Blog Category: Inspiration

Top 10 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

I haven’t written in 24 hours. I feel sick now. Like my brain is empty. Like maybe my brain has decided it will never write again. Like maybe I’m a failure now.…

I haven’t written in 24 hours. I feel sick now. Like my brain is empty. Like maybe my brain has decided it will never write again. Like maybe I’m a failure now. All I’ve wanted to do for the past 30 years is write every day and now it’s finished. I can’t even feed my […]

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The Last Time I Made a New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Eve, 1994, I was completely lost. I was about to be fired. My girlfriend had broken up with me. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without pretending…

New Year’s Eve, 1994, I was completely lost. I was about to be fired. My girlfriend had broken up with me. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without pretending to be a human. I was 26 and I felt like I was faking being a real person who could smile and talk […]

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Shake Things Up Every Day

“My boss came in and told me the police were waiting for me,” he said. He was very political and I thought, as these things go, that the police maybe didn’t like…

“My boss came in and told me the police were waiting for me,” he said. He was very political and I thought, as these things go, that the police maybe didn’t like his politics. He was from another country if that counts. We were at breakfast. I didn’t know him too well and figured, OK, […]

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You Can’t Do That

“You can’t do that,” she told me. Cindy was a VP in the marketing department. I was on my way to see the CEO of HBO. I was a junior analyst programmer…

“You can’t do that,” she told me. Cindy was a VP in the marketing department. I was on my way to see the CEO of HBO. I was a junior analyst programmer in the IT department. A very exciting job. I made $40,700 per year. It was 1995. I lived on a foam futon and […]

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Most People Are Evil Idiots. Now What?

You decide to plagiarize one of the most successful books ever. You take a book that won the National Book Award and you retype it from scratch and pretend it’s yours. You…

You decide to plagiarize one of the most successful books ever. You take a book that won the National Book Award and you retype it from scratch and pretend it’s yours. You submit it to 20 publishers. You put a fake name on it. 100% of the publishers send back rejection letters. They hated it! […]

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How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People

“He beat his wife to the point where her face was split open,” our friend told us at lunch. “Then they called a private doctor who came over to the house to…

“He beat his wife to the point where her face was split open,” our friend told us at lunch. “Then they called a private doctor who came over to the house to sew up his wife’s face.” I was having a hard time picturing it. “How do you know?” I asked. “I spoke to the […]

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Altucher’s Book Club: How to Live to the Age of 200

When you land in Dallas, they hand out conspiracy theories at the airport. JFK was shot in the throat. Then shot in the head. But who did it? On the Uber from…

When you land in Dallas, they hand out conspiracy theories at the airport. JFK was shot in the throat. Then shot in the head. But who did it? On the Uber from the airport, the Uber driver told us, “JFK switched his route at the last minute so THEY called ahead to see if anyone […]

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