I was thinking the other day… You know what one of our biggest obstacles is in life? Choice.

Choice has derailed more great plans than virtually anything else.

Example: I want to write this article to you. Well, I have 14 different ideas about things I could say to you today. Problem is, 14 different things causes something called “decision paralysis.” If I want to write this article to you, I first have to think about what I want to say. Well, what day is it? Which thought can be translated into an article that’s worthy of your time? …


By now, most of you know that I’m a super-early riser. Like, ridiculously early, around 3:30am. If you do some homework on the subject, you’ll find that many successful CEOs are, as well. It’s simply ingrained into us — If we want to be successful, we need to be working when others are not. To do that, we embrace the early — We wake up early, and we’re better for it. It’s like the classic running quote: “Somewhere, right now, someone is training while you are not. When you race him, he will win.”

So I get up early because…


Fact: If I don’t know you, and you ask to pick my brain, you can, for free, anytime you want to.

Corollary: On my terms.

Here’s my life mantra: I believe that if you’ve had any modicum of success, no matter how small, you have a responsibility to “send the elevator back down,” as it were. And more often than not, that comes in the form of people asking to pick my brain. And I’m happy to let you do that!

You will never regret helping someone by sharing your experiences.

But, doing that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Think about it: If I let everyone meet with me…


Quote from Peter Shankman, virtual keynote speaker “We all make mistakes. We’re humans. But to make the mistake, and then not care in the slightest about the problem? That’s where the disconnect comes in.”
Quote from Peter Shankman, virtual keynote speaker “We all make mistakes. We’re humans. But to make the mistake, and then not care in the slightest about the problem? That’s where the disconnect comes in.”

Billy Joel had it right. It’s truly a matter of trust. If you can’t trust a brand — a company — a person — nothing else they do will ever matter. Your job, above all else, is to make sure your company, your brand, heck, even you, are trusted by everyone with whom you interact. Because even just a little bit of mistrust can cause lasting damage.

Example: I’m an Apple fanboy. Have been since the 80s when my dad bought me my first Apple. (10 print hello, 20 go to ten, run.)

When the Apple Watch came out, I…


If it’s a new year, one thing’s for sure in the entrepreneurial ecosystem: Right now, there are countless “successful” entrepreneurs writing articles, posting videos, and recording podcasts explaining how you too can have their same success, their same life, and their same wealth. All you need to do is what they do, just like they do it.

They’ll use words like “hustle,” hashtags like “#nosleep,” and show footage of them supposedly working long into the night, after those who they believe “don’t want it badly enough” have gone to sleep.

And without fail, every single entrepreneur will tell you that…


From the beginning of my career at the AOL Newsroom, to running my own PR firm, to founding and building Help a Reporter Out, I’ve met tons of journalists from all over the world, and I’m honored to call many of them friends.

However: There’s a massive difference between “being friends with a journalist” and “being friends with the media.” The former exists. The latter does not.

I know that when I’m going for a run in Central Park with a friend of mine who is a reporter, we can complain about the run, about the heat, make fun of…


More than money, more than stocks, bonds, or even Litecoin, the most valuable investment you’ll ever make in 2018 will be the investment of your f$cks. Where you choose to invest your f$cks, how you transfer them from one investment to another, and how you use diversify your f$ck holdings, will be some of the most important decisions you’ll make in 2018.

But where to invest your hard-earned f$cks? Well, like money or your savings, you want to invest your f$cks in opportunities that offer the highest level of return.

So with that, I offer you ten of the Top…


Without fail, two things happen every December:

  1. New York City has three days of mid-60s temperatures, confusing the hell out of everyone, right before temps plunge into the 20s and stay there until March. After the cold showers.
  2. Every idiot comes out of nowhere with their “predictions for the next year” pieces, as if something about thirty one days of candy canes and eggnog gives every self-proclaimed guru in the world the ability to see the future for one month only.

That said, this is not a “predictions” piece. If I had the ability to accurately foresee this crap, I…


Last week, an article came out in ADDitude Magazine, the publication for those with, or working with ADHD. The headline screamed “Should you tell your boss you have ADHD?” Followed by “No.”

Of course, I read it and immediately went nonlinear. Not even taking into account the piece read like an advertisement for ADD coaches, (guess what the writer does for a living, by the way,) the entire article was demeaning, condescending, and could be summarized like this:

You’re broken. Don’t tell anyone.

So, I have two questions for the author of this piece, and for the magazine that saw…


Originally published on my blog.

Long story short: I learned that going completely off the social grid for a few days has tremendous benefits, and very few downsides. The hardest part is starting.

This past weekend, starting Friday at 8am, and ending Monday at 4:30am, I went off the grid completely. I kept my mobile phone on airplane mode. I kept my laptop closed (with the exception of the flights to write.) The only time I turned on my phone was to show my boarding pass Friday morning and again Sunday afternoon to come home. …

Peter Shankman

Host: Faster Than Normal #ADHD Podcast. Bestselling author, marketer, HARO Founder. Book for virtual keynote speaker: http://bit.ly/PSvirtualkeynote

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