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Motivation and Productivity

Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way

The year was 1979. Phil Jackson was working as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets basketball franchise. In one game, the head coach was ejected and Jackson was asked to take over. The Nets were one point ahead going into the final seconds and had possession of the ball. Jackson called a time-out [...]

Make More Money By Controlling Your Anger

I got an angry call from my friend last week. He’d been having trouble with his boss for a few months now and in his own words, “just couldn’t deal with it anymore!” He ranted on for several minutes about how his boss wasn’t giving him the responsibility he deserved, was constantly undermining him, and [...]

How To Make Money By Being Impatient

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week” – George Patton We have always been told to think through our decisions. Now don’t get me wrong, planning is important…to a point. But a perfect plan means nothing if you don’t move fast. There are two reasons why quick action [...]

Three Ways To Gather Valuable Feedback

No one likes hearing reasons why they should change. Let’s be honest: criticism blows. That’s exactly why the people who do listen usually make the most money. Constructive feedback is one of the best ways to grow and earn more, but it’s also tough to come by. Here are three techniques that will help maximize [...]

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, [...]

Six Amazing Interviews That Will Change Your Life

Happy Valentine's Day! It sucks to be single today, and if you are, I'd love to help you cheer up with some great interviews (note: you'll enjoy these even if you aren't single). How To Promote Yourself Through Blogs: Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work Week, was an unknown just four short years [...]

23 Amazing Resources For Entrepreneurs

I made a lot of mistakes when I first started building businesses. The good news is that whether you are launching a new company or bringing your business up to speed, there are tons of great resources to help you get to where you want to be…without screwing up more than you have to.  Here [...]