Adam Braun is an author and entrepreneur who you may know from his work with Pencils of Promise, an organization that creates schools and other projects that bring education to underserved populations living in rural poverty. He’s also the author of the book “The Promise Of A Pencil” and more recently the founder of a super exciting education startup called MissionU– he’ll get into more detail but tell me if you think this sounds interesting: 1 year of intense, skill-based education with NO upfront tuition – instead, you give them a percentage of your income once you land that sweet Continue reading "The Unfiltered Truth About Entrepreneurship with Adam Braun"
James is the founder + driving force behind indie rock icons The Shins. With over 20 years in the game, he’s seen just about every facet of the music business – from tiny shows at dives bars to Billboard top 10 albums on major labels – and as you can imagine he’s learned a thing or two along the way. Getting your career as a creator off the ground is hard. Keeping it on the rails after years or decades is even harder. Being one of the best – someone who breaks through to mainstream success? Orders of magnitude harder Continue reading "Build + Sustain A Career Doing What You Love w/ James Mercer of The Shins"
I’ve been talking a lot about authenticity lately, so thought it would be a good time to share one of my favorite episodes of the show from a few years back with Marc because it’s all about authenticity – specifically, how to promote your work as a creator while staying true to yourself. Marc is a creative entrepreneur who’s probably best known as the founder of the apparel brand Ecko, which began in his parents’ garage and eventually grew into the largest brand in streetwear with a global footprint and over $1 billion in revenue. He’s also the author of Continue reading "Sell Yourself Without Selling Out with Marc Ecko"
Getting your career as a creator off the ground is hard. Keeping it on the rails after years or decades is even harder. Being one of the best – someone who breaks through to mainstream success? Orders of magnitude harder than all that. The amazing highs are – inevitably – coupled with difficult lows, and learning how to cope with that dynamic is crucial for the sanity + success of anyone who seeks to build a career around their creative passions. Enter: James Mercer. James is the founder + driving force behind indie rock icons The Shins. With over 20 Continue reading "Exclusive interview + secret show from James Mercer of The Shins"
Yves is the founder of Fuseproject and one of the most influential industrial designers of our generation, having also lead teams at the iconic firms frog design and Lunar Design. His clients include Herman Miller, GE, Puma, Kodak, Samsung, Prada and a host of others, and pioneered the paradigm of designer/entrepreneur as the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of smart lock company August and CCO at Jawbone. He’s also a passionate advocate for sustainability and social good, contributing to a variety of projects like One Laptop Per Child, Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor and the SPRING Accelerator program. He’s been Continue reading "How Design Can Supercharge Your Business with Yves Béhar"
Amanda Crew is an actress who’s best known for playing Monica on the hit HBO show “Silicon Valley,” which I absolutely love for skewering tech culture in a loving but deadly accurate way. If you haven’t seen the show please, please do yourself a favor and check it out – season 4 recently premiered on HBO. But her career goes back many years: she’s appeared in a ton of shows and movies like Smallville, Final Destination 3, Life As We Know It and much more. We touch on a bunch of stuff here that I wasn’t expecting to get into Continue reading "Conquer Fear & Self-Doubt with Amanda Crew"
Vanessa bills herself as a “behavioral investigator” – what that means is that she is absolutely amazing at unpacking what makes people do the things they do and turning that into proven, actionable techniques for others to hone their own people skills. She’s written for publications like CNN, Fast Company and forbes and is the author of the brand new (and incredibly good) book “Captivate: The Science Of Succeeding With People.” You’ve heard me talk many times about the critical importance of soft skills in building a successful career as a creator, and Vanessa is THE authority on this Continue reading "Become A Master Communicator with Vanessa Van Edwards"
Justine Ezarik aka iJustine is one of the OG YouTube stars– one of the very few people who have been on the platform for over a decade. You may remember her from her first big hit, her “300 page iPhone bill” video way back in 2007 or from literally streaming her entire life for 6 months, and since then she’s had several other hits that helped her build a huge following based off the kind of DIY hustle that I absolutely love– for example her early videos were shot with a $400 point and shoot and a green rug from Continue reading "How iJustine Built Her Digital Empire"
It’s become common knowledge these days that storytelling is a mission-critical skill for businesses; that tapping into our innate receptivity to narratives is a powerful tool for persuasion. But what’s not so clear is how to stand out among an increasingly crowded stream of leaders, people, and brands telling stories via millions of “branded content initiatives” that mostly get lost in the deluge of headlines we’re all drowning in. So how do you cut through the noise? The answer is something that’s deceptively simple: authenticity. What is authenticity? The dictionary definition of authenticity is “not false or copied; genuine; real” Continue reading "Want your story to cut through the noise? It needs THIS."
Ryan is an author, entrepreneur and one of the sharpest marketing minds out there. He got his start working for bestselling authors like Tucker Max and Robert Greene and has since worked with folks like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Evan Carmichael, and John Grisham among many others – and he’s something like 5 books now including TWO last year: Ego Is The Enemy and The Daily Stoic. This episode was originally recorded back in 2012 when he was promoting “Trust Me I’m Lying,” which was his first book – and one that’s proved prescient in the current era of “fake Continue reading "How To Get The Press + Public To Notice Your Work w/ Ryan Holiday"
Joe McNally is one of the most accomplished photographers of his generation, with a list of achievements that I couldn’t possibly do justice to in this little intro. He’s one of the few people who have managed to be super successful in both journalism and commercial photography, and a few of the highlights of his insane career are working with clients including FedEx, Sony, GE, Adidas and Epson; working as LIFE Magazine’s only staff photographer; shooting cover stories for the likes of Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Time among many many others; authoring three books on photography and creating several high-profile projects Continue reading "How To Be A World-Class Creative Pro w/ Joe McNally"
Happiness is not an accident. It’s not a state that randomly occurs when the stars align, nor a coincidence or a lucky windfall like buying a winning lottery ticket. In fact, there’s nothing random at all about happiness: it’s the natural product of our choices– small choices that all of us make every minute of every hour of every day. Yes, there are many things in life that we have little or no control over, and these may be non-trivial things like natural disasters or health crises that bring real pain, discomfort and stress. Nobody – not even the wealthiest Continue reading "Happiness is a choice (seriously – it is)"
Roman Mars is the host of the wildly popular design podcast “99% Invisible” and has been called “the Ira Glass of design.” With several hundred episodes in the can over its six years in existence, it’s covered everything from “Unsung Icons of Soviet Design” to Love Park’s place in skateboarding history to DIY space suits, all through the same lens of – as he says – “telling stories that make you notice and appreciate the world in a different way,” drawing attention to the world of design around us that is 99% invisible (hence the title of the show). Continue reading "How To Stop Waiting And Start Doing w/ Roman Mars"
Okay, so maybe you haven’t created your New York Times Best Seller that’s sold millions of copies, and maybe you haven’t won the Chinese kickboxing championship or hold the Guinness Record for most consecutive tango spins, but there’s one all-important thing that you have in common with my pal Tim Ferriss….fear. You might think a wildly successful author and innovator doesn’t experience fear like a “normal person,” but as Tim revealed here, it’s exactly that emotion that is at the heart of his success. Of all the liquid gold Tim shared with me there are 3 important subjects that Continue reading "Master Your Fear & Find Your Voice [with My Homie Tim Ferriss]"
Scott Dadich is a designer, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He’s currently the co-CEO of Godfrey Dadich Partners, a design, content and strategy firm. Prior to that he worked at Conde Nast as the editor of Wired and leading the build out of Conde Nast’s digital strategy including the tablet editions of their magazines (if you remember when those came out, they were incredible products that were among the first publications that really felt tablet-native). He’s also the creator of the amazing new Netflix series “Abstract: The Art Of Design”– I’m sure a lot of you have already binge-watched it, and if you haven’t then do Continue reading "Scott Dadich: Gut, Heart, and Head Alignment"
I’ve talked before about that 3AM voice – the one that whispers in your ear that you’re not good enough or that maybe you’ll fail and so therefore it’s probably better if you just quit now. That voice is what I call the gremlins. The gremlins are not your friend, and you’ve got to learn how to ignore them. But here’s the thing – there’s another voice that often sounds very similar to the gremlin voice, except that it’s RIGHT. It’s the voice of your instincts, and its absolutely critical that you trust and listen to this voice. The key here is Continue reading "When to listen to the voices in your head"
Debbie Millman is currently the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, but she has an insane track record going back decades: she’s the author of 6 books including “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer,” a prolific design writer in outlets like NYT, Fast Company, and Design Observer, chairs the Masters In Branding program at SVA (co-founded with Steven Heller), and hosts a long running podcast called “design matters” which has done 265 episodes over 10 years with legends and icons like Michael Beirut, Stephen Heller, Chip Kidd, Massimo Vignelli, Isaac Mizrahi and Malcolm Gladwell. And that’s just Continue reading "Debbie Millman: If not now, when?"
Fact: creativity is a team sport. Yes, the actual act of making the work is sometimes a solo activity (drawing, writing, editing a film, etc) but the real driving force behind every creative pro is their community: their clients, collaborators, peers and the rest of the humans in the complex web of symbiotic relationships that give us inspiration, support and (ultimately) an income. Creativity cannot live in a vacuum. We depend on each other, like the members of any other ecosystem. And therefore – somewhat paradoxically – the best thing you can do to help yourself is to help your Continue reading "Helping others = helping yourself [add this to your playbook]"
I often talk about personal style, but I’m always asked: What is personal style? Why is it important? … and the biggest question… HOW to develop it. In today’s show, we dive into the details of this critical, but often overlooked topic. Enjoy! Listen to the Podcast Today’s episode is part of a new segment I’m calling: Micro Shows. In addition to the bad-ass guest interviews, these are short 5-10 minute segments sharing inspirational tidbits, hot news, discussion on specific topics, and more. If you have ideas on what you’d like to hear on the show let me know in the comments below or Continue reading "The What, Why, and How of Personal Style"
You may know Adrian as the star of Entourage and The Devil Wears Prada, but he also has a lengthy history as a documentarian and entrepreneur who’s made a lifelong habit out of going around, over and through the various gatekeepers that stood between him and his goals. You’ll hear a lot of familiar themes come up in this conversation that are very core to me: the critical importance of building a community of peers who will motivate, inspire and help each other; how mentorship can be a catalyst for progress; and the drive for continuous and never-ending self-education. Today on the podcast, Continue reading "Adrian Grenier: You can’t scale if you do it alone"