Do Self-help Books Really Work? My answer…

No. I was at a dinner party last month. Someone said I had written a self-help book. The host of the dinner, a psychiatrist, asked, “Oh? Are you a psychologist?” I said, “No.” He immediately disliked me. I felt it. Whatever. I didn’t care. But I don’t write self-help books. Most of my books are […] Read On…

I Learned A Big Lesson…

Ugh, I’m so embarrassed it’s disgusting. I’m an awful human being. I moved out of an apartment and I asked for my security deposit back. I had hired someone to clean the apartment and leave it spotless. But after I asked for my deposit back the landlord’s agent sent me some photos of the way […] Read On…

373 – Sasha Cohen: How to Relentlessly Pursue Your Dream

“I knew I wanted to be at the Olympics one day,” Sasha Cohen said. “Even though I didn’t fully understand what it was. I just knew this was when the whole world stopped.” It was 1992. And Sasha had just seen Kristi Yamaguchi win the gold medal. She and a million other young girls were […] Read On…

A Letter I Would Send To My Teenage Self

When you called Steve G. and said, “Do you think I’m so ugly that no girl will ever like me?” and he said, “Maybe in college or later someone will like you”, remember to not listen to him. In fact, probably better not to ask that question but I know that is a big ask. […] Read On…

THE END OF AMERICA (from an optimist’s perspective)

I’m usually accused of being too much of an optimist. When someone tells me “global warming” I immediately think, “Good thing people are working on alt-energy solutions.” When someone tells me “automation will crush jobs” I think, “Well, look at what happened when ATMs supposedly were going to replace bank tellers. Nothing. The cost savings […] Read On…