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The 5×5 Rule

5x5 rule

Walt Disney was the stupidest person in the room. So he stood next to his brother Roy (kept Walt positive after their first business went bankrupt). He stood next to Ub Iwerks (he drew a disgusting rodent for Walt). He stood next to Margaret Winkler (the first person to buy a Disney film: Alice in […] Read On…

A Brand New 18-Year-Old Adult I Helped Create

Josie altucher

I helped create a brand new 18 year old today. A new adult US citizen. Happy Birthday Josie Altucher. To be fair, I’m only about 1/4 to 1/3 responsible. When you were born, I really was scared. You were this new one foot tall human moving into our apartment. You didn’t speak English and you […] Read On…

A Bad Plan Is Better Than No Plan

Games are like a super power. Games got me into college, got me into graduate school, got me my first job, raised me money for businesses. Taught me strategy, taught me how to handle adversity, taught me how to be deceptive. I was going to do a book: How to Win at Every Game. I […] Read On…

The Only Two Choices You Have In Life

two choices

“I was six years old when I watched my dad executed on national TV”, Tim told me. “He was on death row.” I had given a talk the day before. During the talk I had described in detail the various ways one could kill themselves. I said, “If you point a gun at your head […] Read On…

Characteristics of a Good Listener

good listener

EXTREME LISTENING I was at a dinner and someone told me, “if you are even thinking of a response while someone is talking, then you aren’t really listening.” This guy seemed smarter than me. And he seemed like a nice person. But this advice is not true. I thought about it a lot afterwards. For […] Read On…

Ep. 214: Cass Sunstein – The World According to Star Wars

cats sunstein

I want to be a Jedi Knight. The idea of surrendering to some “force” greater than oneself. The idea of being in touch with some essence that can bring out my full potential in way that I could never possibly understand. When Cass Sunstein, genius economist (author of “Nudge“, 40 other books, does Nobel-prize level […] Read On…