When writing my Wall Street Journal bestseller, Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible, Productive Adults, I did my own internal survey among my facebook fans, friends and followers and my database. I asked the question of nearly 50,000 people: “What is the one thing you wish your parents had taught…Details
When faced with this question, sadly most people go for the card. I love the excuses they offer me for why they use credit cards instead of cash. In fact, let’s quickly look at some of the more popular excuses: 1. Convenience. Credit cards are more convenient to carry than cash. There are even television…Details
I get sick of all the New Year’s resolutions people make and then after about ten days, are completely forgotten. I’ve been in the personal development business for twenty years now and I’m just tired of it. “I’m gonna change!” My response: Bet you don’t. Harsh? Probably. Mean? Possibly. Realistic? Absolutely. People lie to themselves.…Details
I am about to give you the two most critical tools ever created to help you achieve the life you always wanted. Whether it be financial stability, happiness in your relationships, weight control, goal achievement, you name it, these two tools are the key. These tools won’t cost you a thing and chances are that…Details
I love the holidays. I love buying presents for people and I love the hustle and the bustle of the malls. I like seeing the little kids squeal with delight as they are in line to sit on Santa’s lap. I like the feeling I get from giving something I know the other person will…Details
Bullying: It’s all over the news. And it’s a damn shame. It’s a shame that it happens and it’s a shame that people who get bullied feel that the way to cope with it is to commit an act of deadly violence against themselves. But the problem is not the bully. Bullies will always exist…Details
Chances are that you go to work, come home, eat a little unhealthy food, watch four or five hours of television, go to bed, don’t sleep well and then get up tomorrow to do it all over again. You spend more than you make, exercise less than you should and complain that there just isn’t…Details
I like straight talk. Simple communication. I don’t see a lot of it unless you count the monosyllabic grunt given me by the unconcerned, bored doofus handing me my cup of coffee after my handing him $4.00. (Just kidding. I would never pay $4.00 for a cup of coffee.) Setting good grammar aside (which is…Details
Does this really surprise you? At this point in your life do you actually still believe that people are telling you the truth? Please! Business writers and success gurus are not telling you the truth about what it really takes to be successful. They don’t care whether you are successful or not. They want to sell books and will say what it takes to do it–even when what they are saying makes no sense at all.
Just because a guy can write a bestseller about business doesn’t mean he really knows about business. It just means a lot of copies of the book were sold. It says more about the buyers than it does about the writer. Remember, Jersey Shores and Housewives of ‘Who Give’s A Crap’ are still some of the most watched television shows on the planet. That doesn’t mean it’s quality programming, it just means a lot of people watch the show.
I’m a professional speaker and have written 5 national bestsellers myself. I am a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. I am hired by some of the largest, most respected companies in the world to rant on stage about business and personal success. I attend huge conventions of national associations and do my stuff. I personally know many of the most successful speakers and writers in the country, and I also currently read about one business book every week – all the top sellers. So I actually have some expertise is this area. I know what’s being said and I know what people are buying.
Know what? Those business writers and speakers are selling you a big ol’ bucket of doo-doo. Yep, they are lying to you. I like most of these guys – many are good friends of mine. But I also know the truth about most of them. Very few of them actually do what they are telling you to do. They talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.Details
From a London newspaper: Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons…Details