Blog Category: Inspiration

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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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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