Archive for June, 2012

How to Win at Three Card Monte

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I couldn’t believe I was about to make 50 dollars. I was only 12 years old. Robert and I were standing on the corner of 45th and Broadway, right near Times Square. The guy had his cardboard table with three card son it. “Where’s the Queen?” “Where’s the Queen?” He was flipping the cards back […] Read On…

How To Deal With Crappy People, PART TWO

(the demons inside of us)

I hate you and I never even met you. That’s my gut reaction when I open my eyes in the morning. That gut reaction is sent out into the cosmic psychic layer of the planet to seven billion people. Trust me when I say stuff like that. Claudia even snores in reaction when it happens. […] Read On…

The Choose Yourself Era – How to Get 100,000 Facebook Fans

(Like)

I was talking to head of a major media company the other day and he was telling me he was worried some of the writers working for him have too large a following on Twitter or Facebook and so, consequently, are asking for higher salaries. This is the “Choose Yourself” era where everyone becomes a […] Read On…

Multi-tasking Will Kill You

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I owe you an apology. If I’ve spoken on the phone with you at any point in the past four or five years then there’s a decent chance (75%) that I was playing chess online at the same time. I’m sort of embarrassed if you are reading this. But I wanted to come clean. Maybe […] Read On…

How To Make a Billion Dollar Company From Scratch

(I searched on "Ideas Flowing" and came up with this image)

This blog is not about money. Or entrepreneurship. Sometimes people ask me what I blog about and I have no good answer. The best I can come up with is “ways to be happy”. You don’t need money to be happy. But the Universe is creative. It created us. And like our “father”, we feel […] Read On…

My Summer Reading List

(Marilyn Monroe was a big reader)

I can’t write until I read. Probably because I’m so used to stealing and plagiarizing everyone I read from. When I first started writing heavily in my early 20s (non-stop unpublished novels) I would take off every afternoon from work and probably read a book a day. It’s almost fair to say this was the […] Read On…

How to Treat Life Like An Experiment

(an experiment often takes you through what you thought was impossible)

Ugly men don’t get clicked on. I interviewed four prostitutes, drug dealers, criminals, potential dates (for me), and homeless kids every single week for three years.  I have written about this before but my job was to go out on Tuesday nights at 3 in the morning, find out who was roaming the city, for […] Read On…