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I had a blast being interviewed on camera by one of my favorite authors, Ramit Sethi.

Here are some topics we covered:

--> The right way to ask for feedback, and the wrong way

--> The crucial difference between people who act on feedback and people who don’t

--> The delicate dance between confidence and feedback – and how to make it improve your confidence rather than detract

--> How to know when you should ignore someone’s advice, vs. listen to it

And we cover this all in just 6 short minutes. I promise it will pep up your Friday :) 

http://www.ellsberg.com/ramit-sethi-interviews-michael-ellsberg
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Good tip. Thanks. I've had my eye on Evernote for a while; I need to put that baby to use.
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How would you like a six-figure career without so much as a college degree?

Linda Sivertsen, aka the "Book Mama," is the latest in a series of solo-preneurs I’ve interviewed for Forbes, who made great careers for themselves without college degrees. She tells us the story of how she hacked her way to a lucrative and exciting career in publishing, without a sheepskin diploma on the wall.
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It's always been about being a good writer. That's what most my sociology professors say too.
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I admit it: one of my secret fantasies I've been harboring for over a decade has been to be featured in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times; my guilty secret is that it's one of my favorite sections in all of journalism.

Well friends, today that fantasy has arrived! 

The trend of "young entrepreneur dropouts" has been officially stamped as "approved" by the trend-hunting Sunday Styles section of the NYT- and I'm a source in the story, with a couple of choice quotes and commentaries. 

Check out this great article by the venerable Alex Williams, called "Saying No To College" here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/fashion/saying-no-to-college.html

The print version comes out tomorrow. Also featured are +Dale J. Stephens and +Blake Boles (Zero Tuition College).

The revolution continues...
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My son could've easily been part of this article.  He attended a private prep school and, at graduation said, "I'd rather get a job for a while."  To which I said, "College will be there for you whenever it's right.  If you find peers leapfrogging you for promotions, pay attention.  Until then, you have my full support."  He's always had a gift for computing security and has been programming since he was a 10-y.o., and now works for a large Internet-based corporation pulling in a tidy 6+ figure salary.  Um, and with no debt.  Self-Determination Win.  Parenting win.  
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I'm an Entrepreneur... I Need a Shrink!

(My latest on Forbes)
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I posted video, downloadable audio and a transcript on my talk at Awesomeness Fest...

How to Connect With Powerful and Influential People
http://www.ellsberg.com/awesomeness-fest

In the space of 26 minutes, I delivered my most tight and condensed lesson on that topic ever--complete with a live demo. A video, plus transcript and audio for download is available through that link.

In this lesson, I make the distinction between "good networking" and "bad networking," and explain exactly what the difference is.

What's more, I actually demo the difference live and unscripted on stage, with a member of the audience. 

Have you ever wondered what a really good networking conversation sounds like? 

Download this to your iPod and learn as you drive, or do errands, or walk around! 

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Michael

P.S. By the way, next week I'm releasing my biggest training ever--a private course in which I spill all my yet-unpublished secrets about networking and connecting. Be on the lookout for my next post about it. 
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Surprise! I'm doing a spontaneous live Q+A right now, testing out the new broadcast feature of Google+ Hangouts. Watch the stream here, and ask your questions in the comments section of this post.

You can ask about anything, but since it's Friday afternoon, I will prioritize non-business questions about: spirituality, sex, relationships, art, drugs, mental health, social life, and existential crises. 

Join the fun! 
http://youtu.be/etU1X-1p6q4
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What are your thoughts about having a 4some? (2 couples swapping partners around in the bedroom). Do you think that this is just another form of human connection that can be done in a healthy manner, or is it inherently relationship degrading/destroying?
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Want to know what it's like when you completely align your business with who you are as a creative person? No better person to learn from than Danielle LaPorte +Danielle LaPorte Check out my Forbes profile of her below- and check out her new book The Fire Starter Sessions, out this week.
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I am the author of The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think, and It’s Not Too Late, out in September 2011 from Penguin/Portfolio, and The Power of Eye Contact: Your Secret For Success in Business, Love and Life, from HarperCollins. I also writes a blog on entrepreneurialism, career development, and education at Forbes.com.

The Education of Millionaires is a bootstrapper’s guide to investing in your own human capital. I interviewed some of the most successful people on the planet who didn’t complete college and who educated themselves in the real world, to deconstruct their secrets and create a “Syllabus for a Successful Life” based on what he learned from them.

The book features interviews with self-educated billionaires Phillip Ruffin and John Paul DeJoria, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and founding president Sean Parker, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, Pink Floyd lead guitarist David Gilmour, and marketing experts Eben Pagan, Frank Kern and Joe Polish. It also features the insights of experts including Seth Godin, “Rich Dad” Robert Kiyosaki, and PayPal co-founder and Facebook angel investor, billionaire Peter Thiel.

The Education of Millionaires has been sold into Korea pre-release, and The Power of Eye Contact has been sold into China, Russia, France, Korea, Vietnam, Poland, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, and Brazil. The latter was featured in the Washington Post, and on Tim Ferriss’s Four-Hour Workweek blog.

I am the creator of Eye Gazing Parties, a series of social events based on eye contact which attracted feature press coverage from theNew York Times, Associated Press TV, CBS News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Regis & Kelly, Current TVYoga Journal, the San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco magazine, the BBC, the Times of London, Match.comNerve.com, Agence Press France, German and Canadian national television, and in Tim Ferriss’s #1 New York Times andWall Street Journal bestseller The Four-Hour WorkweekElle magazinecalled Eye Gazing Parties “New York’s hottest dating trend.”

I collaborated with Dr. Marc Gerstein on Flirting With Disaster: Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental, which was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. My work has also been featured in the Harvard Business Review online and on Digital Book World.

I was born in San Francisco in 1977, grew up in Berkeley, and graduated from Brown University in 1999, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. I live in New York with my wife Jena la Flamme

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  • Brown University
    International Relations, 1995 - 1999
  • Deerfield Academy
    1992 - 1995
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