What to say when you meet someone you admire

This week, we're talking about mastery. Maybe you want to be better at cooking or fashion or writing. Please god don’t tell me you want to improve your skills at tax-loss harvesting. I have enough nerds for readers. So here’s a question: What do you do when you meet someone you admire? I’ve stood there before tongue-tied. ...

I was humbled

I want to talk about mythical “unicorns” -- people who are so good at what they do, you almost cannot believe it. These people exist. When I was younger and an arrogant, stupid 20-something guy, I couldn’t believe someone could actually be better than me at something. Then I grew up and learned the meaning of being humbled. In ...

What happens when women earn more than men?

I’ve written about gender and money before. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman -- for a lot of people, this is one of the greatest taboos you can possibly talk about (even more than people anonymously sharing their salaries). Yes, men and women react to money differently. Yes, they have different scripts. And yes, ...

Win 2 roundtrip tickets to Hawaii

I’ve been to Hawaii a few times. Once, I got invited to speak there for some financial event, so I got all excited and packed for a 4-day trip. When I got there, I realized I’d forgotten flip-flops, so I went down to the gift shop to get some. $55 for flip-flops!! This was years ago, when I ...

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