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4 proven and time-effective ways to grow out a solid network

Jacob Lund

I like Robert Glazer’s most recent book entitled, “Friday Forward: Inspiration & Motivation to End Your Week Stronger Than It Started.” It’s fun. It’s also got some really good ideas and reminders in it. This is particularly true of the list of “life hacks” he shared courtesy of Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund including:

To better navigate our new world, it sure helps to get to know the people who were born into it


My tipping point in my writing and online coaching career happened by accident. I was reading an article by a 24-year-old blogger and immediately saw a lot of myself in his words; albeit a much younger self. For once, instead of letting the feeling pass, I shot him a message and a week later we got on our first of now many calls.

If you’re like a lot of people, when you think of the word “mentor,” you envision someone (usually with a white flowing beard) sitting on top of a mountain sharing their wisdom to all who will listen…

Master the side-text

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I was at the top of my design firm, seemingly invincible. But I also just so happened to be running a division that was struggling and on the verge of failure. To me, saving the office meant hitting the road and going out into the world to talk about our work and showcase what we were capable of.

So I went to the annual TEDWomen Conference. It was something I’ll never regret as I met so many inspiring people and wrote the first part of my book, Making Conversation: Seven Essential Elements of Meaningful Communication, during that week. But while…


Don’t seek to be liked, seek to be respected

One of the biggest lessons I learned during the pandemic was that “no” is the new “yes.” I penned (well, keyed) a piece about it here on Medium that was really successful. Turns out that thousands of people are just like me and struggle with the tiny word. Some reminded me of a maxim they live by: “No is a complete sentence.” I love that. Others responded that they, too, are people-pleasers of an equally problematic magnitude. And many readers asked an important follow-up question: how do I do that at work?

Saying “no” at work is a much trickier…

Along with a few other tips to make video less painful

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Screen of multiple work colleagues on video call
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I clicked on the Zoom invitation and was taken to a black screen. Moments later, I heard a voice: “Michael, what’s up?”

For the next 30 minutes, my friend, Austin Belcak, and I talked in darkness about life and career advice. Prior to wrapping up the call, I asked him about not including the video option. “It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. My main priority is to keep my sanity, and video calls steal my energy.” he said.

Austin then went on to explain that instead of giving people an option, on his invitation, he normally just sends…

It’s always Day 1 and other business insights from Bezos

Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation Excellence in Industry Award in Washington, DC on October 22, 2019. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

In the early nineties, very few people had heard of the internet. Jeff Bezos happened to be one of them.

Bezos saw that the internet was growing at around 2300% a year and decided that he wanted to come up with a business idea to ride that wave. He made a list of products to sell online and, soon, settled upon books.

Bezos first named his online bookstore Cadabra, as in abracadabra. And it was only after three months, that he changed it to Amazon, after the earth’s biggest river, and therefore, the earth’s biggest selection. While the company stands…


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