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CFA Exam Prep from Schweser

Why the CFA?

The CFA or the Chartered Financial Analyst designation is one of the hardest professional designations one can get. Specifically used for finance and investment management, its difficulty in attainment stems from the rigor; large amounts of content that is required for the test taker to not only recall, but to truly comprehend over an extended period of time. With three long and arduous examination levels, plus a work experience requirement, the CFA requires a commitment of roughly 300 hours of study time per examination before taking a lengthy 4.5 hour exam. What makes it truly grueling is the required time between exams that must be patiently observed by each candidate. One cannot simply take levels I, II, and III over three sequential days. …


Create a WordPress set up that is easy to build content off of, and develop from as well.

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You’ve tried WordPress.com, Wix, and SquareSpace and they all come up short. Some tools are too complex, some are simple but not robust enough, and for the life of you you can’t seem to figure out how to create a good workflow so your developers (or yourself) can create development changes (CSS, JavaScript, Theme Updates, PHP updates, etc) while you make content updates in harmony. …


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Every year for the past three years I have been giving my years themes. The purpose of this is to create a central motif in which I base a lot of my priorities on for the year. Of course my foundational belief system is the core through which I base a lot of my decisions on, but when thinking about short-term decisions, I utilize these ‘yearly themes’ to create focus and filter out noise that won’t serve my overall mission for the year.

This upcoming year, 2020, I have a few things I want to accomplish but my main my goal is to increase and strengthen 1) my ability to focus on tasks for an extended period of time and 2) being more intentional and dedicated to the things I set as my passions and priorities. All this is to ensure higher impact to all the teams and people I work with.

The reason why I chose this theme is because I notice, year after year, the high-performers I know — personally or that I read about — all have this common ability and skillset they share in that when they sit down to work on something they have this innate ability to just focus on it. They filter so much of the world out that it’s amazing the intense focus they are able to dedicate to the task at hand.

In a world of instant notifications, social media gratification, and everyone and everything vying for your attention it can be extremely difficult to remain dedicated to this cause. Try for a set period of time to just focus on something without having the urge to check your phone, the time, look outside, be distracted by conversations or otherwise. …


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How I connect with CEO’s, Presidents, Entrepreneurs and high profile experts and leaders

I know a lot of people have LinkedIn accounts, but they don’t necessarily utilize it to its fullest potential. So I’m starting this series I’m calling Locked-in with LinkedIn. Here are some of my favorite ways to use LinkedIn to grow and groom my personal business ventures and make awesome connections along the way. This series should offer something for everyone from beginners to LinkedIn power users. Drop me a line @bryantburciaga

To kick off this series I’m starting off by sharing some of my favorite tools that LinkedIn offers.

These tools aren’t necessarily secret functions, but I never see or hear anyone ever talking about them or how they can be used. They are extremely powerful tools and have been one of the ways I’ve been able to connect with world class CEO’s, presidents, entrepreneurs, and high profile experts and leaders. …


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A good professional headshot is extremely important because people judge you on your credibility online, and a nice picture can be the difference between someone actually opening a message/email from you or not even reading it. It can be a difference maker for people trying to start an online business or get hired. However, professional photographers can be expensive and may not know your “best angle”. So how do you remedy that?

Do what I did:

1) Have a professional photographer at a business event take a few pictures of you.

My current profile picture was taken at a scholarship event I attended as a member of the alumni committee for the organization that gives the scholarship out. I, along with other alumni, were invited to give a presentation about networking for existing students and share any personal insights or stories on how we have learned from networking mistakes and turned them into successes. In fact, you can see that presentation here (http://bit.ly/2riUlam). After the presentation was over, a professional photographer for the organization was taking photos. He took group and individual pictures that turned out really well. I’m assuming he also edited them and published them to his photography server where I was given access. I downloaded this great image with good lighting, good angles, and cropped it to a square ratio to be able to post it on my LinkedIn, AngelList, Podcast, and website. …

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Bryant Burciaga

Founder | The Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast | www.bryantburciaga.com

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