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5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We’re Bad At (Ep. 223)

We’re back again this week with another reader Q & A, so hold on to your hats or whatever else is on your head.

Here are the five fine questions we’ll be talking about this time:

  • How can I prepare for success in a college in the U.S.?
  • How do I grow my own business from nothing?
  • How can you build up a high sense of self-esteem?
  • I want to start my own YouTube channel — what’s your recording setup like?
  • What are you guys not good at, and how do you deal with it? I feel like there’s a huge pressure for ambitious young people to aspire for perfection and optimize every part of their lives.

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  • 0:04:22 – Going to college in the United States
  • 0:13:10 – Growing a business from scratch
  • 0:25:30 – Building up your self-esteem
  • 0:29:48 – Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)
  • 0:32:20 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:34:14 – The value of helping people in person rather than remotely
  • 0:39:01 – Recommendations for audio recording gear
  • 0:48:21 – What Thomas and Martin aren’t that good at
  • 0:56:04 – Conclusion

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