Before knowing this I wasted most of my time too.

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For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing something that resembled writer’s block. It sucks to say. I picture myself as a disciplined writer who wakes up, sits down, and writes. But that hasn’t been the case the past couple of months.

This happened to me (as it may have happened to you) when I tried to improve my writing.

I started looking for advice. Advice from writers who have the following, the platform, the revenue I’m trying to achieve with my own writing.

It is helpful in many cases. But it has also slowed me down.

I was excited…

Hint: They’re not the same

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Title idea stolen from I Will Teach You To Be Rich — Ramit Sethi

When you’re learning how to invest, pretty much every education source you find teaches you to diversify your investments. Except for one guy.

His street name is The Oracle of Omaha. His real name is Warren Buffett.

If you don’t know of Mr. Buffett, he’s the 4th richest man in the world. His holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, is the 5th largest company on the planet.

“Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.”

At least, when I was desperate.

Like most of Generation Z, I want to live a contrarian life. And so far I have. I’m an elder of this young generation, and at my old age of 23, I have a responsibility to lead the rest of us.

I knew I wasn’t going to college. I wanted to be a businessman and college isn’t for that path. College is designed for your future employer, not for you. …

3 ways to make dropping out your advantage

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For the past hundred years, college has been the golden path for the youth. The yellow brick road.

Marketing, society, culture, elementary school, middle school, and high school have done an amazing job of getting our parents to evaluate their performance as parents based on what college we get into and graduate from.

I don’t know about you, but that pressure my parents felt passed right down onto me.

The completion rate for college is around 58.6%. Which leaves a lot of students without a degree. If you include the people who never went, more people don’t have a college…

Just another thing you never learned in school.

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On Thanksgiving weekend, I brought a girl home.

My family already knew her. We went to 2 proms together in highschool.

Like a cliche ‘coming of age’ movie, somehow the conversation found its way to my embarrassing childhood. My sister had no shame in bringing up what a difficult child I was. She’s not wrong. I was hard-headed and disagreeable.

My dad quickly agreed with her. Maybe a little too quickly…

The conversation morphed into my difficulties with school. Once we landed there I found some empathy from the group. …

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain

Times are changing. The way our parents became successful and lived their life is not the best option anymore.

They trained us poorly. By ‘they,’ I mean “The Man.” Big brother. Uncle Sam. The patriarchy.

They put us in preschool just to shape us up for kindergarten. In elementary school, they held getting into grade school over our heads. In grade school, high school was the fear tool of choice. In high school, it was college.

But when you look at college from the outside, you realize the whole thing isn’t set up for the students. The real customers of…

No one will know you’re pulling the strings.

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Tired of not getting what you want from people? Not getting what you want? Having to hide your greatness?

Collaborating with people who don’t see your greatness the way you see it is frustrating.

Whether it’s someone at work, your spouse, your kids, or your friends, a little manipulation goes a long way in making your life easier.

The idea of manipulating people is taboo in today’s society. We’d rather believe that no one is manipulating us. That we are immune to being pressured into doing things that we don’t want to do.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth…

The missing persona that every creator needs.

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When I decided to dive into writing I left the life of a manager and became a maker.

I never really realized I made this transition. I thought I was a maker all along. The truth was I spent my time planning and strategizing and not making.

It wasn’t until I dedicated myself to writing that I realized how different the maker mindset and the manager mindset were.

Just to give some more context in case your not sure of the difference between the two.

  • Maker — Deals with stuff and the creation of it. (writers, engineers, coders, designers, artists)

Sometimes the student is ready, and the teacher is nowhere to be found.

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I burned out.

I got cocky. I bit off more than I could chew. Then, I decided I needed to go off on my own.

A year before, I started as an intern at a digital marketing agency. I quickly moved up the ranks. The people who saw this happen: my parents, friends, mentors, bosses at the company, fed into the myth I created that I was the next young star.

My ego led me to believe I had everything. In truth, I had nothing except a fragile and fake self-confidence.

My quick rise at the company made me, and…

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How to find mentors that are only here for you.

What if the world's most accomplished people advised you at every troublesome turn in your life?

What if you had tens or even hundreds of these people? How much better would you handle trying times? Complex problems? Strategy?

What if they were with you all of the time? If you never had to reach out and schedule a call with them?

We’re going to explore how to create your own tribe of mentors. A tribe that gives you special advice that only you have access to.

These won’t be mentors in the traditional sense. You’ll never actually meet them, but…

Adam Stinson

Helping college dropouts gain control of their lives through financial education. Go to for a field guide to non-traditional success.

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