This weekend is the Georgia – Florida game, and since my friend didn’t get a ticket in time through UF, we had to buy his from another student.

So, here’s what I did in order to get the ticket for him as cheap as possible. I sent out this simple email to everyone on the UF Mobile app that was saying they were selling their ticket:

“I’m sending this to about 20 people right now. I’m looking to buy a Georgia ticket, so give me your best offer as soon as possible. I’ll be accepting the lowest price.”

That’s it.

Before I tell you how low I got a ticket, understand that the price students had to pay to get it early (for those who were lucky) was $60. After that, it’s usually hard to find a student publicly selling it for less than $70-75.

So, as you’ll want to know, I managed to get a ticket for $30. That’s half of what they paid for it, and the tickets are in high demand!

So next time you’re looking to buy something from a group of people willing to sell, send them all an email or text just like the one above, and you’ll be surprised how low you can get the ticket.

If you’re wondering, this tactic is used in buying cars. Funny how applying great ideas to other concepts can be such a success…


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Thank God for get rich quick schemes! If it weren’t for these types of gimmicks/products, people looking to make money on the Web would have the notion that you have to work hard to actually have success.

That’s why all the opportunity on the Web is there for people willing to work at it. Just think about it in terms of levels.

Note: these numbers are complete estimates used only to prove a point.

low risk, low time investment (Ex. get rich quick schemes)

90+% of people on the Web trying to make money are at this level. At the same time, only about 20-30% of the opportunity is found here. You do the math for the kind of competition at this level.

low risk, high time investment (Ex. blogging)

You go up a level and you’ve got ~8% of people with about 30% of the opportunity. Less people competing for the same amount of opportunity makes it much more easier to be successful.

high risk, high time investment (Ex. creating an ecommerce site built to last while doing #RCS)

After that, it’s high risk, high time investment, which is about ~2% of people on the Web (probably a lot less). The opportunity here is about 40%. This is where the real money is being made.

So don’t get upset when you see scam artists advertising everywhere saying how easy it is to make money online with little work. They’re actually doing you a favor.


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For the past six months, I’ve been struggling deciding whether or not college was right for me.

After reading a few entrepreneurial books and some of my followers responses on Twitter on this subject, it’s been hard not thinking about the time I’m possibly wasting.

At the same time, dropping out is a huge decision that could result in me missing out on a ton of opportunity, both from a career & personal standpoint. I’d be missing out on connections I could make, skills I could learn, and most of all, the experience of college.

But the University of Florida hasn’t made it easy to stay focused on school. My computer science program requires me to take two semesters of Chemistry, two of Physics, as well as Calculus 1, 2, 3, and differential equations. All so I can learn how to code!! The only real, valuable learning I’ve done so far is outside of the classroom when I’m diving into online programming classes.

This has all led me to this conclusion: if you want to do anything tech related, college is the farthest thing from a requirement.

Universities do not keep up with the times, and for the rising costs they’re now charging students, it’s sometimes difficult to justify college all together.

I can vouch first hand because I’m currently a college student who’s talked to professors, actively taking classes (I am in a class about Java at the moment), and getting involved. Sure, you could say my school is the exception, not the rule, but the University of Florida is considered one of the best 5 public schools in the nation, so it’s hard to justify it’ll be much better elsewhere in this aspect.

There is hope that this might change, though. A few days ago I emailed Adam Penenberg letting him know just how awesome he is for teaching students at New York University about topics like blogging, entrepreneurial journalism, and data journalism. It’s easy telling entrepreneurs to stay in school if they’re getting taught that material, but unfortunately that’s not the case for most.

But why is that? Why don’t we see more schools paying attention to internet business? There are so many grad students struggling to find jobs, yet every day on Twitter I see an agency hiring another 10 people or a startup looking to bring on a few more developers. The Internet is a huge business channel, yet universities are largely ignoring it, even in 2012!

For me, I guess only time will tell. The reason I’ve continued with my studies is because I think the risk of lost opportunity is greater staying in school than dropping out, and seeing how I’m doing with a few of my recent entrepreneurial ventures, financials aren’t going to be an issue. But who knows? If one of my projects really takes off in the next few months, I’d almost be forced to dedicate more time to it.


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