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Why I Quit Dropping Even Though I Was Making Money

Considering opening a drop shipping store? I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits; so I’m here to offer the other side of the story. In late 2017, I ran a successful dropping store called Stock Tennis. After about a month of testing different strategies, I found myself with a winning marketing campaign that produced the stats you see below. The numbers you see above are from a 3-day period where I was testing a certain…

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Learning from My Failures: Game Development

This wasn’t just one failure, but a series of closely related failures from my youth. I could write an individual post about each failure, but for the sake of not spamming my blog with well over a dozen posts, I’ll summarize the highlights. What it was I’ve been interested in game development ever since I played my first game. Even though I was young and very naive, I still gave each idea my full effort.…

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How Anyone Can Save Money (If They Are Desperate Enough)

We’ve all been in a position where we need some extra cash. When in that position, if your first reaction is to take a look at your spendings to see where you can save, then you’re in luck! There is one simple category that just about anyone can save money on – food! The average American spends slightly over $150 per week on food, which is roughly $7,852 per year, for one person, just on…

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The Driver’s Seat Mindset

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone that is passionately explaining their dreams/ambitions to you, but they end up making excuses as to why it “just isn’t meant to be”? They want to reach their goal so badly, but there always seems to be someone/something keeping them from reaching it. I hear complaints like this all the time: “I would, but now just isn’t a good time to start” or “I really want…

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The Bright Side of Sleeping in a Car

Last night, while traveling back from a conference in downtown Atlanta, I decided to sleep in my car. I could have easily booked a quick stay at a motel, or perhaps found a friend’s place to crash at, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to use this as an opportunity for personal growth. If you’ve slept in your car before, then you might not think there is much to learn, depending on the circumstance.…

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Master the Art of Googling to Advance your Career

There is an inside-joke within the programming community that most of their job consists of using Google and Stack Overflow to solve problems. This “joke” also applies to just about any technical related field. When a technical problem inevitably comes up at work, most people resort to seeking help from the “IT guy”, since, after all, he is a computer genius, right? Wrong! Most developers, support technicians, system administrators, and miscellaneous ‘techies’ are not actually…

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Advice from Entrepreneurs Who “Made It”

(left to right: Samir Patel, Roy Spencer, Gary Hoover, and Nathon Bond) Today, The Foundation for Economic Education Conference hosted an amazing event. It was a panel of four intelligent, inspiring, and hardcore entrepreneurs that actually “made it”: Samir Patel, Roy Spencer, Gary Hoover, and Nathon Bond. Since this event took place at the same time as many other talks at the conference, the attendance was surprisingly low. It was truly a hidden gem and…

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Learning from My Failures: Minecraft World

Created at the age of 13, “The Minecraft World” was another one of my most ambitious and educational failures.  What it was Since I created this project way back in 2012, I don’t remember the exact reason why I started it. All I know is that I was thinking big; too big. The Minecraft World was a website that aimed to be a community hub centered around unique content for all things Minecraft. The website…

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Why You Should be Using a Password Manager

Recently, my mom asked for help resetting one of her forgotten passwords. After asking her what password manager she used, she proudly lifted up a crumpled piece of paper with ancient scribblings handwritten all over it. Yikes! Although most people aren’t that bad, this conversation made me realize that a lot of people (maybe most people) don’t even use a password manager, or are still using the one built-in to their browser. Here are some…

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The Dangers of Having Too Much Free Time

Very recently, the office where I worked was forced to close. Over thirty associates, including myself, were laid off. As you can imagine, this is quite a worrying time for everyone involved. Although most people are likely worried about finding their next job, I am lucky enough to be in a position where I am mostly unaffected by this new lack of income. I’m worried, but for a completely different reason. I’m worried about my…

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