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Weekly Recap: Don’t Become Efficient at Doing the Wrong Things

In our twenty-seventh recap of Season II, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: listener Q&A!
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Notes from Chris

Episode 554

Over here in my world, we finished the 8th annual World Domination Summit (see pictures from it here!), and one of the things I shared at WDS in between introducing speakers was about “finding your purpose.”

We live in an age in which productivity and efficiency are highly regarded values, but sometimes you need to slow down. Sometimes you need to stop doing things. And, of course, sometimes you need to do more!

But unless you have a clear sense of purpose, it doesn’t make sense to devote your focus to becoming uber-efficient. It’s much better to be able to say “I’m on the right path. I haven’t got it all figured out, but I know I’m doing the right thing.”

Listen to today's Weekly Recap to learn more about finding your purpose and getting efficient at doing the right things!


This week we had a listener email from Ali and a voicemail from Melanie:

  • Ali: "I am currently reading your book The $100 Startup. I have been looking for a business opportunity for a long time now. After having finished my masters in Polymer Chemistry and having started my PhD, I was even more unsatisfied. I don't even remember when or where I bought your book. I must have been in London years ago and when I started reading it I was thinking 'Ah probably just another typical startup book you can find anywhere,' but it really changed my mind.

    I already had a website which was supposed to be a blog but I didn't use it much anymore. So while reading your book I got this idea of providing a lectureship service to young students who are writing their bachelor's or master's thesis. My wife published it a couple of times on her Instagram account since she has about 11k follower. So now I got my first job today and will get paid my first 150 Euros for about 4-5 hours of work. My first customers got a pretty high discount, but it's okay. 150 Euros is good enough to buy ourselves nice sneakers which we wanted to have for a while now. And it's going to be paid by spare money.

    How it has been written but you bring the right ideas across and motivate your reader. My aim is to make 1000 Euros a month as a side income. We won't save any of that money or do reasonable thinks but rather pay and buy everything we find really cool but couldn't pay with a PhD scholarship. I mean I already had the WordPress side and my laptop so I literary had an investment of 0 Euros. Thanks, man!"
  • Melanie is in Houston, TX, and she just quit her day job to focus on being a stay at home mom. She has a very specific goal in mind and knows what she wants to do: create a children's storybook. Unfortunately, this is a new process for her, so she's not sure what method she should use to get her book published.
  • Listen to the Weekly Recap to hear my thoughts on the matter of writing and publishing your first book! And if you're interested in checking out the resources I mention, here are some links: Ep. 276, Ep. 538, and The Unconventional Guide to Publishing
If you have something you'd like to ask me or an update you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you. Leave me a voice message on the website or call into the Side Hustle Hotline (Dial 844-9-HUSTLE // 844-948-7853), and your question may be featured on the show!


Here's what we heard this week on Side Hustle School! Listen to this week's recap for a more comprehensive highlight reel.

  • Ep. 548 - In just one year, this Google product manager earns an extra $100,000 by providing marketing services on Fiverr.com. Learn his tips to hack the platform for yourself!
  • Ep. 549 - A love of coffee leads to a family-owned coffee hustle, bringing joy and beans to to loyal customers. Don’t procrastinate; pro-caffeinate!
  • Ep. 550 - This hospital employee and competitive powerlifter wasn’t making enough money on the side as a personal trainer, so he turned to a completely different idea: bow ties!
  • Ep. 551 - A group of college students learn to sell socks with a cause. In two years they sign up more than 100 educational institutions!
  • Ep. 552 - A chronic illness diagnosis leads to the “write” side hustle for a full-time communications manager in the UK
  • Ep. 553 - In an age of endless distractions, an editor for Superdry found she was reading fewer books. By creating a subscription book club, she now sends new titles to more than 300 people each month
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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  • After losing her job, this digital marketer turns to the kitchen, where she whips up pre-made meals and launches a successful crowdfunding campaign
  • Two women launch an underwear brand in their spare time. It grows from an early Kickstarter campaign to a multi-million dollar company with more than a dozen employees
  • And so much more!

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