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The Panic Might Be Worse Than the Virus: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

We see this every time. Every. Single. Time. Something unknown happens. The worst-case scenario is assumed. People behave irrationally in a panic. A billion arguments happen on Twitter and Facebook while the…

We see this every time. Every. Single. Time. Something unknown happens. The worst-case scenario is assumed. People behave irrationally in a panic. A billion arguments happen on Twitter and Facebook while the market collapses. Then… more knowledge is gained. Uncertainty is resolved. People calm down. The market recovers. And we move onto the next crisis […]

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How to Find Your Passion, Your Unfair Advantage, and Make Money

Dean had severe dyslexia and couldn’t read. Grew up in a trailer park. Got forgotten in school. People said he wouldn’t amount to anything. He didn’t go to college. “I didn’t have…

Dean had severe dyslexia and couldn’t read. Grew up in a trailer park. Got forgotten in school. People said he wouldn’t amount to anything. He didn’t go to college. “I didn’t have any money,” he said. “But I loved fixing things. Building things. I wanted to follow my passion.” Now he’s worth $50 million, and […]

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10 Years a Drug Addict

In 2010 I became a full-blown drug addict. I had gotten divorced a few years earlier. I’d been broke at least three times by 2010. I had lost two homes by then.…

In 2010 I became a full-blown drug addict. I had gotten divorced a few years earlier. I’d been broke at least three times by 2010. I had lost two homes by then. I had failed at many businesses. Many times I had considered suicide or, at the very least, had no idea how I was […]

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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

I’m trying a new thing that’s important to me. There’s constant fear mongering on tons of issues. When Iran got in the news, my kids were worried it was the end of…

I’m trying a new thing that’s important to me. There’s constant fear mongering on tons of issues. When Iran got in the news, my kids were worried it was the end of the world and they would be drafted. So I did a podcast with an expert (as opposed to a spectator on Facebook shouting […]

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Sample Idea List: 10 Possible First Sentences for a Work of Fiction

I write 10 ideas a day to exercise my “idea muscle.” The idea of the “10 ideas” exercise is not to produce good or bad ideas but just to exercise the creativity…

I write 10 ideas a day to exercise my “idea muscle.” The idea of the “10 ideas” exercise is not to produce good or bad ideas but just to exercise the creativity muscle. To become an idea machine. They don’t have to be business ideas. Or actionable ideas. It’s just exercise. It’s just to get […]

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Every Decision Is a Fear Decision or a Growth Decision

My dad became a broken man. His business zeroed out, his life savings were gone, he stopped sleeping. When nothing else worked, he went on lithium to stabilize the depression. He cried…

My dad became a broken man. His business zeroed out, his life savings were gone, he stopped sleeping. When nothing else worked, he went on lithium to stabilize the depression. He cried in super markets, at parent teacher conferences, in front of me. He wanted me to come home for Thanksgiving. It was my final […]

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Bono Just Gave Me Advice

Bono stepped into the elevator of the hotel with four of his friends. I stepped toward the back. Last night, I spoke at Scribd about the habits of billionaires. I wonder if…

Bono stepped into the elevator of the hotel with four of his friends. I stepped toward the back. Last night, I spoke at Scribd about the habits of billionaires. I wonder if they eat breakfast. I imagined my next taste of bacon. Mmmm. The three of us already in the elevator moved over and made […]

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