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In my mid-20s I was stuck in bed for six months straight. The doctors had no idea what was wrong with me.
When I finally recovered from whatever it was, I went back to eating junk food and consuming large amounts of alcohol. I had to have a nap before going out on Saturday night. Even with a nap I’d start falling asleep at the nightclub while my friends danced the night away. Nothing made sense.
In 2015 I had a near-miss with cancer. Again, the doctors had no idea what was going on. The tumor the size of a golf ball lodged in my guts, scared the shit out of me. …
I asked her to be my girlfriend before I left for Japan to be robbed and die.
Every time I go overseas I imagine something bad will happen. It makes me do wild things. In 2017 I was getting over a bad breakup. A trip to Japan was supposed to take my mind off things. In the middle of a rose garden I asked a woman I’d been dating to be my replacement girlfriend. The next part is a little weird.
I then had my ex-girlfriend agree to guide me on a walk across Japan. It was a deeply selfish move in hindsight. She wrote me a travel guide and was on call via mobile phone in case I got lost in Japan. …
Money is a store of the time you spend at work.
While you’re spending time at work, you’re apart from your family.
Many people misunderstand what money is. They get caught up in what money can buy them or how money can make them feel. When I think of money, I think about what I had to give up to deposit dollars into my bank account. When you get one thing in life you give up something else. The thing you often give up for money is your time.
When I chat to a future billionaire entrepreneur, I know they had to give up a safe career, perhaps a house, and most likely time with their family. …
Excuses are the downfall of humanity.
An excuse a day will lead you to mediocrity faster than a famous Japanese Bullet Train can turn you into tomato sauce if you get too close.
I was a man of many excuses. Excuse was my middle name. When I wanted to be the next DJ like Calvin Harris, I kept telling my manager what I was lacking. She kept trying to help me find the “inspiration” and eventually gave up. The problem wasn’t what I lacked. The problem was my excuses. …
Everybody has warned me not to talk about where 20% of my money goes.
I work in traditional finance. What I’m about to tell you could ruin my career. I’m at a point in life where I’m not taking anything to the grave with me. So here goes.
20% of my money goes into Bitcoin and Ethereum, and it has for a very long time. I’m going to share with you why I do this, and how I came to make this decision. …
Twitter is fun. You can say whatever you want.
I’m about 14 years too late to the party. Better late than never. But Twitter isn’t what it used to be. What’s changed?
Twitter is now for long-form bloggers.
Writing blog posts on Twitter is unconventional. It will also change your content creation strategy, which is cool.
Twitter used to be a way to share no more than 280 characters. If you wanted to say something longer, you couldn’t — a nightmare for traditional bloggers.
Sharing links to your blog posts on Twitter doesn’t work well because it’s bad for Twitter. When you post a link that takes people off Twitter, well, Twitter loses that person’s attention. That’s bad for their business. …
You spend more time on social media than you realize.
I should know. I’ve fallen in love with three women at the same time: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. The excuse I use with myself is that I’m serving an audience. Sometimes that’s true.
I spend a lot of time on social media, because at times, I’m afraid to be bored.
The thought of not having another input — blog post, documentary, podcast, book — is terrifying. The doom scroll happens right before bed. …
The biggest challenge as a writer is to keep writing.
I should know. I’ve been writing for six years straight. I publish an average of 10 full-length blog posts a week, plus around 14 social media posts a week. Am I special? No. Gifted? No. Hardworking? Sometimes. This topic is close to my heart. Many of my close writer friends are burning out. They’re giving up, writing less, or blaming the platform they choose to write on.
Writing is hard. It’s not easy to be a writer despite what the laptop lifestyle bloggers tell you. …
This has never happened to me before.
I wrote a story, and as I typed it, I found myself crying through the process. It was one of those powerful events one will never ever forget. It’s not a sad outcome either.
Crying as you write is the next level of writing.
In a few weeks’ time I head back to hospital for cancer motivation.
In 2015 I was surprised with a cancer scare.
Ever since then I have to go back to the hospital every year, take an anesthetic, and hope I wake up and my life continues.
It’s the best career motivation one can have. …