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Like many recent graduates,  Charlie Hoehn found himself with limited options.  But the decision to forego a $70,000 a year job and work for free opened up a world of opportunities and resulted in high-profile clients including Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, and Tucker Max.  He describes this approach to work as becoming recession proof and is currently in the process of writing a book called the recession proof graduate.  You'll learn how to email famous people, conduct a self assessment of your skills and why this is the best time to start something.

  • Why Charlie Decided to Forego the Potential for a $70K Job and Work for FREE 
  • Charlie's Virtual Internship with Seth Godin That Led to Tons of Opportunities
  • The Things That Caused Charlie's Online Film School to Fail
  • A Step-by-Step Walkthrough of How to Cold Email Famous People
  • The 3 Key Things You Have to Do to Get Responses from Busy People
  • How to Conduct a Self-Assessment of Your Skills
  • Why You Don't Have to Be Paid to Practice
  • The Importance of Having One REALLY Big Specific Goal 
  • The Power of Having an Attitude of Self-Discovery
  • A Primal Reaction to Look for in the Search for Your Passion 
  • What You Can Learn from Creating a Beer Pong Table
  • A Look at What It's Like to Work for Tim Ferriss
  • The Launch Checklist That You Should Use for Anything
  • The Importance of Rankings and Reviews
  • The Advantage of Setting Up the Groundwork Long Before Your Launch
  • Why You Need to Just Start Something 

Resources and People Mentioned Include:

Tweetable Insights Include:

  • Life's not about the goal. Life's about the process  (Click to Tweet)
  • You need to lay solid foundation for your life and career to live the four-hour workweek (Click to Tweet)
  • This is the best time for you to become someone of value and start something (Click to Tweet)

Charlie Hoehn is the author of Recession Proof Graduate, a marketer for best-selling authors and startups, a videographer, a speaker, and a Twitter prodigy. You can follow him on twitter @charliehoehn. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter. Oh, and we’d be really grateful if you write us a review in iTunes.

Originally aired almost 4 years ago.

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