How Content Marketer Chirag Kulkarni Launched a Top NY Marketing Firm—And What He Can Teach You About Marketing in 2018

The founder of New York-based marketing agency Taco, Chirag Kulkarni is, by his own admission, something of an “accidental” marketing specialist. Curiosity is what vaulted him into the SEO/content realm, which then grew a business serving clients like...

8 Things NOT to Do Before 8 a.m.

It was only 7 a.m. and my coaching client was already stressed out. “Craig,” she wrote in her email, “I’ve been up since 5 a.m. doing yoga, meditation, gratitude journaling, and watching motivational videos on YouTube. But now it’s time to get ready for work and I...

The Power of Weakness on the Path to Success

If you search Medium for “making the most of weakness,” do you know how many articles pop up? Two. Surprising, given the fact that most—no, all—of us are a mixed back of incredible strengths and frustrating weaknesses. But in a culture that values purity, perfection,...

How to Be a Better Leader—Even If You Aren’t a Natural Born Leader

Yesterday’s article on being a leader resulted in a lot of questions. Like this one from a loyal ETR reader, which gets to the heart of leadership itself: “Craig, I’m not a good leader—of meetings, teams, or anything. How do I become a good leader so I can lead...

Success Secrets of Dr. Ferruggia

He's the one they call Dr. Ferruggia, he's the one that's going to give you a mental kick in the butt. He's the one they call Dr. Ferruggia, and he's the one that's going to make you feel alright... (Apologies to Motley Crue for the butchered lyrics of Dr. Feelgood.)...

Making Money With a Small, Responsive List

If you’ve been online for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across the phrase “The money is in the list.” This, of course, refers to the database of names, e-mail addresses, and other information you may collect from customers and prospective customers. Building a list is the core principle behind the Early to Rise / Agora Model of Internet Marketing.

Making Money With a Small, Responsive List

If you’ve been online for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across the phrase “The money is in the list.” This, of course, refers to the database of names, e-mail addresses, and other information you may collect from customers and prospective customers. Building a list is the core principle behind the Early to Rise / Agora Model of Internet Marketing.

You Determine Your Income

Do you think you’re making enough money? About half of American employees believe they are underpaid, according to a recent survey done by Salary.com. Yet the same survey found that only 22 percent really were underpaid as compared to industry standards.

The Truth About Positive Thinking

When my sons were growing up, I dreaded meeting with their teachers. I was always a tiny bit afraid that somewhere in the middle of the conversation the teacher would lean forward, grab my ear, and chastise me. This may be an irrational fear, but it is deeply seeded....

The Traits of Leadership: Let’s Call It Like It Is

"There are men, who, by their sympathetic attractions, carry nations with them, and lead the activity of the human race." - Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Power," The Conduct of Life, 1860) To command the respect of your subordinates, you must lead with self-awareness,...

A Mistake To Avoid

"The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them." - G.K. Chesterton ("The Secret of a Train," Tremendous Trifles, 1901) I am unwinding a complication as I write this. It has involved (a)...

“A Psalm of Life”: How To Make Your Life Sublime

"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." Sydney J. Harris (On the Contrary, 1962) The mayor of Baltimore thinks I'm a cynic. He pretty much said so when we met. During the lunch...

Seeds of Wealth

Dear Early Riser, What you are doing by honing your success skills -- in my humble opinion -- is the smartest thing you can do for yourself. The economy is faltering, and recession is upon us. Every businessman I know is working scared. Soon there will be cutbacks and...

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Promise #2 For The New Year

"Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy." - Izaak Walton (The Compleat Angler, 1653) Staying healthy should be a...

Concentrate Like A Brain Surgeon

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain Start melting away the fog of depression ... Triple your productivity at work ... And get better results every time you exercise. What's more, sharpen your reflexes, sleep better, and...

Don’t Work With Your Mouth Full

"Never eat more than you can lift." - Miss Piggy As we said in Message #444 ("Don't Befriend Your Business Contacts"), business and friendship don't easily go together. The same is true of business and food. If you value your health above all (and you probably...

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