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5 Questions: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native (Ep. 242)

We’re back again with another five questions this week, and we just so happened to bring at least five answers to go along with them.

For those of you new to the format, every once in a while we take questions from email, The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, our Instagram (Thomas | Martin) or Twitter (Thomas | Martin) accounts, or anywhere else we can think of.

We then take these questions and answer them one right after the other, allowing us to answer questions that we either don’t think need a full episode on their own or that we simply aren’t ready to give a full episode to quite yet.

Here are the questions we’ll be answering this week:

  • How do you budget your expenses when you have no income?
  • How can I stay productive while depressed?
  • How can I learn to speak a language as fluently as a native speaker?
  • How can I keep my ailing mastermind group alive?
  • What is personal branding?

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:04:41 – Budgeting when you don’t have a stable source of income
  • 0:11:14 – Staying productive while dealing with depression
  • 0:27:25 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:30:02 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:31:51 – Speaking a foreign language as well as a native speaker
  • 0:43:54 – Keeping a Jedi Council alive
  • 0:48:33 – Building your personal brand
  • 1:02:05 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native