The $22 Million-Dollar Man

January 27th, 2011

In this week’s challenge of my 30-day hustling course, I asked you to negotiate one thing before Wednesday night.  We got some interesting results... ...because hardly anyone even tried it! Compare that to week 1, I asked you to identify one positive script and automate it into your life. I got over 300 terrific comments. Why? Because it’s ...

The master of persuasion: Interview with BJ Fogg

January 21st, 2011

How do you use persuasion to change others’ behavior -- or your own? 2 days ago, I held a live Q&A with my mentor, Stanford psychologist BJ Fogg. He’s the father of the field of Captology -- Computers As Persuasive Technologies -- and he taught me most of what I learned in psychology and persuasion early on. ...

Why personal finance “experts” continue giving worthless advice

August 05th, 2010

Today, I'll share a behavioral-change technique that's helped me create a New York Times best-selling book, a blog that's been read by millions of people, and a course on earning money that has helped my students earn hundreds of thousands of dollars on the side. In 1954, researchers Hastorf and Cantril published a seminal study in The Journal of Abnormal ...

Attention annoying hypocrites: Stop being judgmental about your friends’ money habits

May 24th, 2010

When was the last time you judged your friends for their poor spending choices? I do it. You do it. We all do it, saying "YOUR spending is bad, but mine is good." And chances are, we're usually right -- since most people are terrible with their spending, they probably can't afford those shoes, trips, or restaurants they're always buying. ...

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Student loans and financial aid: How to save $23,000

April 01st, 2010

When it comes to student loans, financial aid, and higher education, everyone's got an opinion. They just usually happen to be wrong. When I was in high school, it drove me crazy to hear people saying things like, "Oh, I'm not going to apply to Harvard. Even if I could get in, there's no way I could afford the tuition." ...

How to get 150,000 people to read your blog post in 1 week (and how I did it)

May 20th, 2009

When I started blogging in 2004, I took a good look around at other blogs, calmly chewed a cookie in my dorm room, and then vomited. There were only about 12 big personal-finance blogs back then, and yet even in 2004, I noticed the trend of new bloggers complaining about why they couldn't get covered by the Big Blogs. Today, ...