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The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

The Three Skills You Need to Be Successful (and How to Learn Them)

There are many different opinions out there on what it takes to become financially successful. Some will say it’s due to luck, inheritance, hard work, cheating, risk-taking, genius, and so on. According to Michael Ellsberg, author of The Education of Millionaires, success is based upon three essential skills: marketing, sales, and leadership. Surprisingly, these are […]

Market Like You Mean It by Al Lautenslager

5 Ways to Market Effectively

The biggest lie a salesperson can tell themselves: “the product sells itself.” The “build it and they will come” philosophy doesn’t work. A business can have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, no one will buy it. Selling a product requires getting attention. Getting attention requires effective marketing. […]

The Good News About What's Bad For You/The Bad News About What's Good for You byJeff Wilser

The Bad News About What’s Good for You

Everything in moderation. Simple advice we’ve all heard before. Yet we crave structure; we need absolutes. We need someone to tell us what to do – what’s right and what’s wrong. Popular diets dictate what’s holy and taboo. Don’t eat meat, don’t eat grains, don’t eat fat. Eat kale. The media only highlights the 10% […]

Daring Greatly book by Brene Brown

The Shame of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is one of those overused answers bad interviewees use as their “greatest weakness”. “My greatest weakness is…[insert feigned look of guilt/humility]…I’m a perfectionist. Oh, and I’m also a raging alcoholic.” But the idea of perfection, seductive as it may be, is an impractical and unattainable goal. Perfectionism slows down progress and makes us afraid […]

What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo

Why You Shouldn’t Always Trust Your Brain

Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I always order the same thing: General Tso’s chicken. Basically, the most Americanized (and best) item on the menu. Ask me to order something different and you’ll get a firm “NO” and an stern look of disapproval. Sure it may seem boring. But will I change my way […]

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

How I Quadrupled My Income Last Month

I used to hate money. Or at least I acted like it. I used to always say things like: “Money isn’t everything” “Money won’t make you happy” “Rich people are greedy/cheaters” “It’s easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle…blah blah blah” What’s funny is that most people would agree with […]

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

The Surprising Truth About Passion

I remember being a young, hopeful college student gearing up for the workforce. Out of all the career advice I got, probably the most popular was: “Follow your passion! Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!” But is it really that simple? Or is “follow your dreams” just an […]

The Way of the Seal by Mark Divine

How to Build Mental Toughness

Even if you’re not an Adam Sandler fan, you’d have to admit that Happy Gilmore was one of his better movies. I mean, who doesn’t love Shooter McGavin? Arrogant, scheming, self-aggrandizing – a real charmer! So why does he end up losing in the end? Sure, no one wants the bad guy to win. But […]

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

How to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Why is it that so many people struggle with self-esteem? I mean, there’s TONS of information out there on how to build it. And yet most of the problems we have – narcissism, social anxiety, anger, jealousy, addiction, depression, apathy – can all be linked to low self-esteem. So what’s the deal? For some, it […]

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul

The Secret to Not Losing

On September 12, 2013, I officially became an investor! I bought my first stock. It was exciting. Champagne flowed. I had spent the past eight months diligently studying the Intelligent Investor and learning how to analyze companies. My strategy was simple: invest only in well-managed, stable, undervalued companies with long term prospects. I wasn’t going […]

Letting Go by David Hawkins

Learn to Handle Stress and Emotions the Right Way

Why do people get so pissed off when they lose at chess? For instance, take this player who I had just beaten on who sent me a hate taco: “The real world would KILL you!!” …said the honest, successful, confident man. It seems so incredibly stupid when someone else is a poor sport, especially […]

Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

Radical Honesty: How to Stop Lying to Everyone

One year ago, I was in an airport gathering my luggage when I noticed that one of the wheels on my new (and expensive) bag had been brutally snapped off during flight. Annoyed, I dragged my bag to the customer service center, but since I had no travel insurance, they staunchly refused to do ANYTHING. […]

Power vs. Force by David Hawkins

The Reason Most People Fail in Life

In 2011, I got my ass kicked. Publicly. I had decided to try out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). It was my second class, and I had been rolling (sparring) with other newbies and first-timers. I had no wrestling or BJJ experience, and although I’m definitely no Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, I was able to overpower most of […]

The Meaning of Anxiety by Rollo May

What Anxiety Means and What to Do About It

On August 10, 2013, a piece of fabric saved my life. I was hurled out of a plane at 13,000 feet in the air wearing nothing but a blue jump suit and carrying a full-grown man on my back. Luckily, he had the foresight to bring a parachute. Not only was this the first time […]

The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

6 Mind-bending Illusions That Control Your Reality

How observant are you? Before continuing through this article, take a minute to take this quick visual assessment. DO IT. Now that you’ve watched this video, you’ll understand the meaning behind the title The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. This book lists six illusions that shape our memories and perspectives. Are you […]

Addictive Thinking_Abraham Twerksi

How to Break Your Addiction

We may all be subject to addictive thinking, and often without even knowing it. Addictive Thinking, by Dr. Abraham Twerski, details the irrational nature of the addict and brings to light the emotional and psychological torment behind addiction. Addictive thinking has three characteristics: denial, projection, and rationalization. In denial, the addict is consciously unaware of […]

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

Are You Making the Right Choices?

I feel like most of psychology exists to tell us that we’re wrong about everything. It seems that every book I read reveals yet another way in which my beliefs and ideas are mistaken or deluded. What really fascinates me is how our minds are incredibly biased, and it’s extremely difficult for us to notice […]

What I Learned from Reading 50 Books this Year

As of October 5, 2015, I have officially become a man! And no, there were no surgeries or bar mitzvahs involved – instead, I read 50 books so far this year. This is a goal I set at the beginning of 2015 that was inspired by the claim that the average CEO reads 60 books […]

The Truth About Why We Buy

Can you spot the difference between these two bags? In case you didn’t notice, the bag on the left is made of synthetic leather, while the one on the right is made entirely of trash straight out the back alley dumpster. The bag on the left: $40. The scraps of litter on the right: $150,000. […]

Important Advice for Starting a Business

My colleagues are downright GENIUSES. At least that’s the impression I get from their conversations. They’re all professional football commentators, corporate consultants, and foreign policy experts, not to mention expert stock market analysts: “Market’s down today. Think I should sell?” “The Dow is up 250 points today! I better buy more….” God bless ’em. This […]

How to Be Less Anxious and More Creative

In my junior year of college, I was a reckless party animal. The kind that spends hours in the local coffee shop reading Nimzowitsch and practicing complex chess tactics. Alone. During these lengthy study sessions, I would be so immersed in my own mind that I’d completely forget about the outside world. I experienced this […]

Why You Should Be More Spontaneous

Most people will get these questions wrong – how many can you answer correctly? (Answers at the end of this post). 1. Which video game most greatly enhances one’s learning ability – Call of Duty, Tetris, or World of Warcraft? 2. Are you more likely to give to charity after riding up or riding down […]

How Peer Pressure Affects You…Without You Even Knowing It

“I’m unique. Just like everybody else.” When I read that on a t-shirt many years ago, I was amused by the subtle jab that it took at our naivety as human beings. Most of us think our decisions come from free will, but people have a much stronger influence on our decisions than we even […]

How to Overcome Anxiety and Nervousness

About one year ago, I had to give a presentation at work to my fourth level manager and a sea of technical experts – engineers who through years of experience have transcended all compassion for mankind. I felt nervous as I sat waiting for my turn to present. But I thought that it was bad […]

Three Types of People and Which One You Should Be

The book Relentless, by world-class sports trainer Tim Grover, discusses three types of people: Coolers, Closers, and Cleaners. In short, these types are comparable to good, great, and unstoppable. Coolers are careful, wait for instructions, and follow the leader. Closers can deliver supreme results when given explicit instructions but falter under unfamiliar or unexpected circumstances. […]

5 Lessons We Can Learn from Ronda Rousey About Self-Confidence

In August 2015, Ronda Rousey garnered worldwide attention when she knocked out Bethe Correia in UFC 190 in a mere 34 seconds. If this seems quick, this match was longer than her previous two matches combined (14 seconds against Zingano and 16 seconds against Davis). After her impressive win against Correia, three of my male […]

Why You Don’t Really Need Talent To Succeed

At five years old, most of us were in kindergarten being trained on phonics and flash cards. At five years old, Mozart, the quintessential child prodigy, was already composing his first musical pieces. At age seven, we were learning to write in cursive and reading the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or the Boxcar Children. At […]

Diet Cults – Why We Diet and What We Should Do Instead

Diet Cults, by Matt Fitzgerald, debunks many of the myths surrounding diet in our culture. Fitzgerald defines a diet cult to be a way of eating that is morally based, identity forming, and community building, and that is viewed by its followers as superior to all other ways of eating.

How Everyday Objects Affect Your Self-Esteem

We’ve all experienced frustration when dealing with a confusing product whether it was the shower knobs in a hotel room, the hotel toilets in Japan, or the twenty seven different remotes for operating a massive home entertainment system. But now we finally have a product we can all use and understand – a coffee pot […]

Influence - the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

How Ramit Sethi Sold Me a $2000 Program

September 2014: The turnaround was drastic. In only a few moments, I had completely flip-flopped from staunch refusal and impassiveness to shoveling heaps of money from my pockets like a pooper scooper in a rodeo parade. With just a few clicks, I had relinquished thousands of dollars, never to be seen again.

Give and Take by Adam Grant

The Secret to Succeeding in the Workplace

A couple weeks ago, I had an interview with a corporate executive. This is a man who has been a school teacher, tennis coach, longshoreman, gardener, and who is now one of the highest ranking executives at Boeing. However, at the end of our lively and lighthearted interview, he politely asked me not to share […]

Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Get Over Social Anxiety – Psycho-Cybernetics

Back in July, I flew out to Washington DC for the 2015 National Speakers Association Convention, a four day event filled with educational lectures, presentations, and breakout sessions. One series of presentations was called the XY Fast Five, which featured five speakers delivering five-minute speeches.

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

3 Secrets to Changing Your Habits

Back in 2007 when I was a senior in high school, I had an identity crisis and switched from being a varsity long-distance runner to a wiry, inexperienced pole vaulter. This new sport required speed and acceleration – both of which I had little. For a while, I couldn’t even clear the opening height of […]

No One Understands You and What to Do About It by Heidi Grant Halvorson

No One Understands You and What to Do About It

We all know that our reality is not shared by everyone and that our beliefs and perspectives differ based on background, education, culture, and experiences. Although we all have the same egalitarian goal – we consider ourselves to be fair and unbiased people, our perception of ourselves and other people is highly distorted.