One of the greatest American contradictions is, “more is better.” We know it is not. We know, “a greater variety of choices actually makes us feel worse.” Schwartz, Barry. The Paradox of Choice, pp122-3. It’s why the best retailers, merchandisers, and marketers all seek to reduce your options. Choose this one – is the message at the heart (…)
We need to talk about belief when it comes to the things you want. You can want something very much, but if you believe, sincerely, you aren’t worthy or capable of it – it’s game over before we’ve even started.
So, I’m knee-deep in book writing after a two-month hiatus of non-stop existential crises and some actual crises. I know they say circumstances are never ideal for creativity, but calmer would be nice. I heard Adam Grant say in an interview once that he used to write term papers in college while his roommate threw parties and it (…)
Why advice to say silent or speak up is wrong – this is what’s really happening on Thanksgiving.
Been getting a lot of advice lately that “something’s gotta give.” And it’s a hilarious and infuriating piece of advice to give a new mom running a business. You’ve literally added 633 billion things to my to-do list, taken my sleep (among many other things), and now you’re telling me I need to cut some (…)
With the rise of startups and the insane unicorn returns that have come with them, “lifestyle business” has become a dirty word. A polite way of saying “doesn’t make money” or “not a real business.” It’s not altogether wrong. Since Tim Ferriss’s breakout hit, 4 Hour Work Week, thousands of idealists have flocked to Southeast Asia to “escape (…)
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 (…)
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 (…)