Archive for April, 2011

Leadership Tactic #47: 10,000 Hours

Leadership Tactic #47: 10,000 Hours

Malcolm Gladwell writes about the concept that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice can make you great…at anything. He uses the examples of Bill Gates, who started working with computers for hours each day when he was a boy, and the Beatles, who played long, long sets every night to make ends meet early on. A […]


Bronx Zoo to Let One Animal Escape Each Month

Bronx Zoo to Let One Animal Escape Each Month

NEW YORK, New York (AP) – Riding on their recent wave of fame involving a cobra on the loose, the Bronx Zoo has decided to allow one animal to escape each month. “We’ll keep going until we second-guess ourselves,” said zoo warden James Partizzi. The idea was recommended by the publicity firm Starks & Harrison, […]


Pet Please #49: Eating Fruit Like an Animal

Pet Please #49: Eating Fruit Like an Animal

I’m generally a tidy, meticulous eater. I overuse my napkin. I take forever to finish a plate. I’ve overly conscious about talking with my mouth full or getting food in my teeth. I greatly prefer food I can cut into bite-size pieces instead of messy finger foods since I’m constantly worried that my face is […]


The Breakdance Story

The Breakdance Story

I used to be a breakdancer. Thirteen years ago when I was entering college, I was a terrible dancer. To most people that wouldn’t be an issue. But my perception of college was that dancing would be really important. I envisioned an ongoing series of dance parties–both frat and ballroom–and possibly a number of West-Side-Story-style […]


What’s Your Vice?

What's Your Vice?

I have a theory that we all have a secret vice. By that I mean that we have a secret desire for something bigger, and, if given the chance, we might do extraordinary things to achieve that vice. I don’t think “vice” has a positive connotation. Also, your vice can contradict your personality–a vice is […]


Management Tactic #46: The Easter Basket

Management Tactic #46: The Easter Basket

When I was about 11 years old, my family piled into our minivan and took a trip down to Florida. It was spring break, and we were going to Disney World. We stayed with my aunt and uncle in Florida for a few days over the Easter weekend. I remember being surprised at how little […]


The Wasabi Waitress

The Wasabi Waitress

Many of my friends know that I once had a tiny crush on a very attractive waitress at the Clayton Wasabi sushi restaurant. She hasn’t worked there for a while, so I feel that it’s safe to write this blog entry. Below you’ll find my detailed plan to ask out the Wasabi Waitress. I’m making […]


Everyone Looks Like a Model in Black and White

Everyone Looks Like a Model in Black and White

I’ve noticed a number of ads in magazines where someone who is really not all that good looking is photographed in black and white, and because of that, they look like a model.¬†Usually these photographs are “caught in the moment” shots of the celebrity casting a wayward glance while walking past hoards of photographers. The […]


Leadership Tactic #45: How to Enchant the Pants Off Someone

Leadership Tactic #45: How to Enchant the Pants Off Someone

A few months ago, I saw one of my favorite types of promotions for new books: An author named Guy Kawasaki was giving away copies of his new book, Enchantment, to bloggers if they agreed to review the book. (My publishing company does something similar with advance reader copies of our books.) I signed up […]


Can You Use a Groupon on a First Date?

Can You Use a Groupon on a First Date?

Back during the dating spree of ’10, I bought a Groupon for Liluma Restaurant here in St. Louis. By sheer chance, a woman with whom I had exchanged a few e-mails mentioned that she had been wanting to try out Liluma. So we planned to go there on our first date. Now, as you can […]


The Future of Bookstores

The Future of Bookstores

I’m hesitant to admit this, but I’ll just say it: Until recently, it had been a long time since I had been in a bookstore. There are two reasons for this, and they both rhyme with blamazon.com: I do all of my book shopping on Amazon.com If I really want a book NOW, I buy […]


The Eagle

The Eagle

By now I’m sure you’ve heard from your grandmother on Facebook or a quirky uncle via forwarded e-mail that there’s a live video feed of a bald eagle nest in Iowa. (I’m hoping the video will go meta someday and feature a bald eagle watching a video of humans watching the live feed.) It’s fascinating […]


Pet Peeve #23: People Telling You What They Thought You Said

Pet Peeve #23: People Telling You What They Thought You Said

“‘Peanut butter’? I thought you said ‘Pee in it, bud’!” Fact 1: When we mishear someone, especially if we don’t yet know that we misheard them, the results are hilarious…in our own minds. Fact 2: The words we mishear are rarely hilarious to anyone but ourselves. It’s really important to distinguish between these two facts. […]


Local Man to Bake Himself into Pretzel, Live There

Local Man to Bake Himself into Pretzel, Live There

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) – Following a series of food-related housing proclamations at the Soulard farmer’s market, a local man has decided to bake himself into a soft pretzels and live there from now on. Jamey Stegmaier, 30, went to to the farmers market “for the first time in a while” this weekend. While perusing […]


My First Book Signing

My First Book Signing

Nope, not my book. Maybe someday, but not tonight. And yet tonight was my first book signing. You see, about a year ago I founded a publishing company with two friends I met in a writing critique group. We wanted to test some of our ideas for a St. Louis-based company that discovers St. Louis-area […]


10 Ways to Have a Great First Date

10 Ways to Have a Great First Date

It’s been long enough since I’ve had a first date that no one will think I’m specifically talking about them. So here goes. This is the result of thousands of dates in 26 different languages, 13 countries, and 312 outfits. Prep before the date. If you have interactions with the person before the first date […]


Management Tactic #44: Be Different

Management Tactic #44: Be Different

A while back, I posted about my love for a website called Kickstarter. It’s a site for raising funds for any project. You ask people to support you, you give them things in exchange for their support, and if you don’t raise as much money as you needed, nobody pays anything. Here’s a really cool […]


Pet Peeve #21: ESPN Video Analysis

Pet Peeve #21: ESPN Video Analysis

I got home from a frigid-cold St. Louis Cardinals baseball game tonight (I seriously considered writing another “True Tale of Survival” entry, but Jess pointed out that I had just recently written one about being cold) and eagerly went to ESPN.com to see the highlights from the NCAA men’s basketball championship. After I waited through […]


My Greatest Fear #20: Dead Arms

My Greatest Fear #20: Dead Arms

Have you ever woken up from a nap to find that you can’t feel one of your arms? Inevitably, your arm starts to tingle and it wakes up as circulation resumes. But what if it doesn’t wake up? What if it’s been without circulation for too long and it has died? These are the questions […]


Special Announcement: jameystegmaier.com Is Going Public!

Special Announcement: jameystegmaier.com Is Going Public!

I have some big news. jameystegmaier.com is going public! That’s right. After years of private investments, several reportedly valued at over $15 million, this blog has filed for an IPO. With over 1,300 employees worldwide, this was bound to happen at some point. But it wasn’t until the fourth round of investment, including cash infusions […]