The nut cracker ate your balls?

Here’s the scoop: If you’re male, living in UK and you’re kinda attached to your danglings… you better think twice before going swimming this summer. A weird type of fish called The Pacu, (also known as ‘The Nut Cracker’ and ‘The Ball-Cutter’) is heading to Britain. It’s favourite sport? Biting and eating human testicles! Uh oh. Says The Mirror. But …

How to make big money selling air to China

A curious one from the interwebz… (But it sort of cements the fact that you can literally sell anything… when you have a crowd that is starving for it.) Like… bottled air. And I DO mean literally. Fresh bottled air is selling like hot cakes in China right now. Don’t believe me? Google it. The pollution is becoming so critical …

The hidden risk no one’s talking about

I had my afternoon stroll around the Southbank of London the other day. At some point I passed by a bike shop and the window got my attention. A huge sign in big green stencil that said: The Right Bike Guarantee – or your money back! The right bike guarantee? Uhm, interesting. I just wrote an email about guarantees recently. …

One remarkably powerful “trick” to stop your readers cold and pay attention

Somebody was complaining how hard it is to find a job the other day… How hiring process is screwed up. How candidates should be screened anonymously… Yada, yada. He was offended by some stats that said, “33% of 2000 hiring managers claimed to have made a decision within 90 seconds.” “This shows everything that’s wrong with hiring process today,” he …

There are 3 kinds of chimpanzees invented by nature…

(Gene Schwartz’ lesson here…) The regular chimp. The pygmy chimp. And… … wait for it… … You! That’s right. Human is the third kind of chimp. What has this got to do with anything? Everything. Look, we all have 3 kinds of brains. That’s a known fact. You know… the reptilian, the mammal, the human brain. (Or whatever they’re called …

Why your money-back guarantee sucks

I was wasting time online the other day. (Nothing unusual in that…) Anyway. I was just about to start working when I came across this juicy discussion on Facebook… Money-back guarantees. Do they work? Should you have one? How generous should they be? Are you going to be screwed over? That kind of stuff. Listen to this guy’s reasons why …

I’m doing it with one hand only…

On a whim, I decided to do Ramit’s Hell Week challenge. The point is to push through your perceived limits and do things 20x. Day one – 21 minute plank hold. Oh… my… god. I am typing this with my right hand because my left one…. is still just a sack of wobbly jelly. I can’t raise it above my …

If you don’t pay, you don’t pay attention

Or how to stop attracting hostile freebie seekers. Let me ask you this. How many times did you get something for free or very cheap… and then you never even opened it or used it at all? How about all the times you agreed to do something for free or very cheap… just to find yourself unappreciated? Or worse, those …

When your emails become a tossed salad

I had some salad for lunch the other day. It was one of those quick “I don’t really care what I toss inside as long as it’s green and crunchy” salads you do when you have no desire to spend more than a MINUTE in the kitchen. God knows what was inside. Too many things to remember. As you do, …

That “tomorrow” is as good as never

If you’ve spent even a tiny bit of time observing yourself… … you realised that you have an overly optimistic opinion of your future self. Just like everyone else. Tomorrow I’m going to be determined. Tomorrow I’m going to do this boring piece that I can’t be arsed doing today. Tomorrow, first thing in the morning, I’ll meditate. Tomorrow, sure …