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Living and Dying On Third Base

Tomorrow's my 26th birthday, and in the spirit of growing up, I'd like to share a little story about how a recent conversation changed my life for the better. I was talking to an old college buddy last week. This guy is one of the smartest people I know; he recently left his lucrative finance [...]

The Difference: Success and Significance

It was the summer of 2003, a few months before I started my first semester of college. I was an energetic but confused eighteen year old kid. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew that being “successful” was definitely a part of it. One night, I watched a movie called [...]

Avoiding The Downward Spiral

Back in college, I was working on a group project. Everyone in the group had different ideas on how to solve a problem, and for some reason the discussion got very personal and heated. A couple of us lost our cool and said some things that shouldn’t have been said. I ended up storming out [...]

The Secret To Overcoming Your Lizard Brain

Have you ever really wanted to do something but had this strange resistance holding you back? I've had this feeling all too many times, and I've never been able to understand it, until I read Seth Godin's “Linchpin.” in Seth’s words, a Linchpin is an “…an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, [...]

Using Your Role Models to Find out Your Priorities

I’ve always loved reading biographies. Maybe it’s because I like stories about people who accomplished big things against the odds. Perhaps it’s because when I’m down, reading about other people’s struggles helps put my own life in perspective. But most of all, I think I read biographies to find new role models. Most people know [...]

Lessons Learned From The Decline Of Yahoo

Whatever happened to Yahoo? At one point, it was the most popular website in the world, a dominant force in the world of the internet. In recent years, it has languished, falling far behind Google and Facebook in terms of influence…and profitability. Now it's hit rock bottom, laying off hundreds of employees, shutting down once [...]

5 Business Lessons From Wikileaks

Wikileaks – terrorist organization, or advocates of free expression? Earlier this year, Wikileaks leaked hundreds of thousands of confidential government documents, garnering a ton of mainstream media attention. There is a lot of controversy surrounding Wikileaks. But what interested me most was how a tiny organization with almost no financial support could generate such publicity. The more I read, [...]

Why 16 Year Old Rob Rammuny Dropped Out Of School

This past November, my friend Rob Rammuny decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. He is 16 years old. To many people, this might sound crazy. What about education? What about getting a job and being successful? But Rob isn't your typical high school student. In fact, he [...]

How To Fail Before You Begin

Sometimes it’s best to fail before you start. Several years ago, I had a vision: to build my own independent record label. I’d always been passionate about both music and business – what better way to combine the two? I decided to call one of my friends – Sachin Rekhi – for advice. Sachin had [...]

Taking Risks While You’re Young

I was visiting my alma mater a few months ago. While I was there, I had coffee with one of my professors. This professor is one of my heroes – he’s an authority on international law and travels around the world consulting for governments and non-profits. The cool thing was that he took a fairly [...]