[TEST] How Empathetic Are You?

"With a world that is waiting for us to make a mistake and digitally immortalize those mistakes, empathy seems to be a lost skill and trait." —American Counseling Association (ACA) It's sad to say in our business-driven world, but the role of empathy in our lives...

Why Insiders Get Rich—And How To Become One

12 years ago, I moved to Boulder, Colorado and proceeded to make zero friends. Instead, I focused on becoming a millionaire. Specifically, by selling products online with world-class copy skills. Getting to know fellow business owners? Preposterous! The only equation...

12 Ways to Get People to Want to Do Business With You

"Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators." —Dave Barry All of us are born with a certain amount of charisma, but some people have a special kind. They have what I call a "magnetic...

3 Scientific Hacks to Get More Done and Eat Less Junk


Brian Wansink has built a career out of tricking you and your kids. You should thank him for that. Wansink is a professor and researcher at Cornell University. The author of “Mindless Eating,” he has dedicated his life to helping you eat better. His work inspired the...

Sell Every Day

You must do this every day. You must ask for It. It is the SALE. You must sell. I don't mean contacting an affiliate, or putting a blog post, but actually asking someone to buy your product today, either via social media or email. You should be selling your own...

5 Ways to Make Hard Decisions a Little Easier

Yesterday, my wife Missy woke up with her stomach in knots. Clara, the woman who’d been cleaning our house for the past two years, was becoming more and more unreliable. Sometimes she called to say she’d be late – but sometimes she just didn’t show up at all. Not only that, but she was doing a terrible job.

ETR Insider Report: The Evolution of Early to Rise

I’ve been editing Early to Rise since the day it began – about eight years ago – when Michael Masterson decided the Internet was the perfect vehicle for him to share his thoughts on how to achieve success. Given his personal experience as a wealth builder, business builder, and marketing expert, he had plenty to write about.

Overcoming the “Technical Learning Curve”

Starting an Internet business takes work – but it’s easier than you may think. Unfortunately, many people are stumped by the “technical” side of it. Here is just one example of the kind of e-mail I get from frustrated entrepreneurs on a daily basis…

Why You Should Write Daily

One of the most instrumental changes in my life has been writing every single day. For many years I was a writer who didn't write that regularly. It was always on the back of my mind to write, but I didn't find the time. Then I started my blog in January 2007, and...

Interesting Trend in the Advertising World

Dear Early to Rise Reader, Last Monday, The USA Today reported on an interesting trend in the advertising world. Many of the world'’s biggest and most successful companies, the paper reported, are now turning to direct-marketing (which they call the "ugly step-child"...

15-Minute-a-Day Program

"'Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man." - Thomas Fuller, M.D. (Gnomologia, 1732) If you want to be really good at what you do, you must do more than just work hard. You must stay au courant with your competition. If you are a ballet dancer,...

Practice E-mail Etiquette

"It is much easier to be critical than to be correct." - Benjamin Disraeli (speech, January 24, 1860) This is not the first time I've talked about e-mail etiquette (see Message #180, "E-Mail and Return Buttons"), so if you have already heard this little speech, please...

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