Michael Ellsberg was born in San Francisco in 1977 and lives in New York. Michael sends manifestos, recommendations, tips, and other exclusive content to his private email list, which you can join at www.ellsberg.com.
Recently, I was consulting with a client who was having trouble figuring out his pricing. He was a talented web designer, with a history of undercharging. For that reason, he was struggling, and broke, and unable to leave his unsatisfying corporate cubicle day job.
I asked him how much he’d like to charge for his work if he was self-employed full-time, and he said $10,000 per basic WordPress site. This struck me as odd, because he’d been charging a fraction of that, and even working f
John Mackey, the co-CEO of Whole Foods, is the author (with Raj Sisodia) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business of Capitalism. Philosopher Marc Gafni, Ph.D., president of the Center for World Spirituality, is the author of Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment.
While these are very different books, the authors have been in dialogue for years now about interesting crossovers in their thinking. In this dialogue, we captured some of the n
How would you like a six-figure career helping aspiring authors generate six- and even seven-figure advances for their soon-to-be bestselling books? Better yet, how would you like to develop a career like this without so much as a college degree?
Linda Sivertsen, the latest in a series of solo-preneurs I’m interviewing who made great careers for themselves without college degrees, tells us the story of how she hacked her way into a lucrative and exciting career in publishing, without
I’m “one of those” book authors. The kind that actually wants to make a living from writing books.
Which means, technically speaking, I’m crazy.
At least, that’s what I used to get told a lot, when I told people that’s what I was planning to do with my life.
Entrepreneurship—and a career as a working writer or artist, which is very much like being an entrepreneur—is one of the only callings in which a central requirement of the calling is to be crazy. At least, a littl
[Disclosure: My wife is a weight loss consultant whose work could conceivably be seen as competition to Registered Dietitians. Also, as I have written about extensively in this piece for Forbes detailing my own journey overcoming Bipolar II, I have been a longtime consumer of holistic nutrition counseling services from people who are not RDs.]
In January of this year, health and nutrition blogger Steve Cooksey received a disturbing letter from the North Carolina Board of Die
Chris Guillebeau has a wonderful new book out called The $100 Startup.
Since I believe that starting a small business should be, for most young people, their primary mode of higher education, Chris’s book intrigued me: if it’s possible to create a startup for $100, then it’s possible to get a $100 higher education! (At least, if you subscribe to the Ellsberg theory of startup-as-education.)
I decided I needed to talk to the man himself about all of this. Here is a recording of
At some point watching TV, you’ve probably had a sneaking suspicion that editors, producers and correspondents, in choosing how to cut/edit and spin the events you’re watching, sometimes misrepresent those events so grossly and intentionally that it amounts to lying.
But few of us have been at the events lied about in this manner. Fewer of us have complete video and audio recordings and transcripts of the events. And fewer people who have been lied about in the media have blogs o
In this series, I tell stories of successful business owners who did not complete college, and focused their education on street-smarts in the real world, rather than on academic theory in classrooms.
For this second episode, I interview Danielle LaPorte, a popular blogger who built a six-figure business as an author, speaker, and trainer, with no college degree, through her own style of self-education.
Danielle’s second book hit the shelves this week: The Fire Starter Session
[Disclosure: My wife is a weight loss consultant whose work could conceivably be seen as competition to Registered Dietitians. Also, as I have written about extensively in this piece for Forbes detailing my own journey overcoming Bipolar II, I have been a longtime consumer of holistic nutrition counseling services, from people who are not RDs. It was my connection to these services described in my previous article, as a longtime consumer, which alerted me to possible attempts to limit my–and
If you’ve been anywhere near an airport bookstore in the last five years, you’ve probably seen the face of Tucker Max leering out at you from one of his two uber-bestselling books.
On the cover of the New York Times-bestselling I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, he displays the perfect embodiment of what is often called a “shit-eating grin,” champagne bottle in one hand, pointing proudly, his arm around a seemingly-attractive blonde with a cropped-out face (“Your Face Here.”)