How to Be Productive - Carey Bentley

How to Be Productive - Carey Bentley

 

Everyone has 24 hours in the day, but how can we maximize that time to increase productivity? What tools and steps build most efficient, disciplined, and focused mindset? Carey Bentley, co-founder of the productivity program Life Hack Boot Camp shares her best tips on improving time management, making smart decisions, putting practice into action, and finding your life’s mission.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. The number one hack to productivity is to get better at focusing. Be aware of our distraction culture.
  2. Make important decisions in the morning, and minimize the unimportant ones. If you can avoid decision fatigue, you avoid making the bad decisions.
  3. Start a spreadsheet. Figure out where your time needs to go by figuring out where it’s going right now. 
  4. We fear chasing the dream job because our brain tries to protect us from the potential pain. But in order to move forward, we have to deal with that fear.
  5. It’s not about failing or succeeding. It’s about practicing and taking actions every day that are consistent with the person you want to become.
  6. Surround yourself with a coach and a mastermind team who will keep you accountable.
  7. It’s not enough to have knowledge. You need discipline to enact intentional and effortful practice. The quality of practice just as important as quantity.
  8. Set up a routine to test, assess and then learn - that’s how you become an expert.
  9. If you can make something that’s valuable to the economy, something the market needs and wants, you’re talented at it, and you’re passionate about it - then you've found your mission.
  10. People can’t take away your authenticity. You create art just by being.

 

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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  1. Coach / mentor / teacher
    • The bar raiser
    • They have elevated expectations
    • The average you is not acceptable to them
    • They don’t let you make excuses
  2. Mastermind community
    • Find a team you respect
    • Search for likeminded people who are in same boat as you
    • They provide little bit of competition & feedback that you actually listen to

 

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How to Overcome Your Fears - Halloween Special

How to Overcome Your Fears - Halloween Special

 

What are you scared of the most? Failure? Imperfection? Insecurity? Discomfort? How has it kept you from pursuing your dream? In this Halloween special, Cathy shares what mindsets and mantras have helped her manage fear throughout her career, how to overcome your anxiety by recognizing your thoughts, and the one thing that’s scarier than dealing with these paralyzing emotions. 

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Don't resist fear. Show up anyway and build tolerance. 
  2. Fears are just stories we tell ourselves so much that we believe it. But we have control over what we choose to think.
  3. Things are as they are. And you can be with them just as they are.
  4. The more we try to avoid being uncomfortable, the more pain we create for ourselves
  5. Be a hot mess, be your honest self. It helps other people give themselves permission to do what scares them.
  6. What’s scarier than feeling foolish or uncomfortable? Regret for all the things you didn’t do.
  7. You don't get to a place where you lose the fear - you have the fear and still live with it 
  8. If you’re feeling scared of something, that’s a call to action.
  9. Life can be in pencil. The roles we take don't define who we are.
  10. Stop reading the manual. Just go out and do it.
  11. We always think of what there is to lose - but what is there to gain?
  12. Do something that scares you. Put it into practice. 
  13. Don’t evaluate your goal on a success or fail basis. Make it a goal to learn from the process.

 

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  • Questions to ask yourself in moments of fear:
  1. What did I learn from this situation?
  2. How can I grow from it?
  3. What are positive things from the experience?
  4. Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

 

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    How Instagram Can Grow Your Business - Jasmine Star

    How Instagram Can Grow Your Business - Jasmine Star

     

    With more than 700 million users on Instagram, how do you find your own tribe of followers? How can Instagram help your business? Jasmine Star, photographer, blogger, and Instagram connoisseur had no experience, no education - and not even a camera when she decided to try wedding photography. But within the first 15 months, she had a six-figure business and a massive online community. She shares how to curate shareable content, why the feed algorithm loves live video, and why we should always have a goal to impact other lives - even if it’s just one.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. You are enough. Don't avoid pursuing something just because you don't know it.
    2. It's better to serve 2 people instead of trying to reach 200 people. When you genuinely care about people you’re serving, your business will grow like wildfire.
    3. Identify the 9 to 12 categories that pertain to your service. Give people a better understanding of what you do and who you are.
    4. You have to be the smartest, or most educated - you just have to care.
    5. Give yourself grace. Do the things that you think you’ll do in retirement NOW.
    6. Jump and the net will appear.
    7. Highlight your business without talking about your business. Don't just say that your product is great. Tell your audience how it will help, empower, and educate them. 
    8. Growth is the strongest indicator that you're on the right path.
    9. Make the decisions, learn from mistakes and learn from successes. Keep running because no matter what, it’ll be okay.

     

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    How to Design Meaningful Work - Debbie Millman

    How to Design Meaningful Work - Debbie Millman

     

    What's holding you back from a life of purposeful work? Are you waiting for your friend's approval? A thumbs up from your family? Chances are, it's the voice in your head that isn't giving yourself permission. For Debbie Millman - writer, educator, artist, and host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters - it took decades of being miserable in commercial branding before she realized it was time for a career change. Now as one of the veterans in the podcasting and design frontier, she shares what her own guests have taught her, what makes your art powerful, why you should revel in the long process towards your craft, and why confidence is overrated - but courage is essential.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Everyone is fine on Facebook, but remember - most people experience lots of insecurity. The only ones who don't are people in their 80s.
    2. Powerful art doesn't just resonate with the viewer, but challenges their mindset and allows them to grow.
    3. Anything worth while takes a long time. The longer it takes, the longer it'll last.
    4. If you aren't being asked craft something that makes a difference, you have to self generate that work.
    5. Revel in the process of learning how to do the work and becoming good at it. Once you become good at it, then you promote it.
    6. Busy is a decision - we determine our priorities every day. If we don't do what we think we want to do, then we probably don't want to do it that much.
    7. Government doesn't make culture, culture makes government. We make the world we want.
    8. If you think you need something in order to start doing what you want, you'll be waiting forever.
    9. Confidence is overrated. Courage is more important.
    10. Avoid compulsively making things worse. When things are bad, don't bring everyone down with you. Improve it.

     

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    How to Start a Podcast

    How to Start a Podcast

     

    What do you need to make a good podcast? Why should you even start a podcast? How can the podcast-making process apply to your own creative business? In this behind-the-scenes episode, you’ll learn what tools and equipment are used for this show, how to find guests and interview them from the comforts of your own home, and how to leverage your content to engage and grow your audience.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. You don’t need to be famous, or be an expert to have a voice about something you love. Your enthusiasm is enough.
    2. Build it and they will come - you will find your tribe.
    3. It’s okay to be the C student. Take off the pressure to be perfect. And just go for it.
    4. Everyone wants to feel important and share their story.
    5. Give yourself a launch date or a deadline. Work backwards from there.
    6. If you want people’s attention, you have to pay the cost of their attention. Commit and show up consistently.
    7. Repurpose your episodes to grow your audience. Make the most out of your content.
    8. There's nothing wrong with doing something that you absolutely love to do.
    9. Listen to your audience's input and do your best to give them what they want.
    10. Words from the heart speak from the heart.
    11. Go out and create an audience. Don't wait for someone to give you approval.
    12. Leap and the net will appear. You just have to take the first step.

     

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    How a TV Writer Defines Success - David Sacks

    How a TV Writer Defines Success - David Sacks

     

    What does success mean to you? How do you reach it? For TV writer and producer David Sacks (The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) success could be embedded in his incredible career alone - but he believes it's striving to have the life that he’s meant to accomplish. As someone who has never coasted in the entertainment industry, David offers his insights on how to stay disciplined during unemployment, why you should turn your life into a work of art, and how to leave your legacy in this world.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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    1. Building your dream job is a rollercoaster of uncertainty. There is no coasting.
    2. If you're in the right place at the right time, take advantage of it. Do something.
    3. It’s not just about having connections. You have to do the work.
    4. Treat not having a job as if you do have a job - make the same demands of yourself and take it seriously. Other gates might open.
    5. Take a step back and ask yourself "What does success mean to me?"
    6. It can take years and years for something to be recognized. So you have to keep going.
    7. Make your life into art.
    8. If you're with someone in the moment, treat them like the most important person. Be present.
    9. Success breeds success. Start from a place where you feel good about yourself and where you can actually accomplish something.
    10. Get a good night’s sleep. Take a shower. Drink a cup of coffee. Sit down with a pad of paper and pen. And see what happens.
    11. If you are inspired in any way, decide to do one thing about it. 

     

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    How to Revolutionize the Fashion Business Model - Tamara Mellon

    How to Revolutionize the Fashion Business Model - Tamara Mellon

     

    When Tamara Mellon walked away from Jimmy Choo, the very company that she co-founded, she risked her reputation and a ton of money - but gained the voice and the brand that she always wanted. How has she adapted her advertising approach to the world of e-commerce? What is it about her new personal brand that truly fulfills her? Tamara also shares her advice on how to recognize when you need to be flexible, and why now is the time to speak up for yourself.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Pick the industry you love and then start working, no matter what the position is. Don't sit around looking for the perfect job.
    2. A successful business always comes back to the product.
    3. We're going through a digital revolution. Be flexible and embrace it.
    4. Speak up if you want to get noticed, instead of working yourself to death.
    5. It's okay to ask for help and have mentors.
    6. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
    7. Keep moving, keep busy, and keep learning.

     

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    How to Get Grit - Caroline Miller

    How to Get Grit - Caroline Miller

     

    What does it take to win an Olympic gold medal? Overcome an addiction? Achieve your most difficult, life-long goals? Caroline Miller, author of Getting Grit and Creating Your Best Life, takes you through the exercises and mindsets that have been proven to cultivate the determination and tenacity that will lift you over any roadblock. She also answers questions about how to identify your life’s calling, why relationships are the most important factor towards your best self, and whether or not passion is enough to master your craft. 

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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    1. When you're fighting your faults, your downfalls, your addictions...have hope. It can get better.
    2. The state of being hopeless is goal-less. When you have hope you have goals.
    3. Pursuing the best version of yourself is the most inspiring thing you can do for others.
    4. There’s nothing special that will happen in our lives that isn't outside of our comfort zones.
    5. Have goals that are authentically yours, not someone else’s.
    6. Step away from technology for a day. Get awe-struck by things that aren’t instantaneously changing.
    7. Build the mindset that things will get hard. Then find the channel that pushes you to keep going.
    8. The body only quits something when the brain commands it to stop working.
    9. Have humility to say you don’t know something, and be willing to go learn it.
    10. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, know what you're capable of, and push you towards greatness - not mediocrity.
    11. Happiness is byproduct of helping others and being thankful.
    12. When you're facing hard challenges, change your internal question from "Why?" to "Why not? Why shouldn't I go for it?"

     

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

     

     

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    How to Master Online Marketing - Amy Porterfield

    How to Master Online Marketing - Amy Porterfield

     

    Amy Porterfield - social media marketing strategist, author, and podcaster - helps tons of entrepreneurs to grow, engage, and build meaningful relationships with their followers. She explains how to use online tools such as Facebook Groups and email lists, how to get out of a rut, and why you don’t have to overwork yourself to enjoy the Hotel Bel-Air experience.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. If you don't know the answer, take an educated guess. You can go back and fix it later.
    2. You don't have to be an expert if you want to start a conversation.
    3. The energy of your business is directly tied to the strength of your email list.
    4. There's no point creating a business if you're not excited about the work.
    5. When you're in a rut, get out of the norm.
    6. It's better to listen than to talk.
    7. Don't wait for your fear or lack of confidence to go away before you start. Otherwise you'll never dive in.
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    Why Wait For January 1st? - Q&A with Cathy

    Why Wait For January 1st? - Q&A with Cathy

     

    How can you build more energy to achieve your goals? What should you prioritize - your family, your day job, or your side hustle? Why should you make September 4th your new January 1st? Cathy answers these questions, and more! with additional advice about staying accountable, and writing a cold email that stands out from the crowd.


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    How to Use Live Video | Q&A - Luria Petrucci

    How to Use Live Video | Q&A - Luria Petrucci

    Cathy joins Luria Petrucci, Podcast Hall of Fame inductee and live video expert to answer some of your questions at Podcast Movement. How do you balance all your passions? Should you quit your day job, or stay financially responsible (but also slightly miserable)? When should a side hustle start making a profit? Luria also shares her journey of building a tech podcast with millions of followers, then switching gears to teach live video strategies to entrepreneurs. She explains how you can build valuable relationships online, how often you should go live, what two types of content you should stream, and why being scared is a great sign.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Learn from other people, but don’t allow that to be your limit.
    2. Build relationships.
    3. Be of value and help others with the goals they’re looking to achieve. 
    4. As Nike says, just do it.
    5. If it’s scary, then you’re on the right track. That means your heart is in it.
    6. Put your goals down on paper. Remind yourself that when it gets tough, that’s where you’re going.
    7. Yes, you need some education. But don’t forget to implement it.

     

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    1. Get started.
    2. Continue to create content and post it.
    3. Give yourself some slack. It takes time to develop your voice.
    4. When you want to spread the word, build relationships.
    • Luria's tips for using live videos:
    1. Go live at least once a week - unless you have the energy to stream daily
    2. Have a plan of what you want to talk about.
    3. Make 2 types of live videos:

    I. Show-related: have a structure, promise value and deliver it

    II. Life stream: fun snippets of your life to build personal connections with your audience

     

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    How to Find Happiness After "Happy Days" | Q&A - Don Most

    How to Find Happiness After "Happy Days" | Q&A - Don Most

     

    Cathy answers your questions about how to break through an overly saturated market, and whether you should keep persisting or try a new approach. Then she chats with actor Donny Most, who gained stardom as the beloved Ralph Malph on the incredible TV show "Happy Days." After leaving the series, Don faced the harsh reality of typecasting in Hollywood - but used the obstacles to open new doors for creativity. Don explains how he eventually pursued his first love of singing big band swing, what has kept him humble throughout the fame, and why you should forget the safety net and just trust yourself. 


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    TAKEAWAYS FROM DON:

    1. Let go and trust yourself - even if there's no safety net.
    2. If you have a passion that you love and you know it's in your heart, then do it. But you have to be single-minded about it.
    3. Perseverance will take you far.
    4. There's no stopping life, which means there's no stopping on your dreams.
    5. Aim high and shoot straight.

     

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    How to Design the Fashion You Want - Trina Turk

    How to Design the Fashion You Want - Trina Turk

     

    Fashion designer Trina Turk dove into the apparel industry early in her career, but she always knew her destiny was in something bigger and better than just swimsuits. After a couple layoffs, she finally started designing her own clothes - but also discovered the headaches of running a business. She shares why not having a clear business plan can be an advantage, when you should move onto a new job, and why you need to stand up and say what you want, even if you don't think you'll get it.


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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

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    1. You don’t always have to follow the pattern. You can do what you want.
    2. Sometimes not having a business plan is a good thing - but know the industry before you jump all in.
    3. The resource is yourself, and that’s pretty much it.
    4. If you’re not learning anything from your current job, it’s time to move onto the next one. 
    5. Do what fulfills you, but don’t just go into it with fingers crossed. You have to do the work.
    6. Say what you want. Sometimes you’ll get it, sometimes you won’t. But if you never put it out into the world, how will people know?

     

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    #HustleHard - Q&A with Cathy

    #HustleHard - Q&A with Cathy

     

    This week Cathy answers your questions about making your dream job a reality. How much does social media really help grow your business? How do you decide on a name for your blog? The Q&A also includes what to do when your significant other isn't completely supportive, how to stay motivated when you're feeling down, and how to convert your online followers into paying customers.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE: 

    1. Always keep in mind - how you can give your audience new content? What else can you be creating?
    2. Don't leave it to chance that you'll be inspired. Make it a habit to find inspiration.
    3. Don't let one little detail stop you from moving forward. You can always go back and change it.
    4. Making money is a good thing when you plan to do good with it.
    5. You have to be supportive of yourself if you want others to support you.
    6. Set aside time to hone your craft. Once it becomes a ritual, it'll get easier.
    7. There are lots of ways you can reach your customer - but first, you have to know who they are.

     

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    How to Leap into Choreography - Mandy Moore

    How to Leap into Choreography - Mandy Moore

     

    Mandy Moore is an Emmy-nominated choreographer, whose routines have been performed in So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Silver Linings Playbook, and that film you might’ve heard of, La La Land. Mandy's work has always been about happiness and joy, but she stumbled at times, losing her confidence. She shares why she's now grateful for those dark times, why it’s okay to be lame, and why you shouldn’t settle for the first option.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
    2. Don't stop listening to yourself.
    3. Life doesn’t stop, the meetings don’t stop.
    4. Some jobs are better than others, but you keep taking the work.
    5. Be a good listener, but also speak your truth.
    6. Do your homework, even if it takes days or weeks. Show that you're invested in the work. 
    7. Be there 100% or die trying.
    8. Don’t settle for option 1. There are always other possibilities to explore.
    9. Be ready to fail a lot. It's okay to be lame.
    10. Art isn't always about the pain, the depression, or the gloom. It can be about joy and happiness and love.
    11. Know what you do well. Find out who you are and evolve with it.

     

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    How to Become an Installation Artist - David Wiseman

    How to Become an Installation Artist - David Wiseman

    Installation artist David Wiseman always loved design and drawing, but it was a small, ceramic deer that really kicked off his career. Since then, David’s ceiling installations have been featured in venues such as Christian Dior Shanghai, Design Miami, and global cities like London, New York, and Los Angeles. David lays out the foundational values that have carried him throughout his craftsmanship - hy artists can make money and not be sellouts, and why sharing your creative passion is a privilege and a responsibility for humanity.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. A blank ceiling is intimidating, but don't focus on the big picture. Break it down. Work on it little by little.
    2. When there’s a will, there’s a way.
    3. When you put something out into the world, it comes back to you.
    4. Know what's already out there and find out - what are you offering that’s new?
    5. You’re not a sellout if you want to make things that will be appreciated by other people.
    6. It's a responsibility and a privilege to provide an artistic, emotional experience.
    7. Don’t worry what the model looks like. The truth is on your paper.

     

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    How to Churn Up the Next Halo Top - Doug Bouton

    How to Churn Up the Next Halo Top - Doug Bouton

     

    Halo Top President & COO Doug Bouton planned to quit his lawyer job from the day he started. What motivated him to abandon a steady six-figure income and help start a healthy ice cream business with no safety net? Find out how Halo Top used grassroots marketing to build a strong social media following, what you should look for in a good business partner, and why you should just say “yes” to business opportunities - even if you don’t have a plan.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Stay the course, figure out what’s wrong, and correct it quickly enough before it’s too late.
    2. Persevere, keep putting yourself out there. Sometimes just one buyer is all it takes for a breakthrough.
    3. Just say yes and figure it out later.
    4. Never settle. 
    5. Life is too short to be unhappy. If you aren't satisfied, make a change.
    6. The hardest part is taking initial jump. Once you leap off that ledge, there’s no going back.
    7. Work with someone who will join you in the trenches and fight with you during the hard times.
    8. Make sure your product or service can stand on its own without the brand - because brands are trends. They come and die. 
    9. The worst day at your dream job is still tons better than best day at your day job.
    10. You can fool everybody in the world, but you can’t fool the man in the mirror.

     

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    How to Design a Home Decor Empire - Jonathan Adler

    How to Design a Home Decor Empire - Jonathan Adler

     

    Jonathan Adler - the king of modern chic design - was once told that he had no talent, that art was not his calling, that he should just give up. So how did he rediscover his love for pottery and become an insider of the design world? Jonathan also shares how a trip to Peru expanded his cottage industry into a prosperous company, how naivety and desperation resulted in opportunities, and why he doesn’t always follow his parents’ advice.


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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Your main resource is yourself.
    2. In times of naivety, desperation, and panic, we end up doing things that we'd never have the courage to do otherwise.
    3. Collaborating with people outside of your own world is a win-win situation.
    4. Don't be scared to branch outside of your style and your medium. It creates more opportunities.
    5. Believe it or not, sometimes it's better not to listen to your parents.
    6. You might make your passion a career, or let it stay as your side hobby. Neither way is right or wrong - just do what works for you.

     

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    How to Grow Your Side Hustle - Nick Loper

    How to Grow Your Side Hustle - Nick Loper

     

    Side Hustle Nation creator Nick Loper wears numerous hats as an entrepreneur, author, blogger, and podcaster. But where does he find the time? How does he prioritize when there’s so much on the to-do list? He shares his tips on time management, life hacks to work more efficiently, and the 5 things you need to know before you quit your day job.

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    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. Put yourself out there, even if you don't know the destination (or the results).
    2. Go to where the customers are.
    3. If you have little time, you can still make progress every day if you make it a habit. Even 5 minutes counts.
    4. No matter how busy you are, you'll make time for your priorities
    5. Break down big projects into bite-sized, actionable to-do items.
    6. Picking what’s next doesn’t mean picking what’s forever.
    7. It's better to run towards something instead of run away.
    8. Be sure that your idea can make money.
    9. Fill up your sales pipeline.
    10. When you're reaching out to someone - give first, ask second. Help them solve a problem.
    11. Even in the worst case scenario - it's okay. The world will go on.

     

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    1. Be quitting to something, not from something. Running away is not as good as running towards.
    2. Do you have a track record or revenue history so you know this idea has made money before?
    3. How long can you last before you have to go back to a full time job?
    4. Have a sales pipeline and constantly fill your pipeline (marketing, networking, finding new clients).
    5. How will your costs of living increase or decrease?
    6. Bonus - what’s your worst case scenario?

     

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    How to Brew a Successful Coffee Brand - Colby Barr

    How to Brew a Successful Coffee Brand - Colby Barr

     

    Colby Barr, co-founder of Verve Coffee grew up with a love for adventure, music, and mapmaking - which isn’t the most obvious blend for a career in coffee roasting. What inspired him to reach out to his old friend Ryan O’Donovan and started a simple coffee shop? Colby also shares how he brewed a brand with class and integrity, how they expanded Verve Coffee nationally and internationally, and why making mistakes means you’re doing something right.


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     Verve Coffee co-founders Ryan O'Donovan ( left ) and Colby Barr ( right )

    Verve Coffee co-founders Ryan O'Donovan (left) and Colby Barr (right)

     

    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

    1. If the world shows you a sign, sometimes you've just got to follow it and take the leap.
    2. Aim to build the best company you can, even if no one cares.
    3. You’re going to be better at your passion than anything else, and you’re more likely to be successful because you’ll give it everything you’ve got.
    4. You owe it to yourself to work things through.
    5. Being overwhelmed is probably a good feeling to have. If the work is a no-brainer, then you're probably missing something.
    6. You could be making only $1.60 an hour with your dream job, but it’s still worth it.
    7. Take chances and overextend yourself.
    8. Go make mistakes, go mess up. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.

     

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