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Episode 610THEMES & TAKEAWAYS: In Gretchen Rubin’s most recent episode (Ep. 184—listen to it here!), she included a number of tips and ideas about how to have a Happier Labor Day (#happierlaborday). I’ll just note that my philosophy is that the meaning of life is not to stop working and sit on the beach. That’s fine for a few days or a week, but then what do you do? Surely the answer is to find meaningful work, something that you believe in and can look forward to. If I think about times of career satisfaction vs. dissatisfaction, most of the satisfying times came when I was challenging myself in some significant way, doing something new, or embracing a quest of some kind. The times I was dissatisfied were when I tried to do something I wasn’t good at (and didn’t want to do), but I felt like I had to for whatever reason. Or I was otherwise striving in some way that felt inauthentic. So my challenge to you today is that if you feel dissatisfied, let’s mix it up somehow! Promise yourself that you’ll do something by the end of the day to make a change. If you're interested in learning more about Happier Labor Day, check out today's Weekly Recap and head on over to Gretchen's podcast page!
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: This is a new segment we're trying out with the help of side hustlers that we've featured in the past. Today, we have an update from Jake Posko, who was featured very early in the show on Ep. 23. When we featured Jake back in 2017, he was advertising "the World's most awesome guitar lessons," and he also found a way to bring in passive income through referrals on his website, Severn River Guitar. Listen to the Weekly Recap to hear from Jake and learn what's happened since he was featured on the show!
EPISODES FROM THIS WEEK: Here's what we heard this week on Side Hustle School! Listen to this week's recap for a more comprehensive highlight reel.
- Ep. 604 - An ad executive turned teddy bear manufacturer creates a military-grade sleep system for children, earning $100,000 in sales and making a lot of people beary happy
- Ep. 605 - Hungover after a night of hosting a party, an Australian accountant comes up with an unusual cleaning service that goes on to earn $30,000/year part-time
- Ep. 606 - What starts as a collegiate adventure in getting around the legal drinking age requirements leads to a mission that turns trash into cash
- Ep. 607 - A digital marketing manager finds success by growing her dollhouse drop-shipping website business—all without paying for advertising, and by working only one hour a week
- Ep. 608 - After experiencing the frustrating moment of not having a witty reply for a rude stranger, this event organizer launches a website to share the best comebacks for every situation
- Ep. 609 - After a painful breakup, an account manager becomes a new spokes-person for side hustling by reselling bicycle gear
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