One day, at the start of my senior fall semester of college, I realized that I lacked any valuable skills. The startup I had been working on had folded, and the experience showed me that I knew nothing about marketing (among many other things), and so I decided that I’d try to get good at that at least before graduating.
Over the next few months, I spent most of my time learning everything that I could about digital marketing. Three months in, Justin Mares and I started Programming for Marketers. …
My interest in entrepreneurship originally started as an interest in passive income.
I was in college and read The 4-Hour Workweek and decided that getting paid passively sounded a lot more fun than wearing a suit and going in to PWC every day.
But I didn’t have a good understanding of what passive income really was at the time, and I think most articles and guides to “making passive income” neglect to talk about it in a more honest light.
I’m much less invested in building up my passive income than I was before (for reasons I discuss here), but I still bring in a few thousand dollars a month most months in ways we could reasonably call “passive.” …
During college, I spent around 2,000 hours playing DOTA 2.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game… there’s no concise way to explain it. Maybe go watch the finals of the last major competition to get an idea.
The gist is that it’s one of the most complex multiplayer games online, and is one of the biggest competitive esports in the world. Developing even a basic competency in the game requires knowing the ins and outs of 115 different characters. Compare that to the 6 in chess, or the 1 in FortNite.
DOTA 2 was always uniquely addicting to me. The community around it and having friends to play with was part of that obsession, but a bigger part was the way the game challenges you. …