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Louie Bacaj

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M&Ms 64: Good Ideas

Hey Team. I am ashamed to admit that I have sat on the couch thinking of what to Tweet more than once, especially in my early days of making content. But I had a conversation recently that reminded me that every bit of software we build today is inspired by

M&Ms 64: Good Ideas
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M&Ms 63: To Immortalize it Teach it

Hey Team, If you want to immortalize your knowledge of a topic, you might have to teach it. Edgar Dale is famous for saying: "We remember roughly: 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we see and hear 70%

M&Ms 63: To Immortalize it Teach it
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M&Ms 62: Happy Birthday

Hey Team, It's America's birthday in a few days. America celebrates on the 4th of July, and my birthday is on the fifth of July. As an immigrant to this country, I figured I would say a few words about what this place is and what it means to me.

M&Ms 62: Happy Birthday
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M&Ms 61: Mid-Year Earnings Update

Hey Team, It's the halfway point of this year, and it's time for a small update. An update on the Small Bets strategy I have adopted as my way forward for entrepreneurship this year. I have made about ~$50k in total from all of the small bets I have placed

M&Ms 61: Mid-Year Earnings Update
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M&Ms 60: Real Estate

You may recall that I told you we were in for some hard times a month back. Then the hard times came. We aren't done yet. Now the hard times are coming for real estate. Earlier this week, I gave my second talk to the Small Bets community, teaching them

M&Ms 60: Real Estate
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Uncapping Luck

It is impossible to be the beneficiary of outsized luck with a big corporate job. Your pay is capped. Any variable rewards based on performance are capped. Your promotions are capped. Capped at least by some time at level and often by other factors too. However, unfortunately, it is possible

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M&Ms 59: Uncapping Luck

Hi Team, It is impossible to be the beneficiary of outsized luck with a big corporate job. Your pay is capped. Any variable rewards based on performance are capped. Your promotions are capped. Capped at least by some time at level and often by other factors too. However, unfortunately, it

M&Ms 59: Uncapping Luck
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M&Ms 58: The Last Mile is the Hardest

Hey Team, An engineer reached out to me today for some career advice. We had a nice enough back and forth. But things started going south fast toward the end of the call. I gave him some advice then at the end, I encouraged him to reach out to someone

M&Ms 58: The Last Mile is the Hardest
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M&Ms 57: Shore Up Weakness, Discrepancy, and Bad HR Systems

Hi Team, A friend quit her job to chase her entrepreneurial dreams. She asked me if there were any weaknesses that I thought she could shore up. My gut response was, "it's too late to shore up weaknesses now." As I said that to her, in the back of my

M&Ms 57: Shore Up Weakness, Discrepancy, and Bad HR Systems
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M&Ms 56: Just Start

The people that impress me the most now are the ones that start: writing online regularlya YouTube channela newslettera podcasttweeting etc.Starting is impressive to me because I now know how hard those things are to start. I remember my own challenges when I first started putting myself out there

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