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2013 Goals Report Card and Reflection

by Scott

At the end of last year, I wrote out everything I wanted to achieve in 2013.

Here’s how I finished up as well as some breakthrough realizations I had this year.

Goals Completed

Pay off student loans
Steady side income of over 2k a month that takes less than 4 hours of work to maintain
Reach 1,000 blog subscribers
Guest blog for 6 reputable blogs
Create and market a digital product
Travel to 2 new countries (China, Peru, Chile, Netherlands, Brazil)
Start an interview series
Drinking 1 less day per month
Create an LLC to write off expenses
Create an event that people love (New York Personal Development Meetup)
Redesign my blog
Go to China to visit one of my best friends while he’s there
Take 2 weekend trips with friends (Jackson Hole, Montauk …
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Behind the Scenes of My Tim Ferriss Mentorship Application

by Scott

It was 2am and my heart was racing uncontrollably. So many ideas. So much excitement about prospects for the future…

This is it. This is what I want for my life.

I’m not sure I remember any restless night as vividly as the one following the first time I picked up The 4 Hour Work Week.

Maybe it’s because that night marked the beginning of my romance with entrepreneurship and prompted me to quit my cushy job in Chicago to go work for lunch receipts at a tech startup in NYC.

This why I regularly bear hug my 4HWW book at least.

When Tim Ferriss mentioned he was offering a week long mentorship for someone to work with him and Noah Kagan, another guy I look up to, …
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Creating A Viral Slideshare: What I Learned

by Scott
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I created a slideshare presentation on sleep hacking a few months ago that has been viewed by over 110,000 people, shared publicly by the Founder and CEO of LinkedIn, and downloaded by over 450 people.

While a did a few things right, I also totally botched a ton of stuff.  I thought I’d share what I learned creating a viral slideshare.

But First Some Context

I created this slideshare to promote an online Skillshare class on Sleep Hacking. My goal was to use this piece of content to drive sign ups. The presentation was a synthesis of a ton of learning and self-experimentation that I’ve done on myself over the past year in my pursuit to get more waking hours while …
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Free Business Development Class on Udemy

by Scott

I’ve just posted a free business development class on Udemy called “BD 101: How to Get Meetings With Any Company.”

 

The  focus of the class is how to go about getting meetings with people you don’t know. This class is ideal for entry level BD/Sales people who will need to maverick their way into getting in the door or people who think they might want to work in business development at a startup.

The class is broken down into 5 video lectures spanning just under an hour:

Introduction to the class and setting yourself up for success
Finding and identifying decision makers
Introductions and how to ask for them
Cold email tactics and scripts
A primer on effective cold calling (includes scripts)

I originally taught this …
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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Entering the Workforce

by Scott

I’ve learned a lot from New York entrepreneur Vin Vacanti through his blog “How to Make it As A First Time Entrepreneur“. Recently he wrote a post on advice he would have given himself 5 years ago. It’s a great read that I suggest you check out.

Vin’s post inspired me to do some reflecting on my own journey. Here’s 10 things I wish I knew before entering the workforce 2 years ago:

 

Nothing is more valuable than a mentor. When anyone young approaches me for career advice, I tell them to find the person whose best at what they want to get good at and go work for them - assuming you’re simpatico of course. I’m all about baptism by fire – but …
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