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12 Things Successful People Do Differently

Dollar Shave Club

Posted: March 7, 2012 in business
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I’m still trying to figure out if this is real or not.

Either way, it’s awesome.

You can check out their website by clicking the screenshot below

Dollar Shave Club

When Consumers Go Viral

The Dream Job

Posted: August 8, 2011 in business, life
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Dream Job

What’s your dream job?

Is it working from home? Being a teacher? Becoming an entrepreneur?

My friend Matt, at 28, decided his dream job was to be a high school math teacher. He quit his job, enrolled in classes and is on his way to making that dream come true. His dream is to make a difference in the lives of high schoolers but it took a big sacrifice to make that happen. Now that he’s in school and on his way to becoming a teacher, I actually can’t imagine him doing anything else.

Another friend, Christian, in the midst of school, found an interest in photography. He cashed in his 401k, bought a camera, studied his butt off and a year later he’s quickly becoming a successful photographer and you may have seen some of his work already.

Another childhood friend of mine is an accountant. He’s working with a smalltown company to get his feet wet but has dreams of moving back to the even smaller town we grew up in because he wants to be the town’s accounting guy. How cool is that?

Now, I’m not naive, I know that most people work their tails off just to make the ends meet. I know stacks of people who sacrifice their dream job because they have a family they must provide for. I also know that it takes years of sacrifice to get to the point where you can have your dream job. I’ve been there – heck, I’m STILL there.

But it is a reality.

You have to be driven. You have to work hard – sometimes at things you don’t care about. You have to  be willing to sleep less. You have to be willing to network. You have to be willing to sacrifice.

When Tara and I moved to Nashville, it wasn’t easy. I spent the first several years working in retail while Tara completed her internship and was a nanny. We contemplated moving home so many times. Afterall, couldn’t we work at the mall and nanny back in Missouri, close to all of our friends and family?

Somehow we ended up staying in Nashville and working, sacrificing, sleeping less and networking. Eventually, years after we moved here, Tara got the job. Three years later, the same happened for me.

It took me 5 years to get the job I have now. Even at this point last year, I wasn’t sure it would happen. Do you know how many times I wanted to quit? I don’t, because I lost count. It wasn’t fun then, but it made me work harder.

I’m not saying any of this to brag. I’m putting it out there because you can do it too. You can have your dream job. You can work hard, you can sacrifice, you can network – you can make it happen.

Step 1: Don’t make excuses
Unemployment is near 10%, you say? I got a job last November during that same unemployment low in an industry that’s worse off now than it’s ever been.

In the same vein, don’t be lazy. If you expect your dream job to fall in your lap, you’re crazy. Nobody wins the lottery without playing.

Step 2: Network your butt off
Go to Vista Print and get free business cards. They may look a little cheesy, but they’re free. Connect with people on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and meet them for coffee (remember though, if you call a meeting, you buy the coffee). Save up some cash for a “meeting fund” and ask your contacts for advice, where they started or what tips they would give you. DO NOT ask them for a job – that’s not why you’re meeting with them.

Step 3: You were made to do this
One of my best friends is a car guy, so working for a major car company is a sure fit. It hasn’t always been glamourous and he’s had countless 12-hour days in the office, but I can guarantee he’s having fun. After several years working his way up with the company, he now gets to travel around the world and drive crazy awesome cars almost anytime he wants.

If you’re not familiar with them, there are 2 books I’d recommend for anyone trying to find their dream job. The first is 48 Days To The Work You Love. I did a book study with friends who were also in the that “I’m not sure what I want to do with my life” phase. A few chapters in, I’d been laid off, one guy was quitting his job to become a math teacher (aforementioned Matt) and the other guy found a new passion for his job. We all used this book to help propel us to take the next step in our careers.

The second book is Love Is The Killer App. This book is amazing no matter which field you jump into. It teaches you a new approach to winning friends, business, coworkers and even your boss.

Step 4: Make it happen
A ship in harbor is safebut that is not what ships are for. -John A. Shedd

This is a tricky step because sometimes you can’t make it happen right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t prepare though.

Take my friend Christian – he couldn’t just go buy a Nikon and start taking pictures of everything in the world. He studied cameras, lenses, photoshop, other photographers and got advice from family about things like a the perfect computer for editing and starting a business from scratch.

My friend Matt didn’t run straight to a high school and apply to be a teacher – he went back to school, spends his nights and weekends studying and works part time at a math tutoring facility.

For most of us, our dream job won’t just fall in our laps. But, I can promise you that if you work hard and stay dedicated, you won’t be let down.

Now, go make it happen.

Mark ZuckerbergAs The Social Network counts down to it’s theatrical release next Friday, Mark Zuckerberg’s people have decided the best possible PR would be for Mr. Zuckerberg (Mr? Who am I kidding, he’s younger than I am… ) to donate $100 million to an educational platform called Startup:Education. Perfect timing right? He may have terrible PR skills, but I think this is a great move.

Zuckernerd is an evil genius. He’s worth an estimated $6.9 billion. And, for you aspiring-to-be-savvy business folks, he doesn’t mind stepping on people on his way to the top. He turned down both Microsoft and AOL right out of high school to attend Harvard. Only really smart people and morons do that.

The guy’s also paid out millions to the 4 dudes who said he stole the idea of Facebook from them. Only a genius could say ‘I’m worth $6.9 billion and instead of splitting my wealth of 4 guys, I’ll just pay them a few million to get them off my back.’ It’s hard to imagine he didn’t steal at least part of the idea, knowing he paid these guys that much cash.

As a business-minded dude, I admire Zuckerberg. As someone with morals though, I’m not sure I admire Zuckerberg. What say you?

According to Wired’s awesome article, The Web Is Dead. Long Live The Internet, the web is in decline.

Let me rephrase a little: surfing the web is dead.

When you jump on your iPhone, Droid, Blackberry or iPad you have go-to apps. You check your email, maybe the headlines or scores, Facebook, Twitter or maybe even your blog. At what point did you ‘surf’ the web? You have 5 or 6 applications that bring you all of the information you want.

No browsing necessary.

Which brings me to Facebook.

Facebook just launched their Places app – which will eventually crush FourSquare, Gowalla and any other location based apps because you’re already using Facebook, why would you need FourSquare? Check out the Places promo video below.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook certainly isn’t the final piece of social media – remember how cool MySpace was? Facebook is becoming one of those go-to apps where you login and all of the info you want is right there.

No browsing needed.

Spot On

Posted: July 25, 2010 in business, social media
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