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August 31, 2020

Good morning. It’s hard not to start this newsletter with “Wakanda forever.”

Horrible news over the weekend: Chadwick Boseman, the beloved actor who starred in films including Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods, and 42, died after a four-year fight with colon cancer. He was 43.

INSPIRATION

“Ignorance is in our bones but kindness is in our DNA.”

– Gia Pratama

THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity

Fountain of Youth

Business success depends on your ability to build trust with customers, raise money from investors, and create authority, all of which are harder the younger you are. But age doesn’t stop people. People everywhere are starting businesses younger because of the power of the internet and social media. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Larry Page began their companies at ages 20, 21, and 24. And we all know how successful they are. Each had to turn their youth into a strength and secret weapon.

Here’s why youth is an excellent thing in entrepreneurship:

  1. The existing ways of doing things don’t trap you: When you’re young, you’re less cynical, and your perspective is fresh. Everything is new to you, and you have no choice but to think about things from a nascent view. You don’t have dates reasoning and haven’t yet been conditions to believe things have to be the way they are. You’re only just discovering the way they are.
  2. Risk-taking galore: It’s easiest to take risks when you don’t have much to lose. When you’re young, you (typically) don’t have a family depending on you or a mortgage to pay. Larry Page once said, “I encourage you to take a little more risk in life. If you do it often enough, they will really pay off.”
  3. Underestimation is a good thing (although it’s infuriating): Bill Gates said, “People don’t take you seriously at first. But when they do, they go overboard.” It’s pretty easy to impress someone when their expectations are so low. People were skeptical of Gates at first because of his age, but when they realized he knew what he was talking about, his young age helped sell customers because they enjoyed supporting a young prodigy and genius.

Don’t use your age as an excuse; use it as your start, strength, and superpower. All the greats do.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

What If I Don’t Like My Co-Worker?

Let’s be honest about something. At some point in your career, you have had a co-worker that you simply did not like. Maybe they were rude to you in the past, or they operate in a way that does not jive with your values and morals. Whatever the case may be, you dislike this person. Assuming Christmas doesn’t come early, they are most likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

The first thing to examine is how often do you interact with this person. If it’s rarely, then they are not worthy of the time you are wasting thinking about them. If you interact often, you need to identify why you don’t like them. Is it worth talking to them? If that will not work, you need to accept that some people will never change.

Moving on is difficult but manageable if you remember why you have to do it. You must move on as to not sabotage your reputation or jeopardize the quality of your work. If you are going around bad-mouthing this person, it will only serve to hurt the way people think of you, not them. Also, if you are spending time on gossip and obsession, you are not giving your work the time and attention it deserves.

The choices you make at work should serve two objectives. The first being what is best for the company that employed you and the mission they stand for. The second being the career goals you are working towards. It’s okay to personally dislike someone as long as it does not interfere with the two main objectives listed above.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Hello! Sign here please!

As a company of any size, you are consistently sending and receiving documents that require a signature. In the pre-COVID days, it was easy to print, sign, and fax a document back and forth. However, with everyone working remotely, you cannot guarantee everyone you work with has access to a printer or fax machine. This is why you may want to check out HelloSign.

HelloSign is an online platform that allows you to sign documents that require a signature digitally. For example, documents like invoices, contracts, SOW’s, and anything else that needs to be approved before work can begin. It also allows you to add fields such as signature, initials, and date signed for you or your recipient to fill out. It ensures all your documents are legally binding.

This service will come in handy when hiring new employees or freelancers to work on your brand. You can easily send them important documents such as NDA’s and new hire agreements to review and sign quickly and efficiently. For those of you who work in the healthcare industry, HelloSign is HIPAA compliant.

To learn more about their products, solutions, and various plans, click here.

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going 

Become Hyper Efficient

Many of us are very efficient with our time, and many times we’re not. There are so many ways to improve how effectively you use your time, but here we’re going to highlight a simple tactic that will give you double the returns and half the stress when managing everything you have to do.

We’re taking this technique straight from “Getting Things Done” by David Allen, a book we recommend. Incorporate this system into your to-do list and watch how effortlessly you cross things off your list.

Begin by getting four bins that stack one on top of the other (or files, folders, etc. anything you can use to separate and hold stuff). Name them as follows: “Inbox,”Defer,”Delegate,”Unactionable/Waiting For.”

  • Inbox: Everything goes into this bin. All mail, to-dos (write things on a post-it), projects, etc., go into this bin. You’ll get to this once a week when you address everything. This ensures you’ll have a designated place for all to-dos, and mentally you won’t carry them around with you all week or have to re-remember them.
  • Defer: When you sort your Inbox, if the action takes less than 2 min, then do it immediately. If it takes greater than 2 min, then defer it until you can reasonably complete it.
  • Delegate: If your to-do item requires the input or action of another person, it goes in this bin. Delegate a task to the appropriate person.
  • Unactionable/Waiting For: This bin holds all tasks that can’t be completed by you at the moment. For example, anything that is waiting for an action from another person or something at a date in the future.

There’s far more to this system in “Getting Things Done,” and it’s one of the most valuable reads we recommend. For now, begin with this small system and see how easily you start to get more done.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle

Watch Carefully

Staring at a screen all day does a number on your eyes. We’re all familiar with the headache we get from eye strain after 8+ hours on a computer or our phones. So much screen time can give you some crazy eye damage down the road. Dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches are common if you don’t take preventative measures. These issues may not present them for years to come, but often by then, it’s too late to do much about it.

  • Blue Light Filter: Probably the most important (and easiest) prevention technique you can do. You can find blue-light filtering glasses cheap online that reduce the strain from computer and phone screens. Also, most devices have settings to reduce blue light.
  • Moisturizing Contact Lenses: If you wear contacts, many optometrists recommend contacts made from a high percentage of water, which help significantly in retaining the moisture in your eyes.
  • Limit Screen Time: Of course, we’re going to put this one up. As much as possible, limit the amount of time you spend on your computer and phone. Sometimes this isn’t possible, but be conscious of screen time when you can.
  • Take Breaks Often: As much as possible, get off the screen and walk around. These breaks are a welcome reprieve for your eyes because we often forget to blink when we’re staring at our phones. At the very least, blink a little more.
  • Eye Cleanser: You can find a cleanser for your eyes that is designed specifically for eye care and health. A simple rinse and gentle scrub in your morning routine keep your lashes free of debris and gunk and Blepharitis (irritation). Tea tree oil is a great ingredient to look for in a cleanser.
  • Thermal Compress: One of the best things you can do that help your meibomian glands. These glands produce the oil to lubricate your eyes. Over time with age, they become less effective. Screens and blue light rapidly decay these glands. A thermal compress over your eyes for 10 minutes will keep you healthy. Don’t want to shell out for a compress? A sock full of rice in the microwave for 30 seconds works just fine.

A TRIBUTE – A KING PASSES ON

Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, which progressed to stage 4 this past year. Boseman didn’t reveal his illness during his lifetime, not allowing cancer to take center stage, requesting no special treatment, or allowing it to define him.

Although he’s most known for playing King T’Challa in The Black Panther, he’s also played several historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).

He certainly made use of his years and treated his thrust into the spotlight with dignity, courage, and respect- a true leader.

The tweet announcing that the world had lost Chadwick Boseman is now the most-liked tweet of all time.

Twitter confirmed the accolade on its own verified account Saturday, simply stating: “Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever.”

The tweet now stands alone at the top of Twitter’s metrics board with more than 6 million likes in 24 hours.

The world won’t forget him. It’s hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Think of a conversation-starting, nostalgia-inducing question to have in your back pocket to pull out at your next family dinner.