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The Post-Grad Survival Guide
The Post-Grad Survival Guide — Life in your 20s and beyond

Your career is not your identity.

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Back in December 2020, I got the call most professionals dread:

“Your position no longer exists within the company.”

In other words, “You’re fired.” Thankfully, this didn’t come as much of a shock. The pandemic hit most businesses hard, and I knew I wasn’t exactly a valued member of the team when it came to the opinions of those in charge. If somebody was getting the chop, it was going to be me.

My initial response was sheer panic — What am I going to do for money? I’ll never get another job in the middle of COVID! What will…


I’ve taught over 25,000 writers to do the same

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Up to 24% (1 in 4) Americans started a side hustle this year.

What’s even greater is that in 2020, there were 42% more new businesses as a result of the pandemic. Blogs, magazines, news sites and more are talking about starting a side hustle because more people want to know how to turn this side hustle into a full-time gig.

I’ve been a freelancer and creative entrepreneur since 2014, so working from home, landing clients, blogging and being on social media isn’t new to me. …


“The starting pay is bad. Get over it.”

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My professional life is weird. Between freelance writing combined with teaching people how to strangle each other — I also teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — my day is very atypical. I’m a bit like the Walmart brand Miyamoto Musashi, trying to forge a path through life with both my sword and pen.

Instead of fighting samurai fights to the death, however, I’m fighting in pajama wrestling matches for points, plastic medals, and cash prizes. Instead of writing deep philosophical masterpieces from a cave, I’m writing blog posts about trucking and software integration from my bedroom.

It’s not glamorous, but freelancing has…


These strategies allow me to work remotely from anywhere.

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The cost of living in America is extortionate.

A lot of people aren’t making enough money to cover their basic expenses. The cost of gas, food, and other basic necessities is rising. Plus, the rent for a small apartment in San Fransisco (or any other major city) is way too high.

The same is true for the UK, Australia, and many other western countries. Despite being in the so-called “middle class,” many can’t afford to put food on the table and a roof over their head.

That’s the problem with living in the western world right now. The cost of…


No more sacrifices for awful jobs.

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The other nightI found one of the funniest work-related memes that I’ve ever read.

It went like this.

Can you explain this gap on your resume?” That’s a typical question by HR managers, right?

The answer was “yeah, that was when I felt joy for the only time in my adult life”.

I couldn't relate more with this quοte because earlier that day I decided to add my writing journey on this platform on my LinkedIn profile. No, I don’t make thousands of dollars nor do I have a ton of followers. Rather, the reasons I took that decision is…


How to combat against the inevitable

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Your twenties are hard. Everyone will tell you that they are the best years of your life; you’ll be partying, having fun and relishing in the freedom of post-academic life. Unfortunately, those people are full of lies.

Your twenties? In a word? Difficult.

Anyone that tells you differently is either trying to sugarcoat the experience or is off in the Andes mountains somewhere avoiding the perils of the working world.

The transition from school to the adult world is anything but fun. It’s perhaps more accurate to definite it as terrifying. …


Free yourself from comparison traps and unlock your potential

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Worry haunts twentysomethings. It’s the reason mindfulness books are flying off the shelf at bookstores and why self-help writers are making a small fortune posting articles on Medium. I don’t think the universe designed us to cram all our major life decisions into one decade, but here we are.

I’m inching towards 30, and I can tell you worry is unavoidable. Some worries feel like the weight of the world, but as time marches on, you’ll realize they don’t have to be. …


Please don’t make these mistakes.

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For six months, I’ve dreamt of becoming self-employed.

I’d wake up on Monday and think just a few Mondays till I don’t feel miserable on Mondays. When somebody would set time for a meeting out of my working hours, I’d be fuming and think how I can’t wait to get rid of this place. When people were rude to me, I’d long till I become my boss.

You see, self-employment is what I planned for nearly 8 months till it finally happened. …


What I’ve learned from first-hand experience

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Are you looking for a job with no success? I understand. I’m a Product Manager in tech, a job that is hard to land even in a seekers market. I was looking during the throws of the pandemic. Application after application, interview after interview, for months. Nothing.

But then, I started applying these key steps, and everything changed.

Step 1: Outflow — Apply, To Everything

It doesn’t matter if the role isn’t exactly what you want, or if you think you don’t qualify, apply. I know that seems contrary to what you’ve been told, but it works.

Many years ago, after my wife graduated college, she began…


You can learn just as much from bad managers as you can from good ones

Angry man in a suit punching the desk and yelling at the camera.
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With a corporate career of more than 20 years, I’ve lost count of how many managers I’ve had. I remember those who were inspiring human beings, who served as excellent role models, especially when I was early in my career. I also remember those who were utter nightmares and drove me to quit jobs. I learned just as much from both these types of managers. As I progressed in my career, I tried to apply what I learned, especially when my own time came to manage people.

You, too, will come across a full range of managers in your career…

The Post-Grad Survival Guide

The Post-Grad Survival Guide — Life in your 20s and beyond

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