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ONE37pm Is Growing FAST. Want to Join the Team?

For the more than three years that ONE37pm has been a presence online, we’ve learned never to settle and, perhaps most importantly, stay curious. We’ve grown and evolved into what we are today, a one-stop-shop for all things you’re intrigued by, whether that be NFTs, Gaming, Music, Sports Cards, Sports, Culture, and everything in between.

As ONE37pm emerges on the other side of those three years, we’re looking to grow again, and we need your help to do so. We are looking to expand our team across all areas, including editorial, content creation, operations, and beyond.

Are you looking to get into the world of content creation? Take a look at the roles listed below, send us your info, and let’s talk.

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  • Managing Editor
    • ONE37pm is looking for an energetic, curious, and experienced Managing Editor to join our growing team. If the fast changing world of male culture across web3/NFTs, Gaming, Fashion, Sports, Music, Collectibles & Popular Culture is all of interest to you, then ONE37pm is the perfect spot. The ideal candidate for the role brings an open mind to the workplace daily, ready to get their hands dirty & learn on the fly, as the media & content landscape evolves daily just as we do. We are looking for this hire to come with experience of running an editorial team that has published content to a site, as well as understand the importance of social & modern day distribution tactics. This role will both oversee the editorial staff, as well as manage the freelance network. There will be cross collaborative work with our video & creative team, and will report directly to the Editor in Chief / General Manager. The role is based in NYC & will be a hybrid of remote and in person work. 
      • Oversee the content creation process from conception to writing through editing & publishing across platforms.
      • Supervise team of editors & writers.
      • Work with the Editor in Chief to help define ongoing editorial direction & implement across platforms so that the brand is presented on a unified front.
      • Be accountable for growth across site & newsletter via best practices including SEO & strategic growth drivers.
      • Oversee freelance network.
  • Creative Director
    • ONE37pm is looking for a Creative Director who can lead a team of thinkers and doers with a strong creative vision and strategy. We’re looking for an experienced creative leader of people, someone that can inspire others, give constructive feedback to build up other creatives on the team, execute on large campaigns and take our creative to a new level as we continue to grow. The ideal candidate will have a natural eye for design and a drive to inspire dynamic ideas that connect with all types of audiences. One of the main objectives for this role will be to create and strategize a cohesive brand identity and voice across all platforms and client campaigns. This role will report into the General Manager, the role is based in NYC & will be a hybrid of remote and in person work.
      • Lead a team of graphic designers, video editors, social media managers, photographers, and project managers in the strategic development of messages and deliverables.
      • Lead and prioritize resources across engagements based on short- and long-term needs, establishing production schedules by collaborating with designers, copywriters, and production departments.
      • Conduct brainstorming sessions with the creative team, maintaining strategic and creative thinking to develop innovative and actionable creative initiatives.
      • Review and approve content and copy developed by the team, ensuring deliverables that effectively address content output goals.
      • Produce fresh, innovative work that translates complex ideas into compelling content ideas and digital storytelling for visually sophisticated audiences.
  • Sponsored Content Lead
    • ONE37pm is looking for a Sponsored Content Lead to join our editorial content team. If evolving culture as it relates to Sports, Fashion, Music, Collectibles, Web3/NFTs, Gaming, and Popular Culture is something that you are passionate and curious about, a role at ONE37pm will be a great fit for you.  As a Sponsored Content Lead, you’ll work collaboratively with our brand partners, writers, and editorial directors to create sponsored lifestyle content.  The ideal candidate has experience with editing and writing, and will be detail-oriented and organized, bringing a passion for lifestyle content.  The Sponsored Content Lead will manage our writers and act as a day-to-day project manager for our sponsored content team, reporting directly to the General Manager.  You will work closely with project managers, sales, and marketing teams to strategize with clients to determine goals and assets and communicate these directions from clients to our writers and editors in order to deliver high quality content that satisfies our client’s needs.
      • Work collaboratively with our writers and editors to define concepts and ideas for projects that will meet our client’s needs.
      • Work with our project managers and marketing teams at Gallery Media Group to ensure that the client’s goals are being met while also meeting the editorial standards at ONE37pm.
      • Write and edit content to be published across various platforms.
      • Manage writers and editors to ensure that the team is meeting expectations and deadlines.
      • Provide editorial feedback to writers and take ownership of the content campaigns.
      • Manage concurrent campaigns that the team is responsible for delivering on.
      • Work with the sponsored content team at Gallery Media Group to generate metrics and reports to be shared with the executive team.
Editorial
  • Resident Staff Writer
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a versatile and curious writer that understands the culture of the brand and is looking to publish volume of content. Ideal candidates will have a working knowledge of the worlds of style, sports and culture, with a keen eye for the emergence of web3 technology and how it will impact these fields.
  • Sneaker Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking for a sneaker-focused staff writer resident to help expand the brand’s burgeoning coverage of footwear. An ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of the current sneaker landscape, NBA culture, the history of kicks and the emergence of new technologies in the world of footwear.
  • Emerging Profile Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a style resident with a special focus on writing profiles on emerging talent in the fashion world. An ideal candidate is someone who identifies bubbling trends before they explode, pays close attention to independent/small designers and keeps an eye on the high fashion landscape.
Creative
  • Google Web Stories Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a Google Web Stories Resident. If you have an eye & the ability to execute stories on Google’s emerging Web Stories platform, then we want to talk to you. Telling stories comes in many shapes and sizes, GWS is one of the newest forms of storytelling that garners an incredible amount of engagement. We are looking for someone who understands telling succinct stories with words and images. This role will be tasked with creating a volume of content across multiple topic verticals to be covered on GWS on a daily basis. 
NFT
  • NFT Editor
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a lead editor for its NFT vertical. This role will oversee content published to the site via staff writers and freelance network. You live and breathe NFTs & Web 3.0 culture. Your knowledge of the technology behind NFTs, custodial wallets, smart contracts, and the community is top-notch. In this role you will also be tasked with publishing pieces of your own.  
  • NFT Graphic Design Resident 
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a resident graphic designer for its NFT vertical. Deep knowledge of Photoshop or a similar program is necessary. This role will be tasked with creating a volume of content across multiple platforms. You’re a practitioner of content, and someone whose creativity knows no bounds.
  • NFT Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to grow its team of writers for its NFT vertical. The ideal candidate has their finger on the pulse of the space and is able to translate that through written word. Both short form and long form content will be tasked, as well as both timely and evergreen pieces. Your knowledge of the technology behind NFTs, custodial wallets, smart contracts, and the community is unmatched.
  • NFT Resident Video Creator
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a short form video creator for its NFT vertical. You have passion for all that is happening in the Web 3 ecosystem and are able to keep up with its ever-changing pace. Curiosity should fuel your content. This candidate will be proficient in Adobe Suite or comparable programs. 
Gaming
  • Gaming Producer
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a short form content producer for its Gaming vertical. Content, content, content. Not sure if there’s a place where this rings more true than in the world of gaming. We’re looking to bring on a social producer focused on pre & post-production of our gaming content: graphic design, video editing, sound engineering, you name it. Modern-day editing skills will be necessary for success in this role.
Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
    • ONE37pm is looking to add a full-stack developer to the team to ensure we are at the forefront of new-age media. The world of NFTs is brand new and is changing practically by the minute, and we want someone who can stay ahead of that curve. If this sounds like you, we want to talk!

Please note: Candidates must be US-based as we are unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.

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What Is Odell Beckham Jr.’s Net Worth?

In November, Odell Beckham Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Rams and in the weeks since, he’s already scored multiple touchdowns. It’s looking like he’ll have yet another incredible season both on and off the field, with his new contract reportedly worth up to $4.25 million. It’ll add to his estimated net worth of approximately $40 million. So how did he do it?

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NFL career

Odell was selected as the #12 pick by the Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and for his first year in the league, he was paid a salary of $420k, with a signing bonus of approximately $5.88 million. In his second year, his salary doubled to $840k. In 2016 and 2017, he was paid $1.36 million and $1.83 million respectively. In August of 2018, removed from his rookie contract, Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with New York.

Of course, for the 2019 season, he ended up with the Cleveland Browns. That first year with them, his salary was a whopping $16.75 million. In 2020, he was paid $14 million with the Browns, and this past year, he was paid $14.5 million. His salary with the Los Angeles Rams is $750k, but he also received a $500k signing bonus.

In total, including salary, signing bonuses, roster bonuses, workout bonuses, incentives, and more, it is estimated that Odell Beckham Jr. has made a massive $79,896,476 from his career with the NFL. Of course, that doesn’t include how he has leveraged his football career for opportunities off of the field, like endorsements.

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Sponsorships

In the spring of 2017, it was reported that Nike acquired Odell Beckham Jr. as a brand ambassador for the next five years. Although no numbers were confirmed, the deal was rumored to be worth $25 million. This is the largest shoe deal in NFL history and was attributed not just to how great of a wide receiver that Odell is, but how popular he continues to be off of the field. The contract also reportedly allows Beckham to extend for a further three years and an additional $23 million.

As well as Nike, Beckham has worked with brands like Daniel Wellington, Head & Shoulders, EA Sports, Foot Locker, Dunkin Donuts, Lenovo, and more. He’s become the face of many of these brands, airing in commercials for them that have been seen by millions and have undoubtedly earned him millions.

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Business ventures

In the summer of 2019, Odell launched ITN Productions, part of a pact with Wheelhouse Entertainment. It saw the immediate launch of his YouTube which has since accumulated 400k+ subscribers and nearly 18 million views.

The Rams’ wide receiver has also invested in numerous start-ups, including ones in esports and financial technology. He and Kevin Durant invested in Vision Esports together in addition to Titan, an investment strategy app. Other investors include Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures.

Finally, in March of this year, the football player signed on to become a strategic advisor for a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by Tribe Capital Management. When the deal was announced, Beckham said that he started investing in start-ups shortly after joining the league and that he never wanted football to define him, despite his love of it.

All in all, it’s clear that Odell Beckham Jr. has financial aspirations beyond his sports career and he started planning his exit from football and his life outside of it very early on. His current estimated net worth of $40 million before he is thirty years old is very impressive and will only continue to grow if he stays on his current path.

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Insyde Shares His Inspiring Journey from Music to TikTok and Esports

Many teens dream of making music that will blow into virality online, yet it is often a dream, and almost never comes to fruition. Not so with former Chick-Fil-A employee turned internet celebrity, musician, and entrepreneur Insyde. He wrote and recorded a song and posted it to his SoundCloud account as a social experiment, opening the door for his rise to social media fame. Since then he has moved into posting viral TikTok videos, and he has become a manager for esports organization Azuric. ONE37pm got the opportunity to hear Insyde’s story in his own words:

I have always been interested in creating, even when I was quite young. From age 10 to around age 15, I was borrowing books from the library about filmmaking, graphic design, web development, and marketing. It didn’t matter that I only understood half of these books at the time. If I did not understand something, I would research until I figured it out. Most people view autism as a crutch, but I viewed it as a tool, it gave me attention to detail and kept me laser focused on the things I really was interested in—like marketing.

Like many people, I always had a feeling that I wanted to be famous. One day I decided to try an experiment just to see how viral I could go online with just the marketing skills I had learned online and from books I got from my local library. I had been listening to a lot of free youtube beats at the time, and I had one that I liked, so I just put it into a free recording app, and used the worst microphone ever and recorded a song. It took me roughly an hour total to record the song, then I posted it on SoundCloud, pitched it to some big repost accounts, and let it sit. I had a summer camp for a week the next day, so I went to that and never thought twice about it.

Insyde

Most people view autism as a crutch, but I viewed it as a tool; it gave me attention to detail and kept me laser focused on the things I really was interested in—like marketing.

Boy, was I in for a surprise when I got home and saw that I had over 300,000 streams in a week, and saw that my song was near the top of the weekly SoundCloud charts. I immediately got to work and got it released on all the major streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music. I even got a quick music video together and uploaded it on YouTube. I made sure all my social media accounts—like my Twitter account and my Instagram account—were branded the same and all linked on my SoundCloud profile. Being a digital marketing enthusiast, I employed various marketing strategies I had learned from online guides and the books I had acquired from the local library. Even then I could not predict the virality of the project; I never thought it would blow up to over 1 million streams in just a month, which is incredible even for many mainstream artists on SoundCloud. Don’t get me wrong, I had confidence. I knew it would work, but I was not prepared for the extent at which it would do so.

In early 2020, I decided to try my hand at other social media platforms, so I started focusing on creating content for the short-form video platform TikTok. My marketing experience—along with the attention to detail that came with my autism—led me to quickly figure out the TikTok algorithm, and I almost immediately had multiple videos go viral, totaling over 120 million views combined in a 3 month period. I remember when I hit 500,000 followers on Tiktok, which I celebrated in a Twitter post on April 10, 2021. 

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In January 2021, I started my entrepreneurship journey into esports management when I joined esports organization Azuric as their general manager.

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Esports is a quickly developing field, and most traditional businesspeople are overlooking it as a viable revenue machine, but with the internet being increasingly monetized, there are all kinds of opportunities to build large businesses based on esports. People just seem to hesitate and think esports is ‘too big of a risk’, and just get too scared to invest time and money into it. They are losing out on big opportunities.

I never dreamed that anything I could ever do would make any impact on many people at all. Yet here I am 2 years later. My music has been streamed millions of times; videos I have posted online have been viewed over 150 million times. It feels surreal, and at the same time I don’t feel the way I thought I would feel. 

Keep up with Insyde and Azuric on social media!

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Marguerite deCourcelle Explains the Bigger Picture of NFTs

On this week’s episode of Huh, Tyler Schmitt speaks with CEO of Blockade Games, Marguerite deCourcelle aka Coin Artist. This episode is jam-packed with so much helpful information, but there’s one primary through-line: the importance of education. NFTs are hot, but the new technology (which isn’t even that new), should not be viewed as a cash grab; it’s a paradigm shift for the way we consume and—perhaps more importantly—produce content.

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Maguerite was initially a visual artist, and so she brings an incredible perspective to the ongoing conversation about NFTs, digital art, gaming and more potential use-cases for the tech. Early on in the conversation, Maguerite highlights one of the primary benefits of NFT technology, the democratization of selling art: “I’m very excited about the idea of artists and creatives having this opportunity to take more ownership and control over their futures. Their future, their work, their destiny. And not needing the third party to kind of dictate or gatekeep that opportunity for them.”

They go on to discuss the importance of learning about the technology before hopping on the bandwagon; you shouldn’t just mint an NFT because you heard it was a hot button. Maguerite is hesitant about the way many have been viewing NFTs and their current coverage. Many people are talking about biggest sales and record earnings; these conversations aim to validate NFTs as a form of art distribution. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: “In reality, they’re opening this channel between consumer and content creator.”

Maguerite goes on to explain her insistence that people educate themselves on NFTs before getting involved: “If you can’t actually mint your own NFT, I really don’t think you have any business in selling it. Because you’re giving people some sort of promise that you know what you’re doing and if you don’t understand NFTs, then you have no vision. If you have no vision, then why should people be buying this thing that’s supposed to last forever?”

Her advice for getting involved? Simple. Get involved! “I swear to god, the only thing that is going to help you is just doing it.” Maguerite recommends checking out OpenSea’s vast catalogue of resources and then to “just start participating to some degree.” The best way to learn about the process will be by doing it.

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Maguerite’s career as an artist, gamer and technologist allows her to provide unique insight into content creation generally. I couldn’t possibly fit every gem from this episode into this article, so you’ll have to listen to the full episode to squeeze every last iota of knowledge out of the incredible creator.

That said, here’s one final piece of advice from Maguerite: “Be conscientious of how can you contribute, what is your strength, and when you explore that and what is your value add to the experience, you’ll start unlocking little wins that will be insightful for you, regardless of you being a content creator or an investor.”

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Marguerite deCourcelle Explains the Bigger Picture of NFTs 2

On this week’s episode of Huh, Tyler Schmitt speaks with CEO of Blockade Games, Marguerite deCourcelle aka Coin Artist. This episode is jam-packed with so much helpful information, but there’s one primary through-line: the importance of education. NFTs are hot, but the new technology (which isn’t even that new), should not be viewed as a cash grab; it’s a paradigm shift for the way we consume and—perhaps more importantly—produce content.

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Maguerite was initially a visual artist, and so she brings an incredible perspective to the ongoing conversation about NFTs, digital art, gaming and more potential use-cases for the tech. Early on in the conversation, Maguerite highlights one of the primary benefits of NFT technology, the democratization of selling art: “I’m very excited about the idea of artists and creatives having this opportunity to take more ownership and control over their futures. Their future, their work, their destiny. And not needing the third party to kind of dictate or gatekeep that opportunity for them.”

They go on to discuss the importance of learning about the technology before hopping on the bandwagon; you shouldn’t just mint an NFT because you heard it was a hot button. Maguerite is hesitant about the way many have been viewing NFTs and their current coverage. Many people are talking about biggest sales and record earnings; these conversations aim to validate NFTs as a form of art distribution. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: “In reality, they’re opening this channel between consumer and content creator.”

Maguerite goes on to explain her insistence that people educate themselves on NFTs before getting involved: “If you can’t actually mint your own NFT, I really don’t think you have any business in selling it. Because you’re giving people some sort of promise that you know what you’re doing and if you don’t understand NFTs, then you have no vision. If you have no vision, then why should people be buying this thing that’s supposed to last forever?”

Her advice for getting involved? Simple. Get involved! “I swear to god, the only thing that is going to help you is just doing it.” Maguerite recommends checking out OpenSea’s vast catalogue of resources and then to “just start participating to some degree.” The best way to learn about the process will be by doing it.

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Maguerite’s career as an artist, gamer and technologist allows her to provide unique insight into content creation generally. I couldn’t possibly fit every gem from this episode into this article, so you’ll have to listen to the full episode to squeeze every last iota of knowledge out of the incredible creator.

That said, here’s one final piece of advice from Maguerite: “Be conscientious of how can you contribute, what is your strength, and when you explore that and what is your value add to the experience, you’ll start unlocking little wins that will be insightful for you, regardless of you being a content creator or an investor.”

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Sean Does Magic…And So Much More

“TikTok is just for dancing.” 

For some people, that may be their perspective, but boy, would they be missing out on a great platform. Platforms do not generally discriminate on the content subject and Sean Does Magic is proof of that. 

He joined ONE37pm’s Sean Millea to talk about his come-up, career, and plans for the future.

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The incredibly popular magician has found a home on TikTok, creating daily content that leaves people speechless…including some of the members here at ONE37pm and Team GaryVee:

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Of course, though, this type of success doesn’t happen overnight. There are hours of sacrifice, over years of his life, that led to him being prepared for this moment.

Sean: “I started magic at the age of six.” 

The funny thing about Sean is that when he started posting content, magic was still an after-thought. 

Sean: “I started by doing things that weren’t magic… I posted my first magic video and it got 12 million views… and went from there.” 

“I feel like I have a personality outside of magic… I like to show that through these skits and comedy videos” Sean said.

In a bizarre 12 months, Sean’s work has had to rely heavily on the virtual aspect. He uses TikTok and Omegle as his two weapons to combat the lack of socializing and larger crowds for audiences. 

“A lot of the effects you see me do are tricks that I have remastered…some of these tricks are meant to be in person.” 

ONE37pm: What is easier? Doing these tricks in front of live groups or the online, virtual tricks?

Sean: “It’s way easier virtually.”

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Now, let’s be transparent. It’s not easy. Sean just makes it *SOUND* easy. 

He knows where people’s eyes are, where their attention is at, and how long they will focus on one thing before moving to the next. Magic isn’t magic; it’s a skill he has crafted and learned the intricacies of over thousands of repetitions. 

Sean: “The biggest thing for magicians is to be able to talk to someone as you perform. What makes it really great, is when you’re online, is that they are strangers.”

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They may be strangers at first, But that changes quickly. Sean has an endearing way of welcoming people to his work. He has a positivity first mindset that has turned those would be strangers into 17.5 million followers (or friends) on TikTok. 

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Monte Morris: A Man Focused on Building His Legacy On and Off The Court

It’s December 15th, a chilly winter day in Colorado, and rising NBA star Monte Morris has just come from a practice session with the Denver Nuggets. Morris is in good spirits, and it’s not hard to understand why.

The point guard is on the verge of starting a brand new season, and he’s doing so with a recently announced three-year contract extension that’s rewarding him quite nicely with a $27 million salary over that span. It’s easy to look at that reward and automatically assume that the success was an overnight one, but Morris will be first to tell you that is far from the case.

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“It’s been a long road—a journey,” Morris says as we chat over the phone. Under normal circumstances, this is a conversation that we would typically be having in person (perhaps after a game or practice), but this is 2020—a year that has been anything but ‘normal.’ This year has presented many challenges, but there have been some bright spots. One of those was seeing Morris elevate his game to the next level during an unprecedented NBA season that was spent in a bubble at the height of a global pandemic, as well as a national battle against racial and social injustice. 

“They told us back in March that the season was being postponed. I didn’t think that it was going to be that long. At first, some weren’t open to going back and playing, and we voted and made a run for it. We said we were playing for Breonna Taylor, and the fight against racial injustice. We did it as a team and brotherhood, and it was one to remember. I enjoyed the season and enjoyed having a voice.”

The official last quarter of the 2020 NBA season was certainly one to remember for the guard who has blossomed into a key player on the Nuggets roster, but to understand how he got to where he is today, you have to rewind back to when he was just a young boy in Flint, Michigan with a basketball and a dream.

“Crazy thing was that it was just me and my mom,” he says, reflecting on his childhood and the loving relationship he has with his mother. “My mom coached varsity girls at the school I went to (Beecher High School). Basketball was all I knew.”

And it was something that he was very good at. Fueled by drive, Morris would stay up late into the night playing basketball in his room. While it drove his mother crazy (she would yell at him through the walls because she couldn’t sleep), it was clear Morris possessed something special—but he had to make sure that he stayed the course.

“In Flint, the violence was really high. I had to make sure I stayed on the right path. One wrong turn could mess you up—I was seeing stuff that I wasn’t supposed to see. At certain points Flint was ranked number one or two in crime. You know I would always tell my mom growing up that I was going to buy her a house and a car. She would laugh, but it was all I envisioned. I just stayed focused.”

It doesn’t take very long to see that Morris prides himself on being a role model and an inspiration to younger generations. He isn’t just here to play ball, he is also here to tell his story.

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Sometimes society puts forth the notion that there is only one set path to success. That is simply not true, and Morris is an example of that. 

“I was drafted at 51, and the Nuggets called me to tell me that they already had three point guards,” he says recalling the night he was drafted. “I signed a two way contract, and I just needed to get my foot in the door. So I went to training camp—I had no reps, and played in the league, but I only appeared in two NBA games.”

Morris’s season was primarily spent with the G League’s Rio Grande Vipers, but he made sure to always stay prepared. “I was always packed because I never knew when I was coming back,” he says of the first year of his professional career. His dedication was recognized by the Nuggets organization who converted his contract the following year bringing him fully on for the 2018-2019 campaign. In the blink of an eye, Morris went from only playing a couple of games to a full 82 game season plus the playoffs.

“At first I didn’t know what to expect because they had also brought in Isaiah Thomas. He ended up being hurt, and that resulted in me having an opportunity. I had really begun taking off my first year—everyone started talking about me. That opportunity was all I needed. 

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That second year I struggled in the playoffs and people were doubting me, but that ended up coming this season because I knew what to expect since I now had playoff experience.”

So now we are back in the present, reflecting on a truly unique season that we will probably never see again. After a certain amount of time it became clear that things weren’t going back to normal anytime soon. If the basketball season was to resume, it would be by way of an isolation resort known as the bubble. To participate, teams and players had to go through rigorous testing and quarantine procedures before departing. Once there, the strict protocol continued with players essentially being placed on lockdown.

In addition to the pandemic fight, there also was the battle for racial and social injustice after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Morris and his colleagues in the NBA and WNBA decided to use their platforms to make a change.

“It was good for me because not every guy is blessed to have millions of followers. It was also dope as a brotherhood because we were like why not play for it and showcase to the world that we are still here? I wanted the world to have hope and something to watch. It was a tough one—some wanted to leave, but if we left, it was like what comes next? Carmelo asked that and guys couldn’t really answer, so we just decided we were gonna keep playing.”

Morris and the Nuggets went on rampage, becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit twice in the same playoff run. Morris himself averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 assists per game, becoming a huge part of the Nuggets postseason success. That all goes back to the winning mindset he’s had since his childhood playing days after coming into his house crying one day after a loss. His mother quickly corrected his behavior, and changed that by instructing him to go back outside and play until he won.

I always want to win. I had to compete against guys that were Class A, B, C, and D, and I was able to get three straight state championships in high school.

My coach in high school used to always say that we ‘breed winners’, and now of course I have the back to back playoff experiences. I always keep that energy with me and everybody feeds off it. I never say I lose, I say I learn.”

He also applies that same passion to his charity work. ‘‘You really have to start from the bottom because it’s a marathon not a sprint,” Morris says, adding that he’s currently working with Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma on a plan to help different cities in need. When it comes to charity though, Morris prefers action over talking. “I’m not just focused on Flint, we are trying to help every place that is in need. I’m always looking to see what I can do and how I can help. This is not a clout thing.”

So what’s next for the 25-year-old? Well, more hoops as the NBA season is set to begin on December 22nd. As the new year tips off, Morris plans on adding to the success of this past season, and doing so in style. Oh and perhaps a little bowling on the side, which Morris describes as being his ‘happy place.’

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“I want to show everybody that we’re still here, and win the most games possible. When you win, everybody is happy, and when I’m winning I get rewarded.”

And when it comes to fashion, Morris is always on 10. Unfortunately with certain safety protocols still in place, we may not get to see many of Morris’s pre-game outfits, but that’s okay because he has big plans for the fashion industry as well.

“I like a lot of shoes and sneakers, you know like Alexander McQueen’s. I’m a shoe collector—I have shoes that I haven’t even opened! I actually just had a photoshoot with my marketing team, and I’m planning on launching my merch.”

Dream big and never stop working. Morris and Nuggets begin their season on December 23rd against the Sacramento Kings.

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9 Great Tips for Small Business Owners (from Actual Small Business Owners)

ONE37pm and Squarespace have teamed up to create an editorial series that offers resource support and expert advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community who want to start or grow their own business. You can try Squarespace for free to create your own website, then use code “ONE37pm” to get 10% off when you’re ready to go live.

It’s tricky trying to figure out the right moment (or even the right plan) to launch your own business—and finally realize a life-long dream. But as you weigh your options, it’s helpful to get the real scoop from small business owners who have been there, done that…and come out successful on the other side. Of course, success means different things for each business and founder, but it could mean picking the right website platform or simply creating and sticking to deadlines. We chatted with a handful of successful startup founders to get their best tips on the must-do’s for getting your small business off the ground.

1. Make Sure There’s a Need for What You’re Selling

“Before you do anything else, be sure you’re solving a real problem. Test your value proposition with real people before spending a lot on your business. Don’t start at the solution and move backward.” —Kevin Gindi, cofounder of Cheeky

2. Have Your Elevator Pitch Down Pat

“Make sure you can say what your business is in one clear sentence. You’d be surprised how much work it takes to narrow it down to one that’s actually concise.” —Alison Cayne, founder and CEO of Haven’s Kitchen

3. As Soon as Possible, Create a Website

“We can’t emphasize enough how crucial a website is. It was the single most important piece for our business. During COVID-19, it was honestly the main thing that kept us afloat—it shifted so much demand online, we saw tenfold growth year-to-year on our site. We have Squarespace to thank for getting us up and running. They made the process of starting and launching a website so much easier than we imagined. For us, the two most important things were the ease of setup and analytics. Building our site by customizing a template and using their SEO tools made setting up extremely easy. Once we got going, we also realized the analytic tools were unmatched. Being able to tell where our traffic was coming from and how it was happening was really useful for growing our business.” —Craig Deahl and David Roa, founders of Superlost Coffee

4. Become an All-Weather-Delegator

“As a business owner, ultimately your job is to inspire a team to build your vision. It’s best to get started hiring earlier than when it feels comfortable. That way you can get that critical practice on managing the workflows of your team rather than doing every task yourself.” —Gareth Everard, co-founder of Rockwell Razors

5. Use Your Core Values as a North Star

“Any and all decisions for the business (product, hiring, vendors, partnerships, campaigns) should boil down to one question: Do these activities or identities fully align with your company’s core focus and values? If it is not a resounding ‘yes,’ don’t do it no matter how tempting it is. With this ideology, you begin to have much more clarity in your decision making process. The earlier you take on this way of thinking, the better.” —Mark Mastrandrea, co-founder & CEO of IKONICK Canvas Art

6. Turn Your Best Customers Into Superfans

“Don’t be afraid to hop on a call with them to get real critical feedback, show them that you genuinely care, and make them feel special.” —Reid Moncada, co-founder and CEO of Fitted

7. Remind Yourself Why You Started (Sometimes Daily)

“Every relationship takes work, and being an entrepreneur means being in a 24/7 committed relationship with yourself and your business. The highs are high, and the lows can be lonely. Most people, even friends and family, won’t always see your behind-the-scenes or the grind it takes to build a company, but don’t let that discourage you. Wake up every day and remind yourself why you started, the problem you are figuring out a solution to and the impact you want to make for others.” —Rachel Perkins, founder of Perks Lifestyle Management

8. Show Respect from Top to Bottom

The advice I would give small business owners is to be convinced in your vision and do not be deterred from that. Listen and take advice from everyone but do not let that distract you from your mission. Additionally, treat every one of your employees with equal respect and value, whether it’s your CMO or the janitor, each person of your team is essential to accomplishing the company’s long term goal and you need everyone pulling the same way. —Justin J. Giangrande, founder of Queens Gaming Collective and The Network Advisory

9. As the Saying Goes, Always Under Promise and Over Deliver

“This old adage actually holds a lot of water. Short-term, people will like hearing that their project is going to be quick, easy and inexpensive. Long-term, they remember how it felt when you delivered quality product ahead of schedule. I think it’s especially important for beginners to be careful about the expectations they set, because it takes experience to learn how supplier shortages, hidden costs, shipping delays and other issues can throw a wrench into your plans. Build time into your schedule for those contingencies. You’ll look like a hero if you don’t use it, and you won’t look bad if you do.” —Dan Gordon, owner and operator of Dan Gordon Printing

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The 19 Best Side Hustles For Introverts to Try When Looking For Something New

When networking, assertiveness, and building a bold “cult of personality” are so often upheld as pillars of professional success, it could be hard out there for introverts who are naturally inclined to work independently and find strength in their alone time. However, there are plenty of lucrative job options for those of us who don’t thrive on the social aspect of rising through the ranks. If you’re seeking the perfect side hustle that involves the least amount of social interaction for the highest reward, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re artsy, entrepreneurial, or just have some extra time to convert into money, read on to find a job that fits you (and your introverted personality).

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1. Graphic Designer

Creatives with a knack for digital design can easily spend their free time producing visuals to communicate concepts for clients in industries across the board. The job requires you to tap into artistry and imagination, skills many introverts tend to excel at. While some graphic designers might prefer to work in an agency setting, freelancers can offer their services for hire and work remotely on their own time. Pro tip: Create a website or portfolio showing off your skills and advertise your availability online. 

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2. Video Editor

For those interested in the production industry with no desire to be on a crowded set, video editing could be your behind-the-scenes calling. With the necessary software and programs, you can work from the comfort of your own computer compiling, splicing, and formatting raw footage and turning it into a quality video ready to be shared (and go viral, of course). 

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3. Writer

As bestselling author John Green once said, “Writing is a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” Whether you delve into freelance journalism, blogging, or more creative writing pursuits (like working on a novel), passionate communicators who tap into their ideas better on paper can find plenty of independent writing opportunities.

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4. Proofreader

All that time you’ve spent reading alone in your room can finally pay off with some proofreading gigs. If you’ve got a strong grasp on language and grammar and can easily pick out writing errors, you can get paid to look over and edit just about anything, from legal documents to other people’s resumes and cover letters. You’d be surprised by how many potential clients are willing to hire a second pair of eyes.

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5. Social Media Manager

Introverts may not enjoy in-person interactions, but that really has no bearing on how friendly, personable, and social they can be, which is why many introverts are so great at social media. Sound like you? Managing social media accounts for a small business or publication is an awesome way to be outgoing without the usual pressure. If you tend to stand back and take in the whole picture, you’re also probably full of clever observations and savvy statements that are sure to get a brand all the retweets. Use your strengths!

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6. YouTuber

In the same vein, introverts can be just as funny, talented, and entertaining as their more outgoing counterparts, but without the need to perform in front of a real-life audience. Starting a YouTube channel is an ideal option for crowd-shy people with talent or knowledge to share, from singing to vlogging to tutorials. You can make videos that incorporate any of your hobbies and start getting paid once you rake in enough subscribers and views.

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7. Travel Photographer

Close your eyes and picture your dream vacation. Are you the only person around? It’s then perhaps time to embark on both the literal and metaphorical journey of becoming a travel photographer. Those with an artsy eye and a love for solo adventure should grab a camera, hit the road, and start snapping. Create an Instagram account to gain exposure, compile a portfolio. Then you can start making money selling your pictures, working with magazines or media companies, and/or acquiring sponsorships on IG. If you’re really good, you can even get paid to fly out to exotic locales—just to take photos!

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8. Fashion Reseller

You don’t need a flashy personality to be passionate about flashy fashion. Stylish Hypebeasts who always keep up with the latest streetwear trends can tap into the lucrative resale market and start turning items like rare designer collabs or coveted sneakers for a profit on websites like StockX, Grailed, or Depop. Buying, selling, packing, and shipping can all be done by yourself, and you barely have to speak to anyone at the post office.

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9. Online Shop Owner

Similarly, you can set up shop selling your own wares on platforms like Etsy. If you’re a creative craftsperson who enjoys making things with your hands, whether it’s clothes, furniture, or even art, you can turn your hobby into an online business. According to career coach Kimberly Lucht, “Introverts, in my experience, are also most likely to thrive running a business and being their own boss because they don’t shy away from executing on projects alone.” 

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10. Housesitter

Get paid to just chill at a stranger’s home for a few days and maybe even hang out with their pets? Yep, you can live the dream by signing up to be a housesitter. Homeowners in need frequently seek trusted individuals to watch over their abodes while traveling, ensuring that their cat gets fed and the plants get watered. Find gigs that fit your schedule or just take your laptop and work your day job from a new couch. At least you’ll never get bored of the scenery.

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11. Dog Walker

You don’t even need to be an introvert to know that hanging out with dogs is better than hanging out with people (that’s just science). So why not spend your extra time making extra cash with new furry friends? You can sign up to be a dog walker on apps like Rover and Wag! And, as a built-in bonus, you’ll also get some free exercise in. Gotta aim for 10,000 steps a day, people!

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12. Translator

If you’re fluent in two or more languages, take advantage of your unique edge by working as a freelance translator. Companies like Appen, an AI-assisted data annotation platform, are always looking for independent contractors to work on translation projects remotely. Let’s just say it’s way better than using your dual-language skills to argue with your parents in their native tongue.

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13. Delivery Person

While the idea of having to knock on multiple doors a day may at first seem daunting to an introvert, snagging a gig as a delivery person, whether by car or by bike, can actually be ideal. Most of your time is spent commuting alone, and with contact-free delivery more popular than ever these days, you, well, don’t even need to make contact with customers. Consider applying for a part-time delivery job at a local restaurant or signing up with apps such as Postmates.

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14. Virtual Assistant

With more and more people leaving their offices behind to work from home, virtual assistants are in high demand. If you’re uber-organized and skilled at administrative duties, this type of remote position is a great alternative to a bustling office situation. And since you’re usually working one-on-one with someone, even your potential Zoom calls won’t be nearly as stressful as having to attend an in-person meeting with a large team.

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15. Landscaper

Hey, it worked for introvert icon Edward Scissorhands, right? But seriously, outdoorsy types with green thumbs and visions for gorgeous grounds can put their gardening expertise to good use by selling their services as a landscaper. Even if you start from the bottom by mowing lawns, you can turn it into your own thriving side business eventually. Who knows, your next stop might be the White House Rose Garden.

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16. Researcher

If you’re the kind of introvert who prefers to spend their evenings falling down Wikipedia holes about obscure subjects rather than hanging out at a bar, good news! There’s a job for that. Various industries hire freelance researchers to scour the internet for data, facts, public records, and more. Some data entry or writing to relay your findings is also usually involved, but for the most part, you’re just sitting at your computer and snooping around the web.

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17. IT Technician

Calling all gamers and hardware nerds who can’t help but poke around a motherboard! If you’ve built and rebuilt your own custom computers, have you ever considered monetizing your technical knowledge? Career expert Maggie Mistal says, “I recommend jobs [for introverts] where social interactions aren’t a key requirement of job success, such as work with tools or machinery, like IT Hardware.” Whether you take on a part-time job at a computer repair shop or offer services independently, you’re likely to have work rolling in as tech and computers don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

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18. User Tester

Just about every app, website, and service customers can interact with requires user testing to ensure a smooth, easy, and positive experience before becoming available to the masses. Those with an eye for detail and the ability to give constructive, honest feedback can sign up to be a tester on platforms such as UserTesting.com, and make money while trying out prototypes, clicking around new websites, or engaging with online services. If you’ve ever gotten frustrated trying to find information on a confusing webpage, this is your chance to make your suggestions for better usability heard.

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19. Transcriptionist

You may hate talking, but, as an introvert, it’s more than likely that you are an excellent listener (even if your girlfriend doesn’t think so). If you combine that with some quick typing skills, you’re basically the perfect candidate to do online transcription services. From the corporate world to journalism to academia, transcriptionists are needed to take audio or video recordings and simply write them out. In addition to general transcription, you may even want to take the time to become specialized in medical or legal transcription, which requires some extra knowledge of industry-specific jargon but comes with extra earning potential.

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Everything You Should Know About Kazuki Takahashi, Founder Of ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’

If you’ve been paying attention to the trading card world this year, you’ll know that the market has soared and that Pokémon cards, in particular, have been a huge focus among celebrities like Logic, Logan Paul, and more. Pokémon cards were huge for a lot of us growing up, and perhaps the only competitor over the years in a similar lane has been Yu-Gi-Oh!, the legendary anime and manga. Kazuki Takahashi created it and if you want to know a little bit more about the man behind your favorite show or manga, look no further.

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Born in 1961, Kazuki didn’t start as a manga artist until his late teens. In 1980, when he was just nineteen-years-old, a manga that he wrote won a contest in a shonen manga magazine. Incredibly, he considers this to be his debut. He worked at a game company for the following few years, and while he was happy there and enjoyed games like shogi and mahjong among other card games and table-top role-playing games, his true passion was manga and he never stopped pursuing it.

For years, his story was that of any artist trying to make it. He was rejected multiple times. One time in particular, when he was twenty-nine-years-old, he wrote one hundred pages of manga and two hundred pages of sketches and brought them to Weekly Shonen Jump. Despite acknowledging that Kazuki was clearly into the idea of doing a battle story and loved the work, the editor had a problem with the length of the submission and rejected the story.

No matter, though, because Takahashi’s first breakthrough would come the same year. In 1990, he published Tokio no Tsuma. Today it is mostly known for being his first piece of work more than anything else, but the momentum started from there.

Following that was Tennenshoku Danji Buray, published in 1992 and lasted two volumes in June and September. You can still find these online if you wish. But of course, the real success didn’t come for a few more years. When it did, it came in a big way.

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In 1996 came the breakthrough of a lifetime. He created the Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga, and it was almost instantaneously a hit. First published in Shueisha’s aforementioned Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on September 30th of 1996, the first seven episodes featured only three instances of Magic & Wizards. That was the name based on the game Magic: The Gathering and its publishing company Wizards Of The Coast. The actual card game was supposed to be just one of many games in the series, but the magazine publisher received so many letters from fans asking about it that Kazuki decided to extend it. Takahashi acknowledged that the card game, which was later renamed Duel Monsters, “happened to evoke the most response” from readers, and choosing to continue with it past its planned two appearances was one of the best decisions he ever made.

In terms of directly impacting the actual card game, Kazuki Takahashi personally created the classic monster Dark Magician and has created alternate artworks for iconic cards like Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the Egyptian gods, and more. Perhaps the most personal card to Kazuki is Shiba-Warrior Taro, which he drew based on his dog Taro, a Shiba Inu.

To this day, Takahashi has a hand in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Series that still air, including the current Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS that first aired in April. This is despite him saying that Yu-Gi-Oh! GX in 2008 would be the final time he had direct involvement.

It might surprise people to know that Takahashi considers himself to be a procrastinator in terms of his own personal life. The cliché with people with this level of success is that they overwork, so this is a somewhat refreshing take. He has said that he consistently works close to the deadline and then asks himself why he didn’t start earlier – something that a lot of us will regrettably be able to relate to.

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Takahashi has also continued to work on projects outside of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Universe, like his comic and card game Advent Heroes. Two years ago, he wrote a short form manga called The COMIQ. It’s a mystery/crime/thriller series that follows a young mangaka who has to involve a murder mystery and save his fellow mangaka.

All in all, Kazuki is a legend who impacted the scene as very few ever will and has changed the lives of millions who find comfort in Duel Monsters.