The Darius Foroux Show: Master Your Productivity. Master Your Life.

The Darius Foroux Show: Master Your Productivity. Master Your Life.

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A podcast about productivity, habits, decision ma…
Price’s Law Explained: Why Only A Few People Get The Majority Of Rewards
Apr 18 • 9 min
Price’s law is something that can truly change the outcome of your life and career. It can make you or BREAK you. On this episode, I explain why that is and how you can use it to become successful. The rule says: 50% of the work is done by the square root…
Skill Stacking: These 5 Skills Increase Your Odds Of Career Success
Apr 8 • 16 min
One of the best strategies to build a career is to acquire valuable skills. I learned about this concept from How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. He calls this concept Talent Stacking (I don’t like the word talent because it…
Can You Ever Be ‘Done’ With Personal Development?
Apr 4 • 6 min
I might as well ask you: “Can you ever be done with eating food?” “Of course not!” you would probably answer. Well, some people actually believe they can be finished with personal development. They stop reading books or quit going to the gym. These are…
Journaling As A Spiritual Exercise
Apr 1 • 11 min
Writing every day has truly changed my life. Through writing, you reformulate important life lessons in your own words. And because of this repetition, the wisdom of life becomes your second nature. That’s when you live the ideas. So even though you are…
The 20/80 Rule Of Effective Thinking
Mar 18 • 9 min
How much time should I spend thinking instead of doing? It’s one of the biggest questions I struggle with. One side of me says “without doing you will never achieve anything.” Another side says “without thinking things through, you might end up doing the…
Stop Being So Distracted
Mar 11 • 10 min
There’s this idea in Eastern and Western philosophy that we must learn how to enjoy the present moment without getting distracted by the past or future. But that’s hard because our natural state of mind is to be lost in thought. We are constantly…
Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done with Laura Vanderkam
Mar 8 • 29 min
Laura has been writing about productivity since 2009. In her latest book, Off The Clock, she shares proven principles for getting more done so can have more free time. And we can use that free time to do the things we always wanted to do. Link to Off The…
Stop Chasing Money And Do This Instead
Mar 4 • 7 min
Money doesn’t make you happy. And yet, we need it to live. So what do we do? Try hard to make more money? Or, be content with what we have? The problem is that both options come with high costs. We’ve all heard about the research that says you won’t be…
Retain More From The Books You Read In 5 Simple Steps
Feb 25 • 9 min
I’m often asked: “How do you remember the information you read in books?” In this post, I’ll explain my system. 1. Have A Purpose—Only read books that teach you how to overcome your current challenges. 2. See Yourself As A Teacher—Sharing knowledge is a…
How To Hack Happiness
Feb 19 • 7 min
The recipe for happiness is not some kind of secret. We all know that money, status, fame, or respect does not make us happy. Happiness is a state of mind. How do I get in a happy state of mind? One word: Gratitude. Read the article:…
You Don’t Have To Be The Best To Succeed
Feb 14 • 12 min
We often think that there are winners and losers in life. We think that it’s a zero sum game. But is that really the case? P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: https://blinkist.com/darius I use…
Pursue Your Dream Career!
Feb 12 • 13 min
Hey there! How are you? How’s work? If you don’t love it, listen to this episode! I didn’t like my career until 3 years ago. And back then, I got a lot of encouragement to pursue my dream career. I glad I took action. In today’s episode, I want to…
Cal Newport: Why We Need Digital Minimalism To Stay Focused
Feb 5 • 53 min
I interviewed Cal Newport about is new book, Digital Minimalism. I’ve found the book very useful. Since technology is starting to take over our lives, we need a strategy for dealing with it. If we don’t have a strategy, we risk losing control. In this…
3 Questions To Improve Your Self-Knowledge
Jan 29 • 12 min
1. What are my strengths? 2. How do I perform? 3. What are my values? These three questions will help you figure out your dream career. On this episode, I share why these questions matter and what you want to get out of the answers. Read my article with…
Practicing Stoicism 5: What will be will be
Jan 25 • 9 min
“Don’t wish for things to happen the way you would like them to. Rather, welcome whatever happens. This is the path to peace, freedom, and happiness.” That’s a quote by the stoic philosopher, Epictetus. On the latest episode of my podcast, I deconstruct…
Practicing Stoicism 1: Know what you can control and what you can’t
Dec 17, 2018 • 16 min
The basic principle of Stoicism. Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3Qpql
Practicing Stoicism 4: Stick with your own business
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
It’s tempting to stick your nose into other people’s business. But in Stoicism that’s a weakness. Focus on your own life. Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3Qpql
Practicing Stoicism 2: See things for what they really are
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
In Stoicism, you look at facts, not perceptions. Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3Qpql
Practicing Stoicism 3: Focus on your main duty
Dec 17, 2018 • 8 min
In life, we have a task. Our main duty. We must focus on that at all times. Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3Qpql
The Co-Founder Of Blinkist, Holger Seim, On Entrepreneurship, Productivity, and Books
Nov 21, 2018 • 28 min
One of my favorite apps of all time is Blinkist. Ever since I discovered the app in 2015, I’ve been using it almost every day. Instead of reading the news or browsing social media apps, I read book summaries on Blinkist. It’s the perfect way to get your…
Why Quitting Unproductive Habits Will Make You More Productive
Nov 8, 2018 • 12 min
On this episode, I talk about inverting, my favorite learning strategy. You can apply it to achieving any goal. P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: http://blinkist.com/darius I use this app…
Skill Stacking: The Most Important Skills Of My Career
Nov 6, 2018 • 18 min
About three years ago, I made a discovery that changed the course of my career and life. I’ve been working many different jobs since I was 17. I also studied business and marketing, getting a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 2010, I started my first…
Always Protect The Downside
Oct 30, 2018 • 11 min
What’s a big goal or dream that you have? Do you want to start a business? Become a fulltime author? Travel the world? Become financially independent? Change careers? I bet you’ve thought about it, and at some point thought, “I’m not sure I can achieve…
Online Marketing, Cold Emails, and Facebook Ads
Oct 23, 2018 • 44 min
On this episode, I talk to Austin Floyd, an online marketer and blogger, about online marketing. Austin recently emailed me about installing a Facebook Pixel on my site. Instead of trying to sell something, he provided value. We talk about that strategy,…
David Graeber: Bullshit Jobs
Oct 16, 2018 • 62 min
In 2015, I quit my bullshit job. It wasn’t a bad job or anything. I just felt that my job didn’t contribute to anything meaningful. And that’s the definition of a bullshit job—something I talk about with David Graeber on this podcast. I recently read his…
How To Improve Your Writing Skills
Oct 10, 2018 • 10 min
The secret of improving your writing skills is to get training. Ernest Hemingway once said: “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” But how do you learn to write? How do you practice? On this…
Go And Reach Your Full Potential!
Oct 7, 2018 • 13 min
Do you sometimes feel like you’re wasting your potential? And do you also feel unsure about how you can even reach your full potential? If so, you’re like any other ambitious person who wants to make the best of his/her life. Because to me, that’s what…
“I Don’t Know What To Write About And My Writing Sucks” Here’s What To Do About That
Oct 5, 2018 • 10 min
Never have good ideas to write about? Or do you think your writing sucks? Listen to this! I recently published an article about why everyone should form a daily writing habit. It’s one of the few universal habits that can improve everyone’s life. I…
Are You Happy?
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
How do you measure happiness? How do you know that you’re truly happy? I only have one measure for happiness. I simply ask myself one question. On this episode, I share that measure. P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite…
How To Stop Overthinking And Live In The Present
Sep 10, 2018 • 7 min
Thinking is a tool. And instead of using that tool during the 16 or 17 hours that you’re awake, only use it when you NEED it. But how do you do that? I share a few tips on this episode. P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite…
Making & Breaking Habits: Don’t Focus On HOW—Focus On WHAT
Sep 6, 2018 • 8 min
Over the years, I’ve adopted many different “positive” habits. To me, a habit is positive when it improves the quality of my life. A lot has been written about forming habits. How hard is? How long does it take? What’s the best way to break habits? How do…
How To Stay Focused When Life Is Chaotic
Aug 21, 2018 • 9 min
In a perfect world, everything is steady. You can make plans that actually come true 100% of the time. You can anticipate things in advance. But as you and I both know, that’s not how life works. In real life, a single random (and unexpected) event can…
How To Train Yourself To Stop Complaining
Aug 14, 2018 • 11 min
Do you have plans, goals, ideals, or outcomes that you want to achieve? And do you get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan? If so, I want to share a simple, yet powerful idea with you on this episode. I learned this from Jocko Willink’s book…
Why I Love An Empty Calendar (Sometimes)
Aug 8, 2018 • 7 min
What’s the purpose of productivity, doing work, and getting things done? Some people think it’s only about the rewards. I’m not that type. I enjoy the process of doing work. But only if it’s useful work. And to do useful work, I need to be organized.…
I’m Starting A New Blog
Jul 16, 2018 • 10 min
I started my first website and blog in 2011 when I started my first business. At the time, blogging was already very popular for businesses. In fact, some “experts” said that blogging was dead. That’s so funny to me. People make these outrages claims all…
4 Tips To Get Motivated During Adversity
Jul 10, 2018 • 11 min
When we face illness, financial problems, or adversity in our relationships, we’re quick to think it’s THE END. And once we get stuck in a negative thinking pattern, we lose motivation. And what happens when we lose motivation? Right, we give up. So how…
Working Hard vs. Work Smart
Jul 3, 2018 • 8 min
When I talk about working hard, there are always Einsteins who try to tell us that they work “smart.” Good for them. But that’s not what I’m talking about. On this episode, I talk about what I mean by hard work and why it’s a mindset. Read my article on…
Diversifying Income: Starting A Profitable Blog
Jun 26, 2018 • 13 min
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about blogging recently. My readers and listeners are also interested in turning blogging into a career. And yes, that’s possible. On this episode, I share 1 tip that has helped me to build an audience. Books I…
There Is Always Something To Do
Jun 19, 2018 • 7 min
On this episode, I talk about the difference between having an active mindset vs a passive mindset, avoiding boredom, and always having something to do. Books I mention: On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca: https://amzn.to/2y7ggK0 How To Win Friends And…
Goals vs Systems: Two Books That Help You Get Better At Both Things
Jun 12, 2018 • 8 min
On this episode, talk about two books that help you to get better at setting goals and creating systems. These two books recommend the opposite strategy. One promotes systems, the other promotes goals. Listen to this episode to hear why it’s important to…
How To Get In A Good Mood
Jun 5, 2018 • 9 min
On this episode, I share tips to improve your mood. Also, I was in a good mood myself when I was recording this podcast! This episode is sponsored by Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app. They have summaries of my all-time favorite books like On…
Price’s Law: Why Only A Few People Generate Half Of The Results
May 29, 2018 • 10 min
Derek Price, who was a British physicist, historian of science, and information scientist, discovered something about his peers in academia. He noticed that there were always a handful of people who dominated the publications within a subject. Price found…
Working ON The Business vs IN The Business
May 22, 2018 • 13 min
I haven’t published a new episode in a month. The reason is that I was working on my business. And on this episode, I’ll tell you why it’s so important to do that. I learned the concept from Michael Gerber’s book, The E-Myth Revisited…
What I Do When I Can’t Focus
Apr 23, 2018 • 7 min
Do you struggle to finish your tasks? Are you always distracted by notifications, gossiping, or anything that’s random? In that case, you and I are alike. Because focusing on a single thing is one of the hardest things at work. On this episode, I share 2…
5 Tips To Get Rich Slowly
Apr 16, 2018 • 16 min
What’s your money strategy? Do you even have one? If not, it’s not uncommon. Until two years ago, I didn’t have a financial plan, whatsoever. Even though I’ve been reading about money, finance, and investing ever since I made my first few bucks as a…
Here’s Why Time Off Work IMPROVES Your Work And Life
Apr 10, 2018 • 10 min
What do you do when you feel tired or overwhelmed? Do you power through? Or do you take some time off? In the past, I thought that you should always power through — no matter what. Now, I still think that way when it comes to life in general. You can’t…
Listen To This If You Feel Misunderstood In Your Career
Mar 26, 2018 • 12 min
Do you ever feel misunderstood by others? Maybe you feel that people at work don’t get you. Or that your friends are not on the same page. Maybe others truly don’t get you. But that’s not because of them, it’s most likely because of your own behavior. On…
Stop Caring About What People Think—Speak Your Mind
Mar 19, 2018 • 12 min
Last week, I published an episode about why I avoid toxic people (http://dariusforoux.com/toxic-people/). I mentioned that I think less than 1% of the population has values. You wouldn’t believe how many people were offended by my opinion. “How do you…
How To Surround Yourself With People Who Want The Best For You
Mar 12, 2018 • 15 min
“You’re the average of the five people you spend your time with.” It has become such a cliché. But I don’t think that we truly understand the impact that other people can have on us. The great Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, said this in his Manual For…
My Favorite Exercise That Helps You To Improve Your Personal Effectiveness
Mar 5, 2018 • 8 min
On this episode, I share an exercise that I picked up from Peter Drucker. You can use it to: * Improve your self-awareness * Understand how you spend your time * Find out how much time you waste * And how you can improve your personal effectiveness so you…
Ryan Paugh: Stop Networking. Start Building Communities.
Mar 1, 2018 • 50 min
Networking is dead. It’s transactional, one-directional, and selfish. Ryan Paugh, the author of Superconnector, is someone who builds communities for a living. He sees building relationships and communities as the new networking. And I agree. Every…
Productivity Tips Don’t Work If You Lack Internal Drive
Feb 23, 2018 • 6 min
Productivity tips get a lot of criticism. On the last episode, I talked self-imposed deadlines. Do they work? Or not? Well, here’s thing: NOTHING will work if you lack internal drive. P.S. Do you want to get my best productivity tips for free? I’ve made…
How To Beat Procrastination With Systems
Feb 22, 2018 • 11 min
Every time you’re not doing the things you know you should do, you’re procrastination. It’s been around since the start of modern civilization. Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and…
Self-awareness, Reflection, and Trusting The Process
Jan 13, 2018 • 77 min
Ernest Barbaric is an entrepreneur, podcaster, and #TEDx Speaker. He’s also a someone who I enjoy to follow. Ernest has a strong inner compass that drives his work. And in this conversation, we talk about how I became that way. We talk about his journey…
Why Planning Is Everything And Discipline Equals Freedom
Jan 9, 2018 • 9 min
“What should I do next?” Is what you should never think to yourself. You can have all the plans and goals in the world, but if you don’t know how you’re going to make them happen, you’re lost. Dwight Eisenhower said it perfectly: “Plans are nothing;…
How Do You Measure Your Life?
Jan 6, 2018 • 10 min
You can easily measure a business by looking at the numbers. Turnover, profit, costs, employee churn, etc. But how do you measure your life? I have studied how the most successful thinkers of our time measure their lives. The answer is surprising. You…
5 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution
Jan 2, 2018 • 11 min
Whether you like them or not, New Year’s resolutions are great to create a positive change in your life. But I read that 92% of people with New Year’s resolutions fail! So in this episode, I share my top 5 tips that help you to KEEP your New Year’s…
What I’ve Learned Episode 2: THINK STRAIGHT & taking on more responsibilities
Nov 27, 2017 • 13 min
It’s been a while! On this episode, I share what I’ve learned during the past three months. I talk about writing a book, real estate, business, and entrpreneurship.
5 Tips To Improve Your Persuasion Skills
Sep 28, 2017 • 38 min
How do you get a raise? How do you get good at networking? How do you sell your products? How do you convince people of something you believe in? 
These are all questions I’ve thought about throughout my career. And I’ve learned that no matter how…
Audio Article: The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness—It’s Usefulness
Sep 19, 2017 • 5 min
For the longest time, I believed that there’s only one purpose of life: And that is to be happy. But I was wrong. Listen to the full audio article. Read the full article: http://dariusforoux.com/happiness-usefulness/
Robert Sutton: The Asshole Survival Guide
Sep 14, 2017 • 62 min
This is one of my favorite episodes. Robert Sutton, who wrote The No Asshole Rule, has a new book with practical tips on how to deal with assholes and workplace jerks. And we talked extensively about how you can 1) spot an asshole 2) prevent yourself from…
Is Pursuing Multiple Passions Good For Your Personal Development Or Should You Focus On One Thing?
Sep 12, 2017 • 7 min
That’s a question I received from a reader. And on this episode, I share my thoughts on finding your passions, turning it into a career, and the one thing.
What I’ve Learned in August: Conscious learning, overcoming setbacks, and why you should stretch
Sep 5, 2017 • 10 min
Welcome to a new segment of this podcast. At the beginning of every new month, I talk about the things I’ve learned during the previous month. 1. Keep a list of “What I’ve Learned” for yourself. For your personal development, and to make sure that…
Picking A Title For Your Products And Why I Changed This Show’s Name
Aug 29, 2017 • 12 min
I recently changed the title of my podcast. On this episode, I explain why. I also share what I’ve learned about picking the right name for your brand.
Audio Article: 10 Career Mistakes I Wish I Had Never Made
Aug 22, 2017 • 8 min
This episode features an audio version of my article about career mistakes. Believe me, I’ve made a lot of unnecessary mistakes. Unnecessary because these are mistakes I could have easily avoided if I learned more from other people’s mistakes. Enjoy! Read…
How To Improve Your Mindset, Build Strength, And Make A Living Doing What You Love
Aug 14, 2017 • 98 min
Mike Thurston is a fitness coach who built a 220k+ following on YouTube in 8 months. Now, he’s making a living by doing what he loves. In this episode, I interview Mike about fitness, diet, health, online business, YouTube, and much more.
Ryan Holiday: How To Create A Perennial Seller
Aug 7, 2017 • 46 min
I talked to #1 NYT bestselling author Ryan Holiday about creating products and books that sell for decades. In his latest book, Perennial Seller, he outlines his system for creating books and products that stand the test of time. Because who doesn’t want…
Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman about Claude Shannon, the Einstein of the Information Age
Jul 18, 2017 • 61 min
Claude Shannon, considered as the Einstein of the Information Age, made many contributions to science and society during his lifetime. That thing you’re holding in your hand or that’s sitting on your lap, reading these very words, are made possible by…
25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago
Jun 22, 2017 • 18 min
Last year I decided to make a list of the most important life lessons I had learned until then. I had no idea that a year later, the article was viewed more than two million times. The article is a reader’s favorite. And I still get emails about the…
Are You Challenging Yourself Enough?
Jun 5, 2017 • 12 min
There’s a very fine line between boredom and having a burnout. In this episode, you’ll learn more about the right level of challenge that we need in our life, career, and relationship so that we can grow.
5 Tips For More Effective Strength Training
May 15, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, I talk health and fitness. You’ll learn: 1. What effective strength training means 2. How you can prioritize exercise 3. Where and how you can educate yourself about fitness 4. How to set goals for fitness 5. Why diet is more important…
How To Focus Better: Manage Your Attention (not your time)
Apr 6, 2017 • 16 min
How many minutes of undisturbed work do you get done on an average day? 10, 20, maybe 50 minutes? If you think that sounds low, just examine your life. Most of us can’t go undisturbed for more than 10 minutes. We’re all so connected that it becomes…
“Life is about learning, unlearning, and relearning.” Interview with Nalden
Mar 28, 2017 • 40 min
Nalden is a self-taught entrepreneur. He’s the co-founder of WeTransfer and is known as one of the most successful bloggers of The Netherlands. In this interview, we talk about entrepreneurship, blogging, learning, creating, and dealing with distractions.
Applying Pragmatism to Flat Earth Theory, Why Being Busy Is Bad, and Building A Stable Career
Mar 21, 2017 • 21 min
From now on, episodes will be 20 minutes and come out every Thursday. In this episode, I ramble about being busy, back pain, and flat earth theory. I also answer a reader’s question: “How do you build a stable career?”
How do you stand out from the crowd?
Mar 6, 2017 • 10 min
What do you do when everyone does the same thing in your industry? Do you try to take a different approach, or do you look at best practices? In this episode, I share how I like to stand out from the crowd as a productivity writer.
What problems do you solve? An interview with Paul Jarvis.
Mar 2, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode, I talk to Paul Jarvis, a designer, author, teacher, software creator, and podcaster. We talk about entrepreneurship, dealing with criticism, having an inner compass, providing value to other people’s lives, and much more topics.
How do you deal with criticism from friends, colleagues, and strangers?
Feb 23, 2017 • 8 min
In this episode, I share a quick answer to a question I received about criticism.
Quitting social media, building an online audience, and finding a mentor who cares about you
Feb 20, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode, I ramble about working too much, Shark Tank, social media, building an online community, and finding mentors.
Dealing with the ups and downs of life, starting a small business, and Letters From A Stoic
Feb 13, 2017 • 36 min
In the first episode, I talk too fast, say weird stuff, and ramble for way too long. I also recorded it, edited it, and even made the music for it with Garageband. It’s safe to say my podcast is not perfect.
Teaser
Feb 1, 2017 • 0 min
Hey, I’m Darius Foroux. I’m an author and entrepreneur. On my podcast, I talk about everything I’ve recently learned. I’ll talk about life, business, relationships, productivity, etc. Send me your questions, I’ll answer them.