Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get Loved Ones to Lose Weight

Darya Pino Rose, PhD, and her dad, who transformed himself after years of resistance. “Families are like fudge: mostly sweet with a few nuts.” – Anonymous “Language is a means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.” – Mark Amidon Losing fat yourself is one thing. Readers of this blog have …

How a First-Time Author Got a 7-Figure Book Deal

  This man was paid $1,000,000+ for a book…and he’s dressed like a cow. Pic from a 4-Hour Chef sidebar that sadly had to be cut due to space constraints. [This is a companion post to “How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies“] This guest post by John Romaniello will explain …

Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch

NSFW: Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. This film has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The above video was first sent to me by a star EMC sales rep in 2000. EMC was then the 800-pound gorilla of data storage, and I was fresh out of college at my first job. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with …

How I Blog — The 21 WordPress Plugins That Keep Me Sane

So, you want a high-traffic blog… (Photo: Bill Gracey) The following post can be considered Part II in a series on how I blog. Part I, which covers mostly everything not below, is titled “How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself.” Beginning at the Beginning My very first blog post of all time …

The 5 Top-Performing American Apparel Ads, and How They Get PR for Free (NSFW)

Above and below are five American Apparel ad campaigns that ran for less than $1,500 each. Designed to get attention and create controversy, they were covered in AdWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail, NBC, Gawker, and dozens of other outlets and blogs. Despite this minuscule budget, they did millions of earned media impressions all over …

Some Languages I Really Enjoy

The Internet is mean! Wahhhhh… (photo: Storyvillegirl) Every time I stumble across a “Tim Ferriss claims to speak…” post regarding Spanish, Japanese, or whatnot, an orphaned kitten loses a small part of its soul. And then I cry. Granted, I’m no master hyperpolyglot, but on my best days, I can speak five languages to differing …

Playing B-Ball with Obama: 6 Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your Bucket List

Let us start with a quote, often misattributed to Goethe: “Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise …

How to Become an Effective CEO: Chief Emotions Officer

Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels Chip Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he began at age 26 and built to more than 30 properties in California alone. In 2010, Joie de Vivre was awarded the #1 customer service award in the U.S. by Market Metrix (Upper Upscale hotel …

Tim Ferriss Getting His Ass Kicked + How to Survive a Physical Attack (Video Series)

This post might seem odd, as it starts with a random sequence from a random skill. There are three reasons for this: 1) I like to expose readers to things they’ve never explored. 2) The best long-term policy for keeping a blog fun to read (and write) is to cover things that subsets of your …