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A New Life

Recently, I made the leap into complete self-employment. This is something I have been working toward, and for, for the better part of the past 3 years. I have fretted and struggled and worked many, many hours to make it happen. And, like so many things, when it’s finally here – it isn’t quite as ...

The Ghost Of Mark Twain: Why Smart People Fail, And What To Do About It

Smart people aren’t so smart, after all. I think about Mark Twain a lot. Twain, of course, is one of America’s most beloved writers. He gave a voice to the culture of the American South, and in doing revolutionized world literature. He was extremely prolific, waking up every morning to write in a special room ...

Things Rich People Do: How To Trade Stock Options

This is the first part of a series called Things Rich People Do, in which we obsess about money. Have suggestions for the series? Leave a comment and let me know. First off, let me get this out of the way: I worry about money. A lot. I think it’s pretty common, amongst “creative types,” ...

Learn The System, Game The System: Using Heuristics In Your Everyday Life

I am fascinated by heuristics. A Heuristic, to put it simply (and incorrectly, if you’re being technical about things), is a rule of thumb. It’s a generalized principle you can quickly apply to a problem that will, more often than not, give you a desirable outcome. “Lefty-Loosey, Righty-Tighty” is probably the king of all heuristics. ...