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3 Fast Ways to Grow Your Lean Startup with Eric Ries

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. I want to go through three ways to grow your startup. I was first introduced to this idea in the book The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Now this isn’t something completely revolutionary, but it’s a fundamental and essential strategy all entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and anyone in business definitely needs to be reminded of.   1. Grow by Selling to Current Customers The first method that The Lean Startup talks about is known as the sticky engine. The sticky engine is when you take the existing customers that you already ...

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How to Stop Competing and Get Your Dream Job Today

Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes The Question We All Ask One of the questions we all often ask ourselves is, “What can I do to ensure I get my dream job?” And this applies to everybody, not just people that work in the corporate world, but even in the world of solopreneurship as well. There is this idea that if you really want to be successful in your chosen field, you have to go and find the model. You have to emulate success. One of the easiest and fastest ways to do that is to go and ...

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5 Real-World Steps for Networking with Celebrities and World-Class Humans

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. If you retrace the steps that led to success for the most popular, famous leaders that we know today, you’ll often find that it was a single relationship that catapulted them to success. Here’s Uber in their early stages: @KonaTbone heres a tip. email me :) graves.ryan[at]gmail.com — Ryan Graves (@ryangraves) January 6, 2010 And we all know the value of relationships. We all know that your network is your net worth. That you’re the average of the five people you associate the most with. That’s not what this is about. ...

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Dale Carnegie on How to Stop Worrying and Start Living in 5 Minutes

The worried person must lose himself in action lest he wither in despair Click to Tweet   Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. This is a quote by the great author Dale Carnegie, and the quote itself is from the book How To Stop Worrying and Start Living. I want to share the key lessons that I took out of this read. First of all, I think that the concept of worry is absolutely fascinating. I have another video on how to reduce your stress and stop being so busy. However, what Dale Carnegie talks about in ...

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3 Magic Self-Awareness Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Now

Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. I want to discuss this idea of emotional intelligence. This idea of increasing your self-knowledge and your self-awareness. At this stage we all know the importance of emotional intelligence. In fact, we know now based on the science of it that your IQ is pretty much fixed. By the time you’re done being an adolescent, that IQ that you have is mostly permanent. What we do know though is that your emotional intelligence (EQ) is malleable.     It can change, it can grow, it can increase, whereas your IQ is quite ...

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REEP Challenge: How to Gamify the Art of Living

Total Reading Time: 14 minutes. I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve struggled a lot with working while traveling. Over the years I have devoured a tremendous amount of education on productivity and effectiveness and experimented with many of these various solutions. There’s always that moment in the taxi or Uber/Lyft where the drivers asks… “So are you traveling for business or pleasure?” “Umm…well, you know. It’s always kinda a bit of both!” The idealistic world of blending business and pleasure is 100% possible. I’ve done it on many occasions. Nevertheless, this blending can be the cause of much frustration, FOMO, ...

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The Kilimanjaro Chronicles: Escaping Bandits, Upgraded Porridge, and a Deathly Blizzard

Total Reading Time: 20 minutes.   Day 0 – En route to Arusha, Tanzania from Nairobi, Kenya. It was 2 AM. We were sitting at a roadside “bar” on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. We’d spent the day in Nairobi, and were already enthralled by our environment. The city had awoken every sense, and it was already beginning to feel like a vivid, lucid dream. The visa office was just a few steps down the road. We stumbled in and looked around. Old posters on the walls, a few electronics, paper binders to keep track of the transactions. It took us 15 minutes ...

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Why a Sabbatical Can Massively Boost Your Focus

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. I’m going on a blog publishing sabbatical. Before you get sad and feel like you just stepped in a puddle and have wet sock (worst thing ever), allow me to share some reasons why you may want to do the same. I’ll also share my own motivations for doing this toward the end of the article. I once learned from a brilliant man—Eben Pagan, creator of my favorite program for work effectiveness Wake Up Productive—that it’s critical to be deliberate with our time. Eben is the archetype of the modern-day internet entrepreneur. He has made tens ...

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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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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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