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Previous Editions of Memes & Motivations

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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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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

M&Ms 56: Just Start
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M&Ms 55: Hard Times

Hey Team, I think the world is in bad shape. I am usually a very optimistic person, but several bad things are going on at once, making me pessimistic in the short term. We have two significant nations at war, and both are effectively cut off from the global GDP

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M&Ms 54: Long-term

Hello from St Thomas, My wife and I decided to take a vacation this week. We left the kids with our parents and in-laws—a huge advantage of living close to a big family. Our parents will take turns watching our three-year-old and six-year-old. I am immensely grateful and fortunate

M&Ms 54: Long-term
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M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared

Hi Team, Everybody is scared. Coming up from poverty, you realize that everyone around you has fears. Then if you make it far enough, hopefully, to get out of poverty and meet some successful people, you realize they have their own fears too. Everyone is scared of different things. But

M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared
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M&Ms 52: Taking Wins & Losses

Hey Team, I want to share some wins with you this week. But it's not all roses, and I want to share that part too. The pragmatic engineer wrote a piece on my career. I can only assume the article did well because I got some great messages from folks

M&Ms 52: Taking Wins & Losses