The key to achieving better outcomes is not always working harder. Most of us are already working extra-long hours by taking work home and always completing deliverables to the best of our abilities. The key to being productive and staying productive is working smarter. This starts with a paradigm shift of how you view your days and, ultimately, your finite time on this Earth.

Budgeting time effectively is often the biggest trouble we have with getting productive and staying productive. I have found that, rather than looking at your day hour by hour, project by project, or event by…


A Thought Experiment

What if I told you that you’re probably not thinking long-term enough about your life? No, really. Despite the fact that most of us may think we make decisions and structure our lives planning for the long run, I’ve come to learn that most of us actually live our lives one step at a time, never thinking three or four steps down the road.

For many, each day is spent preparing for tomorrow. Especially in college, the mentality among us is, “I need to study extra-long hours for this exam. Why? So that I can get a good grade…


I started my first company as a high school student. What began as a mere conversation in passing with a teacher of whom I barely knew turned into the best opportunity I’ve been fortunate enough to have.

He approached me on his own time, wanting to pick my brain about virtualizing the faculty’s professional development logging process. All educators are required to maintain certifications in their content areas if they wish to continue teaching. Each certification requires its own sum of professional development hours that must be logged, sorted, and kept in a database.

Knowing absolutely nothing about this…


“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” — Matthew Karsten

When I filled out my Startup Island Spring Break application, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. One of my friends had mentioned he applied in passing, so I took a mental note since the concept seemed cool: a week-long trip abroad to Costa Rica (although the locations change every year) with other entrepreneurs for a fun, relaxing, and invigorating experience. Until this trip, I had only ever traveled outside of the United States once, and that was to Montréal, Québec for a music festival.

I was…

Dylan Wheeler

An entrepreneur, philosopher, and philanthropist with deep and wide-ranging business experience. Enjoys adventuring and cultivating deep relationships.

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