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Best-selling author David Kadavy interviews creative entrepreneurs who have achieved success by their own definition. Topics include writing, habits, & productivity.


223. How to Support the Grieving: Megan Devine
Mar 26 • 51 min
Megan Devine () is the author of , and runs the workshop. It wasn’t until Megan, a therapist, experienced grief herself that she discovered how we as a culture utterly fail to support the grieving. As loyal listeners know, I experienced a tragedy…
222. Stop Listening To My Podcast
Mar 19 • 11 min
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 it: It bums me the…
221. How to Predict the Future: Dylan Evans
Mar 12 • 58 min
() had an intense experience with uncertainty. He was fifty percent certain that civilization would collapse within several years. So, he sold his house, gave up his job, and set out to learn how to survive the apocalypse. He tells the story in his…
220. I Moved to the Third World for a Better Life
Mar 5 • 18 min
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 and her husband made it to shore. There, they were attacked and tortured by the natives who lived on…
219. How to Be a Better Person, By NOT Being “Nice”. Dr. Aziz Gazipura
Feb 27 • 53 min
is author of a great book, . What does it mean to be a “good person?” If someone asks you to do something, do you have to do it? If someone invites you to hang out, do you have to make the time? If someone shares an idea, do you have to pretend to…
218. Respect The Four Stages of Creativity
Feb 20 • 14 min
When I was writing my first book, , I developed a ritual. I would lay all of my research materials on the floor. Graphic Design history books were splayed out. I had research papers or articles printed out and stapled. There were highlights and sticky…
217. How to Leave New York: Demir & Carey Bentley of Lifehack Bootcamp
Feb 13 • 72 min
are co-founders of , where they help professionals make more of their time and energy, to get more results. They once found themselves getting sucked into the prevailing values of the place they lived. The place you choose to live can have an outsized…
216. Design for Your Dumber Self
Feb 6 • 13 min
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 the man. He reached in his pocket, and pulled out the knife. I then did what surely only an idiot…
215. Neil Pasricha: Resilience Through Creativity
Jan 30 • 54 min
Things were not going well for (). He came home from work one day, and his wife told him she no longer loved him. Around that same time, Neil’s best friend committed suicide. Neil needed something to lift his spirits. Something to remind him, every…
214. Why I Killed a $150,000 Passive Income Stream
Jan 23 • 14 min
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 ships. He sunk them.) I…
213. Nick Kokonas: Getting Past Good
Jan 16 • 77 min
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 () is Co-Owner of and CEO of . The Alinea Group is a collection of restaurants…
212. Graduation Day
Jan 9 • 10 min
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 college degree. Today, I’m graduating. It might seem strange that I didn’t think of myself as a writer….
211. Best of: Build Good Habits in 2020: Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg
Jan 2 • 62 min
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 don’t work. We would be better at reaching their goals if they built habits, instead. () is a…
210. Best of: Master the Art of Staying in
Dec 26, 2019 • 8 min
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 – and it’s getting better. Image: Our Weekly Newsletter: Love Mondays Start off each week with a…
209. Best of: A Tale of Two Bootstrappers
Dec 19, 2019 • 51 min
Twelve years ago, David met Rob Hunter () 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 cafe in San Francisco. They put in twelve hour…
208. Best of: See you next year. Here’s why.
Dec 12, 2019 • 12 min
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 using “Overdub”. Image: Our…
207. Best of: In Memory of Sean Stephenson
Dec 5, 2019 • 59 min
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 come into the New Year with a fresh perspective. So, I’m reaching into the vault of more than 200…
206. Yes, Your Cell Phone Can Make You Sick
Nov 28, 2019 • 21 min
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 childbirth had something in…
205. Mark Manson: Finding Hope When Everything is F*cked
Nov 21, 2019 • 55 min
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 writing rhythm I had been in before my visa troubles started. Things had been fucked, and they had…
204. Don’t Sleep in Your Kitchen. Don’t Meditate With Your Phone.
Nov 14, 2019 • 10 min
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. Rattner, on . But what about the…
203. Dan Ariely: Gamble With Your Time. Make Amazing Decisions.
Nov 7, 2019 • 55 min
() has more opportunities than he knows what to do with. As a James B. Duke professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of New York Times best-selling books, such as , he has lots of demands on his time. Dan has to…
202. My Income Report (Patreon Preview)
Oct 31, 2019 • 43 min
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 things I create not just a…
201. Change Your Space, Change Your Mind: Architect Donald M. Rattner
Oct 24, 2019 • 54 min
() is an architect, and author of . I’ve talked a lot on this podcast about matching your work to your mental state. If you’re in the mood to do the work you’re doing, everything is going to be easier. But you can also match your mental state to…
200. SPECIAL 200th EPISODE! How to “Make It”
Oct 17, 2019 • 38 min
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 compelled to create a podcast. Sometimes it’s through the act of creation that we discover what it is…
199. Ultralearning: Scott H. Young
Oct 10, 2019 • 60 min
() is best known for learning the entire MIT Computer Science curriculum, on his own, in only a year. He did it through “ultralearning” It’s a way of organizing your learning so each moment you spend learning is much more effective than it would…
198. Don’t “Invest” in a House: Invest in Yourself
Oct 3, 2019 • 9 min
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 in my decision to not…
197. Annie Duke: Good Decisions. Good Outcomes.
Sep 26, 2019 • 58 min
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 you have a bad outcome. Even…
196. Live an Antifragile Life
Sep 19, 2019 • 13 min
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 told me, if you want to be “dynamic,” you have to develop a thick skin. I’ve been thinking more…
195. Nir Eyal: Be Indistractable
Sep 12, 2019 • 57 min
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 coworkers? What if you could be indistractable? Imagine what you could accomplish. Nir Eyal’s (@nireyal)…
194. Front Burner Creativity, Back Burner Creativity
Sep 5, 2019 • 11 min
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, you can be leaps and bounds…
193. Fire Me, I Beg You – Robbie Abed
Aug 29, 2019 • 68 min
Robbie Abed (@robbieab) is author of . Robbie is also one of the early influencers on LinkedIn’s publishing platform, he’s had over 500 coffee meetings, and he’s one of the key catalysts – along with James Altucher – behind why this podcast…
192. Choose Problems Worth Having
Aug 22, 2019 • 9 min
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 terrible situation. But I…
191. Easy Money. Hard Time. Ryan Evans.
Aug 15, 2019 • 61 min
(@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 would soon learn an important lesson about the dangers of easy money. This is, in my opinion, the most powerful…
190. The Variable Money Value of Time
Aug 8, 2019 • 13 min
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 if you can spend $300 to save yourself an hour, you should do so. That’s a powerful idea for…
189. 80,000 Hours to Change the World – Rob Wiblin
Aug 1, 2019 • 138 min
Rob Wiblin (@robertwiblin) is the Director of Research at an organization called , and host of the . 80,000 hours being the amount of hours you will spend working in a typical career. 80,000 Hours is dedicated to finding out just how effective various…
188. End the Time Management World. Start the Mind Management World.
Jul 25, 2019 • 7 min
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 we can’t seem to manage it all. Believe it or not, it wasn’t always this way, and if you want…
187. One Small Step, The Kaizen Way: Dr. Robert Maurer
Jul 18, 2019 • 53 min
(@Dr_RobertMaurer) is author of . He’s also Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine. In One Small Step, Dr. Maurer shows you…
186. Shut Down the Consumer Mind. Fire Up the Creator Mind.
Jul 11, 2019 • 9 min
Breaking through resistance to be creative is a battle with your own mind. We learned last week from about how commerce is set up to hack your mind into a state of constant wanting, wanting, wanting. But the more you seek satisfaction from the…
185. Less Pleasure, More Happiness: Dr. Robert Lustig
Jul 4, 2019 • 50 min
(@RobertLustigMD) is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology – in other words, how the brain regulates hormonal…
184. Strategic Curiosity
Jun 27, 2019 • 9 min
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 to put in the work necessary to succeed. But curiosity can be so powerful, it can take you off…
183. Cal Newport: More Good Tech. Less Bad Tech. Digital Minimalism.
Jun 20, 2019 • 60 min
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 Newport is author of the new book . Digital Minimalism is a philosophy of using the power of…
182. Stop Loving Your City
Jun 13, 2019 • 10 min
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 lookout for ways you might fool yourself – for ways you might cause yourself to feel as if you have…
181. Feed Your Good Wolf. Eric Zimmer of The One You Feed Podcast on Fighting Heroin Addiction with Creativity.
Jun 6, 2019 • 51 min
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. Today, Eric is host of the popular…
180. Forget Introvert/Extrovert. Are you “Perceiving” or “Judging?”
May 30, 2019 • 10 min
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 “introvert” and…
179. Appeal to the 99%: Srdja Popovic, Revolutionary & Author of Blueprint for Revolution
May 23, 2019 • 51 min
Srdja Popovic (@SrdjaPopovic) is a revolutionary. He played a big part in overthrowing Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. He now coaches activists around the world in non-violent resistance techniques, through (Center for Applied Nonviolent…
178. Do One Thing Every Day That An Algorithm Didn’t Choose For You
May 16, 2019 • 10 min
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 thing? If they aren’t, how can…
177. Seth Godin: Who Is It for?
May 9, 2019 • 51 min
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 through putting that…
NOTE: Sign up for the Summer of Starting
May 8, 2019 • 3 min
I’m launching a new email series. will help you get out of your own way, stop procrastinating, and start creating. Sign up before May 24th at
176. Minimum Creative Dose
May 2, 2019 • 7 min
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 medicine, there’s a concept of the “minimum effective dose.” It’s the minimum dose at which the…
175. Vincent Van Gogh’s Triumph Over Adversity – Steven Naifeh, Co-Author of Van Gogh: The Life
Apr 25, 2019 • 79 min
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 sore, he was losing weight,…
174. Introducing Love Mondays (“Things take time”)
Apr 18, 2019 • 8 min
Do you want to love Mondays? If you already love Mondays, do you want to keep loving Mondays? I’m launching a that will help you do just that. It’s called , and it’s a weekly boost of inspiration to help you find the mindset to make it as a…
173. Austin Kleon: Keep Going
Apr 11, 2019 • 55 min
(@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 wasn’t getting any easier. Austin had…
172. Change Your Identity, Change Your Actions
Apr 4, 2019 • 7 min
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 eventually see yourself as a writer. But it can work the other way around, too. If you change your…
171. David Allen’s Accidental Legacy
Mar 28, 2019 • 54 min
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. , the book, has sold millions of copies. And there’s an entire cottage industry of GTD apps and consultants, all…
170. No, I’m Not Building a Legacy
Mar 21, 2019 • 8 min
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 believe you can control whether or not you’re remembered? And might aiming to build a…
169. Andrew Warner of Mixergy Does it for Love
Mar 14, 2019 • 71 min
To me, Andrew Warner’s (@andrewwarner) created the entire category of entrepreneur interview podcasts – a category this podcast here falls within. I started listening to Mixergy something like ten years ago, and it was one of the main podcasts…
168. Use Task Transitions to Optimize Your Creative Flow
Mar 7, 2019 • 13 min
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 I call Task transitions are…
167. Vanessa Van Edwards: The Science of People
Feb 28, 2019 • 37 min
Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) is a recovering awkward person who teaches people how to be more successful with people. Vanessa was a great student, but, she says, she was terrible with people. Until one day she discovered that she could study…
166. Build Foolproof Triggers Into Your Productivity System
Feb 21, 2019 • 14 min
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 taken care of at the right time and place. But the more complex you make that system, the harder it…
165. Creative Optimization Through Neuroscience: Dr. David Rock
Feb 14, 2019 • 55 min
Dr. David Rock (@davidrock101) is the author of Your Brain at Work, is also the founder of the . They use a science-based approach to growing soft skills, working with companies such as Intel, Microsoft, and IBM. When I was just getting finished…
164. My Creative Productivity System
Feb 7, 2019 • 26 min
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 your brain stocked with the knowledge it takes to solve the creative problem at hand. I believe…
163. Click Here to Be Creative: Mark McGuinness of the 21st Century Creative Podcast
Jan 31, 2019 • 55 min
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 you and I have never heard of.”…
162. Productivity Cycles
Jan 24, 2019 • 14 min
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 more you get bogged down. The…
161. Paul Jarvis: Manage Your Creative Energy in a Company of One
Jan 17, 2019 • 63 min
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? (@pjrvs) was asking himself these questions as he left the corporate world way back in the 90s. Now he works from his…
160. The 12-Minute Workout to Be Fit AND Healthy in 2019. “Body by Science.”
Jan 10, 2019 • 19 min
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 protocol that I’ve been enjoying…
159. Secure Your Digital Life in 2019: Chris Wilken of Let’s Fix Security
Jan 3, 2019 • 77 min
Chris Wilken (@whereswilken) is founder and CEO of . 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 person in general, I’ve been thinking more and…
158. One Resolution for Your Phone
Dec 27, 2018 • 8 min
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, you wouldn’t want to use it all of the time. I’ve discovered one simple thing to do with my…
157. Be Hyperfocused in 2019: Chris Bailey, Author of The Productivity Project & Hyperfocus
Dec 20, 2018 • 57 min
(@Chris_Bailey) had a crazy thought: What if, after graduating from college, instead of getting a job – what if instead he spent a year learning everything he could about productivity? Chris followed that crazy thought into a project he called “A…
156. It Takes Three Years to Accomplish Anything Meaningful
Dec 13, 2018 • 7 min
December 15th is the three year anniversary of . 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 podcast has recently become profitable, so maybe…
155. Tyler Cowen: Be Dynamic
Dec 6, 2018 • 55 min
When your life gets too comfortable, you stop taking risks. Loss aversion takes hold and you become complacent. You stop innovating. You stop being dynamic. By the time you realize you’ve become irrelevant, it’s already too late to change. This is one…
154. Eight Stoic Mantras for Creators
Nov 29, 2018 • 7 min
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 feel good about creating can hold you back, while many things that feel bad are powerful fuel. Stoicism…
153. Your Mess Is Your Message. Amber Rae on Choosing Wonder Over Worry.
Nov 22, 2018 • 47 min
Amber Rae (] 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 anxiety, addiction, and eventually triggered…
NOTE: Chicago Meetup CANCELLED
Nov 19, 2018 • 7 min
I regretfully have to cancel tonight’s meetup in Chicago.
152. Creative Hygiene
Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min
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, you have to keep your creative…
NOTE: Rejected again.
Nov 13, 2018 • 10 min
Bad news.
NOTE: An Update on My Colombian Visa
Nov 9, 2018 • 46 min
A long and detailed update about the status of my Colombian visa.
151. Mind Mastery Through Neurofeedback. Ariel Garten of Muse.
Nov 8, 2018 • 49 min
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 interfaces with her creation, the headband. Ariel sent me a headband a few months ago, and I’ve been using…
150. Stop Organizing by Project. Start Organizing by Mental State.
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
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 attached to your tasks, it doesn’t…
149. Reclaim Creativity: Srini Rao of The Unmistakable Creative on “Creating for An Audience of One”
Oct 25, 2018 • 51 min
Srini Rao (@unmistakableCEO) is host of the podcast, and author of the new book, . In Audience of One, Srini gives you the tools and encouragement you need to stop focusing on external validation, and to reconnect with your creative spark. In a world…
148. Prompt Talking: One Simple Trick for Irresistible Communication
Oct 18, 2018 • 11 min
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 say or write more engaging, more memorable, and more effective. I’ll tell you about it – this thing…
147. Jason Fried: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work
Oct 11, 2018 • 57 min
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. (@jasonfried) believes it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, he’ll tell you why in his…
146. “Black Swan” Marketing Growth
Oct 4, 2018 • 17 min
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 that take a small amount of…
145. Tynan: The Asymmetry of the Insane
Sep 27, 2018 • 62 min
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 these ideas. Sometimes we don’t even notice them. In The Heart to Start, I called the source of these…
144. Walk Through Fire.
Sep 20, 2018 • 7 min
What does it really take to “make it” as a ? 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 possible? What do you have to do? I always feel like I have…
143. Double Down or Shut Down? Nathan Barry of ConvertKit
Sep 13, 2018 • 59 min
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 himself two years after launching…
142. Aspiration Procrastination, Self-Discrepancy Theory, & How to Take Action on Your Dreams
Sep 6, 2018 • 14 min
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 fascinating theory from…
141. Stone Temple Pilots’ Manager: Blockchain Will Reinvent the Music Industry. Steve Stewart of Vezt.
Aug 30, 2018 • 57 min
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 is synonymous with 90’s grunge. With Steve by STP’s side, they sold over 25 million records, for…
140. Grow Your Passion. Don’t “Find” it.
Aug 23, 2018 • 8 min
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 “find” your passion, what should you do? Isn’t passion important? New research tells us exactly what is…
139. Brave: The Browser That Will Pay You. Jonathan Sampson of Brave.
Aug 16, 2018 • 48 min
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 vulnerable to hackers. Since much of…
138. Things Don’t Go As Planned. That *Is* the Plan.
Aug 9, 2018 • 14 min
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 can’t plan something in our morning, if we can’t plan something when we visit a website, then where…
137. Privacy. Why Does it Matter to Creative Entrepreneurs? BJ Mendelson
Aug 2, 2018 • 65 min
BJ Mendelson (@bjmendelson) is author of . 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 certainly top of my mind when I doubled down on writing and…
136. Master The Art of Staying in
Jul 26, 2018 • 9 min
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 work, while others are just killing time, you will have mastered The Art of Staying In. The…
135. Adam Conover from “Adam Ruins Everything” on Creative Mindset in Comedy
Jul 19, 2018 • 53 min
(@adamconover) had good things going for him. He had just graduated from college, and his sketch comedy group was a hit. So many people were watching their videos! This was before YouTube, so they kept on having to find new places to host the videos,…
134. 24 Things I Learned Publishing 3 Books in Only 6 Months
Jul 12, 2018 • 20 min
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 I learned a ton along the way….
133. Make Art That Sells: Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration
Jul 5, 2018 • 86 min
Phil Thompson (@Cape_Horn_CHI) is the illustrator and business mind behind Cape Horn Illustration, which sells . Today we have a great discussion on making art that sells. Phil’s portfolio of products includes maps of microbreweries in Chicago,…
132. Stay in Bed & Have Your Best Ideas Ever
Jun 28, 2018 • 10 min
You heard me talk last week about morning routines, with the co-author of , 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 yet. The amazing part is I’m able to do this routine…
131. Build Your Morning Routine. Benjamin Spall, Author of “My Morning Routine”
Jun 21, 2018 • 52 min
Benjamin Spall is co-author of the new book, . He and his co-author have interviewed 300 successful people from business, fitness, and the arts. People like Biz Stone, Arianna Huffington, General Stanley McCrystal, and Marie Kondo. The way you spend…
130. How to Prioritize? Listen to Your Body.
Jun 14, 2018 • 8 min
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. Sponsors Show notes:
129: Shane Snow: Turn Conflicts into Great Ideas
Jun 7, 2018 • 62 min
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, , was curious about why diverse teams are supposedly so powerful, when…
NOTE: New Book: Make Money Writing on the STEEM Blockchain
Jun 5, 2018 • 2 min
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 amazing thing is – nobody had to pay me a dime. You heard me interview STEEM co-creator Ned Scott on…
128. What Seneca Said About Facebook
May 31, 2018 • 6 min
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. After the Cambridge Analytica…
127. Art Is Hard. Tim Kasher, Rock Star/Filmmaker of Cursive, The Good Life, & No Resolution
May 24, 2018 • 35 min
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 voice. Tim is one of the pioneers…
NOTE: I made it back to Colombia. How? What now?
May 23, 2018 • 8 min
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 situation is now. If you’re interested in an even more in-depth, though somewhat redundant overview,…
126. Productivity is Limited. Creativity is Infinite.
May 17, 2018 • 8 min
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 productivity and creative…
NOTE: I Got Kicked Out of Colombia!
May 14, 2018 • 8 min
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 you want to help keep the show coming, please support on Patreon at
125. “Education” Is a Waste?! Bryan Caplan, Author of “The Case Against Education”
May 10, 2018 • 54 min
Is the educational system a waste of time and money? Most people can agree that schools are inefficient, boring, and expensive. I personally love learning, but I always hated school. Yet, if you’re like me, you’re probably initially resistant to the…
124. Why Did it Take So Long for “Time Management” to Be Invented?
May 3, 2018 • 10 min
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 time. By understanding that time…
123. Do It For You. Drew Ackerman of the Sleep With Me Podcast
Apr 26, 2018 • 53 min
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 make a podcast. Drew suffered from insomnia, so he wanted to make a podcast that would help people fall…
122. Writing a Book? 3 Things Nobody Told You
Apr 19, 2018 • 11 min
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 prevent many people from writing their books. Just imagine all of the unwritten books that are locked…
121. Charlie Hoehn: Curing Anxiety Through Work/Life Integration
Apr 12, 2018 • 56 min
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 launch books to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. The problem was, Charlie was miserable. His…
120. Read “Free Range” Words
Apr 5, 2018 • 5 min
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 like eating every meal at…
119. No Ego: Cy Wakeman on Eliminating “Emotional Waste”
Mar 29, 2018 • 51 min
Cy Wakeman (@cywakeman) is the founder of . She wrote a book called . No Ego is a leadership book, which is an unusual read for me since I’m a solopreneur, but I couldn’t put it down. You might hear me talk about ego from time to time. I think my…
118. Take Your Own Advice
Mar 22, 2018 • 7 min
Today’s essay is about the power of taking your own advice. I’ve got an interview coming up next week with Cy Wakeman (). Cy is the founder of “Reality Based Leadership.” She wrote a book called , which I thoroughly enjoyed. Today’s essay is based…
117. Maneesh Sethi: Upgrade Humanity. (Can blockchain & cryptocurrency end the eyeball economy?)
Mar 15, 2018 • 100 min
I’m very glad to have my friend Maneesh Sethi back on the show. You first heard way back on episode 13. Maneesh is the founder of Pavlok. Pavlok started out as a wearable device that shocks you out of breaking bad habits. You may have heard me talk…
116. Make Creative Work Finish Itself with Cascading Motivation
Mar 8, 2018 • 6 min
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 the subject of this week’s…
115. White House Innovation Advisor Turned Sane “Prepper,” John Ramey
Mar 1, 2018 • 115 min
John Ramey () found success as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He dropped out of college with only one semester left, moved to Silicon Valley, and built a successful startup. After he sold his startup, John traveled the world helping budding…
114. Eight Mantras for Getting Writing Done
Feb 22, 2018 • 8 min
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 little things you can say to…
113. 6-Figure Self-Publishing: Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn
Feb 15, 2018 • 53 min
Joanna Penn () is one of the leaders in helping self-published, or I should say “indie” authors, find their way. She has been self-publishing since 2009. She’s written 27 books under 3 different pen names, and she earns a multi-six-figure income. She…
112. Never Stop Learning: The Skills of Self-Publishing
Feb 8, 2018 • 13 min
As regular listeners know, I recently self-published for the first time. I traditionally-published my first book, , and I had a good experience. I liked having the extra support for getting my book laid out and printed, and onto shelves around the…
111. Jordan Harbinger of The Jordan Harbinger Show (formerly The Art of Charm)
Feb 1, 2018 • 30 min
Jordan Harbinger () 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. Jordan Harbinger did something different. He quit…
110. Making Money on STEEM and Steemit: A Beginner’s Guide to Earning Cryptocurrency on the Blockchain
Jan 25, 2018 • 28 min
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 back on episode 21 about how technology is fragmenting attention, for example. These economics incentivize creators…
BONUS: Listen to The Heart to Start audiobook free on Audible (visit: kadavy.net/audible)
Jan 24, 2018 • 3 min
Join Audible and listen to The Heart to Start free at Hey there, just wanted to let you know that the audiobook version of The Heart to Start is now available on Audible! I know many of you have been anticipating this, as audio is…
109. Die Empty. Todd Henry of The Accidental Creative
Jan 18, 2018 • 29 min
Todd Henry () has written a ton of books. My personal favorite is called , and it’s all about finding the urgency to pursue your creative destiny. His newest book is called , and it’s all about leading creative people so they can do their best work….
108. Start Your Masterpiece in 2018: Three Easy Ways
Jan 11, 2018 • 6 min
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 writing, or you want to start a…
107. Build Good Habits: Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg
Jan 4, 2018 • 68 min
BJ Fogg () 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 breaks down how to build good habits….
106. Sample Chapter: The Linear Work Distortion
Dec 28, 2017 • 15 min
Many of you have checked out my new book . 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 and distractions that stand in the way of you…
105. Are You an Old Master, or a Young Genius? David W. Galenson.
Dec 21, 2017 • 63 min
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 unusual economist in that he studies the economics of art. Have you ever noticed how some young…
104. Preview My New Book: The Heart to Start
Dec 14, 2017 • 14 min
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 that the best way to make…
103. Turn Rejection into Opportunity. Libryia Jones of Wanderist.
Dec 7, 2017 • 60 min
Libryia Jones () 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. They lived in places like Prague, Cape Town, and…
102. Use the Seven Mental States to Optimize Your Creative Output
Nov 30, 2017 • 11 min
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 when it came time to write a…
101. Pat Flynn: Teach While You Learn
Nov 23, 2017 • 51 min
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 revenue, I never would have been able to free up the time to explore, so I never would have come up with…
100. Find Your Calling. (SPECIAL 100th episode!! Featuring James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jason Fried, Seth Godin, & more)
Nov 16, 2017 • 22 min
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 years, and I think it boils down to a three-step formula that I’ll present in this special episode….
99. Michelangelo’s Creative Process. Ross King, author of The Pope’s Ceiling
Nov 9, 2017 • 51 min
Ross King is author of the book . 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 belief in creative work. And that is the belief that…
98. Find Your Creative City
Nov 2, 2017 • 11 min
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 a creator. I wanted to have…
97. A Tale of Two Bootstrappers. Rob Hunter of Focused Apps & David Kadavy
Oct 26, 2017 • 59 min
Rob Hunter () 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 our own. So, we spent several months…
96. Mini-life case study: One couple, 6 months in Medellín
Oct 19, 2017 • 16 min
I’ve talked a little on this show – especially in the early days – about the idea of . Basically, you go live your normal life in another city for a month, or two months. Or, in the case of our guests today, about six months. Mike and Megan left…
95. Be Productively Curious. Ian Leslie, author of “Curious: The Desire to Know, and Why Your Future Depends On It”
Oct 12, 2017 • 62 min
Ian Leslie () is author of . 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 than ten years ago, I woke up to just vastness. I had a whole day ahead of me that I needed to fill up with…
94. In Ten Years, Will You be Glad?
Oct 5, 2017 • 21 min
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 was some kind of a click-bait…
93. Art is Your Job. Creator of NBC’s The Blacklist, Jon Bokenkamp, on screenwriting
Sep 28, 2017 • 79 min
Jon Bokenkamp () 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 waited tables. After three years, he sold…
92. Listen to “The Voice”
Sep 21, 2017 • 16 min
I’m working on a new book. It’s called , 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 Art Done. It’s about the voice inside your head,…
91. Emmy-award winning set designer for Bill Nye, Martha Stewart, & Snoop Dogg, James Pearse Connelly
Sep 14, 2017 • 62 min
James Pearse Connelly (, Instagram: ) 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 Voice, and Top Chef. I wanted to have James on the show…
90. Success Favors Those Who Ship
Sep 7, 2017 • 12 min
I’ve been working on a new book called . 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 about what a great creator you will be one day,…
89. Lead minds, not hands. L. David Marquet, author of Turn The Ship Around
Aug 31, 2017 • 83 min
L. David Marquet () 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 had prepared for, it was also the worst ship in…
88. Design Internship advice to a Millennial
Aug 24, 2017 • 21 min
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 clip a couple of episodes back…
87. Cab driver, neuroscientist, PBS Frontline producer, conceptual artist, & Minutiae app co-founder, Daniel J. Wilson
Aug 17, 2017 • 85 min
was working on a screenplay when I met him during a 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 Wall Street Journal, and The London Times, and displayed…
86. Choose your weapon to boost creative output
Aug 10, 2017 • 13 min
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 blog, and your work gets noticed….
David Allen: Getting Things Done
Aug 3, 2017 • 70 min
Almost 15 years ago, started taking the internet by storm. Techies started buying binder clips and index cards in bulk. Today, “next actions” and “contexts” are commonplace in teams around the world. Just about everyone knows GTD stands for Getting…
84. Yes, you can multitask creative work.
Jul 27, 2017 • 7 min
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 comes to creative work, you can actually work on two projects at once. The trick is, you don’t even know…
83. 12,500 hours of deliberate rest. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
Jul 20, 2017 • 62 min
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 learned sink in. The ties…
82. Stop thinking. Start doing. Three simple ways.
Jul 13, 2017 • 7 min
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 all doers, and they tend to…
81. Go with your Hunch. Bernadette Jiwa.
Jul 6, 2017 • 57 min
Bernadette Jiwa () 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 advice before “test everything.” Really? Test…
80. Why “Hustle?”
Jun 29, 2017 • 7 min
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 message about just what you should be aspiring to in your life and work. One thing you want to aspire to…
79. Jeff Goins returns! Be a thriving artist (not a starving artist)
Jun 22, 2017 • 62 min
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 () is returning to the podcast today to tell you about why…
78. Who wants to be a billionaire? (not me)
Jun 15, 2017 • 7 min
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 happiness. You might not even realize that you expect to become a billionaire someday. You might be better…
Seth Godin
Jun 8, 2017 • 66 min
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 – . He’s shown me how to think about having a direct relationship with my customers – with . He’s shown me how…
76. Don’t write a New York Times best-seller
Jun 1, 2017 • 11 min
Some of you already know that I’m writing a new book. 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 spent three months working on a book proposal,…
75. Chocolate. Danny Michlewicz, founder & chocolatier at Colombia’s Tilín Cacao.
May 25, 2017 • 90 min
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 been learning about the craft of sourcing cacao and making chocolate, learning about his new country in…
74. Don’t join a podcast network for the wrong reasons
May 18, 2017 • 19 min
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 . In fact, it was a very good podcast network. But, I turned it down….
73. Sean Stephenson. Choose growth.
May 11, 2017 • 60 min
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 doctors predicted the baby wouldn’t make it through the next 24 hours. Now, over 35 years later, as that…
72. Quit your daily routine. Start your weekly routine.
May 4, 2017 • 7 min
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 useful for managing your mind. On…
71. End the attention economy. STEEM’s Ned Scott on Steemit, cryptocurrency-driven social media, & the blockchain
Apr 27, 2017 • 51 min
Ned Scott (, Steemit: 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 runs on STEEM, called . Basically all of the…
70. 7 lessons from my neighbor, Warren Buffett (lifestyle design, self-investment, habits, principles, & building Berkshire Hathaway)
Apr 20, 2017 • 7 min
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 basement with moldy carpet, several blocks down, on 49th. I used to live down the street from the famous…
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.
Apr 13, 2017 • 66 min
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 would. Jorge and Tanja wanted to make it as a professional Salsa dancing couple. They aspired to…
68. 10 unconventional ways to achieve full focus (sleep, mindfulness, minimalism, & travel)
Apr 6, 2017 • 9 min
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 task at hand, you can have way more creative output. So, I experiment a lot with ways to deepen my…
67. Ryan Hoover of ProductHunt: Start with community (community-building, culture, & mentors)
Mar 30, 2017 • 58 min
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 were submitting products to the…
66. Read more books by hijacking your habits (Facebook, reading, & self-improvement)
Mar 23, 2017 • 5 min
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 worked for me. But, you can try this…
65. Getting writing done. Joanna Wiebe of Copy Hackers & Airstory (building an audience from an information business into a SAAS)
Mar 16, 2017 • 49 min
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 copy help, that she couldn’t…
64. Write first. Coffee later. (optimizing creative productivity by protecting focus in the early morning)
Mar 9, 2017 • 6 min
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 thing you do is reach for the…
63. Peter Bragiel – Make your dreams reality (building a travel show on YouTube)
Mar 2, 2017 • 84 min
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 his videos got better. He’s…
62. My top rejections
Feb 23, 2017 • 11 min
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 output. But, I got rejected harder…
61. Ignore Everybody. Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid (originality, & the courage to be different)
Feb 16, 2017 • 67 min
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 it was one of the most moving and…
60. Focus with practical minimialism
Feb 9, 2017 • 6 min
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, trying to keep the number down….
59. The net appears. Vinnie Lauria of Golden Gate Ventures, Singapore (leaving a secure job, traveling Asia, overcoming emotional barriers, power networking)
Feb 2, 2017 • 58 min
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 year traveling, he’d run out of money, and he’d run out of momentum. He worried it would be…
58. How I quadrupled my creative productivity (writing, healthy habits & routines, & facing fears)
Jan 26, 2017 • 10 min
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 episodes I published here on…
57. How Noah Kagan manages his mental energy (productivity, sleep, time management, & creativity)
Jan 19, 2017 • 84 min
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 show because he had a blog post…
56. See you next year. Here’s why. (New Year’s resolutions, & the importance of sleep & rest)
Dec 14, 2016 • 9 min
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, when the first batch of episodes…
55. Make your bed, change THE WORLD!? (ft. James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jason Fried, Ryan Holiday, Tucker Max, Noah Kagan & more)
Dec 6, 2016 • 21 min
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 bed especially wasteful if you’re busy? Here on Love Your Work, I’ve spent the past year interviewing…
54. 8 Things I Wish I Had Known About Building Online Courses (having an impact, & self-motivation through product development)
Dec 1, 2016 • 7 min
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 advice works. But, building…
James Altucher
Nov 22, 2016 • 61 min
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 business books of all time….
52. My $40,000 DIY MBA (investing in your self-education)
Nov 17, 2016 • 6 min
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 who want you to spend your money in ways that will benefit them. Ultimately, you have to be mindful…
Dan Ariely
Nov 10, 2016 • 62 min
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 for all the candy you want?…
50. Productivity isn’t about Getting Things Done anymore (mindfulness for creative breakthroughs)
Nov 1, 2016 • 8 min
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 breaking projects into actions,…
49. Medium.com Writing, Book Positioning & Marketing Psychology – Nir Eyal & David Kadavy
Oct 27, 2016 • 62 min
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 independently, and practicing writing…
48. Make it easy to do what’s good for you (digital detox & building healthy habits through design)
Oct 20, 2016 • 7 min
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 do things that are bad for me….
47. Getting the most out of email: Jocelyn K. Glei (productivity & business networking through email)
Oct 13, 2016 • 61 min
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 kadavy.net/email It’s an awesome book that I really wish I had when I was first trying to get things done with…
46. #YOLO, so point your face at a blank wall (building discipline for creative habits)
Oct 6, 2016 • 6 min
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. Sponsors…
Max Temkin
Sep 29, 2016 • 78 min
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 & Games category. It’s a game for horrible people, and it’s also America’s #1 gerbil…
44. I Failed. (overcoming rejection & ego in book publishing)
Sep 22, 2016 • 6 min
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 this case, I really tried for…
Mark Manson
Sep 15, 2016 • 77 min
Mark Manson is known for writing personal development advice that doesn’t suck. He writes at markmanson.net, which has more than 2 million readers a month. Mark writes about a variety of topics, including happiness, self-knowledge, habits,…
42. Yes, You Can Leave the North America Bubble (personal enrichment through the spread of the digital nomad lifestyle)
Sep 8, 2016 • 8 min
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 the only place that matters — is not the only place that matters.” I recently…
Noah Kagan
Sep 1, 2016 • 83 min
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, working on a Facebook app, Noah…
40. 3 Productivity Lessons from Google Calendar (cognitive biases, habit-building, & daily routines)
Aug 25, 2016 • 6 min
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 process. This post…
39. Embrace Constraints: WheezyWaiter (Craig Benzine) on Minimalism & Creative Habit-Building
Aug 18, 2016 • 72 min
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 started making YouTube videos. Okay, that’s not the first thing I’d advise you to do if you’re…
38. Build the Habit First
Aug 11, 2016 • 10 min
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 article originally appeared on…
37. Harness the Power of Your Productivity Cycles – David Kadavy
Aug 4, 2016 • 71 min
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 you, which he was kind enough to…
36. Follow the “First-Hour” Rule
Jul 28, 2016 • 7 min
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. Sponsors Show notes:
35. Using Paleo & Ketogenic Diet Principles to Fight Inflammation – Dr. Terry Wahls on ketosis, anti-inflammatory foods, & the microbiome
Jul 21, 2016 • 54 min
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 Wahl’s. She has MS,…
34. Productivity Hack: Do Nothing
Jul 14, 2016 • 8 min
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. Sponsors Show notes:
33. Double Down on Love – SimplyRecipes’ Elise Bauer on creative habits, mindset management, & cooking
Jul 7, 2016 • 66 min
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 instructions and beautiful photos, all posted by Elise herself. Honestly, I probably don’t…
32. Stop A/B Testing
Jun 30, 2016 • 17 min
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 you astray when you are early…
Ryan Holiday
Jun 23, 2016 • 48 min
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, “Ego is the Enemy.” You can buy it at kadavy.net/ego As Ryan talks about in the discussion, he…
30. Buy a $600 lamp. Read more books. (changing your mindset to build a reading habit)
Jun 16, 2016 • 8 min
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 available on Medium. You can just…
Tucker Max
Jun 9, 2016 • 72 min
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 They Serve Beer in Hell.” He is only the third writer EVER to have three books on the nonfiction…
28. Start where you are
Jun 2, 2016 • 7 min
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 of blogging. That blog post could easily be the worst blog post I’ve ever written, but it’s…
27. Jeff Goins: Listen to Your Life – creative habit-building, deliberate practice, & finding your calling
May 26, 2016 • 63 min
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 your calling doesn’t always follow the neat storybook path that you expect. You have to listen to…
26. 37 lessons from 37 years
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
I recently turned 37, and this is everything I’ve learned so far. I originally wrote this post on . Here’s the text of the post, in case you’re reading this description: 37 LESSONS FROM 37 YEARS I have been alive for 37 years. Here is everything…
25. Steve Case: Persevere in “The Third Wave” – how entrepreneurs will transform entrenched industries
May 12, 2016 • 35 min
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 AOL.com, but for me and many millions of others, AOL was our first contact with the Internet. Steve has a…
24. Save Time & Mental Energy With Mind Management and Perpetual Productivity
May 5, 2016 • 6 min
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 answer had more than 24,000 views, and was featured in Inc.com. Inc also has tweeted it a couple of…
23. Travel by Your Taste – Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads on lifestyle design, personal discovery, & food
Apr 28, 2016 • 80 min
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, National Geographic, BBC Travel,…
22. The Behavioral Revolution (Not The Information Revolution) – using behavioral science & product design to build healthy habits through technology
Apr 21, 2016 • 15 min
The economics favor digital distraction, but we have everything we need to make humanity great. We have the behavioral science knowledge, and with increasingly ubiquitous technology touchpoints such Apple Watch and The Internet of Things at large, we…
21. Nir Eyal – Is Silicon Valley Leading Us Into The Robot Apocalypse? Artificial Intelligence, digital distraction, & the dangers of habit-forming products
Apr 14, 2016 • 55 min
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 discussion with me about it on the…
20. Kill Your Todo List – Sell Your Ideas to Google (overcoming decision fatigue for better creativity & productivity)
Apr 7, 2016 • 21 min
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 time for me to have a “Week of Want.” I give myself a whole week where I can work on whatever…
19. Relax! Andrew Johnson on building an app empire; overcoming anxiety, depression, & bad habits through hypnosis
Mar 30, 2016 • 69 min
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 help people not only relax, but Quit Smoking, reduce anxiety, lose weight, or build confidence, amongst…
18. 2-Minute Meditation (Guided)
Mar 26, 2016 • 2 min
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 point where you’re ready to…
17. Eight Life Hacks for Health Wealth and Happiness
Mar 24, 2016 • 11 min
A 10-year-old kadavy.net classic, this “mini-episode” (or is it just an “episode?”) distills eight rules of living that make me feel like I really have an edge on the world. The original post is here: Below is the content of the post: I’ve…
16. Earn It
Mar 17, 2016 • 8 min
This is a mini-episode based upon a previous post here on kadavy.net. The original post is over here: Sponsor: 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
Mar 10, 2016 • 73 min
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 Travel organizes high-quality tours around the world, given by historians, authors, and PhDs. I…
14. The Solopreneur Manifesto (redefine success, keep freedom in your lifestyle, & diversify your skillset)
Mar 3, 2016 • 8 min
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 introduce the tenets that distill the power of solopreneurship, and which help me remain…
13. Your Weakness is Your Superpower – Maneesh Sethi of Pavlok on breaking bad habits, making the most of ADHD, & hiring
Feb 25, 2016 • 63 min
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 been featured on Good Morning…
12. Stop Reading Books Straight Through. Start Reading in “Layers.” (a different kind of “speed-reading”)
Feb 18, 2016 • 13 min
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 realized I was reading the…
11. Hack Hidden Value – Nick Gray of Museum Hack on creating memorable customer experiences, turning a hobby into a business, & keeping healthy habits
Feb 10, 2016 • 81 min
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 such as “Transform Stuff into…
10. Stop Managing Your Time, Start Managing Your Mind (to maximize productivity, with optimal creativity)
Feb 3, 2016 • 11 min
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 from behavioral science,…
9. Be Decisive. Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar on batching for productivty, 80/20 thinking, & quitting her job to go from freelance to SAAS
Jan 27, 2016 • 55 min
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 tool). Edgar helps you create a library of social media updates that you can schedule to repeat. …
8. Create “Aha!” Moments – Neuroscientist Dr. John Kounios on the neuroscience of creative insights
Jan 20, 2016 • 139 min
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 Moments, Creative Insight,…
7. Transform “Stuff” into “Things” (for creative ideas)
Jan 14, 2016 • 8 min
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: Get a 14-day free trial from…
6. Don’t let your “baby” get slaughtered – Adrian Holovaty of Soundslice, Django, and Everyblock
Jan 6, 2016 • 108 min
Adrian Holovaty (@adrianholovaty) has learned the hard way that he wants to retain control of his business. After selling Everyblock, Adrian watched in horror as it was later shut down without warning. Adrian’s new business is SoundSlice…
5. Stop Traveling. Start Living “Mini Lives” (for self-improvement, self-discovery, adventure, & creative inspiration)
Dec 31, 2015 • 12 min
“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: Show notes:
4. Find your superpowers: Saya Hillman of Mac & Cheese Productions on self-help, community, & personal development
Dec 28, 2015 • 66 min
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, or scrapbook, for example. Her…
3. Make Something Remarkable: Timehop’s Jonathan Wegener on creativity, hiring, and explosive ideas
Dec 14, 2015 • 68 min
Jonathan Wegener (@jwegener) spent 3 months traveling to every subway station in the NYC area, meticulously documenting the fastest way to get out of each station. The app he made with the data supported him for two years, until he built Timehop….
2. Give Yourself Permission to Suck (for the confidence to break through creative blocks)
Dec 14, 2015 • 9 min
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 to Suck. This is something that the best entrepreneurs and creators learn over time. Show notes: …
Jason Fried
Dec 14, 2015 • 77 min
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. This will be a great episode for…