Be the expert: What’s wrong with this real-estate comment?

November 29th, 2009

As you know, I have strong opinions on buying a house, and most people don't know what they're talking about when they talk about real estate being the "best" investment. So when a Wharton professor wrote a Washington Post column pointing out common myths of homeownership, I laughed at some of the comments. "Wow is this a poorly written and ...

What do Scarlett Johansson and Ramit Sethi have in common?

November 23rd, 2009

No, it's not simply a love of talking about large breasts. Check out the cover of last month's Glamour. Bottom-left corner. Aww yeah. Below, I've embedded the article itself. But this isn't just to point out how Scarlett and I are destined to be together. Notice how my content has been translated for a female audience. Same material, but it's ...

Time management: How an MIT postdoc writes 3 books, a PhD defense, and 6+ peer-reviewed papers — and finishes by 5:30pm

November 19th, 2009

I'm always on the lookout for "hidden gems," or people who are doing remarkable work that the whole world hasn't caught on to, yet. Today, I asked my friend Cal Newport to illustrate how he completely dominates as a post-doc at MIT, author of multiple books, and popular blogger. How does he do it all? Cal writes one of the ...

Behind the scenes: I was on the Today Show last week

November 17th, 2009

I flew to New York last week to appear on the Today Show. Here's the clip: Interesting things to note: Green rooms are the best places to meet people. I walked in and Maya Angelou was sitting there. In hair/makeup, Marissa Mayer and a bunch of other interesting people were there You enter NBC through a totally unmarked door, ...

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The Money Diaries: The 25-year-old single mom who writes bad checks

November 08th, 2009

Today is another post in the Money Diaries series, which is based off New York Magazine’s Sex Diaries. We’ve collected stories from real people about their spending habits over seven days, anonymized them, and posted them here. Today's entry is by a 25-year-old single mother. This woman's spending is definitely troubling -- she spends 8% of her take-home ...

WTF happened last night? Oh yea, my server got CRUSHED

November 06th, 2009

Listen, if you tried to access my webcast last night, you probably didn't get in, and I am REALLY sorry. I have literally never seen as much traffic as last night -- not even when I was on the FRONT PAGE OF YAHOO.COM. At 6:50pm, I logged onto my webcam and finalized everything At 6:55pm, I logged ...