Matt Badiali is a man who enjoys science, receiving a B.S. in earth science from Penn State University as well as a Master of Science in geology from Florida Atlantic University just before 2004. When he started working on his Ph.D., he began talking to a friend who led him down a financial career path. Matt’s friend wanted him to help develop ways that the average investor could invest money. He agreed to help because he saw his father struggle with investing and wanted to devise a plan to make it easier for other people to make money instead of losing money. Through his articles and advice, the people Matt Badiali has helped have doubled and tripled the money that they have invested. Matt enjoys traveling around the world to share his advice and ideas.

Where did the idea for your startup newsletter come from?

ince I have an educational background in science, it was easy to come up with the ideas for a newsletter about investing in natural resources. A friend approached me in 2004 after I graduated from Florida Atlantic University and asked if I could help devise ways to help investors who are the average person. I often assist people in finding investment opportunities that deal with metals and other natural resources.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My normal day begins around 6:30 in the morning. I read the newspaper and make sure my daughters get to school on time. I also enjoy watching some of the news and weather on television before getting my day started. After getting to the office around 8, I spend a few hours writing and getting ready for the day. On most days, I get at least two or three pages completed. Phone calls and messages are returned after lunch. I also schedule meetings for the next day and in the coming weeks. I try to write in the afternoon, but it doesn’t always work as I am focused more on the business side of being in the office. Sometimes, I will go to the gym in the afternoon and read at the same time.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Many of the ideas that I have are brought to life from personal experiences. I use what I have been through to help guide me in the advice that I offer to other people, putting myself in their situation as much as I can before giving them a direction. I’ve traveled around the world, which has shown me how people live in other countries. I use these experiences when I want to write about a new topic or when I want to try to change information around.

What’s one trend that really excites you?

I believe that we are on the verge of a breakthrough regarding energy consumption. Kerosene will likely become a thing of the past for most people as energy-efficient resources will be used more. This is a trend that I’m looking forward to being involved within the near future.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive?

When I do anything, I only work on one task at a time. I do this so that I can ensure that it gets done in a timely manner instead of drawing out the process and working on multiple tasks at once.

What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?

When I was in Miami, I was an environmental geologist for a short time. Part of my job was to collect dirt and water samples from some of the worst parts of the city. Sometimes, the job was dangerous. If I didn’t perform that work, I probably wouldn’t have made the decision to get a master’s degree.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

I would find internships at companies where I could work for free and get more experience. It’s better to get your foot in the door with a company by working for free and putting that work on your resume than it is to sit back and wait for a job to become available.

What is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Read as much as you can. Fill your mind with knowledge. If you don’t have the latest information, then you can’t make decisions or understand what is taking place in the world.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

When you’re working with people, give them more than they expect. Offer extra ideas and more information in what you publish than what is required. It helps to develop a relationship with the people you work with.

What is one failure you had, and how did you overcome it?

Some of the investments that I’ve had weren’t great. The stocks were sold, and I moved on from the bad investment.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Seek out electric vehicles and anything that relates to them. It could be the software for vehicles or the products that are in vehicles that make them operate.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

One of the last things I bought for $100 was for my daughter. I bought her new softball bats, and they have helped her on the team.

What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?

Bloomberg Terminal is a program that I find helpful. It features the latest news on many topics.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Get “The Disappearing Spoon” for your bookshelf. It has a fantastic blend of everything from science to history.

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