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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 Living Daily as an audioblog or blogcast. :) Optimal Living Daily: Business & StartUps 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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Apr 28, 2017

Steve Pavlina has a 12-part series on how to network with busy people! Here's Part 2.

Episode 105: How to Network with Busy People - Pt 2 by Steve Pavlina (Influencer Marketing: How to Win Friends and Influence People).

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/2009/07/how-to-network-with-busy-people-part-2

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Apr 27, 2017

Steve Pavlina has a 12-part series on how to network with busy people! Here's Part 1.

Episode 104: How to Network with Busy People - Pt 1 by Steve Pavlina (How to Contact Influencers - Social Networking with Celebrities).

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/2009/07/how-to-network-with-busy-people

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Apr 26, 2017

Guest author Laura Roeder with My Wife Quit Her Job shares how she freed herself from the wrong business model.

Episode 103: How I Freed Myself from the Wrong Business Model (& Doubled My Money Because Of It) by Laura Roeder (Info Products).

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/how-i-freed-myself-from-the-wrong-model-and-doubled-my-money-because-of-it

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Apr 25, 2017

Guest author Laura Williams shares the importance of staying flexible and gray space when starting up.

Episode 102: The Power of Staying Flexible and Embracing Gray Space by Laura Williams with EOFire (From Ideas to Execution - StartUps).

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: https://www.eofire.com/gray-space

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Apr 24, 2017

Guest author Jonah Berger shares some tips on what triggers the best word of mouth marketing.

Episode 101: What Triggers the Best Word of Mouth Marketing by Jonah Berger with Nir Eyal (How to Create Content that Goes Viral).

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/2014/06/triggerhump.html

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Apr 21, 2017

Derek Sivers has some great tips on how to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 100: How to Hire a Programmer to Make Your Ideas Happen - Part 2 by Derek Sivers (Open for Business eBay / Gimlet Creative).

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 post is located here: https://sivers.org/how2hire

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Apr 20, 2017

Derek Sivers has some great tips on how to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 99: How to Hire a Programmer to Make Your Ideas Happen - Part 1 by Derek Sivers (Outsourcing & Hiring Online for your Biz).

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 post is located here: https://sivers.org/how2hire

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Apr 19, 2017

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares what feature creep is, and how to avoid it.

Episode 98: Coding Simplicity: How to Avoid Feature Creep in Your Life by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Like Myleik Teele's Podcast).

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/simplicity-how-to-avoid-feature-creep-in-your-life

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Apr 18, 2017

Ramit Sethi vents about bloggers who spend time focusing on everything except the one thing that truly matters.

Episode 97: I Hate Bloggers Who Waste Their Time on Stats by Ramit Sethi (Similar to The ONE Thing | Powered by Produktive).

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/i-hate-bloggers-who-waste-their-time-on-stats

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Apr 17, 2017

Nick Loper shares some ways that startups can make the best use of their time.

Episode 96: Short on Time? 6 Ways to Improve Your Side Hustle Energy by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation (Productivity for StartUps).

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/side-hustle-energy

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Apr 14, 2017

Neil Patel shares the best ways to make money from Instagram. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 95: The Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money from Instagram - Part 2 by Neil Patel (Social Media Social Hour Podcast Marketing).

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/make-money-on-instagram

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Apr 13, 2017

Neil Patel shares the best ways to make money from Instagram. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 94: The Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money from Instagram Pt1 by Neil Patel (Hashtagged: An Instagram Community 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/make-money-on-instagram

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Apr 12, 2017

Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job has a motivational post about focusing on the right things and shipping your product.

Episode 93: Why Every Business Needs a Duct Tape Entrepreneur by Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job (Ship Your Product ASAP).

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/why-every-business-needs-a-duct-tape-entrepreneur

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Apr 11, 2017

Kate Erickson talks about the importance of an accountability partner, along with tips on how to set one up and how to structure the call.

Episode 92: How Accountability Can Change Everything by Kate Erickson of EOFire (Setting Up an Accountability Partner or Mastermind).

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: https://www.eofire.com/how-accountability-can-change-everything

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Apr 10, 2017

Nir Eyal reflects on a time when his story was published by the New York Times before he finished.

Episode 91: What Do You Do When Someone 'Steals' Your Amazing Idea by Nir Eyal (Like Open for Business by eBay / Gimlet Creative).

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/2016/11/think-you-have-a-good-idea-someone-else-has-it-too.html

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Apr 7, 2017

Sometimes we all need a little kick to get moving. Steve Pavlina brings the motivation again in this post.

Episode 90: Show Me Your Battle Scars by Steve Pavlina (Personal Development & Self-Help - Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners).

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: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/11/show-me-your-battle-scars

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Apr 6, 2017

Ever thought about launching a Kickstarter campaign? First, hear how Jackson Robinson did it!

Episode 89: The Secret to Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign from PT Money (How to Start Up with Crowdfunding - Crowd Fund).

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/the-secret-to-running-a-successful-kickstarter-campaign

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Apr 5, 2017

Derek Sivers credits the success of his business to great customer service. Hear how he did it. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 88: The Philosophy of Great Customer Service - Part 2 by Derek Sivers (Like How to Start a Startup from Y Combinator).

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 post is located here: https://sivers.org/cs

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Apr 4, 2017

Derek Sivers credits the success of his business to great customer service. Hear how he did it. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 87: The Philosophy of Great Customer Service - Part 1 by Derek Sivers (Manager Tools from Mike Auzenne and Mark Horstman).

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 post is located here: https://sivers.org/cs

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Apr 3, 2017

Ryan Hoover shares how nostalgia is a product designer's secret weapon (with examples).

Episode 86: Nostalgia: A Product Designer's Secret Weapon by Ryan Hoover (Like Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson by Dell Technologies).

Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven. He's a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. Additionally, he has written over 150 essays, many of which are featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web.

The original post is located here: http://ryanhoover.me/post/74726335849/nostalgia-a-product-designers-secret-weapon

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