And it has convinced several big writers to write about him

Flynn Blackie.
Flynn Blackie. Source: MOD Digital

As a writer, I get a lot of emails. Being the owner of a business, I get a lot of LinkedIn messages. And being a human, I am the recipient of an inordinate amount of spam.

I’m sure most people reading this are in the same boat. An overloaded mailbox that is full of clutter and rubbish. So it takes a lot for a cold email to be read and then responded to.

At a guess, I would say I reply to 1% of unsolicited messages. It needs to be special for me to take action. Very special.

17-year-old Flynn…


Who will win the battle of business versus politics?

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Thank you for inviting me to this Summit. I am delighted to have this opportunity to learn, discuss, and exchange ideas together with you.

With those opening words, Jack Ma’s fortune was changed.

How many of us have said words we would later regret? Maybe in anger to a friend or family member? Perhaps something to a work colleague? Whatever the words, I am sure it hasn’t cost you billions of dollars and lead to conspiracy theories across the internet asking where you have disappeared to.

But none of you are Jack Ma.

Opening remarks

In which we introduce Jack Ma

Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba…


The man with 15,000 matches knows how to build a brand

Mr. Tinder, Stefan-Pierre Tomlin.
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Most Swiped Man on Tinder.

There are a few titles I’d like. World’s Richest Entrepreneur. Funniest Person on Earth. Most Viewed Article on the Internet. Now I had a new one to add to the list of titles I would never achieve (hmm, maybe that’s a new one to aspire to, Most Titles Missed Out On).

The Most Swiped Man on Tinder.

I had to find out more about this guy. Who was he? How did he win the title of ‘most swiped’ and most importantly, what could I learn from him? …


#3: Inviting people to scam the CEO

Dupont advertising a way to suffocate babies? Source: eBay

Before the public sees an advertisement, it goes through several levels. Usually, there is an advertising agency that presents ideas and concepts. These get approved by various marketing leaders or senior management of the brand. There are plenty of options for quality control and to sense check any campaign before it goes live.

Yet still, some of the most idiotic advertisements make it into the public domain — brands both big and small.

Today, we look at nine of the worst advertisements of all time. As there are so many failed ads for us to shake our heads at, this…


A guide to a more fulfilling life, according to Matthieu Ricard.

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Matthieu Ricard has been called the world’s happiest person.

This isn't an award given out based on votes on a reality TV show, or to the influencer who gets the most likes on a social media post. This title was awarded to Ricard based on a twelve-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.

His skull was linked up to 256 sensors and scans showed that when Ricard was meditating on compassion, his brain produced a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning, and memory —…


Some advice even started as war propaganda

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I’m an average guy.

I’m reasonably fit, attend the gym when I can and have a physique best known as dad bod. I try to take care of myself, and I watch what I eat.

And like many of you, I read up on health and fitness tips. I mean, that’s why you’re reading this now — aren’t you?

The internet is full of tips, but unfortunately, many of them aren’t true. Yet, some of them get repeated over and over.

And over.

So I thought I would look at eight tips that I had always believed to see if…


Most people have very similar fantasies — they just don’t share them

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What’s your sexual fantasy?

Have you ever asked someone that question?

A partner, a friend with benefits, or even a mate? It seems that some people are embarrassed to either ask or answer this question — which is a shame. For some reason, people tend to clam up on this topic.

One thing that may make people discuss this topic more would be to know that many people share the same sexual fantasies. You aren’t a freak for wanting to be spanked, have sex in public, or watch your partner with another person. …


Stalkers, criminals, and weird-looking animals — oh my

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I imagine a mascot support group headed by Ronald McDonald that meets each week. The group consists of mascots that proudly represented businesses — some for decades and others who only briefly enjoyed their five minutes of fame.

But they come together each week united by one thing — they have been cut as a brand mascot.

I recently wrote about McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald, who was sent to greener pastures a few years ago— sadly removed from McDonald’s advertising. …


Featuring advice from Shakespeare and Lao Tzu

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Shaquille O’Neil and I are twins.

In the same way that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are.

Shaq is 7 foot 1 and won several titles in a successful professional basketball career. I’m five foot nine and once beat my son in a game of horse.

But we do have something in common.

We are both over success porn. And I’m willing to bet that you are as well.

To find this article today, you had to wade through a plethora of articles. …


Even celebrities are humans

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“Careful, mate, you’ll splash on your shoes.”

When you envisage meeting a celebrity, they aren’t the first words you imagine they might say to you. Instead, you expect something profound, something memorable that you will treasure for years.

“Oh, shit, sorry,” I replied and sheepishly turned to the task at hand. Unfortunately, my reply was even worse.

This was a Celebrity Meeting fail.

Australia has been the origin of some great bands. AC/DC, INXS, Tame Impala. Even the Bee Gees and the Wiggles. OK, maybe they aren't that great, but they are famous.

For me, my favorite Aussie band was…

Ash Jurberg

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