The surprising myth about investing in real estate

May 17th, 2013

One of my most popular concepts is "Invisible Scripts," or the guiding beliefs we have that are so deeply embedded, they're often invisible. For example: "Everyone should get a college degree" "I don't have any money, so I can't go to college" "Marry someone you love" "If you rent, you're throwing money away" "Online courses are SCAMS" Here's an overview ...

When should you make the jump to work for yourself?

May 10th, 2013

Too many weirdos think that to start a business, they have to quit their job, raise millions in venture capital, and start the next Google. Uh, that sounds pretty risky to me. Is there another way? Can you start something slowly? What if you want to quit your job and start your own thing, but you have bills and you ...

VIDEO: How to use “Competence Triggers” in a salary negotiation

April 26th, 2013

The best places to people-watch are airports, clubs, and the subway. The amount of concentrated ridiculous human behavior on display is amazing. If you’re wondering why I have my sunglasses on at 2:30am at Marquee...now you know. One of the things I like looking at is something I call “Competence Triggers.” These are telltale behavioral signs of ...

How to pick a Roth IRA

April 12th, 2013

Which of these lines is a lie? Many of you have written to me telling me how you spent 150 man-hours studying the differences in Roth IRA accounts. “I don’t want to become a financial expert. I just want my money to go where it needs to go and work for me so I can get on with my ...

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Time vs. Money: When to trade DOWN

October 05th, 2012

When I graduated from college, I had a job offer from Google. They were great, saying, “You’ve been in school for 5 years...you should take a break!” I was like, “Oh I know, I was already planning it." Google: “So how long do you need? 2 weeks?” Me: “Uh, no. See you in 3 months.” Google: “That’s ...

Video: “How do I talk to a successful person?”

September 21st, 2012

NO! This is not another worthless tip that ends with “Just get out there and network!” If you ever hear me say that, please kill me. One of my readers asked me what to do if they take someone out to coffee. What should they say so they don’t come across as sleazy or just looking for a job? ...