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Along with anyone who ever started to work on their own thing

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Ever since I started blogging, I’ve interviewed over 75 medium authors on the subject of productivity. As a content creator, it’s very motivating to get to chat with like-minded people, entrepreneurs, people ahead of me on the path of personal success. For my readers, it’s equally as inspiring to discover stories of people who are just like them and dared to take the leap, to start their own thing. I want to show people what is possible when you get to work, and I take real-life examples to support my case.

Saying I’ve learned a ton from those 75+ interviews…

How doing a challenge to get off technology for a week helped me realise the changes I needed to make.

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Like a lot of people, I’ve become more and more addicted to the technology around me. I’m from the last generation born before the internet (I’m in my late twenties), the last people who know what it’s like to do things like:

  • Looking up addresses in the yellow pages
  • Showing up at a given meeting point on time without the option to text “running late” when leaving the house
  • Having to go to the library if you want to research a specific topic
  • … the list goes on

Yet like 99% of people, I’m not immune to technology, and its…

Every time, his insights caught me off guard

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I’ve learned a lot from my CEO. Almost a year ago, he sold the company he founded for $30 million, becoming a multi-millionaire in the process. He worked his butt off for almost 10 years, and eventually the hustle paid off. That being said, entrepreneurship is not all about putting in the hard work. Whether you become successful or not, it’s also a great way to learn about yourself. It’s an adventure, and the end goal shouldn’t always be the money.

As I’ve written in previous articles about my CEO, he’s a very approachable person, and I’ve had countless discussions…

How Jeff Bezos went from borrowing $2 billion to keep Amazon afloat, to centibillionaire

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“Just so you know, there’s a 70% chance that this will fail, or go bankrupt”

This was the warning 30-year old Jeff Bezos was giving to the early investors who were willing to follow him on his crazy idea in 1994: an online bookstore. Founded in his garage after he left a promising career on Wall Street, the company started off with $300,000 in seed capital from his parents, Miguel and Jacklyn Bezos.

The adoptive son of a Cuban immigrant who climbed his way up to becoming an engineer at Exxon, Jeff Bezos always had big dreams for his future…

Identify your “lag” and “lead” measures

I managed to improve my key life metrics in part thanks to the 4DX system — Source

When it comes to productivity, having a good system in place as a foundation is primordial. Everybody works differently, but there are some rules that stand true in 99% of cases, and that stem from decades of scientific research on work, focus, and execution in general.

Here’s an example. No matter how good you are at handling distractions, it is generally acknowledged that they hinder your progress. You may not even perceive the effects on your work, but someone interrupting your workflow will cause a “lag” in your brain to get back to peak performance. …

All the while pursuing a dozen different hobbies


“Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”

The date is October 14, 1912, and Theodore Roosevelt is giving a speech at a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Moments ago, he was shot at point blank by a delusional saloonkeeper, and the bullet lodged in his chest. Roosevelt assured everyone he was okay, because “If I’m not coughing blood, the bullet therefore hasn’t reached my lung.” He was technically right, and he went on to deliver a 90-minute speech. Only then…

1. Don’t hire if you don’t need to

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When starting a new business, it’s always good to find ways to save money and reduce costs. It’s not about being cheap, it’s about being money-smart. Especially during these uncertain economic times, this is crucial. The days of careless corporate expenses fuelled by Silicon Valley billions are not completely over yet, but they’re definitely on the low.

What’s more, an increasing number of companies are realising that they don’t actually need so much money from investors. …

Number one trait: Answers “I don’t know” when he/she doesn’t know

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My CEO recently sold his company for $30 million. Success is not all about money, and money doesn’t buy happiness. But if you look at my CEO’s story from an entrepreneurial point of view, then he reached the end goal of most entrepreneurs:

  • To ignore everyone who told you “You’re crazy” all along
  • To have an idea, to dare to follow it and build upon it
  • To believe in that idea from start to finish, to never lose faith
  • And to eventually make a massive profit from that idea

There are a few particular traits about my CEO I want…

“The simplest systems are the most efficient, find what works for you but don’t try to reinvent the wheel”

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A few months ago, I published a piece about the lessons I learned from my friend who went from $0 to $100K in cash in 5 years. As much as the theory is important, practice makes perfect, and you need the right tools for that. My friend’s practice enabled him to set up a great money framework for himself, and the tools he uses help him make his money work better for him. Only one of the tools I will present is 99% productivity-related, the others tie into how he manages his business one way or the other.

As a…

“All of the sudden, I was doubting and being scared, panicking.”

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“So, where do we start?”

One of my good friends and I caught up on a Zoom call a few days ago. I wanted to interview him because he recently quit his 9–5 job on a whim to go work on another project of his. We all hear those stories from other people, friends of friends. We read and watch them online, but having the possibility to talk about it with someone I knew very well, who happened to have taken the leap, felt like an opportunity I shouldn’t pass. I replied:

“Well, I want to put together a few…

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