I have zero emotional attachment to the lottery. I don’t hope I win, and I don’t feel regret when I lose. For me, buying a lottery ticket is about as interesting as paying a parking ticket; and yet I buy lottery tickets anyway.
This article started it’s life as a “30 things in 30 years” post.
But then two things happened…
- The number of things I want to share ballooned past 30; and
- I turned 31
So instead this is a running list of “everything I know”; important life lessons that have proven true for me. I’ve written it specifically for growth minded people that would prefer to learn from my mistakes then stumble through years of barriers on their own. As my friend Carolynn put it, “I wish I’d gotten this when I turned 21. Would have saved me some headaches later.”
I’ve categorized the items for easier reading and I ruthlessly cut out fluff. I recommend you read this article carefully, like you would read a book.
Noah Kagan is an entrepreneurial machine.
- his “deals on products” site, AppSumo hit 500,000 customers in less than 18 months;
- his company Kickflip Inc. was the #1 largest Facebook App developer;
- his payment company Gambit reached $150,000/day in revenue with clients like Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, and Disney;
- his new business, SumoMe, free tools to grow your website traffic, is already reaching 965,720,950 visitors – damn!;
- and yes, he worked at Intel, was #4 at Mint, and #30 at Facebook (where he got fired and missed out on $100 million+).
This article is about the man behind the machine and how he operates day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year to get results like these.
In 2011 / 2012, Dennis Crawford and I were Articling Students at Miller Thomson LLP. In addition to writing long briefs and short discourses, Dennis and I were tasked with entertaining attendees at the firm’s Christmas Party.
Do you get business from LinkedIn?
If not, you aren’t alone. You opened an account two or three years ago, right? You filled it in with some of the basic info and uploaded a picture. Since then you’ve accepted a few connections and maybe left or received a review. Not much else. So how come you hear these stories about people networking their way to six-figure jobs, or landing mega contracts through LinkedIn?
Here’s the thing. There’s a reason those people are getting big deals, while you are left feeling like LinkedIn is a waste of time. They know the proven strategies for making their profile stand out. Read on for those strategies.
One of my high school teachers told me, “Michael, I wish I could fail you so you’d be in my class again next year.”
Mr. G also gave me advice about becoming a lawyer, “not all lawyers are rich, you need to make sure you love the work.”
In the end, Mr. G did not fail me, and I did go on to become a lawyer. Along the way, between high school and college I wrote 250+ papers, and in doing so I became an unofficial expert on how to write essays and research papers.