Everybody wants to write a book

There's a difference between loving something and loving the idea of something. This is why studying the classics sounds so romantic, but reading Herodotus feels like playing that eat-licorice-from-both-ends-with-someone-you-like, except with a large and indelicate woodpecker. I recently found 3 articles that summed this up nicely. The first was a New York Times article by Joseph Epstein. He wrote about ...

8 stupid frat-boy business ideas

First of all, let me say that I loved writing this. See, when I was in college, I would walk by the Quad and see a poster for some new book-exchange service literally every week. "SCREW THE BOOKSTORE!!!" it would say. "TRADE YOUR USED BOOKS WITH THIS NEW SERVICE!" The idea is that bookstores charge too much, so why not ...

What will you look back at yourself and say?

In a recent interview, Seth Godin talks about about recruiting and marketing in a beautiful way. Try substituting your job for his examples and see how this applies to you: "Do you want to invest your personal brand, your personal time, in recruiting that's not getting you anywhere? Or are you actively trying to change it or leave?" And what ...

Announcing The Sethi Scholarships

Today I'm really happy to announce The Sethi Scholarships for Young Entrepreneurs. These scholarships are for young entrepreneurs to make a difference. Right now, I'm limiting applications to high school seniors from my old high school. I'll open up the applications to others as soon as I can. This is something I've wanted to do ever since I got my ...

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Guy tracks commute, gets 38% increase in vacation

Remember when I wrote 10 things about yourself that would surprise you, where I asked what would happen if you tracked things like how far you walk per day, how much you spend, how often you talk to your family, etc? A guy named Brandon U. Hansen actually did. He tracked his commute--the thing we all complain about--for a year ...

April 3 = Call Your Ass Out day

2006 is already 25% over. Around mid-February, people start to forget their New Year's resolutions, or they start rationalizing them away: "Well, I'll go to the gym next week but I'm so busy this week" blah blah blah. I'm going to issue 2 challenges today: First, don't forget. Redouble your efforts on whatever resolutions you made. It's funny how so ...