Tuesday Treasure #2: Free book, conversation questions, and love

Hello family!

I’ve decided to rename this email list Tuesday Treasure.

Here’s why I’ve decided on that title:

Think of this email as a treasure chest. I’ll go digging for gold all week through the Internet, books, and real life… and then you get to open the treasure chest every Tuesday.

Sounds like a good deal, eh?

Another reason: amateurs publish whenever they feel like, pros show up even when they don’t want to. Keeping a schedule will keep me accountable to sending you an email. Even though the first “Tuesday Treasure” was published on a Monday, that’ll be our little secret. 🤫

Let’s get to it!

How To Receive a Free Book

First things first. I know this email list is already made of smart people. But I want to incentivize even more smart people to join as well.

So, here’s what I’m going to do: if you refer three people to this email list, I’ll send you a book based on your interests.

When you forward this email to three people, let me know you’ve done this… and tell me your physical address and what you’re interested in (limit one per person per newsletter). I am looking forward to shipping some knowledge to you.

How’s that for treasure?! I’ll do this until this newsletter has 1,000 subscribers.

Kevin Hart’s Big Moment

Listened to the most recent podcast from Joe Rogan and Kevin Hart. (I outlined my notes here.)

Kevin talked about his big break:

His agent called him two weeks before Shaquille O’Neal’s Comedy Jam. Kevin didn’t really want to waste material on this event and didn’t really want to do it. But he said fine, he’d do it.

The show went well for Kevin. Some slick editing (which Kevin says he had nothing to do with) solidified him as the star of the show. Then, Showtime (the producer of the Comedy Jam) pushed the show nonstop on its airwaves.

After the show was released, Kevin’s personal shows started to sell out. Quickly. In a span of eight days, Kevin sold out 12-15 venues in New York City.

Kevin’s takeaway was there was so much he couldn’t control but had an enormous impact.

The agent’s phone call. The editing. The distribution.

So he realized… you never know when your big moment is going to come. So just keep pushing.

Prepare for Conversations

You prepare for business meetings. Are your closest relationships more or less important than business?

Before talking to a friend or family member…

Write down three questions (or topics) you’d love to talk to them about.

It’s a pretty simple concept, but I’ve used it to great success. A lot of times we get trapped in the game of “How was your day?” or idle smalltalk. We only scratch the surface to the other person’s knowledge.

If we ask deeper questions, we will be able to get deeeper answers. Here are some I’ve used at the dinner table:

  • What are you most grateful for?
  • What is the role of family?
  • What is one epiphany, insight, or thought you’ve had recently?
  • Who has influenced your thinking the most?
  • If you could have a billboard, what would you put on it?

Other questions that may be valuable with older generations:

  • How have you dealt with death?
  • How did you cultivate [insert a specific trait]?
  • When did you realize you were going to do that with your life?

And perhaps my favorite:

  • If you died tomorrow, what are three lessons/truths you would wish to share with the world?

The Case for Fiction

I’ve been an avid nonfiction reader for a looooong time. I rarely read fiction but this post – 30 life lessons I learned before turning 30 by Anne-Laure Le Cunff – has me reconsidering. What stood out to me was her reasoning why fiction is better:

What I noticed is that non-fiction books tend to make me think in a mechanical, linear way—if I apply this recipe which worked out for the author, things will work out for me. When I read fiction, on the other hand, I think in an intuitive and creative way. I make new connections where none existed in my mind.

An interesting insight that I’m looking forward to testing out myself.

An Illegal Haircut Provides A Story

Last week, I got a haircut. An illegal haircut. But I ended up getting something far greater. I ended up getting a new perspective on life. It was a story of gratitude, hard work, and the American Dream. I wrote a thread about it on Twitter. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Love > Money

Someone asked me last week, “you seem different… what changed?”

The answer is a lot has changed.

I started practicing meditation daily. I started cultivating discipline. I started following what my heart was calling (writing!).

But it all centers around the following principle: Love > Money.

I know this might sound ridiculous, not practical, and simplistic, but it doesn’t matter to me. It’s the truth. When you start loving yourself, those around you, the world, the animals, the planet… incredible things begin to happen. Well, at least that’s been my experience at least.

I have no idea what this journey is going to hold. But I have one guarantee: it will be filled with love.

To your success,


P.S. As always, respond back to this email! Introduce yourself. Feel free to tell me what you liked, disliked, or what you had questions about. I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

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