I’ve been trying to learn more about NFT’s since you know the entire world seems to be talking about it.

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Everyone is talking about the upside. I want to know the risk, the downside so here’s a few articles about the downside.

Are NFTs a Pyramid Scheme?
NFTs and Fraud

This is research, I’m sharing because what like everyone, I’m trying to make sense of it, but more importantly figuring out is what side to be on. Effectively asking the question of what position should I (we) be in, where, why, etc.

One of the most frustrating situations as a designer is wasting time. This can happen through a number of situations from designs that never get deployed to spending too long iterating, not getting feedback sooner, or worst not stopping to ask key questions.

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As an experienced designer, I deeply loathe wasting time. So here’s a list of ways I found to save time during the design process.

How to avoid designs not getting deployed.

It is impossible to have zero waste. It is part of the job, so we must focus on reducing it while balancing the time spent where waste often happens. An early mistake of…

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I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a true story, it’s my story. When I was in high school, it was a typical Monday afternoon, I got home from school, and the apartment was empty, which was odd.

My mom was usually home or would at least leave a note. Maybe she was out, running an errand.

Surely, she’d be back soon.

As night approaches, I’m distraught, my mind is racing.

What’s happened to my mom?
What’s going on?
Something is wrong.
I’m only 14, and I’m all by myself, alone in our apartment.
I had to make myself dinner, get ready…

This is my Florida home.

Hi, contrary to the very popular article, I’m a millennial and own a home. 😱

I also don’t have student loan debt, or car debt because I paid that off. 😱😱

Quick Note: I paid off $26k of student loans in three years, earning an average of $32k/yr.

Since then, my wife and I worked full time, while living below our means to purchase a reasonably priced home based our after tax income. For all other items, we live on a single income. It gives us a long term advantage.

Here’s the secret, you can do it too.

Yes, we…

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My mother loves butterflies and this story is about being a butterfly.

Time Is Short

It’s July 2019, for the past few months, I’ve known that my mom is dying.

The impact affects everyone around her.

I dread the day that I have to go to her place and walk-in. See her body laying their cold and empty.

I hope I face that day without tears but relief because the journey towards her death has ended. The terrible trouble will be what’s left in her wake. Her mother, my grandmother, whom I call Granny, will have lost a son, a daughter, and a…

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The easiest mistake to make in your life is overthinking.

With our access to information, you can spend weeks endlessly reading, watching, or consuming.

Overthinking might be the biggest culprit to productivity. Large teams want to brainstorm or have meetings. I don’t even want to know the amount of time spent in meetings. People who overthink will continue to ask for input rather than producing outcomes. This is where thinking turns into overthinking. You’ve probably heard it said, analysis paralysis.

Being an analyst, I always have to look up from my work and do a gut check. Am I going…

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If you work on a computer, you need to adjust your Key Repeat and Delay Until Repeat. I promise you.

If you are on your computer every day, like me. Saving any amount of time with things you do every day allows you to maximize your productivity.

Personally, I spend a tremendous amount of time on the keyboard.

By adjusting your Key Repeat and Delay Until Repeat, you will save minutes throughout your day, adding up to hours throughout the year. You’re welcome.

The best part is that it only takes 15 seconds to set up.

Mac Users:

— Apple Icon

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It’s been 50 years since the moon landing; you’d think that our country could do a better job of coming together to accomplish something great. Instead, we’re busy.

We have no broader vision from our leaders. They are busy fighting amongst themselves.

You’ve got to seek out the right vision amidst the mire.

Enter Bill and Melinda Gates. They have to be the most exceptional example of how we could orient our lives. Sure we don’t have their wealth, but why not partner with experts to tackle pressing issues.

Why not spend our time trying to solve the significant problems?

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Part of maturing and growing up is taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. The best thing you can do is to develop more self-discipline. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past few years.

Little Decisions Matter

It’s Saturday morning, as dawn starts to break into your room. You fight to stay asleep but got to use the bathroom. As you roll out of bed, the dog needs to go out. After you let out the dog.

There it is — your first tiny decision.

Do you stay up or…

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You can throw away all your marketing techniques —

All that strategy isn’t much of a plan. If you don’t have a product or service that people want. You haven’t reached product-market fit to use the jargon of the VC crowd.

So, why aren’t your marketing strategies working?

Before we get to the reasons, I think it is beneficial to understand the broader context. We are living in a heavily saturated advertising culture. In short, it’s really freakin’ noisy out there. …

Travis Dykes

Friendly guy who hopes you learn about design, investing, and business from my decade of experience.

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