Let’s start with uncomfortable truth #1: Rugged individualism is not a thing. This belief that you alone are responsible for your outcomes in life is absolute hogwash. Yes, I know, I’m supposed to open with an intro paragraph that warms you up, but we’re busy, after all, it’s a PANDEMIC. And I have like 10 (…)
Money or impact? Those are your choices. Allegedly. Allegedly there’s no middle ground. Allegedly, if you want to change the world, you should make money first. Then use your money to make an impact. There are big advantages to having money first. You’re less susceptible to making bad decisions “for the money” (because you already (…)
This week a friend of mine quit the online business world, quit self-help, and quit thought leadership. I encouraged his quitting because I don’t believe you should do things that aren’t aligned with who you are. But some of the reasons he cited for quitting were disturbing because they’re the same reasons I often want to bail (…)
A friend of mine has this fantastic online business idea. When he was explaining how he was going to grow it, he said something that hit me after we got off the phone: “I’ll just hire some writers to churn out some content for $150.” NO. No. No. nonononononononoooooooooo Listen, my inner Robber Baron gets it. (…)
You remember the Newsies? The rag-tag group of newspaper sales kids, famous for putting Christian Bale on the map (before he was an asshole) (presumably)? Anyway, turns out they were real. But their strike TOTALLY FAILED. Like bad. If you want a sobering look into the bleakness of reality, look up the real versions of stories we (…)
Actionable tactics. That’s what they tell you. More tactics! Whenever I give a talk, the conference organizers are like the tactics police: ACTIONABLE. WE NEED ACTIONABLE STUFF HERE OK. I love tactics too. I don’t want to go learn about SEO and someone gives me a shpiel on how I need to trust myself and (…)
When we read Crime and Punishment in college, my professor spent a full month on the significance of the confession. Not Raskolnikov’s because I don’t want to tell you if he confesses or not if you haven’t read it. But the act of confession itself. Like saying the truth out loud. Apparently, St. Augustine was big on (…)
Our obsession with “getting it right” is holding us back from doing our best work and preventing us from doing the ONE thing we actually need to do to grow.