Love Your Work – Creativity | Productivity | Startup

Love Your Work – Creativity | Productivity | Startup

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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.
66. Read more books by hijacking your habits
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
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.
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
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
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…
53. James Altucher: Invest in Yourself (Warren Buffett, minimalism, & writing openly & honestly)
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…
51. Dan Ariely: Self-Motivation Through Behavioral Economics & Psychology
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…
45. Cards Against Humanity’s Max Temkin – Become a Connoisseur (and the psychology of marketing)
Sep 29, 2016 • 78 min
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 coffin. It’s called Cards Against…
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…
43. Stop Giving a F*ck? Why and How. – Mark Manson on counterintuitive self-help, cognitive biases, travel, & being a digital nomad
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…
41. Noah Kagan of AppSumo/SumoMe on marketing, positivity, habit-building, operations, hiring, & management
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…
31. Ryan Holiday: Tame the Enemy Inside – using stoic philosophy to tame your ego in aspirations, success, & failure
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…
29. Tucker Max: Jedi-Mind Book Marketing, Book Positioning, & Book-Writing
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…
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…
1. Jason Fried: Product Design, Customer Development, and Contrarian Thinking
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…