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“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”—Peter Drucker

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In today’s digital world, you can sell almost everything online. E-books, online courses, productivity apps, and even “digital-only” banks have shown the diversity of products and services that can be offered as digital merchandise.

This is great news for creators. Whether you’re a programmer, artist, educator, accountant, professional cleaner — the digital space is no longer just some place to advertise. It has become a platform to directly sell your expertise.

Everyone with a computer and internet access can create digital products today. The entry barrier is very low. …


You don’t have to change yourself, change your purpose

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Imagine that life consisted of one long construction project of a house. And imagine that you were born with one tool attached to your hand. Let’s say you were born with a hammer.

Your primary skill is to slam nails into wood. But that’s not all you can do with a hammer. According to Wikipedia, a hammer is a versatile tool: “Hammers are used for a wide range of driving, shaping, and breaking applications.”

We need all those things if we’re building a house. It’s essential work. But let’s say you dislike those things. You prefer to draw like your neighbor, Jimbo, who was born with a pencil. He draws, designs, writes, and makes doodles. …


How much force do you need to get an object moving?

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On May 30, 2020, Space X and NASA launched a rocket into space. It was the first time NASA worked with a private company — an important milestone in the history of space travel.

It takes an unimaginable amount of energy to launch a rocket into space. The Falcon 9 rocket from Space X weighs 1.2 million pounds (549 thousand kilograms). The nine engines use liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) as fuel. About the energy consumption, the official Nasa blog writes:

“Falcon 9 generates more than 1.7 million pounds of thrust at sea level but produces over 1.8 …


Focus on what’s within your control

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Welcome to this procrastination guide. The purpose of this guide is twofold. First, I will define what procrastination is. Second, I share tested and proven ways to beat procrastination

Like my guide on improving productivity, this is a dynamic guide. I’ve been researching these concepts for 10+ years. I’ll continue to update this article as I find new ways to improve it. Feel free to bookmark this guide as a reference. I hope you find it useful.

The Best Definition Of Procrastination

Procrastination is the act of putting off work for no particular reason. …


How to earn a living, working from home

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I’ve been making a living from my online business and blog since 2016. One of my readers, who’s concerned about the current state of the economy, asked me the following about working from home:

“I’d like to transition into building a career online. There’s so much on my mind and things are not getting easier. Can you share your tips for starting an online business/career?”

As I’m writing this, there are thousands of people over the world who are forced into quarantine because of the novel Coronavirus. …


“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” —Warren Buffett

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“The S&P500 was up 30% last year! I need to get in on that.” Every few months, you hear that all kinds of people got rich by investing in the latest trendy thing. And you, my friend, missed out.

One moment we all need to get into real estate, the other moment index funds are the best thing, and then it’s gold.

Before you know it, you’re sitting in a hotel conference room with a dozen strangers, listening to a presentation about timeshares. …


”Do all that you can to raise your productivity, because in the long run, that’s what matters most.”

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Welcome to this productivity guide. The purpose of this guide is twofold. First, I will define what productivity is. Too often, we try to improve productivity without knowing what it is. Second, I share tested and proven ways to improve your productivity.

This is a dynamic guide. I’ve been researching productivity for 10+ years. I update this page as I find new ways to improve it. Feel free to bookmark this article as a reference. Productivity is not something we only study once. It’s a continuous practice. I hope you find this guide useful.

The Best Definition Of Productivity

Productivity is a concept that’s widely misunderstood. The main reason is that we use the word productivity on a macro and micro scale. On the news, we read about workforce productivity, which is basically the aggregate output of all workers. …


These skills generate real value

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One of my readers recently asked: “I like the idea of building a career based on strengths and skills. What are good skills to acquire? Skills that help you to generate income.”

That’s one of the best questions I’ve received. I often write about how Peter Drucker and many other business thinkers believe that you should generate more value in the market place.

And that the best way to generate value is by acquiring valuable skills. But what are skills that are actually valuable to organizations? In my experience, there are many skills that are useful.

But there are 7 skills that actually produce income because they instantly impact the bottom line of an organization. I only stick to skills that every professional can and should acquire. Here they are. …


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Socrates, considered as one of the founders of Western philosophy, was once named the wisest man on earth by the Oracle of Delphi. When Socrates heard that the oracle had made such a comment, he believed that the statement was wrong.

Socrates said: “I know one thing: that I know nothing.”

How can the smartest man on earth know nothing? I heard this paradoxical wisdom for the first time from my school teacher when I was 14 or 15. It made such an impact on me that I used Socrates’s quote as my learning strategy.

“I know nothing” to me, means that you might be an educated person, but still, you know nothing. You can learn from everything and everyone. …


Writing is one of the few skills in life that everyone can benefit from.

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I’ve been making a living as a writer for three years now. But I’ve been writing since I was 16. That means I didn’t get any visible benefits from it for years.

Why did I still continue writing all those years?

  1. It’s therapeutic
    We all drive ourselves crazy with excessive thinking at times. But when you put your thoughts into words, they become less scary. When you write down what scares you, you will automatically work on a solution. Sometimes the solution is acceptance. But you need to write those things down first.
  2. It improves your self-discipline
    Living a life of pleasure is simple. Everyone can “Netflix and chill.” It’s easy to “hang out” all the time. But those easy things will not give you inner satisfaction. The reason that we don’t do anything useful with our precious time is that we lack self-discipline. But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. You can use that better self-discipline to achieve virtually anything in life.

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