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Stock Trading: An Introductory Guide

Investing and trading are two very different ways of approaching financial markets. The goal of investing is to gradually build wealth over time through the buying and holding of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Investments are often held for a period of years, or even decades, taking advantage of perks like interest, dividends, and stock...
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Value Investing: An Introductory Guide

Value investing is the practice of selecting stocks that trade for less than their intrinsic value. The idea is that these stocks are undervalued in the current market but will become more valuable in the future. The result is an opportunity for value investors to profit by buying when the price is deflated. As opposed...
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How I Find Remote Online Jobs To Enable Me To Travel Long Term (And Make a Side Income)

In this second installment of the series, “How I Travel Long Term on a Budget (Without Backpacking),” I want to delve a little deeper into the first way to make your working holiday come together: the Internet. Most people don’t realize the variety of online jobs available these days. There are heaps. And the demand...
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Stina Thought She Was Like Everyone Else – Until She Started Hustling

Editor’s Note:Stina Marshall was on track to help the world, just like “every other person in history,” until life threw a curveball her way. Now she’s on a different path- her own path- to make the world a better place. ——— At 18 years old I started working retail and attending college- like every other...
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How Pita Learned the Hard Way to "JFDI"

Editor’s Note:: The basic definition of hustling is easy enough to grasp. You may even hear it and think, “That’s me, right there.” But like most things, hustling is different in theory from how it is in practice. In this essay, Pita, a law student at James Cook University, reflects on the difference between knowing...
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How Megan Found Herself Lost in the Right Direction

Editor’s Note: Some of the most successful businesses begin with questions, not answers. Their leaders aren’t afraid to ask those questions and dive into action without knowing the full answers. Here, Megan shares a story of fearlessness and determination that signifies the mark of a true hustler. ——– I see the experience of life in...
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How Chris, a Busker-Turned-Hustler, Taught Himself About Motivation

Editor’s Note: Everyone tells us to be motivated, but no one tells us how. In this essay, Chris shares the story of how he learned to stay focused and succeed by taking a small peek inward and then putting himself out there. ———– Hustling is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. With...
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Nkosana Mafico Is Starting His Third Business At Nineteen

Editor’s Note: Hustlers inspire us not because they have better ideas, but because they have more initiative. When Nkosana was just fourteen, he saw an opportunity and grabbed ahold. Since then, his entrepreneurial spirit hasn’t flagged once. Read his inspiring story below. ——— I am a young man driven by a desire to support the advancement...
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How Christiana Hustled Her Way Into School Leadership

Editor’s Note: One crucial characteristic of good hustlers is resilience. All of us face resistance at some point in our lives, and those of us who know how to bounce back are the ones who succeed in the end. In this essay, Christiana tells us the story of how she got what she wanted by first...
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How Lisa Took Control of a Bad Interview And Got the Job She Wanted

Editor’s note:Who says there aren’t second chances? There are as many chances for us as we create. In this inspiring essay, Lisa shows us that first impressions don’t have to make or break our dreams. ——— I have a knack for getting part time jobs, which, as a student in a family with three kids,...
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How Steve Used Hustling, Not His Disability, To Define His Life

Editor’s Note:Just as we each have our own reasons for giving up, taking the easy route, and dwelling on our failures, we have individual reasons for sticking with it, relishing a challenge, and practicing resilience. Steve’s story illustrates just how personal these choices can be, and the kind of difference they can make in your...
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Shahed Has the Entreprenuerial Bug, and It's Paying Off

Editor’s Note: Hustling is about being resilient and bouncing back from failure. It’s about being honest with oneself and acknowledging what one could have done better. Shahed knows what it’s like to put all your effort into something that doesn’t work out, but he’s not afraid to dust himself off and try it all over...
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Rachel Wants to Provide Young Girls With the Skills to Hustle Their Finances

Editor’s Note: Rachel is nothing if not resourceful. When it comes to doing something the cheapest way possible, she is an expert strategist, relying on her talents and strengths alone. But she recognizes that not all young women are as motivated and fortunate as she is, so she’s ready to give back. One of the...
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Computer Wiz Guy Barrington Is Making An App To Sell To His Teachers

Editor’s Note: I’ve always regretted not studying computer science in school when I had the chance. It’s stories like Guy’s that remind me just how valuable IT chops are becoming. The thing is, I’d only be in it for the money. But Guy here, he’s in it for the thrill. This is what happens when...
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Venture After Venture, Brian Embraces the Challenges

Editor’s Note: It’s a great moment-worth all the sweat and tears-when you can finally call yourself an entrepreneur. But in Brian Sack’s case, he was an entrepreneur long before he realized it. Having that grit and determination from an early age is a great gift. Here’s what Brian did with his. ——– Being an entrepreneur...
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Goaner Tutlam Owns His Talent As Law Student, DJ, and Beauty Judge

Editor’s Note: Goaner’s story is one of fearless opportunity-seeking and fundamental self-respect. Despite poor socioeconomic conditions and with little time to spare for personal endeavors, Goaner managed to make his mark on an international level. Now he wants to give back to the country that helped him succeed- but he won’t be answering to anyone...
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Faith Wild Travels To 22 Countries In 4 Years Before She Turned 20

Editor’s Note:Some people have always wanted to travel the world. Others come to see more slowly-or, in Faith’s case, more abruptly-what the world has to offer. Either way, it’s not easy to realize such a big dream. But this girl doesn’t take “no”-or should we say “can’t”-for an answer. ——- There is really no such...
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Claire-Louise Wants Australia to Recognize Young Carers

Editor’s Note:We know disabled students need better support in schools, but so do the students who have already stepped up to the task. As Claire-Louise Williams shows us in her essay, many students-called “young carers” – are caring for their disabled relatives or friends in addition to themselves. But if they are going to pick...
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Savannah Hustled Into Her Dream School, and Now She's Ready to Help Others Do The Same

Editor’s Note:Hustling helps us work against the odds. When everything seems to be holding us back, and no one seems to be offering support, it’s this mindset that keeps us motivated. And for some people, like Savannah, it leaves us with a desire to help others hustle their way to success. ———- During the year...
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How Samantha's Grit and Resolve Got Her Where She Is Today

Editor’s Note: This essay exudes drive and determination. Against the odds, Samantha achieved great things in life. She’s a doer, not a dreamer – and perhaps that’s what separates true hustlers from the rest of us. ——– Going to college has been my dream since I can remember. My parents dropped out of high school...
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How Matthew Carved His Own Opportunity Out of a Lackluster Semester Abroad

Editor’s Note: Sometimes we expect certain experiences to present us with shining opportunities without having to lift a finger. In Matthew’s case, an enticing semester abroad took a disappointing turn when he realized it wasn’t what he’d hoped for. But he didn’t let that stop him from creating his own golden moment. ——— In August...
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How Naomi Took the Leap and Followed Her Passion

Editor’s Note: Naomi’s story reminds us that what we think we want may not be what we truly want, and that it can be a huge mistake to let this deceive us into pursuing the wrong career. Do what you love, and love what you do. ———- “Follow your dreams” is one of life’s great...
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Set-Backs and Self-Education Are Part of the Game, And Ben Rodgers Is Not Giving Up

Editor’s Note: You’ve got to set out on your entrepreneurial journey half-expecting to fail. Otherwise, you’ll let situations get the best of you, especially when your passions are involved. Ben learned the hard way to bounce back from failed moments and, ultimately, rely upon himself. Now he’s more prepared than ever to give it another...
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Ozge Cinar Nails the Hustler Mindset in Four Steps

Editor’s Note: Like Ozge says later in her essay, you’ve got to outline your goals in concrete terms in orer to achieve them. Hustling isn’t the clearest concept. With a little direction, though, you can not only define what it means to you but also teach yourself how to master it. ————- There are two...
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How Danielle Starts Her Own Business Without Formal Business Training

Editor’s Note: But I don’t have business training! It’s one of the most common objection I get when I ask acquaintances to start their own (small) thing. But here’s the thing: no entrepreneur know everything they need to know before taking the jump. Danielle had never been afraid to dream big. But more than that,...
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Brazilian Ballerina Maria Goncalves Hustles On And Off the Stage

Editor’s Note:Maria has had an amazing professional journey as a dancer, law student, and philanthropist. Reading this essay was truly inspiring. Not only does this girl know how to hustle – she kicks butt at it. ——- In my life, I have had some awesome achievements, but nothing has come easily to me. I have...
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Hamish Joins an Incubator and Working On His Passion To Disrupt Social Research Recruitment

Editor’s Note: I daresay Hamish MacDonald is a new breed of hustler. It’s well-understood that any investment deal comes at a small price, but this guy decided self-reliance was the way to go. Mistake or no, it’s an admirable move, and sounds a whole lot more like true hustling than the majority of stories out...
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Finding Your Passion: How Alastair Beat Corporate Bureaucracy and Found His Passion

Editor’s Note: I enjoyed reading this story. Alastair’s voice is a humble one, but his drive is undeniable. He simply wants to do what he’s passionate about without having to weigh through a bunch of bureaucratic bull. Here’s how he found what he truly wanted by fighting against what he didn’t. —————— My definition of...
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Evan Wong's Five Senses of Entrepreneurship

Editor’s Note:I really enjoyed this essay. Evan’s “five senses” are spot-on, and can be applied to a variety of situations. It’s clear that the act of defining these qualities has been just as constructive for him as having them in the first place. It’s a great lesson to us all- how would you describe your...
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Ignore Your "Expert" Doubters: How Student-Athlete McKay Became a Division I Player Despite Coaches' Doubt

Editor’s Note: Not everyone has the focus necessary to fulfill their biggest dreams, especially when the odds are stacked against them. McKay LaSalle is not your average Divison I college basketball player- at least, that’s what he was told from the beginning. Now, perhaps because he was forced to believe in himself and try his...
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Enactus President Tim Randall Says Profit Should Be a Result, Not an Aim

Editor’s Note: Tim Randall may be better described as a social entrepreneur than anything else. When he hustles, he does it for the greater good. Take a look at how Tim worked his way into a leadership role that allows him to change how people live their lives. ————- I’d been awake for 37 hours...
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PR Professional Tom Davey Plans To Disrupt The Contact Management System Industry

Editor’s Note: I like Tom’s story because hustling wasn’t a necessary part of it. He didn’t have to hustle; he was doing just fine. Most of us are doing “just fine.” But that wasn’t good enough for Tom. He saw an opportunity to improve not only himself but an entire system-and he took it, out...
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Katiana Plans to Hustle for Haiti, Dispel Western Myths

Editor’s Note: Equiped with a degree in economics and political science, Haitian-American Katiana is looking to change the way we think about developing countries. There are resources and cultural factors in these places that need to be recognized and valued before Western ways take over completely. Katiana’s system of international schools would teach people to...
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How Shila Became the First Female Entrepreneur in Her Family

Editor’s Note: Shila makes starting a business look easy. And the truth is, it is easy. It’s running a business that can be extremely difficult. Shila’s story illustrates how the one step everyone thinks is the hardest is actually just a Craigslist ad away. ———- My whole life I was raised to believe that men...
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How Wilco Fan Rupert Hustled His Way Back Stage and Promoted His Band

Editor’s Note: It’s clear from reading Rupert’s story that his hustling skills are going to play out nicely for him in future endeavors. He’s got the passion and guts to get what he wants, and that is about the most useful quality you can have as a young professional. ————- Note: this story isn’t about...
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Abigail Achiri Hustles For Minority Actors Around the World

Editor’s Note: Abigail knows what she’s up against, but she’s not deterred by it. If anything, it fuels her fire. While trying to get her big break as an actress from Cameroon, she found out just how hard it is for a black woman to be cast in a leading role. Now she’s on a...
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It's Your Attitude, Not Your Attributes That Makes All The Difference, Argues Anjiri

Editor’s Note: I like the point Anjiri makes at the beginning of this essay: many of history’s most successful hustlers became successful only because they were forced to overcome a disadvantage. Their attitude – not just their talent or intelligence – helped them make history. This should be hugely inspiring news for anyone who thinks...
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Entrepreneurs Are Always Restless With New Ideas – And Paige Certainly Fits That Bill

Editor’s Note: This is one of the more unusual stories we’ve read. Not only is W. Paige Andros a physicist inside a hairstylist’s body, but she also makes rabbit cages and helps out non-profits. She’s just about the most diverse individual you can imagine, but she has one important thing in common with the rest...
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How I Travel The World – Long Term And On a Budget (Without Backpacking)

Editor’s Note: One of our core beliefs here in Pocketbook is that being rich is not about having the biggest bank balance. No. Being rich is about living the life you want. In this case, Saga travels the world on a long term basis while working. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty...
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