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6 Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes to Motivate You

Gary Vaynerchuk has established himself as a thought leader and pioneer in digital marketing. After expanding his family’s wine business in New Jersey for years (which spawned the popular YouTube channel WineLibraryTV and a subsequent wine brand called Empathy Wines), Vaynerchuk is now a lauded public speaker, author, entrepreneur and investor.

Vaynerchuk is also the chairman of VaynerX, a communications company that holds media properties—one being ONE37pm!— and a social-media agency for major brands.

In addition to his commercial successes, Vaynerchuk also spits genuine wisdom via a massive Instagram account and numerous other platforms. Here, his beloved team behind the machinations of his personal brand and content share their favorite Vaynerchuk quote of all time. From Sinan Deriş, the Paid Media and Project Manager on Team GaryVee to Siddharth Astir, the Brand Manager for Vaynerchuk, these quotes are truly the top pearls to know, remember and revisit during your entrepreneurial career. Take a look.

1. “Doing the right thing is always the right thing.”

Everyone knows what’s “good” for them and what’s the “right thing” to do for the world. Especially in these times, if everyone has the moral compass to do the right thing we’ll be in a great place. Effort matters, and we have to match our actions and effort with doing the right thing for ourselves and for others around us. —Sinan Deriş, Paid Media and Project Manager on Team GaryVee

2. “99 percent of the things don’t matter.”

This is the thesis of most of the things we go through in life. Family first—their good health and well-being are what we should be grateful for. Everything else is just part of the journey called life, and especially in times like these, where most of us are able to spend so much quality time with our loved ones, we still see so much complaining and unhappiness. It’s so important to get this perspective and focus on things you can control, first and foremost—your mindset.  —Siddharth Astir, Brand Manager for Gary Vaynerchuk

3. “How can you beat me when I’m playing inside my own head?”

This funny thing we call life can be boiled down to our experiences in the world and our reactions to those experiences. If you can manage to shut out the rest of the world and all of the external pressures that come as a first-class citizen of modern society— to play your own game—things start to get really fun. Really good reflections in one of my favorite quotes from the great Mahatma Gandhi. “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our bodies. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”  —Sam Craig, Lead Developer for Gary Vaynerchuk

4. “You have to do. It’s how you learn, it’s how you start.”

Gary’s always preaching, do. I run before I walk. I do. This resonates with me because it’s all I got. My wife and I live by the phrase, “your intent will be your authenticity.” For us and our family, it’s about your intent and that speaks to your character. —Justin Novello, Community & Influencer Relationships Manager for Team Gary Vee

5. “My advice to everyone is patience. Your lack of patience is killing you. Things take longer than you think. Deploy patience.”

Often, we want success or results without putting in the work and having a long-term view. The more patient you are with your process, the more it is likely to stick and grow and have true meaning (leading to the results you want).—Maha Abouelenein, Chief Value Officer for Gary Vaynerchuk

6. “You should’ve gone to VaynerMedia and rose like the phoenix. But then, you had to go to Virginia on business and got hit by a car and you died at 31. That’s life.”

Decisions are scary, but what’s scarier is regret. You’ll never know what life can throw at you, so squeezing every second you have because you don’t know when your death sentence is it what really drives me to be the best version of myself, and what keeps things in perspective. —May Niu, Strategist on TeamGaryVee

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7 Books by Black Authors to Add to Your Reading List

We all love to believe that we’re well-read and have a wall lined with notable literature that credit our intelligence and awareness. But the truth to being well-read is not how many classics lie on your bookshelf or how many bestsellers live on your reading list, but instead how diverse the stories and authors are that you consume. From fiction to nonfiction, thrillers, and memoirs, we’ve made a list of seven reads by Black authors that we find worthy of adding to the stack of books on your nightstand. No matter which genre you gravitate toward, you’re bound to find a book that will spark your interests.

‘We Cast a Shadow’ by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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Coined as “One of the Best Books of the Year” by Washington Post and NPR, We Cast a Shadow is a horror-com story by Maurice Carlos Ruffin about a father who goes to great and insane lengths to protect his son. In this futuristic novel, a procedure that involves de-ethnicizing Black patients, with hopes to give them a better life and fair chance, becomes the focus of a father who wants to see his son succeed just as much as his white peers. While this chilling story falls under fiction, the questions and narratives presented in the text are very much real issues Black people face in modern-day America. 

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https://www.amazon.com/Cast-Shadow-Maurice-Carlos-Ruffin/dp/0525509062
‘Black Man in a White Coat’ by Damon Tweedy
Amazon

A New York Times bestseller, a Time Magazine “Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year”, and a Library Journal “Best Book Selection”, Black Man in a White Coat is the memoir of Damon Tweedy, a Black doctor who becomes highly aware of the discrimination and disproportionate health-related issues in the medical field. Met with doubt, racism, and his own health scare, Dr. Tweedy reflects on his journey from medical student to practicing practitioner, in a white-dominated industry.

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https://www.amazon.com/Black-Man-White-Coat-Reflections/dp/1250105048/
‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones
Amazon

A New York Times Bestseller and 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection, An American Marriage is a fiction novel that explores the downfall of a once very successful and fulfilling marriage. After one character is sentenced to serve jail time, the couple struggles with remaining in the deep love formed before the conviction. This book by Tayari Jones highlights the very real problems that can develop in a romantic relationship when unexpected turns occur. Among its accomplishments, the novel is also rated a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post, a winner of the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize, and winner of the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction.

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https://www.amazon.com/American-Marriage-Novel-Oprahs-Selection/dp/1616208775/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1581607463&sr=1-1
‘Lead Me Not Into Temptation, I Can Find It On My Own’ by Robert Holt
Amazon

The first novel by ex-Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Holt, tells the story of a troubled husband and father who is condemned to hell. The character struggles with his known fate and is granted a second chance to turn his life around with the possibility of entrance into heaven. This twisted and dark fiction story involves thrill and chaos, yet explores a very real narrative that many religious people struggle with: obeying the golden rules and living a sin-free life. If you’re looking for a story with an unexpected yet stimulating spin, this cozy thriller might be for you.

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https://www.amazon.com/Lead-Not-into-Temptation-Find/dp/1546226060/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Lead+Me+Not+Into+Temptation+by+Robert+Holt&qid=1581608569&s=books&sr=1-1
‘Hunger’ by Roxane Gay
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Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, returns to the book self with Hunger, a memoir about her relationship with food and self-image. Gay explores the troubles that led to her food addiction and the steps she took to overcome it and enter a place of self-love. No matter how you identify, this honest and vulnerable novel is super relevant during a time where body image is highly discussed and critiqued because of social media and the wellness movement is more popular than ever.

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https://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Memoir-Body-Roxane-Gay/dp/0062420712/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Hunger+by+Roxane+Gay&qid=1581607900&s=books&sr=1-1
‘No Ashes in the Fire’ by Darnell L. Moore
Amazon

In this memoir, by journalist and activist Darnell L. Moore, readers get an inside look at the bullying and homophobic discrimination that led Moore to become the leading advocate he is today. Recognized as Lambda Literary Award “Gay Memoir/Biography” winner in 2019 and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” in 2018, this real and exposed reflection defines what it means to be free. 

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https://www.amazon.com/No-Ashes-Fire-Coming-America/dp/1568589409/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=No+Ashes+in+the+Fire+by+Darnell+L.+Moore&qid=1581608202&s=books&sr=1-1
‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ by Charles M. Blow
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Praised as a New York Times “Notable Book,” Lambda Literary award winner and PEN Open Book Award long-lister, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the chilling and honest memoir of journalist Charles M. Blow. Growing up in a broken home and experiencing abuse at a young age, Blow reflects on his daunting past and the endurance it gave him to attain a different life. If you’re looking for a story that evokes emotion and depth, this memoir will make a great addition to your reading log.  

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https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Shut-Up-My-Bones/dp/0544570111/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Fire+Shut+Up+in+My+Bones+by+Charles+M.+Blow&qid=1581608991&s=books&sr=1-1
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The 18 Best Investing Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

There may be thousands of books on the subject, but you don’t need to read them to know that the best way to grow your money is through investments. In fact, you don’t need to read them at all. Whether you’re getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution to become smarter about money, or are already a certified Wolf of Wall Street, these investment-focused podcasts can provide all the information and valuable insights you need to compound your wealth, save for retirement and gain financial freedom—all while you’re at the gym, on your way to work or running errands.

We ranked and categorized the top 18 investment podcasts, from the ones that require the most insider knowledge and investment experience to the most accessible and easy-to-understand for beginners. No matter your level of expertise, dive in and work your way up to the top—both literally and financially.

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Those of you who already have skin in the stock market game should keep up with the latest finance and economic headlines and understand what they could mean for your money. These podcasts go beyond simple data reporting to frame and explain the news you need to know.

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18. ‘P&L’
Apple

A daily podcast from Bloomberg (one of many, in fact), P&L with Paul Sweeney and Lisa Abramowicz focuses on the latest market data with analysis from Bloomberg Opinion writers, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts and influential newsmakers who delve into explanatory discussions of everything from international economic shakeups (like the U.S.-China trade deal) to individual stock assessments (ahem, Netflix). Sprinkled in are market-adjacent human interest stories—one recent episode even reveals explosive details about Silicon Valley’s accidental surveillance of consumers’ most intimate moments. Think of P&L as the podcast version of the Bloomberg TV channel your dad still watches.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/p-l-with-paul-sweeney-and-lisa-abramowicz/id326301337
17. ‘Investing Insights’ from Morningstar
Apple

Chicago-based Morningstar is a trusted source for independent investment research, and its weekly breakdown of market developments offers objective insights and relevant tips for navigating the current financial landscape—granted that you’re already pretty well-versed in the stock market. Expect to find a curated roundup of stock, fund and ETF picks from Morningstar’s pro team, along with personal finance advice and exclusive interviews with fund managers who help put the market circumstances into perspective. The best part? You get all this in around 30 minutes or less.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/investing-insights/id278128007
16. ‘The Indicator’ from Planet Money
Apple

While NPR’s Planet Money podcast follows a more, well, NPR-ish format (a journalistic, storytelling dive into obscure, albeit interesting, topics), its more frequent supplement, The Indicator, provides quick-hit insights on economic and business news every weekday. Each episode of the self-described “little show about big ideas” is less than ten minutes, and can fluctuate between serious international trade policy updates and enjoyable explanations of niche markets. As you’d expect from NPR, the podcast is as highly produced and informative as can be—definitely worth the listen during your commute.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593
15. ‘Motley Fool Money’
Apple

If you’re not reading the business section every morning, this popular pod is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on the headlines. Chris Hill and a panel of Motley Fool investment analysts tackle the week’s top business news, from CEO shakeups to stock spikes and company earnings, while explaining the implications for investors. Many episodes also feature interviews with authors and finance experts, as well as a recap of specific stocks on the Motley Fool’s radar. Episodes air every Friday, so it’s a perfect way to end your week.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/motley-fool-money/id306106212
The Best Advice from Successful People

Is your hustle fueled by quotes from Warren Buffett and Gary Vaynerchuk? Are you inspired by the success stories of billionaires? Then these straight-from-the-source, guest-focused pods are for you.

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14. ‘Invest Like a Boss’
Apple

Hello, it’s the 21st century! There are so many other investment opportunities beyond stocks and bonds—and this podcast explores them all with the help of some of the world’s savviest investors, financial insiders, entrepreneurs and CEOs. Each week, hosts Sam Marks and Johnny FD interview a high-earning guest and glean insight from their innovative investment strategies that are firmly in place for the modern age. If you’re wondering about “peer-to-peer lending” or “robo advisers” (no, they don’t have anything to do with Terminator), press play—like a boss.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/invest-like-a-boss/id1123552997
13. ‘Invest Like the Best’
Apple

Host Sean O’Shaughnessy taps industry insiders and financial experts who provide real-world knowledge and methods for achieving success in the market and beyond. Every episode offers an in-depth conversation that goes beyond the surface of basic investment ideas to provide listeners with relevant economic knowledge, from cryptocurrency to “quant.” Some recent guests on Invest Like the Best include Chad Cascarilla, the CEO and cofounder of Paxos, and Chris Bloomstran, the president and chief investment officer of Semper Augustus Investments Group. Be warned: Lots of Wall Street jargon gets thrown around, so either be familiar with the terms or have a finance dictionary on hand.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/invest-like-the-best/id1154105909
12. ‘We Study Billionaires’
Apple

The flagship show of The Investor’s Podcast Network is one of the highest-rated and most popular stock market pods around, boasting over 30 million downloads. The only reason it’s number 12 on our list is because it requires some prior investment knowledge, along with plenty of money, to be of immediate use advice-wise. Nevertheless, the podcast is ideal for anyone curious about the investment strategies of billionaires. Hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen often profile famous money-makers, analyzing their methods and turning them into actionable insight. They also interview knowledgeable finance insiders on the value of specific stocks and investment types.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-study-billionaires-the-investors-podcast-network/id928933489
The Most Entertaining

If you’re not exactly passionate about the ins and outs (or rather, the ups and downs) of the stock market, the subject matter can get a little boring. So trick yourself into enjoying the consumption of this valuable information by choosing some of the more entertaining podcasts out there. It’s kind of like how your mom used to sneak spinach into your applesauce.

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11. ‘BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast’
Apple

BiggerPockets produces a few different podcasts, including a personal finance-focused series referenced later in this list, but their bread and butter is most definitely in real estate. Hosts Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner are so entertaining that listeners with little to no experience in real estate investing can enjoy each episode, likely without realizing how much knowledge they’re packing in. Their discussions frequently incorporate off-the-cuff interviews with investors of various backgrounds, niches and experience levels, proving that anyone can make a killing in real estate if they’re smart about it.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/biggerpockets-podcast-real/id594419649?ls=1&mt=2
10. ‘Listen Money Matters’
Apple

“This is not your father’s boring money show.” Crack open a beer with Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci, the funny guys behind Listen Money Matters (who actually kick off each episode by sharing their current beverage, usually an IPA), a self-described “uncensored personal finance podcast.” Thanks to the conversational and relatable tone of the hosts and their guests, each episode makes seemingly complicated financial ideas accessible for beginners and pros alike. Recent topics we had no idea we could ever understand (but do now!) include “How to Reduce Taxable Income with Advanced IRA Strategies” and “The Lowdown on Libra: Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency.”

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/listen-money-matters-free-your-inner-financial-badass/id736826307
9. ‘The Stacking Benjamins Show’
Apple

So, an economist walks into a brothel… No, this isn’t the beginning of a raunchy joke—it’s the title of one of the episodes of the Stacking Benjamins podcast. Hosted by Joe Saul-Sehy and the mysterious OG (“Other Guy”), this thrice-weekly show aims to promote financial literacy by taking a fun and more out-of-the-box approach to otherwise serious investment topics. Case in point: The “brothel” episode, featuring economist Allison Schrager, explained risk assessment through the lens of, yes, a brothel. And though their pods are full of laughs (and happen to be recorded in Joe’s mom’s basement), don’t be fooled—these guys are consummate finance professionals with lots of knowledge to offer.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-stacking-benjamins-show/id650045209
The Most Well-Rounded

You may be familiar with the importance of diversifying your investment portfolio—we say it’s just as important to diversify the information you take in while you’re building it. Here are our top picks for podcasts that explore a wide range of topics to give you general investment knowledge and allow you to make more informed decisions in every aspect of your financial life.

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8. ‘Money Tree Investing’
Apple

For the slightly more seasoned investor, the Money Tree Investing podcast is a well-rounded listen not only in the sense of its subject matter but also in the different perspectives it provides on each topic thanks to multiple panelists. Each episode follows a similar format: A guest is interviewed about a money topic of their expertise, followed by a roundtable discussion between that week’s financial expert panelists, who shed even more light on the subject using their own unique backgrounds and experiences. Investing is not a one-size-fits-all category, and this podcast often helps listeners understand the different options best suited for them.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/money-tree-investing/id916463101
7. ‘So Money’
Apple

Farnoosh Torabi, an award-winning finance correspondent, coach and author, has hosted this accessible fan favorite since 2015. The podcast features a diverse array of notable guests, from entrepreneurial gurus like Barbara Corcoran and Tim Ferriss to celebrities, including Jillian Michaels and Tim Gunn, who engage in candid conversations about money. Each episode offers unique and oftentimes inspiring wisdom in financial subjects across the board. Not to be missed, however, are the “Ask Farnoosh” episodes, in which she expertly answers real-world investment and money management questions from listeners. There are almost 1,000 episodes recorded to date, so it’s about time you dove into this well of informative motivation.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/so-money-with-farnoosh-torabi/id955939085
6. ‘Money for the Rest of Us’
Apple

For the individual investor who has chosen to take control of their financial future, this podcast is a must. Hosted by J. David Stein, a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager, Money for the Rest of Us dives into a new investment-related subject every week and already has an archive of well over 200 episodes. Whether you’re looking for insights on the changing economy, trading, market cycles or even the best ways to invest a small amount of money, you’ll find an episode that answers your question. Stein often uses his own experiences, along with relevant analogies, to frame complicated ideas and make them easier to understand. One recent example? Comparing Tesla’s self-driving technology to smart investing practices.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/money-for-the-rest-of-us/id883011006
5. ‘The College Investor’
Apple

We probably don’t have to tell you that millennials have it rough in the financial arena. The College Investor Audio Show understands that, and offers refreshingly nonjudgmental advice on a range of personal finance and early investing topics for young adults without blaming us for ruining the housing market through the weaponization of avocado toast (or whatever it is people are saying we did). From getting out of student loan debt to monetizing a side hustle, millennials can learn usable strategies to regain confidence and dispel the fear and uncertainty surrounding money that many of us faced after coming of age during a major recession.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-college-investor-audio-show/id1313564465
The Most Beginner-Friendly

While all of the above podcasts provide informative and insightful discussions, you’ll be lost until you’ve really grasped the basics of investing. Therefore, when it comes to the best of the best, we’ve highlighted some podcast episodes that help lay a strong foundation for absolute beginners. Consider these lessons in Investment 101.

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4. ‘Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life’, Episode 598
Apple

Personal finance guru Laura Adams is an award-winning authority who provides practical advice on financial wellness to the everyday listener. She’s been hosting Money Girl since 2008, so there are over 600 episodes to choose from, but episode 598 stands out as a useful guide to investing for the long term. In “How to Choose the Best Investments – 6 Dos and Don’ts to Follow,” Laura highlights the basics, explaining everything from the importance of investing small rather than not at all and diversifying your portfolio to risk assessment and retirement funds. According to her, the best time to start investing is now, so listen up.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/money-girls-quick-and-dirty-tips-for-a-richer-life/id209859739
3. ‘InvestED: The Rule #1 Investing Podcast,’ Episodes 1-3
Apple

Hosted by hedge fund manager and best-selling finance author Phil Town and his daughter Danielle, an emerging company attorney who wanted to learn more about investing, this podcast kicks off with three episodes full of foundational knowledge. Episode 1 begins with an explanation of Charlie Munger’s (Warren Buffett’s partner at Berkshire Hathaway) four principles of investing and proceeds to explain the importance of understanding a business before putting money into it, as well as the everyday resources Phil looks to when keeping up with financial news. In Episodes 2 and 3, Phil and Danielle delve deeper into how to research a company to see if it’s worth your investment and how to find a company with a “Durable Competitive Advantage” (i.e., a company that won’t go under and lose all your money anytime soon).

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/invested-the-rule-1-investing-podcast/id1008452319
2. ‘BiggerPockets Money Podcast,’ Episode 81
Apple

If you don’t know the difference between an IRA and a 401(k)—or even really know what they do—listen to this episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast ASAP. Hosts Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench are joined by Erin Lowry (aka The Broke Millennial) for an in-depth, millennial-minded explainer on how to start investing, what to look for in retirement funds and even how to approach investing when you have loads of student loan debt. What we really like about Lowry’s advice is how specific and actionable it is—listeners can apply her tips immediately, whether it’s checking their company’s 401(k) vesting policy to conceptualizing their “time horizon.”

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/biggerpockets-money-podcast/id1330225136
1. ‘The Investing for Beginners,’ Episodes 43-47
Apple

As its name suggests, this podcast, hosted by self-taught investment pros Dave Ahern and Andrew Sather, is for the listener who is totally new to the game. They aim to explain financial topics and ideas in simple, easy-to-understand terms and frequently answer questions submitted by listeners. Their best breakdown of general investment knowledge can be found in Episodes 43 through 47, a five-part series titled “Back to the Basics,” in which they explain exactly what a stock is, what happens when you buy and sell and explore different investment types and markets, from real estate and precious metals to bitcoin and bonds. These episodes provide truly valuable core knowledge for the person starting their investment journey.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/investing-for-beginners-podcast-your-path-to-financial/id1210741497
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6 Ways to Use Instagram Questions, According to Team Gary Vee

Welcome to the wonderful world of Team Gary Vee! In this installment, I will be spilling the inside scoop on the ever-changing, constantly evolving nature of social media. Specifically, let’s chat about Instagram, more specifically, Instagram Stories and the best ways you could be utilizing the valuable feature of the questions sticker in your Stories. 

There are over 500 million daily consumers of Instagram stories, so get in on this action! 

If you’re looking for a way to truly connect with your audience, get familiar with the questions sticker in Instagram Stories and refer to these tips below for ways to exercise and amp up your social media game.

1. Q&A
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Ultimately, your audience wants to get to know you! Get into the nitty-gritty with your followers. Treat your followers as your friends and ask them what they want to know about you, or your brand. Create a story tile using the questions sticker allowing your followers to ask you anything. In turn, this builds a friendly rapport with your followers, provides value for all involved, and allows them to get to know you on a deeper level rather than just a face on an app.

I asked Zain Gaziani, a community manager on TeamGary, why he enjoys the Q&A function in stories.“It’s not binary like taking a poll, I really get to know the people I’m engaging with,” he said.

2. Audience Feedback
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Getting stuck in a creative rut is completely normal, and a great way to tackle this issue is to give your audience a voice. Initiate a conversation with them in your stories with a question. Ask them what type of content they enjoy consuming, and what they want to see more from you. This goes for brands out there, as well. With two-way communication, you’ll learn exactly what your customers are missing from you before you make anything. Glossier, the innovative beauty brand giant, launched its newest product, an under-eye moisturizer that is flying off their digital shelves, solely from listening to their customers through their Instagram Stories when they asked what product they wanted to see most.

3. Spotlight the Experts
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Instagram story takeovers are a fun way to have your audience learn more about your company or brand. Bring in an employee or an influencer in the space to take over the Instagram Stories for the day. Using the question sticker in stories allows your audience to ask any open-ended questions and gain a fresh new perspective on your company’s brand and products.

4. Introducing a New Product Launch
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In the midst of planning a new product launch, engage the audience! Using the question sticker in Stories to announce a new product is a great way to gather buzz around the launch. The question sticker doesn’t always have to be in the form of a question. Quiz your followers with a few hints and build the suspense! This is a great strategy to help spread the word and get your followers to be a part of the launch.

5. Hire a New Employee
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Providing value for your audience is one of the most important keys to success in social media. We speak with a lot of people in the social media space who need editors, community managers, the list goes on and on, and they find they don’t know where to turn to. Our advice to them is to always reach out to their followers—your followers are the ones who truly understand your brand! With the continued growth of your following, these are the individuals who are going to help you stay true to your brand ethos with the additional help. Promote the need for an extra hand on your team through the question sticker on your stories. It just might spark a discussion with a talented individual that will result in mutual benefits!

6. FAQ
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Minimize friction by letting all the necessary information a new follower would need to know about your brand live in one place. They should land on the Instagram page and be able to learn about who you are, what you do and the value you will bring to them all in this one space. Using the question sticker to gather FAQ about your company, or brand is a resourceful way to give them all the information they are looking for!

A bonus tip: Add these FAQ to your story highlights, so it’s easily accessible and lives on your Instagram indefinitely!

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Here Are 7 Weed Strains That Will Help You with Your Creativity

While some people stick to smoking weed at night as a sleep aid, many turn to pot much earlier in the day—perhaps looking to boost their creativity and productivity. But when it comes to smoking, there’s a fine line between a euphoric, potentially breakthrough-inducing high and, well, the type of high that leads to a deep couch imprint and delivery containers. What dictates this fine line? Simply put, the kind of pot you’re smoking.

On a higher level, pot can typically be broken down into three families: sativas, indicas and hybrids. Sativas are generally lighter highs. Indicas, on the other hand, are heavier—and, for many, more tiring highs. Hybrids are somewhere in the middle. Within these groups, however, there is a multitude of different strains that will have different effects on their users. 

For those specifically looking to boost their creativity after a joint or two, these are some strains you should keep an eye out for.

7. Gucci OG
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According to Wikileaf, Gucci OG “begins to take effect fairly quickly and starts with an increase in free-associative thinking,” which goes hand in hand with creativity. At the same time, Gucci OG, a variant of OG Kush, is one of the more potent strains available to smokers with over 30 percent THC content—but it won’t leave users feeling sunken into the couch. 

The only downside to Gucci OG is that it’s tough to find out in the wild. But next time you’re in your local dispensary, it’s worth asking about! 

6. Kali Mist
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Back in April, Uproxx ran a story informing users on how to expand their marijuana palettes and suggested Kali Mist for the strain that’s best for increased creativity. Kali Mist is a 90 percent sativa known to “uplift moods and increase inventiveness” and also “stimulate thought and can be good for clearing the mind.” 

Leafly also says Kali Mist is one of the top strains for creative thought. Leafly describes Kali Mist as earthy, citrusy and woody in flavor, and it’s also known to boost overall productivity for users—and a good choice for those looking for more pain-related medicinal benefits.

5. Candyland

One strain Grasscity Magazine recommends for increased creativity is a strain called “Candyland.” Candyland was the gold medalist in KushCon 2102, and its pedigree (beyond creative benefits) speaks for itself. According to Grasscity, Candyland is a hybrid spawned from Granddaddy Purple and Platinum Cookies, two heavy-hitting strains.

“Like its parent strains, Candyland is also a sativa-dominant strain that boosts creativity and mood while boasting a sweet taste and unforgettable scent,” Grasscity writes. Candyland is also a solid choice for users who are prone to dry mouth and dry eyes, as the strain doesn’t dry smokers out. Candyland ranks well on Leafly, with a 4.6 rating and recommends the strain for its effectiveness combating depression—as well as creative ruts.

4. Jack Herer
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Jack Herer is a classic strain, an homage to its namesake, a legendary cannabis rights activist who even ran for president twice—for the Grassroots Party, no pun intended. Jack Herer, a sativa-heavy hybrid, is known to leave users feeling uplifted and creative. 

“Combining a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross,” as explained by Leafly, Jack Herer is also a pretty common strain to find (outside of dispensaries) that is considered a go-to for many smokers.

3. Apple Fritter
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In 2019, I started seeing various “Fritters” pop up around top-shelf dispensaries (and also rap songs), including Cherry Fritter and Berry Fritter, but it’s widely believed that Apple Fritter reigns supreme. To create Apple Fritter, weed scientists crossed the strains of “Sour Apple” and “Animal Cookies.” 

Strapped with 32 percent THC content, Apple Fritter is one of the highest-concentrated THC strains on the market. That being said, it’s not the type of pot that will knock you out on the couch. Instead, it provides a much purer high, which is perfect for doing creative work like writing or painting—I can speak from experience. You can find Fritters at many well-known dispensaries around the country.

2. Lemon Pie
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We’ve seen already that Snoop Dogg is (obviously) involved in the legal weed game, and if weed-creation is his canvas, then “Lemon Pie” is certainly his masterpiece. When you open up a jar of this stuff, it literally smells like a piece of your favorite diner’s famous lemon cream pie. It’s got a pungent, almost soapy (think lemon Ajax, in a good way), citrus smell, and a smooth high that lends itself well for creative outbursts. 

Considered a sativa (70 percent), Lemon Pie was made by crossing Skunk #1 and Amnesia Haze, and boasts a 22 percent THC content. You can find this strain through Snoop’s own company, “Leafs.”

1. Casey Jones
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Named after the classic Grateful Dead song, Casey Jones will certainly have you drivin’ that train early in the morning, feeling good. Aptly named, after being crossed by Oriental Express and East Coast Sour Diesel, Casey Jones typically boasts a THC content of around 22 percent and is known to leave users upbeat and rarin’ to go. 

Along with many of the other strains on this list, Casey Jones is a sativa-dominant strain, around 80 percent Sativa, and one of the best strains to smoke before a long day of brewing the creative juices. 

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5 Street Skills That Also Translate to the Boardroom

Critical thinking. Leadership. Emotional intelligence. Team player. Problem-solving.

There are myriad qualities that can make you successful in the workplace, ranging from natural-born talents to hard-earned expertise. No template guarantees career achievement and glory, but there are many components that can help you navigate your way to the top.  

While some lessons you learn with time (i.e., you will forever be writing “just following up!” emails, the office kitchen is no place for you to warm up fish, you should always keep a lint roller at your desk, etc.), you already possess a lot of knowledge. Having street smarts (skills you learn at the School of Hard Knocks or you know, just being a person of this world) will help you navigate the workplace faster and better than any executive development program ever could.

1. Being Able to Read the Room

How do you know when you’re in a sketchy neighborhood? When you’ve interrupted an important conversation? When you’ve walked into the wrong conference room?  

Whether you believe you “got weird vibes” or that you “read the room,” having situational awareness is one of the greatest strengths you can develop. Observing the environment and people around you and quickly coming up with (smart) takeaways will save you headaches and back and forth in the future. Every second counts when you don’t have the luxury of being leisurely.

2. Trusting Your Own Judgment

To quote Dr. Seuss, “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive who is you-er than you.” 

You’ve been through a lot, whether it’s past jobs, relationships or difficult or trying situations. You have made great and not-so-great decisions and learned through them. You have built up a reserve of experiences that you can reference at any point. You should trust yourself, whether it’s believing you’re going to make the right decision with the information you have or leaning on your past results to make a future decision.

3. Outsourcing Your Needs

A few weeks ago, my laptop kept freezing. When I tried to open a folder, my screen would lose its mind, opening up a million files and then stop, buffering for something that would never appear. I did what anyone else would do that in that situation: I restarted my computer. When that didn’t fix anything, I put in a ticket with our IT department. 

Why? 

Because I don’t know much about computers, and I know myself well enough to know that I don’t know much about computers. Technology isn’t in my immediate wheelhouse of skills, but you know what is? Finding people who do what I can’t. You will never be able to do everything—and you don’t need to. 

4. Protecting Your Time (and Energy)

I know how to do laundry, but now, as an adult, I don’t believe it is worth my team to spend four hours on a Sunday washing load after load. Instead, I have it sent out to be washed, dried, folded and delivered back to me. I also get my groceries delivered, and I have a recurring subscription with a company that drops off bottled water every few months. Does all of this cost money? Yes. Do these services make life a lot more convenient and manageable? Yes again. Time management is crucial that it should be deemed a superpower. 

Trying to do it all in the office will only lead to burnout. The sooner you figure out your priorities, the better off you’ll be. If you need a process, some popular productivity and prioritization techniques are Getting Things Done, Eat That Frog and the Pomodoro Technique.

It’s imperative to get clarity on what’s worth your time and what it isn’t.

5. Knowing Everything Ain’t for Everybody

Your friends all have different strengths. Most likely, you know which friend to go to when you need advice, which friend to call when you want to have a fun night out and which friend you’ll hit up when you just want to laugh. Every friend isn’t interchangeable. 

You might consider your coworkers as actual friends. You might secretly hate them and plot their downfall. Whatever the case may be, your coworkers all have different strengths, and you should get to know them. Learn what everyone in your office is the authority on. Learn who you need to contact to get things expedited. Learn who is a wealth of information and knows all the processes. 

Also, learn what you can discuss with who. Someone who may be great to share your drunk weekend stories might not be the same person you rant to when you’re upset with your boss. 

Don’t share everything with everybody, but it’s also a good rule of thumb to never share everything with anybody.

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5 Books Jay-Z Thinks You Should Read

Rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, business owner, record executive—Jay-Z has mastered many roles and industries. The Brooklyn-born musician is tied with Kanye West as the rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history, Jay became the winner of the NAACP Image President’s Award in 2019 and he has been recognized by Forbes as hip-hop’s first billionaire. With so much talent and drive, we were curious to get our hands on the highly-acclaimed artist’s reading list.

Here’s what we found:

‘The Seat of the Soul’ by Gary Zukav
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In an interview with Oprah Magazine, Jay-Z coined The Seat of the Soul as one of the two books that he lives his life by. The guide explores karma, temptation, and how it can take a lifetime to master. “I believe in karma and doing the right thing even if it may not advance you as far as you want. If every single person felt the same way about karma and intention, then the world gets fixed tomorrow,” Jay told Oprah of the book. Written by New York Times mega-bestselling author Gary Zukav and his spiritual partner Linda Francis, The Seat of the Soul is a perfect read for anyone looking to conquer a new emotional awareness and intelligence.

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‘Purple Cow’ by Seth Godin
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Purple Cow is a cult classic responsible for major influence in the world of marketing. In this guide, author Seth Godin labels businesses as either remarkable or invisible and encourages readers to reconsider what their marketing tactics say about their product. It comes as no surprise that Jay-Z is a huge fan of this book, given that he passed on being the face of Rocawear back when he first launched the clothing brand. As he told Oprah Magazine, “I cared more about the quality than the face in front,” the same message Godin wants readers to use to transform their business through the help of his guide.

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‘The Celestine Prophecy’ by James Redfield
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This number one bestselling international fiction novel is the second book Jay-Z swears by as a life guide. In The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure, author James Redfield explores the fact that there are two sides to every choice we make and encourages readers to take beneficial steps in directing their life’s individual path. With nine key insights about taking control of your life, Redfield creates a fictional story for realistic manifestation.

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‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell
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In Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell asks readers what makes high-achievers different? With a focus on people who have obtained a high level of fame and success, Gladwell notes that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from and how that plays a role in their accomplishments. Jay-Z, who says the book resonated with him because he was born during a time when there was an influx of remarkable music, grew up listening to the records of iconic artists like Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye which directly influenced his musical talent.

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‘The Odyssey’ by Homer
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This New York Times Notable Book of 2018 hits home with Jay-Z as he can easily relate to Odysseus’ longing for strength and loyalty in a love interest. The rapper has without a doubt obtained that relationship with his wife Beyoncé, making this poem an identifiable read. This 2018 translation makes the timeless text digestible for modern-day consumption, telling the stories of the aftermath of war, wealth, violence, poverty, marriage, family and more.

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I Took Cold Showers for a Week to See If They Really Worked

Whenever I visit my family in Taiwan, my grandfather takes us to Japanese-style hot springs in the mountains. It’s exactly what you might expect: a bunch of men of various sizes—like Russian nesting dolls—lumbering around and lowering themselves into various gradations of boiling water, exhaling “ahh” like they just drank a cold Sprite. They sit there like monkeys, quite pleased with themselves.

Then, there’s a small pool in the corner, but there are no bubbles in it, no steam rising from the top. It is still as the full moon. The old-timers point to it and whisper, That is the best one. That one will cure all your ailments. But few dare to approach it.

It’s the cold bath. 

It hasn’t been surprising to see the hype around cryotherapy—treatments involving cold temperatures and water—resurge in modern times. A lot of influential people—Tim Ferriss, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Wim Hof, Lebron James—have championed the benefits of cold, and they often end up doing so on Joe Rogan’s podcast. While not everyone has access to liquid nitrogen baths, anyone can attempt “the poor man’s cryotherapy”: cold showers.

Cold shower proponents claim a wide range of effects, including reduced depression, hair and skin health, muscle recovery, improved circulation, increased testosterone, and even weight loss via the stimulation of brown fat. You’ll usually see articles exalting cold showers as the ultimate panacea, or you’ll see an obvious hater trying to disprove each and every benefit.

The science is still out—multiple studies contradict each other—which means a writer like me can parachute into the grey area and explore if this thing really works. I decided to take cold showers every day for a week. 

Every morning or afternoon, depending on my schedule, I would turn the shower knob all the way to the right and, after a few queasy wheezes, jump in. 

Let me tell you what it feels like to take a cold shower: Icicles raining on your back. Piranhas nipping at your feet. The breath of the Yeti in your ear. After about 20 seconds, though—as long as you’re fully immersed, with the water running over your hair—it becomes tolerable, and the water even starts to feel lukewarm as your body acclimates. Like suddenly being granted the power to breathe in space, you stop spasming and are surprised to find that you can move and think normally.

Let me tell you what it feels like to get out of a cold shower: Fucking amazing. It’s tempting to dawdle in a hot shower, but because the air outside the cold shower is warmer, it actually feels better to leave the cold shower. I can’t not see that as a powerful metaphor for facing the day. 

When you look in the mirror after a cold shower, your skin and hair do seem to glow. I asked a few friends to take cold showers too and they reported similar benefits. Mentally, you’re soaring. You feel zapped with energy and focus. And that electricity carries over for hours—I would plop into my chair afterward and churn out a thousand words in fifteen minutes. 

The cold shower gets easier every day. It is a form of mental toughening that I can imagine translates to other tasks in life. After a week of cold showers, I can’t definitively report that I lost weight, that my testosterone increased, or that my circulation improved. But I can strongly attest to the mental benefits: my energy and focus improved, and the sun shone brighter on my day. 

If you’ve never done cold showers before, try one, and make sure you fully commit—throw your body into the coldest temperature and flap around for 90 seconds. Trust me, they get easier. If only for the psychological benefits, I recommend everyone keep a cold shower into their toolbox—for deployment on a groggy morning, after a sluggish afternoon nap, or right before an all-nighter. 

You can, of course, still take hot showers—but I recommend saving them for before bed. They’ll put you right to sleep. 

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7 Books That Teach You the Art of the Hustle

Whether you’re thinking about launching your own business or are striving to climb the corporate ladder in your field, one thing’s for sure: You’ve got to hustle to make it happen. Don’t know where to start? Pick up one (or all) of these practical, inspiring and educational books, filled with everything you need to know about the art of the hustle. From the secrets of successful entrepreneurs to straightforward ways to work smarter, these reads are sure to provide the kick-in-the-butt motivation you’ve been waiting for.

‘Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum’ by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
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This 2016 bestseller by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler—three of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and consultants—provides real-world advice on achieving success on your own terms. Within its three-part framework, “Heart, Head and Habits,” Hustle teaches readers how to monetize their passions, create their own luck and fuel their full potential.

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‘Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream’ by Sarah Centrella
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Life-transformation coach, in-demand keynote speaker and author Sarah Centrella went from a single mother in poverty to an executive at a software company and a person living her dreams in just 18 months. In Hustle Believe Receive, Centrella shares her eight-step success plan called the #HBRMethod, along with over 50 stories of success from everyone from NFL and NBA stars to CEOs and banking execs. If you’ve ever looked at someone at the top of their game and wondered, “How did they do that?” this book is for you.

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‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene
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Want to become a master in your field and surge past your competitors? Bestselling author Robert Greene will tell you how. Gleaning insight from the lives of historical greats like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and even Napoleon, then turning their tactics into useful tips, Mastery is a no-nonsense guide on how to work hard and unlock your greatness.

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‘Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days’ by Chris Guillebeau
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If you’ve been sitting on a business idea but have been too afraid to take the leap, read this book ASAP. Author, founder and podcaster Chris Guillebeau provides the step-by-step methodology and practical strategies to give you the confidence to launch that side hustle and make serious cash in as little as 27 days. According to him, anyone can do it.

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‘Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’ By Jeff Sutherland
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“Scrum,” a management method adopted by the world’s leading tech companies, has been reimagined for the broader business world by co-creator Jeff Sutherland. In this book, he provides unparalleled wisdom for leaders and hustlers in all fields, teaching readers how to rev up their productivity, solve complex problems with efficiency and totally transform their approach to work and life.

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‘H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.’ by Brad Lomenick
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With 20 years of experience working alongside Fortune 500 CEOs, startup entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, including Malcolm Gladwell, Brad Lomenick has pinpointed 20 essential habits of highly successful people and categorizes them into “the 3 Hs”: Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?) and Hustle (How will I get there?). This simple and straightforward guide will inspire you to embrace these habits in your own life in order to achieve success.

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‘Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers’ by Morten T. Hansen
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When it comes to the art of the hustle, working smarter, not harder, is the key. After conducting a unique study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten T. Hansen explores the secrets of top performers and turns them into seven actionable “work smarter practices” for anyone looking to maximize their time and productivity.

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6 Productivity Tips from Self-Made Bosses and CEOs

Creating your own career as an entrepreneur can feel like a daunting task. Oftentimes, depending on the type of business, there isn’t a common pathway or standard of barriers to overcome to achieve success. When things seem down, it can feel tough to keep putting one foot in front of the other and believe you can make it. For those moments, here are some tips from the crème de la crème of CEOs and business execs who made their way to the top.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Cofounder
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“I don’t think it matters how small or how big the task is, if you can do it just a little bit better than what is expected, you will be noticed and rewarded.” —Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks cofounder

It’s an adage, but rings true all the same—there’s no substitute for hard work, and it gets rewarded. Whether it’s making agenda copies for a meeting or running a full-scale video shoot, someone will be looking at your work, and everyone’s a critic. If you exceed expectations, people notice.

Bob Iger, Disney CEO
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“When it comes to managing a career, patience is extremely important because people set goals for themselves that often are unrealistic. It’s great to do that because you want to be ambitious, but you don’t have control of a lot of circumstances. And when you set these goals and they’re not met, the reasons are beyond your control, it creates impatience and you then make career decisions out of impatience. That’s a big mistake.” —Bob Iger, Disney CEO



Millennials and Gen Z are known for dreaming big and aiming high. And in an era where you can become a viral sensation overnight, that’s not unreasonable. But I don’t think it’s unfair to say that those are the exceptions instead of the rule, and pacing yourself with ambitious yet realistic goals is a long-term strategy for success and managing expectations.

Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul, Talk Show Host and Actress
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Your job is not always going to fulfill you. There will be some days that you just might be bored. Other days, you may not feel like going to work at all—go anyway…The number one lesson I can offer you is…to become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do that your talent cannot be dismissed.” —Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul, Talk Show Host and Actress (to name a few).

Oprah is an icon in her own right, and there are many lessons to be learned from her. This morsel stands out for keeping the drive going when the enthusiasm fades. Every day won’t be amazing or glamorous, just as everyone has off days. Keeping the consistency matters and sets up those career highs to be even more spectacular.

Sara Blakely, Spanx Founder and CEO
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“[Be] very authentic in your message, stay vulnerable, be yourself through the process.” —Sara Blakely, Spanx CEO & Founder

It’s a lesson a lot of Gen Zers already know but merits reiterating in a world of edited Instagrams and business successes who seem to be increasingly younger. Authenticity is what draws people in, and—as Hallmark as it may sound—being true to yourself in business pays off just as much as it does in the personal. If people relate to you, then maybe they’ll relate to your product or business a bit more.

Daymond John, FUBU Cofounder and CEO
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“You do not need money. You don’t need contacts to be successful. You need to tap into a market and find a following.” —Daymond John, FUBU CEO & Founder

The Shark Tank personality and renowned investor has a point here, particularly in the digital age. Tapping into a market and following has never been easier in a world of social media. Sure, money and contacts help like any other privilege, but the talent can blow up even coming from humble means. It’s all about being smart with the resources at hand.

Jessica Alba, Honest Company Founder and Actress
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“Know what you’re good at, and know what you’re not good at. Don’t pretend you’re something that you’re not. Always ask for help. The smartest people ask questions; the people who are the most ignorant think they know it all.” —Jessica Alba, Actress, The Honest Company founder and actress

The Latina actress turned business owner points out something many people starting out learn very quickly: You won’t know everything. It’s important to ask for help and to learn what you don’t know—which, at the beginning, will be a great deal—rather than pretend to know it all. There’s a difference between feigning confidence as opposed to feigning necessary knowledge or experience.