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3 Strategies for Flipping $143,092 on Amazon from my Laptop + More
Published July 23rd, 2021
#1 3 Strategies for Flipping $143,092 on Amazon
This is an older article my good friend and business partner Christopher Grant put together showing the process of leveraging online arbitrage to profit from Amazon FBA.
Highly recommend you read it if you've been considering selling on Amazon but aren't sure where to start!
#2 You're a Bad Listener: Here's How to Remember What People Say
My Wife: You're a bad listener.
Me: What about Jared Kushner?
In all seriousness, we can all benefit from improving our listening skills and remembering what we're told.
This is especially true if you're the parent of a Minecraft obsessed child and you're listening muscles have been overworked with regular 30 minute rundowns of the new types of sandstone or how the creepers are getting more dangerous or...
#3 Stop Annoying People with These Common Email Mistakes
I'm guilty of some of these 😬 You might have seen it yourself 😂
#4 Top Marketing Blogs of 2021
Ok, look, this one I'm super biased towards because I was added to this list yesterday and want you're help moving entreresource.com up the list!
#5 what Coins Does Elon Musk Own?
Don't get me started on this, but the coins Elon holds are actually pretty important for investors to know. Also, it's a surprisingly short list.
7 Most Useful Marketing Skills + More
Published July 16th, 2021
#1 There Never Was a Real "Tulip Fever"
People are interested in this story because they think they can draw lessons from it. That lesson is usually, "don't invest in 'x' because look what happens." According to author Ann Goldgar (a hilariously fitting name for someone who writes about economics) that's not necessarily valid.
#2 7 Useful Internet Marketing Skills
One of my personal favorite blogs on internet marketing. This is a great post for anyone wondering what skills are worth learning and how to learn them (free and paid options) to thrive in the digital age.
#3 Overthinking Blocking People on Social Media
Part of what makes me a good blogger is the fact that I often overthink things. Although this isn't a positive trait in most cases, for my content, it makes for deeper research and uncommon insights since I take things much further than the average person might.
#4 Why Every Ebay Seller Should also Sell on Amazon
If you sell on Ebay and not Amazon, you're missing out on a ton of opportunities.
Find out why I think it's crazy to not sell on both platforms if your goal is to maximize both earnings and freedom.
This is another one of my websites by the way if you're wondering :)
#5 what Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Pluralistic Ignorance
Have you heard of pluralistic ignorance? It's a crazy thing that we all fall into. Awareness of it is a huge step in the right direction though in not only business, but life in general.
Learn about pluralistic ignorance and better understand why it's much easier to make very bad decisions when we're surrounded by other people doing the same.
📲 Swipe my 30 minute app habit stack
Published July 9th, 2021
#3 Set Your Screen to Gray to Beat Phone Addiction
I love simple productivity tips like this. The logic is simple, remove the colors on your screen and it will be less enticing.
Hey, it's worth a shot :)
If you're in a hurry, here's how to do it on iOS,
Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Color Filters. Switch Color Filters on and select Grayscale.
#4 Learn Color Design and Instantly Make Better Looking Stuff Online
Sticking with the theme of color and articles from Lifehacker, here's a great article about how to properly pair colors to make your design work look instantly better.
#5 Don't Pinch Pennies on These 7 Business Expenses
I have no issue with cutting costs when needed, but cutting the wrong costs can destroy your business.
Stop “Shoulding” Yourself + More
Published June 28th, 2021
#1 How to Stop "Shoulding" Yourself
A great article about the counterproductive nature of feeling like we "should" do certain things.
“When [we’re] doing something because we feel we ‘should’ and it’s out of obligation, we also start to build resentment toward ourselves, other people, and situations that can lead to depression, a victim mentality, and all sorts of other [negative] things. When we’re doing things because we ‘should,’ we gloss over the idea of choice,”
#2 Why the World Will Never Have a Universal Language
I've been in love with learning language this year, so I've found myself reading a lot of stuff about the history of languages and how they work.
One of my biggest questions has always been "why do we have so many languages!?! Why don't we work to have a universal one?" This article explains why well.
#3 How to Make Your Arguments Stronger
There's nothing wrong with constructive discussion. This article will teach you some quick tips on how to make your arguments more compelling by keeping them short and sweet.
"For humans, receiving too much information interferes with our ability to process it."
There's a great Ted Talk video at the end if you have more time.
#4 price's Law
One of my most recent articles, this concept explains how as companies grow, most of the work is done by a fraction of the workforce.
#5 Are Horror Movies and True Crime Bad for Your Mental Health?
I love horror movies and true crime. I did finally decide to do some research to see if it was having some negative side effects on my psyche or not.
My conclusion: I'm still watching them.
Amazon's genius approach to meetings + commas gone wrong
Published June 21st, 2021
#1 The Commas That Cost Companies Millions
Most spelling errors go unnoticed but some cost a LOT of money. This article shares several real life stories of commas gone wrong.
Oh, and one guy lost his life over it 😬
My takeaway: the little things matter. Small situations are where we practice making sure we're ready to get them right when they are big situations.
#2 Document Culture at Amazon
One of the things I've weaseled my way out of as an entrepreneur is monotonous meetings. I used to dread going to meetings and even worse, I hated needing to gloss over massive PDFs before hand.
Amazon has an awesome approach to fixing this and anyone who runs meetings should emulate it.
#3 Create "Add-On" Software to Profit from Already Popular Programs
An article I published last week that shares one of my absolute best pieces of real world advice for creating a software product without trying to be the next Facebook.
#4 What Will Happen in 2021? Here's What People Predicted in 1921
I love this sort of stuff. It's so cool to see what people thought the future would look like when you are living to see if they were right or not. Some of these were spot on!
#5 The Danger of Oversharing
I'm (obviously) an avid sharer of things. You see this every week in this email series but if you are my friend on social media or real life, you see it even more. I share what I like, what I don't like, what's going well in my life and what's going poorly.
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being a total recluse who shares nothing and has an out of focus image of a cat as their profile picture and 10 being the person who explains their latest bowel movement to strangers on the subway, I'm probably a 9 and that's only because I don't ride the subway.
Is that productive though? Am I oversharing? I read this article to hear another perspective on it.
My conclusion is that I'm still gonna share too much but yours might change after reading.
"Alcohol + 5 Tiny Thoughts"
Published June 14th, 2021
#1 Struggling To Make Changes in Life? 10 Reasons Why Alcohol Is the Real Issue Behind Your Lack of Motivation
Oooff! This one hurts a bit.
Due to really terrible restless leg syndrome that was brought on by mild alcohol + caffeine consumption, I had to cut out one of them and it was alcohol that got the boot.
Now, I will always be down for a drink with my friends on special occasions on meetups, but the regular 1-2 drinks per day is long gone and this article really made me feel better about that decision.
Definitely worth a read if you're someone who like me drank a little bit but very frequently.
Sorry if this one sounds preachy :) I wholeheartedly respect the decision to just keep the booze in your life if you are ok with the tradeoff of sleep and potential productivity. Life is about balance, after all.
Tiny Thought #1 Productivity Concept: Never Break The Streak Or "No Zero Days"
Last week, I broke my 100 day streak of completing a lesson on a mobile app called MiMo that teaches me how to code.
Losing the streak brought a deep sense of discomfort. It was like I killed a plant or forgot to feed a pet. It reminded me of the insane power of building up long periods of consistent work. We can leverage our natural urge to keep things alive.
Just like the principle that "an object in motion stays in motion," doing a "micro habit" every single day makes it easier to keep it going.
Try it with anything.
Practice an instrument for just 5 minutes a day (seriously, just 5 minutes and go longer when moved to go longer)
Do 3 minutes of planks each day (do more if you feel you want to)
Read a book for 15 minutes.
Learn a new language and complete a Duolingo lesson each day (this is a streak I still have alive at 114 days now)
Likewise, consider stacking micro habits. It's almost as easy to complete 3 micro habits in one sitting than it is to remember to complete just 1.
If you want a deeper explanation of this tip and more, check out Jame's Clear's The New York Times's bestseller "Atomic Habits." I know I recommend it like crazy, but there's a reason for that. It's just a game-changer for anyone who wants to live the best life possible.
Tiny Thought #2 Dig Your Well Before Your Thirsty
"Dig the well before you are thirsty." - Chinese Proverb
The worst time to search for a source of water is when you're dying of thirst. This concept doesn't need to apply to things as dire as life and death. For business owners "digging your well," involves networking and creating goodwill by helping others while expecting nothing in return except casting a general net of goodwill as far as you can.
Most of the goodwill we send out to individuals will never come back from them and that's to be expected. That's perfectly fine because at scale, good things happen when we habitually help others.
Tiny Thought #3 The 4 Hours of Deep Work Challenge
Pick a day this week and try to accomplish 4 hours of truly deep work. Most people will fail and that's ok. You'll see why deep work is so powerful.
Deep work refers to work that is completely focused on a singular task and free from all external distractions.
Writing a book? Go offline and set 8 x 30 minute timers throughout the day. See if you can do it.
If you can consistently get 4 every day, you will move mountains. I truly believe that.
Tiny Thought #4 Find One Thing That Should Be Removed
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
You're still on this mailing segment so you're interested in habits and optimization. However, this desire to optimize everything can sometimes lead us to forget that some things don't deserve optimized. The most "optimal" thing to do with tasks or efforts that are not serving us at the highest level is to remove them entirely.
You surely have these in your life somewhere, regardless of how small they might be.
I did this exercise again and one new task for subtraction I found was that I was doing too much light cardio before my resistance workouts. I was wasting 30+ minutes of time that felt productive but would have been better spent elsewhere in the gym. My workouts seemed more effective than they really were.
Houseplants, Eisenhower Boxes and Blankets
Published June 7, 2021
#1 Remote Workers Are Outperforming Office Workers -- Here's Why
Much of the world went home in 2020 and I'm sure many of you were wondering (as I am) if folks are ever going back to the way things were. This article explains why it appears this new remote working world might be the new normal.
If you're a traditional employee who is back in the office, I wouldn't blame you if you pushed to get your position moved home (assuming you want that).
#2 Houseplants Can Instantly Improve Your Health and Happiness
My wife has slowly turned every home we've ever shared together into an indoor nature preserve. I've always loved that about her and being surrounded by plants is normal to me now. But do they actually serve a purpose beyond looking nice? This article argues, yes.
#3 Mathematical Formulas to Improve Your Performance in Anything
One of my articles I've had in the draft folder of the blog for over a year. I finally shared it last week and think it's worth a glance!
Unlock your hidden potential with --> EL =.4(RL)
Do more by doing less with --> .8(IN)=.2(OUT)
Focus on the right things with --> F=.2(25G)
#4 Best and Worst Productivity Products Tested for 2021
Another one of mine, I've spent too much on productivity boosting products with mixed results.
#5 How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”
"What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." -Dwight Eisenhower
A staple of my weekly reading, James Clear explains the concept of the Eisenhower Box and how we can use it to prioritize our days more effectively.
How Amazon Fires Employees with Robots (and More)
Published May 31, 2021
#3 Most Books Should Have Been Blog Posts
I wrote a similar post on the topic (it's actually what inspired this blog syndication series you're reading now) but this one explains it from a content creators perspective. Basically, how we can go against the grain and save people time by keeping our writing concise and "fluff free."
#4 How Amazon Automatically Tracks and Fires Employees
Yet another reason why I couldn't leave the corporate world soon enough, the dreaded productivity watch dogs. Amazon takes it to a completely new level and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
Wow. Just, wow.
#5 [Infographic] The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs
Not actually a blog post, just a cool infographic with some interesting insights into the lives of successful entrepreneurs from past and present.
[Video Edition] Willpower is For Losers and More
Published May 24, 2021
#1 Willpower is for Losers
This concept stings a bit. For most of my life, I wanted to improve my willpower. I wanted to be able to be stop over eating when I was full. I wanted to wake up earlier. I wanted to run faster even when I wasn't feeling good. I wanted to get things done when I had a headache. Etc. Etc.
What I learned was that no matter what I did, my willpower eventually failed sooner than I wanted. I learned in my late 20s about the power of aversion and how to accomplish my goals without needing to tap into my willpower storage so much. This video showcases the point in great detail.
#2 50+ Psychological Tricks That Work Everytime
I used to roll my eyes at my friends who majored in psychology in college who didn't actually want to become psychologists. Now, I wish I studied it more myself in college.
Why? Because understanding human psychology just makes your life better. It makes you more effective in business, life, politics and relationships.
I don't love the word "tricks" in the title but these psychological principles are sound and can be used in a way that is in everyone's best interest.
#3 21 HORRIFIC Tech Fails They Want You to Forget
Have you heard the saying, "fail forward?" We can learn a lot from failures but they don't have to be our own. Here are some tech failures you might remember that can give us helpful insights into our own businesses.
#4 Can the IRS Track Cryptocurrency?
Whether you actively buy and sell cryptocurrency or not, it's going to be a part of everyone's lives sooner rather than later. This video explains how the IRS is handling cryptocurrency. If you're like me and are more than a casual crypto hobbyist, this information could save you from a lot of suffering from the tax man in the future.
#5 The Smartest people Ever
Just a fun video that talks about the smartest people we've ever known about. It's production value isn't great but I enjoyed it.
The "50/30/10/10" Rule for Waking Up Early + More
Published May 19th, 2021
#1 This Ancient Mnemonic Technique Builds a Palace of Memory
Deadlines, appointments, names etc. We could all benefit from being better at remembering them.
If you're like me and know this is an area that you can improve on, you'll love this quick article.
Learn how people like the Native American Navajos easily memorize a classification of more than 700 insects along with identification, habitats and behavior. Sans smartphones!
#2 The 50/30/10/10 Rule for How to Wake Up Earlier and Work on Your Dream
I know, I know, not another self-help article on waking up early... But this one is uniquely valuable and I had to share.
#3 Noise-Canceling Headphones: the Unsung Hero of Productivity
I'm a headphone junkie so I really didn't need this article BUT I know a lot of people who aren't yet addicted to noise cancelling headphones and I want to be that gateway. This article explains why.
#4 Skill Stacking For Entrepreneurs | How To Stand Out Without Remarkable Skills
An article of mine that I wanted to get more eyeballs on.
Learn how the creator of Dilbert (Scott Adams) made millions of dollars with his newspaper comic even though he doesn't identify as very funny OR as a great artist.
#5 The Mental Benefits of Being Terrible at Something
Being terrible at something might be exactly what we all need right now.
Avoid Social Media Negativity and More
Published May 12th, 2021
#1 Write That Facebook Comment Then Delete It
The amount of time and peace of mind I've lost wasted to confrontational social media discussions is humiliating. Here's a great article that can help us stop wasting time with negativity online.
#2 Top 10 Most Useful (Free) Online Courses
I've spent a fortune on my own self-education but much of the best information out there is free. Here are some free courses on various topics that are getting rave reviews.
#3 Starting from Scratch Is Overrated
Are you one of the rare outliers that has more money than time? Buying an existing business might be the unfair advantage you should jump on.
#4 5 Ways to Tame Messy Cables and Wires
Clean up your work area once and for all. Here are 5 great wire hiding/management tips that will make your work area shine without breaking the bank.
#5 Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes
This is an older post but full of tips that haven't changed. Imagine how much more you could get done if you could improve your reading speed just marginally (without losing comprehension).
The Pokemon Crisis and More
Published May 6th, 2021
#1 I Need to Explain How Dire the Pokémon Card Crisis Is
Many of my followers are in the arbitrage business (one of my all time favorite models) and Pokémon cards are going through a very interesting renaissance that they should know about.
Very interesting if nothing else :)
#2 Debranding Is the New Branding
Have you noticed how almost every major brand has transitioned from the highly detailed, multi-colored and multi-dimensional styles to more monotone and flat ones?
I even did it with my EntreResource.com logo recently without noticing that I had clearly been influenced by the trend.
#3 25 Jaw Dropping Minimalistic Logo Examples
Keeping with the theme from the article above on de-branding, here are some minimalistic logos that accomplish a lot with very little.
Oh, and this is my article so... :)
Here's an example of one of my favorite ones.
#4 Why Every Entrepreneur Should Start with a Service
Many entrepreneurs have an aversion to service based businesses. I have one too. I'd much rather try to create something that doesn't require a trade of hours for dollars.
This often means that a lot of great opportunities are be missed. Early in your career as an entrepreneur, I think service based businesses can be wildly effective and if you do them right, they can even eventually become hands off cash flow assets.
I wrote an article similar to this one several years ago but I admit, this one written by the ConvertKit team is better.
#5 Simply Your Time Management with the "Rule of 4"
This is an article that I am not 100% sure if I agree with but I'd love for you to read it with an open mind and think critically about.
Maybe even reply to this email with you thoughts on it.
Basically it explains that we only really get a much smaller number of "great" hours of work in the day and how we manage those is where our real results can be found.
Liars, Tech Addiction and More
Published April 29th, 2021
#1 The 4 Types of Liars
Learn how to identify deceit to avoid the risk of being taken advantage of or making misguided decisions.
#2 No, You're Not Addicted to Your Digital Devices But You May Have a Habit You Want to Break
I think most of us think we're addicted to our digital devices. For digital entrepreneurs, our devices can feel even more enticing since they're instruments of non-stop business. This article will give better perspective on the issue.
#3 Forget about Setting Goals, Focus on This Instead
This post is actually an excerpt from the New York Time's best seller Atomic Habits by James Clear. He is an absolute genius who makes the topic of productivity compelling, easy to understand and somehow feel very original (even though the space is flooded with "me too" content). This post explains how goals are shared by successful people and failures. There is something else that actually leads to results and gratification.
#4 Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
his post is more of a massive reference guide to "mental models." These are simply proven processes of explaining or understanding things better. There are a countless number of mental models, and every field has their own, but these are the greatest hits. Warning though, this post is a doozy and might need to be bookmarked and read in multiple sittings for you to really get maximum value from it.
#5 You Get the Talent You Pay For
This is a highly debated topic in the entrepreneurship space: how much do you pay your employees? Although there is more to this than a 2 minute blog post can really cover, it's a thought provoking take that might make you reassess your views on what to pay your employees (if you have them).
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