Category: Hate Your Job?

Don’t Sell Your Soul—Sell Your SKILLS.

Everybody knows how to do something, and that includes you. And guess what? That means you can teach someone else. And whatever you can teach someone, you can sell to someone. …And I say that without a shred of snake oil. Knowledge is what makes our world go ‘round. Now, more than ever, you can build a business in which your know-how is the product. You don’t need a store front. You don’t need any investors. And you definitely don’t

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For the Love of Everything Vodka: Do You Even *Like* the Work That You’re Doing???

I want you to really think about that for a second. Because the thing is, the Internet’s given us a fucking BUFFET of opportunity—you can start any business you want with $20, these days–but like a kid in a candy store who walks in and just starts gobbling up whatever worms are in front of his face, we, too, walked into the Internet and we were all like GIMMIE, GIMMIE, GIMMIE, GIMMIE. And that means that there are a lot

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It’s About Being a Survivor, and a Warrior, and a God Damn Modern-Day Gladiator

“That woman I’m always talking about on the Internet—she’s coming to England!” This was (ever so flatteringly) what Client #5, the last client we have the privilege of working with here in London, told us she said to her father as she raced down the stairs in a small town in the north, the moment the announcement was made. “But, it’s expensive,” she told him sheepishly. “Go,” he said to her. “If this will help you get your business to

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Love or Money? Which Should You Go For in Business, In Your Next Project, In Your Next Great Lust Affair With Life?

There are the passionistas and the opportunists. The passionistas argue you should do what you love. The opportunists argue you should do what you see. In a place like Costa Rica, where C and I have a home, there’s so much opportunity it’s dizzying. Every five minutes I’m starting a new business in my brain. Lack = opportunity. And if I didn’t give a shit about the way I spend my time, I’d be the biggest opportunist there was. I’D

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You Find Peace With Your Work Through Tension

It’s never as scary as it seems. Everything you’re worried about happening? Won’t. It might seem intimidating, the world—putting yourself out there, taking the chance, trying something new, going all in, showing up, asking for help, connecting with strangers, and, ultimately, gambling your ego and everything you know to be true. There will be a lot of resistance that pulls you in the other direction. Stay small. Curl up. Stay comfortable. Why make the effort when you don’t have to?

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I Became an Entrepreneur Because My Life Stopped Being Fun

I’m in the airport, on my way to London. London is officially my favorite city in the world because it’s the one place where I don’t feel like an overdressed moron. (Try going anywhere in Costa Rica with even so much as kitten heels and YOU WILL LOOK RIDICULOUS.) I’ll be there all summer, excited to be working with clients 1:1 doing our fabulous magazine style photoshoots and business strategy sessions from some of the most gorgeous flats I’ve ever

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Hey! Nobody Cares What You Do! (Depressing, Until You Realize It’s POWER.)

It’s really easy to assume that other people know what’s best for us. The people above. The ones in charge. The bosses, the decision makers, the collective “they.” We do what they ask, eat what they serve us, follow their guidelines, take their word, accept things at face value, and believe that someone, out there, is looking out for our best interests. Isn’t that what the government is for? Isn’t that what the big, faceless organizations are for? Aren’t there

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Seek Pleasure, And You Will Have Found Your Work

Procrastination is not a symptom of something that’s wrong with you, your brain, or your level of commitment—it’s a clue. Something is wrong with it. The thing you’re doing—do you really want to be doing it? Does this actually give you joy, or have you roped yourself into yet another maze of obligations and onuses, on the borrowed promise of a future that will be better? You don’t have to sacrifice today in order to make a better tomorrow. In

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You Know Who Wants a 4-Hour Work Week? The People Who Have No Great Loves, No Red Hot Hopes, No Mad-Wild-Hunger In Their Eyes.

A couple weeks ago I was in Colombia. Right now, I’m in Costa Rica. Next week, I’ll be in the U.S. July 1st, I head to London for the summer. (Running our exciting VIP magazine photoshoots!) In August, I’m putting on a retreat in the English countryside. In September, I’m banking on Chile. In November, I’ll be in Paris. And in December, well, New York is always calling. On MONDAY NIGHT our new site launches. On Tuesday, I’ll do a

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait for No One

Here’s a principle I vehemently disagree with: Good things come to those who wait. You know who probably came up with that stylish piece of wisdom? Someone in a position of power, tasked with managing the masses and getting them to obey orders. You can hear a teacher saying that, can’t you? Now, there, little Johnny, you’ve got to be patient—(STOP YANKING ON MY ****** TEE SHIRT, KID)—after all, good things come to those who wait. The problem, of course,

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