I'm Ben Gruber

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2015 13/Jul
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live in my apartment.
Woody Allen
2014 24/Oct

The Idea: Lifestyle Running Gear You would never wear your running gear unless you are running, but skateboarders, basketball players, skiers/snowboarders and surfers have translated their gear from simply functional to a cool lifestyle. The clothing they wear crosses between sport wear and causal street gear. There is no reason this can’t be true of running […]

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2014 24/Jan

          In preparation for the 2013 tax filing season, H&R Block has launched a series of compelling TV ads. In the main ad, the “H&R Block Guy” states that because of tax payers attempting to file their own taxes there was $1 billion dollars of unclaimed tax dollars last year. He goes […]

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2013 25/Oct

At the shared space where I work, Wework, there is a wide cast of personalities and skill sets. At the desk directly behind me sits a talented ex-Asset Manager. Great guy, very sharp. Not my classic thought of a “Finance Guy”.  Anyway, we get into great discussions over economic topics and I learn a lot […]

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2013 17/Oct

Go on, ask for it. Let people know specifically how you want them to help you. And they will. This is a lesson that I recently learned. In the past few weeks, on multiple occasions  I was looking for the help of others and did not end up receiving it (help with my startups). That was […]

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2013 6/Aug

  For as long as I can remember I have identified myself as a contrarian. For whatever reason, I am skeptical about things. My natural tendency is to distrust when I first hear something. Evidentially, happiness research data shows that mistrust is the number one factor in whether a person is happy or not (trust […]

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2013 29/Jul

Last week I was bombarded by a bunch of people on Facebook looking to promote a company or cause that they are attached to. They clearly have indiscriminately hit the “Invite All” button that Facebook provides when you start a new page. I have been there. I have seen this button. I have been tempted […]

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2013 11/Jun

As I have mentioned before, managing your time is tough when you do not have a boss. It is very easy for items to slip and to get distracted by other things you could be doing. This is especially compounded when you work from home, because all of the rest of your life’s stuff is […]

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2013 7/Jun

About a month ago I left my job. At that point, I decided to not take unemployment benefits. I did however research the program to see what it was all about and what I found has stuck with me. Not to get back into the details of the rules of eligibility of the program, but the basic idea […]

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2013 15/May

I have long since subscribed to the idea of doing a simple single task every day without exception and having the sum eventually becoming greater than the parts. Allowing yourself to gain knowledgable or become good at something over time without giving significant effort at any given moment. Among other daily tasks, I stroke the creative side […]

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