How to get rich, without getting lucky?

If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know that I’m not into Twitter. Not because I hate it, but there’s just too much going on. I find that distracting. The only reason I go to the site these days is when someone on LinkedIn or email or one of the countless newsletters…… Continue reading How to get rich, without getting lucky?

How do you ask good questions?

I love Tyler Cowen’s work, even though I’m not that into Economics. But Tyler has a knack for simplifying concepts and asking questions that make everything he writes easy to understand. You should check out his daily (sometimes several times a day) blog for fresh insights on culture, economics, and beyond. Today, one of his…… Continue reading How do you ask good questions?

The Mad Men’s guide to writing stellar copy (part 1)

I’ve been developing my swipe file collection of some of the most incredible ads and copywriters. While researching for great fodder, I bumped into this fantastic post by the good folks at CopyHackers.com. If you’ve been looking for “rules” for writing compelling copy that gets read, shared, and converted, look no further. This might be…… Continue reading The Mad Men’s guide to writing stellar copy (part 1)

How does Ryan Holiday read?

I love this tweet from October 2020 that Ryan reposted recently. How I Read: Every dayOne book at a timeOnly physicalWith a penGoing down rabbit holes (find the next book in the current one)Transfer the knowledge to notes afterwards I know a lot is going on there. And for most people, Ryan’s approach will be…… Continue reading How does Ryan Holiday read?

Curating content in 2021?

Here’s a note I found in Evernote dated July 23, 2015, on content curation. Pick a topic or an article that intrigues youJot down the key messageSearch for the key message and pick up 5 to 10 authority websites that comment or speak on the same topic/key messagesReview them and snip important partsOutline your thoughts…… Continue reading Curating content in 2021?

Resumes have become a joke!

As someone constantly on the lookout for talent to either staff or recruit, I come across many resumes. And barring a few, most resumes suck! And I think that’s because everyone knows how to write a “good resume,” thanks to the internet or the business comms class in college or that $14 book that picked…… Continue reading Resumes have become a joke!

The man in the arena

On April 23, 1910, at around 3 pm at the Sorbonne (aka The University of) Paris, Ted Roosevelt delivered a rousing speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.” Little did Ted know that even a full 110 years after that event, people would still…… Continue reading The man in the arena

Stuff that Tom Whitwell has documented since 2014

Wait up, who the hell is Tom Whitwell? For all I know, he’s a consultant with Fluxx, a design and innovation company, and a former journalist whom I accidentally discovered, thanks to his Medium post on the list of things he learned in 2020. And from there I found he’s been documenting all he’s learned…… Continue reading Stuff that Tom Whitwell has documented since 2014

Chop the wood, carry the water

Oh, I so much love this piece from The Practice by Seth Godin.  161. Layman Pang, more than a thousand years ago, wrote: My daily activities are not unusual, I’m just naturally in harmony with them. Grasping nothing, discarding nothing. Drawing water and chopping wood. That’s a routine without any drama, tension, commentary, judgement, or expectation.…… Continue reading Chop the wood, carry the water

Almost no writing happens in a state of inspiration, but perspiration…

I’ve wanted to be a writer since the day my 9th grade English teacher praised my essay in front of the class. It was one of the greatest moments of my adolescent life.  And since that day, twenty-one years ago, I’ve been trying to find the time and inspiration to write similar essays. While I’ve…… Continue reading Almost no writing happens in a state of inspiration, but perspiration…