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Best-selling author David Kadavy interviews entrepreneurs and creators who have achieved success by their own definition, and built lives and businesses that are uniquely theirs.
104. Preview My New Book: The Heart to Start
Dec 14 • 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 • 60 min
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. They lived in places like Prague,…
102. Use the Seven Mental States to Optimize Your Creative Output
Nov 30 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 51 min
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 belief in creative work. And that is…
98. Find Your Creative City
Nov 2 • 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 • 59 min
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 our own. So, we spent several…
96. Mini-life case study: One couple, 6 months in Medellín
Oct 19 • 16 min
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 today, about six months. Mike and…
95. Be Productively Curious. Ian Leslie, author of “Curious: The Desire to Know, and Why Your Future Depends On It”
Oct 12 • 62 min
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 than ten years ago, I woke up to…
94. In Ten Years, Will You be Glad?
Oct 5 • 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 • 79 min
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 waited tables. After three…
92. Listen to “The Voice”
Sep 21 • 16 min
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 Art Done. It’s about the voice…
91. Emmy-award winning set designer for Bill Nye, Martha Stewart, & Snoop Dogg, James Pearse Connelly
Sep 14 • 62 min
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 Voice, and Top Chef. I wanted to…
90. Success Favors Those Who Ship
Sep 7 • 12 min
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 about what a great creator you will…
89. Lead minds, not hands. L. David Marquet, author of Turn The Ship Around
Aug 31 • 83 min
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 had prepared for, it was also the…
88. Design Internship advice to a Millennial
Aug 24 • 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 • 85 min
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 Wall Street Journal, and The…
86. Choose your weapon to boost creative output
Aug 10 • 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 • 70 min
Almost 15 years ago, Getting Things Done 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…
84. Yes, you can multitask creative work.
Jul 27 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 57 min
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 advice before “test everything.”…
80. Why “Hustle?”
Jun 29 • 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 • 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 (@goinswriter) is returning to the podcast today to tell…
78. Who wants to be a billionaire? (not me)
Jun 15 • 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 • 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 – The Purple Cow. He’s shown me how to think about having a direct relationship with my customers – with…
76. Don’t write a New York Times best-seller
Jun 1 • 11 min
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 spent three months working on a…
75. Chocolate. Danny Michlewicz, founder & chocolatier at Colombia’s Tilín Cacao.
May 25 • 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 • 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 podcast network. In fact, it was a very good podcast network. But, I…
73. Sean Stephenson. Choose growth.
May 11 • 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 • 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 • 51 min
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 runs on STEEM, called Steemit….
70. 7 lessons from my neighbor, Warren Buffett (lifestyle design, self-investment, habits, principles, & building Berkshire Hathaway)
Apr 20 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 http://wpengine.com/loveyourwork http://activecampaign.com/loveyourwork…
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 http://wpengine.com/loveyourwork …
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 Medium. 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…
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: http://kadavy.net/blog/posts/life-hacks/…
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: http://kadavy.net/blog/posts/earnit/ Sponsor: http://kadavy.net/treehouse Show…
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…
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…