1. From my desk
My article this week is titled "Success won't make you happy. Here's why." Scroll down to the bottom of this email to read it (you can also read the fancy version with graphics here). If you're a member of the Inner Circle, head over here to discuss the article on the private forum.
2. Want to be in my new book?
Most books have an Acknowledgments section at the end where the author thanks the people involved in helping the book come to life. A few months ago, I proposed an unconventional idea to my publisher of my forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Include the names of my readers in the Acknowledgments to thank them for supporting my work. Speaking from personal experience, there’s something amazing about seeing your printed name in a book that’s in bookstores and on bookshelves across the globe. We reserved some space in the final version of the book to print the names of 100 readers who pre-order 3+ copies of the book. I'll need to collect all the names before December 19 (two weeks from now) to send them to my publisher. There are only 100 spots available in the Acknowledgments section. I offered this opportunity to the members of the Inner Circle first, and 23 of them grabbed a spot. The remaining 77 spots will go fast. If you’re interested in appearing in the book, please pre-order 3 copies (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound) and send your receipt to email@example.com with the name you'd like to appear in the book. If you already ordered a copy, you can order 2 additional ones to share with friends and family. Books make for great gifts! By pre-ordering 3 copies of the book, you'll also get the pre-order bonuses listed on this page. The bonuses are worth at least 10x the cost of the books. And remember: 100% of my royalties from the pre-orders (up to $10,000) will go to charity:water, which is on a mission to create a future where everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water.
3. Famous Failures Podcast
What to Do When You Make a Mistake. This is a short, solo episode of Famous Failures. Instead of doing an interview, I speak about what you should do when you make a mistake. The episode is based on a blog post I wrote a few months ago, which you can find here. You can listen to the episode here.
"Habits begin as cobwebs, but end as chains." // popular proverb