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Effortless Email: Reclaim Your Inbox (and Sanity) and Automate Email

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the very best content from my course, Effortless Email. This project took over six months to complete. I work on a lot of different ideas and projects. Here on the site is where I talk about these projects and my learnings, along with the lifestyle I’ve designed for myself. I wasn’t always a Gmail ninja. In fact, I thought I’d be just fine sifting through my Hotmail searching for that funny viral video my friend sent me, amongst all the “male enhancement” spam emails. For years I ...

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The Solopreneur’s Journey: Lessons From the First 6 Months of Blogging

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve learned a lot since starting my Solopreneur journey. This blog is all about sharing those experiences with a community of Freedom Lifestyle Activists.  I want to give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to create your ownFreedom Lifestyle. The question I constantly asked myself until now was: how can I share my personal experiences and provide actionable content in a balanced way? As the site grows, the impulse is to create content that pleases everyone; but ultimately, I’m speaking directly to you, and in order for that to be most effective the ...

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33 Tools Solopreneur Tools You Must Know About

List Overview Time: 2 minutes Full Reading Time: 8 minutes Technology is constantly changing and every single day a new app or tool launches that claims it will make your life easier and be your ultimate resource. Lucky for you, I like to experiment with these tools as they launch, and I’ve been able to identify which ones are here to stay and should be apart of your toolbox. A top request I constantly get is: “I need a list of all your favorite software, 1services, apps, tools, all that stuff!” Well, here it is! And 90% of them are ...

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A Thought For Your Monday: Why Do We Dread Our Work?

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m sipping on some new Yerba Mate (Cruz de Malta) I recently picked up at a random organicy health foods market in San Francisco. I first learned about mate from Tim Ferriss, and I’ve been hooked ever since. As I take my next sip, an interesting thought goes through my mind… We can all agree that the majority of people absolutely hate Mondays. Passionately. Why is that? Every Monday I see the endless stream of angry posts on my Facebook news feed about Monday. Every so often though there’s this one weirdo that posts something ...

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7 Biggest Networking Mistakes People Make

 Total Reading Time: 5 minutes Networking is an art, and something of a balancing act. Just like negotiation (see this post/video for more on this), networking is something people are often intimidated by, but have to deal with all the time. Now, you could just hide in the bathroom if you like… But I have a better idea: don’t make the seven mistakes presented in this post, and you’ll be better off than 90% of people in the room. There are a few key keys to being a strong networker, and it really comes down to knowing how to balance the conversation ...

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7 Minutes to Starting a Blog or Website on WordPress

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes Your Freedom Lifestyle journey almost certainly involves needing to create and launch or start a blog or authority website. After months and months of research, experimentation, and implementing dozens of different tools and services, I’ve narrowed down the process of starting a website or blog to just five steps. It is actually that simple. The issue is that there is an infinite amount of information, products, and knowledge out there that can confuse and overwhelm you. Well, why should you listen to me then? Because I am a compulsive researcher and learner. I’ve experimented with almost ...

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How to Deal with Haters: Tall Poppy Syndrome

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Have you ever heard of Tall Poppy Syndrome? It’s a non-U.S. term (generally Australia and the U.K.) used to describe the odd situation that occurs when a person deserving of praise is instead criticized, put down, attacked, etc. by haters or negatrons, as I like to call them. This usually happens when a person decides to create new habits, or simply achieves more than before. In other words, they stand out from the crowd—or figuratively—grow too tall in a field of equal-sized poppy’s. If you ever choose to do something grandiose that others around you are too afraid to ...

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How I Made $11,249.00 with One Email: The Art of Negotiation

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes, 30 seconds. The secret to big wins is all about learning the art of negotiation, something that scares a lot of people. Most of these people, especially those outside of the business world, see negotiating as confrontational, and find it awkward and/or intimidating. Have you noticed that those who are stronger negotiators tend to get what they want more often than not? If you can learn to redefine the way you feel about negotiating and shift the reactive emotional patterns your body takes on when negotiating in person, you can radically change your life in ...

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11 Most Essential Gmail Labs You Must Start Using Today

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes Total Action Time: 3 minutes  I am a Gmail freak. I have two personal accounts, three “work” accounts, and two Google Apps accounts for my domains. In comparison to others, I’d most likely be classified as a Power User—or as Google likes to call it, a Gmail Ninja Master. Through the years, especially during my time at Google, I’ve developed a full-blown email management system that automates and simplifies my process for checking, reading, and sending emails. I’ve read countless books and articles, and purchased many products and services to become a Gmail Ninja. My Solopreneur ...

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Get Rid of ATM Fees Once and For All

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes ATM fees are unnecessary. We shouldn’t have to pay them, and if you use the strategy below you never will again. Not only do ATM fees happen way too often, but it’s essentially like paying a tax or interest rate on your own money. I can’t stand having to go directly to a bank (which has limited locations) and withdraw from their ATM. Like many of you, my laziness results in using third-party ATM’s inside liquor stores and pizza shops that hit me with extravagant fees every time I withdraw. Not only do you have to pay ...

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