Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Asshole’ Rule: Why Life’s Too Short To Work With Them

Anthony Bourdain

Have you ever turned down a project, job offer, or client just because you didn’t like them? If you haven’t, you’re not the only one.

It takes a lot of guts to turn down money. I remember one time at our family business; my dad refused to sell to a prospect. The team and I didn’t understand it. We thought: “They want to pay good money. Why not accept it?”

“Because they are assholes,” my dad said.

Fair play, I thought. The truth is that it was way more complicated than that. My dad had worked with that company before in the past. And he also knew others who worked with them. Apparently, they were a “supplier hopper.”

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The Importance Of Self-Awareness For Entrepreneurs

The Importance Of Self-Awareness For Entrepreneurs

Are you attracted to entrepreneurship? Does the freedom appeal to you? And does that make you want to start a business of your own?

You’re not the only one.

Ever since Tim Ferriss published The Four Hour Work, in which he introduced the lifestyle business concept, a lot of people are chasing the same dream.

It’s pretty appealing, right? You start a business, automate it, hire a virtual assistant, and make money while you’re sleeping or traveling the world.

Everyone wants that. That’s why a lot of people have made it their business to teach you how to do it. They say things like:

  • “Do these 20 things and you’ll earn six figures.”
  • “Get this online course and you’ll become rich easily without putting in the work!”
  • “I travel the world and make 100K of passive income per month. Here’s how I do it.”
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Two Tips That Instantly Improve Your Everyday Writing Forever

Do you see yourself as a writer?

If not, it’s time to change that perception. Because you are a writer. In fact, everyone is.

And I’ll tell you this: Writing is the most important skill in today’s attention economy.

And it’s not the best writer that wins; it’s the most effective.

It’s especially relevant to people who’re not full-time writers (probably 99.99% of all people). We almost only communicate in the written form these days. Our careers truly depend on it. 

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Cold Hard Truths About The Workplace I Learned The Hard Way

co workers are not your friends

Have you ever been let down by a colleague who you thought was a friend? Or how about getting drunk at the office party? If so, you’re not alone.

But here’s the thing: You can’t mix your professional and personal life. And that’s not a great thing to hear, right? We all desperately want to have a great time at work. And I get it.

You spend more time at work than any other place in your life, so it’s important to enjoy what you do. But doing what you love and workplace rules are two different things.

That took me a long time to understand. Granted, I’m a stubborn idiot who has to learn things the hard way. But one thing I’ve learned about the workplace is this: Things are not what they seem.

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Stop Chasing Opportunities

Do you believe that more opportunities equal more chances of success? I sure did.

And since we all want to feel important in this world, we think that the way to achieve that is to chase every single opportunity out there.

I hear it often: “This is a big opportunity for me.”

But that idea is broken. Chasing opportunities is a bad strategy. It’s more practical to chase skills, and PREPARE for opportunities.

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Get Rid Of Your High Expectations

How many times in your life have you experienced hurt, disappointment, anger, or stress, from the difference between your imagination and reality?

We’re very creative creatures. And when we set out to do things, we always expect that everything will turn out exactly the way we want. Does this sound familiar?

  • “I’m going to finish my degree. And then all the companies will line up for me. I’ll pick the one with the best compensation. And I’ll be rich.”
  • “I really like her. We’ll date for a few months. Move in together. Get married. She’ll want four kids. We settle for two. Get a holiday home at the beach. Boom. Happy life.”
  • “My business idea is awesome. I’ll raise some cash. Hire a few people to build the product. We’ll roll it out. The media will write about it. I’ll get on TV. And then I’ll sell the company.”
  • “I’ll make a few videos. Put them on YouTube. People will share them. One of my videos will go viral. And I’m in. Show me the money.”

Chances of those scenarios coming true? I don’t know exactly. But I guess it’s somewhere close to ZERO.

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22 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mentors That Every Person Should Know

With every conversation I have, book I read, mistake I make, and new knowledge I acquire, I feel less sure about everything.

French philosopher Voltaire said it best:

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

When I got my first degree in business, nine years ago, I was certain I knew nothing. So I got a master’s degree after that. That took me about two more years.

Still, I knew nothing. So after that, I did my best to learn from mentors, family, business partners, clients, friends, colleagues. I tried to absorb all their knowledge.

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