Author: Rikki Ayers

Finding the right career starts with finding yourself with Saran Ekambaram

Careers are more than just the work you do. For millennials like you and I, our careers must have meaning. We live in an age where we resist settling—in careers, in relationships, in places. We seek deeper meaning, we want to make an impact. We want to do something that makes our 50+ years of working 40-hour weeks seem worth it. In this episode of the Own Up Grown-Up podcast, I talk to a friend who loves to learn. More than that, he’s learned how to learn. If that’s confusing, thinking about it this way: some of us go...

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Gaming and going for it with Chevy Johnston

If you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, look back to your past. What have you always loved doing? Chevy Ray Johnston is an indie game developer. And it seems he was born to do it! Chevy’s been into games of all kinds since he was a kid. Over time, he mastered his craft and developed FlashPunk, a free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games (If you don’t understand what that is, that’s OK—listen to the episode), which is used by many other game developers. It catapulted Chevy into the spotlight and into...

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Why we make life so needlessly hard for ourselves with Elizabeth Guerrero

I don’t often post questions on Facebook, but when I do, I meet amazing people like Elizabeth Guerrero! A couple of months ago, I was really struggling with the concept of “hustling”—working your ass off, or according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary, “to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business.” Hustling also means swindling and to the entrepreneur crowd, working really hard and really smart to get ahead. It’s a flexible verb. I’m torn about hustling. There is a lot of evidence to show that it works. If you look at it in terms of efficiency, it’s...

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What it’s really like to be a digital nomad with Amy Mitchell

Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to make money while you travel? Amy Mitchell, of Do What You Want, has spent the last two years working remotely from beautiful places like Bali, Portugal, and Nicaragua. While the experience has been totally amazing, you should know that it’s not all sun tans and margaritas. In this episode of the Own Up Grown-Up podcast, Amy shares what it’s really like to be a “digital nomad”. If you know what you want to do then don’t wait. Just start putting something in action. You’ll wish you would have...

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Money mastery for millennials with Shannon Lee Simmons

Living your life the way you want to requires getting real with your finances. Money, or rather lack of money, can cause major stress, as well as feelings of shame, guilt, and depression. Getting your finances on track helps release emotional baggage and can be really empowering and fun. Shannon Lee Simmons, founder of The New School of Finance, thinks it’s time we all start talking about money more. Listen to today’s podcast, which is one of the most informative conversations I’ve ever had about money. When you feel empowered about finance, even if you don’t have a ton...

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