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don’t be a walkway

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Think about the last time you were at a live show in a pretty full house. There are generally two types of people in that scenario: A.) the people who scope out a spot and claim it early on and B.) the people who wait until the band starts and make their move. This isn’t black and white, there are …

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your memory sucks.

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I’ve had a breakthrough recently I want to share regarding getting the most out of your poor, beleaguered mind. I’ve actually been brainstorming quite a few posts here recently, some of them a little more personal and open than others (those will go directly to my email list instead of being posted — sign up here) but we’ll start with the vanilla. …

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“Don’t Cheat Yourself”

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Turning my December mantra into the New Year’s Resolution I never liked working in an office. It’s a space with a definitive expected arrival time, an expected departure time, and expected activities throughout the day — often under a watchful eye. What a drag, right? It has its advantages. For example, when you work in a dedicated space with the rest of …

Positivity

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12 Lifestyle changes improving my quality of life “Jay I’m rather disappointed in your lack of ‘weekly’ email bulletins as of late.” I owe you an apology. My weekly newsletter has been…sporadic. Despite the increased activity in my life that I want to blame that on, you deserve better. I’ve been making some pretty subtle but powerful changes to my …

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So you think you can CEO?

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“I just want to do my own thing.” “Whenever I take a job, I learn a ton but then after a few months I feel like I could do it better.” “I feel like I make a bad employee.” Those are all naive statements that I’ve made in the past calendar year. After starting a very, very, small business in …

Becoming antifragile and fighting touristification

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How do you react to unforeseen circumstances? For most of the last four years, unforeseen circumstances were the most unwelcome guests in my domicile. They had to be unwelcome — there wasn’t any time for them! I was a victim of two things: fragility and touristification. Touristification is the planning of details down to the minutia and thinking this is “optimizing” and …

Working your ass off

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A few weeks ago, I was getting lunch with my mentor and talking about my post-graduation plans. He was encouraging me to go off and do something on my own. “I know you’re going to work your ass off anyway; it might as well be for yourself.” It’s hard to quantify working one’s ass off. And I don’t mean that to …

Going to work with a startup

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tl;dr: I accepted a full-time job as COO with a startup, Tixers! Tepidly eyeing my corporate prospects Let’s do some quick math. There are 24 hours in a day, 8 of which are recommended for sleeping, at least 8 of which are traditionally earmarked for working a job, and so that leaves a final 8 hours per day (A THIRD!) …

Lessons in Leadership

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349 days as President of the Business Builders Club I want to share some of the lessons learned from a year of leading the Business Builders Club as President — a position I formally took a step back from yesterday in favor of the new club leader, Jake Larkin (go get ‘em, man!). Say Yes To Everything Opportunities come in all shapes …