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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
 
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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
When I was commuting from Cambridge to London, I used that time to learn Java. I had a big book called "head first Java". One chapter every day on the train. I did tremendous progress by using the commuting time. also, it helped me being consistent.
 

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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
1. Mindset (TMF + N Hill’s Think and Grow Rich)
2. Relationship building (How to Win Friends and Influence People)
3. Sales (SPIN Selling, Rainmaker, Pitch Anything)
 

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I might be biased, but - yeah, - investing time into learning about investing, is a super handy skill to have "on the go" Because, you need some serious amounts of time invested into it for it to be of any use at all really. But then again there is no upside to the gains, and you can "do it" from pretty much everywhere. Mind you Im not talking about day trading here. Im talking about learning to become an investor. The image of Nicholas Darvas sitting at a cafe never failed to inspire me.1634940448315.png
I just love the fact that he made millions as a "side hustle" to his dancing from the other side of the world. - So make sure your friend read his book, how I made 2 millions in the stock market, at get her inspired on the idea, that her comuting back and forth, might just end up becoming her most profitable time slots in her entire day =)

The "game" is - learn how to double your money. Does NOT matter how much money we are talking about - just learn how to do it. You can spend some serious "brain time" figuring this out. Together with Nicholas book, I would suggest picking up how to make money in stocks by William O'Neil. and of course one of my favs, common stocks and uncommon profits. You should then find yoruself with a good variety, nicholas darvas focused on what the stock price did... not so much the company. Philip focused primarily on finding the exelent (and underpriced) companies, that you could reason would do good because of x,y,z . And Williams focuses on kind of a hybird between the two, picking the "best" stocks and bying at certain key moments, based on stock patterns, cups with handles etc etc. All of this takes HUGE amounts of time to digest, and get experience with.
 

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I would recommend apps like Duolingo and mimo, 5minutes a day can teach you new language
 

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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
I love those spare moments. It's like finding a lost $100 bill in the bottom of the washing machine. Totally welcome and useful.

That's how I got through law school when I was in my 40's. I was doing RE appraisals -- so I was driving between jobs. I listened to tapes and I memorized subject/course outlines.

Now, I listen to non-fiction audiobooks while I work on boring stuff like bookkeeping for my different businesses. And then there are chores at home like cooking and the dishes... The time I spend feels like it speeds up when I'm lost in a book. It makes the chore less work.
 

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posture, presence, eye-contact, general confidence amongst your fellow commuters.

Too many people on public transport are slouched, hunched over, looking down at the ground, avoiding eye contact, afraid to say anything to one another.
 

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I might be biased, but - yeah, - investing time into learning about investing, is a super handy skill to have "on the go" Because, you need some serious amounts of time invested into it for it to be of any use at all really. But then again there is no upside to the gains, and you can "do it" from pretty much everywhere. Mind you Im not talking about day trading here. Im talking about learning to become an investor. The image of Nicholas Darvas sitting at a cafe never failed to inspire me.View attachment 40449
I just love the fact that he made millions as a "side hustle" to his dancing from the other side of the world. - So make sure your friend read his book, how I made 2 millions in the stock market, at get her inspired on the idea, that her comuting back and forth, might just end up becoming her most profitable time slots in her entire day =)

The "game" is - learn how to double your money. Does NOT matter how much money we are talking about - just learn how to do it. You can spend some serious "brain time" figuring this out. Together with Nicholas book, I would suggest picking up how to make money in stocks by William O'Neil. and of course one of my favs, common stocks and uncommon profits. You should then find yoruself with a good variety, nicholas darvas focused on what the stock price did... not so much the company. Philip focused primarily on finding the exelent (and underpriced) companies, that you could reason would do good because of x,y,z . And Williams focuses on kind of a hybird between the two, picking the "best" stocks and bying at certain key moments, based on stock patterns, cups with handles etc etc. All of this takes HUGE amounts of time to digest, and get experience with.

Never heard of this guy, reading his Wiki, fascinating story.

 

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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.


It really depends on what kind of business you want to build.
Without knowing the details, here are 3 key skills virtually any business should master:

Learn how to sell.
No matter what business you are in, you will need to sell a product/service, an idea or yourself.
Selling includes learning how to handle objections, how to write direct response copy and more.
I recommend persuasion from robert cialdini and I personally learned a lot from jordan belforts - straight line persuasion course. - If you don't have the cash to get the course, have a look at his youtube channel

Learn how to hire.
Hiring the right people is not something you just do, it's a often overlooked skill, I learned it the hard way
Know your strengths and your weaknesses and hire accordingly. Everybody needs a system for hiring.
I suggest reading 1-2books around that topic.

Learn Project Management.
PM gives you a clear repeatable framework to follow.
It makes sure you have the right priorities, it helps you stay organized and it keeps everybody on your team accountable.
I suggest reading "The unofficial Project manager" , Or take a course on coursera, like Googles Project Management course.
 

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I've been getting into the habit of listening to a book on Audible or a Podcast that I have an interest in.
 

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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
Develop a possible business idea and you will find something to learn.

Even if the business idea is not working out and you give up later, you have learnt something.

I always find it easier to learn with an objective in mind.
 
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I've been practicing copywriting on my commutes. Also, I try to chat with the people around me to see what they enjoy/dislike(what may seem like idle chat, is actually my way of discovering their pain points). But these activities align with what I want to be doing 1)improve my written sales skills and 2)look for needs that are local(and potentially wider) that I can form a business around

I guess the better question to ask is: what are you trying to do? How does whatever skill/thing you learn along the commute to get you closer to that goal? All these answers work FOR THE PERSON POSTING, but may not for you. Unless you have the same goals and intention as them
 

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I’m asking this just out of curiosity, if you were to commute daily for 4 hours(2 hours to work, return 2 hours from work to home), what skill would you recommend learning if she/he wants to start a side hustle? I just came across a bunch of people commuting daily for 3-4 hours, just downloading and binging over netflix, which I think is a complete waste of time.

P.S: I’m not asking this for myself. I’m just asking out of curiosity.
Podcasting is very good. I'm listening to Andy Frisella's Real AF podcast on Spotify practically everyday, whether it'll be driving, exercising, walking etc. His tips on running a business are world class.
 

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Podcasting is very good. I'm listening to Andy Frisella's Real AF podcast on Spotify practically everyday, whether it'll be driving, exercising, walking etc. His tips on running a business are world class.

I'll make sure to check this out. Life is a box of chocolates, you never know when or where you'll get the tips that has to power to change your life - but the trick is to get an inkling when its staring you in the face =) - Just scrolling down his playlist to get to the bottom was a real treat - you can tell from just looking at the headlines, that this stuff has great potential.

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Having finished the first episode, I just came back to say: This is great stuff!
 
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I remember commuting 90 minutes each way. I listened to business and marketing podcasts. There’s a danger you fill your head up with too much “stuff” though, and don’t give yourself time to think and figure work out what you already know.

I do a 6 hour trip once a month now and listen to a few podcasts in that time. I really enjoy the space to just focus on a few things.

I try to listen to content related to what I’m working on at that moment, rather than generic stuff that distracts me with new ideas etc.

Say I’m interested in email marketing and have time to listen to 4 podcasts. I’ll try to listen to episodes from various podcasts rather than listen to one podcast specifically about email marketing. Unless it’s a podcast where they interview different guests about email marketing. I think it’s an amazing way to level up on a new topic.

To answer the question though… learn whatever interests you, and whatever solves the problem directly in front of you. But beware filling up your brain space…
 

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Sales and marketing.

It is the key to everything. The foundation on which all good businesses are built.

And once learned ... it follows you everywhere you go. It is universal.

I am a great divorce lawyer - but an even better marketer. And that ... is the secret to my success.

I know how to sell.
 

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