Have you ever felt a blockage in your brain that makes it difficult for you to focus? Have you ever had trouble concentrating at work or forgetting things all of a sudden? Then you may be experiencing brain fog. When you face cognitive disabilities like memory loss, inability to think clearly, or feel disconnected from the world around you, it may be because of brain fog. While brain fog is not a medical condition, its effects can be far damaging, leading to cognitive dysfunctions.Brain fog can also have adverse impacts on your work and productivity. With everyone working from home, there has never been as much focus on work productivity as there is today. The increasing pressure to do well and climb up the ladder, both personal and professional, has created turmoil among people, leading to rising brain fog causes. In this article, we have listed five ways brain fog affects your professional life.

Lack of focus

With brain fog, your memory is impaired, and you face difficulty in focusing or recalling things. This adversely affects your work because when your boss asks for some information, you can’t blame it on brain fog. One of the simplest ways to deal with this is to take notes of everything. Either in writing or on your phone, taking notes helps you remember everything. It could be an appointment, meeting, or other things, taking down notes helps you overcome brain fog and keep up your work productivity.

Reduced concentration

One of the major impacts of brain fog on work is that it reduces your ability to concentrate. You may be having an important meeting to attend or a crucial deal to crack, but it gets difficult to concentrate with brain fog. Wondering what should be a quick way to get rid of brain fog? Drink a glass of water and take a quick nap. With a lot of  work pressure, you do not get enough time to rest. With a quick nap, you will be able to rest your brain cells and give them some time to process all the information. 

Stress and anxiety

Stress can cause major havoc in your body. With a rise in work pressure, you might not be able to think clearly, eventually hampering your productivity. When a mental block or brain fog is restricting your capacity, you will face difficulty focusing on things and stress yourself. With more stress, you are bound to get anxious about your work and hamper your productivity. To overcome stress and anxiety, follow these natural remedies for brain fog and not let it affect your work productivity.

Reduced creativity

On days that you experience brain fog, it’s hard to focus on work, let alone creative work. It’s a challenge to get your creative juices flowing and cut through the fog. This adversely impacts your work productivity and deteriorates your quality of work. However, the next time you face brain fog, try to fight back against it by engaging your brain in some fun activities like puzzles or Sudoku. It sometimes works as a counterintuitive way to fight brain fog. When you engage your brain in these activities, your brain cells energize and help you get back your focus and concentration.

Low energy levels

When you are experiencing brain fog, it is challenging to shuffle between different work and make suitable decisions. You also experience a low energy level to get your work done. When you understand that you have a limited amount of energy to complete multiple tasks, you need to manage your priorities. You can choose from your work and list your priorities, and only focus on them. Doing little but important work will help you finish the important tasks, if not all. This way, you can restrict your energy and focus on the critical work and eventually improve your work quality.It is essential to improve your work productivity with the world working remotely and not let brain fog affect you. By following some of the steps mentioned above and a few lifestyle changes, you will be able to deal with brain fog and not let it affect your professional life.

Happiness is the freedom to build a successful career and live life on your terms.

The reason most ambitious, career driven people end up hating their career is because they started the job with every intention of succeeding. They had a vision for how they would flourish in their role and help their company grow. Then it all goes downhill.

Here is a timeline of how it happens:

Job starts.

Things are great.

Everything is going as planned.

Then deadlines start slipping.

Disagreements occur internally.

Disagreements turn into arguments.

Arguments turn into misery.

Misery turns into a reflection of your life and career. Longer lunch breaks. Showing up later and leaving earlier.

This is when you realize you’re not living on your terms.

You’re doing it on someone else’s time & money.

You have two decisions:

OPTION 1: Continue through the pain and suffering of showing up to work every day knowing that the work you’re doing has no meaning.

OPTION 2: Live your life and career on your terms.

Let’s be real. If you’re reading this, you want to do Option #2. But we all know, it’s financially impossible and irresponsible to quit for many of us. You have a good source of income that you can’t lose because you want to be “free and happy.”

So, now what?

Happiness is waking up every day and doing what you want to do. Happiness is going to sleep without worrying about work and bills. Happiness is being excited for the next day and not living for the weekend.

This DOESN’T mean that you have to work for yourself to be happy. I always like to say that dream jobs aren’t real. It’s about the dream situation.

The dream situation is, you guessed it: To live your life and career on your own terms. And yes, this means making enough money to support your dream situation. This could be working remote instead of being in the office every day. This might mean working hard Monday to Thursday and having Friday off. This might mean being able to work with people you learn from and appreciate you. This might mean being able to travel every week.

Everyone’s dream situation is different.

How you get there is for another post.

Just know that the dream situation is something you probably think about all the time. Don’t ignore it.

PS: Read the only resignation letter template you’ll ever need.

I honestly believe the biggest problem with mastering negotiation isn’t that you don’t know how to negotiate, it’s just that you don’t have the confidence to negotiate. You either aren’t confident or think negotiation is a slimy, greedy game that you would like to avoid. 

I’ve been screwed out of thousands of dollars many times during my career when it comes to salary negotiation, but in the end it’s been the best thing to ever happen to me. That rage inside of me drove me to write this guide with full confidence that it will help others. I know the old way of doing things doesn’t work (here’s looking at you, resume). If you want something you’ve never had you have to try something you’ve never tried. No one enjoys negotiating their salary with their current employer, as I’ve said, it’s easier to just go out and get a new job. But it can be done, as long as you follow my strategy, and regain that confidence that’s been beaten out of you.

This guide is more focused on how to not screw yourself during negotiation and how to get paid what you deserve. A performance review is not going to reflect what you’re actually worth as an asset to the company. If it happens that you end up getting paid more than anyone in your department, then so be it! You deserve what you deserve, and I’m going to do my damn hardest to make sure you get exactly that and not a penny less.

Ready to make some more money? Great, here we go.

Step 1: Know exactly what you want and deserve
Step 2: The answer to all of your negotiation problems: Leverage
Step 3: How to master any negotiation, step by step. (Where the rubber hits the road)

Step 1: Know exactly what you want and deserve.

Confidence can be the difference between a $60,000/year to $75,000 a year salary.

The more confidence you have, the better off you are in a negotiation. If you know exactly what you want and what you deserve, the better off you are.

I don’t mean that you should walk into an office and demand a salary and say: “Take it or leave it.” That’s definitely not what I mean and in fact if you do that, you will crash and burn.

Confidence is the ability to define your real value is and back it up with evidence and facts.

I know it sounds a little too far-fetched. Shouldn’t the work you’ve done already speak for itself? Well, that’s not how this works.

So, how do you get confidence? This works even if you are a pushover, although admittedly, it’s a little bit more work for pushovers.

It’s a 2 step process.

1. Know exactly why someone would hire you.

I’m not asking you to figure out a couple good reasons why someone would hire you. I’m asking you to figure out exactly why someone would hire you.

This is a simple concept everyone seems to forget: employers will hire you based on your perceived strengths. I don’t think you should fake it to you make it. It’s too easy to see past the fake-ness. Evaluating your strengths, what you’re better at than anyone else, is a great exercise that will not only aid you in salary negotiations, it will help you keep your interview skills, and LinkedIn story fresh and up to date.

No one likes talking about themselves, we would rather discuss other people and their relative strengths and weaknesses. The ability to evaluate and observe yourself in terms of what makes you successful in your industry, is something you must do in order to continue to advance. Unless, of course, your goal is to plateau, but plateau’s are a very boring, and financially stagnant places to be.

This requires a lot of self awareness. Here is a fun activity that you can do to find out what your strengths are.

  • Get your phone.
  • Text 5 close friends.
  • Ask them this question: If you were forced to pay me a $1,000. What would you have me do for you?

When they reply back with something stupid like “strip at my birthday party,” reply back that you’re really serious.

You want to know what they would pay a $1,000 for.

The best generic catch all advice I can give you is that you’re most likely going to make money at something you’re good at.

It’s right in front of you, but not completely obvious.


2. Know exactly what you’re worth down to the exact penny.

The kiss of death is finding out that someone in a similar role at your company is making a lot more money than you. There is no worse feeling in the world, trust me.

You would feel betrayed, worthless and eventually angry as hell. Angry that this company screwed you and that you accepted an offer much lower (than others, respectively) mainly because the company told you during negotiation that “this was the maximum they can give you.” Once you find out a coworker is making a larger salary, you realize this is bullshit. But by the time you do, it’s already too late, you’re locked into this salary. Your negotiation is over, and you were mostly forced into a corner about it.

Do you know how that happened? It happened because you didn’t know what you were really worth, and even worse, you didn’t know how they really valued you. That gap of information usually ends badly for the job candidate. Remember to always mind the gap.

So, how about we avoid this situation? Sounds like a plan. In order to do this, you need to start by negotiating right the first time and making sure you’re on the high end of their pay scale.

What everyone else does: They go on salary websites like glassdoor.com and view what other people at the company and similar roles are making. Then they come up with a salary based on that information.

Robbie’s Opinion:

I give that approach a 4 out of 7 possible points. Sure, it’s decent info to have, but it shouldn’t be the only activity that you’re doing.

These websites tell you what other people are worth, and not what you’re worth. Believe it or not, you don’t have to get paid exactly what other people get paid. In fact, who cares about other people? You should get paid the maximum value of what you are worth to the employer. And so what if that happens to be more than the standard? Better that you shoot for the moon and land among the stars, than to shoot for the stars and crash into a satellite. No one likes to crash and burn on salary negotiations, regardless of the industry.

So, Robbie – How do I found exactly what I’m worth to employers?

There is only 1 way, and you might not like this offer mainly because it requires work.

The single, most effective way to understand your worth is to interview and get as many job offers as you can.

I call this “exploring your options.”

The more you interview, the better you become at speaking with future companies that might have the dream situation you’re looking for.

The more offers you receive, the more information you have about what your real worth is to employers. The more information you receive, the more effectively you can negotiate your salary and focus on your worth and how it will enhance the value of your new company. Your worth monetarily is connected to what you can accomplish for the company.

If after a slew of offers come in, and you still think you deserve more, then the next step is figuring out what the real issue is. Maybe it’s a different job in a different industry. Maybe you’re not stressing the value you would bring to an employer. If you’re not getting the responses you’re looking for, there is a missing element in the process that you’ve not yet evaluated.

When I was applying for consulting roles, every offer came in between $120,000 and $125,000 a year. And I mean every single damn offer. It didn’t matter how I negotiated it. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a great wage to have, but I wanted to break that ceiling. I knew I was worth more, but I wasn’t conveying my strengths to the employers properly. I was still viewed as a junior resource.

This realization allowed me to enter into a different phase of my life which prompted me to learn new things, explore different skill sets and finally smash that ceiling forever. It took swinging for the fences and not getting the desired result for me to see there was a hole in my approach. Keep track of your results, and be honest with yourself. We have to continue learning more and trying different things in order to be the best, and if your value isn’t being represented in the offers, some crucial part of your message might not be getting across to where it needs to go.

Step 2: Leverage, The Answer to all of your negotiation problems

Nothing else matters when you have leverage. If you don’t have leverage in a negotiation, you can throw every single negotiation tactic, tip or trick out the window.

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how you phrase something. No leverage means you have no negotiation power.

Leverage is the difference between making $75,000 a year or making $90,000 a year for the same job.

Here are some examples of leverage:

  • You have multiple job offers lined up.
  • You were referred to the company by a well respected Senior Vice President within the company. (This makes it harder for the hiring manager to reject you since you were endorsed by an executive).
  • They reached out to you, instead of you applying for the job.
  • They need to fill the position ASAP, and you don’t have any urgency to find a new job.
  • You have a rare skillset that they desperately need.

Basically, when you have leverage you are mentally prepared to ask for a higher salary, aka a salary that you deserve.


How do you get leverage?

Leverage =

A strongly defined skillset
A strong network
A well defined online brand
Social Proof.

Leverage #1 – A strongly defined skillset

As mentioned earlier in this guide, it is enormously important to understand your strengths and to communicate your strengths during interviews and via your online persona.

If you know what you’re good at, have some sort of proof that you’re good at what you do, and a prospective employer needs exactly what you’re offering– then you my friend have some leverage.

In addition to having a strong skillset, you need to become a double or triple threat, as I previously mentioned. This technique was coined by one of the greatest copywriters I know: Neville Medhora.

Here’s an example blatantly stolen from Neville’s article. It’s that good.

Single Threat = Knows a skill. Value = $
Double Threat = Knows a skill + another useful skill. Value = $$
Triple Threat = Knows a skill + another useful skill + yet another useful skill.Value = $$$$$$

For example, let’s say someone selling a high-priced product in the financial industry is trying to find a copywriter. Which one do you think would be the most in demand?



95% of workers are single threats. You have zero leverage as a single threat.

Double threats and triple threats are the job candidates that employers want to hire.

So, if you’re reading this and complaining about your job prospects, ask yourself this question:
What kind of threat are you? How can you increase your value by increasing your threat level? In today’s market we are no longer safe staying comfortable at single threat levels.

Leverage #2 – Connections

I hate it when people say “It’s all about who you know.”

Yes, it is true, but I’ve also seen people who are extremely well- connected and still struggle with their career. It’s mainly because those well connected folks, can’t clearly explain their value to their network.

So, instead of “It’s all about who you know,” it should be “It’s all about who knows how I good I am at what I do,”

That’s what you should strive for when it comes to connections.

If you’re looking for more information regarding building a professional network, refer to the ultimate guide to building a professional network.

Leverage #3 – A well defined online brand

I can’t count the number of times I looked someone up on LinkedIn and then met them in real life for the first time, and they were the exact opposite of their LinkedIn profile.

They looked different, what they actually did for a living was much different than they put in their profile.

Your profile needs to be aligned with who you are in real life. It should be the most up to date version of who you are and what you’re doing, that any given day when a person glances at it they find the same information as they would if they met you for an update over coffee that day.

If you’re looking for more information on how to create an amazing LinkedIn profile, take a look at this guide.

Leverage #4 – Social Proof

Social proof, also known as informational social influence, is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior for a given situation. [wikipedia]

Take a look at these statistics when it comes to how we purchase things:

  1. Over 70% of Americans say they look at product reviews before making a purchase. [source]
  2. Nearly 63% of consumers indicate they are more likely to purchase from a site if it has product ratings and reviews. [source]

The same applies to hiring. Do you know how much easier it is to get a new job if you’ve ever worked at Google, Facebook or Apple? Every company will assume if that you are good enough for Google, you’re good enough for them. So, working for a brand name company early in your career IS social proof.

There are also a few things you can leverage as social proof. Here’s a small list of social proof that you can utilize:

  1. Being mentioned in an article by a business magazine such as Inc, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, etc.
  2. More than 10 comments on a blog post you wrote.
  3. More than 10,000 views on a Youtube video you created.
  4. Being the speaker or panelist at a well-known conference
  5. More than 20 recommendations on your LinkedIn profile.

It is important that others see you being validated by others. You can do this without bragging, trust me. There are several areas on your LinkedIn profile that you can include these validations without looking like you are bragging.

Chapter 3: How to maximize any negotiation

Ok, so you have confidence and leverage and now you want to kick some ass during the negotiation? No problem, here’s how.

There are too many books written on negotiation strategies. Some are extremely helpful and I’ve linked a few of my favorites at the bottom of this section.

With that said, I’m going to dive into the most common tactics that can help you maximize your compensation.

Let’s do a quick recap.

  • Know why someone would hire you.
  • Know what you’re worth.
  • Have leverage.

Here’s what comes next.

Maximize Tip #1 – Start High and Know your ZOPA (Zone of Possible Agreement).

The more information you know about what their upper limit is, the better off you are.

Here’s a video I did about this exact topic that goes into deeper detail.

Maximize Tip #2 – Negotiate to a better job title, thus increasing your salary by default.

So, you think you’ve reached their maximum salary limit for your job description? One thing that I’ve done with great success is to start my interviews by asking about the job title above the one they are interviewing me for.

You have to be careful with this, but in some circumstances this makes perfect sense.

So, let’s say the proposed job title is Level 8 Consultant. I would push for a Level 9 Consultant. I did that once and I was able to raise my salary by 35% by just moving up the ladder.

Maximize Tip #3 – Avoid negotiation over email as much as possible.

Want to make a counter-offer? Get on the phone and say it over the phone. Avoid email like the plague.

Several reasons why I recommend this:

  1. You now have a written record of exactly what you said. It can come back to haunt you, especially if you didn’t say something properly. Your employer now has the proof, which they can bring up again and it can hurt you later. At least over the phone, the exact details or wording are not set in stone, because there is no record. This is almost always to your advantage.
  2. Tone of the email can be misconstrued and cause issues. You might seem like a greedy bastard over email, but over phone you can do it in a much softer way and have some great reasons why you’re asking for a new compensation structure.

Maximize Tip #4 – You can negotiate more than compensation.

Vacation, your work schedule, your work location are the most common items you can and should negotiate.

My only recommendation for this is to really understand what is and isn’t possible to negotiate. This can definitely work out with your favor when base compensation is not available.

Maximize Tip #5 – When someone tells you “We’ll talk about this after you join,” assume you’ll never get it.

You know when someone says, “Well, this is something we can consider in 6 months.”

Sure, that’s a great gesture, but my answer usually is “Why not now?”

I would also set the expectation to yourself that you’re never going to get it in 6 months. Too many things change in 6 months and it will almost never be in your favor. I know that’s cynical, but you should always protect yourself first, because the company certainly is only focused on their own gains. Why shouldn’t you be?

Maximize Tip #6 – Negotiate with the hiring manager, not the recruiter or Human Resources

I know this isn’t always possible, but when given the opportunity, you should push the negotiation conversation to the hiring manager. The recruiter’s main job is to get you to accept the offer letter at the lowest fair compensation possible. They aren’t trying to screw you, but they’re not trying to get you the highest compensation either. They weren’t in every single interview and have a limited view on what your true value is to the company.

The core to negotiation is to understand your value to the company. The hiring manager has a better idea of what your value to the company is than the recruiter, so because of this, you’re able to push the limit a little higher than you would with the recruiter.

The recruiter often has a “max limit” that they can hire you at. They are instructed to not pass that limit unless instructed to by leadership. By dealing with the hiring manager and leadership directly, you can have an honest and transparent conversation about your value to the company and why you’re worth much more than the original offer.

You’ve done your best to prove your value and at the last second they send you to HR or Recruiting to extend the offer.

Stand Strong. Be Thankful.

You can say “No,” and be respectful at the same time. Don’t get coerced into anything you don’t want to do. If you have a gut feeling something is wrong with the negotiations, walk away and don’t look back.

Get what you’re worth! I cannot emphasize this enough. Know what you deserve and go for it like your future depends on it– because it does. Don’t take anything less than what you’re worth.

Resources I recommend

When it comes to negotiation, I read or buy anything that Deepak Malhotra offers. He’s a Harvard professor focused on negotiation. Here are two books and a video I recommend you buy if you want to go deeper into negotiation, not just salary negotiation.

Negotiation Genius 
Negotiate the Impossible 
Deepak Harvard Negotiation Speech 

Salary Negotiation Guide by Josh Doody. I found this to be an excellent salary negotiation resource, especially for software developers.

PS: Read the only resignation letter template you’ll ever need.

I had an interesting year. I didn’t want to just share the highlights because I don’t think that’s genuine.

So, I decided to share the good, the bad and the ugly. I think you’ll enjoy it.

I created 3 sections:

  1. Travel
  2. Fire Me I Beg You
  3. Marriage & 2 Year Old Child

Each section is split into multiple sections: Good, Bad, Ugly & Lessons Learned.

I’m going to start with travel because the rest of this piece is in context to travel.


It was a dream of mine to move to Thailand for an extended period of time. I talked about it for a long time, but I never really had the financial means to do it.

In June 2016, it happened.

Me, my wife and my 2-year-old daughter packed our bags, rented out our apartment in Chicago, moved out of my office, took my 2-year-old daughter out of daycare, and my wife quit her job.

Over the period of 6 months, we went to the Middle East (Palestine, West Bank), Thailand , Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China & Japan.


  • The feeling of “getting away” from your current life is an unbelievable experience. For the first time in my life, I felt I was on the outside looking in and not the other way around. It changes your perspective on everything.
  • Something predictable happens when you’re in great beach weather. You stop eating like dirt. You get up and want to exercise. You want to walk around more. You look out the window more. You question the purpose of life. You question your role in this world. You people watch more. I never set out to lose weight or get healthy. It just happened because of the weather and the healthy Thai food around us.
  • Phuket, Thailand & Tokyo were VERY friendly places. The people were a lot more friendly than I thought, especially in Tokyo. For being the biggest city in the world, this was surprising to me.
  • I got to meet up with Noah Kagan in Thailand. He is a big reason I do what I do and one of my “marketing mentors”. I learned through his writing.
  • I taught a class at the University of Birzeit in Ramallah, West Bank. My biggest regret is not taking a selfie with the class. The message I delivered to the class was “Anything is possible”. This message is even a little too cliche for me, but I thought it was the appropriate given the audience.


  • 2-year-old kids and moving don’t go along well. This one can go under the “No Shit, Sherlock” file.
  • In Tokyo, my daughter started telling us “All done train”. She was sick of being in a different place every other day. We had to find a Toys R Us, just so she could play with toys for an hour.
  • Before the pitchforks come out, this was only for the last 3 weeks of our trip. We were stationary most of the time in the same apartment.
  • You lose motivation to do anything productive, besides exploring around you.


  • I hit a parked car within 5 minutes of getting my rental car in Thailand. Yes, a parked car. My excuse is that I wasn’t used to driving on the left side of the road, but it doesn’t matter. A parked car is a parked car. It was pretty bad, but the family was OK. The car was not.


  1. Physical and emotional space is necessary. The West Bank and Tokyo are crowded places. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. In Thailand, I woke up every morning with an open mind to the day. In Japan and the West Bank, I didn’t wake up with an open mind. I always felt there was something to do and I never really got settled. Achieving physical and emotional space is not an option for many people because of financial reasons. (I’ll be writing about this shortly)
  2. Cousins are great. Too many cousins is too many cousins. When I was visiting family in Palestine, I learned something very quickly. I’m going to see my cousins every single day, whether I planned to or not. There is no such thing as “Pencil me in for lunch next Tuesday.” That’s not a thing. Everyone is family, so it’s your obligation to see family almost every day.
  3. Snapchat is going to take over the world. I didn’t post much about-about my travel on Facebook because I felt that it would come off as humble bragging. Instead, I used Snapchat every day. Instead of picking the best pictures or videos of my trip, it allowed others to follow along with me. I can’t tell you how many people said that they felt like they were following along with me. You should give Snapchat a try if you’re sick of FB. P.S: Follow Me: FireMeIBegYou
  4. If you make money in the US, you can live like a KING/QUEEN in Thailand. I’m lucky enough to have the skill-set to be able to work from anywhere and make US money.
  5. You never go to the beach and then make money. You make money first and THEN go to the beach. You know those people who teach you how to “make money while you’re on the beach.” You should unfollow those people immediately. It’s not a thing. Also, if you are a salaried employee with vacation time, you are technically making money while you’re on the beach.
  6. Money is MORE important than passions for the 99%. Money allows you to explore and make mistakes. Passions are things that happen after you make money. I’m going to write about money a little bit more in-depth because I don’t think it’s talked about enough. And it’s not going to be one of those “I made $1MM in one year, here’s how you can do it too!” type of articles.
  7. This trip would not be possible without money. EVEN though it was cheaper to live in Thailand than in Chicago, the move requires a safety net for unexpected expenses. It reinforced the importance of this topic. I think there are misconceptions about how people make money in the real world. Again, I’ll be writing about this topic more often.
  8. We all have too much stuff. We began our trip with 4 big suitcases and a carry-on. We ended up with 1 suitcase, which is all we needed for all 3 of us. Japan is the master of “stuff optimization” given how much little space they have.
  9. When buying a rental car, it pays to use an international brand even if it costs more. When I got into an accident in Thailand, Budget came to the crash site, handled everything for me, and gave me a new car on the spot. I was off and running in no time. I came close to using a rental car agency off the main road, but I’m glad I didn’t because who knows what would have happened after the accident.


2016 was one of the best and worst years for FMIBY. The first half of 2016 was dedicated purely to launching products. It was good that I launched them, but then bad because I started too much in a little time. I overextended myself.


  • I launched FMIBY Swag. Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, Mugs, and even infant outfits. Swag is part of my “overall vision” for FMIBY. I think Fire Me I Beg You should be a global brand.
  • I launched an Adult Coloring Book.
  • I started “Hire Me I Beg Youwhich is geared towards Career Centers at Universities who can offer this program to their students. My first client was the University of Denver. I think this has long term potential.


  • I stopped writing. I had this picture in my head that I would be sitting poolside with an umbrella and my Laptop drafting the next version of Fire Me I Beg You. The exact opposite happened. I didn’t want to write anything. I didn’t even try to write. It was worse than writer’s block. All I wanted to do was go to the beach and run. I had a beautiful view of the ocean. And that’s all I did.
  • I made a large switch in pricing for the “Summer of Quitting Step by Step.” The biggest mistake I made was I made it a “cancel anytime” agreement. So, you would pay month by month and cancel whenever you are done with the course. This gave me unbelievable anxiety. The feeling of waiting for someone to cancel is not something I want to deal with. I’d rather get a request for a full refund, then just looking at emails every month wondering how many people would cancel. I’m going to back to the original pricing soon.
  • I offered people counseling, and I didn’t deliver. Part of the upsell to Summer of Quitting was I would reach out every two weeks and check on progress. I did this for two months, and then I stopped. It was on the back of my mind for four months. It was called accountability sessions, and I wasn’t accountable to myself.
  • Most of my email list was used to promoting the stuff I was creating. I have to get back to my roots of creating real value.


  • It took six months to get my swag listed on Amazon. I got a bad recommendation of a vendor to use to send my ALREADY PRINTED swag to Amazon. Long story short, I had to threaten to call the police for stolen goods before it was finally sent. This was an absolute disaster. The vendor was straight up lying to me the entire team. He would tell me “Amazon is having warehouse delays. All my clients are experiencing it”. The reality was he never sent it to Amazon at all. It was a complete lie. I’m still mad about this. But, it’s finally live.
  • The above disaster would have never happened if I wasn’t an idiot trying to change the world in 24 hours. For whatever reason, I told the SWAG printer to send all the boxes of stuff to me first. I don’t know why I would do this instead of sending it to Amazon first. I got tons of boxes delivered to me. I couldn’t even move in my apartment.
  • I missed my coloring book date for pre-orders by 6 months. It took six months AFTER my due date of July 27th to finish and print the books. I will never agree on a pre-order date unless I have everything in hand ready to go.


  • Never delegate anything you haven’t done before yourself. I learned the hard way with trusting someone to send my stuff to Amazon warehouse. If I took an hour out of my day to create a sample shipment, I would have known right away.
  • Think big, start small. I was so excited to get my stuff out there that I didn’t think about creating one t-shirt. I went all out and created multiple variations. I thought big and went big. It didn’t work out for me.
  • I have no idea filter. You know how some people have ideas but never launch? I have ideas and launch them all. I’m sort of obsessed with launching. But, now I am going to take a *little* more time.
  • I need to get back to reading more. I just started reading again and realized how much it helps me succeed. A few tidbits here and there all add up.


Do you know the quickest way to test the strength of your marriage? Tell your wife she has to quit her job to travel the world and oh by the way we’re bringing our two-year-old with us.

Traveling with a spouse is easy. Traveling with a spouse and a 2-year-old child who quite literally does not care about how comfortable you are is super duper hard.

(I’m not trying to gain any sympathy here with this either. What I did was a trip of a lifetime. But, a two-year-old makes you question your sanity sometimes! )


  • Getting away was great for our marriage. Our stress was gone. Cost of living in Thailand was beyond cheap. The weather was great. The people were friendly. We were living in luxury for 1/10 the price of what we would pay in the US. We didn’t have other commitments besides the promises we made to each other.
  • My wife got a job as a Clinical Researcher at Bangkok International Hospital in Phuket. She worked with locals every day. She got to experience the real Thailand. She made a lot of great friends and learned about research is conducted in Asia. One of these days, I’ll write about how she got the job. Long story short, she followed my advice correctly 🙂 It involved Twitter, Youtube, Skype & Email.
  • We started meditating. This was one of our favorite experiences, especially for my wife who was new to meditating. In Thailand, it wasn’t hard to find a group to do this with.
  • Daughter had a great daycare in Thailand. My daughter loved going there every day. She had a great teacher and was engaged every day. Most importantly it was accredited, and safe.


  • I underestimated how my wife would adapt to change. For whatever reason, I adapt to change very quickly. I thought it would be easy to quit her job and travel. I was wrong. It wasn’t easy. You would think someone would gladly pick up their bags and move to paradise. She thought it would be easy as well, until the week before we left. She questioned everything. She questioned my intentions. She was unsure if this was the best decision.
  • She eventually adapted
  • She then proceeded to have the same struggle a week before we left Thailand. We both didn’t want to leave.


  • I had a meltdown in Vietnam. It was one of those meltdowns where my wife started laughing halfway through because she couldn’t believe my facial reactions. It’s one of those meltdowns where if a celebrity had it and it was caught on camera, it would quickly end their career. It was that bad.
  • It was about a lost iPad we left in security in Bangkok. A fight started because I was too calm about losing the iPad. LOL. Then we switched. She was calm, and I became a monster.
  • Literally 15 mins before my meltdown I told my wife that “This was the happiest day of my life.” It finally hit me that I was living my dream. 15 mins later I was a train wreck. Over an iPad.


  • No more meltdowns. It’s not healthy for anyone.
  • My wife is  definitively my “Ride or Die.” I’m forever indebted to her. This would not be possible without her cooperation.
  • Marriage is built on respect. We genuinely appreciate each other. We don’t get up every morning and say “I respect you”. In fact, we probably don’t say it ever. But, the respect is there.
  • I know *exactly* how to make my wife mad. She also knows *exactly* how to make me mad. It’s the most powerful, dangerous super power ever.


Here’s my plan:

  1. Go back to my writing roots. – I’m going back to writing often and will start up “Coffee with Robbie” videos again. I”m going to put a bigger emphasis on Facebook & LinkedIn this year. Basically, I’m BAAAAAAACKKK..
  2. FMIBY new blog is coming REALLY soon. I’ve learned never to publicly state a launch date. Mainly because I miss them often 🙂
  3. I’m moving to Silicon Valley, California. I have an opportunity to lead a second stage startup to the next level. If you’re there and would like to catch up for coffee, send me an email robbie@firemeibegyou.com
  4. I’m going to focus on focusing. Being able to focus on things that make the biggest impact is something I always struggled with. I’m getting better, but this is the year I make it happen.
  5. Become a better dresser. I’m the poster child for men who have no idea how to dress. It’s a combination of being lazy and not really caring what others think of me. However, I’m going to see if the “If you look good, you’ll feel good” motto will apply to me.

Thank you for listening!

You’ll be hearing from me soon. I’m just not going to tell you exactly when 🙂

PS: Read the only resignation letter template you’ll ever need.

The current pandemic has tossed all of us in a situation where we have to work from home and roam from the living room to the bedroom holding our laptops. For many modern professionals, working from home was once a luxury- people used to fantasize about working from the comfort of their home and spend more time on sleep, family, and personal life.Working from home seems all good…right up until your dog throws a toy on your laptop, or you are lured by the pile of laundry lying around, or you feel like binge-watching on your favorite Netflix show! So, working from home is a double-edge sword – you definitely get to stay at home, but it also gets harder to focus on work. It has its own perks, but it is up to you how much benefit you can take while staying completely productive. So, first things first: start your day on a healthy note, nourish and hydrate yourself, sit up straight, and get started with your work. Here are seven tried-and-tested tips to help you remain productive while working from home.

1) Have A Designated Workspace

While at home, you will usually find yourself curled up on the sofa, but having a specific spot at home where you ‘go to work’ is essential to focus- which means getting off the couch and definitely out of your bed. With a dedicated workspace, you can focus more on your work, fuel your creativity, and shut out all the distractions. Moreover, organize your workspace like you would do in the office, with all your files and documents. It is essential to keep up with the office vibe while working from home to improve your work performance. Additionally, by having a designated workspace, you know where to walk away from, once your workday is complete, thereby allowing you to disconnect easier than if you were working from your bedroom. 

2) Take Breaks to Declutter Your Mind

Whether it is your office or home, it is vital to remain in a clutter-free zone within your mind. You may have a hundred thoughts running in your brain, but you need to align them properly. Scrolling through Instagram might feel like a break, but taking a ‘real break’ means no screens during that time. It is an important element to stay healthy and can also help in getting rid of anxiety caused by brain fog, and can increase your mental clarity and overall productivity.

3) Find A Chill Buddy

We always have that one coworker who keeps on chatting in between work. Back in the office, you used to get irritated with that, but when working from home, you surely miss it now. It is these social interactions that refresh your mind and help you focus better on work. So, do not hesitate to ring up or video call your chill buddy and talk about anything and everything. 

4) Work On A Fixed Schedule

Working at home needs extra efforts to create a schedule for your day. While an in-office schedule happens by default, you need to plan your day when working from home. This ‘2 emails per week strategy’ will also help you. Creating a fixed schedule is not only for work but also to dedicate time to some basic practices like morning exercise, lunch, and other non-work activities like laundry and cleaning. You need to allocate time to your work and family. With a proper schedule in place, you will be able to keep yourself mentally and physically available at all times and witness an improvement in your performance. 

5) Be More Communicative

Work from home is not a solo job; instead, it needs to involve your team members more actively than you do in office. Whether it is brainstorming on a new project, or just creating a presentation, communication is the key to stay productive while working from home. Especially for senior managers and leaders, it is important to go beyond emails and messages and involve your team through video calls to replicate a better office experience for them and make them feel involved in the work. 

6) Create Work Boundaries

One of the most essential ways of staying productive at work is to create work boundaries. You need to follow certain working hour’s policy and log off from work when the time is over. Work from home doesn’t mean that you have to pull all-nighters and be stuck to your screen 24/7. It’s important to signal your mind that work time is over. More so, because over-exerting yourself might lead to eye strain headache, and hamper your productivity for the next day. Allow yourself to relax and create a perfect work-life balance.

7) Create Work Triggers for Your Brain

When you work in the office, the daily routine of dressing up and commuting prepares your mind to be ready for work. You need to do the same when working from home and give your brain a head start with activities like exercise, making coffee, and sitting up straight for work. Dress up a bit better and not just start work in your sleepwear. Dressing up nicely signals your brain to be ready for work. Get into your workspace and follow the schedule you have made for the day.


Work from home has its own advantages, and you have finally got this moment you have been dreaming for a long time. Moreover, with the current circumstances, it’s difficult to predict when we would be able to put a rein on this and get back to our office life. Hence, working from home is the new reality which is here to stay for a long time. So, don’t let this go in vain and follow the steps mentioned above to keep your sanity and work productivity in pace.