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13 Things Wayne Dyer Personally Taught Me

Wayne Dyer

I was scared to death. Wayne Dyer was going to come on my podcast. I read about ten of his books. I watched five or six of his PBS specials. The man has sold over 150 million books. He’s inspired millions. He’s already given 100s of interviews. What could I possibly ask him? I watched […] Read On…

The Rich Employee

The Rich Employee

One of my best friends from 8th grade invested $25,000 in Uber’s first round. That $25,000 is now worth $50,000,000. I can say, “I wish that were me!” but I don’t deserve it. He spent his 20s building his network in Silicon Valley so he would have this opportunity today. He was an employee at […] Read On…

The Key To Success: Friendship. Here’s Why.

Question of the day

First off, Claudia was naked. I mention this because I have a new podcast. It’s called “Question of the Day” and I do it with Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics co-author). We analyze questions we find on the site Quora.com and have fun with them. I mention in the first episode that when Claudia found out she […] Read On…

The 1% Rule for Creating All Habits

She kept throwing food at me. I was 19 and bought two tuna bagel sandwiches for myself for breakfast. That was the way I rolled. We were arguing. She took a sandwich out of my hands and threw it all over the street. Tuna everywhere. I bet the Old Man and the sea never knew […] Read On…

What I Learned from Chess

How Chess Influenced Me

Chess got me a girlfriend, it got me into college, it got me into graduate school, it got me my first job, it helped me raise money, it got my company sold, and it opens doors when previously they seemed locked to everyone around me. But all of that is superficial. Where it really helped […] Read On…

In A Crisis… Wait

In A Crisis... Wait

I got fired. Security escorted me out. They would send me my box later. A few weeks earlier Amy dumped me for another guy. I lost my inside when I found out. I lost my humanity. All self-help is bullshit. It’s hard to choose yourself when an iceberg hits the Titanic. People write books: “How […] Read On…