My Favorite Things

This is a collection of blogs, articles, products, and other random things I love. I’ll keep adding to it whenever it strikes my fancy.


All of Derek’s articles are super-short. No fluff. No BS. No images, popups, or distractions. But very insightful and helpful.

I don’t remember how I heard about James Altucher. But, somehow I came across his self-published book, Choose Yourself!, in 2013. It’s nothing more than an expanded collection of blog posts, but it blew my mind. It was simple. Grammar and structure were disregarded. All that came through was the message of doing things they I want to do them. And five years later, here I am.

His original tagline was, “self-help that doesn’t suck.” Right up my alley.

Noah Kagan was employee #30 at Facebook. After he was fired — costing him probably 9 figures — he went on to build several other million-dollar businesses. He writes about marketing and growth.

Seth Godin is the “Godfather” of modern marketing. He has published a new post every single day for, like, 27 years. Most of them are 100 words or less. He writes about doing the work we dream about and doing things the right way. Sign up for his email feed. That’s the easiest way to read his beautiful writing.

I read The 4-Hour Work Week as soon as I finished James Altucher’s book. It blew my mind even more. Let’s just say I was a late-bloomer to the whole idea of creating work and designing my life in a way that works for me. Tim doesn’t blog much anymore. His site is more focused on his podcast, but the old articles are fantastic.

A friend introduced me to this site a year after I started my blog. I feel like Tim Urban is my long-lost brother.


This article was written in 2008, but it’s still relevant today. Kevin Kelly explains — using actual math — how we only need 1,000 “true fans” to be a successful creator (artist, writer, business person, etc.). True fans are those who will buy any and everything we put out into the world. Every single time.

This is incredible. James Altucher breaks down the final rap battle scene in the movie 8 Mile. He goes line-by-line and explains the persuasion techniques Eminem uses to win the battle. (Oops. Spoiler alert.) It’s a blueprint for using peoples’ psychological biases and tendencies to achieve the desired outcome.

Tim Urban did better with this than I ever could. He just gets me.

Rules To Live By

I agree with this 100%. Life is too short to work with (or for) jerks.