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Wrong bait or wrong pond?

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I go on fishing trips with my dad a couple times each year. Each trip is different, and each one has its own purpose: some trips are focused on catching bass, others are focused on catching walleye, others on crappie… And depending on what type of fish we’re trying to catch, we have to be intentional about the location, the …

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Be someone people want to work with

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We spend a lot of time selling ourselves. You sell yourself to potential clients, partners, employers, followers, and friends. We’re constantly putting ourselves out there as someone worth taking a chance on. And, inevitably, we win people over. They decide to tune in, follow along, work with us, and even pay us. …and the cycle begins again. It’s not easy …

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Decision-making and way-finding

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Decision-making has always been a core part of conversation within the Unreal Collective Accelerator – and that’s only become more evident over the last several weeks. During uncertain times, each decision comes with more weight. The stakes feel higher, we ask more questions, and we waffle a lot more. I think we assign too much weight to decisions.  We tell ourselves …

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Introducing Freelancing School

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I never really intended to freelance. When I quit my job in early 2017, I just knew I wanted to be my own boss. I hated the feeling of being required to be at a certain place at a certain time to do work that I was assigned. One afternoon it became clear that the time had come: it was …

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re-thinking risk

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I was interviewed on The Video Community podcast recently, and the topic of risk came up. It comes up a lot in interviews with entrepreneurs, because starting your own business or working for yourself is risky. But is it? We’ve all been shown different paths. Growing up, going through college, or talking to a mentor…we are constantly being shown “the …

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be the client you want to see in the world

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Between my junior and senior year of college, I decided it was time for me to get some experience in the service industry. Well, to be totally honest, the two (very different) internships I applied for at Bridgewater Capital and MNML Design Studio both fell through in the eleventh hour. So, I decided to learn to bartend and serve for …