Friday Roundup – 7.28.23 Edition

Each and every Friday — I outline a few of the articles and/or books that I have read over the last week or two that are worth taking a look at.

The Wealthy Advisor by Taylor Welch

There are two types of businesses: Those you own And those that own YOU

Most consultants, trainers, and educators today got into business because they wanted more freedom, more income, and to help more people. What they end up with are usually not “wonderful businesses” but high-maintenance monsters that give them less freedom than they had before they became entrepreneurs.

If you want to know how to create life-changing, world-class income for yourself – without creating the traditional 9-5 “ball & chain” business most entrepreneurs end up with, this book will teach you the strategies & formulas Taylor has deployed across thousands of client businesses. In this book you will learn the secrets to scaling safely, multiplying your income without sacrificing your profits, and hiring great talent to help your business grow without killing YOU in the process.

There’s never been a handbook quite like this one. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to break the 8 (or even 9) figure barriers – there’s something profound and timeless you will learn in this book. It’s filled with stories, models, frameworks & recipes that the modern day consulting or training business must learn to be sustain-able, durable, and enjoyable.

Go here to get a copy of this great book (it’s only 99 cents on Kindle):

We’re Mostly Trying To Escape This Moment

Much of our days, we’re trying to escape. In fact, you might call this the primary occupation of the human animal.

What are we trying to escape? What’s happening in this moment, right now. Most people will outright reject that idea, but I know this to be true of myself, and it’s been true for so many people I’ve worked with and known.

Consider how most of us spend our days:

  • Doing busywork, messages, emails, small tasks.
  • Putting off larger tasks, avoiding the scary stuff.
  • Scrolling social media, news, favourite distraction websites.
  • Watching videos on YouTube, Netflix, etc.
  • Playing games.
  • Eating comfort foods (often while watching a screen).
  • Taking a drug of choice: alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, caffeine, opioids, etc.
  • Listening to music while we do something else (like working out, walking, driving, showering).

I have no judgment of any of these — they are not necessarily bad, and I do them too. But you might notice that what they have in common: they all take us away from whatever is happening in this moment. That’s their primary purpose.

We do it in other ways too: complaining, gossiping, over-apologizing, people pleasing, bragging, showing off, worrying, overthinking, catastrophizing, making ourselves the victim, ruminating about what happened or what we should have said. These are all ways to get ourselves out of the present moment.

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Adam Smith on The Wealth of Life: 5 Practical Observations You Can Apply to Live Your Best Life

In the history of economic thought, few figures have left a more indelible mark than the renowned Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith. Often hailed as the “father of modern economics,” Smith’s great work, “The Wealth of Nations,” has become a cornerstone of economic theory.

Yet, beyond his celebrated treatise on economics lies an equally profound exploration of human nature, ethics, and meaningful existence — a lesser-known opus that sheds light on the profound interplay between wealth and life.

While “The Wealth of Nations” focuses on the economic mechanisms that drive prosperity and productivity, Smith’s observations about life and living it unravel the intricacies of happiness, contentment, and the pursuit of a truly meaningful life.

A keen observer of human behaviour, he sought to understand the inherent motivations that govern our actions — from the pursuit of individual self-interest to the role of empathy and social cohesion in building harmonious societies.

His life lessons venture beyond the tangible metrics of material wealth. They expose the profound connection between economic well-being and human flourishing. He contemplates how enlightened self-interest, guided by moral sentiments, can lead to a virtuous life.

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Billion-Dollar Lessons from a Fintech Upstart

Today we’re getting under the hood of Masterworks, the new kid on the block in the high-stakes world of art investing.

No fluff, no buzzwords. I’m here to serve you the juicy details, straight-up.

We’re talking about the tactics that are turning heads and causing a buzz around Masterworks’ fractional art investing platform.

Fractional art investing?

It’s like the new cool kid in the investment world, and Masterworks is leading the pack. They’re playing on our love for collecting, the thrill of scarcity, and our need to climb the social ladder to persuade investors that art could supercharge their investment game.

But to hit those sky-high returns, you got to first find the right folks to join the ride. And that’s exactly where Masterworks shines with their thorough, try-and-tweak marketing strategy.

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Hope you enjoy these articles and books. Have a great rest of your Friday and amazing weekend