How to stop paying credit card fees

Last year, I wrote a scathing post about the Capital One acquisition of ING. It was widely read and quoted in a Fortune profile. Days later, I received this email: “Love your site.  I work for Capital One (in IT, not the card division), and I thought you'd be amused to learn that "I Will Teach You to be Rich" ...

Introducing the 3-Week Dream Job Boot Camp

Today, a story about how a salesman sold me thousands of dollars worth of clothes I wasn’t going to buy. As you read this, try to spot the differences between an average salesman and this top-performing salesman. A couple months ago, I got an email from a sales guy at a clothing store I’ve bought from before. (I ...

The worst career advice in the world

Today, some gut-wrenching stories about the worst career advice you’ve been hearing for the last 25 years. It is truly amazing how bad most career advice is. The only comparable industry is "financial literacy," which mindlessly repeats the same 5 tips over and over, is completely out of touch with how real people use their money, and genuinely believes ...

Make art, make money — at the same time

I was speaking at a conference recently and my buddy pulled me aside. "You have to meet this guy Chase Jarvis," he told me. "He's one of the world's best photographers." Chase and I ended up sitting next to each other, and I learned some fascinating stuff about him. For example, I learned that if he gets TEN photo clients ...

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How to become world-class at finding your dream job

So I was sitting there on the floor of my dorm room, listening to the recruiter tell me about the salary they wanted to pay me, and I started cracking up. In college, when I first started seriously looking for jobs, I decided to become world-class at finding my dream job. I wanted to be able to reliably secure the ...

Case Study: Negotiating a $16,000 raise doing what others will not

Today, an in-depth look at the techniques that one of my readers, Will H., used to negotiate a $16,000 raise. Before you read, be sure to acknowledge any psychological barriers you may have about asking for a raise. For example, many people will say, “A raise? In this economy??” That is a barrier: If you are indispensable, and your ...