It’s early in the EV journey, but don’t sleep on Volkswagen earning a large slice of market share

ID.4 from Volkswagen
ID.4 from Volkswagen
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Partially owned by Porsche and an owner of Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and other automakers, Volkswagen has a wide-ranging customer base ready to gobble up any new vehicles that hit the market. Thanks to that, Volkswagen has a chance to carve out a huge slice of market share in the impending future of electric vehicles (EVs).

With all the major automakers pivoting to producing clean energy vehicles, longstanding EV king Tesla is going to start seeing some true competition. Ford and GM have already grabbed the media’s attention, but VW has grabbed the attention of investors. …

Putting something good into the world will always pay you back

Mike Posner
Mike Posner
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It’s so easy to fall into instant gratification these days. Today’s society spends a significant amount of time scrolling and swiping, using its most valuable and non-refundable asset to be appeased for the current moment and nothing more.

Working on projects that may take time to return value often pay way greater returns. Just ask Mike Posner.

On June 9, 2010, Posner released the song “Please Don’t Go,” the second single of his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. The song peaked at no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nearly 11 years later, it has been revived.


12 books and countless life lessons

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Stack of books
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2020 was a great year of discovery for me. I learned so much about myself that I wrote a book compiling all of those lessons into one place in hopes that someone could learn something from me.

Many of those lessons came from the one source of knowledge I always tried to avoid: books.

Everyone knows how good books would be for them, but they can be a daunting task to complete. Thanks to Amazon and other online suppliers, reading books isn’t actually a super expensive hobby to get into. If you read at my pace (1–2 books most months)…

By taking control over what we accept, nothing can stop us from achieving our goals

Man climbing mountain
Man climbing mountain
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Time is our most valuable asset. Whether you have a lot or a little, you have it nonetheless. How you spend that time determines what you do with your life and your level of happiness.

Throughout our life, people try to rob us of our time in order to help themselves. Coworkers or bosses will ask you to work extra to finish a project. Friends will ask you to drop everything to help them move on a Saturday. Family will ask you to drive an hour to pick them up from the airport.

Some of these requests result in a…

Determining what really matters takes away the stress in choosing

Girl writing on paper
Girl writing on paper
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People often have a tough time choosing between multiple options — whether that be multiple job offers, multiple romantic options, or anything else that could alter their direction in life.

Through determining what truly matters to you, making these tough choices gets a lot easier.

Many of our decisions are made for us without even realizing it. Sometimes, it’s the ideas and comments of others that lead us to decisions. We casually accept these ideas as “logical” and, therefore, the correct ones. This is merely accepting a situation rather than choosing it. …

Legacy automakers are finally giving Tesla a true test. Tesla still has a huge advantage.

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With new political leadership in place and sustainable energy seeing a larger emphasis in the business world, American car producers are starting to shift gears into electric vehicle production. Legacy automakers such as GM and Ford are committing upwards of $30 billion through 2025 to introduce their versions of electric and autonomous vehicles.

While it is great for the planet to see more electric vehicles on the road and will ultimately pay financial dividends for all the companies involved, it is important to remember that one company owns the space right now: Tesla. …

Quantifying everything in your life can become a huge burden

Girl writing
Girl writing
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In the modern age of technology, putting a number next to anything is so easy. We can easily see how much money we have, how many followers we have, how many people we text, and how many miles we just ran.

Almost every action can be quantified for both our personal knowledge and the knowledge of others.

In some ways, this is helpful. When trying to lose weight, tracking calories and workout repetitions can be useful in marking progress. Knowing how much money you have allows you to plan for the short and long term. …

Saving resources means better longevity

Spruce trees
Spruce trees
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While we humans are fixated on finding money to survive, prosper, and climb up the social ladder, trees are a little more simplistic.

For trees to survive and continue growing, they need water. Obviously, we need water, too. But we’ve figured that one out (for the most part). Trees, on the other hand, have to use it wisely.

Trees operate differently depending on the season. In summer, trees photosynthesize easily through their leaves for food and use the necessary amount of water for growth. …

We are what we do and we do what we are. It’s as simple as that.

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In a Tedx Talk presented in 2016, former Utah State University goalkeeper Jeannie Woller discussed the physical and mental toll she took after walking off the field for the final time.

Woller’s problem? It wasn’t losing soccer. It was losing the titles “soccer player” and “student-athlete.” When she introduced herself, she could easily pull these titles out to define and represent who she was.

That was her problem: she no longer knew how to define herself. She no longer knew who she was.

Woller’s titles at USU were socially accepted and backed by an institution of higher learning. There was…

Earthly success should not come at the detriment of our true selves

Man on a mountain
Man on a mountain
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On the surface, a practicing stoic may seem unemotional, unmotivated, and not empathetic. A stoic accepts what comes and does not judge, no matter how awful the event may seem. A stoic recognizes that the universe (nature, God, etc.) would not inflict pain or harm onto a person or people without a worthwhile reason. A stoic recognizes that pain or harm only comes from deeming something as bad (perception) — which he or she would not do.

In stoicism, dreams and hopes don’t really exist. An earthly being hoping to achieve something sets them up for potential “failure” — for…

Dylan Hughes

Sports Journalism Graduate, IUPUI. Writing about money, business, electric vehicles, and more.

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