One time I went to Dubai for my honeymoon, except it wasn’t really my honeymoon. I was traveling with Stephanie, my longtime friend, travel hacking colleague, and frequent travel companion. Even though she is basically a member of my family, Stephanie and I aren’t partners in the romantic sense—which occasionally leads to humorous encounters when we travel.For some reason, our hotel in Dubai had gotten the idea that it was our honeymoon. When they assigned us a luxury three-bedroom apartment as our room, we may have failed to correct their impression. We did, however, express our gratitude for the free champagne they also gave us. Read More
We only have one sale all year at Unconventional Guides, and it begins now.
This year it's a big
30% 40% off everything in the Unconventional Guides store, the biggest savings it's been in... forever.
Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months of work, we’re now ready to unveil Designed to Sell. –>Check it out over here *A complete toolkit for creative freedom *Hundreds of pages and dozens of interviews *Follow-up support to ensure you succeed *Featuring a $5,000 earning guarantee (it will help…Read More
In the past three posts, I’ve alluded to something big that’s coming soon. It’s now almost ready! After six months of work from Jen & Omar—and a lot of effort from our side of things too—we’ll be debuting their masterpiece starting next Tuesday. In this post: what it’s all about, why you should care (or…Read More
I’ve been self-employed for more than fifteen years, but it hasn’t always been easy. I once had the bright idea of selling a golf membership service for $1. (It was actually a very bad idea—no one told me you can’t make money on $1 per customer.) Another time I tried to launch four projects on…Read More
Happy 2014 to all! If you haven’t set goals or a theme for the year yet, it’s not too late. Habits do not create themselves. If you get off track in a habit you’ve committed to, you have to make adjustments to ensure you course correct. Over here I’m getting back to my writing routine,…Read More
Big news: it's time for our once-a-year, everything-must-go sale at Unconventional Guides.
This year, there's something special: after a long wait with no new products, we now have a new guide out today. Oh, we're also doing a brand-new event. What! I know.
Read on for more ... or click here to go to the site.Read More
Want to receive fun surprises in the mail ... four times a year? I thought so. Quarterly is a new subscription service that offers a surprise package each quarter from interesting people. I'm not sure why they thought I was an interesting person, but I liked the idea of sharing some of my favorite things with you—so a few months ago, we sent out a package to an initial group of recipients.Read More
Whenever I release a new product, I always get questions from people wanting to know if they should buy it. For years I never knew how to answer this question—I just said, “Sorry, I’m not good at providing personal recommendations on products. If you’re uncertain, skip this one and read the blog for free.”I said that for a couple of different reasons. First, I never want anyone to feel any kind of pressure to sign up for something if it’s not an amazing fit for them. I like product launches, but I also like to sleep at night. Second, what I said was true—I’m honestly not good at determining whether a particular product is good for someone or not! Everyone’s situation is different.
I was going down to SF to see Ramit Sethi, an expert on negotiation and psychology. Ramit and I have known each other for a while, and he asked me to film a segment in his studio for an upcoming course.I should explain now that Ramit and I, along with Jonathan Fields, have the habit of calling everyone dude, regardless of their age or gender. I texted Ramit: Dude, flight delay up here. What should I do? He wrote back: Dude, hold on. I’m busy counting stacks of money! Just kidding—Ramit didn’t actually say that. He was busy filming someone else, but I heard from his assistant and we quickly looked at the schedule together. Read More
This morning we reopened Adventure Capital for general admission! It's been nearly six weeks since our initial beta launch, and we're now ready to welcome a wider group of members.-->Check out the site over here, or read more below. Adventure Capital is an intensive, 12-month series of modules. Each month you'll receive a new module focusing on specific strategies and tactics you can apply in your business. I want to help a special group of people over the past year with this project. It's definitely not for everyone, so check it out and see if it's for you. Read More
Four weeks ago, we launched Adventure Capital to a small group of beta members.We're now gearing up to launch it more widely... next week! Wednesday, May 29 is the day when our initial group will be available to refer new members, and a few special partners will be writing about it as well. But first! In the spirit of adventure, we're giving away two full scholarships to the entire year-long program. Win a Full Scholarship (Short Version) It's very basic. Adventure Capital is all about helping new business owners increase income by taking deliberate action over the course of a year. To enter, simply comment in this post about what kind of business you'd like to start, improve, or grow. We'll choose two winners on Sunday night at 6pm PST. -->Enter the contest here Read More
After producing a new project, I try to circle back and share a few of the lessons learned. Last week we had a small beta launch for Adventure Capital, a new business course, so it's time for another breakdown.
It's been a long time since I've released a paid product of any kind, and there's nothing for sale in this post. If you're creating offers of your own, or if you're just curious how things went with the beta launch last week, I hope the lessons are helpful.
Let's kick off the debrief!Read More
I mentioned earlier that most new business owners struggle with at least one of two fundamental problems:
1. They don't make the right products or services.
2. They don't connect with the right people.
One way or another, if you're trying to get a new project up and running, the struggle likely relates to one or both of these issues.Read More