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147
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 7 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

  * Target Setting Workbook (PDF) Included with every purchase of Aretê Planner.

 * Weekly Stoic Challenges (E-Book) included with every purchase of Aretê Planner.

Aretê Planner was created out of personal need. 

At 27 years old, disillusioned with how life was unfolding, and needing a new sense of purpose, I quit my job, sold my house, and bought a one-way ticket halfway around the world. I was searching for freedom. Freedom of time, location, and the financial freedom to pursue the most important things in life. I wasn't sure what I would find, but I knew that in order to find it, I had to take a leap into the unknown, and experience life first-hand.

Along the way, and somewhat by accident, I discovered Stoicism. I was first introduced through reading Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. Confronted with long bus rides and airport layovers, I dove headfirst into Marcus's world, reflecting on his wisdom and the lessons he learned from trying to live with calm, tranquility, and simplicity in a world that was anything but.  

Soon I began reading works from all the ancient Stoics and contemporary visionaries as well. I gained a new-found inspiration for life, and respect for its brevity. I learned that true greatness would require hard work, discipline, and excellence - not just passion and hope.

While I had always been goal oriented, I never felt I had control over the process, and therefore, I wasn't consistently hitting my targets. Hoping to create a better formula for happiness and success, I researched everything I could find related to Stoicism, productivity, goal setting, and habit formation. I then searched for a tool that would reflect my research and embody the Stoic-principles of target achievement.

But nothing worked the way I needed it to.

Nothing combined the Stoic-process of positive habit formation with living virtuously, working toward the common good, and managing the day to day experience. 

Thus, Aretê planner was born.

After realizing how effective Aretê was in shaping my own future, I knew it could be used to help others do the same

Now at 34, my partner Léa and I continue to use Aretê to strengthen our own life's purpose. It has helped us achieve our targets while letting us achieve superior levels of happiness, calm, and simplicity.

It's our hope that Aretê does the same for you.

-Patrick & Léa

Risks and challenges

The hardest challenge associated with this project was creating something that was not only beautiful, but highly functional, effective, and accurate according to Stoic philosophy. Then trying to pack this entire target achievement and self-improvement system into a portable, easy-to-use planner that was convenient for daily use.

It took over a dozen revisions and collaborations with the designer to get the system and design exactly right, and even then, that was only the inside pages. After that, it took another several month of hard work to find the right manufacturer, order the samples, order the samples again, take photos, make a video, and create a website that would really showcase the power of the product and the positive effect it could have on peoples lives.

And since I was doing the whole process alone, there were a lot of mistakes, trial and error, and of course, many frustrations and setbacks.

But here we are today and I have Aretê planner to thank for getting me this far. Not only did I want to create a product that was effective, but I wanted to demonstrate its effectiveness by using it to create this business.

The next primary challenge will be to make sure that every Aretê planner reaches our backers efficiently and on time. While I'm sure there will be obstacles in the way, I have no doubt that we will overcome them to ensure an excellent customer experience from beginning to end.

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