The 5 things I regret most in my life

Subscriber JM writes: “I would love to know a handful of your biggest regrets professionally or personally — or things you might have done differently? “You might not have many since you’ve always done what you love… but I bet it would make for a gripping topic for your letter too.” I’m not sure it’s

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Get big ideas from these 6 little books

In the self-help and success niche, there is a curious phenomenon I call the “little books.” These books are usually almost always reprints of talks, speeches, and tracts from the 20th century, published today as thin paperback books. Some are so few pages they are more like pamphlets than books — saddle-stitched with staples through

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The magic of “thin credentials”

Recently I got an email notifying me that I had been nominated to be included in the latest edition of one of the Who’s Who (WW) directories. Now, being smart and sophisticated, you may be laughing already. “Bob, you maroon,” you may be thinking. “Don’t you know that Who’s Who is hype and a scam

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Why it still pays to be an expert

Last week, I related the central idea of a terrific book, “The Death of Expertise” (Oxford University Press, 2017), by Tom Nichols, as follows: “In our culture today, we not only don’t trust our experts, but openly argue with, ignore, defy them, and at times even treat them with outright contempt.” Though I also noted

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The death of expertise

Today people think that, with a few Google searches, they know more than their doctors who have 4 years of Med School. But as Tom Nichols writes in his new book “The Death of Expertise” (Oxford University Press, 2017): “Experts are more often right than wrong on essential matters of fact. And yet the public

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I am once again embarrassingly transparent

Previously, I’ve commented in this e-newsletter on an internet phenomenon — “transparency.” It’s the odd but true fact that your email subscribers are, for some strange reason, not just interested in learning more about your topic — but also about you. Apparently, spilling your guts — and sharing personal details — engages many of your

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Get rid of your Sunday night blues

Many working people, both staff and freelance, hate Sunday night. There are two reasons why. First, their weekend is over. So for many their fun, freedom, and opportunity to sleep late — is also over. Second, they dread the Monday morning alarm clock, getting back to the office, and facing the enormous amount of work

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