Richly Wills is an educational platform build around active learning and engagement towards building a richer life and world.
Push yourself to make the most out of life, to wake up and try to achieve your goals and add ideas that make a difference to the world. Being your best self involves overcoming mental limitations, opening up and bringing ideas to the table that can make a positive impact, or just trying to improve and become better. Richer mind, richer life, richer solutions/ideas, richer world. [accordions id='902']
We can all be more adaptable, creative and innovative in life, and that is the mission of this site, but in order to do so we have to challenge our set ways and our comfort zones first. When we do we take ourselves away from auto-pilot thinking and we begin to open and stretch our minds further - we learn to adapt, we build up our skills, we use a more creative mind to think of better/more solutions, and we become problem solvers in life.
This is the main principle behind Richly Wills - to encourage us to improve and stretch ourselves to be better, to give our best self and improve it further.
Conversely, when we adopt a comfort mindset that resists change we might think we are being good to ourselves through staying safe, but we are often just masking our potential behind the more immediate need for external validation or even status chasing. Disruption might sound like a bad word, but to grow we need it. Challenging this status quo might not sound easy, especially if we are so heavily ingrained to think routinely without question, but doing so allows us to channel new solutions that we otherwise wouldn't see.
It's not to say we don't need comfort, logic or routine, but this site (and it's tools) is about building up the skills that we often lack in favour of comfort, logic and routine - the ones that can develop our potential much further as they get us thinking differently, and get us actively pushing ourselves to a more advanced mind, and a richer life.
A richer life is not about material gain, it's about a deeper sense of purpose and our strive for improvement, and while comfort and love can also bring us joy, meaning and co-creation, we tend to actively improve when we challenge 'ourselves' to stretch a bit further each day than what we already know, which means pushing past the comfort, or getting comfortable being uncomfortable.
Of course, many adults may have had their creativity stifled from a young age and became very logically agreeable and influenced over time, so an approach is needed to help these learners succeed.
THE ACTIVE MICRO-LEARNING APPROACH
We firmly believe anyone can be creative or retrain it, or anyone can challenge and overcome their fears. The best way is to develop it through on-the-spot active engagement that forces your brain to adapt, think creatively, and innovate each day through micro-learning.
Why is this needed?
Firstly, the aim is to make it easier for people to absorb information and then implement it into their life. With active, bitesized practice each day we find we can do more than when overwhelmed with scrolls of passive material.
Yet, too often we see people seeking help passively. They join webinars in the hope of answers engaging their logical side as they follow along but rarely engage their creative side or think of how to apply it actively to their own life. The same goes with self-help, as people follow the countless meditation/spirit/life coaching gurus and books out there who focus on unlocking the simple facets of thinking positive and believing in yourself to some degree, but who end up just preaching logic rather than providing actionable steps to then take.
Secondly, while some articles can be fairly deep in underpinning the psychology underneath them, or provoke a reaction to challenge our thinking or understanding, most material on Richly Wills aims to be more fun and accessible to action through challenge guides and trained courses.
It needs to be in order to activate and encourage an openly creative and adaptive response. We have to bring those challenges into people's daily life, and make it both enjoyable to them as they look forward to trying (rather than passive education they just consume but do nothing with) and impacting to them (like an active 'wake-up-call' to prompt a 'will do' mindset).
When we follow this active micro-learning approach we fuel our imagination, we actively build up our skills, we become more open to (and quicker in) solving problems, we develop a stronger sense of co-creation, we spot and create more opportunities, we learn to implement and utilise knowledge more effectively, and we change our life for the better by building a richer life in the process.
We might just want to make our life/work balance more flexible, or be less likely to fall into peer pressure or bad habits. We might need waking up completely. We might want to improve our memory or focus without falling for yet another hack or trend, or we might want to bring out our innovative solutions towards a world problem. Whatever our aim, when we concentrate on developing an open, visionary mindset we can create a lot more than if we didn't.
WHAT ARE PROACTIVATORS & IDEATORS?
Richly Wills helps people develop the skills to be both 'proactivators' and 'ideators' in life.
‘Proactivators’ learn to actively challenge their comfort zones to set conditioned ways easier (and to explore surroundings further). ‘Ideators’ develop adaptive, forward-thinking, fueled imaginations which help them spot and create more opportunities in their life, as well as innovate more impacting ideas and sustainable solutions the planet needs.
The two work hand-in-hand, as when you learn to proactivate first you can then ideate much better as a result.
WHY DOES OUR CREATIVE 'RIGHT-SIDE' MATTER SO MUCH?
While creativity is too ambiguously seen as something left for our free time or hobbies, it is actually so much more essential to us than we may realise, and will be even more so in the future. Open, curious, adaptable people who nourish their creative side have been found to:
Spot more opportunites in life
Be able to live with more variety and flexibility that enhances their life and inspires them
Be less likely to be stifled or controlled by fears or seek validation from fitting in to the crowd
Enjoy challenges rather than fear them
Come up with more ideas and solutions as they allow their minds to explore different possibilities
Make things happen as they become more likely to pursue goals, dreams & ideas rather than let them pass due to their unstifled curiosity (when we stay in auto pilot mode through following routines we can at times forget how short life is, wasting our one shot at it).
WHAT'S THE LOGO ALL ABOUT?
The logo looks like an open box, signifying 'getting out of a box', but is also designed like a magic eye to also look like an 'open book' and like 'wings'. All perspectives are expressing the potential in all of us to get out from our limitations and get more from life. The blue and orange colours have no symbolic meaning other than being strong contrasting colours, but they do stand for our connected left and right brains working together.
SO, WHO MADE THIS SITE? WHAT'S ITS FUNCTION?
The founder of Richly Wills, Rich Williams. (Ah, so Richly Wills probably makes a little more sense now). In truth, this site was the coming together of other previous projects and sites into one (there is a story behind it that was 10 years in the making). Richly Wills is mainly an active resource to help bring out people's potential. Richly Wills roughly translates to 'developing the willpower to do more in life', and articles on this site aim to inspire and provoke people to do just that.
Aside from this the site is also a personal reference for me to both capture my journey CV (through psychology & design), and to provide design services to clients.
WAIT, YOU SAID RICHLY WILLS TOOK 10 YEARS TO ARRIVE?? WHAT'S THE STORY?
Talk about the slowest entrance ever! But yes, this site was the result of a 10 year journey which started out as a simple freelance design site and iterated eventually into a home for 4 main project endeavors which were developed over that timeframe and now work cohesively as one with the aim to help people adapt, create and innovate in their life.
The journey was part of the reason it took so long. For many years I was either traveling or living abroad whilst working remotely, which became one project, 'Journeyspired', as I learnt to live a flexible life on the go. The biggest personal lessons were probably in 'Comforth' which must have initially started 15 years ago as I developed a curiosity into how people think, why we often stay in comfort zones and how we can live more fluid lives (it helped combat my own personal struggles at that time). This curiosity, along with my role as a 'design thinking' consultant (where understanding the psychology of how people think is a big part in creating solutions to improve their experience) led towards lots of personal research and lessons around adaptable thinking.
Design and innovation was always my background and I also became very interested in how we could create future innovations and processes that would benefit our well-being and planets longevity, especially in impactful social issues. I envisioned ways to bring more people into actively thinking of solutions for our future and to understand the issues we are creating today.
I was trying to figure out how to fit this all together effectively. I had written various articles along the way, and come up with a couple of platform ideas to raise awareness and interaction towards these subjects. I could've published some articles earlier, but I refrained. I felt it was more important to live the experiences first and ensure the resources would be of real value. I didn't want to have just another travel blog, self-help blog, design blog, that was made up on the go and only really helpful to myself, I wanted to create a larger hub that helped more people really change and impact, actively, and this is the result.
I've had a busy career and left much of what I'd written as a side project for 'someday' whilst I was busy actively trying the concepts that made their way to the site. A hiatus has allowed me to fill in the gaps somewhat. Also, timing. I wanted to only publish the site when I felt the technology and people were ready to take on more active micro-learning. It might eeven take a few more years to build up to the vision in mind as I've got some tools and apps in the pipeline that aid the content.
WHY ARE RICHLY SERVICES ALSO FOUND ON THIS SITE?
The reason I, Rich Williams, decided to integrate my services work alongside the site is generaly explained above, but also because of the coaching element the services include. I enjoy helping people adapt and find their creative potential, just as I enjoy helping clients develop better solutions to meet user needs, business goals and world considerations.
While the services and site content are seperate they do compliment each other. My work involves developing a problem solving mindset, while this site helps teach that through the 'creatical' area. A problem solving mindset is balanced creatively and logically (hence 'creatical'), and within client projects that balanced brain is important as you get involved through the whole project from research to realisation. Each project is different (rather than same repeated method), so each time you have to come up with a new set of ideas and outcomes to fix a different problem you must analyse. I enjoy this 'creatical' challenge as it suits a scanner like me perfectly.
So, when I'm not running this site, writing or developing subsequent resources, I'm most likely working with a client design thinking impactful solutions.
Within the services page you can find the services that I offer clients, and you can contact me about different services you may be interested in.
WHY AREN'T YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?
Haha, it feels like in this modern world where my job has a strong design and slightly technical arena that I would be all over social media, but during the outline 10 year journey I became detached from social media (actually quite some time ago). If you've read some articles in the Comforth section then you probably already know why, if not, then briefly put: I don't think being hooked and reliant on social media is good for our brains at all, as it distracts people from being truly adaptable in their thinking and lives.
I understand its merits too and there's certain difficulties of not being on it (it's somewhat necessary to spread awareness of this site), and with our technology today, social media is here to stay (although I predict it will be a lot different sooner or later).
Yet, does that mean we should be constantly plugged in? I don't think so, and while social media isn't new, it's still young, and the long term effects of it psychologically are only just becoming known. Some of our personal interactions with it are worrying at times and I think it should be rethought in how we use it so we don't become (spoiler: rant alert) fake, zombified versions of ourselves with egos the size of Jupiter in constant search for validation.
Again, there's lots of good with it too, but I'd say I'm healthier, more productive with my time, and more adaptable in my mind, for not being plugged into a void all the time.
In fact, I created a '10 Day Social Media Cold Turkey' Challenge Guide that helps people rethink their days without social media distractions that you can download and try. It gives tips, benefits and briefs that will help you through 10 days of no social media. You might be pleasantly astounded with the impact going cold turkey has on you.
As for me, I doubt I will personally be rejoining social media any time soon, but there may be a few things in the pipeline (if not already if reading this in the future - which will be everyone technically) strickly for Richly Wills related posts.
Occassionally, I add articles which are about my general ramblings or views in life, or which help you understand the purpose of this site more:
Richly Wills is an educational platform build around active learning and engagement towards building a richer life and world.
Push yourself to make the most out of life, to wake up and try to achieve your goals and add ideas that make a difference to the world. Being your best self involves overcoming mental limitations, opening up and bringing ideas to the table that can make a positive impact, or just trying to improve and become better. Richer mind, richer life, richer solutions/ideas, richer world.