Hamza Khan

Digital strategist and entrepreneur making a splash in higher education. I talk about hip hop, hustle and higher education.

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Hamza Khan

hip hop x hustle x higher education

Zero Inbox Thirty

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Confession: I shamelessly hang up on telemarketers. Ain’t nobody got time for that. For similar reasons, I don’t play around when it comes to dealing with emails. Each day I clear my inbox with the tactical precision and brute force of Seal Team Six — I drop in, neutralize inefficiencies, extract action items and quickly evacuate. Why with the militant approach, you ask? I don’t believe email to be real work. I see it as no more than an inefficient system of reallocating priorities. Within one year, I’ve gone from dealing with nearly 200 emails/day to less than 200/week, while increasing my output by nearly 400%.Here’s how to reclaim the the time needed to get in the zone and do actual work…

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DMX Is Necessary

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At any club that spins hip hop, there’s a particular moment that happens in the middle of the night – and very little has changed about that moment since 1999; everyone instinctively knows that it’s time to turn up when the DJ drops the timeless anthem that is DMX’s Party Up. At first, the revelry is interrupted with the signature summon: a morse code-like sequence of triumphant horns blaring against a steady MPC kick pattern pierced by sharp hi-hats and shrieking gym whistles. This alarming cacophony of sounds primes partygoers for the losing of minds that will momentarily ensue. The cheers drown out, the club braces itself for the drop and then the energetic battle-cry of DMX channeling Ric Flair - “WOOOOOOO!” – gives everyone the green light to absolutely lose it. For the next minute and a half, fans of Tyga and Tupac alike (I pray that they’re mutually exclusive) proceed to bounce in unison and rap at the top of their lungs in a euphoric trance.

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How To Disconnect

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I Forgot My Phone

Sometimes the technology that can (and should) make our lives easier and better also can make it impossible to maintain the kind of focused attention that’s necessary to work efficiently & effectively. On days when I forget my phone, I’m less anxious and less reactionary. Instead, I’m more focused and more creative.

I Forgot My Phone is a rather depressing short film about smartphone overuse. It offers a poignant reminder of all the moments that we’re missing out on while feverishly refreshing our Instagram feeds.
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