The Third Kind of Marriage

Psychologist Kelly Flanagan wrote a paragraph I loved so much, I thought about framing it: The third kind of marriage is not perfect, not even close. But a decision has been made, and two people have decided to love each other to the limit, and to sacrifice the most important thing of all—themselves. In these marriages, losing becomes a way…

If You’ve Had Success, You’ve Also Had Luck

One of my least favorite qualities in many of the “successful” individuals I meet (those who’ve achieved wealth, notoriety or a combination) is their insistence that they’ve “made their own luck.” That’s why I loved Michael Lewis’ commencement speech from Princeton this year: This isn’t just false humility. It’s false humility with a point. My case illustrates how success is…

No, I Don’t Hate Black/Gray Hat SEOs or Their Tactics

Because I often speak and write passionately about the value of white hat SEO and broader white hat inbound marketing, there seems to be a weird misconception that I must naturally despise all who engage in black or gray hat tactics. That’s definitely not the case, and I want to make the distinction clear. Doing gray/black hat? Best be sure…

A Massive, Worldwide Middle Class

There’s a common refrain that entrepreneurs are, by nature, optimists. I certainly fit in that classification. I’m optimistic about people, about companies, about technology, about the progress we’ve made as a species in the past 200 years vs. the prior 20,000 and the past 20 years vs. the prior 200. Reading Foreign Policy’s analysis of the global middle class gave…