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How do the rich get richer?

Over the past four months I’ve gained a newfound understanding of self-worth.

I used to break down my money into two categories; salary and savings. The process was very simple. To make an income, I provided my time and skills in exchange for money. I would then keep a percentage of my bi-weekly paycheck for myself and put the rest of it into a savings account.

The truth is, that this is how you make good money. It’s not how you make great money.

In his New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss explains why being the second-lowest paid person at his company persuaded him to start BrainQUICKEN LLC on the side and slowly build it up. This venture turned his 40k per year into 40k per month. …

The “professional” networking platform feels pretty unprofessional lately

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I just blocked someone on LinkedIn for the first time. Tim Denning explained my reasoning best: “I know blocking is bad, but I’ve been left with no choice.”

It started when I noticed a common trend with posts dominating my feed. They all looked exactly the same.

Heres’ the template:

  • Tell us when you failed.
  • Tell us how you failed.
  • Explain why the world is working against you.
  • Explain why that failure was the best thing ever.
  • Hey, now you’ve made it big time!

I no longer see updates from my co-workers. Or articles from fellow writers. It’s all a recycling bin of the same content over and over again, providing very basic (and obvious) “value” borrowed from someone else. …

Side hustling is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life.

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Most people sitting at a desk nine hours everyday dream of the “what if.”

What if I could quit my job and make money traveling the world?

What if I seriously pursued my hobby as a full-time living?

But a lot of us with a full-time job can’t quit — at least not yet. Only speaking from personal experience, I enjoy what I do. At the same time, I am an ambitious dreamer.

It’s a weird intersection to be at.

I’ve read enough articles to know that quitting your job and pursuing meaningful self-employed work is advantageous.

I also know that it would be hard to give up my career before seeing where I can take it. Luckily, I’ve learned that you don’t always have to choose one or the other. …

Accomplish more in nine hours than most people get done in one week.

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Procrastination is a universal human trait.

Especially now, the allure of distraction is everywhere. We are constantly challenged to remain focused, tempted by dozens of stimuli at once. Add the confinement to a single living space with a significant other, kids, pets, or all of the above, and mental fogginess is an unavoidable outcome.

When our attention is pulled in a million directions, our brain can short-circuit and make it impossible to focus on anything.

To supplement this feeling, many people try to beat their mental blocks into submission with extra doses of caffeine and productivity hacks.

While this might work temporarily, it’s not an effective long-term approach. Through a lot of self-experimentation and research, I have found several smaller, more sustainable habits that allow me to remain alert and focused throughout the day. …

You can be a productivity superhuman without being a morning person.

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There’s no shortage of productivity advice out there. Most of it revolves around a single concept: doing more. We don’t think about productivity as minimal life changes that can bring about the most results. No, we listen to the self-proclaimed experts yelling at us from the rooftops to do more.

Work more.

Write more.

Hustle more.

And most importantly, cram more hours into a day. They say to be productive, you need to get up early. If you aren’t exercising or writing in your gratitude journal before 5 AM, then you’re destined to fail. …

Yes, you can consistently land on Google’s front page without any technical experience. Here’s how

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No matter how you spin it, writing online is a competition.

You want to stand out — and to have a reader find your content before someone else.

The only problem is, most writers follow the formula content x consistency = results. They think if you write 10,000 words a day, publish everywhere, and leave a reply to every comment then you’ll make it.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Consistency in the wrong places won’t do much to improve your visibility online. Sure, daily writing can be a great strategy to better your craft. …

Learn how to build wealth, manage your time, and reach Olympic levels of motivation.

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My entire life, I have been an active reader.

Books have taught me how to find happiness. How to learn. How to hustle. When to take a step back and when to keep pushing forward.

Most importantly, books offer guidance during challenging times, opening up my worldview with a different perspective. History’s greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and creatives have distilled their wisdom into pages you can purchase and apply to your own life. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of it?

I have compiled a list of several books filled with practical advice that solved three major obstacles in my life: finance, time management, and motivation. …

According to this arrogant TikTok millionaire

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Josh Richards has 22 million followers on TikTok.

Let that sink in for a moment. His following is more than the population of 47 U.S. States.

Unlike a majority of TikTok users, he has experienced an unfathomable amount of success. One that ignores what 99% of people think they know about brand building.

He doesn’t use traditional PR.

He doesn’t need the help of veteran creative agencies.

And, most importantly, he leverages a platform-agnostic approach to content.

Yes, Richards has 22 million followers on TikTok. But he also has another 7 million on Instagram, 2 million on Twitter, 2 million on YouTube, and a growing podcast audience. …

A gem cannot be polished without friction.

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Being young and ambitious is confusing.

You want to make an impact immediately but are told to be patient. You are eager to learn but clueless on how to start. Worst of all, you have no idea where you’ll end up.

When I graduated from college in 2017, I had less than $100 in my bank account, was working a part-time internship for something like $15/hour, and felt like my life was stagnating.

I moved back into my childhood home while my close friends ventured to dream cities like Denver and San Diego. I was an intern hiding my job from LinkedIn while my former classmates posted essays about their illustrious new career in tech or finance. …

Rule #2. Hurry up and fail.

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When it comes to health and fitness, we all have a choice.

Seven years ago, I made mine.

I have never been “out of shape,” but in high school, I felt extremely insecure about my body. Despite a 6ft 4in frame, I only weighed around 160lbs — something that bothered me regularly.

One day after school, a friend offered me his free guest pass to an XSport Fitness down the street. We were both on the basketball team and he said we could shoot around on their court and play in a few pickup games.

I remember walking through the door and immediately feeling out of place. The court was in the back, and we had to walk past every bench press, squat rack, and machine to reach it. People were tossing around my body weight and more with ease, staring at us as we maneuvered past them. …

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