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  • My business partner tried to screw me and this is what happened

    Have you ever been screwed by somebody before?Of course, you have, we all have. At one point or another, we found ourselves in a precarious situation that was hard to get out of. In many circumstances, we can often react in one of two different ways.We might react angrily or we might feel victimized.A while back I found myself in a tough position where a business partner was bringing out the worst in me. Was he a bad guy? No, not necessarily. But somehow I had given him more control over m

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  • Why Productivity Tools are Useless Without This…

    You might’ve heard this story before. The engine of a giant ship has stopped working. The owners of the ship bring in multiple experts but nobody could figure out how to fix the engine.One day they brought in an old man who’d been fixing ships since he was a young boy. Once inside he carefully inspected the ship from top to bottom.While he was working on it, one of the ship’s owners was there watching him. After looking over things, the old man eventually reached into his bag and pulle

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  • 8 Slack Tools that will Increase Your Employees Happiness and Productivity

    Slack has quickly grown to become a central part of office culture in workplaces around the world. Some of the best things about Slack has been the huge community of apps and plugins which all aim to solve a particular need or problem commonly experienced by most growing startups.A part of the challenge of having remote teams is trying to build rapport between your employees and establishing an online company culture.How often do you have chat conversations with somebody just to get to know

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  • The Secret Place to Find Top Talent that Nobody talks about

    There’s a ton of places to recruit people on the web today, but back in the early 2000’s, it was rudimentary. While you had job sites like monster.com most people on there wanted a salary I simply couldn’t afford, and so I resorted to a popular forum for my industry called webhostingtalk.comI started posting regularly in the forum, and joined discussions and answered questions where I could. I quickly became friends with other hosting owners and from time to time posted in the job offers

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  • What is Outsourcing?

    If you’re a business owner and you’re not outsourcing something, then you’re doing something wrong. Being able to effectively delegate and outsource correctly can be key to having a successful business in today’s super competitive market.I’m very familiar with Outsourcing but we all have to start somewhere, so figured I’d do a quick breakdown.Outsourcing is obviously a process of using an outside source to perform a service with the intention of trying to reduce costs. It’s ref

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  • How I Went from Burn-out Entrepreneur to Automating my $4M Company and 10x my Productivity.

    So the odds are stacked against us entrepreneurs. No matter how much time, money or resources we have at our disposal, starting a business is never easy.In my experience, one of the biggest issues I’ve personally had to deal with in being an entrepreneur is the constant tug-and-pull between it and the personal life I’d like to live.The freedom often attributed to having your own business can often become a black hole of your time and even sanity. It’s easy to negate your personal lif

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  • How to 3x the value of your next 99design contest

    As a small business owner, I’ve had to bootstrap myself for over a decade. When you don’t have enough money to hire a consulting firm, or an agency or even other people, it’s on you and you alone to do what needs to be done.A large part of my business career, as I’m sure many others is what to do when it comes to design? Whether that’s a website, logo, packaging - you name it. Every business no matter how large or small needs design work.Now when it comes to design, I’ve been a f

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  • The Most Effective Task and Email Workflow, Ever.

    Sometimes I ask myself, how do I do it?According to Todoist, since August of 2016, I’ve completed 2,640 tasks, which translates into:563 tasks a month 140 tasks a week 23 tasks a day (6 days per week)Now when you take into account that this does not factor in my daily routines, meetings or delegated tasks to my assistants, it’s a feat I’m quite proud of.1It’s incredible how far I’ve come from where I was a few years ago. I was struggling to get anything done, and

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  • My kitty taught me how to be more stoic, and this is how

    We all have had our various experiences with animals. Whether we’re happy to see them, or get angry at them for destroying something.In many ways, our relationship with our pets can mirror our relationships with people too.If a dog, dare I say - eats your homework, you’ll probably get mad at him. Your cat might scratch up your leather couch, or knock things off the counter in a nonchalant manner.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4anpxoHkPIThe easiest reaction we can have is one of ang

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  • How to Become Superhuman by Data Hacking Your Productivity like Tim Ferris

    Everyday we learn and experiment. Sometimes it’s done by reading or taking a class, other times it occurs through life experiences or conversations with others.We then take what we learn and implement into into our everyday lives.At a basic level, this is relatively easy.You learn the Rule of Thirds in photography, and the quality of your pictures takes a leap forward. You learn how to actively listen, and suddenly people are more excited to talk to you.However, becoming exceptional

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  • Leading Virtual Teams Like Jack Welch: How to Train, Motivate, and Develop From Afar

    For the last several years, outsourcing has been a hot topic across the startup and solopreneur communities. The idea of optimizing your time while minimizing costs is one that has very obvious benefits.As the well-worn adage goes, if you can outsource your $10/hr tasks, and focus your own energy on the $1,000/hr tasks, your profits will shoot into the stratosphere – and the few dollars that you spend on outsource will pay for themselves one-hundred fold.I myself have used outsourcing to

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  • What a plane crash and a near disaster can teach you about your future success

    On May 31, 2009, Air France Flight 447 took off from Rio De Janeiro, en route to Paris. It was a clear summer evening as the plane lifted off the runway, preparing for the long flight across the Atlantic.The 228 passengers included honeymooners, students, and the wife of one of the pilots – none of which anticipated that this flight would be their last.As Charles Duhigg shares in Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, it wasn’t until

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  • The power of “no” – developing your minimalist thinking process

     What you don’t do determines what you can do. – Tim FerrissHave you ever lost out on an opportunity because you had already committed to something mediocre?Maybe you agree to see an average movie only to get invited later to go snowboarding that same day. Or perhaps you commit to working exclusively with one client over the next four weeks – only to be forced to turn down a better offer you receive a day later.While you could renege on your promises in both of these situatio

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  • Outsourcing 101: Hiring your first virtual assistant

    One of the quickest ways to stunt the growth of your business is to do everything yourself. As I’ve mentioned before, you want to spend the majority of your time on the $100/hr and $1000/hr activities. If you spend 90% of your day on the $10/hr activities, not only are you placing a very low cap on your income - but you’re probably not spending your time doing the work that you truly enjoy.Regardless of what type of business you’re in, I imagine that the parts you enjoy the most a

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  • What Captain Hindsight can teach you about living a more productive life

    It’s a hot summer day and firefighters are battling the flaming inferno - hoping to save those trapped at the top of the nearly consumed apartment building. Things aren’t looking good - and hope is quickly fading.But then, when the outcome appears its bleakest in the city of South Park, a hero arrives!Up in the sky - it’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s Captain Hindsight!The onlookers cheer as the superhero descends to discuss the situation with the fire chief.What’s going to

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  • I pitched to the CEO of a billion dollar company and this is what happened…

    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. EliotToo many people ignore potential opportunities because the desired outcome is “unlikely”.The guy doesn’t talk to the girl because the girl is out of his league; the art enthusiast doesn’t apply for the curator job because she doesn’t have the right college degree; the overweight computer engineer doesn’t do sit-ups because a six pack is too far away.The list of excuses is longer tha

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  • Top 10 Chrome Extension to install right now

    If you’re looking to become more productive in time for the holidays, then boy I’ve got some chrome extensions for you.Boomerang for GmailAn oldie but a goody. This was one of the first Gmail extensions that aimed to reduce the likelihood you’d forget about an email/task if the the person you were emailing  didn’t respond. The extension’s basic function is to boomerang the email back to your inbox if the other party doesn’t reply to you within a specified period of time. It

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  • Organization hacks to keep your mind fresh and inbox at zero

    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.Benjamin Franklin, master of productivity,  coined this chiasmus. It can can apply to any facet of your life, but of course I find it particularly relevant in how I’ve organized my life. Preparing for success means developing a routine for success and sticking with it.But the question that I get constantly is “How exactly do you do it? How can you do so much?”In part, it requires that you find an innate ability within yourself t

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  • Developing a routine for success

    Benjamin Franklin was a busy man. Besides founding a country, he served as a diplomat, owned several businesses, and developed nearly a dozen inventions - including bifocals, swimming fins, and his own odometer. And despite this busy schedule he still found time for his wife of 38 years and at least a dozen mistresses. Clearly, Ben knew how to manage his time.While he developed many different productivity strategies, one of his most helpful tools was his daily schedule.First, Franklin be

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  • Why UpWork sucks for Value Creation

    Are you using Upwork (formerly known as Odesk) for your business?If you’re a small-time entrepreneur, then you’ve likely used or are using this platform. The variety of tasks you can hire freelancers to do is endless and it offers some great benefits - like tax liability exemption and payroll handling.I’ve used it myself and have been able to find people who reliably perform very specific tasks for me on a recurring basis. For example, I outsource my flight videos to a guy on the other

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  • The Wellbeing of Meditation

    How Meditation Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid BurnoutImagine starting your day with a fresh mind – no burden from the day before, no worries about what’s to come. Imagine ending it the same way. Believe it or not, some of the most powerful CEOs in America do just that. Instead of falling asleep to the ping of yet another urgent email, Padmasree Warrior, former CTO of Cisco Systems and Motorola takes some time every night to escape the stress of running a multi-national company to do just one si

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  • Pro Travelers Checklist

    Ah traveling, we all love it - right? Maybe we enjoy a different change of pace for once, or maybe it’s frequently for business. Either way, this is one instance where typically the destination is better than the journey.The problem with traveling, at least for myself is the shear amount of things one has to take into account. Are you traveling to a foreign country? Then make sure you have your shots, tell your countries embassy you’re going there and add their phone numbers to your contac

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  • How Not to Piss off your Customers

    There is a great project management system (PMS) I liked to use called Redbooth. There are a ton of PMS software out there like Asana, Basecamp, Trello and many more, but something about Redbooth made it great. Growing a team means that each team member will require input and guidance in order to effectively reach their goals. The problem I always had with other software was the amount of email notifications I’d get in my inbox. Sure I could disable those notifications but there was no effecti

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  • The Comprehensive Guide to Sleep Hacking

    We sleep for 26 years in total, so the ultimate productivity hack is undeniably improving our quality of sleep. Imagine if all your life, you thought breathing was best accomplished by inhaling through a straw. Improve your waking life by invalidating misconceptions; it’s that simple.You’ll relate to this: You look at your alarm clock. It says 4:36AM. You’ve been trying to go to bed for the past 2 hours, and the longer you’re awake, the more you worry about having to properly “wake u

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  • The difference between Procedures and Concepts

    Recently I was having to work with my HR guy on hiring somebody. I was reviewing her profile and she had the following under Communications Associate:Search Optimization Website Analyzing WordPress Site Optimization Keyword Research Domain Buying YouTube Video OptimizationsAnd a few others. However this brings me to an important idea about skill analyzing.When you’re interviewing somebody it’s important to consider whether they understand the concept or whether they we

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  • The Benefits of Not Knowing What you Want to Do in Life

    I cannot say for sure how globally widespread the societal stigma attached to being someone who is uncertain of what they want to do in life is. It seems that the commonly agreed upon perception of success in life comes from a lifetime of achievements and excellence in a lucrative and prestigious career. The very concept of a career suggests that we should all select one field and work that field for the rest of our working lives. And as success is a common end-goal for everyone, it then only se

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  • Why Productivity Extensions don’t make you more Productive

    In todays culture, we’re obsessed with productivity. Whether it’s getting more done or simply being more focused. It’s all about output. The less distracted we can be in a world that is constantly vying for our attention, the better.So what is one of the most popular ways to increase our productivity? Using Productivity tools and techniques.With techniques like the Pomodori Technique and the Getting Things Done method, there is a host of ways we can learn to be more productive thro

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  • How Simple Daily Routines Transformed my Productivity by 300%

    Everyday we wakeup, whether it be to the sound of the alarm clock or the sunlight hitting our faces. Each day we drag ourselves to work, or maybe we’re content with it. Either way, each day is a new challenge and for many of us it doesn’t get easier.We need to stop and take a little time each day to appreciate where we are and think about our current situation and our future goals. By having a clear path to the future it allows us to envision the goals we need to do today in order to get

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  • Why it’s okay to be Distracted

    It’s okay to be distracted, just don’t let the distraction…distract you. Give me a moment and I’ll show you why distractions happen and how to manage them.It seems like we’re always on the hunt for some new way to be more productive. It also seems like one of our biggest gripes as a society comes from our effort to be more productive and more efficient.We all seem to aspire to be more productive with our work, but maybe, just perhaps – we’re just approaching it from t

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  • The Productivity Monster

    What does it mean to be productive? How can we be more productive in a day? This seems like an epic, lifelong struggle many of us deal with on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to not do that report at the last minute or feeling like you’re always guilty for playing when you think you should be working it all revolves around being productive during a small part of the day. Follow me as I explore some ways that we can conquer the fearsome, Productivity Monster… Don’t let the productiv

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