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 …

The famous one-letter change in a headline that tripled the sales

The story goes like this. Way back before the internet there was a music home study course that was selling via direct mail. The headline for the sales letter was “Put Music In Your Life”. See, in those ancient times, they had to feed type by hand. One day, the printer accidentally added one letter to the title. The guys …

Do you close the bathroom door when you’re home alone?

Do you ever wonder how many of us are out there that are weirdos just like you? (Here’s a quick answer: we are all weird.) I do this all the time. For example… I got curious recently about this “bathroom door open/close” practice and asked Google about it. Guess what? Many are wondering the same. Here’s a list of most …

This girl scout p0wned all the potheads in her town

Let me tell you a story first. I heard it – in a slightly different version – from Gary Halbert. (I think I read it in The Halbert Newsletter.) It goes like this… Three fresh businessmen decided to open a restaurant each. They were friends, and as friends they didn’t want to compete with each other. To make things fair, …

80% of people don’t care about your problems

… and the other 20% are glad that you have them. Just heard Ben Settle say that on the podcast. And he has a point. Someone’s bad news is somebody else’s good news. Say, you have a food stall. Joe walks by and he’s dead hungry. Bad news for him. But good news for you, because he now stops at …

Money hates obstacles

I recently signed up to a comedy writing course. (Starts end of January.) The usual process… you go to a website, you select your course, place order, pay online, ticket delivered to your email box… Pretty standard. A week later, I receive an email that looked like spam. Missed the spam filter. “Damn you Gmail,” I thought. Almost deleted it …

Do you know Bob?

Meet Bob. He has a problem. He woke up today and decided he’s going to be pissed off at everything. No matter what. Bob is pissed off at the train that left the same minute he arrived at the station. Bob is pissed off at the barista that is taking so long to text on their phone. Bob is pissed …