Joking Around With Strangers

I can’t imagine that working at a car rental place is much fun. Especially if you’re working in Las Vegas and the line is full of angry customers who have waited an hour only to be barraged with company-managed upsells. I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely in line for about an hour waiting to… Continue reading Joking Around With Strangers

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Pushups if Late

If you’ve ever led a group of more than a couple people, you know that timeliness is a big factor. If there’s any leeway for people to show up late, someone is going to do it every time, which means that nothing starts on time. Then when people see that things don’t start on time,… Continue reading Pushups if Late

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Playing Games

There’s a concept called Radical Honesty that was made popular by a book with the same name. The idea was that you were to be not only completely honest, but also completely forthcoming. If you met someone and they reminded you of Jabba the Hut, you’d be obliged to tell them so immediately. It may… Continue reading Playing Games

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How to Tell a Story

On the cruise a friend was asking me about my days in pickup. What was the worst rejection I experienced, he asked? That’s a path paved with so much rejection that it’s sort of like asking which leaf on a tree is the greenest, but one stuck out in my mind. I was at a… Continue reading How to Tell a Story

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The Hustler’s Trap

I was talking with a really accomplished photographer the other day. The guy is an immense talent, has been hired by all sorts of celebrities and productions, and has a very impressive body of work. And he was thinking about quitting photography. He was also incredibly humble and open to advice, which I have to… Continue reading The Hustler’s Trap

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Four Modern Competitive Advantages You Can Build Now

If you perform at an average rate, you’ll probably have an average life. Yes, there are exceptions, but counting on an exception is a weak plan. If you want an above-average life, you’re going to have to perform above at an above average rate. You don’t need to be above average in every single respect.… Continue reading Four Modern Competitive Advantages You Can Build Now

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