Happiness Islands and the 80/20 Principle

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Happiness Island… say what? I wrote this post originally seven years ago, and may not have happened back upon it if it wasn’t for Pat Flynn’s recent podcast on deleting/re-visiting old content (if you have a blog, it’s definitely worth a listen).

Many of my original posts make me cringe; the writing, the bravado, the idea that my 23 year old self had so much to *teach* others… all makes me LOL now (as perhaps this will again in ten years). This post, however, made me re-assess my own Happiness Islands and I wanted to share the concept with you.

The concept comes from the book The 80/20 Principle, one of my staple “must reads” and a modern understanding of Pareto’s Law. The gist is that 80% of results come from 20% of input. This applies to business, economics, agriculture, crime and even personal happiness.

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Consolidation is the New Minimalism

Have you ever watched a trash compactor at work? If not, you should, it’s amazing. It takes all this crap and smooshes it down to one tiny cube. Recently I watched a car cruncher crunch a car into a shadow of it’s former self (while my train was stopped… I don’t go hang out in junkyards – but maybe I should).

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44 Epic Tools for Mobile Entrepreneurs

Have you ever been working on something and thought “Geez, why don’t they have X to make this easier” – well nine times out of ten they do, you just don’t know it yet! Hence why I have decided to put together a comprehensive list of all the tools I’ve used as an online entrepreneur and have had recommended to me by others.

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The Start Up Diet

For too long, early on in my life, I thought that one of the major parts of being happy was being rich.  I think back on it now and realize that all the things I thought one had to be rich to enjoy were actually just things you had to be FREE to enjoy. Like taking long walks on crowded city streets (I’m not much of a nature person) or eating yummy hot dogs from a food cart (again, my desires are simple &  urban).

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Ain’t no Job Gonna Hold Me Down

This is a guest post by Nathan Hangen is a serial entrepreneur and Digital Emperor that teaches others how to do the same.

I started working when I was 13, at a local private swim club. At the time, minimum wage wasn’t much, but I was making less…somewhere around $2.15 per hour.

Aside from the obvious benefit of seeing my favorite teenage beauties walking around in bikinis, the job sucked.

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I Hate My Job! 5 Ways to Quit & Do What You Love

“I hate my job” This is a sentiment you’ll probably hear thousands of times in a lifetime, no doubt you’ve uttered it yourself at some point. Now don’t think I’m criticizing! I was the master of the “aaarrrrgghhh… I hate this place” attitude when I worked a 9 to 5, so I know what it feels like.

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Entrepreneurs are Freedom Fighters

Today I realized my life’s purpose while I was cleaning my George Foreman grill. Coincidence? I think not!..kidding I know it was. Anyways, as I scraped burnt chicken goo off the griddle it struck me: I’m a freedom fighter… my life’s purpose is to gain as much freedom as I can and to teach others how to do the same.

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Becoming an Entrepreneur: Do You Have the Huevos?!

Yes I said Huevos! That is how serious I am about people becoming entrepreneurs! This ain’t no sissy entrepreneur blog, I mean business (literally and figuratively) and you should too! If you are serious about escaping the rat race and embracing the freedom of starting your own business then there is only one question to ask…

Do you have the huevos?!

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