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Office space is nothing more than a burden if you don’t use it.

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When I tell people I haven’t had a desk for 20 years, they usually respond with thinly veiled skepticism. They smile and nod politely, clearly assuming I’m exaggerating to make a point about my hectic lifestyle. But I genuinely haven’t. Occasionally someone will call me: “Really?” they ask. “How does that work?”

I do use a desk, but in all honesty I don’t have one at our London office, and I haven’t had one since we started out. Remote working, hot-desking, fluid office shares and digital hangouts are all changing the shape of work in the 21st century. I didn’t preempt any of these trends, but I did find a way of working that was best for me and my business, and I’m not surprised it’s becoming more common. If you’re running a company with clients all over the world, then being desk-free is a great way to stay mobile, responsive and in touch with clients. It’s liberating.

There are some solid statistics here too to keep your CFO happy. A report by consultants Brickendon says the average annual cost of keeping a desk is £8,000 in London, $13,000 in New York. Apparently that adds up to an average spend of £4.1 million in the UK and $6.7 million in the US on desks per company. But much of this goes to waste; the same report estimates around £1.6 million and $2.6 million is spent unnecessarily by companies on desks. Another report on the subject asserts desks are generally only ever at 48 percent of capacity utilization.

The overheads alone make a compelling case to go desk-free. I’m not saying it’s the best model for everyone, but I believe the following points making it worth considering for any business leader in the 2020s. 

Realize the potential of remote working

Too many entrepreneurs see remote working as a way to cut costs by saving on office space and utilizing a competitive talent pool of freelancers. But that is just one dimension.

Remote working also gives you, the CEO, the opportunity to constantly network. By being out of the office, you’re able to move with your clients, coming to them within a few days rather than waiting for the next time they just happen to be in your city. If you really plan your schedule, you can minimize disruption, travel time and jet lag and actually take advantage of time differences. 

Working spaces in hotels, trains, planes and even cars still aren’t optimal, but they’re improving all the time, because these companies realize their facilities are a deal-breaker for some of their best clients. The same is true of their digital communication systems; there isn’t really anywhere in the world you can’t take a conference call. 

Better networking

Desk-free working should mean more face-to-face meetings, not fewer. Everybody is now digitally connected. That puts a premium on meeting colleagues, suppliers, clients and potential prospects in person. If you’re there in person you can build rapport infinitely better than you could if you’re talking via Skype. That personal connection is still invaluable in business.

A better team

You’ll also be able to build a much better working relationship with your team if you’re mobile enough to see them regularly. That means catching up more often when you’re in different offices around the world and benefitting from working in person, but it also means outlining clear principles of trust in your team. They’re on hand to support you when you’re out of the office, and you’re trusting them with responsibility. Likewise, you’ll be delegating when you need to be in the office and sending someone else out to meet a client or build the business. Done right, this can create a really effective working culture — but it is about balance. If you really are never there, then you’ll struggle to get the traction you want from those in the office.

Drop the pretense

You’re not the headmaster, so you don’t need to call people into your office. The rest of your team can manage with a laptop on the sofa, so why can’t you? Even better, take team meetings out of the office altogether in favor of informal team meetings at a local coffee shop. You and your team will be more relaxed, which in turn leads to a much more creative mindset right through the business. 

This isn’t about sacrificing your own working space for the spurious principles of being a ‘managing friend’ rather than a boss. It’s simply about thinking about your setup differently. Increasingly, business is done on the hoof — that’s something CEOs should embrace. In the same way firms are attracting talent with considerate working environments and flexible hours, we should be winning business by building a flexible and responsive culture. The more you think about it, the less a desk is part of that.

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New kinds of startups like Nunbelievable can solve the world’s greatest challenges while driving profit and building a scalable, sustainable business.

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Kuda Biza knows about the catastrophic consequences of hunger. Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, he lived through the 1992 drought that left millions without food and killed several of his friends and neighbors. “In the worst affected areas, people would go for three or four days without food; if relief didn’t arrive in time, death was inevitable,” says Biza, whose father was part of the food relief efforts during that period. “For me, hunger is personal.”

So years later, when Biza had the chance to co-found a cookie company to combat hunger, he didn’t hesitate quitting a lucrative corporate job to join serial food-startup entrepreneur Bryan Janeczko. With Nunbelievable, a nonreligious brand inspired by nuns, the duo are attacking hunger one cookie at a time.

But their task is immense. More than 37 million people struggle with hunger in America, including over 11 million children — equivalent to the population of Canada. “As the father of a 5-year-old, I find that statistic horrific in a country with such immense wealth,” says Janeczko. “No kid should ever go hungry.”

Solving Problems With a Conscience

Nunbelievable’s co-founders both tasted business early in life. When Biza’s mother wouldn’t give him money for ice cream one day, the 9-year-old decided to earn it, offering to clean windows for his neighbor, who paid him $5 for three hours of work. Pretty soon, the mini mogul could afford more than just ice cream and employed several friends to scale operations. “That experience taught me the power of entrepreneurship: solving problems for others is liberating.”

As the economic situation in Zimbabwe deteriorated, many young people couldn’t afford school. At 17 years old, Biza committed to help change that. Coming from a lower-middle-class family, he spent two years after graduating high school applying for scholarships to attend college in America.

With help from his sister, who took out a loan to cover the remainder of his tuition, Biza attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, to study aviation and business. While there, he launched a socially conscious clothing line from his dorm room with only $150. By donating a portion of the profits, he paid to educate over 100 African children.

After college, Biza was hired by the innovation team at a Fortune 500 company to identify and bring to market disruptive business opportunities. He launched several startups in multiple industries and locations, learning Arabic for his Middle East business. He also started a nonprofit to empower underprivileged children in Africa with scholarships and education supplies. 

Kuda Biza at 13 years old with his father.

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Starting With Why

Janeczko — recently recognized by Business Insider as a leader in tech — developed his commercial awareness in high school by selling candy bars. He went from making $2 one day to earning several thousand dollars by creating a mini distribution network. The school principal eventually shut down his fledgling business, but it was too late: Janeczko was hooked on entrepreneurship.

After a stint in finance at J.P. Morgan, he took one summer off to travel the world and was inspired by global cuisine, particularly Mediterranean-based eating; it was clean, healthy, fresh, and simple — and studies backed its effectiveness. 

“I realized this diet was an incredibly healthy, balanced way to live a better life, which was getting busier and more stressful for people,” recalls Janeczko. “It seemed possible to create a convenient eating solution, so nutrition wouldn’t take a back seat if you were a time-starved professional like me.” The spark of inspiration led Janeczko to co-found NuKitchen in 2004, which pioneered fresh meal delivery — now a multibillion-dollar industry.

But growing NuKitchen wasn’t a picnic. “I had some dark moments,” says Janeczko. “We were the first to launch this type of business in an emerging industry, so it was important to learn valuable lessons along the way. At one point, we ran out of money after co-signing a $750,000 business loan and didn’t know how to repay. It was scary.

“Even though we created a multimillion-dollar business that was growing, I was pitching investors out of desperation because we weren’t yet profitable; so I began focusing on my mindset and attitude. Self-development was critical for breakthrough thinking, escaping self-limiting thoughts, and finding inspirational guidance from thought leaders like Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle.”

The mindset shift worked: in 2009, after raising $2 million in venture funding to grow the business, Janeczko sold it to Nutrisystem in a multimillion-dollar transaction. “I’m proud that helped hundreds of thousands of people eat their way to healthier lifestyles,” says Janeczko, who went on to launch and lead multiple “better-for-you” brands.

He became a founding advisory board member of Sparks & Honey, a tech-led cultural agency for global consumer insights that works with Fortune 500 brands to innovate and grow, and co-founded, which empowers fellow LGBTQ entrepreneurs like him. “I’m devoted to mentoring early-stage entrepreneurs in how to start up smart, develop their models, gain traction, and get funding,” he says.

The Nunbelievable duo met in 2012 when Janeczko was hired to consult on a project for Biza’s Fortune 500 employer. They became “partners in crime” after working together so closely, and it was inevitable that they would join forces to combat something greater. 

Partnering With a Purpose

The name Nunbelievable was inspired by a group of nuns who devoted their lives to providing meals for the hungry. In 2016, these nuns made headlines when they were unable to pay the rising rent on their San Francisco soup kitchen. They were on the verge of being evicted. But once their story was out, help poured in.

For every dozen cookies sold, Nunbelievable will donate 12 meals to soup kitchens.

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Many good Samaritans donated to buy them a mission, and the nuns were able to continue providing meals for those in need. “We were inspired by their devotion to help others,” says Janeczko, Nunbelievable’s CEO, who recruited Biza as CMO for his marketing and social enterprise expertise. “Our vision is to build the world’s leading premium mission-based baked goods business,” says Janeczko. “By partnering with organizations and nonprofits, we can end hunger in the most delicious way.”

With such a powerhouse team, it didn’t take long to get off the ground. “While a typical consumer packaged-goods company can take 12 to 18 months to go to market, we did it in six,” says Biza. “With an accelerated launch, the quicker you can get to market to test, learn from consumer insights, make changes, and scale.”

Launched in October 2019, the company is seeing early signs of success. After sampling the non-GMO cookies, one person committed to buying close to six figures’ worth. For every 12-pack box of cookies sold, Nunbelievable donates two meals to partner soup kitchens across America. Based on sales to date, Nunbelievable plans to six-times their donations to 12 meals for every box sold in 2020 and to exceed one million donated meals by 2022.

Second Chances

“For some, missing one week’s paycheck can mean going hungry or becoming homeless,” says Janeczko. When his team volunteered at a soup kitchen in Harlem, New York, they talked to people receiving the meals to better understand the root causes of hunger. “These are people just like you and me,” says Biza.

Janeczko explains that they met one man who used to work on Wall Street. One day he was making six figures, with a high-rise in New York City. The next, his wife cheated on him. He started drinking and doing drugs, got fired, and soon found himself on the streets, homeless and hungry.

“What if we could go beyond just giving them a meal? As the adage goes: ‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.’ We want to provide a path to self-sustenance, so they never go hungry again.”   

They believe entrepreneurship is the missing piece of the puzzle. “Entrepreneurs can make a difference for the problems that the government couldn’t solve,” says Biza. This model doesn’t just help the world; it’s also good business. “Businesses that are going to survive today and thrive tomorrow must have a purpose,” adds Janeczko.

One of Biza’s favorite quotes is from Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” But he says there’s a third important day missing: the day you act on your why.

Their why? Creating profitable businesses to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems. What’s your why?

Learn more about Kuda Biza and Bryan Janeczko by visiting the Nunbelievable website or following them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Apple’s News app pulls together election guides and live news.

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This story originally appeared on Engadget

Like Apple’s done during previous election years, it’s announced special dedicated Apple News coverage for the presidential election, just in time for those tricky caucuses. Sources will include most major US news networks and outlets, including CBS, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox NewsNBC, ProPublica, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

All the stories and information can be accessed through the News app across iPhone, iPad and Macs. Apple says it’ll include content and guides for readers from “all political viewpoints”, and will include live coverage of Super Tuesday, both the Democratic and Republican conventions and election night itself. Real-time election results from AP can be monitored inside the Apple News app now, with the ability to check out county-by-county results and other tracking metrics. No word on how many needles Apple News is planning to offer yet, however. The New York Times is up to four.

The aesthetic doesn’t swerve far from how Apple News looks in general, though there are a few more patriotic dashes of red, white and blue. Judging from Apple’s own images, content appears broader than previous efforts, with stories from Time and the Washington Post rubbing shoulders with Men’s Health.

Apple has created its own dedicated guide to the most pressing topics, including trade, immigration, health care and others. There’s also a guide to help the reader identify misinformation — hopefully outside of Apple News’ curated garden of news.

Apple’s recently-struck deal with ABC News comes to the fore too. The app will add live video coverage to the 2020 presidential election and the first live stream will be the New Hampshire Democratic Debate on February 7th, later this week. You’ll be able to watch along on iOS devices, Apple TV, several smart TVs and Fire TV and Roku streaming devices.

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Engage, connect and begin to experience better employee retention.

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There are two main sets of reasons employees decide to leave a company. The first is a life event like moving or staying at home to raise children. These are circumstances that exist outside of work and are harder to address. The second group  is more inherent to the workplace and its culture, and tends to more frequently affect an employee’s decision to leave. If employees feel a disconnect with their bosses or co-workers or find opportunities for advancement lacking, they’ll inevitably look for something better. Fortunately, leaders can address these issues directly with their teams. 

Poor management, either in terms of personal performance or management-employee relationships, is considered by many to be the number one reason for employee turnover. While employees don’t need to be friends with their bosses, a constructive dynamic is still important. When conducting team-building activities, managers and leaders should not just be the facilitators — they should also be part of the process. Here are four actionable steps to make that a reality.

Related: How to Create a Winning Employment-Retention Strategy

1. Conduct “get connected” activities

“Get Connected” activities involve employees sharing something new about themselves, and leaders can set the tone by sharing first. It doesn’t have to be work-related, though sharing their experiences of when they where non-management themselves might help create a bridge. These activities can even be held outside of the office so employees are more relaxed and able to freely mingle.

2. Launch a mentorship program

Employees often feel that they’ve been left alone to figure out how to do their jobs well. Having a mentorship program ensures that new employees know exactly what is expected of them and how to execute it. Further, it can also improve employee relations as the mentors and new hires get to know each other. This should help establish workers’s sense of belonging, as the mentor can offer a warmer welcome than in a general company meeting.

3. Set “gamification” goals

Some of your employees might feel unchallenged, unrecognized or unimproved. Managers and leaders who want their employees to stay need to engage their employees. One useful team-building activity to this end is “gamification,” a process by which managers and leaders create goals that the entire team must strive for. While each individual member will have their own goals, gamification allows leaders to create sub-teams that compete with each other for a prize, such as incentives and bonuses. Rotating the groupings will allow employees to interact with each other better.

The prize is really just a form of recognition, and even the “losing” team can benefit from being given advice on what needs to be improved. However, keep in mind that the gamification should still promote a team-based goal. Teams may be competing against each other for the top spot, but the end result should still be an increase in productivity for the entire company.

Related: How Improving Work Lives Increases Retention

4. Invest in corporate social responsibility 

Programs that help the community, such as “clean and green” drives and helping feed the less fortunate, have a two-fold effect. They show employees that they’ve joined a company that values its community it belongs to, and they also provide another opportunity for bonding outside of the office. In this kind of activity, managers and leaders are less bosses and more peers bound by common cause. And when employees forge a positive bond with each other and their bosses, that creates a positive company culture, which goes a long way toward keeping employees in-house.

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Score a great deal on an incredible mattress and revitalize your life.

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The most important aspect of running a business? Getting a good night’s sleep. That may sound like your mother talking but your mental, emotional, and physical well-being are all affected by your sleep. You simply can’t overstate the value of a good night’s sleep and you can’t do your best work without one. This year, make it a priority to get better sleep. If you can’t get your eight hours, at least sleep soundly throughout the night.

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The budget offered optional tax regime with lower tax rates and deductions removed, increased deposit insurance and proposed schemes to fast track tax dispute settlement

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In the Union Budget 2020, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a new tax regime with lower tax rates for different income groups. But, the new regime is subject to foregoing various tax deductions and exemptions available to taxpayers.

Four new tax slabs have been introduced, making it a total of seven slabs.

Under the new tax rules, those earning INR 5-7.5 lakh will get a concession of 10 percentage points from the current tax rate, whereas annual income of INR 7.5-10 lakh attract 5 percentage points less tax. However, all without deductions.

Further, those with an annual income of INR 10-12.5 lakh will pay 10 percentage points less in taxes, while income of INR 12.5-15 lakh will get a 5 percentage points concession from the current applicable tax rates.

The taxpayers have the option to continue with the current tax rates and avail various deductions available. Archit Gupta, founder and CEO, Cleartax, says the government offering a choice between the two tax regimes might be an exercise for them to see how the new proposal works out. “The new regime appears as the government’s roadmap to taking away all deductions and exemptions in the coming years,” he says.

While a break for middle-class taxpayers, the new tax regime offers no respite to the rich and super rich as tax rates of incomes above INR 15 lakh remain unchanged.

In the wake of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank crisis, the government has also decided to increase the deposit insurance from the current INR 1 lakh to INR 5 lakh for each account. This will be a huge relief for depositors as many lost money in the PMC incident.

Also Read: Budget 2020: Government Focuses On Data and Technology To Build New Economy

Deductions Removed

Currently, taxpayers get around INR 5 lakh worth of deductions under Section 80C (INR 1.5 lakh), interest on home loan (INR 2 lakh), health insurance premium (INR 25,000), National Pension Scheme (INR 50,000) and standard deduction of INR 40,000, among others. Also, house rent allowance (HRA) and leave travel allowance (LTA) are some of the exemptions that help taxpayers lower their net taxable income.

The new regime has removed around 70 of the existing deductions and exemptions including HRA, LTA, standard deduction and 80C, which includes investments in Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Equity-Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS), among others. (see graphic)

The exchequer will have to forego about INR 40,000 crore in tax revenues due to revised tax slabs, as stated by the finance minister during the Budget speech.

Also Read: Budget 2020: A Precious Little Something for Everyone

How Will the Taxpayer Benefit?

Experts say the new tax regime may not be suitable for everyone. “With the optional new regime, taxpayers will have to evaluate what works better for them,” says Gupta. “Those committed to long-term saving and investing via Section 80C may be discouraged and this may likely demotivate taxpayers to opt for tax-saving linked investing, like in ELSS and PPF.”

Sousthav Chakrabarty, CEO and co-founder, Capital Quotient, sees a silver lining in the deductions. “With the host of deductions removed, mis-selling of insurance and other products that happens in the name of tax saving will hopefully reduce,” he says.

Also, Sitharaman said during her speech that this will help taxpayers file their tax returns on their own without the help of professionals.

Resolving Tax Disputes To Get Easier

The Budget proposed two schemes with regard to dispute settlement, which aim to fast track appeals and impart greater transparency.

First, in line with previous year’s ‘Sabka Vishwas’ scheme for indirect taxes, Sitharaman announced amnesty scheme ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ to reduce litigations in direct tax. Under the scheme, a taxpayer will be required to pay only the disputed amount and get a waiver of interest and penalty, provided he pays by 31 March, 2020. However, the scheme will remain open till end of 30 June, 2020, but taxpayer will have to pay an additional sum.

Second, Sitharaman proposed faceless appeals for resolving tax disputes without personal contact between the taxpayer and IT official. If implemented, online appeal will also lead to transparency in the dispute resolving process.

Also ReadBudget 2020: 3-themed Budget Seeks To Address High Unemployment, Low Demand and Falling Economy

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Big-picture goal-setting can stop future stress before it starts.

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Starting a businesses can be like throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. Even if goals were initially clear, once the rubber hits the road, things continue to change and morph, keeping us reactive and out of the driver’s seat. It makes sense then, that one of the most common causes of burnout — according to Pi Slice founder and CEO and Entrepreneur contributor Genny Ghanimeh — is “working hard with the inability to shut off.” Many entrepreneurs find themselves doing just this: working long, laborious hours around the clock to make their business click in this period of chaos, when the real work should start with one intensive strategy session to create a business plan.

Now, this isn’t just a business plan in the traditional sense. This a plan for how and when you’ll work on your business, and what your weekly and monthly priorities will be moving forward. Once you have a clear picture of these priorities and the order of attack, you can prevent burnout by constructing a work-life balance. Here are four tips on how to do so as you strategize for the new decade.

Related: 7 Time-Management Strategies for Busy Entrepreneurs  

1. Create three clear, objective goals for the year

Sit down with your team or a mentor and list out all the main goals that come to mind for the year; David Newman writes on Vistage that there should ideally just be three core objectives. These could be specific to the business, or more personal-development based, such as how many conferences you want to attend or how many speaking engagements you want to land. Once the list is exhaustive, survey it. Which three are truly worth your time and energy? You may find that some goals play into each other, too, and can go underneath larger buckets.

Once you feel good (and excited!) about the main three objectives, write them on a poster board to hang in your office or on a wallpaper you can put on your laptop desktop. As you start to break down the quarters, months and weeks, all smaller goals and initiatives will feed into these three core objectives.

2. Break the year down into bite size pieces

It can be massively overwhelming to look at all 365 days ahead of you and try to strategize a day-by-day plan of attack. Instead, start with bite size pieces. Take the upcoming quarter. What should a smaller sub-goal be for each month? What will you do each week to achieve that sub-goal, and how do daily habits and practices amount to these weekly, monthly and quarterly achievements?

As you start to bring the goal down to the granular, you’ll already start to feel more organized. Now, knowing what you’ll accomplish on a day-to-day basis (e.g. how many articles you’ll write, sales calls you’ll make or coaching sessions you’ll host) will ensure you are always in control of your business.

3. Create parameters that enable you to be proactive, rather than reactive

Ultimately, the process of creating this granular plan will empower you to be proactive, rather than reactive. Jessica Zimmerman, wedding planner and the founder of a seven-figure floral design company, is also the mother of three young children and has had to find a work-life balance based on this notion. She had to ditch the need to be reactive (responding whenever a client emails, working all night if feeling overwhelmed) to be there for her kids and create a work-life balance.

“Have clear start and stop times for your work,” she shared with me. “In our historic agrarian society, humans would work with the rhythms of the sun. It is not in our DNA to work non-stop.” Zimmerman recommends creating parameters by working shorter time blocks to do more high-impact work, and having time in the morning and at night without your laptop. She also only checks her email once a day (in 30-minute time slots). This way, the time you spend working is maximized, and you can block burnout before it has a chance to creep in.

4. Schedule vacation time

Contrary to the latest trend of hustling all the time, vacations will leave you better off than they found you. Emma Seppälä Ph.D. writes for Psychology Today that “even a short weekend getaway can provide significant work-stress recovery, while longer trips away provide even more relief.” 

And when you take vacation, that means disengaging from everything at work. You won’t soak in the full benefits of time away if you’re on your laptop by the pool. Halt everything for a week, or have someone on your team take over. Since you’re planning it this far in advance, that won’t be hard to do. 

Related: Understanding Entrepreneurial Burnout

Burnout may seem impossible to avoid when it comes to starting and running a business, but it’s imperative that you protect your health and well-being. Be proactive, create a granular plan and make sure to take plenty of breaks. Your business —and your happiness — depends on it.

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Learn how to work with modern design tools and launch your own graphic design business.

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UX-App is the design tool that makes prototyping your product easy.

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Whether you’re already running a business and want to build a new app or you have several products you’d like to outline, you need a great prototyping software to see how everything will look. If you don’t have the technical expertise to wireframe and build out apps on your own, and you don’t have the resources to hire someone, you need a tool like UX-App.

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Biologist and adventurer Forrest Galante, host of ‘Extinct or Alive,’ talks risk-taking and following your passion to the ends of the earth.

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Ever misplace your car keys? Forrest Galante might be the guy you want to call.

The biologist and adventurer has carved out a very unique niche for himself in the world of conservation: He scours the most remote and dangerous parts of the world in search of animals long thought to be extinct, in an effort to (almost) literally bring them back from the dead. As crazy as that sounds, what’s crazier is how successful he’s been. As of today, he and his team have discovered four species that biologists believed went the way of the dinosaurs.

Galante goes on these quests for two main reasons:

  1. He has a lifelong love for wildlife.
  2. His historic finds result in mountains of research and funding to study and revitalize these forgotten species.

If it doesn’t sound like the easiest job on the planet, it’s because it is not. In the course of his travels, he’s been attacked by lions, stung by jellyfish, bitten by snakes and had run-ins with not-so-happy hippos. Luckily for people who love animals and the relative safety of their couches, Galante’s bloody and bruising adventures are all captured on his show Extinct or Alive, which airs Wednesdays on Animal Planet. His Instagram account is also worth a follow if you’re into amazing nature photos and the occasional video of skinny-dipping in glacier water. 

I spoke with Galante for the first episode of Entrepreneur’s new podcast series Get a Real Job, which you can listen to now:

We discussed following personal passions, getting comfortable with risk, the vital importance of teamwork and which animal you definitely don’t want to cross paths with while walking down a dark alleyway. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation, which have been edited here for length and clarity.

Don’t accept a life of boredom

“I went to a good university for biology, and when I came out, I was kind of farting around taking tons of odd jobs,” Galante says. “Everything from literally counting ants to doing invasive weed work to looking at eagles’ nests. I was bored by a lot of the work, so I started adopting this reputation for high-risk wildlife biology. I was the guy that would tag rattlesnakes or would jump into a shark feeding frenzy to put on tags. 

“As my career continued, my bosses said, ‘You’re such a good biologist, let’s get you out of the field and into an office writing grants and overseeing projects.’ I kept telling them I’d rather be back in the field. They were like, ‘Well, you’re gonna make $14 an hour out there.’ I said that’s fine. I prefer that sitting in an office.”

Finding your platform

“One day I was sitting on the couch, super deflated and covered in dirt, not happy with the job I was doing. And my wife suggested thinking about media, going into television. Fast forward a bit and I’ll give you a comparison: When I was 27 years old, I published my first academic paper. It was read by 400 by likeminded scientists who already knew the exact subject matter I wrote about. And that was a pretty good number for a paper.

“The first episode of my TV show? It reached 4 million people. So you tell me which is more impactful in the field of conservation. When I saw those TV ratings, I said this is what I’m going to do.”

His most meaningful find (so far)

“Finding the Fernandina giant tortoise, which was thought to have gone extinct over 100 years ago, was the biggest for me. Fernandina Island is an active volcano in the Galapagos. It’s miserably hot, and you’re walking through five-foot shards of what feels like glass, but is actually brittle lava rock. My team and I were suffering from heatstroke and our boots were literally melting on the ground. I mean, it was brutal conditions.

“And after just four days of really, really challenging fieldwork, we managed to uncover a single female tortoise, an animal that had been lost for 114 years. To do it in the Galapagos, where Charles Darwin founded his theory of evolution, was just so impactful. We were able to raise so much money for a return effort to try and find a mate for her. It’s just the most hope-inspiring success story for wildlife that I think anybody’s ever heard.”

Hippos don’t hug

“There’s always a risk of getting injured by wildlife. By far the most terrifying and the most dangerous animal is the hippopotamus. They are very moody and very unpredictable. I had two altercations with hippos that could have resulted very differently. One, a hippo flipped my canoe over and I got very lucky to escape its jaws. Another charged right out at me coming from a small, shallow pool. They’re just they’re extremely dangerous animals. I love them, I respect them, but they are super scary.”

Building your team

“I have to always give credit to my team. We’re generally a crew of about six. I’m 31 and the oldest person on my team. So they’re all young, super talented guys who are just as passionate about what they do as I am about what I do. And we all have our own specialties.

“My lead cameramen was an environmentalist in college, but he picked up a camera as a way to communicate wildlife to the world. Another one is this mad, crazy, amazing drone engineer. He takes these drones and adds all of these special bells and whistles to help us track wildlife. And then another guy is an incredible free-diver. He can keep up with me at 100 feet while we’re holding our breath and chasing sharks around.

“We’re all driven by this common goal of communicating wildlife and conservation. And just because I’m the one in front of the camera and I’m the one who finds the tortoise, it doesn’t mean we didn’t do it together.”

Credit: Animal Planet

Planning and improvising

“I think a big part of being successful in doing these expeditions and being a team leader is being dynamic and able to improvise. We do extensive research and always go in with a written plan of attack, like ‘When we get on the ground, we’re going to get on this boat, we’re going to go this many miles up the river, we’re going to survey this area for this many days.’ And then the first thing that happens: we get there and there’s no boat.

It’s not like you throw in the towel, throw your hands up and the trip is over, you know? You say, ‘Okay, how do we get about there? We need a buggy. It’s going to take three days. That’s fine. We’ll stay here for three days and interview locals to see if they’ve seen the animal and get more intel.'”

You can make a difference in your own backyard

“If you want to help with conservation efforts, you can do meaningful, impactful, essential work by volunteering at a local wildlife shelter, by going to a rescue facility, or by simply not buying plastic bags. Little things make a huge impact. So you don’t have to travel around the world and get mauled by lions and bitten by sharks and all the crappy stuff that happened to me to make an impact. 

“If you pick up the phone and call your local adoption shelter and say, ‘Hey, I want to help,’ they will be thrilled to have you. They are desperate for helping hands. And it’s a snowball effect, you save one creature, and it makes you want to do more good. You know, you save one little opossum that crawled out of its roadkill mother’s pouch and you see it go back in the wild — you feel so fulfilled and inspired. All of a sudden you find yourself loving these ugly marsupial rat opossums that we all think are so gross. It’s an amazing feeling to have.”

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