5. — Oxygenate your room with plants

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Working from home is not easy. Maybe in the first month or so, but after a while, your productivity diminishes as you become comfortable, or rather too comfortable in your boxers and worn out t-shirts.

This is precisely what happened to me when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and I found myself in quarantine, working from home.

As a result, I ultimately became somewhat of a productivity guru after trying so many ways to increase my productivity. A quick internet search will show you that the internet is filled with an almost infinite number of tips to increase productivity.

I made…


Hire one top performer at the cost of ten mediocre employees.

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When we think of tech-startups, we think of the scene from Silicon Valley, where bootstrapped tech-entrepreneurs are tenaciously coding software while living together under a single roof. This image is not far from reality — especially in the pre-seed stage of a startup.

Even long after venture capital firms and angel investors fund startups, startups must diligently decrease costs while maximizing productivity to survive the highly competitive industry.

“Diligently decrease costs?” You might blurt out after glancing back at the $400,000 figure in this article’s headline.

Yes.

For top tech-startups, paying an average of $400,000 for a single coder instead…


The new normal will be far different from pre-pandemic times.

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For many of us, it feels like a year had already passed since the bygone time when we were still working in tight-knit offices, and face masks were only worn for medical purposes or as fashion statements. While it has only been several months since we have all transitioned from the offices to work from home, we must keep those memories intact as the world may look far different from the pre-coronavirus era.

As I am writing this article, many countries around the world are beginning to experience a second surge in cases; hence, we may have to stand firm…


“So when are you getting a real job?”

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Pursuing entrepreneurship is an understandingly unconventional and challenging career path; however, coming from an Asian family, it is practically unheard of — especially straight out of college. Therefore, when I decided to pursue entrepreneurship instead of taking the expected corporate route into banking and finance, I felt deeply isolated from my friends and family.

Let’s be clear. I love my friends and family, and I am forever thankful for their support in multiple areas of my life. However, most of them don’t understand the unconventional path of pursuing entrepreneurship. …


How entrepreneurs, freelancers, and essentially everyone can prevent themselves from burnout.

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Do you have trouble falling asleep at night and wake up exhausted, depleted, and drained? Or are you constantly feeling anxious, unproductive, and no longer motivated in your dream job?

You are not alone.

These are the telltale signs of burnout — the health crisis plaguing our society today. You are among 77% of people that have experienced employee burnout at their current job according to research by Deloitte.

But fear not, Keanu Reeves, aka John Wick, is here to show us the way.

Sage advice from Keanu Reeves

From entrepreneurs to actors and people from virtually every other profession, we are all prone to…


An ingenious marketing approach — Lose a few battles to ultimately win the war.

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With over 782 locations worldwide and $139.45 billion U.S. dollars in net sales as of 2019, Costco is one of the largest retail players in the world — only second to Walmart. However, unlike Walmart, Costco doesn’t make any money selling retails products. In fact, they lose about $40 million a year on their $5 roasted chickens alone.

Therefore, how exactly is Costco able to survive in a hyper-competitive, low-margin industry and become one of the most successful companies in the world?

The answer is simple — In an ingenious marketing masterplan, Costco purposely sells a few items at a…


Note to entrepreneurs: we’re all on our own timeline.

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I wasn’t born gifted or talented. By the age of three, I hadn’t picked up a sport like Tiger Woods. By age five, I hadn’t composed my first piece of music like Mozart. By the age of 7, I hadn’t become a child prodigy either; heck, I could barely even read at 7. By the age of 20, I was still in school and hadn’t sold a startup for 5 million dollars.

I am a failure, right?

As a millennial entrepreneur, this is the question I used to ask myself time after time again. After growing up and seeing the…


Shower Thoughts: The deep, sensational epiphanies you experience while showering

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We all have experienced it at one time or another. You casually get into the shower, turn it on, feel the water dampen your hair, glide over your face, and cascade down your body. Then it hits you.

From seemingly out of thin air, you experience a moment of epiphany where you have thoughts after thoughts effortlessly enter into your mind. …


According to research, it’s not product or technology.

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While TV shows like Shark Tank and Dragons’ Den have led us to perceive that the business idea, product, or technology is the key success factor in raising investment capital for entrepreneurs and startups, the reality is starkly different.

As Lakshmi Blachandra, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College explains, it is often for venture capitalists to be allured by startup business plans during the initial written-pitch and become increasingly excited during the follow-up process — but suddenly lose complete interest after the formal in-person pitch.

So what exactly happened?

According to an academic research surveying 855 institutional venture capitalists…


We’re seeing an emergence of startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the midst of a pandemic.

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After a record-breaking 11-year bull market, spanning from March 9, 2009, to March 11, 2020, the longest bull-run in US history has officially ended according to The Wall Street Journal. With the financial markets plunging down all over the world, especially among G20 nations, and the Dow closing at -23.2% for Q1, the worst quarter since 1987, the global economy has once again plunged into a recession, the first since the recession of 2008. Coupled with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the unemployment levels have skyrocketed.

While unemployment levels have spiked to over 10% in many countries, including…

Songlarb (Deejai) Riangkrul

Entrepreneur, Consultant & Business Coach. I write about startups, productivity, business, & entrepreneurship.

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