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Love Your Work

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Love Your Work is the intellectual playground of David Kadavy, bestselling author of three books – including Mind Management, Not Time Management – and former design advisor to Timeful – a Google-acquired productivity app.Love Your Work is where David shows you how to be productive when creativity m… read more

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282. How I Put My Book on a Times Square Billboard (What Did It Cost, & Did It Work?)

June 30th, 2022


I recently advertised my book on a billboard in Times Square. It was cheaper than you think, and was up for less time than you might expect. But it’s still paying dividends.

Times Square is a big deal (duh)

Times Square …

281. E.R.A.S.E. F.E.A.R. and Finish Your Creative Projects

June 16th, 2022


In fifteen years as a self-employed creator, I’ve learned how to finish what matters. I follow a nine-step process that makes an easy-to-remember …

280. Surround and Conquer (Your Biggest Dreams)

June 2nd, 2022


When Facebook was first expanding, they used a timeless military strategy to win their most-crucial first users. You can use this strategy to attack your toughest projects, by leveraging hidden complexity to lend …

279. Summary: Industrial Society and Its Future (The Unabomber Manifesto)

May 19th, 2022


Industrial Society and Its Future, is otherwise known as “The Unabomber Manifesto,” written by Ted Kaczynski. Kaczynsnki is a terrorist who killed three people, and injured twenty-three others, by sending bombs through …

278. Summary: The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase

May 5th, 2022


There are some invisible structures in language, and using them can be the difference between your message being forgotten or living through the ages. These are The Elements of Eloquence, which is the title of Mark …

277. Summary: Trust Me, I'm Lying – by Ryan Holiday

April 21st, 2022


In Trust Me, I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday reveals the media manipulation tactics he used as Marketing Director of American Apparel, and for his PR …

276. How Matthew Walker Ruined My Sleep (& How I Fixed It)

April 7th, 2022


In 2018, Matthew Walker was on a media blitz, promoting his book, Why We Sleep. I was one of the many people who picked up the book. It slowly ruined my sleep. But recently, I fixed it.

No, this is not a takedown

Before …

275. Finish What Matters (Forget the Rest)

March 24th, 2022


One thing I hear from a lot from readers of The Heart to Start, is that many people have no problem starting new projects. They instead struggle with finishing them. I can relate.

Like many creative people, I once …

274. Summary: Balaji Srinivasan – Centralized China vs Decentralized World – The Tim Ferriss Show #547

March 10th, 2022


What will the future look like? In his most recent November appearance on the Tim Ferriss Show, entrepreneur and investor Balaji Srinivasan presents a cohesive explanation of the current world, and plausible scenarios …

273. Write on a Typewriter

February 24th, 2022


It seems even the most devout techno-utopiasts carry around a Moleskine notebook. They appreciate the way writing longhand on paper alters their …

272. Ode to the Unfinished

February 10th, 2022


There’s a reason the expression, “unfinished business” has such provocative power. Unfinished projects stack up like skeletons in our cluttered mental closets. We know if we crack open that door, we’ll be reminded of …

271. How to Be Somebody

January 27th, 2022


There’s something I want to talk about, but frankly, I’m a little embarrassed to do so. However, I write with my former self in mind, and my former …

270. My Cooking System

January 13th, 2022


Systems save energy. Especially if the system helps you with something you do every day. This is why I have a system for cooking. When you’re hungry, you make bad decisions, such as grabbing the quickest food you can …

269. Farm What You Forage

November 25th, 2021


Many people think our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived short and miserable lives. In fact, that’s what most anthropologists thought. Until the 1960s, …

268. The Void

November 11th, 2021


There’s a story I think of every time I’m in the throes of a difficult project. It’s from the movie, Catch Me if You Can, about the infamous con …

267. The Finisher's Paradox

October 28th, 2021


When Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling, he designed and built his own scaffolding. But, it only covered half of the ceiling. So he …

266. The Foundation Effect

October 14th, 2021


On October 10th, 1901 – 120 years ago, almost to the day – the grandstand was full at the horse track in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. But not to see …

265. Shipping is a Skill

September 30th, 2021


Leonardo da Vinci is easily the most-accomplished procrastinator who ever lived. He finished hardly any projects at all. He was great at many things, …

264. Creative Waste

September 16th, 2021


When Vincent van Gogh began his career as an artist, he had already failed at everything else. He even got fired from his own family’s business in the process.

Not seeing any alternative, he completely immersed himself …

263. The Iceberg Principle

September 2nd, 2021


1920s, London. Radclyffe Hall was pacing around her study. She wore close-cropped hair, a tweed skirt, and a man’s silk smoking jacket and tie. Her partner, Uma Troubridge, sat in a nearby chair, reading the writing of …

262. Aim Left

August 19th, 2021


It’s 1997, and Tiger Woods is in a sudden death playoff, against Tom Lehman.

Lehman shoots first, on a par three, and hits his ball into the water.

Now Tiger’s up, and this is Tiger’s tournament to lose. All he has to …

261. Shiny Object Syndrome

August 5th, 2021


Shiny Object Syndrome is an affliction that causes you to be attracted to “shiny objects.” Shiny objects can be whatever is new and trendy in your field. But oftentimes, the shiny objects are simply new ideas you have – …

260. How I Produce My Weekly Newsletter

July 22nd, 2021


If you want to grow an audience online, it’s great to have a consistent newsletter. It keeps you in touch with your subscribers, and it gives you a place to test out small ideas you can later grow into big ideas. I’ve …

259. My Nighttime Routine

July 8th, 2021


You hear a lot about morning routines, but nighttime routines are every bit as important. Your parents probably had a bedtime routine for you, and if you have kids you probably have bedtime routines for them. But we …

258. 8 Harsh Truths About Dating (from a former professional dater)

June 24th, 2021


I once was a professional dater. I was good at getting dates. I was terrible at finding a partner – which I really wanted. I went on so many dates, I made $150,000 on an online-dating-advice blog (which I recently shut …

257. The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin Book Summary

June 10th, 2021


Does image-based media make us think less about our principles and ideals, and more about pursuing mere appearances? Daniel J. Boorstin thought so. In his book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, Boorstin …

256. Use the Barbell Strategy for Success in Creativity (& Life)

May 27th, 2021


The business of creative work is the business of riding randomness. If you want to write a bestselling book or launch a revolutionary company, you’re …

255. My Low-EMF Computing Setup

May 13th, 2021


I recently got a message from a reader, who said, “I don’t know if it’s meditation or you reaching a new level professionally, but I feel like your writing is on FIRE!” I do feel my writing has improved over the last …

254. Why I Lost $4,000 on my BookBub Featured Deal (& Why I'd Do it Again)

April 29th, 2021


After fourteen rejections, as I outlined on episode 247, I finally landed a BookBub Featured Deal. Once I tallied up my results, I had lost more than …

253. Creative Success in Extremistan (Not Mediocristan)

April 15th, 2021


If you want to succeed in anything creative – whether that’s writing, art, or entrepreneurship – you’re navigating unfamiliar territory. Everyone else is living in Mediocristan, but you’re living in Extremistan. You …

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April 13th, 2021


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As I’ve said in my Patreon pleas at the end of the episodes, some money that I make feels better than other money. When I sell …

252. Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Summary

April 1st, 2021


Can the way we consume information make us unable to tell truth from lies? Neil Postman thought so. In his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman …

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March 19th, 2021


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251. Survivorship Bias's Fatal Flaw

March 18th, 2021


There’s an important bias to avoid: Survivorship bias. Unfortunately, people who might otherwise do something with their lives hide behind survivorship bias. Just as important as knowing when survivorship bias matters …

250. My Zettelkasten: An Author’s Digital Slip-Box Method Example (Using Plain-Text Software)

March 4th, 2021


As a nonfiction author, retaining what I read is my job. Through the process of writing three books, I’ve experimented with different ways of reading, remembering what I read, and using that knowledge to develop my own

249. How to Take Smart Notes Book Summary

February 18th, 2021


If you’re a fan of using Getting Things Done to stay on top of all the, well, things you need to get done – you’ll love How to Take Smart Notes for staying on top of all the things you want to learn. I’ll give you an …

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February 16th, 2021


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I built my writing career by building a writing habit. Three books later, I …

248. Understanding Media (by Marshall McLuhan) Book Summary

February 4th, 2021


You’ve heard the expression, “The medium is the message.” But what does that really mean? “The medium is the message” is a term coined by Marshall McLuhan in his book, Understanding Media: Extensions of Man. More than …

247. How to Land a BookBub Featured Deal

January 21st, 2021

What is BookBub, and what is a BookBub Featured Deal?

BookBub is a gigantic email list that sends discounted or even free books to people. BookBub curates the deals they send to their subscribers. They send them …

246. What I Learned from Naval Ravikant's Meditation Challenge of 60 Hours in 60 Days

January 7th, 2021


I recently saw a tweet storm by entrepreneur/investor/philosopher Naval Ravikant. He was challenging people to meditate sixty minutes a day for …

245. The Avocado Challenge: Tell The Future

November 26th, 2020


It’s hard to predict the future, but you can be better at predicting the future.

All you need is a few delicious avocados.

Even the “experts” are bad at predicting the future

Wharton professor Phillip Tetlock wanted …

244. The Black Swan Book Summary (Nicholas Nassim Taleb)

November 12th, 2020


If you want to write a book, don’t ask, “How much money does the average book make?” In this context, “average” is meaningless. You’re in the world …

243. Buy Mind Management, Not Time Management at

October 29th, 2020


Today is the day! My new book, Mind Management, Not Time Management is now available everywhere!

Writing this book has been a long journey. Over the past ten years, I slowly discovered the things I share in the book, …

242. Getting Thing Done Book Summary

October 15th, 2020


When I first heard of Getting Things Done, I was skeptical. How could it possibly live up to the fanaticism of its cult following? But once I saw the …

241. Raised Floors

October 1st, 2020


In the game of golf, there’s an expression: “Drive for show, putt for dough.” What it means is: If you want to win tournaments, practice putting.

It …

240. Welcome to the Creative Age

September 17th, 2020


Each November, writers around the world make a commitment. They commit to writing a novel within a month. It’s called NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writer’s Month.

Since 2013, software developers have also been making a …

239. Week of Want

September 3rd, 2020


Subject: “IMMEDIATE Action Reqeusted [sic]”

They misspelled “requested,” which had the unintended effect of highlighting that this email was urgent.

There were some documents attached to the email. They wanted me to …

238. Shun the Unearned

August 20th, 2020


In New York City, sometime around the beginning of the twentieth century, a young art student sat for a portrait.

The artist who painted this portrait won a prestigious award for that portrait. The young woman who sat …

237. Complexity Creep & The Birthday Problem

August 6th, 2020


Here’s a brain teaser for you: Imagine we’ve got a room full of people. We’re trying to figure if any two people in the room have the same birthday.

236. Time Worship

July 23rd, 2020


When I was working with Timeful -- the productivity app co-founded by behavioral scientist and Love Your Work guest, Dan Ariely -- we had a great …

235. Clock Time Event Time

July 9th, 2020


Before I moved to Colombia, I lived several “mini lives” in Medellín. I came and lived here for a few months. I escaped the very worst portion of …

234. How to Have a Thought

June 25th, 2020


Maya Angelou was right, “People will forget what you said...but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Because I don’t remember what this woman said to me, but I do remember how I felt: Attacked.

My heart was …

233. Device Divorce

June 11th, 2020


When it came time for me to choose a college, I had no idea what I was doing. For reasons I still can’t explain, I chose to go to The University of …

232. I Thought I Had Time Management All Figured Out, Then I Tried to Write a Book

May 28th, 2020


I used to be a time management enthusiast. I say “used to be,” because time management eventually stopped working for me.

How I became an accidental author

It all started with an email. It was the kind of email that …

231. Start Finishing: Charlie Gilkey

May 21st, 2020


Sometimes people tell me, “Hey David, The Heart to Start is a great book, but now that I’ve figured out how to start, how do I finish?!”

If you’re anything like me, finishing is tough. You can always find a good reason …

230. Grippy & Slippy

May 14th, 2020


One day, I was in a coworking space, here in Colombia, writing in my Moleskine notebook. One of the other co-workers came up to me and asked me a …

229. FOMO: Get the Good & Miss Out on the Bad – Patrick McGinnis

May 7th, 2020


Offer expires soon. You don’t want to miss it! It’s the investment of a lifetime! It’s going to be the party of the century!

Can you feel the anxiety piling up? You know what it is – it’s FOMO. The Fear of Missing Out. …

228. 11 Simple Ways to Be 100x More Effective Than Most People

April 30th, 2020


To get exceptional results, you need to do exceptional things.

Most things that are normal are normal only because very few people can resist them.

227. Ari Meisel: More Productivity, Less Doing

April 23rd, 2020


Ari Meisel (@arimeisel) created a productivity system out of necessity. He was suffering from a chronic and life-threatening illness that was so severe, he had no choice but to make the most out of every ounce of energy …

226. The End of Time Management

April 16th, 2020


As the nineteenth century was turning to the twentieth century, Frederick Taylor grabbed a stopwatch. He stood next to a worker, and instructed that worker on exactly how to pick up a chunk of iron.

Over and over, …

225. Andrew Mason: When Your Plan B is a Billion-Dollar Idea

April 9th, 2020


Andrew Mason (@andrewmason) started a little website called The Point. An investor friend of his gave him a million dollars in seed money.

The Point …

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April 7th, 2020


First of all, I hope that you are taking good care of yourself during these unprecedented times. I hope that you and the people you love are safe and healthy.   I have something I’ve been working on for a looong time. …

224. Sloppy Operating Procedure

April 2nd, 2020


Many businesses have “SOP’s” It sounds very official as an acronym, and what it stands for sounds even more official: Standard Operating Procedure. It’s a document which outlines a process within a business. What’s the …

223. How to Support the Grieving: Megan Devine

March 26th, 2020


Megan Devine (@refugeingrief) is the author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK, and runs the Writing Your Grief workshop. It wasn’t until Megan, a …

222. Stop Listening To My Podcast

March 19th, 2020


What are you doing?! Didn’t you read the title of this episode?

I’m begging you: Stop listening to my podcast.

You’re still here? Okay, I’ll see what I can do to persuade you to stop listening to my podcast.

I’ll admit …

221. How to Predict the Future: Dylan Evans

March 12th, 2020


Dylan Evans (@evansd66) had an intense experience with uncertainty. He was fifty percent certain that civilization would collapse within several …

220. I Moved to the Third World for a Better Life

March 5th, 2020


In the 1600s, Penelope Kent boarded a ship from Holland to the New World with her new husband. Their ship wrecked off the coast, but still, Penelope …

218. Respect The Four Stages of Creativity

February 20th, 2020


When I was writing my first book, Design for Hackers, I developed a ritual. I would lay all of my research materials on the floor. Graphic Design …

217. How to Leave New York: Demir & Carey Bentley of Lifehack Bootcamp

February 13th, 2020


Demir and Carey Bentley are co-founders of Lifehack Bootcamp, where they help professionals make more of their time and energy, to get more results. …

216. Design for Your Dumber Self

February 6th, 2020


As I kicked and punched at the man, I glanced at the knife in his right hand. And I felt it dig into my side.

It all started as I crossed paths with …

215. Neil Pasricha: Resilience Through Creativity

January 30th, 2020


Things were not going well for Neil Pasricha (@NeilPasricha). He came home from work one day, and his wife told him she no longer loved him. Around …

214. Why I Killed a $150,000 Passive Income Stream

January 23rd, 2020


There’s an expression, to burn your boats. It originated with a military strategy. Hernán Cortés famously “burned the boats,” after arriving in the New World to conquer the Aztec empire. (He actually “scuttled” his …

213. Nick Kokonas: Getting Past Good

January 16th, 2020


How’s it going? Really, how are things going for you? If things are going pretty good, you might want to tear everything down, and start all over again.

Nick Kokonas (@nickkokonas) is Co-Owner of The Alinea Group and …

212. Graduation Day

January 9th, 2020


Four years ago, almost to the day, I moved to Colombia. Four years ago, I decided to become a writer.

Four years is how long it takes to get a …

211. Best of: Build Good Habits in 2020: Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg

January 2nd, 2020


This is the time of year when we make resolutions. Very few of us will actually keep them.

The reason we can’t keep resolutions is that resolutions …

210. Best of: Master the Art of Staying in

December 26th, 2019


Socializing is good. But socializing as a default – out of some Fear of Missing Out – is not good.

David's voice double fills in for him once again – …

209. Best of: A Tale of Two Bootstrappers

December 19th, 2019


Twelve years ago, David met Rob Hunter (@vegashacker) on Craigslist. They had both left their jobs at the same time. They were both determined to make it.

So, David and Rob spent several months wandering from cafe to …

208. Best of: See you next year. Here's why.

December 12th, 2019


Here’s an essay from a few years ago. It helps explain why David likes to step back from his work during the final weeks of the year. Puny humans.

Also, for the first time ever, hear David Kadavy's voice double, created …

207. Best of: In Memory of Sean Stephenson

December 5th, 2019


I decided last December that I would be taking this December off. I like to give myself some space toward the end of the year so I can recharge, and …

206. Yes, Your Cell Phone Can Make You Sick

November 28th, 2019


In the 1840’s Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis noticed a pattern. He noticed that too many new mothers were dying of a fever. And it didn’t seem like a coincidence to him that many of these women who were dying shortly after …

205. Mark Manson: Finding Hope When Everything is F*cked

November 21st, 2019


On July 4th of this year, I was finally hitting my stride. After a year of visa troubles, I had secured a three-year visa. I was finally back in the …

204. Don't Sleep in Your Kitchen. Don't Meditate With Your Phone.

November 14th, 2019


You are what you surround yourself with. When your environment changes, your mind changes with it. We recently talked about how your environment can put you in a creative mental state, when we talked to Donald M. …

203. Dan Ariely: Gamble With Your Time. Make Amazing Decisions.

November 7th, 2019


Dan Ariely (@danariely) has more opportunities than he knows what to do with. As a James B. Duke professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at …

202. My Income Report (Patreon Preview)

October 31st, 2019


Over the past four years, I’ve been trying to “make it” as a creator. Yes, I was on my own for another eight years before that, but this past four years has been when I really doubled down on creating. To make the …

200. SPECIAL 200th EPISODE! How to “Make It”

October 17th, 2019


If you had asked me when I first started Love Your Work why I was doing it, I don’t think I could have given you a straight answer. I simply felt …

199. Ultralearning: Scott H. Young

October 10th, 2019


Scott H. Young (@scotthyoung) is best known for learning the entire MIT Computer Science curriculum, on his own, in only a year. He did it through …

198. Don't "Invest" in a House: Invest in Yourself

October 3rd, 2019



If you’re going to get an edge, you have to be aware that the prevailing wisdom is almost always wrong. You have to know when to go against that wisdom.

One place I’m glad that I went against the prevailing wisdom is …

197. Annie Duke: Good Decisions. Good Outcomes.

September 26th, 2019


When something bad happens, it’s tempting to think that you made a bad decision. But the quality of your decision making doesn’t always align with the quality of your outcomes.

Sometimes you make a good decision, and …

196. Live an Antifragile Life

September 19th, 2019


We hate to lose. But if we don’t take risks in life, we never win. The more we protect ourselves from loss, the more we stagnate.

Like economist

195. Nir Eyal: Be Indistractable

September 12th, 2019


What if your smartphone didn’t distract you? What if your focus couldn’t be shaken by social media, by the latest news story, or even by your …

194. Front Burner Creativity, Back Burner Creativity

September 5th, 2019


To make it as a creative, you need to make the most of very limited resources. Your most valuable resource as a creative is your creative energy. You only have so much creative energy, but if you use that energy wisely, …

193. Fire Me, I Beg You – Robbie Abed

August 29th, 2019


Robbie Abed (@robbieab) is author of Fire Me I Beg You: Quit Your Miserable Job (Without Risking it All). Robbie is also one of the early influencers on LinkedIn's publishing platform, he’s had over 500 coffee meetings, …

192. Choose Problems Worth Having

August 22nd, 2019


Have you ever wondered to yourself: How the the hell did I end up in this situation?

I asked myself this question once. I was changing my clothes in the bathroom of a filthy Fuck My Life laundromat in Chicago.

It was a …

191. Easy Money. Hard Time. Ryan Evans.

August 15th, 2019


Ryan Evans (@ryanevans) wanted to make easy money. Growing up on a pig farm, Ryan was used to making little money for lots of hard work.

But Ryan …

190. The Variable Money Value of Time

August 8th, 2019


You may have heard that you should assign yourself an “aspirational hourly rate.” That you should tell yourself you’re worth, say, $300 an hour; and …

189. 80,000 Hours to Change the World – Rob Wiblin

August 1st, 2019


Rob Wiblin (@robertwiblin) is the Director of Research at an organization called 80,000 Hours, and host of the 80,000 Hours Podcast. 80,000 hours being the amount of hours you will spend working in a typical career. …

188. End the Time Management World. Start the Mind Management World.

July 25th, 2019


We’re so accustomed to operating in a time management world, we can’t imagine it being any different. We all have our calendars full, and even then …

187. One Small Step, The Kaizen Way: Dr. Robert Maurer

July 18th, 2019


Dr. Robert Maurer (@Dr_RobertMaurer) is author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. He’s also Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical …

186. Shut Down the Consumer Mind. Fire Up the Creator Mind.

July 11th, 2019


Breaking through resistance to be creative is a battle with your own mind. We learned last week from Dr. Robert Lustig about how commerce is set up to hack your mind into a state of constant wanting, wanting, wanting.

185. Less Pleasure, More Happiness: Dr. Robert Lustig

July 4th, 2019


Dr. Robert Lustig (@RobertLustigMD) is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco …

184. Strategic Curiosity

June 27th, 2019


Curiosity is powerful fuel. If you want to make it as a creative, you need to follow things you’re curious about. It’s your best shot at being able …

183. Cal Newport: More Good Tech. Less Bad Tech. Digital Minimalism.

June 20th, 2019


We’re living in a time of exciting technological innovation. But just because technology can do something for us, doesn’t mean that it should.

Cal …

182. Stop Loving Your City

June 13th, 2019


If you want to be a master of your craft, you need to be able to see your skills and accomplishments objectively. You need to always be on the …

181. Feed Your Good Wolf. Eric Zimmer of The One You Feed Podcast on Fighting Heroin Addiction with Creativity.

June 6th, 2019


Eric Zimmer (@etzimmer) was living in a van. He had Hepatitis C and weighed 100 pounds. Then he got arrested and lost his job. He was facing up to forty years in jail time. He had a $300-a-day addiction to heroin.

180. Forget Introvert/Extrovert. Are you "Perceiving" or "Judging?"

May 30th, 2019


I often have listeners write to me, lamenting that they have “too many interests,” or that they “lack focus.” They’ve been taught to feel ashamed of their curiosity.

It’s interesting, the personality types of …

179. Appeal to the 99%: Srdja Popovic, Revolutionary & Author of Blueprint for Revolution

May 23rd, 2019


Srdja Popovic (@SrdjaPopovic) is a revolutionary. He played a big part in overthrowing Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. He now coaches activists …

178. Do One Thing Every Day That An Algorithm Didn't Choose For You

May 16th, 2019


We live in a world rich with information, and algorithms help us find the things that fit us. Algorithms help us decide what books to buy, what music to listen to, and even who to date.

But are algorithms always a good …

177. Seth Godin: Who Is It for?

May 9th, 2019


How do you market something when you don’t know what it is, or who it’s for? If you’re anything like me, you feel driven to create, but it’s only through the process of creation that your vision takes form. It’s only …

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May 8th, 2019


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176. Minimum Creative Dose

May 2nd, 2019


Big creative projects are daunting. It’s easy to burn out, and procrastinate. The problem is, creative problems don’t get solved in one go.

In …

175. Vincent Van Gogh’s Triumph Over Adversity – Steven Naifeh, Co-Author of Van Gogh: The Life

April 25th, 2019


Vincent Van Gogh was a loser and a failure. He failed as an art dealer, and as a preacher. He even got fired and banned from his own family’s business.

On top of it, Van Gogh had terrible health problems. His gums were …

174. Introducing Love Mondays ("Things take time")

April 18th, 2019


Do you want to love Mondays? If you already love Mondays, do you want to keep loving Mondays? I’m launching a new newsletter that will help you do just that.

It’s called Love Mondays, and it’s a weekly boost of …

173. Austin Kleon: Keep Going

April 11th, 2019


Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) woke up one day and realized two things: The world seemed to be filled with more and more anger and distraction every day, and – to make matters worse – consistently doing creative work …

172. Change Your Identity, Change Your Actions

April 4th, 2019


If you do particular actions on a regular basis, you’ll change your identity. For example, if you make it a habit to write every day, you’ll …

171. David Allen’s Accidental Legacy

March 28th, 2019


David Allen (@gtdguy) has built a legacy. He’s created a system that helps millions of people get more of what they want out of life. Getting Things …

170. No, I'm Not Building a Legacy

March 21st, 2019


Lots of people want to build a “legacy.” They want to be remembered when they’re gone.

It’s a natural product of our fear of death. But is it realistic to want to build a legacy? Is it realistic to believe you can …

169. Andrew Warner of Mixergy Does it for Love

March 14th, 2019


To me, Andrew Warner’s (@andrewwarner) Mixergy podcast created the entire category of entrepreneur interview podcasts – a category this podcast here falls within. I started listening to Mixergy something like ten years …

168. Use Task Transitions to Optimize Your Creative Flow

March 7th, 2019


To optimize your creative output, you need a creative productivity system. If you can identify the building blocks of your daily work, you can construct a system that works for you.

One of those building blocks is what …

167. Vanessa Van Edwards: The Science of People

February 28th, 2019


Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) is a recovering awkward person who teaches people how to be more successful with people.

Vanessa was a great …

166. Build Foolproof Triggers Into Your Productivity System

February 21st, 2019


To follow a productivity system, you need to be able to trust that system. You need to trust that if you put something into the system, it will get …

165. Creative Optimization Through Neuroscience: Dr. David Rock

February 14th, 2019


Dr. David Rock (@davidrock101) is the author of Your Brain at Work, is also the founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute. They use a science-based …

164. My Creative Productivity System

February 7th, 2019


Creative productivity is about mind management, not time management. You have to get into the right mental state to be creative. And you need to have …

163. Click Here to Be Creative: Mark McGuinness of the 21st Century Creative Podcast

January 31st, 2019


Mark McGuinness (@markmcguinness) is a creative coach, a poet, and a former psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, calls Mark an "overeducated Brit who thinks deeply about stuff …

162. Productivity Cycles

January 24th, 2019


When you're trying to make it as a creative entrepreneur, you need to make the most out of everything you have. You need maximum output with minimal investment of time and energy.

The more complex you make things, the …

161. Paul Jarvis: Manage Your Creative Energy in a Company of One

January 17th, 2019


What if success isn't about scaling up as big as possible? What if success is actually about the freedom to call your own shots?

Paul Jarvis (@pjrvs) …

160. The 12-Minute Workout to Be Fit AND Healthy in 2019. "Body by Science."

January 10th, 2019


To start off the New Year you can see that we're covering topics for how to improve oneself – stuff like staying focused or even staying secure in your digital life.

This week, I'd like to share with you a workout …

159. Secure Your Digital Life in 2019: Chris Wilken of Let's Fix Security

January 3rd, 2019


Chris Wilken (@whereswilken) is founder and CEO of Let's Fix Security. He takes a behavioral approach to thinking about security, trying to make good security practices easy to implement. As a small business owner and a …

158. One Resolution for Your Phone

December 27th, 2018


Smart phones are powerful. But with great power comes great potential to get off track. Smart phones are like a superpower. If you had x-ray vision, …

157. Be Hyperfocused in 2019: Chris Bailey, Author of The Productivity Project & Hyperfocus

December 20th, 2018


Chris Bailey (@Chris_Bailey) had a crazy thought: What if, after graduating from college, instead of getting a job – what if instead he spent a year …

156. It Takes Three Years to Accomplish Anything Meaningful

December 13th, 2018


December 15th is the three year anniversary of Love Your Work. I've often found that it takes three years to really accomplish something, so I get the sense that something big is around the corner. Then again, the …

155. Tyler Cowen: Be Dynamic

December 6th, 2018


When your life gets too comfortable, you stop taking risks. Loss aversion takes hold and you become complacent. You stop innovating. You stop being …

154. Eight Stoic Mantras for Creators

November 29th, 2018


We're wired to seek pleasure, and avoid pain. But to make it as a creator, you need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Many things that …

153. Your Mess Is Your Message. Amber Rae on Choosing Wonder Over Worry.

November 22nd, 2018


Amber Rae (@heyamberrae] was on the wrong path. She was swept up in the hype of the Silicon Valley startup scene. She was working too many hours on too many projects. She pushed herself so hard, she drove herself into …

NOTE: Chicago Meetup CANCELLED

November 19th, 2018


I regretfully have to cancel tonight's meetup in Chicago.

152. Creative Hygiene

November 15th, 2018


One thing I've discovered in talking to many of my guests is that your creative voice doesn't magically appear in your mind. You have to put in the work, and then your voice emerges from that work.

But to do that work, …

NOTE: An Update on My Colombian Visa

November 10th, 2018


A long and detailed update about the status of my Colombian visa.

151. Mind Mastery Through Neurofeedback. Ariel Garten of Muse.

November 8th, 2018


Ariel Garten (@ariel_garten) envisions a world where we can control computers with our minds. She's on the cutting edge of computer and brain …

150. Stop Organizing by Project. Start Organizing by Mental State.

November 1st, 2018


Productivity is about mind management, not time management. I've been thinking about how this applies to managing your tasks on a day-to-day basis.

I've come to realize that as long as you have the proper due dates …

148. Prompt Talking: One Simple Trick for Irresistible Communication

October 18th, 2018


There's something I've noticed that very successful communicators do. It's a very simple tactic, but it can go a long way in making everything you …

147. Jason Fried: It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

October 11th, 2018


You hear it all of the time. Maybe you even say it yourself: It's "crazy" at work. There are unrealistic deadlines, demanding bosses, and wall-to-wall meetings.

Jason Fried (@jasonfried) believes it doesn't have to be …

146. "Black Swan" Marketing Growth

October 4th, 2018


When you're marketing your business, it's easy to gravitate toward sure bets. Things you can do and be assured of a positive outcome. But these sure bets can cause you to miss out on asymmetric opportunities: Things …

145. Tynan: The Asymmetry of the Insane

September 27th, 2018


Sometimes an idea pops into your head, and you think to yourself, "nah, that's insane!" Then you move on with living your regular life.

We all have …

144. Walk Through Fire.

September 20th, 2018


What does it really take to "make it" as a creative entrepreneur? I often have people asking me for ideas on strategies for how to smoothly transition from their day jobs to making their art for a living.

Is it …

143. Double Down or Shut Down? Nathan Barry of ConvertKit

September 13th, 2018


Nathan Barry (@nathanbarry) knows better than anyone: Sometimes, you're working hard on something, and it's just not happening. How do you decide whether to double down, or shut down?

This is what Nathan was asking …

142. Aspiration Procrastination, Self-Discrepancy Theory, & How to Take Action on Your Dreams

September 6th, 2018


It's no surprise that we procrastinate on things that we don't want to do. But why do we procrastinate on things we do want to do?: Our hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

I call it aspiration procrastination, and there's a …

141. Stone Temple Pilots' Manager: Blockchain Will Reinvent the Music Industry. Steve Stewart of Vezt.

August 30th, 2018


Steve Stewart was manager of the band Stone Temple Pilots. He guided them from being an unknown funk band to a multi-platinum powerhouse whose sound …

140. Grow Your Passion. Don't "Find" it.

August 23rd, 2018


You've heard the advice to find your passion. You've probably also heard the advice that finding your passion is bad advice.

But if you shouldn't …

139. Brave: The Browser That Will Pay You. Jonathan Sampson of Brave.

August 16th, 2018


Brave is a new browser that's reinventing the attention economy. Brave does block ads, but it's not just an ad blocker. It also blocks scripts that slow down your browsing experience, invade your privacy, and leave you …

138. Things Don't Go As Planned. That *Is* the Plan.

August 9th, 2018


Sometimes things don't go as planned. Just ask me, as I'm on my temporary exile in Peru right now, since having my Colombian visa rejected.

If we …

137. Privacy. Why Does it Matter to Creative Entrepreneurs? BJ Mendelson

August 2nd, 2018


BJ Mendelson (@bjmendelson) is author of Privacy: And How to Get it Back. One of the key themes we've been exploring on Love Your Work over the past three years has been just how it is that creators get paid. This was …

136. Master The Art of Staying in

July 26th, 2018


Socializing is good. But socializing as a default — out of some Fear Of Missing Out — is not good. If you can find the discipline to pursue your …

135. Adam Conover from "Adam Ruins Everything" on Creative Mindset in Comedy

July 19th, 2018


Adam Conover (@adamconover) had good things going for him. He had just graduated from college, and his sketch comedy group was a hit. So many people …

134. 24 Things I Learned Publishing 3 Books in Only 6 Months

July 12th, 2018


After publishing my first book, it took me six years to publish my second book. After publishing my second book, it took me only six months to publish my fourth book. I published three books in the past six months, and …

133. Make Art That Sells: Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration

July 5th, 2018


Phil Thompson (@Cape_Horn_CHI) is the illustrator and business mind behind Cape Horn Illustration, which sells Chicago wall art. Today we have a …

132. Stay in Bed & Have Your Best Ideas Ever

June 28th, 2018


You heard me talk last week about morning routines, with the co-author of My Morning Routine, Benjamin Spall. I have a new morning routine I've been practicing this year, and it's been giving me some of my best ideas …

130. How to Prioritize? Listen to Your Body.

June 14th, 2018


Clear prioritization inspires clear action. But how do you decide what's the most important todo item to tackle first? For me, I like to listen to my body.

It's the subject of this week's essay.




129: Shane Snow: Turn Conflicts into Great Ideas

June 7th, 2018


You've heard about the importance of working with people who come from different perspectives. But will that automatically lead to great work?

It's not so simple. Our guest today, Shane Snow, was curious about why …

NOTE: New Book: Make Money Writing on the STEEM Blockchain

June 5th, 2018


I have a new book! STEEM is revolutionizing the way creators get paid. I've cashed out over $4,000 from writing on the STEEM blockchain. The most …

128. What Seneca Said About Facebook

May 31st, 2018


If you've heard about stoic philosophy, you've heard about Seneca. Stoicism is in many ways about being indifferent to pleasure or pain. One thing that's pleasurable is getting free things. Free things like Facebook.

127. Art Is Hard. Tim Kasher, Rock Star/Filmmaker of Cursive, The Good Life, & No Resolution

May 24th, 2018


Tim Kasher's (@timkasher) work is deeply embedded in my creative DNA. When I was a young 20-something sitting in a cubicle in Omaha, Nebraska, Tim's work and his success was there to inspire me to find my own creative …

NOTE: I made it back to Colombia. How? What now?

May 23rd, 2018


I was forced to leave Colombia, but now I'm back. Thanks everyone for the help over the past week. I'll explain shortly what happened, and what my …

126. Productivity is Limited. Creativity is Infinite.

May 17th, 2018


Human productivity has its limits. You can only type so fast. You can only fill out a spreadsheet so fast. But creativity is infinite. It takes no time to have an idea, but not all ideas are created equal.

Traditional …

NOTE: I Got Kicked Out of Colombia!

May 14th, 2018


A short note for you listeners. I got kicked out of Colombia. I hope to keep bringing you a high-quality show. Thank you so much for your support. If …

125. "Education" Is a Waste?! Bryan Caplan, Author of "The Case Against Education"

May 10th, 2018


Is the educational system a waste of time and money? Most people can agree that schools are inefficient, boring, and expensive. I personally love …

124. Why Did it Take So Long for "Time Management" to Be Invented?

May 3rd, 2018


As humanity progresses, we're always finding new resources to optimize. Time is one resource we optimize. But the idea of time management has become so ubiquitous, it's hard to imagine what it's like to not manage our …

123. Do It For You. Drew Ackerman of the Sleep With Me Podcast

April 26th, 2018


Drew Ackerman (@dearestscooter) has a podcast so boring, it will put you to sleep. That's why it's so successful.

Almost five years ago, decided to …

122. Writing a Book? 3 Things Nobody Told You

April 19th, 2018


I've written a couple of books now, and the process is nothing at all like I expected it would be. I think misconceptions about how to write a book …

121. Charlie Hoehn: Curing Anxiety Through Work/Life Integration

April 12th, 2018


Charlie Hoehn (@charliehoehn) was on top of the world. He was working with popular authors like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and he was helping …

120. Read "Free Range" Words

April 5th, 2018


I've talked on the show many times about how creative work gets paid for. The "free" mentality forces the hand of creators, and it's often not healthy for the people who read their words. Reading everything for free is …

119. No Ego: Cy Wakeman on Eliminating "Emotional Waste"

March 29th, 2018


Cy Wakeman (@cywakeman) is the founder of Reality Based Leadership. She wrote a book called No Ego.

No Ego is a leadership book, which is an unusual …

118. Take Your Own Advice

March 22nd, 2018


Today's essay is about the power of taking your own advice. I've got an interview coming up next week with Cy Wakeman (@cywakeman). Cy is the founder of "Reality Based Leadership." She wrote a book called No Ego, which …

117. Maneesh Sethi: Upgrade Humanity. (Can blockchain & cryptocurrency end the eyeball economy?)

March 15th, 2018


I'm very glad to have my friend Maneesh Sethi back on the show. You first heard Maneesh way back on episode 13. Maneesh is the founder of Pavlok.

Pavlok started out as a wearable device that shocks you out of breaking …

116. Make Creative Work Finish Itself with Cascading Motivation

March 8th, 2018


Big creative projects are daunting. It's hard to find the motivation to make them happen. I talk about a trick I use to make creative projects practically complete themselves. I call it cascading motivation, and it's …

115. White House Innovation Advisor Turned Sane "Prepper," John Ramey

March 1st, 2018


John Ramey (@jpramey) found success as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He dropped out of college with only one semester left, moved to Silicon …

114. Eight Mantras for Getting Writing Done

February 22nd, 2018


Getting writing done is a battle with your mind. If you're a perfectionist, it can be a very tough battle.

But if you have phrases you can tell yourself, you can win that battle. I think of them as "mantras." They're …

113. 6-Figure Self-Publishing: Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn

February 15th, 2018


Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) is one of the leaders in helping self-published, or I should say "indie" authors, find their way. She has been …

112. Never Stop Learning: The Skills of Self-Publishing

February 8th, 2018


As regular listeners know, I recently self-published for the first time. I traditionally-published my first book, Design for Hackers, and I had a …

111. Jordan Harbinger of The Jordan Harbinger Show (formerly The Art of Charm)

February 1st, 2018


Jordan Harbinger (@jordanharbinger) started out as a lawyer, but made a big change. You heard about another lawyer who made a career change, Jodi Ettenberg, back on episode 23. Jodi became a food and travel writer.

110. Making Money on STEEM and Steemit: A Beginner's Guide to Earning Cryptocurrency on the Blockchain

January 25th, 2018


Something that has been on the top of my mind the past few years is how creators can make an honest living from their work. You heard me talk with

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January 24th, 2018


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109. Die Empty. Todd Henry of The Accidental Creative

January 18th, 2018


Todd Henry (@toddhenry) has written a ton of books. My personal favorite is called Die Empty, and it's all about finding the urgency to pursue your creative destiny. His newest book is called Herding Tigers, and it's …

108. Start Your Masterpiece in 2018: Three Easy Ways

January 11th, 2018


We're in only the second week of 2018. There's optimism in the air, and you have a fresh well of energy and motivation for making change in your life.

Have you thought about starting something? Maybe you want to start …

107. Build Good Habits: Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg

January 4th, 2018


BJ Fogg (@bjfogg) is a behavioral scientist at Stanford University. He specializes in "Behavior Design," which aims to influence people for the better through insights about human behavior. In this podcast episode, BJ …

106. Sample Chapter: The Linear Work Distortion

December 28th, 2017


Many of you have checked out my new book The Heart to Start. I got tired of hearing the advice "just get started," and I wanted to break it down for people. It shows you how to bust through all of the mental distortions …

105. Are You an Old Master, or a Young Genius? David W. Galenson.

December 21st, 2017


David W. Galenson is an economics professor at The University of Chicago. He's also a visiting professor at other schools, such as MIT. David is an …

104. Preview My New Book: The Heart to Start

December 14th, 2017


Today, I'm very happy to announce that I have a new book out. Have you ever heard the advice "just get started?" Have you ever been left wondering "yeah, but how?"

This was me when I was first starting on my own. I knew …

103. Turn Rejection into Opportunity. Libryia Jones of Wanderist.

December 7th, 2017


Libryia Jones (@wanderwomanic) has made it easier for people to have the experience of living in different places. Last year, she organized a trip for her and and more than thirty others to spend a year on the road. …

102. Use the Seven Mental States to Optimize Your Creative Output

November 30th, 2017


The past several years, I've been really fascinated with optimizing creative output. It all started when I wrote my first book, Design for Hackers. I had been creative on command working as a professional designer, but …

101. Pat Flynn: Teach While You Learn

November 23rd, 2017


One of the key things that I did early on in my career as an independent creator was set up passive revenue streams.

If it wasn't for this passive …

100. Find Your Calling. (SPECIAL 100th episode!! Featuring James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jason Fried, Seth Godin, & more)

November 16th, 2017


For this very special 100th episode of Love Your Work: How do you find your calling? I've been trying to get to the bottom of this over the past two …

99. Michelangelo's Creative Process. Ross King, author of The Pope's Ceiling

November 9th, 2017


Ross King is author of the book The Pope's Ceiling. It tells the story of just how Michelangelo managed to paint 12,000 square feet of ceiling with little or no experience as a painter.

I think there's a dangerous …

98. Find Your Creative City

November 2nd, 2017


About two years ago, I was on a retreat in Mexico with some friends. We were each exploring what we wanted to do in our lives and careers. It took all week for me to admit it to myself: I wanted to double down on being …

97. A Tale of Two Bootstrappers. Rob Hunter of Focused Apps & David Kadavy

October 26th, 2017


Rob Hunter (@vegashacker) and I met ten years ago in a cafe. Well, I met him on Craigslist, really, but then we met in person in a cafe. We had both left our jobs at the same time. We were both determined to make it on …

96. Mini-life case study: One couple, 6 months in Medellín

October 19th, 2017


I've talked a little on this show – especially in the early days – about the idea of "mini-lives". Basically, you go live your normal life in another city for a month, or two months.

Or, in the case of our guests …

95. Be Productively Curious. Ian Leslie, author of "Curious: The Desire to Know, and Why Your Future Depends On It"

October 12th, 2017


Ian Leslie (@mrianleslie) is author of Curious: The Desire to Know, and Why Your Future Depends On It.

If you've ever had a lot of free time, you know how scary it can be. The very first day that I was on my own, more …

94. In Ten Years, Will You be Glad?

October 5th, 2017


I recently passed my tenth year as a self-employed independent creator. I don't recommend it.

I say that, and some people don't believe me. When I wrote this post that I'm sharing on today's show, some people thought it …

93. Art is Your Job. Creator of NBC's The Blacklist, Jon Bokenkamp, on screenwriting

September 28th, 2017


Jon Bokenkamp (@jonbokenkamp) wanted to be a screenwriter. So, he decided it was his job. He sat at his desk from nine to five every day, writing frantically, and each night he went to another job. One that paid him. He …

92. Listen to "The Voice"

September 21st, 2017


I'm working on a new book. It's called Getting Art Done, and it's going to help you boost your creative productivity and make your masterpiece.

Today I'm going to read a sample chapter from the first draft of Getting …

91. Emmy-award winning set designer for Bill Nye, Martha Stewart, & Snoop Dogg, James Pearse Connelly

September 14th, 2017


James Pearse Connelly (@jpconnelly, Instagram: @jpconnelly) is an Emmy-Award-winning television set designer. He's designed sets for shows like Bill Nye Saves the World, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, The …

90. Success Favors Those Who Ship

September 7th, 2017


I've been working on a new book called Getting Art Done. Today, I'm going to share with you a chapter from the first draft of the book.

This chapter about the importance of shipping your work. It's easy to fantasize …

89. Lead minds, not hands. L. David Marquet, author of Turn The Ship Around

August 31st, 2017


L. David Marquet (@ldavidmarquet) had spent a year preparing to captain a submarine in the U.S. Navy. But at the last minute, he was assigned to a different submarine.

Not only was it a different ship than the one he …

88. Design Internship advice to a Millennial

August 24th, 2017


Love Your Work listener Gustav Dybeck is a design student from Sweden. He has an opportunity to do an internship for about 9 months, and he wants to make the most of it before he starts his career.

You may have heard a …

87. Cab driver, neuroscientist, PBS Frontline producer, conceptual artist, & Minutiae app co-founder, Daniel J. Wilson

August 17th, 2017


Daniel J. Wilson was working on a screenplay when I met him during a mini life in Buenos Aires several years ago. I'd soon learn that he was also an accomplished artist, with his work covered in The New York Times, The …

86. Choose your weapon to boost creative output

August 10th, 2017


It's easier than ever for creators to get their work noticed. But, it's harder than ever to actually get that work done.

Think about it this way: You're writing a novel. You use Twitter and Facebook and write on your …

David Allen: Getting Things Done

August 3rd, 2017


Almost 15 years ago, Getting Things Done started taking the internet by storm. Techies started buying binder clips and index cards in bulk. Today, …

84. Yes, you can multitask creative work.

July 27th, 2017


You've heard that multitasking is a myth. I'm here to tell you that the idea that multitasking is a myth, is somewhat of a myth in itself.

When it …

83. 12,500 hours of deliberate rest. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

July 20th, 2017


By now you've heard that you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a master of your craft. The story you don't hear is that it also takes 12,500 hours of deliberate rest.

When you rest, you let what you've …

82. Stop thinking. Start doing. Three simple ways.

July 13th, 2017


It's so easy to get caught up in ruminating over what we might do. I know I ruminated over starting this podcast for more than FOUR YEARS before I finally took action.

Fortunately, the guests here on Love Your Work are …

81. Go with your Hunch. Bernadette Jiwa.

July 6th, 2017


Bernadette Jiwa (@bernadettejiwa) thinks there's been an obsession with data in entrepreneurship over the past several years. When we're not sure about something, we're encouraged to run tests.

I've even heard the …

80. Why "Hustle?"

June 29th, 2017


There are a lot of voices out there in entrepreneurship encouraging you to "Hustle." I really don't like this word, and I think it sends the wrong …

79. Jeff Goins returns! Be a thriving artist (not a starving artist)

June 22nd, 2017


You've heard it before. The story of the starving artist. You may even believe it yourself. You may think that to keep your creative integrity, you have to give up on making money.

Jeff Goins (@goinswriter) is returning …

78. Who wants to be a billionaire? (not me)

June 15th, 2017


The world around us can program certain goals into our minds. If we aren't careful, we can end up with goals that have nothing to do with our …

Seth Godin

June 8th, 2017


I first discovered the work of Seth Godin about 13 years ago. Since then he's helped me think about how to make work that's remarkable – The Purple Cow. He's shown me how to think about having a direct relationship with …

76. Don't write a New York Times best-seller

June 1st, 2017


Some of you already know that I'm writing a new book. Getting Art Done will help you overcome Resistance and bring your work into the world.

I had much of my own Resistance to fight to get this book project underway. I …

75. Chocolate. Danny Michlewicz, founder & chocolatier at Colombia's Tilín Cacao.

May 25th, 2017


Not too long after moving to Colombia, Danny Michelwicz got obsessed with cacao, the raw material that's used to make chocolate.

Since then, he's …

74. Don't join a podcast network for the wrong reasons

May 18th, 2017


Sometimes, to make a breakthrough, you have to partner up with "the man." Sometimes it's worth it. But, don't jump at every chance you get. I recently had an opportunity to join a podcast network. In fact, it was a very …

73. Sean Stephenson. Choose growth.

May 11th, 2017


May 5th, 1979. It was a jovial atmosphere. A new person was coming into the world. But as soon as the child was born, the room went quiet.

The …

72. Quit your daily routine. Start your weekly routine.

May 4th, 2017


Routines can reduce cognitive friction and boost your productivity. But do you really want to do the same thing every day?

You know I think productivity is all about mind management, not time management.

Routines are …

71. End the attention economy. STEEM's Ned Scott on Steemit, cryptocurrency-driven social media, & the blockchain

April 27th, 2017


Ned Scott (@certainassets, Steemit: @ned is trying to reinvent the way content gets made. He wants you to get paid in the process. Ned is the co-founder of a cryptocurrency called STEEM, and he's CEO of a website that …

70. 7 lessons from my neighbor, Warren Buffett (lifestyle design, self-investment, habits, principles, & building Berkshire Hathaway)

April 20th, 2017


Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) and I were neighbors. He lived in his famously modest house on Farnam. I lived in a $535-a-month 1-bedroom, in a …

69. Be creatively persistent. Bachata dancers Ataca y La Alemana (Jorge Burgos & Tanja Kensinger) on using YouTube fame to build a business in latin dance.

April 13th, 2017


Jorge and Tanja wanted to travel the world, dance and party. It turns out, they were able to do that and make more money than they ever imagined they …

68. 10 unconventional ways to achieve full focus (sleep, mindfulness, minimalism, & travel)

April 6th, 2017


I take focus seriously. The way I see it, being productive is not about time management. It's about mind management. If you're fully-focused on the …

67. Ryan Hoover of ProductHunt: Start with community (community-building, culture, & mentors)

March 30th, 2017


Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) loves software products. He wanted to share new software products with other people who love software products.

So, he started a little email list. There were a few dozen people on the list. They …

66. Read more books by hijacking your habits (Facebook, reading, & self-improvement)

March 23rd, 2017


Learn how to hijack habits you don't want, and replace them with habits you do want.

I'll specifically be talking about how to replace a Facebook habit with a book-reading habit. That's what I did, and that's what …

65. Getting writing done. Joanna Wiebe of Copy Hackers & Airstory (building an audience from an information business into a SAAS)

March 16th, 2017


One day, Joanna Wiebe (@copyhackers) was hanging out on a web forum, helping a few startup founders with their copy. The next thing she knew, she had an inbox filled with requests for her help.

So many people needed her …

64. Write first. Coffee later. (optimizing creative productivity by protecting focus in the early morning)

March 9th, 2017


How do you feel first thing in the morning? If you're human, you're probably at least a little bit groggy. You aren't thinking straight, you can't focus. You're a wasted morning just waiting to happen.

So, the first …

63. Peter Bragiel – Make your dreams reality (building a travel show on YouTube)

March 2nd, 2017


Peter Bragiel wanted his own travel show. So, he got a camera and started traveling.

At first, not much happened. Peter Bragiel just kept stowing the tapes away in a box.

But, eventually, his adventures got bigger, and …

62. My top rejections

February 23rd, 2017


Rejection hurts. Sometimes it hurts a little more than other times, but it still does hurt.

But, rejection is a part of life. If you never get rejected, you’re not really trying.
In 2016, I quadrupled my creative …

61. Ignore Everybody. Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid (originality, & the courage to be different)

February 16th, 2017


Hugh MacLeod (@hughcards) is a hero of mine, who helped me find my own path.

It was 2004, I was sitting in a gray cubicle in Nebraska. And I discovered a PDF on the Internet called "How to be creative." I read it, and …

60. Focus with practical minimialism

February 9th, 2017


I talked about minimalism with some of my guests. I talked about it with Craig Benzine on episode 39, and with James Altucher on episode 53.

I'm not an extreme minimalist. I don't count the number of things that I own, …

59. The net appears. Vinnie Lauria of Golden Gate Ventures, Singapore (leaving a secure job, traveling Asia, overcoming emotional barriers, power networking)

February 2nd, 2017


Vinnie Lauria found his calling after backpacking around Asia.

He had just sold a company. He had just gotten married. He feared that if he spent a …

58. How I quadrupled my creative productivity (writing, healthy habits & routines, & facing fears)

January 26th, 2017


We're well into 2017 now, and I've been reflecting on 2016. It was a great year. In fact, I more than quadrupled my creative output.   I'm just talking about words published here. I'm not even talking about the weekly …

57. How Noah Kagan manages his mental energy (productivity, sleep, time management, & creativity)

January 19th, 2017


Noah Kagan first appeared on Love Your Work back on episode 41. On that episode, we talked about why discomfort is your compass, and learned that Noah even makes his bed in hotel rooms.

I asked Noah to come back on the …

56. See you next year. Here's why. (New Year's resolutions, & the importance of sleep & rest)

December 14th, 2016


Over the past year, pretty much every week, I've released a new episode of Love Your Work. This will be my last episode this year. I'll be taking a break for a few weeks.

We've come so far since exactly one year ago, …

55. Make your bed, change THE WORLD!? (ft. James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jason Fried, Ryan Holiday, Tucker Max, Noah Kagan & more)

December 6th, 2016


There's this sort of productivity meme going around that you should make your bed.

But, isn't making your bed kind of a waste?

And isn't making your …

54. 8 Things I Wish I Had Known About Building Online Courses (having an impact, & self-motivation through product development)

December 1st, 2016


One of the best ways to impact others, while making money, is through building online courses. And, if you're considering writing a book, developing an online course is a great way to validate your idea, and see if your …

James Altucher

November 22nd, 2016


James Altucher doesn't need an introduction for many of you. But for the rest, James is currently best known for his book, Choose Yourself, which is a National Bestseller, and which USA Today named in the top 12 …

52. My $40,000 DIY MBA (investing in your self-education)

November 17th, 2016


One of the more subtle underlying themes of this show is that you should invest in yourself. There's a lot of noise out there you'll hear from others …

Dan Ariely

November 10th, 2016


Dan Ariely is a researcher on the forefront of behavioral science. He specializes in understanding irrational behavior, for example, why do people take less candy if you give it out for free, than if you charge a penny …

50. Productivity isn't about Getting Things Done anymore (mindfulness for creative breakthroughs)

November 1st, 2016


The current productivity wisdom is all about getting things done. Now, productivity is about making creative breakthroughs happen.

Getting Things Done brought us beyond todo lists and priorities, and made us think about …

49. Writing, Book Positioning & Marketing Psychology – Nir Eyal & David Kadavy

October 27th, 2016


Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, has been on the show before. We had a little debate about digital distraction back in episode 21.

Nir and I have both been exploring new book ideas …

48. Make it easy to do what's good for you (digital detox & building healthy habits through design)

October 20th, 2016


If you have certain behaviors that you want to encourage in your life, you can be intentional about making them happen. Here's a trick I devised to make it easy to do things that are good for me, and a little harder to …

47. Getting the most out of email: Jocelyn K. Glei (productivity & business networking through email)

October 13th, 2016


Jocelyn K. Glei is author of Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. You can buy the book at It's an awesome book that I really wish I had when I was first …

46. #YOLO, so point your face at a blank wall (building discipline for creative habits)

October 6th, 2016


Back when I was writing my first book, I was shocked how hard it was. I was spending all day just trying to get into that flow state.

So, here's one way I've found to help make that flow state happen on demand.


Max Temkin

September 29th, 2016


Cards Against Humanity's Max Temkin (@maxtemkin) is co-creator of Amazon's #1 selling card game – actually the #1 seller in all of the whole Toys …

44. I Failed. (overcoming rejection & ego in book publishing)

September 22nd, 2016


This week, I share you a story of failure. I know everyone seems to be obsessed with failure lately, and I always thought it was strange. I didn't usually look at things as failures, but as lessons learned.

Well, in …

Mark Manson

September 15th, 2016


Mark Manson is known for writing personal development advice that doesn't suck. He writes at, which has more than 2 million readers a month. Mark writes about a variety of topics, including happiness, …

42. Yes, You Can Leave the North America Bubble (personal enrichment through the spread of the digital nomad lifestyle)

September 8th, 2016


On Tim Ferriss's podcast, Malcolm Gladwell urged his 30-year-old self to “Leave North America…. Which is — despite the fact that it pretends to be …

Noah Kagan

September 1st, 2016


Noah Kagan is a close friend of mine who has been one of my secret weapons in my own battle as an entrepreneur. Years ago, when I first started out on my own, and I was wandering from cafe to cafe in San Francisco, …

40. 3 Productivity Lessons from Google Calendar (cognitive biases, habit-building, & daily routines)

August 25th, 2016


Google Calendar has been adding new features lately. You can find time for your goals, and set reminders, for example. I played a very small part in these features, but I learned a lot about my own productivity in the …

39. Embrace Constraints: WheezyWaiter (Craig Benzine) on Minimalism & Creative Habit-Building

August 18th, 2016


Craig Benzine hit rock bottom when he wasn't getting any tables at his job as a waiter, and he feared he wouldn't be able to pay his rent. So, he …

38. Build the Habit First

August 11th, 2016


We all have habits that we'd like to build. But we usually aim a little too high. If you understand that the building of the habit is in itself something to achieve, then building good habits will be easier. This …

37. Harness the Power of Your Productivity Cycles – David Kadavy

August 4th, 2016


David Kadavy (that's me) being interviewed by Almog from the Unstagnate podcast. He did such a great job of researching, and teasing out the things I've been thinking about a lot lately that I just had to share it with …

36. Follow the "First-Hour" Rule

July 28th, 2016


Do you have a big daunting project that you just can't seem to get started on? Try the "First-Hour" rule. This article originally appeared on Medium.

35. Using Paleo & Ketogenic Diet Principles to Fight Inflammation – Dr. Terry Wahls on ketosis, anti-inflammatory foods, & the microbiome

July 21st, 2016


Dr. Terry Wahls (@terrywahls) is an inspiring example of turning a struggle into an opportunity, but I was more interested in her area of expertise.   You may have already seen the inspiring TEDx talk of Dr. Terry …

34. Productivity Hack: Do Nothing

July 14th, 2016


This is an article that originally appeared on Medium. It was later picked up by The Atlantic's Quartz.

Give yourself permission to do nothing once in awhile. You may be surprised how productive it makes you.


33. Double Down on Love – SimplyRecipes' Elise Bauer on creative habits, mindset management, & cooking

July 7th, 2016


Elise Bauer's SimplyRecipes (@simplyrecipes) is where I go when I'm searching for a recipe. I always find something healthy and delicious, with clear …

32. Stop A/B Testing

June 30th, 2016


A/B testing is a really hot topic in entrepreneurship. Fortunately, I think people have started to come to their senses with it. It's not that it doesn't work if you really know what you're doing, but it can really lead …

Ryan Holiday

June 23rd, 2016


How can your ego hold you back in your aspirations, your successes, and in your failures? Ryan Holiday (@ryanholiday) covers it all in his new book, …

30. Buy a $600 lamp. Read more books. (changing your mindset to build a reading habit)

June 16th, 2016


The places you invest your money, and the objects you surround yourself with both have a huge influence on how you spend your time and energy, and buying this $600 lamp helped me read more books.

This article is …

Tucker Max

June 9th, 2016


Tucker Max (@tuckermax) is best known as a self-proclaimed "asshole." He has written three NUMBER ONE New York Times best-sellers, including "I Hope …

28. Start where you are

June 2nd, 2016


Tuesday was the 12-year anniversary of my very first blog post. On this week's show, I'm bringing you the top lesson that I've learned from 12 years …

27. Jeff Goins: Listen to Your Life – creative habit-building, deliberate practice, & finding your calling

May 26th, 2016


Jeff Goins is the author of The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do.   In The Art of Work, Jeff explains why finding …

26. 37 lessons from 37 years

May 19th, 2016


I recently turned 37, and this is everything I've learned so far. I originally wrote this post on Medium.

Here's the text of the post, in case you're reading this description:

I have been alive …

25. Steve Case: Persevere in "The Third Wave" – how entrepreneurs will transform entrenched industries

May 12th, 2016


Steve Case is the former CEO of AOL – America Online. Many of you probably chuckle when you see someone with an email address that ends in, but for me and many millions of others, AOL was our first contact with …

24. Save Time & Mental Energy With Mind Management and Perpetual Productivity

May 5th, 2016


The most popular question (and answer) from my Quora session was "What tips or hacks have saved you the most time and/or energy in your life?" This …

23. Travel by Your Taste – Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads on lifestyle design, personal discovery, & food

April 28th, 2016


Jodi Ettenberg used to be a lawyer. She took a year off to travel 8 years ago, and never went back.

Her blog, Legal Nomads, won a Lowell Thomas Award for best travel blog and has been featured in the New York Times, …

22. The Behavioral Revolution (Not The Information Revolution) – using behavioral science & product design to build healthy habits through technology

April 21st, 2016


The economics favor digital distraction, but we have everything we need to make humanity great. We have the behavioral science knowledge, and with …

21. Nir Eyal – Is Silicon Valley Leading Us Into The Robot Apocalypse? Artificial Intelligence, digital distraction, & the dangers of habit-forming products

April 14th, 2016


Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. So he is really manufacturing the drug. Fortunately, he's also concerned about the implications of digital distraction, so he agreed to have a …

20. Kill Your Todo List – Sell Your Ideas to Google (overcoming decision fatigue for better creativity & productivity)

April 7th, 2016


Sometimes, the things you feel like you should do create so much cognitive burden you can hardly get anything done. When I feel that way, I know it's …

19. Relax! Andrew Johnson on building an app empire; overcoming anxiety, depression, & bad habits through hypnosis

March 30th, 2016


Andrew's famous "Relax" app has been a key ritual for me for a couple of years now. Andrew has a whole empire of apps with guided recordings that …

18. 2-Minute Meditation (Guided)

March 26th, 2016


READ ME! Lots of people beat themselves up for not being able to meditate. I think they're too hard on themselves. If you can simply make a habit of meditating 2 minutes a day, you can begin to enjoy meditation to the …

17. Eight Life Hacks for Health Wealth and Happiness

March 24th, 2016


A 10-year-old classic, this "mini-episode" (or is it just an "episode?") distills eight rules of living that make me feel like I really …

16. Earn It

March 17th, 2016


This is a mini-episode based upon a previous post here on The original post is over here:


Show notes: 

15. Sail Around The World (While Running a Business, With Three Kids) – Paul Bennett of Context Travel on overcoming fears, lifestyle design, & streamlining operations to follow your dreams

March 10th, 2016


Paul Bennett (@contextpaul) ran his business while sailing around the world with his whole family. He's CEO and co-founder of Context Travel. Context …

14. The Solopreneur Manifesto (redefine success, keep freedom in your lifestyle, & diversify your skillset)

March 3rd, 2016


I'm a pretty dedicated "solopreneur" – an entrepreneur who goes it on their own: no cofounders and no investors. This is a mini-episode in which I …

13. Your Weakness is Your Superpower – Maneesh Sethi of Pavlok on breaking bad habits, making the most of ADHD, & hiring

February 25th, 2016


Maneesh Sethi (@maneesh), is the founder of Pavlok. Pavlok is a wrist band that gives you an electric shock that helps you break bad habits. It's a crazy idea, so it's definitely gotten a lot of attention. Pavlok has …

12. Stop Reading Books Straight Through. Start Reading in "Layers." (a different kind of "speed-reading")

February 18th, 2016


Have you ever been really excited about a book you were reading, only to realize – as you tried to describe it to someone – that you had NO IDEA what it was actually about? This happened to me all of the time, until I …

11. Hack Hidden Value – Nick Gray of Museum Hack on creating memorable customer experiences, turning a hobby into a business, & keeping healthy habits

February 11th, 2016


Nick Gray (@nickgraynews) is the founder of Museum Hack. Museum Hack makes super fun museum tours such as the "Un-Highlights Tour," the "Badass Bitches Tour," and the "Big Gay Met." You've heard in previous episodes …

10. Stop Managing Your Time, Start Managing Your Mind (to maximize productivity, with optimal creativity)

February 4th, 2016


Many people think their productivity struggle is one of managing their time. In reality, it's more a struggle of managing their mind. In this mini-episode, I introduce my framework for Mind Management: using knowledge …

9. Be Decisive. Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar on batching for productivty, 80/20 thinking, & quitting her job to go from freelance to SAAS

January 27th, 2016


Laura Roeder is the founder of Edgar, which is (or maybe I should say "who is") a social media automation tool (no offense, Edgar, but you are a …

8. Create "Aha!" Moments – Neuroscientist Dr. John Kounios on the neuroscience of creative insights

January 20th, 2016


Can neuroscience make you creative on command? Dr. John Kounios is the Director of the PhD Program in Applied Cognitive & Brain Sciences at Drexel University. He's also co-author of the book The Eureka Factor: Aha …

7. Transform "Stuff" into "Things" (for creative ideas)

January 15th, 2016


One of the keys to creating something original and remarkable is being able to see how all of the "stuff" in the world can be created into "things." This is a must-understand for any entrepreneur. Original article: 

6. Don't let your "baby" get slaughtered – Adrian Holovaty of Soundslice, Django, and Everyblock

January 6th, 2016


Adrian Holovaty (@adrianholovaty) has learned the hard way that he wants to retain control of his business. After selling Everyblock, Adrian watched …

5. Stop Traveling. Start Living "Mini Lives" (for self-improvement, self-discovery, adventure, & creative inspiration)

December 31st, 2015


"Traveling" by its traditional definition is like licking a filet mignon. You get a taste, but you don't get the nourishment. This is why I stopped traveling, and started living "Mini Lives." Original article: 

4. Find your superpowers: Saya Hillman of Mac & Cheese Productions on self-help, community, & personal development

December 28th, 2015


After getting fired from her job, Saya Hillman (@sayahillman) made a list of things she wanted to get paid to do. 11 years later, she's made all of those things a reality. She gets paid to play board games, do improv, …

3. Make Something Remarkable: Timehop's Jonathan Wegener on creativity, hiring, and explosive ideas

December 14th, 2015


Jonathan Wegener (@jwegener) spent 3 months traveling to every subway station in the NYC area, meticulously documenting the fastest way to get out of …

2. Give Yourself Permission to Suck (for the confidence to break through creative blocks)

December 14th, 2015


Are you holding yourself back from starting something because you're afraid you're not going to be good at it? You have to give yourself Permission …

Jason Fried

December 14th, 2015


Jason Fried (@jasonfried) of Basecamp (formerly 37 Signals) shares his wisdom on cutting through the noise to find your own voice. There are some great nuggets in here about design, and how to be a contrarian thinker. …

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