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Future Self: How To Think Ahead And Love The Present

Helping Your Future Self

  • Visualizing what you want your future to look like allows your mind to create a clear picture of who you will be or can be.
  • Allow yourself to experience discomfort in the present because it will only prepare you for future adversities. Not only will you feel prepared but you will also be able to adapt to whatever situation is thrown at you.

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Validate Your Side Hustle

Your side hustle idea may seem awesome and disruptive to you, but your potential customers will likely ignore it like most “brilliant ideas” or even not have a need for it. So, ensure you're not creating a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, as this is one of the top causes of startup failures.

You can do that with objective feedback from potential customers and asking them to join a waiting list, pre-purchase your solution or hire you as a service provider.