4 online business rules that no longer exist

Professional life and protocols have transformed into something unrecognizable from 20th-century mores. Is personal branding as simple as adding a word to your Facebook bio?

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A few days ago, I was working my face off in my creative cave, realized my social battery was drained and decided to join a bar meet-up in my hometown, Berlin.

I spoke with online entrepreneurs from all over the world and listened to their unique business stories. It reminded me how much the online world has changed the rules of business, which a lot of people still haven’t realized. The essence of the evening was that the rules of online business don’t exist anymore.

Here are my takeaways, along with what they can mean for your online career:

Portfolio + connections = new college degree

In a recent interview with peak performance coach Anthony Robbins, the host asked him about his stance on Bernie Sanders’ wanting to make community college free. Tony’s response: “Making college free doesn’t solve the bigger problem: The second you graduate, your skills are outdated.”

The idea was that the online world moves faster than college programs, which means it’s your duty to educate yourself continually.

One meet-up friend revealed some of his crazy past gigs, from selling emergency cards in case you keeled over on the street to offering Chinese medicine design services for foreigners.

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