This is a really weird thing that people do

If you want to see an insane example of people telling you to settle in life, look no further! Your Surrogate Asian Father, Ramit, combs the internet, to find examples of internet nutcases who think it’s OK to be mediocre at life. I don’t allow that shit. For example, my mom used to ask me why I got ...

The power of charisma: How to get people to like you — with Olivia Fox Cabane

Yesterday, I asked you to tell me about the most awkward person you know. My god. The stories were amazing. The truth is, it’s fun to joke around about the weirdos we meet. BUT we’re all awkward in different ways. For example, have you ever: Talked non-stop when you’re with friends...but froze up around new people? ...

How to create explosive growth in all areas of your life

Yesterday, we talked about “inspiration junkies” who look for pretty pictures and inspirational quotes instead of actually doing anything to improve their situation. Today, we’re going to go deeper. All I ask is that you take ONE action after reading this post. Otherwise, I swear I’m going to take a black marker, write words like “energy,” “spirit,” and “...

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When your goal is overwhelming

Years ago, I actually hired a firm to help with social media. They posted those stupid inspirational quoteboard pictures, saying things like “If you dream it, you can do it.” Or: When I logged on and saw that picture, I almost threw my laptop out of my window. Can you imagine me ever saying anything like that? After I explained ...

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How to give advice without being a jerk

I have a feeling I'm going to be really bad at dying. Here’s my plan: In my old age, about a year before I die, I'll start joking to my kids about what my last words should be. They'll get really mad and sad and shift uncomfortably in their chair because, really, who wants to talk about their dad ...

“Help! My mind ‘goes blank’ when I talk to people”

Let’s COUNT the ways that some of you have been socially awkward when meeting new people: You walk up to 2 people talking. Stand there awkwardly while waiting for one of them to notice you. Wish for death You start telling a story to a group of people and -- in the middle of it -- realize the story ...