How to Ask for a Favor

In a recent blog post, I wrote about a challenging situation I’m facing with a particular friend. In short, I get requests for favors from this friend from time to time, which I always promptly respond to and complete. But whenever I ask for a favor, the friend is nowhere to be found. I sought […]

When is the Best Time to Respond to Emails?

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 […]

Why Email Isn’t Work. (And Why It Is.)

It’s an age-old question. And one even our forefathers puzzled over. Are those emails you spend hours writing each day really work, or are they a horrific distraction from the real work you need to get done? Here are two perspectives. Amazingly, I believe both. No, Emailing is Not Work This theory goes like this: […]

The Five Best Books On Writing

(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

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

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

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?

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

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 […]

How to Create Peace in Stress

  Usually, we don’t see the peace around us. Instead, we bury our heads in work and play and family and life-life-life and sometimes – only sometimes – do we raise our head and really see the world around us for the calm that it really offers. We may know that living in the present […]