Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham was known to decline payment for some of his magazine jobs. When a young student asked him about it, he said: “If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid.”
This was Cunningham’s way of keeping his artistic integrity.
But you don’t have to work in the world of art and glamour to be familiar with these compromises. We are constantly pressured to give up control over our life and work in exchange for advancement.
My business partner and I decided to bootstrap our startup. …
I used to worry constantly about doing things the right way.
Then I became a dad.
Suddenly, time was a precious commodity. My priorities shifted. Instead of fussing over my projects, I had a kid who needed all the time I could give him.
I had to work on my efficiency and change the way I approached tasks. These are the main lessons I’ve learned:
If something takes less than 2 minutes, do it as soon as you become aware of it. Don’t make a plan to do it later.
To achieve great success, you have to become a rebel.
Change your life and change the world around you at the same time; break the unspoken rules holding you back.
The world isn’t fair to most of us. But if you’re brave, smart, and principled, you can level the playing field a little bit.
If your success in life doesn’t match your ambition, here are the traits you need to cultivate.
Ask yourself: “Am I using my mental ability to make history, or am I using it merely to record history made by others?” (from David J. …
If you’ve ever listened to Tim’s podcast, you know he starts each episode with a cheery, passionate little speech promoting his sponsors.
Here’s a recent one:
I get asked all the time, “If you could only use one supplement, what would it be?” My answer is usually Athletic Greens, my all-in-one nutritional insurance. I recommended it in The 4-Hour Body in 2010 and did not get paid to do so. I do my best with nutrient-dense meals, of course, but AG further covers my bases with vitamins, minerals, and whole-food-sourced micronutrients that support gut health and the immune system.
Recent events were hard on our relationships. We saw a spike in divorces and breakups, and plenty of friendships exploded during the lockdown months. Others withered away in silence. The stress and claustrophobia we were dealing with made it hard to be considerate of others.
But there’s no more need to maintain social distancing (at least in some countries). We can see our friends again. So what’s the best way to make sure it all goes well?
When I met up with some old buddies, I noticed we all developed a new tendency: we talk a lot more about mental…
The internet is a wonderful invention. Every day, it gives us new reasons to feel guilty about ourselves.
I try to ignore that bullshit, but it slips past my filters more often than I’d like. Here are a few gems I came across over the last month or so.
According to the internet, I'm failing at life because:
According to the internet powers that be, children should be able to do whatever they like, whenever they like.
I should be teaching them that consideration is for losers (and so is sharing).
If I don’t change my ways, I am going…
People love to talk, even when they have nothing smart to say.
And some of them love sharing shitty advice that might do serious damage to ourselves and the people around us.
Here are my top picks for infuriating pieces of advice you should never accept.
Relentless hours spent in an office with an obnoxious boss who’s sucking out every last bit of your energy and self-esteem… but you’re staying there for the fifth year in a row just because that job will send your career skyrocketing?
Even if you’re a lifelong bookworm, you might find it hard to retain what you read. This is a common experience, especially these days.
It’s also disappointing as hell. If you think you’re ‘bad at reading’, you get reluctant to pick up a book. Why waste your time? You’re not going to remember what you read anyway.
The good news is that you can train your brain out of mindless skimming. Your path might be different than mine, but I’d like to share what worked for me.
“Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is better than following whatever makes money.” …
I met with a friend a few days ago for lunch and between steak and dessert he asked me:
“Why do you spend so much time writing, don’t you have more serious business to attend to?”
We’d been friends for a while. But I’m not sure I still want to stay in touch with him after this.
I’ve been getting lots of unsolicited advice lately, and it’s getting on my nerves.
“I heard you’re thinking of moving. I could never uproot my family like that, maybe you should reconsider.”
“You look a bit… tired. …
There were periods in my life when I couldn’t stop worrying about things. It was partly due to circumstances — I’d moved to another country, changed my career path and had to take care of my family all at the same time.
But soon, my anxiousness grew disproportionate. I worried about the weather, about leaving good impressions on people I’d never see again. I was constantly haunted by the feeling that I had to take care of something.
I mostly worried about things that were out of my control and it was new to me.
Growing up, I had a…