One of the best ways to make a big leap in your career is to blog. Blogging allows you to create a high-quality network for yourself based, not on the old model of passing out business cards, but on a new model of passing out ideas. Contrary to popular opinion, blogging is not for college kids holed up in their dorm room posting photos of themselves. Blogging is so text-intensive -- in terms of both reading and writing -- that the amount of time required of a blogger makes it unattractive to college students.
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Most teenagers are convinced of their own immortality. But not Ben Casnocha, the famed teenage entrepreneur, book author , and ladies' man. A week from tomorrow, Casnocha is convening a salon to discuss a "'CEO approach' to dying. I'm sure that he'll assemble a room full of graybeards who will listen raptly as he gives his thoughts on the hereafter — even though they're on much better speaking terms with the Grim Reaper than Casnocha. After the jump, the full invite. Most of you know I'm co-founder of the Silicon Valley Junto, an intellectual salon for Silicon Valley types modeled around Ben Franklin's self-help philosophical society.
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He has a useful blog, because he takes the time to write helpful, interesting posts with applicable information. He takes ideas and concepts he has experience with, and turns them into posts with value. He is young, extremely well accomplished, tireless and a thinker. Interestingly, for someone so accomplished already he is also multi-dimensional. So often you meet people of extreme success and they really only have one vertical in their lives where they have focused.
This interview was excerpted from a recent post on Study Hacks , an e-mail newsletter dedicated to tips, tricks, and hacks for getting the most out of the college experience, and based on the philosophies laid out in How to Become a Straight-A Student and How to Win at College. Ben has an interesting story to tell. He first got involved in the tech boom when he was 12, and by high school he was heading a multi-million dollar company. What makes his book interesting, however, is that it bypasses the rah-rah, self-congratulation common among the young entrepreneur set, instead capturing, with remarkable lucidity, the complexities of trying to balance being a teenager and running a business. It also replaces the generic advice endemic to the genre "follow your dreams and it will all work out" with practical mediations on issues such as the role of luck in big successes and the proper care and feeding of mentors.