Rethink Everything: How a New Perspective Is Key to Your Success

How a new perspective on an old idea is the key to your success. Certain people — especially people under the age of 18 — dread the beginning of fall. It signals the start of school, endlessly raking leaves, the end of warm weather… the list goes on and on. I’m a successful entrepreneur and I always look forward to the new season. You should, too, because whatever your age or your level of education, you can always benefit from a “back-to-school” mindset. A child’s curiosity and thirst for new knowledge often gets lost in the transition to adulthood. This is especially true of adults who have been in the same career for a long time. Stability can turn into sameness, and the reliable can become the predictable. You may get the occasional curveball thrown your way, like some new calendar application or accounting software, but that’s about it. My wealth management firm, LexION Capital, keeps me on my toes, but I don’t wait for the challenges to come and find me. I take concrete steps to learn more, and you should too – this is the key to your success. Here are a couple of ways to do that. Pretend it’s your first day on the job When I worked on Wall Street, I saw the following scenario, over and over again. Hungry young grads, wide-eyed with enthusiasm, would step onto the trade floor. Their minds overflowed with revolutionary new ideas, and their determination to get in there and make a difference was palpable. Then, a month would pass, and these same hungry young go-getters could be overheard saying, “Well… that’s how...

3 Productivity Hacks You Can’t Live Without

At Love The Hustle, we believe in making every single second count.  Thankfully, there are some ways to get more juice for the squeeze: here are 3 productivity hacks you can’t live without.   86,400. That’s how many seconds are in a day. In the 8 hour workday, there are only a mere 28,800 seconds. That’s why finding ways to increase productivity is something that is always at the top of our list. Here are our tips for staying as productive as possible:   Don’t multitask Multitasking would be a great productivity hack, if it actually worked. It’s a shame, because if multitasking were a real thing we’d all have two computers and blitz through a project with each hand. Sure, that’s an extreme example, but science has proven that multitasking ruins even the small things. It actually involves switching your attention between the tasks rapidly, and it completely ruins your attention for both. If you want to see this in action, drive around with your iPhone in hand and see what happens. There’s a reason Cops hand out big tickets for crimes of multitasking-while-driving (ps…don’t actually do this).   Prioritization is your secret sauce Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs from Psych class? Well, you need a business version ASAP. We call it the Hierarchy of G.M.D. (Getting More Done). Even the little things can take up huge chunks of time and attention if you let them pile up. Stamping a letter to go out to a client seems easy, until you have to send out 500 right before a deadline. So whatever the number one thing is that drives...

How to Increase Your Productivity and Get More Done

  When we get overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel stuck. So how do you increase your productivity so you can actually get more done?   Do you ever look at your to-do-list and think Mount Everest would be a walk in the park? Well, f you’ve ever wanted to increase your productivity, you’re in luck. Although we want to take on absolutely everything and anything (and we will eventually), sometimes stuff can get a little overwhelming. But there is a solution – and though we won’t do the work for you, we’ve gathered some tips to take on anything and help you to increase your productivity and get more done, right now: Start with something simple Tina Fey once said “you can’t be the kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You just have to go down the chute.” Part of the problem with taking on the world is not knowing where to start. The backpedaling and indecision is real when you have 10,000,000 + things to do. So just start with something simple. Lick a stamp, type the date onto the top of your report, whatever… even if a two-year old can do it, just get up and get started if it’s forward progress. And once you’ve dove in, you’ll be in the zone and find that it’s easier to just keep going than to stop. Give me a break Our beloved TED talks average out at 25 minutes. That’s not done for commercial breaks – like everything else on the talks, it’s a really clever approach to a problem we all face. In this instance, it’s...
Love the Hustle, Not the Destination

Love the Hustle, Not the Destination

We’re here to give you the push to stay motivated and keep the finish line in site. You don’t run a marathon by thinking “only 46,111 footsteps to go!” after the starting gun goes off. Reaching your awesome goals will happen, and we want to be with you for every single footstep. But sorry, it’s not going to happen overnight. You’ll get there quickly, but you need some push need to stay motivated and keep the finish line in site. Here are some ways to Love the Hustle, not the destination: Look in the mirror (sometimes)! Dwelling on the past is no way to get ahead, and thinking back to high school is not going to drive you towards entrepreneurial success. But you need some motivation to reach your ultimate goals, and seeing your awesome accomplishments is a great way to do it. You can draw the line between getting upset over old photos and having the blinders on by doing a two-step evaluation process (no, it’s not a dance move). Every month, without fail, you should sit down and take a look at how far you’ve come! You don’t notice it day-to-day, but give yourself a pat on the back and look at what you’ve accomplished so far. Remember in grade school when your parents would post your report-card on the fridge after you aced your classes? Believe it or not, you should do something similar today. Buy yourself a sticky note and write your accomplishments on it, then paste it on the bathroom mirror. It’s a great way to remind yourself first thing in the morning about what you’re doing...