Moving From Self-Improvement to Satisfaction-Improvement

There has always been a self-improvement movement. You could say that the ten commandments were Moses’ version of Awaken the Giant Within. The advent of the Internet has turned self-improvement into this groundswell movement. I am not casting a stone, I’ve jumped into the deep end of the self-improvement pool and have gotten some good…

Good Comedy Requires Bad Comedy

Much to the detriment of my day, I spent the morning reading the news. I can not believe the fever pitch the Kathy Griffin story is reaching. It occurred to me that I might be in a unique position to comment on it. Not only have I been (and ostensibly still am) a stand-up comic,…

How should I have a positive attitude in life?

Q: How should I have a positive attitude in life? I’m 21. Topped in school. Chose engineering because it seemed as the norm. Got admission in a premier institute. Couldn’t adjust to hostel life. Felt comfortable at home. Poor at maintaining relationships. College life came and went. Currently doing job where taken advantage of. Can’t figure…

Lonely and Anti-social

Q: I’m a lonely, antisocial boy, I want to find a girl who’s also lonely and antisocial, how can I tell if a girl is lonely and how do I approach her? Kirk Faulkner, HSP Hey man. I feel ya. Being lonely is hard. Interacting with other people is hard. Romance, especially with women, is hard….

Two Magic Words That Will Make Everyone Like You

How to Make Friends Part 1 I recently discovered a very simple tactic for communicating interest in a way that quickly draws people closer to you and greatly aids in efforts to make friends, find new romantic partners and establish stronger work bonds. And it revolves around two magic words. In his book “The Like…

Why Don’t I Care?

WHY DON’T I CARE? This has been a symptom for many years, but I am struggling to find my passion. I don’t care. Nothing intrigues me anymore, it seems like nothing is new under the sun. Everything is logical and predictable, and nothing is interesting. Nothing matters. I used to care about excelling, whether with…

Parallelism: This One Word Will Make You an Amazing Writer. Swearsies.

Parallelism When I was a Sophomore in High school, my favorite teacher, Daniel Harris, taught me about parallelism. In less than an hour, it changed my writing forever. Put simply, parallelism is the act of balancing your sentences so they resonate better with a reader. They are easier to understand, simpler to follow and they…

How to Manufacture Insight

Manufacturing Insight Compelling content is insight driven. An insight is knowledge that reframes, clarifies or disrupts a person’s understanding of a subject.  By solving a problem for your audience, you show implicitly that you really want to make their lives better. Your insights might be tied to products or services; they may simply provide instructions…

You Can’t See the Future From the Man Cave

Women run things differently. Female approaches, values, conceptions of victory, and need for validation, do not reflect those of men. And research has shown that women suffer less from over-confidence; meanwhile, arrogance is the cause of many corporate debacles, and was the crux of Smith’s message.