Quote of The day: “There’s no such thing as multi-tasking.”

Why Multi-Tasking Doesn’t Work When You’re Trying to Be Great

Ok. In all fairness, there is such a thing as multitasking when it comes to remedial things but multi tasking does not exist when you’re trying tackle things that are detrimental to your business or your personal life. Answering emails, while taking a phone call with Verizon about your bill, and posting on Instagram may work fine. Trying to make several important business or life changes simultaneously do not work the same way. We all have things that constantly move up and down on our priority list. Particularly in business, you may feel like everything is a priority. It’s not. When you feel overwhelmed because you realize how many important things you have to take care, take a moment to stop and single out one that trumps the rest. Once you find it, focus only on that one thing. Once you’ve tackled that, pick another and complete. Keep repeating the process. One step at a time.

Top 5 Best Side Jobs to Have While Launching Your Start Up

5 Ways to Make Extra Cash That You Probably Haven’t Considered

A lot of us have dreams of one day quitting our 9 to 5 to enjoy the free life of entrepreneurship. If you’re past the stage of just dreaming and have your business half way off the ground, you’ll find that it’s hard to juggle your day job and your passion project. There will come a point where you have to take a leap of faith and go all in with your business. There’s of course the problem of having to still be financially sustainable during those times, so we’ve put together a list of jobs that will keep you afloat until your business takes off.

  1. Substitute Teaching- If you’re a college grad then this is a great option for you. It’s a great way to make some supplemental income to keep you afloat and allow you the time to focus on your business with a flexible schedule. You’ll need a degree from a four year institution and pass an exam called CBEST, and you’re good to go. Once you have that, let the staffing agencies do the work to place you at schools in your area. Your placement is on a day-to-day basis, so you can decline or accept a sub teaching job whenever you want.
  2. Uber Driving– If you have a car that is halfway running this could be a great option. This is by far the easiest way to make money fast with the least amount of time to get started.  Uber drivers on average make anywhere between $15.00-$20.00 per hour and it’s always a great way to do some soft networking with people you would probably never meet in another setting. I’ve done this personally, and it really helped me through tough times when I was first starting out. You can sign up through my partnership code here.
  3.  Freelancing/Consulting– Are you really knowledgable on certain topics outside of your regular day job? If so, you could position yourself as a freelancer or consultant. People will pay for the information you have. When I was younger, I had gotten laid off of so many jobs that I had become an expert at resume writing because I was always on the job hunt. I realized people were really intimidated to write resumes and not that great at making their resume stand out. People had no problem paying me to write their resumes for them. Cha ching.
  4. Copywriting/Writing– Do you have a way with words? Great writers are hard to come by, and there are a number of brands, websites, corporations who will gladly pay someone to write copy for marketing materials, company websites, and other content for their businesses. Put your skill to use.
  5. Contact Database– If you’re a social butterfly, you could be making money doing it. If you’re the kind of person that loves to schmooze, you could be charging people to connect them to high-profile people you have access to. If startups are looking for contacts to other brands, you can introduce them and charge a finder’s fee.

These are just a few but in fact there are a million ways to make money. You just have to be resourceful. Starting your own business can be rough and you’re going to need alternative ways to generate income that don’t take up a lot of your time. When you’re ready to go full force with your dream, having the reassurance that you’ll be able to keep your water and power on is crucial. Live the dream! Good luck!

Tip of the Day: Include a Marketing Budget

Don’t Forget to Include a Marketing Budget

Marketing is one of the crucial elements that make your business go, but is often the most overlooked piece of a business plan. So many small business owners and entrepreneurs spend all of their efforts developing the product or service and nothing toward actually spreading the word about what they have to offer.  Your hard work will go to waste if no one knows it exists. Furthermore, you will most likely reach a point where free marketing just wont cut it. Put some money aside for paid marketing. Chances are you’re going to need it.

Stream: Bryson Tiller ‘Trap Soul’ Album

Bryson Tiller has been generating some buzz with a slew of singles including “Don’t”, “Sorry Not Sorry”, and “Let ‘Em Know” that were released on his SoundCloud over the past few months. Now the R&B crooner is slated to release his debut album Trap Soul on October 4th but has made a stream available until then.

Head over to Apple Music now to stream Trap Soul before it’s October release.

Magazine Goals: Hearst Invests $21 Million in Complex

Hearst Invests $21 Million in Complex

Hearst Corp. has acquired a minority stake in Complex, via a $21 million investment. Complex publishes a bi-monthly magazine and owns several other sites, including pigeonsandplanes.com, fourpins.com andfirstwefeast.com. (FishbowlNY)

Complex began as a print publication in 2002 and has since expanded into a multiple websites that now collectively reach 57 million millennial men each month while still publishing six times a year. The widely discussed Aug./Sept. issue featured Khloe Kardashian on the cover.(THR)

Hearst executive Neeraj Khemlani, who runs the company’s digital studios and steered this investment, will take a board seat at Complex. Complex started out in 2002 as designer Marc Ecko’s fashion magazine and now says it reaches 57 million visitors a month in the U.S. and generates 192 million video views a month.(Re/code)

The $21 million strategic investment is the latest of several Hearst has made recently in video-heavy digital media companies, including Vice Media and AwesomenessTV. The deals come amid a wave of partnerships between digital media upstarts and traditional media giants seeking to attract younger audiences that have migrated online. (WSJ)

Quote of the Day: Action is Greater Than Motivation

I came across this great article in a weekly newsletter I follow called “Action is Greater Than Motivation” by freelancer Paul Jarvis and I had to share it with you all. I am guilty of thinking about all the things I need to do than actually doing them, and this helped put things into perspective.

Action>Motivation

by Paul Jarvis

We’ve somehow led ourselves to believe that we can’t act unless we’re motivated to do so. It’s tricksy (like a Hobbit), because wanting to be motivated is so alluring (like the Ring).

Motivation is to action as reading about exercise is to being in shape. Certainly, both can happen, but simply being motivated accomplishes nothing while seeming like it’s accomplishing something.

Our problem is never motivation. Look at January 1st for everyone, ever. We’re all gung-ho about making changes at the start of a new year. Our problem isn’t a desire to do things, it’s just that most of us never follow through.

Being motivated to write articles doesn’t mean I’m going to write a single word. Feeling motivated to eat less vegan chocolates doesn’t mean I’ll eat less of them. Motivation feels important because it feels like action, but it’s not.

We attempt to motivate ourselves by getting excited about outcomes or thinking about how much better our lives will be once we are motivated. The issue isn’t that we want something, it’s that we think our desire for something automatically makes us more likely to achieve that something.

Motivation, even for mundane things like exercise or writing more, is theoretical. Whereas action is tangible.

When our theoretical ideas of wanting something take us further and further from putting something into practice, we get down on ourselves. We give up and often do the opposite (i.e. “I didn’t eat a healthy lunch today so it doesn’t matter if I have junk food for dinner” or “Why write anything now? I should have been writing for the last two weeks and be 10,000 words in already”).

The issue with motivation isn’t that we’re not motivated, it’s that we imagine that we need to be motivated in the first place, instead of just doing the work. With creativity specifically, it’s easy to get into the mindset of waiting for the muse, when really, the best way for the muse to pay us a visit is to start working.

Co-exist with the lack of motivation as you act on what you feel motivated to do. In the end, the motivation doesn’t matter at all, it’s the action that does because it’s the action that produces the work.

Action requires that we tell our minds to shut up. We need to stop telling ourselves to be motivated or feel down when we don’t act on our motivation sooner. We can’t argue with ourselves because even if we win, we lose.

Small actions often lead to bigger actions. Adding “write a book” to your todo list will result in exactly zero books ever being written. It’s too massive of a task to sum up in a line. If you actually want to act, you need to break things down a bit. Instead of “write a book”, add “come up with 3 ideas for a book”. This can be done by sitting down for 30 minutes and writing. Not writing well, not editing, not waiting until you’re motivated, but just sitting your ass in a chair and writing down ideas for 30 minutes. If you think too much about everything it takes to write a book and what can come from succeeding or failing after you’ve written it, you’ll talk yourself out of doing it before you even start.

Don’t let your brain talk you out of things! You can be smarter than your brain. You don’t need it or anyone else to motivate you to do something, you just need to shut yourself up and start doing it.

I don’t wait for motivation to strike, instead I get down to work. Motivation isn’t required for action. Frodo was the same, he acted instead of waiting to be inspired to act (with the help of Samwise of course). In the end he wasn’t powerful because he had or didn’t have the Ring, he was powerful because he kept taking action (and really, because he let Gollum defeat himself and fall into lava).

Source: Sunday Dispatches

California rapper, Justin Wallace, has been a fan favorite of mine for a few years now. He released his debut album The Boy Who Could Fly last year, and is now in the works of releasing a new project soon. Wallace’s first album was an introduction into who he is, and this album shows his journey as an artist as it unfolds. He recently released video for his single “Lawry’s”. We were able to get a few words from Justin’s agency, Hence management, and their take on the meaning behind it:

The video concept has two stories to it. The first is a woman refusing to let go of Justin due to him wanting to move on to bigger things and she becomes obsessed to the point of trying to murder him.  The second is the tunnel representing him being stuck at a point of his life and him finally leaving to progress in his future (which is the car leaving the tunnel at the very end of the video.) It is symbolic of Justin leaving negative people, energy, habits, and thoughts in order to move forward.

No word yet on a release date for the album, but we’ll keep you updated.

Quote of the Day: How to Pick the Right Business Idea

There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ve all come up with at least one million dollar idea at some point in our lives. Some of us are think tanks and have a journal full of potential businesses that could be a hit.  The problem with having multiple ideas is trying to figure out which one to take the leap of faith with. Choice paralysis can set in and prevent us from making a move at all. If you’re a little all over the place with your thoughts, here’s something to ask yourself:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What makes me happy?
  3. What does the world need?

Put all of your ideas through this filter, and the one that can answer all three of these questions is the one to go with. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Download Drake and Future Joint Album

**UPDATE**

Drake and Future just released What A Time to Be Alive, and will not disappoint you. They might just change cuffing season to turn up season. We can thank Boi-1da, Southside, Noah “40″ Shebib,  Metro Boomin’, and more for the ridiculous production. Drake on the What A Time to Be Alive:

 “I went to Atlanta for six days a couple weeks ago with the hopes of doing some songs with Future, and when you get around Future, it’s like a vortex, that guy can outwork anybody right now. It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.”

You can preview and download it now on iTunes.

 

 

The internet has been broken once again. Drake and Future have confirmed a joint album What A Time to Be Alive.

For the past few weeks, Drake and Future fans have been in an uproar when a rumor started circulating that the two turn up kings might be collaborating on a joint album. Future took to Instagram to announce that they would be joining forces for an LP called What A Time to Be Alive.  This is probably one of the most anticipated collabs since Jay Z and R Kelly’s joint album Best of Both Worlds. I don’t typically pay to see rappers perform but if they went on tour, this would be the one exception.

There’s no confirmed release date, but we’ll keep you posted.

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SG Lewis’s “Warm” Closes Season 1 Episode 7 of HBO’s Ballers

SG-Lewis

SG Lewis “Warm” is definitely a playlist worthy track when you want to relax after a long day. I can thank HBO music supervisor Scott Vener for another great music pick that I Shazammed immediately from Season 1, Episode 7 finale of Ballers.

There’s not much information floating around the internet on Lewis but it looks like he’s from the UK (not surprised) and that he may be a DJ as well as a musician. “Warm” may come from a past project or may just be a floater that he threw out in the ethers. He does have an upcoming EP, Shivers, and has also released the debut title track featuring singer JP Cooper.

We’ll keep an eye on him.