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Why Hiring a Mentor Just Might Be the Smartest Decision You Ever Make

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. In July of 2012 I became a solopreneur. In September of that same year, this site was officially launched. I was nervous and uncertain, but also excited and optimistic. I knew it was the beginning of something, but I wasn’t quite sure what. At the very inception of this journey, my good friend Jason told me about a coach he had recently hired. Jason was enthusiastic about his coach and the results he’d gotten already. I understood what traditional consulting was, but I didn’t know there were so many people offering personal consulting services to people at ...

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6 Brilliant Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. In “real life”, he’s a lot like what you might expect: direct, confident, and sharp. I recently had the opportunity to attend a keynote speech by Kevin O’Leary, founder and star of ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. The keynote was in San Diego, CA, at the annual Traffic and Conversion Summit event. Kevin, or “Mr. Wonderful” as he’s called on Shark Tank, has great stage presence and enjoys the limelight. More than anything, it was the content that stood out most. The keynote’s focus was on investing and finance, but the message came down to a handful of brilliant life lessons. ...

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How to Sell Online: What a 13 Year Old Brazilian Boy Can Teach You about Selling

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. I was walking toward the Arena das Dunas in Natal, a beautiful beach town in Brazil, when a young boy approached my friend and I. He couldn’t have been more than thirteen or fourteen years old, but something about him immediately sparked our attention. He had a big, genuine smile. He made sharp eye contact. He didn’t wave his arms or start yelling “buy this, buy that”. He simply used his demeanor and non-verbal language to captivate his audience. “Where are you from?”, he said. “San Francisco, California”, we replied. Then began operation “guerrilla street sales”. First ...

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How to Live a Location Independent Freedom Lifestyle

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? Those that live a location independent lifestyle can truly be anywhere, at anytime. Some of them even do it full-time. A big reason I left my job at Google (and the “job” world in general) was because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t escape the feeling of being locked down. When you work for someone else, you’re obligated to be where they want you to be. There are very few exceptions, and most are temporary. In America, we’re only given a standard issue two weeks of ...

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9 Step Guide to Protecting Your Website From Hackers

Total Reading Time: 7 minutes. I was sitting at my desk, finalizing a new post to share here on the blog when it happened. My phone vibrated. New message from a friend in San Diego. It was a picture, so (without reading the attached text) I took a look. It was…graphic. Like, “adult entertainment” graphic. At first, I thought, “wow, I guess that’s where this friendship is going…” But no, it was actually a picture of my site. Well, kind of. He had clicked a link to a post I shared on my Facebook page (it was this one actually). Rather ...

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17 Famous Inspirational Quotes About Life and Entrepreneurship

Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. There’s nothing more exciting than discovering an inspiring new quote. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe one, beautifully said/written quote will last a thousand generations. In one sentence, a quote has the power to change your life and perspective. Education is simply the act of learning from others, and I’ve found one of the easiest ways to become more educated is to study the thoughts of successful people. Below you’ll find a collection of famous inspirational quotes that have inspired millions of people around the world. These quotes have been a huge inspiration ...

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Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. What do you see when you look at a successful human being? I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves. Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? It just doesn’t work that way. Backup plans are not for winners. A person with a backup plan is likely to use that backup plan. This automatically means they’ve settled for less than what they initially wanted. If you ...

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When Is The Right Time to Quit Your Job and Finally Become a Solopreneur

Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. If you’re ever dreamed of becoming a solopreneur, entrepreneur, or even full-time freelancer, this is the ultimate question: When is the right time to finally quit your job and make the leap? A lot of people out there tend to either oversimplify or complicate the answer. You can’t just say today, because it’s just not true. And you also can’t give yourself too many obstacles or requirements to meet, because then you’ll just never make the leap. You’ll just sit there like humpty dumpty on his brick wall. The truth is, there’s an answer that’s honest, ...

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. There’s a question someone asked me once that I would like to ask you: What would you do if money were no object? Watch the video below, and then read on. A Question Most Can’t Answer A powerful question, isn’t it? Most of us have heard this question before, or at least thought about it in one way or another. Yet we view it as unrealistic to live a life based purely on doing what we love. In fact, many people in our Western society completely devalue this. If you want to be successful there are ...

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3 Smart Ways Leaders Say No Without Being Rude

Total Reading Time: 7 minutes What other people think about you doesn’t matter. Right? Well, unless you’re walking around in one of those “I hate people” t-shirts on for the rest of your life, it does matter. As much as we’d like to believe no one will judge us for our words and actions, it’s just not true. We judge. On top of it, we’re born with an innate desire to please others. On the surface we like to maintain a certain appearance. Positive or negative feedback affects our egos, but not in the way you might think. Lately I’ve been studying ...

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