From a reader -
I read your article http://www.sebastianmarshall.com/the-million-dollar-question and was very interesting.
After reading it some days ago, I came back again to read it again, you have good tips for starting a business and makes it look easy :)
I hope to get some victories from your newsletter.
Thanks. Doing business is fundamentally simple, but not necessarily easy.
I had a realization at one point that was pretty staggering -
You can ask anyone for money in exchange for anything at any time.
That's what business is. This article is relevant -
Of course, that doesn't mean it's always easy. But it is pretty simple at its core. Offer someone something in exchange for money.
Cheers and thanks for reaching out,
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