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The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power is an amazing study into the power dynamics between people by Robert Greene. In a way, it’s one of those instruction manuals that should be taught in every school to children who are launching off into a cold world.

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How to Spot a Lie From a Former CIA Officer

One of the more important components of successful business relationships is trust. In my own experience, whenever my trust has been broken by someone, there were always clues. All the way down to subsconscious signals my brain was receiving, which likely translated into some gut feeling or intuition that was ultimately ignored. That’s when the…

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Go With Your Gut Feeling

Magnus Walker is an interesting guy. Growing up as a poor kid in Sheffield, England, he was not exactly the likely candidate for fulfilled dreams. Especially when his dream was that of a Porsche enthusiast. But undaunted, he forged through life until events and circumstances led him to success – and the fulfillment of his…

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Startup Founders, sometimes you have to just tell fear to go fuck itself

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said these words as a way of comforting a country devastated by a harsh depression. This was part of his inaugural speech for his first term. The meaning of Roosevelt’s statement was to face your fears and not be paralyzed…

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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Derek Sivers was the founder of CD Baby. For those who don’t remember, for about 20 years, CDs were the preferred method of packaging and distributing music. Derek wanted to make it easier for artists to sell their CDs direct to their audiences. Then he sold the company. As impressive as that was, I believe…

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