How to deal with rejection

Rejection sucks. It feels lousy to put yourself out there just to be crushed. When I was in college, I decided to teach a free class about personal finance and invited everyone I knew. No one showed up. An empty room.   That rejection stuck with me for years. I was afraid to throw events even after I wrote a ...

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How to be happy

How many times have you heard one of these phrases: “You should just be happy with what you have” “There’s people that have it worse that you” “Count your blessings!”   Problem solved, right? Actually, trite advice like this doesn't make us happy. Instead we just feel guilty about wanting to be happier. Like somehow wanting more means that ...

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How to break bad habits

Ask someone for advice about how to break a bad habit and watch their eyes LIGHT UP. Immediately, they’ll say “Oh! You should try this new app!” or “You should definitely read this book” or overwhelm you with a long list of tips that “worked for me!” The thing is, we already KNOW what we should do. But there's ...

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The companies that know us better than we know ourselves

Well, well, well. We have a bunch of farmers’-market geniuses reading IWT, I see. On Monday, I told you how I tried to bargain over a $10 t-shirt. A bunch of you wrote answers on why the guy didn’t take my lowball offer of $8. And -- you nailed it! The t-shirt guy knew he didn’t have ...

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How to be confident

Can you learn how to be more confident? A lot of people reflexively say “No - you're either confident or you're not.” But in my experience, that’s simply not true. Confidence is a skill and, like any other skill, you can master it over time. To show you what I mean, I want to show you one of the ...

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Goal setting is dead. Do this instead.

When it comes to goals, a lot us experience what I call the Treadmill of Disappointment. Tell me if this sounds familiar... We get really motivated to try something new. (“TODAY’S THE DAY!”) We clean the house, pay our bills on time, and finally make it to Inbox Zero. The first day or two goes okay...but then we ...

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