Psychology

This Is The Closest Thing I Have to A “Growth Hack”

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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When Did It Stop Being Fun?

For me, it was 10th grade. It was fun till about 10th grade. Up until that point, being rated “average” didn’t really matter because you actually learned something and that was more important. But in high school that changes. If you’re average, you can’t get into a good college. You can’t get a (good) (well (…)

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The New Rules of Gift Giving

It was awkward. The couch was sweaty. Probably because I was nervous. I don’t know. All I knew was it was uncomfortable. We’d decided not to do gifts that holiday season. It felt like a scene out of 20th century England. No one said anything directly, but their faces were judging us. We’d made a (…)

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Why Good People Need To Get Comfortable With Wealth And Power

At the end of every Tim Ferriss Show episode, Tim asks his guests the same question: “When you think of the word ‘successful,’ who is the first person that comes to mind and why?” Listeners love it when the guest says, “My father. He worked 40 hour days at the car shop, didn’t speak any English, (…)

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The Real Reason Things Go Viral (It’s Not The Algorithm)

For 24 hours this week, I lost my mind. I read this article and my brain went, “STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING. TELL EVERYONE TO READ THIS RIGHT NOW!!” like it was some sort of content emergency (it wasn’t). Text. Email. Slack. Heck, I’m sharing it with you right now. Turns out, 49,000 other people also lost their (…)

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Why It’s Not Enough To Follow Your Bliss

Been hearing a lot of “Do what you love and the money will come” bromides lately. Build the audience first, worry about sales later Love your customers, don’t focus on metrics Follow your passion and the money will find you No. No no no nonononononononoooooooooooo Money doesn’t “come.” It doesn’t find you. It doesn’t fall (…)

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The Inbox Booty Call: Why You Need to Protect Your Inbox The Way You Protect Your…Other Stuff

I hate my inbox. At any given moment, I have 647 unread messages from people who want something from me. Not just email. It’s Facebook Messenger. Slack channels. SnapChat. Twitter. Text messages. My tombstone is going to read: Here lies Margo, died of trying to respond in a timely manner to all the incoming requests (…)

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You Need Some Bunny Therapy

There’s something in the air right now because everyone and their mom is burnt out, exhausted, and ready to punch someone in the face. “I’m. just. so. tired.” <—- Me this week. Burnout’s definitely got some cachet up here in the Northeast, but it feels like sh*t and makes you a horrible human being. You become the (…)

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