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There is a global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles in Congress.
The CIA is harvesting adrenochrome from children’s brains.
Hillary Clinton runs a sex dungeon under a pizza parlor.
Time-traveling lizard people rule the world.
How did QAnon, a gathering of isolated people from the fringes of society and online message boards, coalesce into one of the fastest-growing political movements in American history? More importantly, what can QAnon teach us about market psychology and human nature?
Here are just a few…
I was doing wide-grip pullups at the YMCA when suddenly I felt something tear in my upper left torso. I dropped from the bar and immediately headed for the showers, taking it as a sign that I’d pushed myself hard enough for one day.
A few weeks later, I unknowingly experienced hardcore heartburn for the first time in my life. I was at a posh fundraiser for a charity that, perhaps ironically, helped poor people get out of systemic poverty. We sat down to eat and I took a sip of red wine. …
A few years ago, I read a book about how to become a billionaire. The author analyzed the Forbes 400 and discovered that there were essentially only a handful of ways that every single person on the list became extremely wealthy.
The first and most popular way is to inherit money and avoid taxation. Think: the Waltons, the Basses, the Koch brothers, the Barclays. Other ways included conglomerating an industry, monopolizing a technology, exploiting a natural resource or vulnerable population, and engaging in cronyism — manipulating government and the judiciary to extract advantageous personal systemic benefits.
If this list seems sad and depressing, you’re not alone. While ideally most of us would like to live in a compassionate meritocracy where the best and brightest reap the greatest rewards without leaving the masses to languish, the facts are incredibly clear: you have to leverage an advantage and hurt others in order to control extreme wealth. Extreme wealth is simply never merited. …
It’s been a wild ride: I’ve walked across hot coals, swam up an underground river by candlelight, eaten bull’s testicles, and roasted marshmallows on flowing lava.
I’ve written three books, directed four films, published 400+ articles everywhere from Esquire to The Guardian to TIME Magazine, road-tripped through 45 American states and nine Canadian provinces, helped get some laws changed, and traveled to forty countries including North Korea and the Vatican.
I’ve enjoyed nearly thirteen years of marriage to my seventh-grade sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed to fundraise hundreds of thousands for charity. …
In 2007, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were struggling to pay rent on their San Francisco apartment. In an act of creative desperation, they bought some air mattresses, rented out floor space in their living room, and cooked breakfast for their guests the next morning.
A brilliant company called Airbnb was born.
Fast-forward 14 years and the company is now the biggest name in hospitality. (No one says “I got a Vrbo in San Diego.”) …
As a full-time author, filmmaker, and blogger, I spend a huge amount of time reading every day. Rather than watch shows on the weekend, my wife and I actually set aside Sunday afternoons for hardcore binge-reading by the fire.
What follows is 12 of my favorite books of all time. It’s probably not your standard list for marketers, but each book will be hugely beneficial to you if you’re a marketer, creative, entrepreneur, or maker. Zero Amazon affiliate links here — just a dozen great books to read this year, suited for each month and season. Have fun exploring!
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus…
It’s easy to get caught up in the toxic hustle-culture notion that only those who live in a chronic state of sleep deprivation and cat-nap on the Tesla factory floor can ever be truly successful, but the truth is that waking up at 5 AM is extremely overrated, and is probably dangerous for your health.
While the average American sleeps less than seven hours per night, the world belongs to those who sleep quite a bit above average (8–12 hours/night), and by those who do so on a customized schedule that best suits their individual bodies:
I had an interesting conversation with an activist short-seller yesterday. He’s taken down more than a dozen corrupt companies, exposing billions of dollars of fraud, literally saving lives, sending criminals to prison, and personally reaping millions in his efforts to make the world a more ethical place. I asked him if there were any similarities between all of the fraudulent companies, and his answer was immediate:
“Oh, that’s easy. At the end of the day, they were all a variant of a Ponzi scheme.”
The Ponzi scheme was the brainchild of an Italian thief with the grandiosely magnificent name of Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi. …
As a full-time author and filmmaker, I spend a huge amount of time reading each day. Rather than watch shows on the weekend, my wife and I actually set aside Sunday afternoons for binge-reading. (If you’re a slow reader like me, check out How to Read 50 Books Per Year Without Really Trying.)
Zero Amazon affiliate links here — just 12 of my favorite books of all time, suited for each month and season. Have fun exploring!
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Ease into the New Year with a tiny book with a profound message: that time is short, and you shouldn’t waste another second of it. A wonderful and gorgeous pocket-sized letter to a friend. …