“I just look at some things and go, “Why is that? Why does it work that way?” Oftentimes, the people most entrenched in a system have no idea why.” — Nick Kokonas Nick Kokonas (IG: @nkokonas, TW: @NickKokonas) is the co-owner and co-founder of The Alinea Group of restaurants, which includes Alinea, Next, The Aviary, Roister, and The Aviary NYC. He is also the founder and CEO of Tock, Inc, a reservations and CRM system for restaurants with more than 2.5M diners and clients in more than 20 countries. Alinea has been named the Best Restaurant in America and Best Restaurant in The World by organizations and lists as diverse as The James Beard Foundation, World’s 50 Best, TripAdvisor, Yelp, Gourmet Magazine, and Elite Traveler. His restaurants have won nearly every accolade afforded to them. Nick has been a subversive entrepreneur and angel investor since 1996. He spent a decade as a derivatives trader, has co-written three books, and believes in radical transparency in markets and business. His latest effort is The Aviary Cocktail Book, which is perhaps the most gorgeous book I’ve ever seen. It is self-published, has already pre-sold nearly $1M in copies, and is being released and [...]
“I think a big part of knowing that you’re right is working as hard as you can to prove that you’re wrong. And if you can’t, well, there’s only one option left, which is: [...]
Our guest, Austin Krajicek, is not only a current coaching client, he is also a professional tennis player who travels the world and ranks #39 in doubles… and he joins us today to talk about hi [...]
“I’m just so fundamentally optimistic, and I barrel forth in life with this attitude that everything is going to be absolutely fine and go my way.”
— Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer ( [...]
“You can systematize innovation even if you can’t completely predict it.”
— Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) is Technical Advisor and Board Member to Alphabet Inc., where [...]
Finding Focus—So often in this business we see people who get hung up and hyper-focus on the little details that aren’t doing anything to help their businesses grow. How do you reset that mentalit [...]
What happens when you climb to the top of the finance food chain only to discover it’s not what you were hungry for?
That was the story for today’s guest, Alex Grodnik—Wall Street Oasis. [...]
“The biggest problem we run into is going, ‘This is who I am, this is what I’m like, this is how I function’ while failing to notice that you don’t do that anymore.” [...]
Note from the editor: The following is a guest post by Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99), a journalist who’s written about technology and science for two decades. Clive is a longtime contributing w [...]
“An overactive ego is a tyrant.” – Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivor [...]
“All these things you’re sure are true — what if they weren’t?”
— Safi Bahcall
Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that W [...]
Growing pains are an inevitable part of any business, land investing included. You hit a plateau and growth halts until you make the necessary expenses to get your business climbing upward once again. [...]
Welcome to a special episode called “Tea Time with Tim,” for which I solicited phone numbers and then called a handful of you to field any questions you might have.
Among other topics, we [...]
“I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.”
— Actual patient featured in “Trip of Compassion”
This post is about the most compelling movie I’ve seen [...]
One of the many advantages of this business is that you can do it from anywhere… even while snowboarding the slopes in Colorado.
As was the case for Erik Peterson who shares details of the trip, [...]
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“Everyone’s genius is right next to their dysfunction.” — Graham Duncan
Graham Duncan (@GrahamDuncanNYC) is the co-founder of East Rock Capital, a multi- [...]
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Dr. Jason Brooks.
You know the saying—If you don’t like the way things are, then change it.
Change is rarely that simpl [...]
What is the best plan of attack when it comes to keeping up the health of your land business?
Do you stretch it out over a week’s time, being consistent in showing up every day?
Or, do you onl [...]
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“I’m not really a business author; I just happen to have used companies as the method to study human systems because there’s great data.” — Jim Collins
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“I really am a big believer in people’s creativity flourishing when they come at things from a different direction and see things in a different way.” — [...]
“Feedback is a gift.” — Tobi Lütke
Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store c [...]
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“In life — from the simplest thing to the biggest thing — I want to be proud of what it is and stake my claim: ‘That’s mine and that’s how [...]
In this week’s Round Table—CREATING TIME for this business.
This week’s cast of Geeks joining Mark include:
Aaron WilliamsMimi SchmidtErik PetersonTate LitchfieldScott Todd
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“So often, when you see someone who’s really good at almost anything, it’s because they actually started out exactly the opposite — and then they cared so mu [...]
“You spend the first 20 years of being rich accumulating all of this stuff. And then you’ll spend the next 20 years trying to get out of one thing after another to simplify your life.̶ [...]
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What do roughly 1.5 million subscribers to my newsletter care about most? Or put another way, if they voted with clicks, what most caught their attention in 2018?
The 25 items b [...]
Here are some photos from the final stop of my honeymoon, which we started in Italy, then Kenya, India, and now — Thailand!
We wanted to create our Rich Life in every place, so we planned our dream [...]
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” — Greg McKeown
Greg McKeown (@GregoryMcKeown) is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined [...]
I’ve been sharing my honeymoon stories and other aspects of my life on my Instagram stories.
In the last installment of my Honeymoon Series, we explored Italy with our parents, and now we’ve moved [...]
I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” [...]
“I think the role of the entrepreneur in the world is to find ways to do things better or more efficiently and then try to do that as many times over with the help of other people.” — Sa [...]
I’ve been sharing my honeymoon stories and other aspects of my life on my Instagram stories.
In the last installment of my Honeymoon Series, we explored Italy with our parents, and now we’ve move [...]
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“If people around you don’t think what you’re doing is a bit strange, maybe it’s not strange enough.” — Patrick Collison
Patrick C [...]
I always knew that I wanted our honeymoon to be unforgettable. My wife and I were thinking about doing a safari, and when we went out with a few married friends and told them, they said, “That sound [...]
“Unhappiness is at the root of more pain, I would suspect, than any ailment that falls in the ‘physical’ body. And to think that we have compounds that could play such an important r [...]
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:
As we come to the end of [...]
“And then I wake up at 7:00 a.m., and I roll over and look at my phone. And I have a notification from Shopify saying that I made my first sale for $149. And I let out this huge, orgasmic noise of r [...]
“I’ve gotten away with saying the most outrageous things because I’m not angry. And people listen, and we can have actual dialog.” — Dr. Andrew Weil
Andrew Weil, M.D. (@DrWeil) is [...]
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“I try to put myself in a mental state of, ‘How do I learn from that defeat? How do I learn from that loss?'” — LeBron James
“Recovery never stops. [...]
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“Slow down. Do it again.” — Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch (IG: @daveelitch) first garnered attention with his band Daughters of Mara’s debut album I am Destroyer in 2 [...]
Stan Grof (right) with the legendary Albert Hofmann (left), the first person to synthesize LSD.
“I realized people were not having LSD experiences; they were having experiences of themselves. Bu [...]
If you’re broke, things that people consider minor purchases can be a massive undertaking for you:
Going out for meals and to bars
Paying utility bills or rent
Filling up your car with gas
Note from the editor: This post accompanies the recent episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show and the Tribe of Mentors podcasts featuring Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron. It explores James’s dail [...]
“Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.” — James Cameron
James Cameron (@jimcameron) is a filmmaker and deep sea explorer. He is writer, director and produc [...]
Doug McMillon (IG: @dougmcmillon) is president and chief executive officer of Walmart, a company that, if it were a country, would be the 25th largest economy in the world. Walmart serves 265 million [...]
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“Paradoxically but wonderfully, focusing on someone else’s happiness will actually make you happier.” — A.J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs) takes over the sh [...]
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“Price is a story.” — Seth Godin
Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog, seths.blog) is the author of 18 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 35 language [...]
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“The goal of meditation is to uncover a form of wellbeing that is inherent to the nature of our minds.” — Sam Harris
Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) received a deg [...]
“The war against nature is a war against your own biology.”
— Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fun [...]
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Rocky Lalvani Founder of RicherSoul.com—helping people create fulfilling and meaningful lives by taking money out of the [...]
“I’ve always had this theory that, if you help enough people get what they want, you’ll always get what you want.” — George Raveling
Coach George Raveling (@GeorgeRaveling) i [...]