Why Do Some People Always Succeed In Life?

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“Why Do Some People Always Succeed?” someone asked me. There’s pain baked into the question. This a question wrapped around a question. The inside of the question is: “Why do I often fail?”. Those people who ALWAYS succeed…it seems wrong. How did they get that way? It seems creepy. I’ve finally been given permission (there […] Read On…

20 Things I’ve Learned From Larry Page

20 Things I've Learned From Larry Page

I visited Google a few weeks ago and, after almost getting arrested, my mind was blown. First, Claudia wandered into the garage where they were actually making or fixing the driverless cars. When they finally realized she was wandering around, security had to escort her out. We got scared and we thought we were going […] Read On…

Financial Fridays: Don’t Pay Your Credit Card Debt!

Don't pay your credit card debt!

My dad got off the phone and started crying. My mom yelled at him, “He didn’t give it to you!” My dad had lent $2000 to S. and S. couldn’t pay him back “yet”. This call happened at least once a week. S. was his best friend for 20 years. My mom would scream at […] Read On…

The Pros and Cons of Going To College

Pros and cons of college

(Ok. I know. I’ve written about this (but not in the past two years). BUT Someone just asked this on Quora AND things keep changing all the time. So my answer.) Getting a degree wasted five years of my life. I got an undergraduate degree in Computer Science in three years. Then I went to […] Read On…

The One Thing That Increases My Happiness

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I was so ashamed of everything in my life that I moved myself about 100 miles away from everyone I knew. I cut off all ties with people. I stopped talking to everyone. I didn’t have a job. My kids didn’t know anyone. I had nothing to do. And it was snowing all the time, […] Read On…

Who Are Your Gatekeepers?

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Dear Josie and Mollie (my daughters), Everyone hates you. I mean, I don’t hate you. Most of the time. But teachers hate you. Your future boss hates you (he bribes you to work extra hours and then makes a pass at you. Trust me on this one). Your colleagues hate you (if you are demoted, […] Read On…

Financial Fridays: Why Your 401K Is A Scam!

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I hate writing about finance. The most violent, ugly people in the world work in the traditional finance industry. I write something and instead of responding with a well-reasoned argument, they write things like “James Altucher is a wacko” or “James Altucher is a scumbag”. I’ve written for or appeared on the Wall St Journal, […] Read On…