Blog Category: The Daily Practice

What I Learned from my First Podcast Guest in 1980 and What I Learned from My Last Podcast Guest (Yesterday)

I had a tape recorder and I was trying to tape a phone conversation with US Senator Bill Bradley by having one phone off the hook in another room and having an…

I had a tape recorder and I was trying to tape a phone conversation with US Senator Bill Bradley by having one phone off the hook in another room and having an old-fashioned tape recorder right next to it. I faked being sick that day. (“I threw up in my throat but swallowed it back […]

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FAQ On How To Become An Idea Machine

I was out of ideas when I googled “how to kill myself”. I was sure that three things were going to happen: I’d go broke (and then my 3 year old would…

I was out of ideas when I googled “how to kill myself”. I was sure that three things were going to happen: I’d go broke (and then my 3 year old would starve to death), nobody would kiss me ever again, and I would die because of course self worth = net worth (duh!). I […]

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The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine

The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you get stronger. In life, when the…

The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you get stronger. In life, when the gun is to your head, you either figure it out, or you die. When you cut yourself open, you bleed ideas. If you’re […]

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THERE'S NO PAINLESS WAY TO KILL YOURSELF

I gave my 11 year old daughter important advice the other day: there’s no painless way to kill yourself. “What about with a gun?” she said. I told her about a friend…

I gave my 11 year old daughter important advice the other day: there’s no painless way to kill yourself. “What about with a gun?” she said. I told her about a friend of mine who shot himself in the mouth. He put the gun in his mouth and pointed upwards towards the brain. He missed. […]

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Dear James in 2050

Dear James in 2050, I kind of hope you are not alive in 2050 but I’m going to write to you anyway. If you read this I hope you have already done…

Dear James in 2050, I kind of hope you are not alive in 2050 but I’m going to write to you anyway. If you read this I hope you have already done what I am going to suggest here. I hope you forgive yourself for not always being there when your kids were growing up. […]

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Three Stories About Billionaires

I’m a little nervous about hitting “publish” on this post because it’s definitely going to go viral in the massive very close-knit billionaire community. You know, the many people who post anonymously…

I’m a little nervous about hitting “publish” on this post because it’s definitely going to go viral in the massive very close-knit billionaire community. You know, the many people who post anonymously on Internet message boards. Claudia and I led a retreat a few weekends ago about yoga and some of the other things I’ve […]

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The Six People You Must Find Today

Here’s a little story that must be told. Six people out of seven billion people were sent from deep space on a mission to Earth. Each of these people contains a part…

Here’s a little story that must be told. Six people out of seven billion people were sent from deep space on a mission to Earth. Each of these people contains a part of a hidden message encoded in their DNA. You have twenty four hours to find all six people, to reach into their DNA […]

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