Nick Freiling

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Nick Freiling

The future of social media is…

The future of social media is anti-social media. That is, self-hosted content that only you own and that only you can take down. I had this thought while sitting in on a marketing panel at WordCamp Jacksonville last month. We discussed using social media to market digital services, and it brought to mind a client […]

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Like it or not, Trump is a strategic mastermind

I once explained my rationale (alongside my accurate election predictions) for believing that Donald Trump is not an idiot, but a strategic mastermind. He plays the fool just enough to incite scandal and dominate the news cycle, yet he maintains enough semblance of integrity in the eyes of his supporters to convince them—a good one-fourth of […]

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The problem with climate change alarmism

Jeffrey Tucker, a.k.a my pick for the most interesting man in the world, writing at FEE on the “amazing arrogance” of the Paris Accord: But the “globalists” of the type that tried to make Paris work have a stunning lack of self-awareness. They pretend to be oblivious to the populist resentment they breed. They act […]

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How to succeed on Upwork

My Upwork agency is extremely successful. In fact, it’s as successful as any Upwork agency could possibly be. Our job success score is 100%, which means every single client has been totally, 100% satisfied with our work. Over the past year, I’ve made as much using Upwork as I did the previous year working at […]

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Defining “entrepreneur”

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. I love that definition. “Entrepreneur” is an overused term, but there really is nothing else that encapsulates the idea. And I’ve found no definition like the one above that so succinctly explains what it means to be an entrepreneur. Since starting my own […]

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True failure counts

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” I love that phrase. I really believe it, and it gets me through tough times. But please, please remember this: When you’re failing—actually, 100%, totally failing—it doesn’t feel good. You don’t believe that you’ll learn from it. You don’t believe […]

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“Don, walking through walls, it isn’t hard for me now; it is impossible.” “Do you think that maybe if you say impossible over and over again a thousand times that suddenly hard things will come easy for you?” -Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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A tip on debating healthcare

The debate over repealing Obamacare is not so simple as free markets vs. human lives. The market principles here are simply fact. Health care is a scarce good – this is why we have a problem in the first place. People can’t get as much as they want. We need a balanced economic solution, not […]

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How to auto-generate unique Typeform links

I faced a challenge with Google Sheets last week. Took me two hours to resolve and ended up being the simplest solution I could imagine. Thought I’d share here to save other people some time. The problem I’m trying to append values to a URL. This is for a client who wants to automatically generate […]

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Mises on the limits of science

Two selections from Human Action: Both principles of cognition—causality and teleology—are, owing to the limitations of human reason, imperfect and do not convey ultimate knowledge. Causality leads to a regressus in infinitum which reason can never exhaust. Teleology is found wanting as soon as the question is raised of what moves the prime mover. Either method stops short […]

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