Protest is a Poor Substitute for Living

You don't have to be against something to be for something else. You can like what you like without feeling oppressed by the fact that others do not share your preferences and proclivities. Any felt need to combat those who don't agree reveals a desire to gain their acceptance, which reveals a lack…


Smart People Say Stuff About...Backup Plans

Are backup plans an absolute must, or can they actually do more harm than good? How can you think about and mitigate risk while not holding yourself back? I asked seven smart, interesting people to give me their take on the concept of backup plans. None of them heard each other's take and I gave no…


Ask Isaac: Goals - Hate 'em? Love 'em? Use 'em? Shove 'em?

I'm not big on goal setting, yet I think consistent structure is key to achieving what you want (even if what you want isn't perfectly defined). I discuss this and a few other items on this episode. Check out the episode sponsor, The Foundation for Economic Education to apply for an amazing…


A New Approach Next Month

After daily blogging for over a year, I'm going to try mixing things up for February and March.  In part because I'll be in Ecuador most of the time, in part because I want to make myself write longer stuff more often, in part because I'm curious and I like change.  I'll still be writing…


My Ceaseless Quest to Make Myself Useless

I'm on a ceaseless quest.  This quest it based on a belief about myself and the world: For everything that I do there is someone somewhere who can do it better. When I start doing something new my quest is always to find the person who can do it better and hand over the reins as soon as possible.…


How to Get Ahead

Want to get ahead in your life and career?  Here's a really simple way to think about and approach it: Find something someone is currently doing that you can do better.  Convince them to hire you to do it for them. That's it.  That's pretty much how every job and customer has ever been won. So how…


Episode 46: Counseling the Counselors, with Joe Sanok of Practice of the Practice

Joe Sanok is one of the most enterprising people I know.  We are old friends who started a band and a nonprofit together a decade and a half ago.  We both went our way and haven't regularly kept up.  But Joe hasn't stopped finding creative ways to build things and provide and capture value. He…


What the Heck Are 'PDP's' and Why Are They So Awesome?

I've written before about the power of daily challenges, about how simply eliminating unwanted elements from your life is often better than trying to achieve some lofty goal, and about how identifying and overcoming obstacles one at a time can be better than plotting a perfect long-term path. All…


The Power of Broke

Yesterday I listened to an episode of the James Altucher Podcast with FUBU founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John.  It was awesome. John talked about his new book, "The Power of Broke".  What a great title.  The subtitle is, "How empty pockets, a tight budget, and a hunger for success can become…