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Top 20 Articles that Helped Me While Building My Business

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Totally unrelated: This is a pic of my girlfriend Ellen and I learning to surf in Costa Rica last year (I actually just learned how to fall off a surfboard 🙂

It's crazy how much easier it looked in Point Break. ​

Incidentally, the guy that owned the surf shop had moved from Venezuela (I believe) to Costa Rica and opened a surf shop on the beach. It's now a world famous surf shop. 

He still works in there everyday. How cool is that for a job?!​

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On to business though...

Here is my list of ride or die articles that I read while building my freelance social media business to replace my income. 

Seriously, no matter what your side hustle is, you’ll need motivation to get there.

When work has gotten dumb and stressful, these carried me through.

I think you’ll find some wisdom in here that can make (or save) you tens of thousands of dollars.

Here’s my short list (which may actually get quite long depending on how much I find.

If you want the most updated version of this list (which I've already added to) as your very own PDF with links, click the button below yo.


Here we go:

Mind the Gap by Paula Pant - I used to think about reducing expenses as the sole means of financial freedom. This article changed my thinking on that and helped me grow my business substantially. Everything this girl writes is fire. Her blog is Highly recommend it!

Why You Need F-you Money by Jim Collins - seriously, can you even avoid an article with a title like that. F-you money is critically important when starting your own business.

The Joy of Self-Employment by Mr. Money Mustache - Almost everything I’ve read from MMM is awesome, but this one is particularly good. It’s a great reminder of why I’m doing this.

The Joy of Part-Time Work by Mr Money Mustache - related to the previous article but also awesome.

I Got Fired by J Money - many things in this article are relevant even if you quit a perfectly good “high paying” job to start a side hustle.

My Short Attention Span by Jim Collins - Why this guy only lasted an average of 4 years at a job over his entire career. Before job-hopping was even cool.

My Path for My Kid - the First 10 Years by Jim Collins - This article may contain all the investing advice a young professional starting out would ever need.

Why You Should Get Your Shit Together Before You Make it Big by Mr Money Mustache - A little dose of reality from MMM. Very good read. Like all of his stuff.

This Photographer Just Made $15,000 in One Day on Instagram by Forbes - Not saying you should become a street photographer. But if this guy can do this, just think about what’s possible.

Ten Reasons Why Your Future is So Bright It Hurts My Eyes to Look by Jim Collins - You will feel inspired after reading this article. I promise.

10 Things You Need to Do If You Were Fired Yesterday by James Altucher - How to get your mind right if this happens (even if it’s voluntary).

10 More Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job Today by James Altucher - as if we need anymore. Amiright?

How I Failed My Daughter on the Simple Path to Wealth by Jim Collins - I read everything Collins writes because it’s the best investing advice anywhere. Btw, everything he writes about was echoed by Warren Buffet in an interview about what he’d recommend his wife do with the money in the event of his passing.

What We Own and Why We Own It by Jim Collins - I completely switched my investment strategy once I read this and The Stock Series by Jim Collins (actually, I didn’t have an investment strategy before reading this).

Stocks — Part 1: There’s a major market crash coming!!!! by Jim Collins - This is the beginning of the stock series by Jim Collins. It’s about 25 articles and will teach you 95% of what you need to know about investing.

Guest posting on Financial Independence - 23 Years Later by Mr Money Mustache and Jim Collins - writing about financial independence and living off of investments from someone who’s done it for quite a number of years now.

The Monk and the Minister - by Jim Collins - short read with a powerful lesson.

Six-Figure Businesses Built for Less Than $100: 17 Lessons Learned by Tim Ferriss - Some more motivation for you that this can be done.

What Is the Best Way to Improve Your Brain Power for Life? | Psychology Today- Really interesting article. Just 4 tips so it’s easy to implement.

A Lifetime of Riches – Is it as Simple as a Few Habits? - Another great MMM joint (Mr Money Mustache).

“I Want to Create Passive Income, But I Don’t Know Where to Start” — Part I by Paula Pant - This girl is a rock star.

That's a wrap!....for now.

Again, I've already updated this list with more awesome content, so if you want it as a PDF click the button below.


Seriously, you'll need motivation, inspiration, and perseverance when you're starting a business. It's scary. And these people have all done it. Their writing helped me a lot when I didn't think it was going to work.

I'll keep adding more to this list.

If you want the complete updated list in PDF format with all links for ease of use, click on the button below and I'll email it to you straight away.

Do you already read any of these authors. Let me know in the comments or message me.



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