Behind the Scenes of My Tim Ferriss Mentorship Application

by Scott

It was 2am and my heart was racing uncontrollably. So many ideas. So much excitement about prospects for the future…

This is it. This is what I want for my life.

I’m not sure I remember any restless night as vividly as the one following the first time I picked up The 4 Hour Work Week.

Maybe it’s because that night marked the beginning of my romance with entrepreneurship and prompted me to quit my cushy job in Chicago to go work for lunch receipts at a tech startup in NYC.

This why I regularly bear hug my 4HWW book at least.

When Tim Ferriss mentioned he was offering a week long mentorship for someone to work with him and Noah Kagan, another guy I look up to, …
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Noah’s Coffee Challenge and Flexing Your Courage Muscle

by Scott

Two days ago I found my favorite podcast episode ever <3333

It was an interview with Noah Kagan on Patt Flynn’s Smart Passive Income.

Amongst all the awesomeness Noah mentioned, he brought up the coffee challenge. If you’re not familiar, it’s an exercise meant to help people get more comfortable with rejection. Basically you go to a coffee shop and ask for 10% for no reason…Oh hay guaranteed rejection!

I love this idea because I think the fear of rejection and failure is the biggest thing that holds people back from getting everything they ever wanted. So 15 minutes after listening to the podcast I decided to give it a whirl!

Some quick notes:

The first time I did the coffee challenge was …
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Burrito Bowl Hacking and The Contrast Principle

by Scott

If you like buritto bowls, behavioral psychology, and life hacks you will like this article.

Few things interest me more than human behavior and getting more chicken and guac in my buritto bowls. I could eat burrito bowls all day long.

Fresh off reading Influence by Robert Cialdini for the 2nd time, I had lunch with my fellow carnivore buddy Charlie at this new burrito place Guac Star. I noticed that he ordered a chicken bowl without rice AND BEANS.

As a “just black beans” with meat guy, I was intrigued…

…I started thinking about the contrast principle from Influence and whether there was an opportunity to leverage this concept in this situation.

The Contrast Principle states that humans make relative judgements instead …
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My System for Remembering to Write FollowUp Emails

by Scott

</head>&amp;amp;lt;img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”;amp;amp;amp;ev=NoScript” /&amp;amp;gt;A prominent nemisis of opportunity and value creation is being incompetent at following up with people. I want to share my system for remember to write followup emails.

But first…

I want to deflate the hesitancy around following up with people if they haven’t responded to you.

I don’t care whether we’re talking about doing a business development deal or asking someone cute to meet you for a bebida alcohólica, just because someone doesn’t get back to you doesn’t mean they’re not interested.

Maybe they were going to get back to you, but forgot to respond. Maybe your message got lost in their inbox. Maybe they’re dog got sick and they declared email bankruptcy. …
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A Little Something Different – Year in Review

by Scott

This is not a typical post for this blog.

Usually I try to only post actionable content that helps people learn something new or do something better (value skimmers – exit is on the right).

Today I’m going to do a little something different.

Yesterday was the first beautiful day in New York City. I can’t really explain it beyond the nice weather, but when I stepped out of my office a euphoric feeling came over me. I spent the subway ride home thinking about how amazing the last year has been and how incredibly lucky I am for everything I have.

I decided to stay in and review all my photos over the last year. To quench my obsession with this song “Soft” …
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8 Simple Things You Can Do to Stand Out

by Scott

One thing I think a lot about is contrast; what things I can do in order to stand out. In my personal experience, standing out typically provokes the ideal response – this is why it occupies my thoughts. The last thing I want is to be “just another [insert role here]”. 


Here are 8 simple things you can do to stand out.

Inject Personality into Things That are Typically Mundane

Everyday we’re presented with digital canvases to have fun and make people smile. Email copy, calendar invites, and online profiles, amongst other digital mediums, all represent an opportunity to stand out. Most people just go through the motions during the interactions which occupy these elements. This is why injecting personality into them can be so powerful. …
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My First Attempt At A Funny Microsite

by Scott

I’m going on vacation and escaping my email. So I decided to have a little fun with it

Current AutoResponder:


It takes you to here: ICan’tBelieveYou’reEmailingMeOnVacation


There’s a few things I’ve learned during the launch and execution of this. I plan on detailing these in a followup post.

Ok, back to my margarita.

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