Save the Best for First

On a random Tuesday in – actually no wait, maybe it was was a Wednesday? Honestly, I have no idea what day it was and it’s not at all relevant to the story. The story is that it was mid-day on a day with nothing planned when my mother found my grandmother getting all dolled up. My mom is…
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Lessons From Selling Barstools

A few weeks ago I listed three bar stools on our apartment’s internal bulletin board. I list things on there all the time because I’m a weirdo who likes practicing my sales and copy skills in my free time…some days it’s shoes, other days it’s a juicer. This time it was barstools. 9x out of…
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What’s Holding You Back From Doing Your Work?

She was like a character out of a storybook. The scary witch. Her hair disheveled and she always wore black and smelled like cigarettes. When I asked her for feedback on the fifth draft of my thesis, she said that I couldn’t use one of the books I’d chosen. “I get that you love it.…
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Before You Buy That Online Course – Read This

Professor Richard Feynman once tweeted, “The trick to learning is enjoying.” Except, he didn’t actually tweet it because he’s dead and someone else is running this twitter account. But it doesn’t matter because that’s not the point of this article. The trick to learning is enjoying. When was the last time you actually enjoyed learning? Frantically…
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When Business Sucks And It’s Hard

We were in a van. Packed in like sardines. It was the perfect setting for my favorite pastime: eavesdropping. Paul Graham says you can judge a place by what you eavesdrop and this van was no exception. Listening intently, I heard a woman turn to the man next to her and say, “The hotel business seems really…
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Does A Blog Really Matter For Your Business?

It’s like online marketing bible. “WRITE MORE!! START A BLOG! TELL YOUR STORY!!!” Every content marketer worth their weight in gold will tell you you’re an idiot if you don’t have a blog. “You gotta put your work out there!”  Where is there? I’m not sure, but I know the cool kids are there. “You…
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You Should Start A Podcast (And Other Things You “Should” Do)

If I had a dollar for every genius who told me, “you should start a podcast!” I’d be a wealthy woman. They’re the same geniuses who told me I “really should do” a YouTube channel, Instagram quote pictures, and (my personal favorite) QR codes. People in the peanut gallery are always eager to tell you…
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Why ‘Start With Why’ Is Bad Advice

Have you ever asked a teenage girl what qualities she wants in a husband? I have. And the list is…curious. “I mean obviously, he has to be taller than me. And he needs to be into the same stuff as me because like if he’s not it’ll be a problem. He has to like Talenti (Sea Salt…
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How To Get People To Stop Parking Like Assholes (A Lesson In Behavior Change)

There’s a lotta talk about copy being the “be all end all” to behavior change. And while it matters, it’s not actually the thing that moves the needle. Exhibit A. This email from a property manager to her residents. Technically, this emails follows all the copy rules. Language is clear, not clever Doesn’t break the left margin…
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The Secret Advantage of Peer Pressure

When you’re a kid they warn you about “peer pressure.” I remember being very concerned about this. One day a kid would come up to me and ask me to do drugs. And I’d be like “NO!” and make my 4th-grade class proud! I was a cute little 4th grader. As you know from your…
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