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2020 Business Recap

I’ve come to realize there is no such skill as “business” or “entrepreneurship”. Business is a collection of micro-skills like sales, marketing, negotiation, sourcing, distribution, project management, etc.An entrepreneur is a visionary who can identify experts in each micro-skill and recruit them along for a ride towards a specific location, namely a better future for all […]

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I Thought I Had COVID

Thanksgiving 2020 was an intimate event at the Shakhawala household. What’s typically a gathering of 30+ people was limited to our immediate family of 7 only. We spent the day at my parents’ house eating a ton of food, watching some football, and mostly passing Luna around like a hot potato. The Sunday after Thanksgiving happened […]

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5 Lessons From Jerry Seinfeld

I totally missed the boat on Jerry Seinfeld. I’m aware he’s a creative genius, but I never found myself in a position to enjoy his work. I know he headlined a crazy popular sitcom back in the 90s, but it didn’t catch my eye. I remember him being the voice of a bee in a mega-hit animated […]

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Paying For Information

2020 has been a year of firsts for me. We bought our first rental property in January of 2020.We had our first child in April 2020.I started writing my first book in October of 2020.Any one of these things could make for a challenging year. All three happening in the same year is a mountain to […]

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2 Tax Loopholes for 2021

According to Tom Wheelwright, author of Tax-Free Wealth, there are two simple rules when it comes to tax law. #1: The money you earn is meant to benefit you and those closest to you. Yes, a portion of your income goes towards taxes. You might wonder how sending money off to the government helps you. It’s simple. […]

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11 Questions I Ask Myself

1. How am I complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want? More often than we’d like to admit, we are taking part in the things that make us mad, sad or unhappy. Here’s a silly example. You eat an entire bag of Oreos in one night. You tell yourself you can’t let that happen […]

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Using Mental Models To Select Childcare

Luna was born during the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States. In the early days, there was a thick silver lining to our new normal. Being forced to stay home allowed us to focus 100% of our attention on Luna for 3 months.  During that time, we were able to lay a solid foundation […]

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Just Death, No Taxes

The New York Times finally got a hold of Donald Trump’s tax returns for the past 2 decades. Aside from the audits, hundreds of millions of dollars in personally guaranteed loans coming due, and illicit write off activity, it seems most people are focusing on one thing: income taxes paid, or lack thereof. According to the Times’ […]

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The Social Dilemma

Former employees of Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, & Pinterest are all hanging around the water cooler. What do you think they’re talking about? Netflix will have you believe they are all clearing their consciences. Each of them are lamenting the role they played in helping create the platforms that are “ruining” our society today. The Social Dilemma is […]

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