The Year of Unapologetic Matery

2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

10 Little Life Hacks You Can Use Today

I was giving a talk in Boston recently and I made a joke that nobody has ever accused me of being humble [laughter]...but I was humble enough to know I’m wrong at least 50% of the time. And the only way I can figure that out is to TEST my theories. For example, Aziz Ansari and Chris Rock ...

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Classic line: “She should like me for who I am”

I have friends right now -- guys in their early 30s -- who haven’t had a relationship in years. They want one. They’re ready to meet somebody. But they haven’t really met or touched a woman (even her elbow) in years. Women don’t really get this since they don’t have this problem. So the natural ...

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How to Acquire Any New Skill in 20 Hours or Less

When I moved to New York, a friend of mine took me out for lunch to welcome me to the city. While we were eating, he made an offhand comment that stuck with me: “Besides work, most people hardly ever leave the 3-block area they live in.” Years later, after living here, I realize how right he is. We get ...