Hi there, I’m Stefano Ganddini, the founder of Collegetopia.
Here’s What Collegetopia Is All About
Ultimately, I have ONE mission:
To help smart, ambitious people become INSANELY CONFIDENT so they can stop settling for an “okay” life, and start creating an EXTRAORDINARY life.
If you’re already a high-achiever in most areas of your life, just imagine how much more you could accomplish if you could push all of your fears and anxieties to the side…
Imagine being able to calmly approach anyone (people you look up to, potential business partners, pretty girls, etc.) in any setting, and start a conversation.
Imagine being able to confidently speak up for yourself and your ideas, without worrying about what other people will think of you.
Imagine being able to to fearlessly pursue your passions, without constantly second-guessing your every move.
Imagine living a life on YOUR own terms, doing what you LOVE, and knowing that you’re making a POSITIVE IMPACT on the world.
I’m here to help you do just that.
To be a bit more specific, on this blog you’ll learn how to:
1. Build self-confidence.
Learn how to overcome shyness, build meaningful relationships with people, and connect with incredibly inspiring people who want to help you succeed.
2. Boost your productivity.
Learn how to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time (even on the days when you “just don’t feel like it”).
3. Figure out what the f*$% to do with your life.
Learn how to stop overthinking, figure out what YOU really want (not just what your parents or society wants for you), and start taking massive action to pursue your passions.
Why Should You Listen To Me?
I can already tell that you’re the type of smart and ambitious person that I made this site for. 😉
Here’s the thing. I’m a HUGE introvert. But when I tell people that these days, the response I get is usually something like this…
“Really? You’re an introvert? But you don’t seem like one.”
Yes, I am an introvert. No, I’m not shy.
I used to be super super shy, but I’m not anymore. And this blog is where I share everything I’ve learned about how to make the transition from self-conscious to self-confident.
I don’t just regurgitate the same surface-level “tips and tricks” you see on most blogs these days…
I take decades of research from the fields of psychology, human behavior, and motivation, and combine it with my own personal experiences to create extremely in-depth, honest, and actionable content that will get you REAL results.
Everything you read on this blog has been TESTED and PROVEN to work… at the very least in my own life, but often in the lives of many others as well.
You won’t find any of that unhelpful “Just be confident!” or “Just do it!” advice here…
I break down high-level ideas into concrete and easily digestible content that you’ll be able to start implementing into your life immediately.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but so far, sharing what works for me seems to be working for a lot of other people, too…
This site now reaches tens of thousands of people every single month (with over 600,000+ views in total from over 200+ countries) and over 2,000+ people are subscribed to my private email list (you can sign up here!).
I’ve also been featured in publications like LifeHacker, Business Insider, and my alma mater’s USC Viterbi Magazine, among many others.
Here Are Some of My Best Articles
If you’re new here, I recommend checking out some of my all-time top posts (clicking each link opens a new tab):
- How to Approach Anyone with the 3 Second Rule (this post has been viewed over 275,000+ times!)
- Why I Took The 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge (And Why You Should Too)
- 5 Steps to Learning How to Speed Read in 20 Minutes
- Warren Buffet’s “2 List” Time Management Strategy
- 2016: The Year of Focus (+ A New 30 Day Challenge)
Also, here are a few of my personal favorite posts that didn’t make the cut:
- How To Find Your Passion: The Ultimate Guide (this is the biggest post I’ve ever written, coming out to over 10,000+ words!)
- 31 Things You Need To Know About Me
- The Single Biggest Regret Of The Dying
- How To Stop Overthinking And Figure Out What To Do With Your Life
- The 5 Minute Exercise That Can Change Your Life: The “Eulogy Exercise”
And for those of you who are still in college (or soon to be), I’d recommend checking these out:
- 21 College Tips I Wish I Knew Freshman Year. Especially #10.
- Top 5 Student Productivity Hacks
- 5 Essential Apps for Staying Organized in College
To view the full archive (over 70+ posts), click here.
If you want to learn more about me and the story behind Collegetopia, check out the About page.
Here’s What Other People Are Saying
If I needed to come up with a list of the best writers in the college/early career space, Stefano would be a the top of my list. Stefano’s got an uncommon amount of insight and experience so soon out of college, but more importantly, his writing is detailed, useful, and entertaining.” – Thomas Frank, Creator of College Info Geek
Stefano Ganddini is a black-belt life optimizer.” – USC Viterbi Magazine
I’ve been following Collegetopia for almost a year now, and I had the most productive/accomplished year so far. Coming to college, I was a shy introvert… After learning that [Stefano] was an introvert too, I was inspired never to let this get in the way of pursuing my goals. I took on multiple leadership positions that forced me to talk to people every day and was even selected to attend a national leadership conference with top students in the country with all expenses covered. This blog has brought so much value to my college career.” – Tiffany Belfiore, Sophomore at University of Arkansas
Sometimes, all it takes is for a few words on the screen to trigger a thought process in the reader’s brain and propel them to take action. Stefano’s blog has that effect.” – Nupur Joshi, Self-employed Investor
Collegetopia is a voice in the sea of noise. Each article is the perfect blend of inspirational and practical advice, helping the millenial generation achieve everything they want out of life.” – Jeff Li, IT Consultant