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The 12 Phases of a Successful Project

Monday, October 29th, 2012

All successful project come in phases, and since human beings follow patterns, these phases are pretty universal. Everyone, at some phase, goes through obstacles, finds mentors, etc., so knowing the phases ahead of time can be extremely helpful. A lot of this can be learned, so here is an impression of how they work. I hope […]

Two Major Drives

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The two major reasons for doing absolutely anything in the world: happiness and duty. If something gives you happiness, even if slight, then it’s probably worth doing. You’re with someone (hopefully) because they make you happy. You have a job because doing it (or at least its results) make you happier. You take trips because […]

How to do the best work of your life

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Today my new book, The Flinch, is launched on Seth Godin’s Domino Project. It’s about how to push your own barriers and how to do things that scare you. Writing the book was hardest thing I’ve ever done, and as an experiment, it’s available for free. With the help of Seth, Chris Brogan, and many […]

You are nothing without effort

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

You are not born to live a long life. You are not born to succeed. You are born to go through puberty, reproduce, and die. Exerting effort for any other purpose than producing more children is a deviation from the natural order. It’s against your programming. Every push to improve yourself is an act of […]

I was born very stupid and will die very smart

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

If this isn’t the slogan for your life, it should be. You were born extremely dumb. There is no question about it. So the first side of the equation is set; it’s the second you have to worry about. Will you die very smart? Smart is relative. Yes, humans read more than they ever have. […]

The Complete Guide to Learning from Criminals

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Whenever I’m in doubt and I don’t know where to turn, I turn to my idols, who never let me down: Brainiac, Two-Face, and Spongebob Squarepants. Ok, just kidding about Squarepants. The rest is real though. You know, until recently, if I were asked about my idols, I might have said someone like Marshall McLuhan, […]

How to tell if you're doing your life's work

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I am working on a small book right now. It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever done. The editor is better than I could have ever hoped for. The idea is amazing, and something I care deeply about. It should get good visibility. Everything seems like it’s in line. This kind of thing never happens […]

No One Cares If You Succeed or Fail: Why I Walked 500 Miles... Barefoot

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

There are some lessons you can learn from the comfort of your couch— maybe watching a great video on Youtube or chatting with friends. But there are other lessons that come hard. Here is one of them. But first, some background. My girlfriend and I just walked 800 kilometers (500 miles) along the Camino de Santiago […]

Why You Should Quit the Internet

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Life is a series of decisions, one after another. When put together, they make you who you are. Each decision is a bet. Some are made consciously; others not. Each bet you win shows you what you’re capable of, and what your next bet should be. As you win more bets, you get more ambitious. This […]

Two Ways to Make Better Decisions

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Our world is complex, and it needs heuristics for us to be effective. One heuristic that works when we’re young is “listen to your parents,” because otherwise, we might die. Another adult heuristic might be “find an expert, and do what they say,” although that’s getting more and more complex these days. The other day […]