Dissecting America’s favorite sister

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If you are unfamiliar with the D’amelio sisters I can only imagine you’ve been living under a rock for the last year. Charli, the primary sister in this dynamic duo, shot to unbelievable amounts of fame in the digital world within the last year. Harnessing TikTok as her weapon of choice, she began posting videos of herself dancing in July of 2019.

By December of 2019 she had grown her TikTok following to 30 million fans. At the beginning of March she was entertaining about 45M fans. And of course, thanks to our annoyingly treacherous pandemic, which caused a surge in popularity for the video sharing app, she is currently sitting atop a baffling 100M fans. …


Success

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The self-help world seems to be on a crusade of trying to convince everybody that we should all start waking up early. There is evidence to suggest that these assertions are not without merit. However, in my own experience, and people I am close with, waking up later is typically the way to go.

The basic argument says that by waking up early you get a jump on the day. There’s something powerful about being up before everyone else. …


Coronavirus

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Joker, Vampire, Shaman, Oscar winner, Coronavirus avoidance master

Jared Leto probably has the right idea when it comes to the Coronavirus.

In mid-March, after the pandemic hit, it made celebrity news that Jared Leto was unaware of the Coronavirus. He had been in the desert on a meditation retreat when the pandemic struck the US. He returned to discover that the world had devolved into complete and utter chaos.

I’m a little jealous of Jared Leto.

I sometimes wonder:

  • Would life be any different if I had no knowledge of the Coronavirus pandemic?
  • Would our reaction be different if we didn’t have the internet?
  • Is the news to blame for the politicization of the pandemic? …

Entrepreneurship

It’s a lot harder than it looks

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Oliver loves it or hates it. I’m not quite sure which.

The ability to work from home is the dream for many people. You can wake up late, make some coffee or enjoy your breakfast, read the news, take care of your kids, work when you want, and run some errands whenever you want.

This is the dream but it is also a fantasy.

Working from home is a lot more difficult than people realize. As more and more workers attain the ability to work from home they are beginning to realize that it is not all it’s cracked up to be. …


Gig Economy

Or, food in the time of cholera

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To read my article on how I make $1000 a week on the delivery apps, click here.

As a professional freelancer who spends a lot of time working the delivery apps, I often get asked if I’m still working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The simple answer is yes.

I have actually been working about the same as I was before. I sometimes feel like I should work more, but with the lockdown, I have also felt justified in taking a little time off. Normally I would feel little guilt for not working enough, but at the moment, I don’t.

Part of it is because I like the money, another part of it is my own personal super-hero complex (I feel obligated to help), and also I’m just not that worried about the pandemic. …


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Books. Movies. TV. These things are fun, but the only thing that really matters in my world is music. At the end of the year when many people are reflecting on the personal changes they’ve made or the events that have helped shaped them I tend to reflect on all the great music I’ve found.

You see, I tend to think of myself as an archaeologist of music. There is really nothing better for me than finding a great new song that rocks my world. …


A lesson in Brand Awareness

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September 26th was McHappy Day in Argentina. A day when every McDonalds throughout the South American country donated $2 from every Big Mac sold to help fight children’s cancer. In an act of solidarity, Burger King decided to celebrate A Day Without Whopper. They opted to not sell any Whopper sandwiches, encouraging people to go buy a Big Mac instead so as to help McDonalds in their cause.

All across social media, especially LinkedIn, users were sharing the image of Ronald and the King holding hands commending Burger King for being such great guys and encouraging other business operators to take note. The only caveat is that people didn’t seem to realize that this campaign was only running in Argentina. …


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Cersei doesn’t have a whole lot of sympathy toward her enemies.

Anyone who watches Game of Thrones understands why it would be incredibly easy to hate Cersei Lannister. She’s conniving, undermining, duplicitous, and self-serving. She appears to only care about herself. She is only interested in attaining power for the sake of acquiring power rather than using that power for any particular ‘good.’ She’s proven to be a huge thorn in the side of our favorite characters and has a pretty hideous blond bulb for a haircut. …


We must stop telling men they need to mature, we must teach them how

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While I was in MBA school I would jokingly say to my friends or my parents that going to MBA school was like going to “Adult School.” While I was mostly joking, there was a tinge of veracity to that statement. Going through school taught me a lot of business vernacular, I learned how to hold my own around powerful adults, it taught me to feel more confidence, and it really taught me how to think for myself. I could feel my brain processes change. I slowly began to no longer feel scared or intimidated by life or by other people. I began to really respect myself and understand how the world worked and why it was the way it was. It built within me a certain level of confidence that I had previously not experienced in life. Actually, saying “built” might be the wrong word. …


Gig Economy

How to master the delivery apps

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How most people approach the Gig Economy

There appears to be a conversation raging right now over whether services like Uber and Postmates should be required to reclassify their workers as W-2 employees rather than 1099 independent contractors. The conversation seems to be going on between mostly people who don’t work in tech and don’t work for these companies. It’s a noble point of view. They believe that these companies owe their workers things like a guaranteed minimum wage, health care, possibly child care while they work, oil changes, etc. …

About

Chase B Anderson

Freelance writer and professional gig-worker. I mostly write about the impact of technology on business & culture. Find me on twitter @chasebanderson.

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