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What do you do when you lose your job?

There’s no perfect answer to this question. It will be different for everyone, and I don’t claim to know what’s right for you.

I wrote this article for my friend. Someone who I care for dearly, who just lost her job. I wanted to share with her some of the best lessons I learned when I was unemployed.

In this post, I’ll give you three steps you can take after losing a job. …


We like to obsess over what we eat.

And we’re not wrong. Diet matters.

But I believe friendship and community are more important.

Take the Mediterranean diet, for example.

Some nutritionists call this “the ideal diet.” Lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans. Moderate amounts of meat.

What they usually neglect to mention is how people treat each other in the Mediterranean.

Men in Greece, for example, will have 2 hour lunches together. They’ll play chess, and talk about their feelings. They’ll talk about their families, their dreams, and their spiritual beliefs.

They argue. They laugh. They cry in front of…


We like to obsess over what we eat.

And we’re not wrong. Diet matters.

But I believe friendship and community are more important.

Take the Mediterranean diet, for example. Some nutritionists call this “the ideal diet.” Lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans. Moderate amounts of meat.

What they usually neglect to mention is how people treat each other in the Mediterranean.

Men in Greece, for example, will have 2 hour lunches together. They’ll play chess, and talk about their feelings. They’ll talk about their families, their dreams, and their spiritual beliefs.

They argue. They laugh. They cry in front of…


Let’s say you hate your job. You’re tired of doing the same thing, day in and day out, and you decide to quit.

Now, you face the task of figuring out what to do next.

Should you go work for another company, in a similar capacity?

Should you reinvent yourself, and try something new?

That’s where the “Rule of 1,000” comes into play:

Think about what you’d like to do 1,000 times. Odds are your next role will require you to complete a particular set of tasks (or produce something new), every day for the next three years.

You want…


Four years ago, I made a really good decision: I created a Google calendar event for 2:30p on a Wednesday afternoon, to call my friend Jeff.

Then I set it to “Repeat weekly.”

Jeff lives in California and I live in Texas, so we rarely get to hang out. I hate email, he hates Facebook, so we rarely message each other. Phone calls were the way to go.

And for the past 4 years, nearly every single week, we’ve talked for an hour on the phone.

It’s changed my life for the better.

Most weeks, we chat about nothing in…


Four years ago, I made a really good decision:

I created a Google calendar event for 2:30p on a Wednesday afternoon, to call my friend Jeff.

Then I set it to “Repeat weekly.”

Jeff lives in California and I live in Texas, so we rarely get to hang out. I hate email, he hates Facebook, so we rarely message each other. Phone calls were the way to go.

And for the past 4 years, nearly every single week, we’ve talked for an hour on the phone.

It’s changed my life for the better.

Most weeks, we chat about nothing in…


This post was excerpted from Chris Voss’s interview on the Author Hour podcast.

1. Negotiation is a game.

After I trained as an FBI hostage negotiator, I went to school at Quantico. But you don’t know what to expect before you get there.

At Quantico, you’re surrounded by unassuming, experienced hostage negotiators and have been through extraordinary, jaw dropping, frightening situations. You just think it’s the guy sitting next to you, and four days later you find out that he was in a horrific siege.

Towards the end of the training, I wanted to be with those guys. I wanted to jump on a plane with a ready bag.

When I did get the invitation, I expected them…


Jesse Cole is the eccentric owner of two college baseball teams: the Savannah Bananas, and Gastonia Grizzlies.

When he was 30 years old, Jesse and his wife, Emily, bought the Grizzlies and started Fans First Entertainment. One year later, they started a new college baseball team named the Savannah Bananas.

In this article, Jesse shares the many lessons he’s learned as a baseball team owner, and as a professional showman.

Note: This article is an excerpt from his interview on the Author Hour podcast. Click here to listen to the full interview on iTunes.

Enter Jesse.

Keep throwing darts.

I made a phone…


I’ve helped authors market their books for close to 10 years now, and the one thing that I hear all the time is this:

“My goal is to sell a million copies.”

My response used to be, You’ll need to buy 995,000 copies of your book. But I’m tired of saying that because (A) only I find it funny, and (B) it’s not very helpful.

So, in this post, I’ve attempted to put together a solid framework to help authors gauge the likelihood of their book selling a million copies.

First, a quick disclaimer:

“Selling a million copies” is a…


I’ll never forget that voicemail.

The voice on the other end saying that my friend was gone. He’d swallowed pills, and died alone.

I hadn’t spoken to him in over a year. I still regret that.

He was my teacher. We became friends in his film class. We’d stay after school and talk about the hidden meanings in scenes. He printed out IMDB trivia about classic films, and got me hooked on the site.

I spent hours researching my favorite movies. I’d take screenshots of scenes on my computer, print them out frame-by-frame, and analyze them. Then I’d bring my…

Charlie Hoehn

Author of Play It Away. Keynote Speaker. Head of Video at scribemedia.com

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