It’s nothing to do with money.

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Who wouldn’t want to live a life where they are rich, passionate, talented, and changing the world? It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Yet it’s unrealistic and not the only way to live a life of meaning.

The Japanese have a beautiful concept to guide their lives called ikigai. I learned it from karate masters on the beautiful Japanese islands of Okinawa. Researchers have claimed ikigai is the reason why the islands have the highest density of 100-year-olds in the world.

Ikigai is the reason to be and reason to live.

I want to demystify ikigai for you to help you live your version of your best life. I will clear the confusion of the Western understanding and make you realize it’s within your reach. …


A reading list for all entrepreneurs

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2020 has been a crazy year and it’s understandable if reading business books has slipped down your priority list. It means you’ve probably missed on some of the gems in this list.

There are all types of books for everyone from casual readers to book devourers; case studies, step-by-step guides, and leadership advice. I’m on the devourer side and have learned from hundreds of business books in my life.

Ranking books is always highly subjective and I’ve come up with a simple formula to order these books. Like movies, the first people to review are super fans or know the creator personally. …


Don’t fall into the classic entrepreneur’s trap

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If you’ve been on the internet long enough, someone has tried to sell you the dream of ditching the 9–5 and becoming an entrepreneur.

It’s a great sales pitch.

Yet it misses the crucial fact that many entrepreneurs find themselves working every hour of the day. 57% work six days a week and 20% work seven days a week. They chase freedom but end up chained to their business.

Burnout caused by overwork is a real issue for entrepreneurs and more than just productivity, it can damage their wellbeing. …


Hello everyone, welcome to our eighth bi-monthly dispatch to help you better navigate your business or start a new one.

This 3,2,1 houses our 3 most viewed articles, 2 of our personal favorites, and 1 of our oldies but goodies that resonated with a lot of readers.

3 Most Read Articles

How to Think Like Jeff Bezos by Genius Turner

How to Identify a Future Billionaire, According to a Legendary Investor by Alan Trapulionis

Jay-Z & Warren Buffett’s Interview Reveals — Billionaires Think Alike by Genius Turner

2 Editor’s Picks

Having 1,000 True Fans Is So Overrated by Nick Wolny

Lessons I Learned from My Millionaire CEO by Joseph Mavericks

1 From The Vault

Content Used to Be King. Here’s What’s Next by Dave Schools

Thank you for reading and supporting us.


Don’t replace ego with selfishness.

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Solve this riddle:

10 people enter a room to fix a problem. Each person leaves as soon as they realize they are smarter than the others. What’s the result?

A lonely room and no solution.

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room” — Confucius

This mantra has been repeated by several leaders from Michael Dell to Marissa Meyer but it has a dark undertone. Nothing screams elitism more than not wanting to be surrounded by people you think you’re above.

The original concept guards against ego but now it feeds into hustler mentality. The idea is you always need to be climbing upward and interacting with people better than you. Yet why should these people help you? It’s selfish to want to learn from others when you wouldn’t do the same in their position. …


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Hello everyone, welcome to our seventh bi-monthly dispatch to help you better navigate your business or start a new one.

This 3,2,1 houses our 3 most viewed articles, 2 of our personal favorites, and 1 of our oldies but goodies that resonated with a lot of readers.

3 Most Read Articles

My Proven Method: The Fastest Way To Grow a Passive Income Online Business by Jon Brosio

Programmer Rejects $6 Billion, Gets Fired From His Own Company by Alan Trapulionis

Use Steve Jobs’s 30% Rule to Enter Your “Golden Age” by Alan Trapulionis

2 Editor’s Picks

Don’t raise money. Don’t hire. Don’t build. Sell. by Dima Syrotkin

Warren Buffett’s 2 Questions To Determine Whether You Have Integrity by Amardeep Parmar

1 From The Vault

The real reasons why a VC passed on your startup by Sarah A. Downey

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And what you should answer

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Two worlds seem to exist; one where all businessmen are evil and one where all businessmen are geniuses.

Yet entrepreneurs don’t go from an average Joe to a caricature ruthless boss overnight. Many of them start with dreams of changing the world for the better and small decisions move them away from their original principles.

Google famously included “Don’t be evil” in their code of conduct in 2000. Then they removed it in 2017.

Warren Buffett stands out amongst his billionaire peers because he has maintained his grounded image for over half a century. …


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Hello everyone, welcome to our sixth bi-monthly dispatch to help you better navigate your business or start a new one.

This 3,2,1 houses our 3 most viewed articles, 2 of our personal favorites, and 1 of our oldies but goodies that resonated with a lot of readers.

3 Most Read Articles

26-Year-Old Programmer Built a $1 Billion App In 2 Years — After Following His Girlfriend’s Advice by Alan Trapulionis

Start a Side Hustle, Build Yourself an Empire by Tim Denning

Lack of Confidence Kills More Dreams Than Lack of Ability by Thomas Oppong

2 Editor’s Picks

5 Habits Of Billionaires That You Shouldn’t Follow by Amardeep…


#4 Steve Jobs: Eat one food for weeks on end

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“If they jumped off a cliff, would you jump off too?” — Mothers around the world

It’s a staple of success porn to see the habits of billionaires and believe it’s the secret to neverending mountains of money. Is it really though?

The truth is billionaires are a pretty diverse set of people. No one is going to confuse Bill Gates or Kylie Jenner with Aliko Dangote or Zhong Huijuan. Most people haven’t heard of the names of 90% of billionaires and we read about the same famous names over and over.

Just because Steve Jobs did something, it doesn’t automatically mean you should too. There are many paths to whatever you define as success and your heroes probably did everything to their heroes. Has there ever been a billionaire like Elon Musk? …


The remarkable story of Headspace founder Andy Puddicome

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Early adulthood was cruel to Andy.

He narrowly missed death when a drunk driver plowed into his friends after a night out. Two of his friends weren’t so lucky and a dozen others ended up in intensive care. Within months, his stepsister died in a cycling accident and an ex-girlfriend passed away from cancer.

The psychological effect was devasting, I couldn’t begin to imagine his pain. He couldn’t shake the feeling of something being missing in his life despite a daily meditation practice and loving his sports science degree. …

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Rethinking self-improvement with mindfulness╰☆╮ Co-Editor of Entrepreneur’s Handbook ╰☆╮ amardeep.substack.com

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