How to ask for something from an important person (and actually get it)

January 20th, 2014

Today, I’ll show you the actual email I used to get bestselling authors and famous celebrities to contribute to an ebook I put together. Hint: the email does not look like this (an actual email I received): With emails like these, I hope you appreciate the mental fortitude it takes to not go insane every day of my life. ...

I took great pleasure in saying NO

January 09th, 2014

A weird thing happened over the last 8 weeks. I started getting scattered messages from people who couldn’t subscribe to my email list, no matter how many times they tried. After I got more than 10 emails, I decided it wasn’t PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard), and I had an IWT analyst look into it. We ...

How to stop feeling guilty

January 07th, 2014

We’re talking about the Year of Unapologetic Mastery. Yesterday I asked you to tell me what one of the skeptical people in your life -- including yourself -- would say to hold you back. The comments are DISTURBING. If I had any emotions or functioning tear ducts, I would have cried. Look at this comment: “I’m my own ...

2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

January 05th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my mom and dad. About halfway through, my mom cleared her throat. "You know, I was hoping I could go to India next year," she said. "Oh really?" I said, knowing where this was going. "When are you thinking?" "Maybe in January." "It would be nice if you could send me ...

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Watch everyone else set New Year’s resolutions. You know better.

January 01st, 2014

Happy New Year! Each year, I start off with a theme for the year. 2012 was the year of mastering the game being played around you. 2013 was the year of taking control. What will 2014 be? To come up with the answer, a few months ago, I asked some of my readers for their toughest questions. I was hoping ...

3 archetypes of social weirdos

November 24th, 2013

I got a great question about social skills. “How do you talk productively and amicably with a boss whose long-windedness turns every conversation into a never ending monologue? I feel like my inability to get a word in edgewise with him prevents me from getting any respect from him.” -Mariko Which reminded me of a bunch of archetypes I’ve ...