40 Acres - Owning Your Online Presence

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If you listen to or read anything created by Dave Ramsey, you’re probably familiar with his belief that real estate is an important avenue for building wealth. The Netflix mini-documentary series “Explained” has an episode titled “The Racial Wealth Gap.” In it, the narrator says, “If you live in a stable country and you can invest long term, values generally go up.” Buying a house now will build wealth over time. Now I hope this isn’t a wild analogy, but I would advise that you build up your online real estate by owning your own domain. And if you work towards making your personal domain profitable, the value will go up over time. Have you ever had a myspace page? What is the current state of that? Or maybe you were heavy on Facebook, but after moms, dads, and grandparents started…

Growth

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There are many business ideas that I’ve had or heard from others. Goals to start a successful company, eventually sell it to the highest bidder, and ride off into the sunset as a multi-millionaire. We see buyouts in shaving companies like Harry’s (acquired by the owners of the Schick brand), Bevel (acquired by the owners of Gillette), and Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). In the realm of social media, Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram is the first I think of. I hold reservations when talking about a business-related topic because I haven’t started anything that generates income… yet. But I am writing this article because of the pain I feel when I see companies build something great and then sell to massive corporations. The reasons why these Davids sell to Goliaths a…

Lessons From Football

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For the past two years, I have really gotten into soccer, which is referred to as football in most countries around the world. When I was younger I supported the team Manchester United, but honestly, I never watched a game, knew nothing of their history, and couldn’t tell you a player other than David Beckham. Two years ago I decided to immerse myself in the team. I learned that Manchester United is one of the most successful clubs in the history of football. They had one of the greatest coaches of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. One thing that struck me was their club culture of giving youth a chance despite the inconsistencies that come from youth players. Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and since then United have not won much. The team has parted ways with three managers and ar…

Book Review - The War of Art

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“You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen [sic], and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I’ll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.” The first few pages of Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle” starts off by surmising that Adolph Hitler resisted pursuing his passion because it was easier for him to go to war and commit atrocities. The overarching theme of “The War of Art” reflects this comparison. People fortunate enough to have opportuniti…

PVS (Phishing, Vishing, Smishing)

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Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. There’s something I haven’t told a lot of people. In my country of birth, I am the first son of the king, making me next in line to be king. But I am in need of some help. My money is tied up in some infrastructure projects in my country. If you loan me $100, I would be able to access that money and once my money frees up, I will reward you with $10,000. To me, this sounds too good to be true but there are many people that have fallen for scams of the ilk. Many have seen their savings depleted. You might have heard of this category of long-running scams or at the very least seen its memes. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), “Nigerian letter scams, these "fund transfer" frauds reach intended victims by fax, letter or emai…

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