TMBA562: Mailbag: Freedom, Location, and Love in the Age of COVID
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We love hearing from listeners of this show.

We put out the call a few weeks ago for listeners to send us your stories, and you responded to us in abundance.

Our mailbox has been positively chock full of listener voicemails about all kinds of topics.

In today's episode, we'll be listening to several of those voicemails and weighing in with our own thoughts and observations.

The topics range from how much location really matters, why hustle is the ultimate entrepreneurial muscle, the value of being an "intrapreneur", and love in the age of COVID.

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