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We (Lee Rankinen & Justin Malik) read you the best content on entrepreneurship, startups, side hustles, freelancing, and more, with author permission. Think of Optimal Business Daily as an audioblog or blogcast. :) Optimal Business Daily is a podcast created for those looking to start or improve their own small business: lifelong entrepreneurs and life optimizers. Lee Rankinen & Justin Malik bring you the best content from blogs and other resources and read it to you, so that you don't have to waste your time finding and reading blogs yourself--listen during your commute, workout, regular routines, or during your down time 7 days a week and launch or improve your business one step at a time. Each episode brings you a reading from a popular blog post or resource--practical and actionable information that has been proven to be worthy of large audiences. Current sites and authors include: EOFire.com (Entrepreneur On Fire) - Kate Erickson & John Lee Dumas JamesAltucher.com - James Altucher Sivers.org - Derek Sivers NeilPatel.com - Neil Patel ZenHabits.net - Leo Babauta IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com - Ramit Sethi StevePavlina.com - Steve Pavlina RyanHoover.me - Ryan Hoover SideHustleNation.com - Nick Loper NirAndFar.com - Nir Eyal MyWifeQuitHerJob.com - Steve Chou GoodLifeZen.com - Mary Jaksch and more being added! Subscribe now--your optimal life awaits! *Optimal Living Daily has received permission from the original authors to read content on this show.
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Mar 31, 2017

James Altucher shares arguments for self-publishing and how to do it. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 85: Self-Publish the Bestseller Inside of You: A How-To - Part 2 by James Altucher (Use Amazon CreateSpace to Publish eBooks).

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2017/03/self-publish-bestseller

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Mar 30, 2017

James Altucher shares arguments for self-publishing and how to do it. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 84: Self-Publish the Bestseller Inside of You: A How-To - Part 1 by James Altucher (A Guide to Publishing a Book on Your Own).

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2017/03/self-publish-bestseller

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Mar 29, 2017

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his top 10 productivity hacks for getting things done.

Episode 83: Top 10 Productivity Hacks - Overview by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Something You Should Know Like The Tim Ferriss Show).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/top-10-productivity-hacks-overview

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Mar 28, 2017

Ramit Sethi shares a common pitfall for aspiring entrepreneurs and what to do about it.

Episode 82: The Myth of the Great Idea by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Spoken Growth Business Inspiration & Motivation).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/the-myth-of-the-great-idea

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Mar 27, 2017

Nick Loper shares why girl scouts are better hustlers than cub scouts, and how we can learn from it.

Episode 81: Girl Scouts Are Better Hustlers Than Cub Scouts - And What It Means For Your Business by Nick Loper - The Side Hustle Show.

Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation is an entrepreneur involved in a variety of projects. He started the website because he believes in the hustle. After all, what’s riskier: starting a business, or relying on your job as your only source of income? He used to work full-time for a giant corporation, but built his business during the night and weekends... and you can do it too.

The original post is located here: http://www.sidehustlenation.com/girl-scouts-vs-cub-scouts

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Mar 24, 2017

Neil Patel shares the best way to build your email list. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 80: How to Get 128 New Email Subscribers Per Day - Part 2 by Neil Patel (ClickFunnels - Funnel Tips & Tricks - Digital Marketers).

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

The original post is located here: http://neilpatel.com/blog/email-subscribers

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Mar 23, 2017

Neil Patel shares the best way to build your email list. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 79: How to Get 128 New Email Subscribers Per Day - Part 1 by Neil Patel (Email Marketing - Lead Magnets, Optin Forms, & More).

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

The original post is located here: http://neilpatel.com/blog/email-subscribers

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Mar 22, 2017

Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job talks about the different kinds of entrepreneurs.

Episode 78: What Type of Entrepreneur Do You Want To Be by Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job (Like Escape the Rat Race Radio).

Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, but spent a good portion of his graduate education studying entrepreneurship and small business. When he and his wife had a child, they launched an online store to supplement their income, and quickly replaced Steve's wife's income stream through the new business. Steve blogs about it all at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

The original post is located here: http://mywifequitherjob.com/what-type-of-entrepreneur-do-you-want-to-be

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Mar 21, 2017

Guest author Mary E. Marshall on EOFire shares how to avoid entrepreneurial blind spots.

Episode 77: Entrepreneurial Blind Spots by Mary E. Marshall with EOFire (Similar to Leading Wisely by Ricardo Semler and LeadWise).

Kate Erickson joined John Lee Dumas and the EOFire team in April 2013 as the Content Creator. Since then, she's grown to consider herself the overall Implementer of all things at EOFire.
Over the past several years at EOFire, she has uncovered new passions. Her most recent: helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.

The original post is located here: http://www.eofire.com/entrepreneurial-blind-spots

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Mar 20, 2017

Nir Eyal talks about getting your product into the habit zone, with examples.

Episode 76: Getting Your Product Into the Habit Zone by Nir Eyal (Stuff You Should Know About Business Psychology - Entrepreneurship).

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn).
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

The original post is located here: http://www.nirandfar.com/2012/09/habit-zone.html

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Mar 17, 2017

Steve Pavlina brings the motivation! Is it time for you to stop dabbling and get serious?

Episode 75: Is It Time to Stop Dabbling and Get Serious by Steve Pavlina (Like The Femtrepreneur Show with Mariah Coz).

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2012/12/is-it-time-for-you-to-stop-dabbling-and-get-serious

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Mar 16, 2017

Kimberly Palmer shares 5 lessons she's learned as an Easy entrepreneur.

Episode 74: 5 Lessons from an Etsy Entrepreneur by Kimberly Palmer & PT Money (She Percolates with Jen Hatzung & Danielle Spurge).

PTMoney.com is about helping you make extra money, save more money, and spend your money wisely--all in an effort to help you fix your finances so you can build the life you want. It was started by Philip Taylor, a CPA, entrepreneur, and blogger who started the site in 2007. He also created FinCon, the popular conference for financial nerds.

The original post is located here: https://ptmoney.com/make-money-on-etsy

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Mar 15, 2017

Brett McKay of The Art of Manliness guest posts on Zen Habits with lessons in productivity.

Episode 73: Lessons in Productivity from Ralph Waldo Emerson by Brett McKay of The Art of Manliness with Zen Habits (Be Productive).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/lessons-in-productivity-from-ralph-waldo-emerson

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Mar 14, 2017

Ramit Sethi shares some of the best advice you'll hear about starting up a business - on greed and speed.

Episode 72: On Greed and Speed by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Like Seth Godin's Startup School - How to Make Money).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/on-greed-and-speed

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Mar 13, 2017

Nick Loper shares how to create viral content without actually writing it.

Episode 71: How to Create Viral Content - Without Actually Writing It by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation & The Side Hustle Show (Blog).

Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation is an entrepreneur involved in a variety of projects. He started the website because he believes in the hustle. After all, what’s riskier: starting a business, or relying on your job as your only source of income? He used to work full-time for a giant corporation, but built his business during the night and weekends... and you can do it too.

The original post is located here: http://www.sidehustlenation.com/how-to-write-viral-content-without-actually-writing-it

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Mar 10, 2017

2 posts from Derek Sivers: does it help to be desperate, and his opinion on learning programming as an entrepreneur.

Episode 70: Does It Help to be Desperate And Should You Learn Programming? Yes by Derek Sivers (How I Built This or Richard Branson).

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.
Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

The original posts are located here:

https://sivers.org/desperate

https://sivers.org/prog

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Mar 9, 2017

James Altucher shares his ten secrets of a successful podcast and what he's learned through the process.

Episode 69: The Ten Secrets of Podcasting (And What I've Learned) by James Altucher (How to Podcast Like Podcasters' Paradise).

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/02/the-ten-secrets-of-podcasting-and-what-ive-learned

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Mar 8, 2017

Neil Patel shares how to best craft your blog posts from maximum exposure. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 68: The 5 Kinds of Posts That Every Blog Needs (& How to Create Them) - Part 2 by Neil Patel (Like Myleik Teele's Podcast).

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

The original post is located here: http://neilpatel.com/blog/the-5-kinds-of-posts-that-every-blog-needs-and-how-to-create-them

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Mar 7, 2017

Neil Patel shares how to best craft your blog posts from maximum exposure. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 67: The 5 Kinds of Posts That Every Blog Needs (& How to Create Them) - Part 1 by Neil Patel (Social Media Marketing Podcast).

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

The original post is located here: http://neilpatel.com/blog/the-5-kinds-of-posts-that-every-blog-needs-and-how-to-create-them

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Mar 6, 2017

Steve Pavlina shares how to condition yourself to succeed. And a Happy Birthday to Lee.

Episode 66: Conditioning Yourself to Succeed by Steve Pavlina (Like the Knowledge Project Podcast by Shane Parrish - Be Successful).

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2004/10/conditioning-yourself-to-succeed

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Mar 3, 2017

Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job shares why and how your business doesn't have to be so risky.

Episode 65: Starting Your Own Business Does Not Have To Be Risky by Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job (Silicon Valley Tech Industry).

Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, but spent a good portion of his graduate education studying entrepreneurship and small business. When he and his wife had a child, they launched an online store to supplement their income, and quickly replaced Steve's wife's income stream through the new business. Steve blogs about it all at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

The original post is located here: http://mywifequitherjob.com/starting-your-own-business-does-not-have-to-be-risky

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Mar 2, 2017

Kristin Wong shares some important tips that you should know about taxes as a freelancer.

Episode 64: What You Should Know About Taxes as a Freelancer by Kristin Wong (Tax Season - Learn About Self Employment & the IRS).

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/what-you-should-know-about-taxes-as-a-freelancer

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Mar 1, 2017

Kate Erickson of Entrepreneur on Fire shares how to know when it's time to move on or pivot with your business.

Episode 63: How You Know It's Time to Move On or Pivot by Kate Erickson of Entrepreneur on Fire and the Kate's Take Podcast (Exiting).

Kate Erickson joined John Lee Dumas and the EOFire team in April 2013 as the Content Creator. Since then, she's grown to consider herself the overall Implementer of all things at EOFire.
Over the past several years at EOFire, she has uncovered new passions. Her most recent: helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.

The original post is located here: http://www.eofire.com/how-you-know-its-time-to-move-on-pivot

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