Side Hustle School Podcast – Cool Tool #6

This week’s cool tool is the Side Hustle School Podcast.

Logo of Side Hustle School podcast


Tool: Side Hustle School Podcast
Cost: Free
Type: Podcast
Works On: On Phones via Podcast App / Browser
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What is it about?

Side Hustle School is a daily podcast by Chris Guillebeau. That’s right. An episode a day. The episodes are short- mostly less than 10 minutes. The weekly recaps and extended cuts run slightly longer – still less than 20 minutes.

It features stories of real people with busy lives – full time jobs, families and other commitments – who have income generating side hustles. All these people share the value of wanting to create more opportunity for freedom in their lives – and multiple income streams is a big step in that direction.

Chris provides details – what they did, what were they trying to do, what lessons we can learn from these stories, what steps we can probably take toward our own side hustle. He provides useful working models for everyone who wants a new source of income in a limited amount of time.

Why I like Side Hustle School?

Why am I fascinated by this podcast? It’s inspiring. I’m learning about the various kids of hustles, what kinds I would be interested in, various kids of marketing, learning about the different attitudes I can bring to my side hustle and might I expect from this. The tools out there, these steps I can take and what I can do for 20mins each day and see where the hustle ends up in.

You should definitely listen to a couple of episodes and see if it’s for you. Here are a few recommendations:

Episode 9 – The Craigslist Photographer

Episode 64 – Long-haired men create tribal identity

Episode 26 – These Resume Templates Make $462/month in Passive Income

Episode 83 – Bridesmaid-for-Hire Posts on Craigslist; Earns $20,000/Month

About My Cool Tools

“Cool tools really work. A cool tool can be any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that is tried and true. “
– From Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools

Other cool tools here

The nightly review

Over the years of listening to Tim Ferriss Podcast interviews, reading Ryan Holiday, reading Seneca, reading a lot of articles on meditation, productivity and being profoundly influenced by certain philosophies from Stoicism and Buddhism – these have led me to develop a night routine. As a part of this nightly routine (when I’ve not fallen off the wagon), before I go to sleep, I do my “Nightly Review” in my everything-book.

The questions I ask are

What did I do right today?
This can be a highlight reel of my accomplishments of the day, or just a list of tasks I did. Sometimes, it is a short list of keywords, sometimes I wax lyrical. I almost always answer this first – to start on a positive note.

What did I do wrong today?
This can be an emotional landmine or a wake-up call. This is the section where I list/write about tasks I didn’t do, goals I didn’t reach. More importantly, this is the section I take stock of my behavior for the day – especially the unsavory behaviors – was I mean? gossipy? was I distracted? was I angry? frustrated and vengeful? This is the log of my human foibles, to try to recognize them and better myself tomorrow.

What is left undone?
What needs to be done tomorrow? What should have been done today but didn’t get done? What was started today but not finished today. A launch-board for tomorrow.

Did I choose courage over comfort today?
This is a Brene Brown question which has made a big difference in what I tend to look for in my day. A way to push past my natural inhibitions and reservations. To be more generous, to step out of my comfort zone. I try to have at-least one occasion every day where I choose courage – so I have an answer when I face this question at the end of the day.

I also engage in an evening meditation, just before going to bed. This takes the form of a Marcus-style philosophical diary (not for publication!), during which I revisit the events of the day, asking myself the three famous questions posed by Epictetus: What did I do wrong? What did I do (right)? What duty’s left undone?
– Professor Massimo Pigliucci in this New York Times article

The Mildly Dissatisfied and Insecure

We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction, and insecurity, because it’s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure creature that’s going to do most of the work to innovate and survive. We are wired to become dissatisfied with whatever we have and satisfied by only what we do not have. This constant dissatisfaction has kept our species fighting and striving, building and conquering. So no – our own pain and misery aren’t a bug of human evolution; they’re a feature.

– Mark Manson in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Does this explain why we feel something is missing – when things are going well for us, and why a non-existential threat which makes us struggle makes us happier…

On time-luxuriousness

“Stopping = white space. Stopping = room to run free and create from the deepest place of being without restraint or compromise. Stopping = more time for what matters most. You know how to go, go go. Stopping, however, is the stuff of smiley Zen masters with all the time in the world.”
– The Fire Starter Sessions, Danielle LaPorte

What is the word to describe this:

the stuff of smiley Zen masters with all the time in the world

We have time-starved, rushing, busy. But what is the opposite of that? What is the one word for that? The best I can come up with is time-luxuriousness.

January 2017 Reading Log

Here is my reading log from January 2017. It has been a year since I last updated my reading logs here. But I am back. And with a new and improved clickable HTML table – as opposed to the images I was posting last year. Now, clicking on the book titles will take you to their Amazon pages via my affiliate link.

The best fiction book I read in January is Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. The world building is amazing. The plot is quite different, and the setting is muslim / arabic / desert. Something I just don’t get to read often. Very highly recommended for those who like well written, beautiful stories with unorthodox heroes. I am now eagerly waiting for the next instalment in this series. A very close runner-up was N.K.Jemisin’s The Fifth Season – again, the first book in the series.

For my fiction pick, it has to be The E-Myth Revisited by Michel E.Gerber – just because of the sheer amount I learnt about starting and running a small-business. Practial, eminently useful and the timing for this information was just right – and so this book won over both Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harris and
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
, both excellent books which I will be re-reading.

January 2017

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4
Sebastian Junger
(library book)
5 6 7
8 9 10 11
Yuval Noah Harari
12 13 14
15 16 17 18
The Fifth Season
(library ebook)
19 20 21
22 23
Spark Joy
Marie Kondo
(library book)
24 25
Throne of the Crescent Moon
Saladin Ahmed
(library book)
The E-Myth Revisited
Michael E. Gerber
27 28
29 30 31

You can find all my previous Reading logs here