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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

O nce upon a time, there was a man named Jack Gilbert, who was not related to me—unfortunately for me.

Jack Gilbert was a great poet, but if you’ve never heard of him, don’t worry about it. It’s not your fault. He never much cared about being known. But I knew about him, and I loved him dearly from a respectful distance, so let me tell you about him.

Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and grew up in the midst of that city’s smoke, noise, and industry. He worked in factories and steel mills as a young man, but was called from an early age to write poetry. He answered the call without hesitation. He became a poet the way other men become monks: as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence. I think this is probably a very good way to become a poet. Or to become anything, really, that calls to your heart and brings you to life.

Jack could’ve been famous, but he wasn’t into it. He had the talent and the charisma for fame, but he never had the interest. His first collection, published in 1962, won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer. What’s more, he won over audiences as well as critics, which is not an easy feat for a poet in the modern world. There was something about him that drew people in and kept them captivated. He was handsome, passionate, sexy, brilliant on stage. He was a magnet for women and an idol for men. He was photographed for Vogue. looking gorgeous and romantic. People were crazy about him. He could’ve been a rock star.

Instead, he disappeared. He didn’t want to be distracted by too much commotion. Later in life he reported that he had found his fame boring—not because it was immoral or corrupting, but simply because it was exactly the same thing every day. He was looking for something richer, more textured, more varied. So he dropped out. He went to live in Europe and stayed there for twenty years. He lived for a while in Italy, a while in Denmark, but mostly he lived in a shepherd’s hut on a mountaintop in Greece. There, he contemplated the eternal mysteries, watched the light change, and wrote his poems in private. He had his love stories, his obstacles, his victories. He was happy. He got by somehow, making a living here and there. He needed little. He allowed his name to be forgotten.

After two decades, Jack Gilbert resurfaced and published another collection of poems. Again, the literary world fell in love with him. Again, he could have been famous. Again, he disappeared—this time for a decade. This would be his pattern always: isolation, followed by the publication of something sublime, followed by more isolation. He was like a rare orchid, with blooms separated by many years. He never promoted himself in the least. (In one of the few interviews he ever gave, Gilbert was asked how he thought his detachment from the publishing world had affected his career. He laughed and said, “I suppose it’s been fatal.”)

The only reason I ever heard of Jack Gilbert was that, quite late in his life, he returned to America and—for motives I will never know—took a temporary teaching position in the creative writing department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The following year, 2005, it happened that I took exactly the same job. (Around campus, they started jokingly calling the position “the Gilbert Chair.”) I found Jack Gilbert’s books in my office—the office that had once been his. It was almost like the room was still warm from his presence. I read his poems and was overcome by their grandeur, and by how much his writing reminded me of Whitman. (“We must risk delight,” he wrote. “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.”)

He and I had the same surname, we’d held the same job, we had inhabited the same office, we had taught many of the same students, and now I was in love with his words; naturally enough, I became deeply curious about him. I asked around: Who was Jack Gilbert?

Students told me he was the most extraordinary man they’d ever encountered. He had seemed not quite of this world, they said. He seemed to live in a state of uninterrupted marvel, and he encouraged them to do the same. He didn’t so much teach them how to write poetry, they said, but why. because of delight. Because of stubborn gladness. He told them that they must live their most creative lives as a means of fighting back against the ruthless furnace of this world.

Most of all, though, he asked his students to be brave. Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities. Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, their lives would remain small—far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be.

I never met Jack Gilbert myself, and now he is gone—he passed away in 2012. I probably could’ve made it a personal mission to seek him out and meet him while he was living, but I never really wanted to. (Experience has taught me to be careful of meeting my heroes in person; it can be terribly disappointing.) Anyway, I quite liked the way he lived inside my imagination as a massive and powerful presence, built out of his poems and the stories I’d heard about him. So I decided to know him only that way—through my imagination. And that’s where he remains for me to this day: still alive inside me, completely internalized, almost as though I dreamed him up.

But I will never forget what the real Jack Gilbert told somebody else—an actual flesh-and-blood person, a shy University of Tennessee student. This young woman recounted to me that one afternoon, after his poetry class, Jack had taken her aside. He complimented her work, then asked what she wanted to do with her life. Hesitantly, she admitted that perhaps she wanted to be a writer.

He smiled at the girl with infinite compassion and asked, “Do you have the courage? Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes .”

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Brothers’ success is all down to one important question from mom

Brothers’ success is all down to one important question from mom

In 1994, brothers Bert and John Jacobs. founders of the Life is Good Company, came up with an idea that changed their lives forever: they decided to sell T-shirts of their own design.

The brothers had a difficult journey from selling T-shirts out of their van in the streets of Boston to running a multimillion-dollar enterprise. But they would probably never succeed if it weren’t for their mother, Joan, who taught her sons to see only the good things in life, no matter what.

John and Bert Jacobs grew up as the youngest of six children in a lower-middle-class family. When the brothers were in elementary school, their parents got into a horrible car accident. Their mother managed to escape with minor injuries, but their dad suffered much more severe trauma and lost the use of his right hand. This tragedy affected their dad’s temper a lot: he became irritable and started arguments for no apparent reason.

But despite all the troubles, their mother still believed that life was good. Every day, when the family had dinner together, she would ask the children one question: ’What are the good things that happened today?’

’As simple as Mom’s words were, they changed the energy in the room. Before we knew it, we were all riffing on the best, funniest, or most bizarre part of our day. That optimism was something that our family always had, even when we had little else.’

This mother taught her boys that being optimistic is a choice we make every day. Bert and John have followed this simple rule all their life. They started hawking their apparel on the streets of Boston, and, after 5 years of selling T-shirts, they had just $78 in the bank. But they didn’t give up. Their big success came only after they rebranded and relaunched their company and began to produce T-shirts featuring the smiling figure and the phrase ’Life is good.’

This simple yet positive design won the hearts of many people, and by the end of the year Life Is Good had sold $87,000 worth of T-shirts. Today, their T-shirts, hats, and other items are sold in thousands of retail stores worldwide, and the company itself, which is now valued at $100 million, promotes healthy lifestyles. Just like 22 years ago, most of their apparel features the slogan ’Life is Good.’ And you can’t argue with that: life is actually a great thing!



BBC - Capital - The man behind the million-dollar homepage

The man behind the million-dollar homepage
  • By Elizabeth Garone
15 September 2016

Alex Tew isn’t really known for following the crowd. His mantra has always been to see what everyone else is focusing on and to do the opposite.

In 2005, Tew was obsessed with one thing: making money, enough to pay his way through a three-year business management course at Nottingham University. For most young people, that would mean taking on a part-time job or going to the bank. But not for Tew, a 21-year-old budding entrepreneur from Wiltshire, England, who created the Million Dollar Homepage and peddled internet advertising space on it at $1 a pixel in 10 by 10 blocks.

Tew says there were good reasons for choosing dollars over pounds: since dollars are “the closest thing to a universal currency,” he thought it would resonate better, reaching one million pounds would have been a lot harder (the British pound averaged $1.82 in 2005), and “it just sounded better” to him. “Everyone knows the phrase, ‘You look like a million dollars.’”

In four months, Tew had achieved success, fame — and his first million

“I had literally no money, and I was worried about university,” he says. “I just brainstormed this kind of crazy, get-rich-quick scheme that then took on a life of its own.”

In four months’ time, word of the page had gone viral and it sold out. Tew had achieved success, fame — and his first million. And he dropped out of university that December.

Advertisers ranged from The Times to Beer.com and online casinos. Tew says he wasn’t targeting any advertisers in particular, really just “anyone who wanted to buy pixels”.

He also attracted a lot of envy. The main idea of the Million Dollar Homepage (selling pixels) was something anyone could have done. But Tew was the first to do it, which left a lot of people wondering why they didn’t think of it first.

Fast-forward 11 years and Tew is still doing things differently than most — and very differently than he was back in 2005. Today, he lives in San Francisco, far from his roots in southwest England, and is founder and CEO of start-up Calm, which offers a mobile app by the same name with numerous narrated relaxation and meditation programs designed to help relax and calm the user’s mind. The app also features visuals and audio of streams, rainstorms and waves.

“It’s kind of like having a sanctuary in your pocket,” Tew says.

The app is free, but users can choose to upgrade to a monthly, yearly or lifetime subscription, which gives them access to more guided meditations and options.

The business of calm

Tew isn’t alone in his quest to bring more calm into people’s lives. There is a growing list of competitors offering mindfulness and meditation apps, including Headspace, Buddhify and Smiling Mind. In 2015, the meditation and mindfulness industry brought in nearly $1bn, according to IBISWorld research. Last month, Huffington Post co-founder Ariana Huffington left her namesake media empire to take the helm of her new self-help start-up Thrive Global, aimed at reducing stress. It doesn’t hurt either that many notable figures, including Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney, are known meditation practitioners.

“Stress, anxiety and depression are [an] epidemic in our society, and people are looking for ways to manage these and improve their overall health and well-being,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, the director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. “Self-care practices that people can do on their own and can be easily taught have great appeal.”

Technology traditionally is about improving efficiency, getting more done. Busy, busy, busy

The internet already is full of sites and apps helping people do more, so Tew is happy to keep pushing the opposite. “Technology traditionally is about improving efficiency, getting more done. Busy, busy, busy. And Calm is the total opposite,” he says. “It’s about actually finding some peace and quiet in this increasingly busy world.”

For Tew, Calm is something he had been thinking about in some form of another since he was 14, when he started meditating. “I was always interested in psychology and human development,” says Tew, who, even as a teenager, read everything he could on the topics, from improving memory to improving concentration and creativity. “Even then, I was thinking this should be available online. You should be able to go to a website that could teach you, guide you, through some relaxation techniques or mindfulness techniques.”

What Tew didn’t envision back then was the extent of the mobile-device revolution. “But timing is everything,” he says. When he founded Calm back in 2012, he envisioned it as a website. A year later, the company went mobile with an app. “I actually think it’s one of the reasons Calm is working for a lot of people,” he says. “It’s available on the go, and we always have our phones with us.”

Tew has clearly hit a nerve — Calm has six million users, and the company has been through three rounds of funding totalling $1.5m. Tew wouldn’t reveal specific figures but said they “are doing millions of dollars per year in annual revenue”.

But it wasn’t a straight path to Calm for Tew.

I was just full of confidence, ideas and kind of forgot about the thing that I found really interesting

With his sudden fame and success from the Million Dollar Homepage, any ideas of a meditation website were put on the back-burner and replaced with new ideas for how to make a lot of money quickly. “The fact that it worked in four months and made a million dollars took me on a different path,” says Tew. “I was just full of confidence, ideas and kind of forgot about the thing that I found really interesting.”

He says he started thinking “in a different way”, which led him to a number of ventures which “didn’t really pan out.” First, he tried Pixelotto, a spinoff of the Million Dollar Homepage selling advertising space, then PopJam, a social network for sharing funny content, and One Million People, similar to his first success, just with photos instead of advertisements.

None succeeded the way he hoped. Eventually, Tew made his way to San Francisco when Michael Birch, a fellow Brit, friend and founder of social networking site Bebo, asked him to come work for him at his tech incubator Monkey Inferno. “I thought I would do something dramatically different,” Tew says.

He’s not scared to think big and wide, but [he] brings those ideas into focus and follows through with great determination - Michael Birch

Birch, who had met Tew through his brother in London, says he loved Tew’s energy and creative thinking. “Alex is an ideas man,” he says. “He's not scared to think big and wide, but [he] brings those ideas into focus and follows through with great determination.” Birch knew all along that Tew’s employment wouldn’t be that long-lived. “He moved to the US to work with me on some of my projects, but he never took his eye off the ball to build his own business.”

Less than a year later and Tew was off to start Calm. He had come full circle, he says. “I had been thinking about this really meaningful idea that could positively change people but then went on to do different things that were more orientated around entertainment — and perhaps a little less important in terms of impact they could have,” says Tew, 32. “Then, I really came back to the idea when I was much older.”

When people say that your idea is kind of weird, that can be a good thing

But when Tew and co-founder Michael Acton Smith first pitched the idea of Calm to investors, it wasn’t met with universal acceptance or interest. “It was tough for the first round of fundraising because it was a different kind of thing and very different than traditional businesses. It’s not a hard-core technical business even though it has a lot of technical aspects to it,” says Tew. “So, at that time, it was a little challenging to convince people this was a good idea.”

But that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, he says. “When people say that your idea is kind of weird or ‘I don’t get it,’ that can be a good thing. And I knew in my heart this was the right thing to do.”

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How to Use Airbnb to Live Anywhere

I’m so thankful that I can do my nomad thing in an era where now-indispensable travel resources like Google Maps, TripAdvisor, WiFi, and Airbnb exist. They make what I do entirely possible. With Airbnb, I can bounce around and set up a new home base in different countries with a few clicks of a button, and I don’t have to pay out the wazoo for a hotel room. Without a doubt, Airbnb has been one juicy, giant cherry on top of my sweet travels.

This post originally appeared on FY!S .

I’m about to share with you the things I’ve learned from using Airbnb to help you pick the right and best Airbnb for your needs, anywhere in the world. As a fair warning, most of this is geared toward dealing with long-term rentals on Airbnb, meaning you intend to stay for at least a month at a time.

But Hold on, Are You Familiar With Airbnb?

If you don’t know Airbnb, prepare to have your entire wanderlust mind blown to itty-bitty pieces of joy, my friend!

Airbnb is a site that lets you rent (as well as rent out ) living space from locals of the destination you plan on visiting. So think unofficially and informally run hotel-type places. You can rent shared rooms, a room all to yourself, or an entire apartment or home or cottage or cardboard box or practically any living space. Simply search by location and the dates you’re going to “check in” and “check out.”

The coolest part is that the Airbnb hosts. as the renters of these places are called, are often very welcoming and cordial. It’s like visiting a good friend who’s letting you stay in their home, except you have to give them money to be your friend (it’s less sad than it sounds).

Why Use Airbnb for Long-Term Stays?

Clearly, Airbnb is a great setup for a quickie or week’s vacation, but what if you plan to stay for one or more months at a time? They’re perfect for long-term rentals, too!

Generally, when you’re in a country on a visitor’s visa, it’s next to impossible to convince any landlord to let you rent a place, let alone a room. Outside of Airbnb, your options are hotels and hostels.

Hotels can pretty much set your bank account on fire and dance around its ashes. Even if your cash flow is healthy enough to be okay despite that, I’m of the opinion that you don’t need to spend so frivolously. Hostels, on the other hand, are the complete opposite: They’re affordable, but you never really have any privacy. Or a feeling of home. Also, it’s a scary movie.

Airbnbs are just more cost-effective, plain and simple. My favorite part about it is that I get to meet cool local people who are a friendly, familiar face in an otherwise foreign country.

Treat a monthly Airbnb like you’re paying monthly rent for an apartment back home. The cool part is that it’s already fully furnished with everything you would need, if you know what you’re looking for. The utilities, including internet, are typically part of your fees so you generally don’t have to worry about that either. Not to mention, there’s no rental agreement.

Those are the good, of course. Then there’s the bad, such as the place being in a bad neighborhood, pictures not being accurate, fake reviews, and so on. I’ll cover all of these in the tips below to ensure you get the best experience you can.

1. Make Sure Your Profile Is Complete

Let’s first talk about your Airbnb profile. Do you have a photo? Does it look friendly? Do you have good reviews left by other hosts? Are you brand new? Can you prove you’re not a robot? Believe it or not, the completeness of your profile, along with how you interact with your potential host, can really impact the success rate of your booking.

In the world of Airbnb, you must first submit a request to book someone’s place. This is basically a place holder where your credit card isn’t immediately charged nor is your reservation of the place guaranteed, until the host of the place also accepts. Some hosts offer an Instant Book. denoted by a lightning bolt symbol, which is quick and painless.

There will be times when the host will shove your money back in your face. It’s not that they don’t want your money per se; they’ve got bigger things to worry about: They’re probably just as nervous about letting you into their home as you are about going in to a stranger’s home. So yeah, they’re not going to let the person behind some new, faceless Airbnb profile waltz in.

If you’re brand new to Airbnb, add a nice, cheese-y picture. Share a little bit about yourself so that when a potential host looks at your profile they’re not going to think you’re some psychopath. (Everyone thinks the other person is potentially a psychopath of some sort.)

Basically, you want to give your host enough things to go on to convince them you are non-threatening and not going to wreck their house.

  • Did you add a profile picture and a little blurb about yourself?
  • If your account is new, be ready to provide extra info for your host. Most are generally receptive, but if you get a lot of booking rejections, it’s likely because of your profile.
2. Research, Research, Research. Seriously.

Research the different neighborhoods of the city beforehand. Go on sites like TripAdvisor and enter the name of the neighborhood to see what people have said about it. Use Google Street View (if possible) to get a feel of the area.

In addition, look at places and be ready to comb through the reviews of your host. If your host has several listings, read those reviews too. Read them all, and if there are a lot of them, read the three star or below reviews to see what the common complaints were. You have the right to be suspicious if the reviews are all five stars, but barely say anything. They could be fake.

Airbnb is awesome, but because it’s run almost entirely by average folks (guests and hosts alike) Airbnb has its hands tied when resolving issues and disputes, like refunds and cancellations. I cannot stress enough that researching, having questions prepared, and being smart before you book are very, very important. Just take a look at stories from Airbnbhell to scare yourself into being extra cautious.

Airbnb listings don’t reveal the address until you book for safety reasons, but they will highlight the general area where the place is located.

I learned this the hard way recently in Paris, too. I had relied too much on looking at star ratings and reviews because I was in a hurry and neglected to look into the actual neighborhood. It wasn’t until I got there that I’d realized I wound up in an extremely shady neighborhood that I didn’t feel comfortable walking around in. Like, imagine the dodgy-ass outskirts of town, tagged in graffiti, trash strewn about in the streets, lots of shady characters gathered in groups, multiple signs to watch out for pick pockets, and so on kind of shady.

I’d made a big mistake, considering I was in a foreign country, could not speak French, and now felt stressed going to and from the Airbnb. I got this whole thing only somewhat resolved by talking to Airbnb and the host, but note that in these kinds of circumstances Airbnb is going to stress that it’s mainly on you to ask questions and know what you’re getting into with the listing, including surrounding area. Airbnb can’t do diddley-squat unless the issue is directly involved with the listing itself.

So yeah, research.

  • Did you go on sites like TripAdvisor to research an area or neighborhood?
  • Did you read through the reviews?
  • What about the reviews of the host’s other listings?
  • If there are fewer than five reviews, proceed with caution.
3. Check Your Weekly/Monthly Rates

Many hosts are willing to provide weekly or monthly discounts. That means if you book at least a week or a month in advance you get a certain percentage knocked off the subtotal. This subtotal does not count the service fee which is typically non-negotiable. The offered discount usually says right there under Prices:

You’ll be able to see the individual host’s discount by setting your “Check in” and “Check out” date to include at least seven nights for a weekly discount and 28 nights for the monthly discount.

Example of a monthly discount, visible after you set the number of nights.

I’ve seen the weekly/monthly discount range between 3% to 50%. It all depends on a couple of factors:

  • Location: Obviously, I’m talking about the country or city itself, but price also depends on the area. If it’s known to be very touristy or in a good area, you can expect the prices to be higher than less popular areas; so hosts may be less inclined to take on long-term guests.
  • Season: Airbnb hosts tend to set their prices to go with the seasons. Expect prices to be higher or discounts to be lower (or both) during a tourist “hot” season. If they’re getting a lot of bookings, many hosts will experiment with setting prices a bit higher; and like hotels, the rates you see can change depending on which days you check in and out.
  • Popularity of the host: The more popular the host, the less likely they’ll offer a decent discount.
  • The host: Some hosts simply don’t do it or don’t know about it. It doesn’t hurt to ask though.

Okay, if you think you’re working with higher than normal prices or even if the discounts say 0, it’s always worth sending a message to the host and asking. We’ll go over this in the negotiating section below.

  • Did you set the Check In and Check Out dates to be seven nights to check a weekly discount?
  • Did you set the Check In and Check Out dates to be 28 nights to check a monthly discount?
  • Did you reach out to your host to ask about weekly/monthly discount rates if none are present on the page?
4. Compare the Host’s Provisions With What You Need

What ends up happening a lot of the time is that people get overwhelmed: Is this place cool enough? Is it convenient? Will I have access to great food and restaurants? Is it hip? Is it the place to be ?

I understand all of those feelings and allure of “shiny things,” but the problem is less “Is the place awesome?” and more “Is the place awesome for me ?”

To find that out, you need to know what actually defines “awesome” for you. Take a moment to write down your greatest needs. If you’re going to live somewhere for a while, what amenities and things do you need from a living place (or nearby) to help you make this temporary home feel more like home-home? Do you mind sharing an apartment (a private room) or want privacy (a whole apartment)? Are you a smoker? Do you need to be able to bring guests over? Do you need to feel safe?

Note these down and compare these crucial needs with the host’s description and listed amenities. Read through it carefully so you don’t end up asking redundant questions. Experienced hosts tend to hate these and consider these as red flags (inattention to detail) to decline your reservation.

Let’s take my own needs, for example. My work lives entirely online, so the number one thing I need is reliable and unlimited Wi-Fi at home. Second, obviously because I spend so much time on the computer, a comfortable work station would also be ideal. (I’ve tried sitting on the floor with my laptop propped up on a cardboard box before and that was cramp city.)

Afterward, my order of importance: full access to the kitchen with cooking equipment, fridge, utensils, and so on, and laundry. Bonus points for a coffee maker. Then I’d like relative proximity to a grocery store and transportation. Extra brownie points for a nearby gym or park, but they’re not absolutely necessary if I can take the public transportation.

So any place that is in a good and safe neighborhood, has plenty of positive reviews, has Wi-Fi, a good working space, and kitchen are good enough for me to reach out to the host. When choosing the area, I prefer to avoid tourist neighborhoods, but I also need to make sure it’s safe for me to walk around either during the day and at night.

  • Did you make a list of your most important needs? Wi-Fi, a laptop working space, a hair dryer, a washer, a kitchen, etc. Can’t always have everything, but list your top five.
  • Did you carefully read the description and what the host provides?
  • Don’t think too much about things you can’t predict before seeing the place.
5. Always Have Questions

The descriptions and provided amenities all sound Little House on the Prairie perfect, but there are always more questions to ask.

Here’s the thing: It’s important to get a feel of how the Airbnb host treats his or her room, apartment, or home. Is it some quick side cash, a legit business, or somewhere in-between? This detail is important because if a host is really serious about Airbnb they would not risk you writing anything less than a four star review (as that could hurt their rating and visibility on search).

More importantly, however, this helps lend some credence to the accuracy of the photos, the veracity of the reviews, and the neighborhood in which the place is located. For example, some Airbnb hosts may add a bunch of pictures of nearby restaurants and cool touristy pictures to draw you in; or they get several angles of the same small room to obfuscate the “imperfections” or that it might be tiny as hell. Here’s an example of keeping an eye out for different angles of the same room:

Not to pick on this listing in particular, but you can see that the couch and lamp make another appearance!

Just keep this in mind when you’re sizing up the place. If you ever need clarification on the size and how many people a place/room can comfortably fit, ask the host. Ask more clear questions, like “Would the room/space be big enough to let me do yoga/somersault/River dance every morning?” or something like that.

Since you can’t actually see the place before you arrive, it’s extra important that you examine the photos and think of questions to ask the host (that haven’t already been covered in their listing). Ask about whether it’s safe to walk around at night, for example. Remember to be respectful, as hosts are real people, too.

  • Did you closely read the reviews and examine the pictures?
  • Did you keep in mind that sometimes hosts can be dishonest with pictures?
  • Did you ask very specific, clarifying questions?
6. Negotiating With the Host

A huge number of successful hosts treat their Airbnb as a legitimate business, but most aren’t exactly ninja masters in hospitality or business. They’re just your everyday homeowners or apartment renters so they may be open to negotiations.

This Lifehacker article explains a few of the finer points of negotiation. As influential money blogger JD Roth wrote. you need three things to have a successful negotiation: power, time, and information. But since we’re dealing over the internet, time is a non-issue, but these two still apply:

  • Power stems from having a good hand of cards: you have the right attitude, empathy (understanding of what your host needs/wants and his or her concerns), persistence, and legitimacy.
  • Information is just as valuable. “The more you know, the better your position,” Roth writes, and I couldn’t agree more. Gather information from reading reviews, a little about the area, location, and culture, and the host’s description; it’s also knowing about what you can concede if the host pushes back. We’ll get to all of this shortly.

Altogether these are your leverage, and as the guest, you automatically have more power. On Airbnb, hosts generally want their space occupied by hassle-free and courteous guests. Of course, every host wants that. Hosts also tend to want financial security from an occupied room. Your main leverage is offering a huge sum all in one go and the promise that you’ll behave.

Once you’ve determined that the area, place, and host all fit your needs, reach out through Contact Host (not through a booking) with the four W’s, in this order:

  1. Who? State who you are and what you’re doing (business or long-term travel) for whatever brief reason. If you’re a writer like I am, for example, offer a quick link to your blog/writing/portfolio.
  2. When? Tell the host how long you need to stay. (They already have an idea of when you’ll arrive based on your Check In date.)
  3. What? Based on what you’ve read of the host’s reviews and such, pick a point that you liked about the place and express your interest.
  4. Why? Here’s where you say why you’re interested in the place. For example, I like bright rooms with lots of natural lighting and a desk. If I see that in the picture, I’ll say so and add “. because I write and work better in such an environment.” The because is important.

All of this helps firmly establish your legitimacy, builds trust, encourages empathy because you’re a real person, and also makes the host feel good because you’ve complimented their place.

Make the Ask

Before you make an offer, be sure to calculate the total from point number three and check the average rates from several similar Airbnbs in the area. You’re gathering information about the average Airbnb monthly rental market so you can make appropriate rebuttals or accept a fair offer. Note the lowest price for a place that’s similar and keep that in your back pocket. Here are a other few things to keep in mind:

  • Mention you’re shopping around and found a couple of nice places, but you really like this place so you thought you’d reach out first to see what they can do.
  • Don’t be so frugal that you try to squeeze everything, especially if you’ll be living with the host. Otherwise it’ll just make things really awkward.

If you’re not happy with the price or the Airbnb host isn’t playing ball, you can choose to move on or persist. As your final play, link to another Airbnb that’s lower in price and mention that you appreciate that they’ve entertained your offer and questions, but your budget allows you to go with the <link to the other Airbnb>.

About 30 percent of the time, they may respond with a lower offer. Or you can make concessions: See if they can provide you with various amenities throughout your stay (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, towels, coffee, etc.); or lower the cleaning fee (if it’s ridiculous).



This Man Gives A Multi-Million Dollar Idea and All He Wants Is Just $100, 000

Main menu This Man Gives A Multi-Million Dollar Idea and All He Wants Is Just $100,000

This is a story happened to a company I used to work with. That was a company that manufactures toothpaste. Well, everyone knows that toothpaste is a necessity for every human to clean and maintain the health and aesthetics of teeth. Therefore, the business is endless and it can be last for a long time as long as competitors stay the same. However, in one early morning, the CEO of my company called out everyone for an emergency meeting. I clearly remember the first few sentences he said and that was “The sales of our company have reached a plateau. There is no growth anymore since last 2 years.”

Toothpaste is an essential thing for everyone on earth

Our CEO requested everyone to come out an idea to make the sales grow. Engineers, sales managers, regional manager, country manager, toilet cleaner and almost everyone in the meeting room are scratching their head.

After a few hours, there is no solution from everyone who is wearing suit. One of the toilet cleaners raise his hand and said…

“I… I… I got the idea! I am sure this idea is going to work.” said Nakamura. “Mr CEO, can I request to have $100,000 dollars for this idea? I need to have your word before I say it out.” Nakamura continues. Our CEO promised his request without any doubt.

Nakamura’s idea is to increase the diameter of the toothpaste hole for another 1mm. Most users will consume the toothpaste a lot faster and they need to buy more.

The company has successfully raise the sales of their toothpaste for the following months. Our cleaner Nakamura is happy with his $100,000 cash money too. The moral of the story? Use the easiest method to solve the hardest problem.

This article is written by Nanako Matsushima who lives in Japan. She submitted the article to Fecielo. The content in this page is purely for entertainment and educational purposes. All rights reserved.

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