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101 Stories of People with Day Jobs Creating Side Hustles

On January 1, I began a new project: to publish a story every day of someone who starts an income-generating project (a "side hustle") without quitting their day job.

The project failed and I decided to give up. Just kidding! We are relentlessly moving along, publishing story after story—and it's getting better and better!

I recently completed the first 100 days. There's much more to come, but I'm excited about everything I've learned since beginning back in January.

If you're just joining in, you can also catch up on any recent episode from the links below.
Download all episodes from each month:

January | February | March | April

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Can You Master “People Skills” By Reading a Book?

Have you ever wished that you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work.

As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards believes that people skills should never be considered "optional." Over the past decade, she's studied the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab, the Science of People, and she's developed shortcuts, formulas, and blueprints for getting along with absolutely anyone you may encounter.

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“We Run Away from Desperation:” Thoughts on Pursuing a Creative Idea

I recently recorded a Side Hustle School episode about Michelle D’Avella, a designer who spent several years building a blog before turning it into a full-time income.

The first year she started her blog, she made $0. Last year, after experimenting with a series of virtual workshops and mentoring sessions, she made $50,000. The success isn’t just about making money, it’s also (maybe even more importantly) about finding work she believes in.

Her advice to others is to create from a place of joy.

"Don’t put so much pressure on figuring it all out, but make sure what you’re doing is something you can feel good about. When we create from joy, people feel it. When we create from lack, people feel it too. We run away from desperation."

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The Importance of Upgrading Your Tools

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In Skills Development, I shared the importance of developing our skills to achieve maximum results.
Similarly, it’s important to have the best tools to achieve the best results. By tools, I mean whatever software or equipment you use for your work. For a blogger it includes your laptop and your mobile device. For a video editor it includes your editing software.
When we have inadequate tools, we need to spend extra time to offset their limitations, even if we have the best skills for the job. On the other hand, when we have the best tools (and by best, I mean the right tools), we cut down the time taken to achieve a certain result. This time can be used elsewhere on more important things.
My Experience
Back in my previous company, I had to do a lot of data mining. I remember this software I had to use to get market data — it was usable but slow. Every click took about 10 seconds before it returned a result. Sometimes it took minutes. Sometimes it would hang.
Because of this software, I would spend countless late nights getting data. The end result — getting the reports done — was never implicated because I was always sacrificing sleep to meet them....

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How to be an Email Master

Fingers typing on a keyboard

Email is just a tool to get things done, not a measure of our productivity. But because people tend to recognize what’s new, they tend to get to their new mail first rather than recognizing what's important on their to-do list. Here are 7 tips to spend less time at your inbox.

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Why We Should Be Like Tim

Tim Doesn't Give a Shit

We live in a world where we are continuously pushed to be more like others. Where we are made to tightly fit into a mold from young. Where we are expected to conform through rigid systems and societal pressures, and get beaten down when we don’t.
In this day and age, perhaps it pays to be like Tim:
How to be like Tim:

  1. Stop trying to please. Other people’s anger and unhappiness are not your problem. Let go and learn to focus on your emotions instead. Read: How to Be Happy
  2. Stop comparing. You can use others as benchmarks to become better, but don’t stress yourself out when you don’t achieve X or Y. You have your natural talents and it is your role to discover and harness them, not to copy others and fit yourself into a mold. A goldfish’s natural talent is to swim just as a bird’s natural talent is to fly. When you insist on subjecting yourself to others’ paths and achievements, you can never unleash your own true ability. Read: Why You Should Stop Comparing (and How to Do So)
  3. Recognize your own worth and unique place in this world.

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6 Tips to Deal with Digital Burnout in Today’s World

Man feeling stressed at his work desk: Dealing with Digital Burnout

Recently some readers told me that they have been feeling overwhelmed by the huge flood of information online these days.
I feel the same. This was why I deleted my Facebook page (though I just got back on Facebook to give it another try). It’s also why I unsubscribed from almost every newsletter, deleted various social media accounts, and simplified my entire site design last year.
If you use the internet a lot like I do, you probably feel digitally burnt out at times. Digital burnout is fatigue and stress caused by prolonged use of technology. As technology makes it easier to transmit information; as businesses adopt addictive web design elements to keep users on their site past the point of optimal use; and as the internet becomes more click-bait rather than quality-driven (a natural occurrence when something reaches mass adoption), we need to be more conscious about how we use it.
Here are 6 tips to deal with digital burnout and navigate our increasingly digitized world.
1) Opt out of information you don’t need
The web has made it incredibly easy for information to travel. Within a span of minutes, we are flooded with information from 10 different websites as we click from one news feed link to another....

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The Number of Failures Before Success [Infographic]

How Many Times Should You Try? [Infographic]

In a society where the one thing constantly celebrated and harped on is success, sometimes we forget the failures that come along with every “person of the year” cover story. Today’s infographic highlights some of the failures experienced by world-renowned individuals:
Breaking it down,

  • Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California Film School 3 times. He eventually attended another school, only to drop out and become a director. He returned school to earn his BA 35 years later.[1]
  • Productivity guru Tim Ferris was rejected by publishers 25 times for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. It went on to become a New York Times’ Best Seller, as has his next two books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.[2]
  • Founder of Pandora, Tim Westergren, was rejected by over 300 VCs when pitching for funding. The company spent 2.5 years broke. To compensate for the lack of funds, Westergren worked for free and convinced others to do the same.[3]
  • Richard Branson launched 400 companies before founding one that is out of this world (Virgin Galactic).

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How to Find Purpose After a Hard Fall in Life

Silhouette

Last week a course participant shared with me that she just had a hard fall in life.
She recently lost her baby, left her job, and has been working on her startup in the past year which has not taken off in the way she wanted.
She asked me if I have any thoughts on reshuffling, reprioritizing, or finding new purpose in life, as she is not really sure if what she thought she wanted before is worth it anymore.
When I heard what happened my heart immediately went out to her. I have already responded to her privately but I thought to write this post in case any of you are going through a tough phase in life.
1) Give yourself space to grief, to heal
Firstly I’m not going to tell you that what doesn’t break you will make you stronger.
Instead I’m going to tell you to grieve and take some time out for yourself first. Our society today is very much about doing. Do, do, do. Move on. Get over things. Get over yourself.
Yet we are humans, not robots. When we fall we need time to heal and climb back up. When we have an emotional fall the wounds may not be visible,...

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How To Know When You’re Making Progress, Journey of Enlightenment, And More [PEP011]

Silhouette of man climbing mountain

Hey everyone! After a LONG hiatus since my last episode, I’m back on the podcast with episode 11. 🙂 Last week on my newsletter, I asked you to send in your questions. Over the weekend, I compiled and answered YOUR awesome questions, including questions on confidence, decision making, enlightenment, and how to be a coach.
In this episode of PE Podcast (PEP011), I talk about

  • How to know you’re making progress when you’re not seeing results
  • How to make a decision and avoid disappointing someone
  • Are you enlightened? How to know if you have reached enlightenment
  • The roadmap to measure your consciousness
  • How to address the lack of confidence
  • The problem with YouTube in general today
  • Why Instagram can be toxic for your well-being
  • The ONE thing that’s most important in life – Career? Health?
  • Tips to be organized and the calendar system I use
  • Coaching: My tips for those of you who want to be a coach

https://personalexcellence.co/podcast/11/

  • Listen via iTunes: https://personalexcellence.co/itunes/
  • Listen via Stitcher: https://personalexcellence.co/stitcher/
  • Related Resources:

    • The 21-Day Incubation Period
    • [Manifesto] ESPER Goal Achievement Framework
    • Map of Consciousness
    • Are Coaching Courses Necessary To Be a Coach?

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