When is the Best Time to Respond to Emails?

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Here’s the thing. In theory, I believe that email isn’t work. In my view, email isn’t a creation-based process that results in shipping your next product out the door, or writing your next book, or recording your next album. Email isn’t as creatively taxing as getting a project done, and email doesn’t add up hour […]

The Five Best Books On Writing

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(Interested in learning to become a professional writer? Check out the uber popular course, Tribe Writers, that my friend Jeff puts on. It’s open until midnight tonight, March 31.) I sound like a broken record when I talk about reading. I read a ton, it’s a huge priority in my life, and I seek out great books […]

Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Read My Blog

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Guess what? Maybe my blog isn’t for you. And maybe that other blog you read from time to time isn’t either. Should you keep reading on the off-chance that something might one day strike you as life-changing? Maybe. Or maybe not. Here’s how to know when it’s time to stop reading my blog (or someone […]

How to Fix a Broken Relationship

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After writing the post, Can You Be Too Helpful? last week, I got a ton of email responses and blog comments from folks with great insights. One of those folks was John Lemmon, who had some great insight. I asked if he might put it together into a guest post, and Voila!   #   […]

Free Ebooks – Today, and Every Day

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I read a lot. This year, I’m on track to hit my goal of 200 books read by December 31. Thankfully, I don’t buy all of those books. Many of them I get through free ebook offers and free kindle book promotions that authors I know (and don’t know) launch. One of my pals, NYT […]

Can You Be Too Helpful?

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Be forewarned: This post is not one in which I (attempt) to impart the limited wisdom I have gained from my life. Instead, it’s a post in which I ask for wisdom from you wise ones. The Background: My friend Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. This means he knows business. (He […]

How to Unsend an Email

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Like many of you, I get a lot of emails. And, like many of you, a lot of those emails are asks or pitches for things. Some are good, some are not so good. This week, I got one of the latter kind. It wasn’t no-good-terrible-bad, but it had some key flaws. In response, I […]