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Stop telling me that I don’t have Aspergers

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 20:20:52 +0000

I am so sick of people telling me I don’t have Aspergers. I am also so sick of people not listening to me when I tell them their daughter has Aspergers. Women who have Aspergers do not look like men who have Aspergers. Men who have Aspergers look like socially retarded men. Women who have...

Commitment is essential for doing something that matters

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:42:22 +0000

For my next career, I decided I want to be a professional gamer. My kids will grow up and move out and I’ll get great internet and stock my apartment with all the food gamers want. And I’ll recruit an awesome team because they can live rent-free and play together in one room. I will not...

Melissa is getting married

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:20:18 +0000

I confess that she got engaged way earlier than just now. I had to get used to the idea. It’s a big change and of course I’m happy for her, but I’m nervous about the change. I like the guy. Okay, of course I like the guy. Melissa is very good at setting a goal...

Misogynist conversations women have all the time

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:28:43 +0000

Maybe you have not said all of these phrases, but you have said one of these, and you need to own up to it. Because all the #metoos of the world are not going to change things without you taking personal responsibility for the ways you put down other women. “I could never stay at...

The problem with personality types: testing yourself rarely works

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:54:00 +0000

A few months ago I did an experiment. I usually charge $350 for a coaching session, and at that fee I let people pick the time they want to talk. But then I said that if people booked the session at 7am or 10pm I would discount the cost to $150. Nearly overnight I was...

5 Types of underperformers who get an MBA

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:38:27 +0000

Business school applications are due at the beginning of January. Now is the time to withdraw your application. Because you should not go to business school. If you want to start a company, you should start a company. And if you want to climb the corporate ladder you should do that. An MBA does not...

How to make anyone adore you

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:12:39 +0000

This week Melissa is working with clients in New York during the day and sleeping at my apartment in Swarthmore. I wait for her to return each night at 9pm like I am like the cranky wife frustrated by her spouse’s long commute. My kids wait to light Chanukah candles with her like they are...

Children’s books that made me rethink careers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:24:27 +0000

When Squarespace contacted me and asked me to collaborate with them, I said yes. I usually say no to everybody. But, everybody I know uses them for their sites and their sites all look so good. And I thought it would be really good for my brand to be working with Squarespace. So I said yes. Then I...