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— Michael Jordan

“All the best things that happened to me happened after I was rejected. I knew the power of getting past no.” — Barbara Corcoran

Prelude

I scour Reddit A LOT. One subreddit I…


Modesty is a virtue that doesn’t pay the bills.

Modesty is a virtue that doesn’t pay the bills.

Here’s a Trello board template for you to make a copy of, if you like this format I present to you.

Since 2011, I have not so quietly boasted about my career-related accomplishments.

Over the past seven years, I’ve landed 15 job interviews in 30 minutes, gone from underemployed dropout waitress to the top 1% of millennials and even designed a website for Flo Rida.

To date, my writing has been published in places like: CNBC, Fortune, Business Insider, The Economist, TIME, and many others. …


I’m all about personal branding, but I never thought I’d be all about personal branding on Instagram. Yet, here I am writing a blog post on this very topic.

When I first pitched this article idea, I envisioned myself teaching wannabe influencers and entrepreneurs how to become Instafamous in order to turn their side-hustles into bonafide, money-making machines.


Photo by George Pagan III on Unsplash

“Ask the right questions and the answers will reveal themselves.” — Oprah

What should I do with my life? That’s a really scary question.

When I started out in my career, I thought I needed a mentor to tell me exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.

I prayed for this fairy godfather to drop down out of Silicon Valley and into my inbox with a complete roadmap for my life.

As it turns out, fairy godfathers don’t exist and no mentor — no matter how brilliant — can deliver a complete roadmap to…


A wise man once said, “Advice, like fruit, is best when it’s fresh.”

That man was Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp, and I think he’s right.

“Advice quickly decays, and 16-year-old advice is bound to be radioactive. Sharing a life experience is one thing (grandparents are great at this — listen to them!), but advice is another thing. Don’t give advice about things you used to know. Just because you did something a long time ago doesn’t mean you’re qualified to talk about it today,” Jason writes.

I’m looking at parents here. …


According to HubSpot’s State of Inbound report, 26 percent of teams say their biggest marketing challenge is identifying the right tools for their needs.

I’m surprised that number isn’t higher.

As a serial freelancer, I’ve worked with a lot of different teams (and experienced a lot of different marketing stacks) and I must say, the majority are either using tools for the wrong use cases, just hacking things together and/or simply have zero knowledge about the marketing tools landscape.

I understand why this happens.

There’s a million tools for every use case, so how the hell do you know which one is actually the best. It’s not like you can just stop, drop and test every single one of these tools.

That’s time consuming…


When I began researching this post, I was flabbergasted to find articles that explained the perks of living alone — like they didn’t speak for themselves.

I’ve been living alone for a while now, and I can’t imagine any other way (aside from when I hopefully find “the one” someday and settle down, although living separately is becoming the new normal).

In fact, in the U.S. alone, 28 percent of all households are solo dwellers.

“Worldwide, more people are living alone than at any other time in history. Living alone appears to be tied to a market economy (people move…


One billion names are Googled every day.

Only half of people own their first result, which is the most important.

About 1 in 4 have no positive content at all on the first page for their Google name search.

Even more alarming, 15% have at least one negative result on the first page that damages their reputation.

“No one’s googling me,” you might think.

As a college freshman, no one may be googling you right now (besides your Tinder dates) but in the not-so-distant future, that will change.

In fact, 80 percent of employers Google job seekers before inviting them…


When I was in school, the way you gained experience was by taking on an (unpaid) internship for a semester or two.

The thinking that “this is the only and best way” is still prevalent among students (and their parents). Unfortunately, it’s also why nearly 50 percent of grads are unemployed or underemployed.

In 2011, 21 million people were enrolled in colleges across the U.S. yet only an estimated two million completed an internship; or in other words, 86 percent of students didn’t take on any internships; and therefore, didn’t gain any professional experience in college.

Why?

Internships require a…


Slack is no longer the shiny new toy that everyone loves.

In fact, if you’re a remote worker, it may even be making you sweat.

Either because the app is eerily similar to punching a clock…

“Not posting status updates like ‘Going on a lunch run’ or ‘Good morning’ was freeing. It feels a little like punching the clock.” (source)

Or because, on average, you check Slack every six minutes, and therefore, get no time for deep work…

Lauren Holliday

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