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This Little Decision Changed The Course of My Career

In the summer of 2019, my wife and I took our two sons for a hike in the Lost Pines Forest in Bastrop, Texas. It was a Saturday or a Sunday. I had a bunch of articles to write, but I put it aside and decided to spend some time outside with the kids in the shade of the prehistoric loblolly forest about thirty minutes from our house.  It was a lovely...

Life Happens in Public. Get Used to It.

This piece is excerpted from my forthcoming book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors The Brave. Part 1 of the book is about the forces that stand between you and doing what you want, can, and should. It’s about the battle we all fight—the battle against fear. Because real greatness is impossible if we don’t win that battle, if we don’t learn how to...

The Perfect Day Begins with a Good Evening (or My Night Time Routine)

All the talk about morning routines makes it easy to overlook that a good morning is impossible without a good evening.  I am reminded just how essential a good evening routine is as I write this from an RV in Balmorhea, Texas—as I drive across the country to do some media for my new book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors The Brave (awesome pre-order...

These Are 23 Great Rules To Be A Productive Creative

Yesterday, I announced on Instagram that my newest book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors The Brave, is available for preorder. It will be my 12th book in 10 years, and so there were a bunch of comments from people who wondered how I was able to get another one done so quickly.  How do you write books faster than I read them?  What’s your secret...

Why We Need a Statue of Responsibility

I was honored to have been asked to write a piece for the By Invitation series in The Economist, they couldn’t run all of it, so I thought I’d send the longer version here. Enjoy! The Statue of liberty was a gift from France to America, commemorating the two nations’ friendship and shared love of freedom. Completed in 1886, it marked one of the world’s...

Believing In Yourself is Overrated. This is Better.

“If I don’t believe in myself, who will?” It’s a good question. A seductive one. An empowering but innocuous phrase has been inscribed on a million inspirational quote images, been the subject of countless self-help books and TED Talks.  Believe in yourself! Fake it until you make it! The problem is that it’s bullshit. Great people don’t have to...

This is The Real Plague To Avoid

Last week I did a piece for the New York Daily News, they couldn’t run all of it, so I thought I’d send the longer version here. Enjoy! It’s alarming to see how relevant Trust Me I’m Lying has turned out to be, but here we are… At the first vaccine clinic I worked at here in a small town outside Austin, Texas, the county vaccinated more than 2,000...

18 Things I Stole From Some of History’s Greatest Leaders

People think that leadership is something that just happens. One is anointed a leader. One is promoted to leadership. One is born into leadership. And of course, this is not the case. “Leadership,” Eisenhower said, “is the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.” Which means that, like any art, leadership...

Everything You Say Yes To Is Saying No To Something Else

It is with some pride that I can think of some “big” things I have passed on doing. Tickets to the Super Bowl. A trip to Necker Island. More than a few different book deals. I’m not proud because I think I am better than those things, it was just that I had better things to do with that time, at that time. Sometimes it was family, sometimes it was...

Don’t Go To Business School. Read These 18 Books Instead

Warren Buffett considers the foundation of his multi-billion dollar empire to be a book. At 19 years old, he bought a copy of The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. We don’t know exactly what he paid for it, but in the early 1950s, a hardcover typically went for $1.30. Today, Buffett’s worth $108.7 billion, having given away some $37 billion to...

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