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The only productivity app I use daily

When it comes to time management, using the right app to assist you is crucial. Without it, you’re almost guaranteed to lose track of your personal timeline, tasks, and projects. As much as productivity apps have become essential, it’s interesting to note that they didn’t exist 15 or 20 years ago, yet at least some people were doing just fine setting up companies, keeping track of their life, and making good money to provide for their family. So why do we need those apps now?

The biggest difference is that in 2021, technology is absolutely everywhere. Back 20 years ago…


“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”

“I barely slept last night. Too excited about this.”

I received the text at 4:55 a.m, and I had been awake for 15 minutes. The sun was already up, and it was a bright, beautiful summer morning in 2020. My friend and I had both decided to try to wake up at 5 a.m for a week, to discover the world of (really) early mornings. I texted back:

“Same here. I woke up at 4:30 for this!”

I also sent hime a picture of my watch, and so did he, because that was the deal for a week. I’ve always…


A scientifically proven way to regain momentum and get back on track

I had been out of my productivity game for a little while. I hadn’t (and still haven’t) been to the office in over 2 months, and event though I’m not much of a social person, I was starting to miss it. I figured the world pandemic and the lockdown, like for a lot of people, was starting to weigh on me. I was privileged enough to have been able to keep my job and somewhat of a normal life, so my problems were definitely not the worst.

But not being able to see friends, go have a coffee downtown once…


“I didn’t go to Harvard, but the people who work for me did.”

“I think X.com could absolutely be a multi-billion dollar bonanza.”

The year is 1999. 27-year old Elon Musk is sitting in a leather chair, in front of what appears to be a old, beige brick fireplace. There’s a big CRT TV on his righthand side, and he’s wearing an oversized brown blazer. Other than the fact he’s giving an interview on the day his brand new $1 million McLaren is getting delivered, you would never guess this guy just sold his company for $400 million in cash.

“If you look at the industry that X is pursuing, it’s the biggest…


Unlike Netflix, these are actually worth the money

Have you ever totalled up the amount of money you spend on monthly memberships? You’d probably be surprised. Netflix, Amazon Prime and VPNs often add up without you ever noticing it on your bank statement.

The best way to invest your money is in yourself. $100 per month is $1200 per year, and that’s a lot of money for many people. Most of us spend money on things without ever worrying whether or not they add value to our life. What do you get from Netflix or Amazon Prime? Endless video content and quicker delivery. …


No trick, no secret, no cheat code. Just pure hustle.

“You guys are just getting started. But you’re not gonna start right here, you’re gonna start down there.”

We’re 400 feet up in the air, on Grant Cardone’s penthouse 360 wrap-around terrace, and he’s pointing down at the Miami morning traffic. It’s 7:00 a.m, the sun is already halfway above the horizon line of the Atlantic ocean, the view is gorgeous.

“Probably start in another city, another town. I grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. No money, raised by a single mother.”

Grant Cardone is now 62 years old. After having invested in multi-family real estate since the mid-1990s, he…


Welcome to the game. Read this if you’re just getting started.

I’m just starting off on Medium. Am I too late?

People were saying it was too late when I started, and that was a year and half ago. Ask folks like Sergey Faldin, or Alan Trapulionis, who started even later than me, and they’ll tell you the same thing: what matters is hard work and consistency.

Medium is to written content what Youtube is to video. For a few years now, everybody has been saying it’s impossible to enter the Youtube game anymore. Yet new successful Youtubers keep coming up. Why? Because they work harder and keep going at it.

This doesn’t only apply to Medium or Youtube, but to…


Based on the most common scientific cognitive biases.

The Concorde was a British-French supersonic passenger airliner. The original programme cost to get a plane like this in the air was estimated at £70 million. But lots of problems kept coming up through the development process. Big, major problems, and every single one of them should have been a red flag for the people in charge, a sign that they should at best drastically re-evaluate the project, at worst stop it.

At some point, it was mathematically proven that the per-unit cost of the plane was impossible to recoup. Yet the stakeholders involved kept pumping in money to finish…


Timeless, cost-efficient and eco-friendly

“Did you guys see my new shoes? What do you think?”, I asked my colleagues jokingly at our last meeting. They hadn’t noticed anything, because I was wearing the exact same shoes as before, only fresh out of the box. I buy the same pair of shoes every 9 months or so. I do the same with my t-shirts, sweaters, and pants. Why? Because I find it more efficient and less time-consuming. I don’t have to think about what to wear in the morning, I don’t have to iron clothes, or organize them.

“Doesn’t it get kind of boring? I…


I never, once in my life, had a plan B”

On a bright afternoon in 1958, 11-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger was getting home from school in his native Austria, in the city of Graz. He was walking by a small convenience store when a magazine cover caught his eye. He walked inside to take a closer look. It was a bodybuilding magazine, and on the cover was Reg Park, then 3-times Mister Universe. Upon reading the magazine, young Arnold fell in love with the world of bodybuilding. He could see in it an escape to the life that almost certainly awaited him, and that he didn’t want any part of.

You…

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