"Trip of Compassion"  — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

"Trip of Compassion" — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

“I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.”  – Actual patient featured in “Trip of Compassion” This post is about the most compelling movie I’ve seen in the last year. I first watched “Trip of Compassion” about six months ago, when I was sent a link to a private …

Forget New Year's Resolutions and Conduct a 'Past Year Review' Instead

Forget New Year's Resolutions and Conduct a 'Past Year Review' Instead

I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. I did my first PYR after …

Transcript: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman

Transcript: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman

When Reid Hoffman — who is rightly called “the Oracle of Silicon Valley” by many tech giants — returned to the podcast, I figured it would be popular, but it exploded. Many of you have asked for the transcript of our conversation, so you can find it below. More accurately, it’s a draft script, so …

Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month

Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month

I do an exercise called “fear-setting” at least once a quarter, often once a month. It is the most powerful exercise I do.   Fear-setting has produced my biggest business and personal successes, as well as repeatedly helped me to avoid catastrophic mistakes. The above TED talk gives you an overview, and the below text …

Tony Robbins: How to Suffer Less (and Invest Intelligently)

Tony Robbins: How to Suffer Less (and Invest Intelligently)

Whether you’d like to avoid unnecessary emotional suffering or unnecessary financial suffering, this post has something for you. In my second podcast with Tony Robbins, he said that all fear comes from three triggers: loss, less, and never. He mentioned this in passing, and many of you asked for more details. This post will cover …

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

(Photo: Michael Matti) The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang Discipline equals freedom. – Jocko Willink This post will attempt to teach you how to say “no” when it matters most. At the very least, it will share my story of getting there. It’s a doozy. Here’s the short version: I’m …

Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), Losing 100+ Pounds, and Breaking Down The Complex (#76)

Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), Losing 100+ Pounds, and Breaking Down The Complex (#76)

Our conversation took place in a barrel sauna like this. “It’s [about] getting closer to the source and not being distracted by any nonsense…” – Rick Rubin Rick Rubin has been called “the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years” by MTV. Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep …