This is the first article of my #StayStoic entries — a series of personal reflections on living a more meaningful life through Stoicism.
I thought the concept of Stoicism was cool but I paid no mind.
I’d get more reflections on this ancient philosophy in every Tim Ferriss podcast I listened to. He talked about it almost every episode.
But still, it never really stuck with me. …
A love letter to this troubled, lost, and unmotivated, 20-something.
Sometimes I forget.
That I’ve never owned a business. That I’ve never had to balance all these financial obligations. That I’ve never had to manage a bunch of equally confused and lost young professionals. That I’ve never had to consider marriage. That I’ve never had to deal with the reality of my parents getting older.
Sometimes I forget that I’m just 27 years old.
I am doing and experiencing so many things for the first time in my life. I’ve never been in a position like this before. Maybe in a past life, yes. But in this life, definitely not. And yet somehow, I’ve actually convinced myself that being a beginner is not an excuse and that I should’ve just worked harder or did more research. …
Here are the highlights of the talk I gave during GetCraft’s monthly marketing meetup. The theme of the discussion was “Marketing In The Next Decade”.
If you want a full copy of the presentation, you can get it here!
I thought it was appropriate to share this quote from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Check out the most recent numbers of Instagram usage in We Are Social’s Digital 2020 report.
You’re also looking at an audience of 18–35 year olds actively using the platform every single day. …
This year has brought up some interesting challenges for me.
It’s not exactly surprising. The ups and downs come with my choice of profession. As the stress evolves so must my methods in dealing with it. I have changed my workout routines, increased the length of my meditations, and even found creative ways to disconnect from work. However, the most important change I made was learning to curate the people I surround myself with.
It’s been a turbulent last few weeks for me.
A string of missed shots. A couple of bad meetings. A number of promising deals falling apart. I hate losing — especially when I fall short just a few inches away from the the goal line.
Failures like these, especially in succession, can really shake my confidence. It even takes a toll on my health and relationships. I’ll stop following my diet. I’ll sacrifice sleep or rest. I’ll push away other people. …
You wake up without an alarm on a weekday. You take half an hour to meditate, another half an hour to do some bodyweight exercises. You grab a light brunch before heading to the office so you can tackle the to-do’s you set the night before. You click some buttons, sign some checks. You take a client call some time in between. Business is booming!
Before you know it, the clock says 6:00PM and you’re off to dinner and drinks with your friends. You talk all night about how amazing it is to run a business. I mean, what’s not to love? You make your own money. You have full control of your time. You have no boss. You get to do whatever you want to do. …
Lessons from the rise (and demise) of Snapchat. Take note, marketers!
It was late 2013.
Word broke out that Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s co-founder and CEO, turned down a $3 billion cash acquisition offer from Facebook. The news absolutely stunned the tech and business community. Many in the space believed that he should’ve just taken the money and sailed off to the sunset. Others thought it was the ballsiest move of the 21st century. I mean, how many people in the world can say that they turned down Mark Zuckerberg?
What happened next will be talked about in startup lore for generations to come — both as an inspiration and as a warning to those who say no to The Zuck. …
I’m a huge advocate of using technology to improve your life. I personally have a circulation of mobile apps that I rely on to improve the quality of my day and interactions with people. One of my favorite discoveries is this app called Headspace.
Headspace helps you live mindfully by teaching you how to calm your mind through guided meditation. I installed it once but never made it past the first day of my free subscription. I was quite happy with the meditation habits I already had…until it recently stopped working. …
Gary Vaynerchuk is arguably one of the most prominent business figures of our generation. His list of accomplishments speaks for itself.
He’s the CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s 4 locations.
Outside of being the Chairman and CEO of his own companies, Gary is a highly sought after public speaker, a 5-time New York Times bestselling author, as well as a prolific angel investor with early investments in companies such as Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber.
He’s boasts quite the fanbase too. He has millions of followers actively consuming his advice on marketing, entrepreneurship, and life — in every major online platform available. Photos, videos, podcasts, articles, you name it. …
There is a lesson to be learned in every decade (20s, 30s, 40s, etc.) of your life. It’s something specific to just those years. We need to learn it in order to level up in life. Think of it like collecting a badge or picking up skills in a game. It will be difficult getting through the “next stage” without it.
After six years of being a 20-something, I finally figured out what it was that I’m supposed to learn at this stage of life. It’s simple, really.
The lesson is I don’t know shit. I thought I did but I was proven wrong the moment I had to deal with taxes, pay for utilities, apply for loans, and prepare my own meals. …