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DATELINE: 9:32 PM, Education Startup Weekend, New York City

I insisted my staff trade their Super Bowl for a Startup Weekend. I’m pretty sure the only reason they agreed to go is because I’m the boss.

I’ll find out later if they want to…


I’m terrible at doing what people tell me I should do, but I still get things done. I’m not sure why this is, but here is my best guess:

I manage my desires more than my time.

In high school, I never seemed to find time to do homework I…


You and I know why business schools charge so much for an MBA.

Because they can.

But why do they pay so little to everyone except their superstars?

It’s not just because they can. I think the real reason is much more sinister than that.

Once upon a time —…


It will soon be 10 years since I resolved to be of more help to others without expectation of return. I didn’t decide to give more to charity or volunteer at a soup kitchen. I decided to find ways I could make things better that will not be done unless…


Everyone is a stranger until you get to know them, and today I give thanks for the internet since it has brought so many wonderful strangers into my life.

Four years ago, I received a request from a young man wanting to connect with me on a social network. …


About 10 years ago, I attended a conference on behavioral economics. I’m not an economist, but a trader, and I went in the hopes of learning something that would improve my game.

Fat chance.

The conference started out a little weird but became really bizarre when everyone discovered I was…


I’m fairly entrepreneurial, having started a few businesses that have made me well off enough that I can now pursue my personal mission, which is to be of meaningful help to my people without expectation of financial reward.

Who are “my people?”

Over-educated Westerners.

My people know a lot about…


I want to help every unemployed person find rewarding work if they want it. What I have to say applies to everyone.

Understandably, many people discount what I have to say because I am a successful well-educated, debt-free, married white male who is a product of a different era. …


When I was unemployed in early 1982 I took a sales class where the teacher taught me something that changed my business and personal life in profound ways.

He said:

  1. You should figure out what you want. Be very specific and write it on a piece of paper, tape it…

Many people hate their inbox, but I love mine. I get hundreds of emails each day. At least a few times a week, I get a request for help from a stranger, and these give me a thrill. Doing a little favor for someone is a great way to kickstart…

Brooke Allen

I come up with ideas and try to express them with words, code, and deeds.

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