I decided to become an entrepreneur when I was 19 years old. I didn’t have a groundbreaking idea and no clue how I’d make money, but I knew that I didn’t want to pursue a traditional corporate career after my studies.
All I knew is that I wanted to be independent — financially, locally, and mentally. I wanted to work whenever, wherever I want and be able to choose the projects I work on.
Today, four years later, I’m in that fortunate place where I’m living that reality: I built a 6-figure online business with my better half, work on projects that excite me, and experience the freedom I dreamt of. …
One of those days again: Your alarm goes off, you open your eyes, and all you want is snuggling back into your sheets and sleep a few more minutes.
But duty calls, so you get up, wash your face, and grab your first cup of coffee to compensate for the lack of recovery from the night. What follows are hours of operating in automatic mode just to get through the morning before you actually feel awake.
While we all know how this daunting scenario feels, a lack of sleep doesn’t only come with short-term sacrifices. …
In my work as a productivity coach, I supported hundreds of people to improve their daily workflow and get more done in less time. Whenever I talk about productivity, I have one goal: I want my clients to have more time for their passions, loved ones, and themselves.
I coached dozens of people, hosted numerous workshops, and created five different online programs that help students and young professionals master various aspects of productivity.
And what‘s surprising is that I didn’t have a single coaching client or workshop attendee who didn’t read at least three books on productivity before paying me to help them. …
When it comes to personal growth, success, and life advice, there are very few universal laws that make sense for everyone. You’re different than me and I’m different than billions of other people on the planet, so it’s quite naive to think that the same advice might help us all.
And while the internet undoubtedly improved many aspects of our lives, it also has a downside: It allows everyone to share unsolicited and often even bad advice.
And even if a piece of advice might be well-intentioned, it can cause harm if given to the wrong person at the wrong time. …
In his book Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins states that the quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of the questions you’re asking yourself.
While most people spend their lives looking for answers, the reality is that most answers we seek are deep inside ourselves.
Yet, we often overlook the most crucial lessons because we seek solutions on the outside inside of looking inward.
Being obsessed with questions can take you to places to which answers won’t ever take you. As Einstein once said:
“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.”
However, if you keep asking yourself the wrong questions, you’ll end up feeling more miserable than…
In 1921, an interviewer asked Albert Einstein about the speed of sound. Einstein replied that he didn’t know because he didn’t carry such information in his mind. Instead, he’d look it up in textbooks where the answer is available anytime.
If Einstein lived today, he’d probably memorize even less because the internet enables us to find answers to most questions within seconds.
Yet, education systems all over the globe still force students to learn information by heart regardless of the relevance.
That’s not only ineffective but also worthless as knowledge itself isn’t worth much. The saying knowledge is power might have been true a few decades ago. …
I started writing on Medium 2.5 years ago, failed for 1.5 years, and grew my following from 3k to 20k in 2020.
And the only reason I managed to turn the game upside down and succeed after failing for 1.5 years is that I stopped listening to all the bullshit advice that most creators share.
You need to share your work on social media or follow other people so that they follow you back are just two of many such crappy pieces of advice that won’t help you grow your income or audience here.
Instead, I focused on understanding the foundational rules that truly matter and created a formula that has allowed me to make the platform work for me instead of against me. …
After struggling to build an online business for three years, I can shamelessly admit that 99% of what I thought to be true about making money online turned out to be wrong.
I started my entrepreneurial career besides my studies and a full-time internship. And even though I had a full schedule, I managed to make enough time to explore the world of online business.
While this meant neglecting friends and canceling invitations to student parties, it also meant that I could try to make money online without any risks. …
Most people enjoy brainstorming, coming up with fresh ideas, and starting new projects, yet the majority fails to execute.
That’s because coming up with ideas is easy, but getting shit done is hard.
We often see the most remarkable progress on projects at the very beginning: On day one, you have a simple idea; on day two, you already have a colossal mind-map covering everything in detail. And even though ideas aren’t worth much, we like the feeling of progress, even if it’s just an idea.
But after the first, fun part, finishing projects becomes hard.
Michael Lopp summarized the four stages of every new project and how it feels to him in a simple yet powerful…
I usually visit my grandma once per month so that we prepare dinner and enjoy some time together. Last time, one of her closest friends called her while she was preparing the dinner table. I asked if she didn’t want to respond and she said no.
15 minutes later, the same friend called once more, and again, my grandma ignored it and cheerfully continued to prepare dinner.
She didn’t even mute her phone, but the ringing didn’t bother her because cooking with her grandchild was more important.
I saw her doing that many times in the past but still find it weird when she just ignores the ringing as if she didn’t hear it. But this time, her behavior reminded me of a lesson I came across in Oprah's book What I Know For…