like having a mentor to guide you through today's complex challenges.
The best posts of the week are:
- 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝟭.𝟬𝟬𝟬€/𝗵𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁
- Richard Branson owns +400 companies
- How much is your time worth, architect?
- Architects are afraid of having their ideas stolen
Use these posts to find new relationships, engage with other people and learn new things.
♟️ Quote of the week
Quotes make you reflect and think.
The quote of the week was:
- You work for others until you can work for yourself. You work for yourself until you can work for others.
As an architect, in the beginning, you often start as an “Employee”.
Maybe you're in a firm or some kind of structured business.
You're working for someone else's dream, trading your time and skill for a paycheck.
Until you learn how to make your own decisions.
Go deeper exploring the quote.
❤️ Healthy of the week
Your health is the most important thing you need to take care of.
Above anything else. Including your architectural career. It's not worth it.
Here is the highlight of the week:
It felt like there was no end to it.
Then one day, it hit me.
I was too tired, too stressed, and not happy.
I burned out.
That was my wake-up call.
💎 Business of the week
Architecture is big business, and it’s on track to becoming even bigger in the coming years.
A lot of companies are emerging to make life easier for AEC professionals by improving job site safety, streamlining project communication, opening up job access, and more.
Keep an eye on the companies that will disrupt the industry.
This most valuable business of the week is:
Material Bank is a digital material platform that enables architecture and design professionals to order physical samples online.
They provide quick access to materials from a wide range of manufacturers.
With over 14,000 materials from over 700 brands, Material Bank streamlines the sample ordering process for designers, making it easy to find, sample, and specify materials for their projects.
The platform also provides sustainability information for each material, helping designers make more informed choices.
I hope you get some business ideas from them.
💥 Offer of the week
Are you tired of the traditional way of being an architect?
Being stuck in that Employee box, isn’t the only way to go about it.
You can make a shift that not only increases your income but also gives you more control over your time and your life.
I’ve walked this road, and I can tell you it's a game changer.
The money's better, the stress is lower, and life just feels more enjoyable.
You just need to start.
I want to help you get there.
If you're ready, I've got something that can help you do just that.
Sprints are actionable, on-demand lessons, carefully designed to equip you with the skill you need to make more money and grow your architecture business.
They are designed to give you the tools you need to make this shift.
I'm not just talking theory, I'm talking practical steps that I've used to transform my own life.
If you're up for it, I'm here to guide you every step of the way.
❓ Quick question
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- We have several income streams and bill up to 500.000€/year.
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If you missed any of the previous episodes, don't trip over the same stone twice.
Here they are:
- Xavier Blesa, Opal And The Obstacle Is The Way
- Gerardo Perez, Miro and Ikigai
- Nikita Morell, Canva and This is Marketing
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