Life-changing lessons learned from Naval Ravikant

While driving back to Pittsburgh after a month in Florida, I listened to two episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast. They made the 14-hour drive the most productive drive of my life. Each episode featured Naval Ravikant, the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList.

The episodes with Naval are the first Tim Ferriss Show episodes I listened to and, since listening to more, the episodes with Naval remain my favorite. Everything he says in them was new but familiar to me at the time. It all just made sense.

Finding someone who speaks to you like this is rare. Naval revealed life lessons to me that I’ve been trying to uncover for years, only I didn’t know I needed to uncover them. I just knew I was looking for something. He told me what that was. Continue reading “Life-changing lessons learned from Naval Ravikant”

How to lessen sexism and bias with conscious speech

We communicate in one of two ways: body language and speech.

Movement, or body language, is a less conscious act than speech. Of course we can consciously move our muscles and limbs, but when we’re communicating, our body language is on auto-pilot. We’re more aware of our speech — of what we’re saying and how we’re saying it.

But even though we have more control over our speech, we still say things that offend people, history, and the meaning of words. We don’t mean to; most of us are just lazy and don’t know any better. For instance, we call women “guys” when speaking in the plural, and we call people from the United States “Americans” even though they only represent one part of the Americas. Continue reading “How to lessen sexism and bias with conscious speech”

A culture of secrecy: business and (in)human rights

I was talking on the phone with my mom tonight. She was concerned.

Robert, um, I’m a little worried about something, she said. I think you’re being a little too open about your life on your blog. (She was talking about my reflections.) Since you’re applying to jobs, people might not appreciate you talking about your drinking habits, the girls you meet, and other personal things. Continue reading “A culture of secrecy: business and (in)human rights”

How to start a startup

Worthy: How to Start a Startup by Paul Graham (Essay)

This is the first piece of advice I read on starting a startup, and it may be the best. I find it hard to believe that there is a resource out there that is written so clearly. Even though written in March 2005, almost everything still applies to today’s startup culture. And I think it will still apply in 10 years. Keep this one handy. Continue reading “How to start a startup”

We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions

We Roam is a professional remote work program that brings together people who work remotely for 12 months across 12 countries. I was part of the Polaris tour.

Before traveling with We Roam I always made “special trips” by myself. The people I did travel with before I started traveling solo didn’t work remotely, so when I needed to open my laptop to grind for a little, they didn’t understand it. Why are you working on vacation?! they would ask. I would tell them that work and vacation are not parallels. For me they intersect. I can hop on one road, then easily hop on the other. This is how I like to live my life. Still, they didn’t understand. Continue reading “We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions”

How I landed a full-time remote job in less than 20 days

The steps in this guide are the exact same ones I followed to land a full-time remote job in less than 20 days. And during that time, I only spent 1-2 hours a day finding jobs and applying to them. If you dedicate more time, I’m sure you can land one even faster.

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How to define meaningful and live a meaningful life

Many of us have never taken the time to define “meaningful” even though it’s the most important adjective ever, maybe the most important word ever.

I only had a definition for it after completing the steps below. And let me tell you, it’s now much easier for me to gauge whether I’m doing something meaningful. Simply because I have a definition of the word meaningful and can ask myself a simple question: Is this meaningful? If not, I do something else.
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How to create a self-hosted blog without greedy web service providers

This post was originally published on my old website Meaningful Cafe, which is why the sample URLs and code are based on that name.

This guide shows you how to create a self-hosted blog using Google Domains, Digital Ocean and WordPress. Today we’ll combine these services to produce a strong foundation for a simple blog or full-blown website. The term “blog” is used throughout this guide but is interchangeable with “website.”
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How to only target Twitter followers with Twitter ads

Sometimes you only need to target your followers when advertising or promoting content with Twitter Ads.

Unfortunately, Twitter Ads doesn’t provide an option on the Campaign page that makes you confident you’re only targeting your followers. But after running some tests I learned how to configure Twitter ads to only target the people who follow you.

In this tutorial I show you how to configure your campaign settings to achieve this. In another post I talk about a use case for for only targeting your Twitter followers.

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How to transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Google Domains

In this tutorial I show you how to transfer the management of your domain from GoDaddy to Google Domains. Transferring your domain doesn’t require any technical knowledge and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

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