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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.
Mr. Tinder, Stefan-Pierre Tomlin.

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

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.

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 —…


The curious case of half a house

You may be familiar with the term halfway house. Unfortunately for one family, they are going viral due to a half house.

Bishnu Aryal emigrated to Australia from Nepal. He spent years saving for a deposit for his dream house and finally, in 2016, had saved enough for a block of land in a suburb of Sydney.

He then paid a builder, Zac Homes, to construct his dream family home on the block. Paying $322,000 for the home, he waited three years for the company to complete the build. …


Learn from my $250,000 in mistakes

I walked out of the meeting, and once I was out of earshot of the clients, I let out a loud, enthusiastic cheer. I started jumping up and down like a guy who had just made the championship-winning basket on the buzzer.

I sent a quick email to my team. “Nailed it. They are in.” I had just secured the biggest client in my startup's history.

Except I hadn’t. I had secured a quick, easy win. But as I would learn, there is a big difference between a quick win and a long-term sustainable win.

Lesson 1: Upwork disaster

When I moved into full-time…


Looking at the trends in the billionaire's list

According to the latest report by Forbes, there are currently 2,755 billionaires on Planet Earth. I am willing to bet all my money — which is several zeros less than a billion — that you are not one of them.

Perhaps you aspire to be one. I know I do. So it is worth looking at those 2,755 and seeing how they made their money, what patterns there are and what we can learn from them.

2020 was a good year for viruses — and the wealthy

2020 was a year like no other, thanks to COVID-19. People went into lockdown, businesses closed, and economies tanked.

Except for the people at…


Taking personal development into the bedroom

Personal development and self-help are popular topics — as any internet search or a trip to the Bookstore will validate. If you want a morning routine, five ways to become more attractive, and three signs to spot in a toxic person, then you are all set.

But what if you wish to become more productive, more attractive, and less toxic in the bedroom? Where are all the self-help gurus now? (Hears crickets chirping in the background) Fear not, I will step forward into this vast gap to provide the information that we all need.

And what better way than to…


There is no creativity — or money — in complaining

There are three outcomes for this article.

  1. It will go viral. Unlikely, but one can hope.
  2. Writers will take note, pull their heads in, and focus on creating great content.
  3. The status quo AKA the status woe, will continue.

I would be happy for one or two. I will sob into my coffee if it is three. And tears in my coffee make it taste worse than Starbucks. So please don’t let that happen.

The Current Situation

There are many content creators: writers, video makers, social media scribes, and more. The barriers to entry are incredibly low, and hence there are approximately 2.3…


And why you need music when you make love

After college, I lived with two other guys in a place that was called The House of Porn (why it was called that is a story for another day). It was in a great location but cheap, and part of that was due to the very thin walls.

Being three guys with very high sex drives, there was a fair amount of action in the HOP. It could become very noisy at times, and so we implemented a rule. …

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