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Saying No: Some Great Is Better Than a Lot of Good

By Sam Hysell
on November 18, 2013
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Saying no can suck: There’s so much you want to do. So many people you want to help… The problem is there’s so little time.

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen awesome people make is spreading themselves too thin. I’ve been guilty and am right now. I go to school full time, work 3 full days each week at Fueled and do customer discovery consulting, all while trying to build my personal brand as a thought leader in the personal development space.

I’ve heard people say it before, and now that I feel like I’m waste deep from time to time I know it’s time to start saying no and turning stuff down. Quality over quantity. Some great work vs a lot of good work. Read More Here…

Biz Dev Learnings from Alex Taub

By Sam Hysell
on June 26, 2013
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On Tuesday June 25th, Mr. Alex Taub, Head of Biz Dev at Dwolla graced us with his presence and dropped knowledge like it’s hot.

As an avid biz dev learner, I’ve been fortunate to learn first hand from some of the greats, namely Scott Britton, BD at Single Platform who spoke at my last meetup and Scott Pollack, BD at American Express. Lots of the content I sift through gets very repetitive, but Alex dropped tons of tactical bombs.

First and foremost were the 4 golden rules of a partnership… Never before has something as vague as partnerships seemed so black and white. Fortunately, Alex broke all partnerships down into four collectively exhaustive (not mutually exclusive) goals within partnerships: Read More Here…

What To Optimize for In Life

By Sam Hysell
on June 26, 2013
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Life is no small feat. When you accomplish something big, it feels great, but as soon as that feeling subsides, the bar is now higher.

As you continue to raise the bar it’s important to realize that in order to get over it, you need to optimize for learning. Not through reading but by doing.

School is interesting. Mainly because succeeding within school, by the traditional standard, is training you to become an academic. Good grades portray your ability to study and research, precisely what your professors do full time. Most entry level jobs, put you on the path of the long bureaucratic rise.

It’s funny because all learning takes place outside of your comfort zone, and as you continue to do what you do, you begin to miss out on the opportunities to further develop your skills by doing what you don’t typically do. Read More Here…

The Balance

By Sam Hysell
on June 26, 2013
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Both life, work and fun should be one in the same but in order to achieve that synergy, it’s crucial to make sure you delegate time to focus solely on one.

Way too many entrepreneurs work hard not smart. Long not efficient. Trust me, by no means am I one to knock the hustle but the hustle has limits and in order to optimize the hustle please make sure you spend enough time disassociating yourself so you can bring in your fresh perspective every day.  Read More Here…

Addictions

By Sam Hysell
on June 26, 2013
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Addictions are funny things. You think you have complete control but are merely a victim of ignorant deceit.

50 years ago, everybody smoked cigs and were under the impression that they were a good thing. Fast forward, there are still millions of smokers fighting to reclaim their mind and control, to no avail.

Well today I would like to bring up a new addiction. Humanity’s new found love for the Internet.

“Everything in moderation,” a mantra Ive been learning in life over and over again. Well like all things good, too much is bad, and today I’d like to say, WE ALL USE THE INTERNET TOO MUCH.

Don’t get me wrong. The Internet is an extremely powerful force of good. It drives change and allows 2 people in a garage the chance to disrupt a century old industry. But, with great power comes great responsibility, and although social media/email do allow us to connect in scalable way, we often find ourself lost and aimlessly roaming in the Internet. Read More Here…

My Mission

By Sam Hysell
on June 26, 2013
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So, I may not be going out to outer space, and I’m no Richard Branson (not yet at least ;), but I’m on a mission none the less.

The world is full of problems, and instead of complaining or being ignorantly blind, there are a couple problems I’m trying to get to the bottom of. Also, although I’m see tons of potential in the applications of technology, I’m not a fan of tech for the sake of tech. Tech for me is a medium to solve human problems.

So without any further ado, here’s my mission broken down into 3 parts:

  1. Access… I was born and raised in a upper-middle class family, but surrounded myself with friends through the whole spectrum of socio-economic status. What I realized was contrary to stereotypes, intellect is inherent in all, but due to lack off access, socialization often ends up funneling that intellect to nefarious activities. Think about it, what do you define as cool or worth aspiring towards — For me it’s being the CEO of a rapidly growing internet company with a social mission to make the world a better place! On the other hand, I have friends who aspired to cash out slanging herb, get rich in finance and sacrifice progress for profit. With that being said, the aspirations of all are sculpted by their peers and idols, so by creating an ecosystem of access that allows others to aspire to nobler causes beyond the ones immediately surrounding them, human kind can achieve much greater feats.
  2. Passion Passion Passion. At the end of the day, our measure of wellbeing should not be GDP, or unemployment rates, it should be happiness. It’s a privilege to think of work beyond wages. In the startup scene I’m surrounded by tons of passionate individuals tackling problems they care about. Whereas I also have friends drudging work but it’s the only way to put food on the table. Passion is the key to unlocking society’s hidden potential.
  3. Let’s flatten this damn pyramid.

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The Rise

By Sam Hysell
on February 2, 2012
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Life is a journey, and by nature, humans are social creatures who want to help (maybe not so much in NYC jk)… Think about yourself, if your friend needs a hand with something that isn’t too tedious, chances are you’d probably be willing to help. Now, what happens when you want to transcend your peers or you want to rise the ranks as they say. For example, you’re a person that loves music and you find out your friend’s cousin produces at a studio. I’m willing to bet that your friend would be more than willing to set you up and put you in touch with that person. GRINDING. You helped your friend help their friend, ultimately helping both friends!

Networking success #1: be real about the value you have to add and you’d be surprised who’s going to be willing to help you supply that value where it is demanded.

So you did it, you built off of a relationship of someone in your personal network. You helped them help somebody… and lets be blunt about it, everybody likes to help in one way or another.

Now you landed an internship all thanks to your friend and your friend’s friend… Next step is to continue the trend you started. You used your network of friends and built off of it. But please don’t let the rise to the top stop. Now you must keep doing so and your network will multiply exponentially. You add value through your internship and are real about what you’re passionately trying to accomplish; now your friend’s friend that you’re working for will put you on to their friend. This is THE RISE.  Read More Here…

10 Questions That Create Success

By Sam Hysell
on February 2, 2012
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1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?

2. Have I done something today that improved the world?

3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?

4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?

5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?

6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?

7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile? Read More Here…

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