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I’ve got seconds left. Focus. Where is she? There!

I love you!

I love you too.

Wait. She didn’t hear me. I see her mouth moving, but I can’t hear the words. Where is… there she is. My little sweet pea.

I love you!

The tears are streaming down her face. She can’t hear me.

I love you!

Oh please God, no! Give me another minute, PLEASE! OK. Focus. Why can’t she hear me?

I’m sorry! I’m so sorry! My wife, my love of my life.

What did she say? Focus!

NO. It’s getting dark. Please, God, no!

I awoke…


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As the US elections are preparing to take the center of the world’s stage and overrun the minds of every American, I can keep silent no more. I’m throwing my business-topic writing to the side and stepping way outside my comfort zone. I’ve debated for weeks now whether I should write this. Today, I’m going to do it. As my biblical neighbor and fellow countryman or countrywoman, you need to hear and remember who the enemy is.

The enemy isn’t the person in the supermarket or on the street who is or isn’t wearing a mask. That person you’re passing…


A chess board with all pieces fallen over except a single pawn in the center of it.
A chess board with all pieces fallen over except a single pawn in the center of it.
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I can’t go a day or more without getting asked if Amazon is saturated, why would anyone consider F.B.A., if only morons do private label, are there really any products left to sell, or, my personal favorite, if I’ve seen the latest video of a duo on motorbikes navigating through the streets of China while decrying the possibilities of selling on Amazon due to the overwhelming impressiveness of work ethic, dedication, presence, or other such tripe about their wives (no disrespect to their wives, clearly they are dedicated). In the words of one of my favorite YouTubers,

“STOP IT! JUST…


Man, in suit with head bowed, crying.
Man, in suit with head bowed, crying.
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I felt hollow and empty inside… not like myself. I wandered to the kitchen for the third time in the past hour looking for something that would make me feel better. There wasn’t any food in the house that tasted good. There wasn’t any liquid in the house that could quench my thirst. No matter what I tried, no matter what I did, the feeling just wouldn’t go away.

I’d been pacing back and forth aimlessly… getting up from my desk multiple times an hour, where ordinarily I would simply sit and relax during the weekend. But not this time…


Picture of several very weathered gravestones in a cemetery in the woods.
Picture of several very weathered gravestones in a cemetery in the woods.

I’ve spent the better part of my adulthood stuck in a soul-sucking comfort zone. It’s exsanguinated me physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. It’s cost me countless opportunities, bound me to a cycle of financial insanity, and earned me a place of shame in my family. It’s force-fed me my pride, broken my self-esteem, and kicked my willpower repeatedly as it lay on the floor in a fetal position.

Whoa, Rider! Pull over and take the power down!

Reality is rarely as mundane as fiction. Our comfort zones keep us from ever reaching out for that one chance to change our…


Stacks of 100 dollar bills laying in a pile.
Stacks of 100 dollar bills laying in a pile.
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A couple of days ago I finished an article on why I started a business. To be transparent, I’m long past the starting line and hitting stride. Am I making seven figures? Not yet. I’m currently revising my systems and establishing success habits that help me accomplish the tasks I need to in less time every week. That is, after all, the goal: to keep my businesses well-oiled and making money so I can focus on what is genuinely meaningful in life.

Today, I wanted to take a moment and discuss three Make Money Online (MMO) opportunities that I am…


Person standing, arms outstretched, on a rock outcropping on a high mountain overlooking a valley below.
Person standing, arms outstretched, on a rock outcropping on a high mountain overlooking a valley below.
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Duh, Rider, we know why you started a business: to make money.

Well, as a famous character once said, “You’re not wrong.”

But, the reality is when the trials and pains of birthing a business come knocking, “making money” won’t even get you out the door. You need to be prepared mentally, and you need to know why you’re doing this Herculean task. Shallow platitudes won’t keep you pressing forward while everyone and everything is pushing back like a freight train.

See the lone person in the photo? That is a successful entrepreneur. Now at the fruition of all his…


Man sitting with laptop staring pensively at the laptop screen.
Man sitting with laptop staring pensively at the laptop screen.
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For the past three years, I’ve spent the better part of my digital life wandering the Internet in search of real opportunities to make money online. Who wouldn’t want to make money online? No cubicles, no commute, no meetings, work from anywhere that you want, set your own terms, be your own boss. Oh, and, if you do it all right, make thousands while you watch the sunset on the beach or stand atop a mountain, arms spread wide, in the face of the sun.

The problem is, it’s not easy to distinguish real opportunities from bad ones; there’s so…

Jake T. Rider

Husband. Father. Entrepreneur. I own and operate two diverse e-commerce businesses in the areas of marketing and product imports.

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