5 Productivity Hacks That You Can’t Afford To Overlook

5 Productivity Hacks That You Can’t Afford To Overlook

“Productivity” has become a gimmicky concept in the entrepreneurial community, and a lot of tips that are suggested aren’t feasible for our lifestyles. I get it. Let’s try to make changes that are intentional, but not drastic. I teamed up with McDonalds to give you five practical, sustainable ways you can improve your productivity every day.

7 Reasons Your Social Media Plan is Failing, Based on Lyrics From N*E*R*D’s “Rockstar”

7 Reasons Your Social Media Plan is Failing, Based on Lyrics From N*E*R*D’s “Rockstar”

I realized that N.E.R.D.'s "Rockstar," a 2001 N.E.R.D. single, is applicable to a lot of peoples' social media strategy struggles in 2017. Read on to learn about 7 potential reasons your social media plan is failing, in the words of Pharrell himself.

Listen to my 'Return Of The Mack' compilation project with AudioMack

Listen to my 'Return Of The Mack' compilation project with AudioMack

I joined the AudioMack team as a verified curator! I'll be sharing themed playlists with some of my favorite artists every once in a while. My first playlist, 'Return Of The Mack,' is a romantically inclined listen that's guaranteed to get you a "Lady & The Tramp share the spaghetti noodle" moment with that special someone.

I Finally Stopped Waiting To Prioritize My Healthiness & Happiness.

I Finally Stopped Waiting To Prioritize My Healthiness & Happiness.

 I was an ordinary person who was past the infatuation phase. I was working over 40 hours for my day job, working on my side hustle in my free time, and attempting to have a social life on weekends. That didn't change the fact that it kept getting harder for me to get out of bed every morning. I felt lethargic and unenthused about my days.

SoundCloud Apocalypse Survival Tips: For Artists

SoundCloud Apocalypse Survival Tips: For Artists

SoundCloud has jump started countless music careers. The unique streaming service has become so impactful that the phrase “SoundCloud rapper” is a widely recognized insult for rappers who have yet to break into consistent live shows or get signed to a label. The platform’s unique, community-enabling features have yet to be replicated, even as rumors of the platform’s demise circulate, backed by current events and insider reports.If you were scared at the possibility of SoundCloud’s demise, it’s time to take some preventative steps to minimize your losses in the event that everything does go up in smoke one day.

“I let people steal my creative work without consequence. Now I’m fighting to regain control.”

“I let people steal my creative work without consequence. Now I’m fighting to regain control.”

I am a creative. I am unreasonably passionate about the results of my creative process, and that’s never going to change. I couldn’t change that if I wanted to. I try to temper that passion with a business-minded approach to life, a thorough daily task list, and a disciplined schedule. It helps me to work fairly consistently as a full time entrepreneur and freelancer. It allows me to channel my creative energy into creating sustainable working habits. It will never temper the intense emotions I associate with the ideas that I choose to bring to life.

3 Ways You Can Save Time Today + A Contest With JORD Watches

3 Ways You Can Save Time Today + A Contest With JORD Watches

 Do you feel like you’d benefit from having about 6 more hours per day to get things done? Does your schedule feel more packed than I-95 North or a New York City metro car during rush hour? If you can relate, these three actionable, time-saving tips just might be for you.

Nigel D speaks on his globe-trotting lifestyle, career plot twists, and black travel blogger life

Nigel D speaks on his globe-trotting lifestyle, career plot twists, and black travel blogger life

Nigel Degraff has visited a grand total of 33 countries, but he grew up in the notorious Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He spends the majority of his time creating content around his experiences with cultural festivals and exotic destinations around the world, but his first foray into content creation was through the creation of a hip-hop blog called RealTalkNY. Clearly, his life is all about plot twists.I spoke to Nigel about how he transitioned between very different creative hustles, obstacles he had to overcome in the process, and some of the coolest experiences he’s had as a world traveler.

I quit my job to chase my dreams. I almost gave up on myself in the process.

I quit my job to chase my dreams. I almost gave up on myself in the process.

Delving into the details of your lowest points is difficult, but extremely cathartic. It's a level of vulnerability that I've been afraid to embrace for my entire life. Facades can be temporarily comforting. I instinctively hide behind them, even as I attempt to use my experiences to help others as a coach. With this story, I'm starting to fully embrace every detail of my journey - even the things that I was afraid to admit, before. I'm still a bit afraid, but am deciding to push through that. 

Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer talks about the exceptional mentality that she uses to conquer life's hurdles

Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer talks about the exceptional mentality that she uses to conquer life's hurdles

Ashley Spencer displayed remarkable perseverance and mental toughness en route to winning the bronze medal in the Women's 400m hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She employed a similar level of perseverance to overcome the many obstacles that she faced along her journey as a collegiate and professional athlete. Her story is amazing, and the conversation I had with Ashley about her mentality, experiences, and plans for the future is very inspirational for those of us seeking to achieve exceptional results, even if our goals don't involve an Olympic podium.

I Quit My Day Job Six Months Ago. Here's What I Learned.

I Quit My Day Job Six Months Ago. Here's What I Learned.

I quit my day job six months ago. It's been a crazy period in my life. I'm still not where I want to be financially, or professionally. That being said, I've made it through a period of my life that I was scared to embark upon for years, until a negative experience in the corporate world forced me to jump into the unknown on my own terms before I got fired. I've learned a few important things since I left my job that I intend to carry with me for the rest of my life. 

Sunni And The City of WPGC 95.5 speaks on perseverance, social media authenticity, and philanthropy

Sunni And The City of WPGC 95.5 speaks on perseverance, social media authenticity, and philanthropy

If you’re active on the Washington, D.C. social scene, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Sunni And The City. She's a daytime FM radio host, Ciroc brand ambassador, frequent philanthropist, and a social media tour de force. Sunni's bright, bubbly personality and polished delivery is a great fit for the high profile nature of her work, and her life, but her path to success was anything but glamorous. Learn more in the interview that follows.

How to incorporate a new social media platform into your brand strategy

How to incorporate a new social media platform into your brand strategy

No matter the niche of your brand, different segments of your audience will spend time on different social media platforms such as SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.  Let's talk about how you can start a new social media platform for your brand.

#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign (@ReignOfApril) talks networking and sparking change through social media

#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign (@ReignOfApril) talks networking and sparking change through social media

April Reign has used Twitter to spark a national call for diversity via the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, meet Black Thought of The Roots, and built an interactive worldwide audience. Read our conversation to pick up April's perspective on networking, sparking change through social media, and much more.

25 Powerful Ways To 'Make Email Great Again'

25 Powerful Ways To 'Make Email Great Again'

Your email inbox could be in a better state. Things might feel too cluttered. You're tired of scrolling past newsletters you probably never subscribed to. You deserve to see more of the things you actually want to see in your inbox. Email is supposed to be a tool that works for you, but if you're not careful it can work against you. Let’s talk about 25 Ways To #MakeEmailGreatAgain. 

Xavier Burgin (a.k.a. @XLNB) speaks on storytelling and networking via social media

Xavier Burgin (a.k.a. @XLNB) speaks on storytelling and networking via social media

Xavier Burgin, also known as @XLNB on Twitter, is a graduate of USC's film school who is notorious for long form Twitter stories such as #TinaAndTheGucciFlipFlop. I chopped it up with X to get more insight into his journey as a storyteller, how he's been able to see exponential social media growth, advice for creatives looking to get their thoughts out there, and more.