My dad had two rules:

  1. Don’t sit on his couch
  2. Don’t touch the remote

My dad looked like he belonged to the Italian Mafia. It was always great when a friend of mine would meet my dad for the first time. They didn’t know if they should laugh at his jokes out of fear or because he was genuinely funny.

My dad passed away following a battle with lung cancer. A few days before he died, the remote control wasn’t working properly. He asked me to get batteries from the cabinet. When I asked why he needed them, he looked up at me with a dumbfounded look on his face and said, “To put up my ass! Why else do people need batteries?”

I laughed, shrugged my shoulders and said, “Well… Looks like I’m going to get the batteries!”

“You’re so annoying, Robbie.” — James Altucher.

I idolized James Altucher. It is okay to say that I had a man crush. If you don’t know James, he wrote one of the most popular posts on LinkedIn about how you should quit your job in 2014.

Mine wasn’t your normal man crush. He didn’t have a body I wanted, nor did he necessarily have the job I wanted.

Have you ever seen someone on television or read someone’s writing, and your first reaction was, “I MUST meet this person?”

I'm going to ask you something that might seem contradictory to everything you’ve ever learned. Everything you have ever been taught is that to succeed you need to give 110% effort. Get to work early, leave late; do the jobs that no one else wants to do; be the leader when everyone else is following. Lead by example.I want you to stop doing all of that. Stop showing up to work earlier than everyone else. Show up on time and leave on time.Don’t do the jobs no one else wants to do. Do the job you were hired to do.Don’t lead when everyone else is following. Let someone else lead this time.Stop saying yes to every work assignment that comes to you. Learn to say no. Better yet, learn to avoid situations where people ask you to do more work.Stop offering new suggestions to improve a process.Stop coming through the front door. Come through the back door and be as invisible as possible.

I asked this question to 10,000 people on my "Summer of Quitting" email list.

Everyone on earth disappears, except you. You are all alone. It's like the movie "I Am Legend," but no zombies. Everything else is still in place. Cars still on the roads and buildings still in tact and everything is peaceful. What's the first thing that you do? How does your life and career change? What are your goals for the first 30 days and the first year?

All I have to say is WOW. The responses were amazing.The responses ranged from, "Break into a sperm clinic and figure out a way to impregnate myself to repopulate the world," to "Take a shit in the women's bathroom since I was never able to do that before."This was my email back to them.

I had 500 dollars in my bank account.It was hovering at that amount for a long time no matter what I did. I bought fewer things and saved more money. I stopped going out on weekends. Somehow, someway, I always ended up with just 500 dollars in my account.I was living paycheck to paycheck.One day I attended a large conference. The keynote speaker said:"Be bold. You have to take risks to advance. Be your own brand. You have to stand out."