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The New York Times Reviews The Money Tree (and actually says good things)Comments Off on The New York Times Reviews The Money Tree (and actually says good things)
Link: New York Times on The Money TreeWhen I heard that the New York Times was reviewing my new book, I was simultaneously excited and worried. I was excited because, well, it’s the New York Times! And despite several of my previous books selling well, they never really paid much attention to me. But I was also worried because the Times is not always kind to authors. In fact, many of their book reviews consist largely of 600-word critiques on why a particular book is terrible. I’ve even known authors who have stopped writing for months or years because of a bad review.
New YouTube Series: Watch Live Every Weekday at 9am PTComments Off on New YouTube Series: Watch Live Every Weekday at 9am PT
Daily YouTube Series: --> Subscribe HereSo I decided to start a YouTube channel, because a) why not, b) I need to adapt just as I encourage other people to do, and c) I’m not going to 40 cities at the moment. Every weekday at 9am Pacific time, I’ll be teaching a short lesson and taking live questions. The theme of the new show is: Finding Opportunity in an Uncertain Time. We’ll be looking at different, creative ways that people are making things work during a time of disruption / disorder / chaos, and talking through projects with anyone who’d like to share theirs with the group. Here's an example from Day 2:
Big News: The Money Tree Is Out Today!!Comments Off on Big News: The Money Tree Is Out Today!!
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THE MONEY TREE Book Launch: Join Me From Your Couch on April 4th!Comments Off on THE MONEY TREE Book Launch: Join Me From Your Couch on April 4th!
—> Virtual Book Launch: April 4thGreetings, friends and readers! I had hoped to visit 40 cities on an extensive tour for my new book, THE MONEY TREE. But then, well, you know what happened. No one is going anywhere for a while. Naturally, I’ve been regrouping and making a new plan. This live event will be worldwide and virtual—you can join in from your couch! That’s right, we’re going digital. My book tours have always been about bringing people together, and this event is no exception ... we’re just doing it from a distance.
The Truth Is a Terrible Thing, But Not Compared to FalsehoodComments Off on The Truth Is a Terrible Thing, But Not Compared to Falsehood
Reality isn’t just what someone tells you. They could be lying to you, or they just might be speaking from their own limited perspective. We know this, right? We can't just accept at face value everything we hear.But reality also isn’t just what you tell yourself, at least not if you're trying to avoid something. You too have a limited perspective. You have weaknesses, insecurities, and fears that can be surprisingly resilient in their pursuit of a false narrative. Reality is at least somewhat objective, at least when it comes to basic facts. Sure, you can interpret those facts as you’d like, but facts are facts. When you choose to persistently believe something that you know, deep down, might not actually be true, you’re lying to the most important person in your life: yourself.
New Travel Hacking Offers: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Points & MoreComments Off on New Travel Hacking Offers: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Points & More
I started writing this post from one of my favorite places in the world: the balcony of my room at Park Hyatt Sydney (check out this photo of the sunrise!). I’m staying here with points earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, my #1 recommendation for travel rewards cards.
Normally the room would cost $900 a night (!), but naturally my cost is ... $0. I’ve been here over and over, usually at least once a year, and every stay has been “funded” through my points from this card.
And it’s not just here. All over the world, I’ve been able to fly and stay for nearly free, all thanks to the wonders of travel hacking.
All of this is possible for you, too! Or at least it is for many of our readers, who regularly write in to tell me about how they used their points for amazing experiences of their own.
Greetings from paradise, also known as Australia.
Join a Supportive Community and Create a New Source of IncomeComments Off on Join a Supportive Community and Create a New Source of Income
-OFFER ENDS January 16, 2018-
Link: Side Hustle Society
Short version: my new training program (the first I’ve made in 3 years!) is now available for registration. Join during the introductory launch—one week only—before it closes for at least a month.
Can You Master “People Skills” By Reading a Book?Comments Off on Can You Master “People Skills” By Reading a Book?
Have you ever wished that you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work.
As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards believes that people skills should never be considered "optional." Over the past decade, she's studied the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab, the Science of People, and she's developed shortcuts, formulas, and blueprints for getting along with absolutely anyone you may encounter.
Couple Earns 1.8 Million Frequent Flyer Miles, Sets Out to Visit 100 CountriesComments Off on Couple Earns 1.8 Million Frequent Flyer Miles, Sets Out to Visit 100 Countries
Nate Buchanan and his wife Kara had been talking about traveling for years. They finally stopped discussing and started planning. Before they left, they travel hacked their way to 1.8 million frequent flyer miles, which they’re using to travel to 100 countries.
I had been mildly obsessed with the idea of full-time travel for a few years. But in January of 2015 we were sitting at Dairy Queen, and something was different about this conversation. We were seriously discussing what it would take to make it a reality, and not just dreaming about "what ifs." It’s so easy to discuss theoretically. Reality is, there's never an easy time, and we finally realized that there would never be an easier time than right now. We don’t have kids, we rented an apartment, and both of us were in a position where stepping away from our jobs wouldn’t be the end of the world. We finally decided we would take 2016 to travel full-time and see as much of the world as possible before we settled down.
Swiss Man Finds Dream Job Mushing Sled Dogs in AlaskaComments Off on Swiss Man Finds Dream Job Mushing Sled Dogs in Alaska
Sven Haltmann went from a miserable office job existence to living his dream life in Alaska, with not just one but two dream jobs. He now spends his winters mushing and his summers running a hostel, meeting guests from around the world.
I used to work for a health insurance company in Switzerland. Even though I loved everyone that I worked with, I hated the job so much that I wanted to shoot myself in the head every Sunday thinking about the start of a new week. Since I was only 20 and already miserable, I knew I had to do something different to change the path I was headed down. I applied as a tour guide in Greece, got the job and worked on the island of Crete for three years during the summer. Unsure of what to do during the winter, I applied to work for a dog musher who competed in the Iditarod trail sled dog race.
How One Woman Left A Busy NYC Life To Become an Accidental EntrepreneurComments Off on How One Woman Left A Busy NYC Life To Become an Accidental Entrepreneur
Rosie Yakob calls herself an accidental entrepreneur because she’s loved nearly every job she’s had, so never really considered starting her own business. But eventually, the constant busyness of life in NYC became too much.
I loved my job right up until the very end. Which meant I had a lot of explaining to do, as my now husband and I were preparing to leave NYC. “You loved your job!” my friends exclaimed. “Where are you going? For how long? What’s next?” everyone asked, both thrilled and frustrated with my vague response of “Traveling. Who knows!” When we left NYC, we were surrounded by people who were constantly busy. This culture exists in many places, but we found the answer so unbelievably common in NYC. Even I found myself responding to “How are you?” with the dreaded “b” word. While I loved my job, I always clarified to those who commented on my love for the work that I was “working to live, as opposed to living to work.” How quickly we trade happiness for business, or busyness, especially when it comes to work and salaries.
Connecting the Dots to a Dream Job in the Hemp IndustryComments Off on Connecting the Dots to a Dream Job in the Hemp Industry
Annie Rouse has been passionate about hemp ever since she was a kid growing up in Kentucky. While she knew she wanted to help change the restrictive hemp policies in the U.S., she’s also had some interesting jobs along the way that helped her out in surprising ways.As a leader in the hemp industry she's now started a hemp foundation, a certification program, and a commercial marketplace.
My job history is like that Steve Jobs quote “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” While giving out free beer, designing sunglasses and monitoring water quality didn’t seem connected at the time, now I can look back and see how all the different jobs have helped get me where I am now.
How One Woman Started a Location-Independent Company Right Out of CollegeComments Off on How One Woman Started a Location-Independent Company Right Out of College
Michelle Rødgaard-Jessen went from a corporate gig, to a social change organization and finally landed on running her own business from the road. As an online marketer, she's narrowed her target audience and grown to the point where she's had to hire employees to keep up with the demand.
My name is Michelle. I'm from Denmark, and I’m a location-independent online marketer. I’ve had a lot of different jobs before this, including supermarket clerk and cleaner when I was in high school, and volunteering in a hospital in Costa Rica. During university I worked for a pharmaceutical company and focused on preparing myself for a job in the corporate world when I graduated. The last year of my university studies I decided to study in Beijing. When I was in China I was lucky enough to be offered a remote job at a small Danish company who needed market research in China. It was this remote job that opened my eyes to even more possibilities. I hadn’t realized it was possible to create and work remotely.
Advice for Students and Jobseekers: When Experience Comes Your Way, Take ItComments Off on Advice for Students and Jobseekers: When Experience Comes Your Way, Take It
I think this lesson applies to beginning careers of all kinds: When you’re starting out or trying to establish yourself in an unfamiliar industry, whatever experience you can get, take it.
Whatever hands-on experience you can get, take it, and take more than you think you can handle. Don’t limit your writing experience to the typical classroom workshop environment, where egos can be fragile and stakes are low.
In this advice, Jane Friedman is specifically referring to undergrad students who are pursuing a creative writing degree. It’s good advice for them, and there’s more from her here.