The 25 Most-Clicked Links from My Newsletter in 2018

The 25 Most-Clicked Links from My Newsletter in 2018

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The 25 Most-Clicked Links from My Newsletter in 2018
Photo by Matteo Pezzi What do roughly 1.5 million subscribers to my newsletter care about most? Or put another way, if they voted with clicks, what most caught their attention in 2018? The 25 items below are good candidates. They are the most-clicked links from my weekly “5-Bullet Friday” newsletter from January to December 2018. The most popular item received 75,000+ clicks and the 25th most popular still had more than 42,000 clicks. 5-Bullet Friday is a short email of five bullet points, sent out each Friday, and it has become somewhat famous for crashing websites (AKA “the hug of death,” as one reader put it). Each newsletter describes the five coolest things I’ve found or explored that week, often including books, gadgets, experimental supplements, tricks from experts, and weird stuff from all over the world.   Enjoy! [And if the spirit moves you, you can subscribe to 5-Bullet Friday here to see why it has one of the highest open rates in the newsletter world.] Here is the top-25 list, from most to least clicked: #1: Most popular post on Instagram — “I just bought a 40×30 print of this…” [75,637 clicks, published in January 26, 2018 newsletter] #2: What I’m reading [...]
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Kevin Systrom — Tactics, Books, and the Path to a Billion Users (#369)

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Kevin Systrom — Tactics, Books, and the Path to a Billion Users (#369)
“I think a big part of knowing that you’re right is working as hard as you can to prove that you’re wrong. And if you can’t, well, there’s only one option left, which is: [...]
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Amanda Palmer on Creativity, Pain, and Art (#368)

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Amanda Palmer on Creativity, Pain, and Art (#368)
“I’m just so fundamentally optimistic, and I barrel forth in life with this attitude that everything is going to be absolutely fine and go my way.” — Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer ( [...]
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Eric Schmidt — Lessons from a Trillion-Dollar Coach (#367)

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Eric Schmidt — Lessons from a Trillion-Dollar Coach (#367)
“You can systematize innovation even if you can’t completely predict it.” — Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) is Technical Advisor and Board Member to Alphabet Inc., where [...]
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Brecht Palombo from Distressed Pro Podcast hosts The Cashflow Chick

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Brecht Palombo from Distressed Pro Podcast hosts The Cashflow Chick
Raising capital for your next Note Investment can be hard. On this episode, we have Paige Panzarello, The Cashflow Chick, teaching us how she finds funding for herself and her clients. Paige has raise [...]
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Neil Gaiman — The Interview I’ve Waited 20 Years To Do (#366)

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Neil Gaiman — The Interview I’ve Waited 20 Years To Do (#366)
“The biggest problem we run into is going, ‘This is who I am, this is what I’m like, this is how I function’ while failing to notice that you don’t do that anymore.” [...]
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How to make a million dollars (with advice from actual millionaires)

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How to make a million dollars (with advice from actual millionaires)
We spoke with two millionaires who were able to earn their money through a powerful combination of two things: Investing and saving Earning more money through side hustles And we’ll show you exact [...]
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Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself To Code

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Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself To Code
Note from the editor: The following is a guest post by Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99), a journalist who’s written about technology and science for two decades. Clive is a longtime contributing w [...]
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Michael Pollan — Exploring the Frontiers of Psychedelics (#365)

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Michael Pollan — Exploring the Frontiers of Psychedelics (#365)
“An overactive ego is a tyrant.” – Michael Pollan Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivor [...]
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Safi Bahcall — On Thinking Big, Curing Cancer, and Transforming Industries (#364)

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Safi Bahcall — On Thinking Big, Curing Cancer, and Transforming Industries (#364)
“All these things you’re sure are true — what if they weren’t?” — Safi Bahcall Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that W [...]
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Tea Time with Tim — How to Find Mentors, Decrease Anxiety Through Training, and Much More (#363)

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Tea Time with Tim — How to Find Mentors, Decrease Anxiety Through Training, and Much More (#363)
Welcome to a special episode called “Tea Time with Tim,” for which I solicited phone numbers and then called a handful of you to field any questions you might have. Among other topics, we [...]
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“Trip of Compassion” — The Most Compelling Movie I’ve Seen In The Last Year

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“Trip of Compassion”  — The Most Compelling Movie I’ve Seen In The Last Year
“I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.”  — Actual patient featured in “Trip of Compassion” This post is about the most compelling movie I’ve seen [...]
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Graham Duncan — Talent Is The Best Asset Class (#362)

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Graham Duncan — Talent Is The Best Asset Class (#362)
Photo by Heidi Gutman/CNBC “Everyone’s genius is right next to their dysfunction.” — Graham Duncan Graham Duncan (@GrahamDuncanNYC) is the co-founder of East Rock Capital, a multi- [...]
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167 How To Buy a Note This Week with Brett Burky from PaperStac

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167 How To Buy a Note This Week with Brett Burky from PaperStac
How To Buy A Note This Week With Brett Burky From Paperstac In this week’s episode, I interview Brett Burky from Paperstac about exactly How To Buy a performing or non-performing note for investmen [...]
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Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath (#361)

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Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath (#361)
Photo by George Lange “I’m not really a business author; I just happen to have used companies as the method to study human systems because there’s great data.” — Jim Collins [...]
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Caterina Fake — Lessons from Flickr, Kickstarter, Etsy, and Much More (#360)

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Caterina Fake — Lessons from Flickr, Kickstarter, Etsy, and Much More (#360)
Credit: Richard Morgenstein “I really am a big believer in people’s creativity flourishing when they come at things from a different direction and see things in a different way.” — [...]
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From Unhappy CPA To Successful Real Estate Investor

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From Unhappy CPA To Successful Real Estate Investor
They say when one door closes on you, another door opens—as it did for today’s guest. Tom Cafarella found himself working at a job he hated. One that he studied for in college and was expected to [...]
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15 lessons on money and marriage from couples who have been married 10+ years

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15 lessons on money and marriage from couples who have been married 10+ years
We asked members of the IWT community who have been married at least 10 years (aka “forever” in Hollywood years) to share their #1 piece of financial advice for couples. Here’s what they said: [...]
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Tobi Lütke — The Oracle of Ottawa (#359)

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Tobi Lütke — The Oracle of Ottawa (#359)
“Feedback is a gift.” — Tobi Lütke Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store c [...]
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From Broke To Brave—Just Say Yes And Figure It Out

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From Broke To Brave—Just Say Yes And Figure It Out
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Jena Rodriguez—BraveMasters.com. Jena is a wife, mother, serial entrepreneur, love-of-all-things business, a brand specia [...]
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Ken Block — The Story of DC Shoes, Rally Car Racing, and 500+ Million Views (#358)

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Ken Block — The Story of DC Shoes, Rally Car Racing, and 500+ Million Views (#358)
Credits: Hoonigan Racing Division “In life — from the simplest thing to the biggest thing — I want to be proud of what it is and stake my claim: ‘That’s mine and that’s how [...]
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Susan Cain — How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity (#357)

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Susan Cain — How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity (#357)
Photo by Pasi Salminen “So often, when you see someone who’s really good at almost anything, it’s because they actually started out exactly the opposite — and then they cared so mu [...]
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The Wise Way From Hard-Knocks To Accomplished Success

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The Wise Way From Hard-Knocks To Accomplished Success
In this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Grant Wise—serial entrepreneur and the founder of Real Estate Marketing University, an online media training company [...]
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Peter Mallouk — Exploring the Worlds of Investing, Assets, and Quality of Life (#356)

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Peter Mallouk — Exploring the Worlds of Investing, Assets, and Quality of Life (#356)
“You spend the first 20 years of being rich accumulating all of this stuff. And then you’ll spend the next 20 years trying to get out of one thing after another to simplify your life.̶ [...]
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Even The Pros Can Get Poor Response Rates—What You Can Learn From Them

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Even The Pros Can Get Poor Response Rates—What You Can Learn From Them
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by: Aaron Williams Mimi Schmidt Erik Peterson Mike Zaino Tate Litchfield Scott Todd For the first Round Table [...]
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Greg McKeown — How to Master Essentialism (#355)

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Greg McKeown — How to Master Essentialism (#355)
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” — Greg McKeown Greg McKeown (@GregoryMcKeown) is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined [...]
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April 2018 Net Worth Update

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April 2018 Net Worth Update
  This is my official April 2018 Net Worth Update. Below are my actual numbers for ALL my investments and liabilities as of 05/01/2018. Detailed explanations and a quick summary can be found belo [...]
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Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead

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Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead
I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” [...]
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Real 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies — How to Generate 8-Figure Revenue at Age 21 (Or Any Age) (#354)

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Real 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies — How to Generate 8-Figure Revenue at Age 21 (Or Any Age) (#354)
“I think the role of the entrepreneur in the world is to find ways to do things better or more efficiently and then try to do that as many times over with the help of other people.” — Sa [...]
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Patrick Collison — CEO of Stripe (#353)

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Patrick Collison — CEO of Stripe (#353)
Credit: O Hello Media, Eric Ananmalay “If people around you don’t think what you’re doing is a bit strange, maybe it’s not strange enough.” — Patrick Collison Patrick C [...]
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Dr. Peter Attia vs. Tim Ferriss (#352)

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Dr. Peter Attia vs. Tim Ferriss (#352)
“Unhappiness is at the root of more pain, I would suspect, than any ailment that falls in the ‘physical’ body. And to think that we have compounds that could play such an important r [...]
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Real 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies — Allen Walton and SpyGuy, The Path to Seven Figures (#351)

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Real 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies — Allen Walton and SpyGuy, The Path to Seven Figures (#351)
“And then I wake up at 7:00 a.m., and I roll over and look at my phone. And I have a notification from Shopify saying that I made my first sale for $149. And I let out this huge, orgasmic noise of r [...]
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Dr. Andrew Weil — Optimal Health, Plant Medicine, and More (#350)

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Dr. Andrew Weil — Optimal Health, Plant Medicine, and More (#350)
“I’ve gotten away with saying the most outrageous things because I’m not angry. And people listen, and we can have actual dialog.” — Dr. Andrew Weil  Andrew Weil, M.D. (@DrWeil) is [...]
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LeBron James and His Top-Secret Trainer, Mike Mancias (#349)

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LeBron James and His Top-Secret Trainer, Mike Mancias (#349)
Photo by Eric Ray Davidson “I try to put myself in a mental state of, ‘How do I learn from that defeat? How do I learn from that loss?'” — LeBron James “Recovery never stops. [...]
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Dave Elitch — How to Get Out of Your Own Way (#348)

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Dave Elitch — How to Get Out of Your Own Way (#348)
Photo by Dan Gillan “Slow down. Do it again.” — Dave Elitch Dave Elitch (IG: @daveelitch) first garnered attention with his band Daughters of Mara’s debut album I am Destroyer in 2 [...]
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Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)

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Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)
Stan Grof (right) with the legendary Albert Hofmann (left), the first person to synthesize LSD. “I realized people were not having LSD experiences; they were having experiences of themselves. Bu [...]
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Avatar Director James Cameron’s Daily Routine for Endurance and Stamina (Plus: James’s Smoothie Recipe)

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Avatar Director James Cameron’s Daily Routine for Endurance and Stamina (Plus: James’s Smoothie Recipe)
Note from the editor: This post accompanies the recent episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show and the Tribe of Mentors podcasts featuring Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron. It explores James’s dail [...]
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James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron — How to Think Big, Start Small, and Change the World (#346)

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James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron — How to Think Big, Start Small, and Change the World (#346)
“Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.” — James Cameron James Cameron (@jimcameron) is a filmmaker and deep sea explorer. He is writer, director and produc [...]
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Doug McMillon — CEO of Walmart (#345)

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Doug McMillon — CEO of Walmart (#345)
Doug McMillon (IG: @dougmcmillon) is president and chief executive officer of Walmart, a company that, if it were a country, would be the 25th largest economy in the world. Walmart serves 265 million [...]
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May 2018 Net Worth Update

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May 2018 Net Worth Update
  This is my official May 2018 Net Worth Update. Below are my actual numbers for ALL my investments and liabilities as of 05/31/2018. Detailed explanations and a quick summary can be found below. [...]
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June 2018 Net Worth Update

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June 2018 Net Worth Update
  This is my official June 2018 Net Worth Update. Below are my actual numbers for ALL my investments and liabilities as of 07/01/2018. Detailed explanations and a quick summary can be found below [...]
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July 2018 Net Worth Update

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July 2018 Net Worth Update
  This is my official July 2018 Net Worth Update. Below are my actual numbers for ALL my investments and liabilities as of 08/01/2018. Detailed explanations and a quick summary can be found below [...]
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August 2018 Net Worth Update

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August 2018 Net Worth Update
  This is my official August  2018 Net Worth Update. Below are my actual numbers for ALL my investments and liabilities as of 09/03/2018. Detailed explanations and a quick summary can be found b [...]
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A.J. Jacobs — 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude (#344)

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A.J. Jacobs — 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude (#344)
Photo by Lem Lattimer “Paradoxically but wonderfully, focusing on someone else’s happiness will actually make you happier.” — A.J. Jacobs A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs) takes over the sh [...]
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Seth Godin on How to Say “No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life (#343)

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Seth Godin on How to Say “No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life (#343)
Photo by Brian Bloom “Price is a story.” — Seth Godin Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog, seths.blog) is the author of 18 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 35 language [...]
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Sam Harris, Ph.D. — How to Master Your Mind (#342)

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Sam Harris, Ph.D. — How to Master Your Mind (#342)
Photo by Christopher Michel “The goal of meditation is to uncover a form of wellbeing that is inherent to the nature of our minds.” — Sam Harris Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) received a deg [...]
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How to borrow from your 401k — with 3 alternatives

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How to borrow from your 401k — with 3 alternatives
A 401k is one of the most powerful investment vehicles for retirement — and it’s IWT’s favorite thing ever for several reasons: Pre-tax investments. You don’t get taxed on the money you cont [...]
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42 money-making side hustle ideas for 2018

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42 money-making side hustle ideas for 2018
A good side hustle idea can open the door to unlimited earning potential. My team and I have spent more than a decade building money-making systems that have earned my students $1,000 and more on the [...]
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Nick Kokonas — How to Apply World-Class Creativity to Business, Art, and Life (#341)

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Nick Kokonas — How to Apply World-Class Creativity to Business, Art, and Life (#341)
“I just look at some things and go, “Why is that? Why does it work that way?” Oftentimes, the people most entrenched in a system have no idea why.” — Nick Kokonas Nick Kokonas (IG: @ [...]
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The Journey From Desperation To Inspiration In A Glass Elevator

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The Journey From Desperation To Inspiration In A Glass Elevator
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Geoff Nicholson—GeoffNicholson.uk. Geoff works with people all over the world—entrepreneurs, CEO’s and other high pe [...]
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Paul Stamets — The Mushroom King on Medicine, Psychedelics, and Saving Humanity (#340)

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Paul Stamets — The Mushroom King on Medicine, Psychedelics, and Saving Humanity (#340)
“The war against nature is a war against your own biology.” — Paul Stamets Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fun [...]
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